I've got $2k for 5 bookshelf speakers. Whats your thoughts?

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  1. Greg Risley

    Greg Risley Second Unit

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    Alright, the new Sony STRDA5000ES receiver is on the way and it's time to upgrade the speaks. I have a dedicated room that is 18' x 12' with an 8' ceiling. I want to go with 5 or 6 identical monitor style speakers, tired of dealing with floorstanders and I have 2 Velodyne subs for the bottom end.
    Let me know what you like.

    Thanks
    Greg
     
  2. John S

    John S Producer

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    For Sony?? I'd go with Klipsch or something rather forward and bright.

    To say Sony AVR's are laid back is a way understatement.
     
  3. CalvinCarr

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    What do you mean by way laid back on the Sony? Everything I own is Sony and plan to upgrade my AVR with a higher end Sony but am scared because of all I have heard on here about them. I was doing it more for comaptibility and looks more than anything plus I have the 18 in 1 sony remote.Shed some light for me. I plan to spen about 1k.
     
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    Swan's Divas from www.theaudioinsider.com are also a great choice. You could get 6 2.1s in rosewood for about $1500 or 6 in Black Cherry for around $1200.

    W/ the price difference (and possibly some revenue from selling your velo's) you could pick up one or two SVSs. If you're completely satisfied with your Velos then you could just come in way under budget and be really happy [​IMG]
     
  6. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Curtis has a fine suggestion, to which I would add the Rocket 250s, six of which would be enough for AV123 to give a package discount from the listed $2,100 price.

    They are rear ported, so you do need a bit of room behind the speakers.
     
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    Are you going to need a matched center?

    Anyway, 5 NHT SB-2's would run, max., $2,000.

    Worth a thought.

    NHT SB-2
     
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    You can get SB-2's for $400 a pair.
     
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    To go along with all the great recommedations given so far another popular choice would be the Paradigm Studio 20s.
     
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    I was just going to say Paradigm Studio 20's. I have some and they sound spectacular. For the center, I suggest a CC-470 to match. You should be able to get everything for JUST under $2000.
     
  11. Greg Risley

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    Thanks for the great ideas. I had not seen the rockets before, they very simalar to the divas, which is to say very nice. I will try to get out this weekend and give the ones available locally. I'll let you know what happens.

    Thanks
    Greg
     
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    I would go with Klipsch RB-75. They have the front ports and 8" woofers. I don't think the Rockets can touch these.
     
  13. GaryAR

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    Good luck checking out the rockets... they'd be a great match for the sony. I'm sure you know it, but it's not an AVR. It's a class D amp... much different technology. I had the old version and I can assure you the highs aren't "laid back" by any stretch of the imagination. The micro detail was just astounding, as was bass control. I only got rid of mine because it sounded sterile and lifeless, but I think the 500ES should be much improved in that area.

    If it's not, I think a somewhat darker speaker, like the Rockets, would be better because as it would ease the slightly harsh, clinical character of the amp (I've got Onix Ref 1s, and they sounded a bit harsh with the 50ES, so I'd suggest you steer clear of similar speakers for it).

    -Gary
     
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    I also recommend you give Paradigms an audition. If the Studio models are too much, look at the Paradigm Monitor 3 or 5. If you are even considering a floorstanding speaker, I would also recommend the Monitor 7.
     
  15. TommyL

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    Greg, check your email[​IMG] I'll be selling some 40's etc.. really soon.
     

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