Cheap But Awesome Sounding Rear Surrounds...Suggestions?

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  1. John Sturge

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    When I updated my home theater I got a new sub(SVS) new left and right speakers and a center channel. But now I'm strapped for cash. So, I need some good rear surrounds that maybe will match with my JMLab Cobalt speakers and will not empty my wallet(completely).
     
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    PRO LX55 RCA at Radio Shack for $49(each) + tax while they last and are still on sale...
     
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    So I guess the Cobalt SR 800s are out of your price range? Do you prefer direct radiators or bipole/dipole surrounds? Wall-mounted?
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    I have a couple of Mission M72 for surrounds and they're very good for the money. I tried them as stereo-speakers yesterday and they sound extremely good with very good treble and mids. They go lower than any standmounts I have heard before. The bass wasn't as clean on my B&W CDM7-NTs but that's to expect. Almost made me feel bad about spending $1800 on my B&W floorstanders. [​IMG]
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    I second the suggestion for the AR15's. They are fairly small, decent looking and produce excellent sound. I originally had them hooked up as stereo speakers in my dining room & have since moved them to rear-center surround duty. They seem to blend pretty will with my Mission set up.
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    Wow - two people with Mission speakers... hadn't heard anyone talk about them in a long time. My HT fronts are ancient Mission 737's and they still sound terrific.
    Others mentioning Acoustic Research - interesting, my sub and center are AR speakers and they're great too.
    Getting back to the subject of the thread, my rear surrounds are REAL cheap Boston Acoustic Micro 80x's. Although I know I could get more capable rear surrounds, I really don't think many DVDs use the rear field very effectively so I'm OK with them for now.
    Personally I think the front center channel is FAR AND AWAY the most important speaker in watching movies.
     
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    Paul,
    I agree that the Front Stage and Center Channel,especialy
    the Center Channel. Are without a doubt THE hardest working
    speakers in your multichannel setup. Surrounds in movie modes
    rarely play "much" information and cheaper speakers will
    usualy do the trick. But I recommend AR Hi-Res Bookshelf's
    because not only are they affordable (they should sell for
    double the money) they are also capeable enough to be MAIN
    speakers. This means that if you listen to Multichannel Music
    or 2 Channel Music while in "All Channel Stereo" modes that
    you will get audiophile results where as a cheaper speaker
    may not perform so well.
    I can vouch for the integrity of the AR Hi-Res Series as I
    own the AR9 Towers and the AR4C Center and I have thier lower
    series (Performance Series) for my L/R and Back Surround. I
    do plan on replacing the PS speakers with the AR15's that
    way I have Hi-Res all the way around!
    One thing I can say about the Hi-Res Series is that the name
    does not lie.. These are High Resolution speakers, They have
    a phenominaly high sensitivity rating and even at low power
    levels they play clean, Shoot 100 watts into one and they
    flat out scream.
    Paul,
    What AR Center and Sub are you using? I love my AR4C and it
    is a 100% Perfect Timbre Match to my AR9's! I look forward
    to purchasing AR's Hi-Res ARS500 15" 500 Watt Carver/Sunfire
    sub!
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  9. John Sturge

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    "PRO LX55 RCA at Radio Shack for $49(each) + tax while they last and are still on sale..."
    Hmmmm, what do they look like? I see the LX550 on the website and those look sweet. But, would I only find those in stores?
    "So I guess the Cobalt SR 800s are out of your price range? Do you prefer direct radiators or bipole/dipole surrounds? Wall-mounted?"
    No, but I like to have money for other things, and $500 is really starting to push my monry limit these days. I think I may prefer direct radiators.
     
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    Hey Brett. Those AR Hi-Res Bookshelf speakers and the whole series sound (sic) great.
    I'm sure these are low end AR models I have, but they were my first surround purchases 2-3 years ago and I sure didn't have the purchasing authority with the SO then! [​IMG] Excuses aside, my center model # is CS25HO and my sub is an SW30.
    I've looked at your web site and you have a nice setup. I like my TV better though [​IMG]. Here's a link to mine:
    http://higginbottom.com/paul/homethtr/homethtr.htm
     
  11. Brett DiMichele

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    Paul,
    Nice setup but I prefer my 4:3 [​IMG] even with it being a
    4:3 it is a 61" and being so it displays a larger image
    than even a 54" 16:9 and it uses most of those 900 lines
    resolution in doing so. But it's not an HDTV (Didn't want
    one yet) so maybe in 10 years I will upgrade. For now the
    picture is more tan I ever hoped to get out of any RPTV.
    P.S the AR lines go like this..
    Hi-Res & Phantom
    H.O
    Stature
    Performance Series
    Again great setup ya have! And thanks for the compliments.
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