Dad Wants In The HT Club. $1500 To Spend On Speakers. Need Help.

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  1. Greg Haynes

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    Need some help. Dad called and wants a speaker package with a budget of $1500 for 5 speakers and sub. I got him to buy a Denon 2803 receiver and I now need to find him speakers to mate with the Denon. He has a fairly large room at about 400 sq ft and will be using the speakers primarily for movies but would like to occasionally listen to classical music.
    He's not a critical listener but would like the sound to feel present in the room and not straining. So I'm having a hard time trying to put together a nice system for him that I know he will enjoy.

    Has anyone recently put together a system similiar in price? He's looking to buy this very soon even today if I can find him a great price. What's been popular and has had a general positive review.

    Other related equipment he owns:
    Mits 65413 (Nice TV he just bought)
    Sony N700 DVD
     
  2. Roger Q

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    SVS or Hsu should definitely be on your short list as far as subwoofers are concerned.
     
  3. Marty M

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    I would recommend that you audition Paradigm speakers. The Performance or Monitor series would fit into his budget. For around $1,000 you should be able to get 4 Mini-Monitors and a CC-370 center channel. That would leave you with $500 for a decent sub.

    Let us know what you decide. It's fun spending other people's money, isn't it. I have friends that have asked me for recommendations.
     
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    Well considering it is always the same four recommendations around here I might as well chime in and make a bid for the PSB line.
     
  6. BobAlbano

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    I would check out the offerings from Ascend as well as AV123 in this price range. They both will outperform anything that you will find in a B&M store at anything near their price point. Good luck with your decision! [​IMG]
     
  7. Bill Polley

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    I own SVS and Axioms and I would not trade them, but if I had a budget of $1500 my first choice would be these and this . Fantastic sound priced right at your budget point.
     
  8. Stephen Hopkins

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    4 Swan Diva 2.1s and a C3 combined with an Adire Rava would be tough to beat for $1500. You'd have to go with the black cherry finish, but they should come off the price a little if you buy all 5 speakers at once, atleast enough to cover shipping. The HSU STF-2 would also be another good sub choice, but I don't think it can hang with the Rava.

    Check out the Swan's from www.theaudioinsider.com and the Rava from www.adireaudio.com [​IMG]
     
  9. John Robert

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    If Dad wants to go the Brick and Mortar route, you can get Athena AS-F2's with center, sub and surrounds for $1400.

    I have also heard the PSB Image system mentioned earlier and it is very nice...
     
  10. Shane Martin

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    Energy makes some very nice speakers for that price but I wouldn't buy their subwoofer. I'd go with an HSU, Adire or SVS offering.
     
  11. Bill Polley

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    I take my last post back! Axiom has their M22tis back at their outlet store. You can pick up 5 of them for $900 shipped. See them here and combine them with an SVS 25-31PCI for $549 + shipping. Right at your budget point and definitely an astonishing speaker setup.

    Actually, if you buy 5 and ask Amie nicely, she will probably give you another 5% system discount (she did for me!) getting you down to $855 shipped for the Axioms.
     
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