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Recommendation on Speaker Purchase

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Brandon_S, Sep 25, 2001.

  1. Brandon_S

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    Within the next few months, I plan to purchase a pair of new mains. Right now I am running some Sony cube speakers that came with a HT in a box package. I have visited a few stores to get ideas on what is out there. Budget wise, I am looking to spend about $800-$1000. So far the speaker brands I am looking at are Definitive Technology, Paradigm, and JBL. I didnt get the model numbers of the DT's and Paradigms, but the JBL mains I am looking at are the S412P models shown on Best Buys website. Can anyone out there comment on these brands? I want to make sure I buy the best possible speakers with my money! Thanks.
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  2. Bob_A

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    Brandon, Def Tech makes tremendous speakers! If you are looking at just a set of main speakers, you can probably get the 2006TL's for around 1k/pair street price. Otherwise I would bet that you would also be very very happy with their new PowerMonitors (see the newest S&V Mag for a review).
    If you need any setup tips, let me know. Good luck!
     
  3. Russell _T

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    You get more for your hard earned bucks buying from the online manufacturers. Try:
    Atlantic Technology
    Ascend Acoustics
    Aperion Audio
    Swan's Diva at www.AV123.com
    Monsoon (or planar speakers)
    Magnean
    Home Theater Direct
    There are others, but I can't remember off hand. You should get plenty of other input.
    Good Luck,
    Russ
     
  4. Dan Da Silva

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    Hey Brandon, I just bought Paradigm Mini Monitors and the CC-170 center speaker and I love them great clarity, imaging and punch. I'm very happy with the Paradigm's.
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  5. David Head

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    I recommend you add PSB Image and/or PSB Stratus speakers to your audition list. The dealer in your area is:
    The Dish Outlet, Inc.
    2348 Palumbo Drive
    Lexington, KY 40509
    859-335-1644
    I found the JBL floor standing Studio speakers to be a little muddy sounding and preferred the sound of the JBL S38 bookshelf speakers (paired with a good sub of course). I found that the Paradigm and PSB speakers had better midrange and imaging than the JBLs. I didn't audition the Def Techs when I was speaker shopping, so I can't compare those. I ended up with PSB Image speakers that I absolutely love! They are not only great for home theater, but wonderful for music as well.
    Good luck in your search.
    David
     
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    Brandon, i've go PSB Stratus Silveri's and love 'em! David's right about the imageing & clariy with PSB's... absolutely incredible... especially when you get into the Image line and then, move up to the Stratus line. Good luck.
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  7. Eric Stuckey

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    I 2nd the motion on PSB,just look below.
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    Kimber Kable & Illuminations V-21
     
  8. BryanZ

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    Brandon,
    With the budget you have you could replace all five of the cubes. You could get five Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 speakers. Or you could get the nOrh 4.0 package. For a pair of mains, you can get:
    ACI Opal
    nOrh SM 6.9
    AV-Reality S-9300
    Swan Diva 5.1 (possibly 6.1)
    One thing you also may want to do is upgrade your speaker wire to 12 guage all around.
    [Edited last by BryanZ on September 26, 2001 at 09:57 AM]
     
  9. EricHM

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    Might I reccomend something else?
    I went to my local HT MEGASTORE in san antonio, called bjorns and audtioned many speakers including B&W's, klipsch references, bostons, def techs, and others. Far and away, the speakers that sounded the best to me were the Phase Technology PC 2.1's. These are a 6.5" two way front ported bookshelf speaker, and they are remarkably smooth sounding with GREAT bass extension (you would have no problem crossing your sub over below 50hz with these). In fact, they sounded almost as good as the Def tech towers in the store that cost twice as much. For $700 a pair, I would definitely try and audition the phase techs if possible. I have not been able to hear any newer paradigms, but my dad has some old monitor sereies bookshelves with 8" midwoofer and 1" soft dome tweeter and I thought the phase techs sound much better than they do; however that is not really a valid analysis since I was listening in two completely different environements; I do not know about the new paradigm speakers, but I doubt the new monitors could sound quite as nice as the phase techs, however the studio series might come close.
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    Good Luck
     
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    Eric- i'm from san antonio and absolutely LOVE Bjorn's. that store is awesome...i plan to work there next summer (if i don't get a job at the local hi-fi store up here)!
    to stay on topic, lemme also say that i've heard excellent reviews on PSB speakers. i'm actually considering a pair of Image 6T's and a 9C for my next upgrade this coming summer (too far away [​IMG]). paradigm is also excellent.
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  11. Brandon_S

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    Thanks guys for all the great suggestions. I am going to try to go get a demo of some PSB speakers sometime this week. I am hoping in a few months to have the mains and hopefully shortly after that I can afford to get a center channel. Again thanks for all the great suggestions!
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    Brandon,
    It sounds like you're auditioning the usual suspects stocked by Ovation. If you ever make it to Louisville, you should check out Wilder Electronics. They've got B&W, PSB, and others I can't remember. I bought my B&Ws from them a few months ago. They have a store near the corner of Shelbyville Road and Hurstbourne and another in St. Matthews. And there's an Ovation about midway between them on Shelbyville Rd. If you want more specific directions, you can email me.
     
  13. Brandon_S

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    Den,
    I have never been to Wilder Electronics. If I get a chance to go to Louisville soon I will make sure to swing by there and check it out. I have been to the Ovations in St. Matthews a few times though. Today I got a chance to go demo some PSB's at The Dish Outlet here in Lexington. I am focusing on the Stratus Bronze series and boy was I impressed with them! I am upgrading one step at a time, so a pair of Bronze mains will be the first purchase, then a PSB center, and eventually two PSB rear channels. I really appreciate all the help of you guys pointing me in the right direction. Thanks again.
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  14. David Head

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    Brandon,
    I'm glad you liked the PSBs. Let us know when you get them and how they sound in your system.
    David
     
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    Brandon, about 5 months ago when i also auditioned the PSB Stratus Bronze's, i was so impressed with their sound that i bought the Stratus Silveri's unseen! I wasn't dissapponted... At the time i ordered the Silveri's (they weren't in stock) i also bought the C6i center channel (all in high gloss black, an option with all Stratus series PSB speakers) There is a C5 & C6i center channel in the Stratus line. For my surround's, i continued to use the Infinity QPS1's i had been using for a couple years until i could afford some matching PSB surround's. About six weeks ago i picked up a pair of PSB Image 10S's. Their bipolar and wall mountable. I would've picked up a set od Stratus Mini's however, my room wouldn't accomidate those direct radiating beauties, lol..
    The owner at the shop i bought my new speakers from here in South Jersey played some of James Taylor - "Live at the Beacon Theater" on the Bronzes... i was blown away by the imaging & clarity of these speakers... Good luck pal, you'll love'm!
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    Well guys I finally decided on some speaker. While I had originally intended to get the PSB Bronze series, recent events swayed my decision. In Novemeber, I started working at Best Buy. As most of you know this means I get a pretty sizable discount on most things in the store. After reading up on the JBL Studio series I decided for the money, I couldn't go wrong. Today I went in and ordered a pair of Studio 312s. They should arrive by the weekend. I will post my thoughts once they arrive. Thanks again for all the help. The Home Theater Forum is the ultimate resource!

    Brandon Smith
     
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    Hey Brandon ... have a question for you. I was wondering, with the best buy employee discount, how much would a pair of JBL S-38's run. Just curious. Hope you like those new speakers. [​IMG]
    thanks
     

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