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Good bookshelf speakers for music?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Darren Oleski, Aug 17, 2001.

  1. Darren Oleski

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    Hi -
    I want to buy a pair of bookshelf speakers that will actually reside on a bookshelf. I cannot bring the speakers out into the room, so I need suggestions for speakers that will sound great even when limited to such a confined environment. I would like to have a frequency response that ranges from about 50Hz to at least 20KHz.
    Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
     
  2. Phil A

    Phil A Producer

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    If you are looking for something with that kind of bass response you may want to look at Vienna Haydn's. www.sumikoaudio.com. There are lots of excellent bookshelf speakers but many may not go down that low.
     
  3. BryanZ

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    So you are looking at something that has front ports. Try looking at the Axiom M3, ACI Emerald, Swan Diva 2.1, Paradigm Titan, and Ascend Acoustics CBM-170.
     
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    Like BryanZ, I would have to recommend the Axiom M3. I love mine!
     
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    The KEF Q15.2 is a front ported model that goes down to 50Hz. I have the original Q15's and love 'em. Q15.2's can be had for approximately $300.
     
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    I want to throw in a recommendation for the Infinity IL10 bookshelves. Sweetest sounding bookshelf I've ever heard for under $1K. $400 /pr is the going rate for them at CC and Crutchfield. They can be had for $319 at www.world-exchange.com , but they're out of stock on them until mid Sept.
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  7. John Garcia

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  8. Randy G

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    Darren,
    I would have to agree with John on his recommendation of the NHTs. The NHT SB2(tad smaller than SB3) is small, sealed(no rear port problems on a bookshelf), shielded, rated to 51hz, has a GORGEOUS black laquer finish with rounded edges, and lists for $400 although I can get them for $320.
    BTW, those ACI Emeralds that somebody mentioned ARE rear ported, although you can stuff the ports.
     
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    Another Paradigm speaker to consider is the Mini-Monitor. Many people have been pleased with the sound of these speakers, myself included.
     
  10. John Garcia

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    quote: GORGEOUS black laquer finish with rounded edges,[/quote]
    Some of the nicest enclosures I've seen! Piano lacquer looks GREAT! The SB2 didn't quite have quite enough bass for me (doesn't feel like 51Hz), but they do sound great! Teamed with a sub, the SB2 and the SB3 are serious contenders. $320? That's a good price, special deal, inside connections? I may contact them directly, they are in my local area.
    I didn't mention Mini-monitors because they are also rear ported, but they are sweet too. Best bang for the buck, IMO.
    [Edited last by John Garcia on August 17, 2001 at 11:29 AM]
     

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