Rear surrounds for Vandersteen 2ce sig

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  1. Jeff Massey

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    Hello everyone,
    I was wondering if anyone had any suggestion for surrounds for my current setup.
    vandersteen 2ce sig in front
    Vcc-1 center
    sony str800es receiver (also needs upgrading)
    Boston Acoustic hd5 as surrounds
    No sub (I had a 20-30 PC+, but had to return it[​IMG] It was a great sub. Hopefully, I will get another soon)
    Toshiba 50hdx82
    Room is 18.5 x 18.5 with 12ft to 20ft sloping ceilings. I would like to keep the cost under $350 if possible (I still need a new receiver).
    Thanks
    Jeff
     
  2. Kevin C Brown

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    Jeff- Man, I was in your shoes a little while ago! [​IMG]
    I have 2CE Sigs with a VCC Sig up front (V2W sub).
    Ideally, you want VSM surrounds. But I didn't want to mount them. I also looked at VLR's, but those are still pretty expensive. In the end, I went with the Def Tech BP-30's I had previously for front L & R.
    That might not help you much, but this might: I just got done looking for rears (for a 7.1) setup. I again took a look at the VLR's, as they would have been the best solution. Just too much $$. Most consensus goes: direct radiators for the front L, C, R, dipoles (or in my case, bipoles) for the surrounds, and direct radiators for the rears.
    I went with Energy C-3's for the rears. I know, I know, to match "timbre", I should have either chosen Vandersteen or Def Tech. But I came across 3 reviews of Def Tech minis where there was a notch in the freq response about 13.25kHz.
    Go here:
    http://www.audiovideoreviews.com/speakers.shtml
    And look for the Energy C-3 review. Check out the listening window response curve for Chart 2.
    I also looked at B&W, Phase Technology (also phase correct/time aligned), Paradigm, and Axiom.
    I think I myself have come to the conclusion that sure, "timbre" matching is important, but good quality sound is good quality sound no matter what who manufacturer the is.
    They have them here for $358 the pair, but I got them for $400 at a local Good Guys:
    http://www.hookedontronics.com/produ...isseur+C-3.jsp
    Good luck!
     
  3. TheLongshot

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    I ended up going with Paradigm Titans to go with my 1Cs, and they seem to work quite well. For your price, you may want to try the Mini-Monitor.

    Jason
     
  4. Jeff Massey

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    Thanks Guys,

    I have an old pair of 1c's but they are going in my bedroom (still sound too good for rear speakers). I have heard the paradigm and can a great deal in Windsor, Ont at Livewire. I have not heard the energy and will give them a listen.

    Thanks
    Jeff
     
  5. Kevin C Brown

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    I looked at Paradigm Mini Monitors too. I didn't buy them, because I couldn't find a freq response curve anywhere. I even emailed the company, and they said it was their policy not to distribute that info outisde the company. Here is what I did find though:
    Fig 3 for the Atoms here:
    http://www.stereophile.com/showarchives.cgi?664:4
    And Fig 3 for the much more expensive REFERENCE 20's here:
    http://www.stereophile.com/showarchives.cgi?628:3
    Needless to say, I didn't go with Paradigm. Me, myself, I: I want good sound in addition to good measurements. And I won't buy speakers without measurements. I almost went with Acoustic Energy before I found the Energy (Fig 3 again):
    http://www.stereophile.com/showarchives.cgi?239:4
    Don't cheat though, you have to read the entire reviews too, to get context. [​IMG]
    (In general, a lot of good speaker reviews at Stereophile too. Go to the archives, and then budget components.)
     

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