Looking for speaker companies with best bang for buck values

Allen Longcor

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So far on my list I have:

Diva
Axiom
Wharfedale
Norh

I'm looking for speaker companies that produce speakers that sound much greater than their price. I wouldn't mind some DIY speakers, but I would have to have someone build it for me since I could not. Please let me know of any gems that I do not know about.
 

Tyson

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For about $1600, the VMPS 626R's are the best bookshelf speaker I have ever heard (beat out my nOrh 9.0's pretty easily).

I have a RM-40 on order. . .
 

Brian Burnaby

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I made a similar list and came up with:

PsB
Paradigm
Energy
Mirage
B&W
NHT
Atlantic Technology
Definitive Technology
Axiom

I ended up with a pair of PsB's
 

Luke M

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One word: used. You can buy high quality good-as-new speakers on the used market for 40% or less of original retail.

Of course, assembling a matched set of HT speakers is more difficult this way (especially if you insist on a center - I don't use one myself). But the price/performance can't be beat.
 

Terry Flink

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I picked up the nOrh 4.0 video package last year and couples it with my SVS 20-39cs. Wonderful! Had an Adcom amp sitting idle so complete speaker setup was less $1500.00. Highly recommend nOrh.
 

Tim Baldwin

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Allen,
ACI and Adire make some very nice kits for DIY. The ACI stuff will only last for a short time, and then they'll be out of the DIY business.
 

Ron Boster

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Allen:

What are you looking for in a speaker? HT or Music use? Laid-back or forward sounding? etc,etc

Ron
 

Allen Longcor

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I'm looking for an all around great speaker for music and HT, but I don't want to pay out the nose for it. Basically I'm looking for something in the vein of the Diva speakers. They are considered to be great speakers for a very reasonable price. I want something that is compared to a speaker that costs 2-3 times it's price.
 

stephen_z

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Allen,
My 2 cents... try auditioning Triangle (Titus 202 mini-monitors @$495/pair). Sam Tellig of Stereophile raves about their line.
 

Ron Boster

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The Diva's sound isn't as forward sounding as let's say Axiom speakers. People will use terms like laid back to describe the Diva's, where the would use a term like revealing or bright to describe the Axiom speakers. So it depends on your preferences. I would suggest going to local audio shops and listening to lots of speakers. You might find a specific brand you prefer and then go the used route or try internet based retailer whose speakers sound similar to the brand you prefer.


Good Luck
Ron
 

John Desmond

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ACI is the leader in speakers sold factory-direct. They've been doing it for 25 years, longer than most of the rest put together! Superb sonics and build quality.
www.audioc.com
 

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