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Help with speakers for an Onkyo 595

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by John Milanski, Nov 7, 2001.

  1. John Milanski

    John Milanski Auditioning

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    Hi all, first time caller...!
    This is my first attempt at a HT setup. Based on the Forum, here's what I'm thinking...
    1) own: Toshiba 32A40 32" TV, component in, 750 resolution
    2) own: Celestion 9, 3-way (6-1/2", 4-1/2", 1" titanium) 100w speakers for mains
    3) buy: Home Theater Direct Level 2's for rears and center ($218)
    4) buy: Sony SA-WM40 subwoof ($175)
    5) buy: Toshiba 4700 DVD ($230)
    6) buy: Onkyo 595 receiver ($375)
    Total new cost $998
    The setup will be in a 15x15 vaulted living room, 50/50 music/movie use. The DVD-Audio and DPLII are important to me, and the Celestion 9s are bright and defined...
    Celestion 9 specs
    My main concerns are around the old (1992) Celestion speakers...
    1) Will the Celestion fronts jive well with the HTD center?
    2) If no, should I move the Celestions to the rear, and just buy HTD Level 3's for the fronts and center?
    3) If yes, do I even need a subwoofer if I have the 3-way Celestions as fronts?
    4) Best place to buy the Onkyo 595 and Sony SA-WM40?
    Thanks alot in advance...
    --john milanski
     
  2. Thomas_Berg

    Thomas_Berg Screenwriter

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    hey sounds like a killer system for
     
  3. Ryan Schnacke

    Ryan Schnacke Supporting Actor

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    I've got to agree with Thomas. The subwoofer is a must have. The Celestions F3 is 55Hz. You'd be missing out on an entire octave of bass without a competent sub.
    J&R does have excellent prices.
    I've heard so many good things about the HTD level 3's and only mediocre comments on the level 2's. I think it'd be worth it to spend the extra $120.
     
  4. John Milanski

    John Milanski Auditioning

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    Yep, I guess a sub (like the Sony SA-WM40) is a good idea...
    BUT, I'm still a little concerned about the speaker setup. I was hoping to save a little money by using the Celestion 3-ways as mains, and find three other, smaller speakers for the center and rears. But I'm concerned that whatever I buy won't mix well...
    Are there other speakers, besides the HTD Level 3s, that might fit well with these more music-inclined, bright Celestions? And in the same price range (~$300 for 3)? I'm afraid 3 Ascend CBM-170s would be about $489...
    Thanks again...!
    --John Milanski
     

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