Recommend me TOWER speakers for a SMALL room, and Harman Kardon @ 40W X 5.

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  1. elMalloc

    elMalloc Supporting Actor

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    I know I need a relatively high sensitivity (90db and up).
    Anyone have tower speakers in a small room (12' x 12'), and how do they like it?
    Need to get some brands that are not only good, but function well in a small room.
    Would like to only spend $500-600 or so.
    60% DVDs, 40% Music.
    Thanks,
    ELmO
     
  2. Brandon_T

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    I would check out some Klipsch speakers. They are known for there high sensitivity rating. You can find some used ones for decent prices. What state do you live in?

    Good luck,

    Brandon
     
  3. Chuck C

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    Definitely a pair of Klipsch RF3 v.II

    $500-$600 wholesale
     
  4. Ricky T

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    Also, Acoustic Research. I'll throw out some model numbers, but many more exist: AR 310HO, 312HO; Klipsch KSF8.5 or 10.5, KLF10, KLF20.
    For used speakers (already suggested), you might be able to find a local deal on this site:
    http://cgi.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fs.p...ull&1&ctg&st51
     
  5. John Royster

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    What is your goal? 12x12 will be pretty loud no matter what. You're spot on with wanting good efficiency, but do you really need it? Do you want a loud speaker - one that cranks or do you want something more musical.
    For the money Klipsch will flat knock the walls down. I don't like the horn tweeter but that is just me. A set of Klipsch in that small of a room might just make your ears bleed. [​IMG]
    As always I'll recommend listening to many different manufacturers/models and pick the ones you like. It all boils down to "what do YOU want from a speaker?"
     
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    I have the PSB Image 5Ts, which are pretty darn good for video and audio too. Around $540 from YAWA.
     
  7. KevinGS

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    Check out the Axiom line up, they are very efficient and highly regarded in reviews.
     
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    Kef Q35.2 exactly what you are looking for in your price range.
     
  9. elMalloc

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    Anyone second KEFs?

    Thanks,

    ELmO
     
  10. Marc H

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    I'd second the Axioms for sure although I am biased aren't I? [​IMG]
    But do try and check out the M40TiSe if you can.
    Rated efficeincy is 93dB.
    Here's a link to a review:
    http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/a...enniam40ti.htm
    I also find the match of H/K with Axiom is wonderful.
     
  11. Bobby T

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    I'll second the Kilpsch
     
  12. Charles J P

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    Check out the Paradigm Monitor 7s or even the new v.3 Paradigm Phantoms.
     
  13. elMalloc

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    This guy is giving me the JBL S312s [audioreview.com has this rated very highly (4.89/5.00, 56 reviews)] and a BIC DV62CLR S center (4.83/5.00, 40 reviews) for a total of $575 shipped. The JBL S312s (pair) he will sell to me shipped for $425, and the center is $150 shipped - both are new.

    Should I look at paradigm towers, or go with the JBL and BIC center for now? I'm upgrading rears/sub after the front/center.

    Thanks,

    ELmO
     
  14. Charles J P

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    Depends on what you listen to. I'd be tempted to go with the JBLs if you are a hard rocker. If you listen to jazz and/or classical at all though, I would go with Paradigms, but I'm biased. I would see if you can a timbre matched JBL center channel though. That seems like a pretty good price though.
     
  15. Brett DiMichele

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    What ever you do DO NOT go with a mismatched Main/Center

    Combo.

    Go with Identicle L/C/R when and if you can or at the very

    least go with Timbre Matched L/C/R's.

    If I was going to spend $575.00 I would check out the AR HC6

    System (4 Satelites, Center and a Powered Sub) or the JBL NSP1 Package.

    If you wanted to spend more I would go with AR9 Mains and

    either an AR2C Center or AR4C Center and AR17 Bookshelfs for

    Surrounds.. That's a lot more money but also a lot more speaker...
     
  16. elMalloc

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    I need to have a lot of opinions and then I listen to the speakers before I buy. Since I don't have a well trained ear, I have to narrow the speakers down before I go listen to them (IF I EVEN CAN, there aren't stores that close).

    Again I'm not looking for a 5.1 package, I'd rather upgrade slowly. I'm not looking for satellites either, or else I'd get the energy take 5.2 package. I've put JBL S312 and Paradigm monitors on my list. I've also been told to look at PSB, and if I could AXIOMs - they are all highly rated.

    I really don't know how much more speaker I'd be getting within the $430 price range for a pair of fronts considering reviews I've read of JBL S312 and ARs.

    -ELmO
     
  17. Brett DiMichele

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    If you read the reviews of the AR9's you would see they are

    higher rated than JBL... So I beleive they should be on your

    list to audition if you can.

    As far as AR is concerned you have many choices in towers

    some with subs and some without.

    Some AR Towers to look into would be the AR11's AR9's the

    stature S40 and S50 and the 318HO. The HO might be hard to

    audition because the High Output series was replaced by the

    Hi Res series.

    At any rate listen to as many as you can and let your ears

    and eyes make the call. Good luck with your decision and let

    us know how you made out.
     
  18. Bert D

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    If you end up getting the JBL S312's, you should get the S center from JBL, not another brand. As others have said, matched drivers from same manufacturer is best, and the S center is only about $35 more than the BIC you are looking at.
     
  19. elMalloc

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    OK Thanks for the replies.

    I'm going to listen to some Paradigm's today at a local store, I hope they have a few versions in stock. I've heard that the monitors 'are not for a small room' and aren't amiable to long listening periods, so I will have to check that out.

    What differences do you guys see in paradigm monitor 7s vs 9s?

    -ELmO
     

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