Recommendations within my Speaker Budget

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  1. TerryT

    TerryT Auditioning

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    I'm building a HT setup and I'd like recommendations for 5.1 speakers in the $1,500 +/- range. Size constraints in placement limit me to bookshelf type speakers. My room is 13'x 22'. My current favorites are B&W DM601/LCR60/ASW600. Use will be 40% tv, 40% DVD, 20% music.
     
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    You could check out the Rocket ELT package at AV123


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    Sounds like a good combo to me, though I would say if you can swing it, I would look into an HSU or SVS subwoofer instead of the B&W. B&W's subs is very boomy. You really hear it more so than anything else. Which if you are used to car stereos, you might like better. To me, I like not knowing the sub is there and doing anything unless you put your hand on it, or feel the bass and hear stuff rattling/room pressurizing.

    Your call though. I think you'll get a better quality sub for the same price if you look towards either one of those companys.
     
  4. Leigh_M

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    If the B&W are your farorites, go for it! We listened to them before buying and they make very nice speakers. We ended up going with Boston because they were our favorites.
     
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    You may also want to have a listen to Ascend Acoustics

    Also visit the Ascend Forum for some good info.

    There is a nice short article on the Ascend/Hsu combo in the April edition of DVD Etc.

    Also check out Axiom .
     
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    Hi TerryT. Is $1500 your limit for the 5.1 package? Sub and five speakers? I just want to be sure I understand what your asking.[​IMG]
     
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    I'd personally recommend the 602s over the 601s, and I agree with sinking the cash into an HSU or SVS sub, maybe even the Adire Rava. I have an HSU VTF-2 and I am very happy with it.
     
  8. TerryT

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    steve nn, you've got it right. I'd like to spend around $1500 for the front, center, rear, and sub.

    Guys, I'm not necessarily set on the B&W 601 speakers, those are just the speakers I liked best of the ones I've heard.

    I could try the 602s and I know that I would probably like them better than the 601s. But that would push the speaker system closer to $2000 and over my current budget. Also, the 602s are pushing bookcase size IMO.

    And I have been reading up on alternatives subs. It sounds like the SVS are the best for the money.
     
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    I'll second checking out Ascends.
     
  10. Leigh_M

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    Terry,
    When you say you like the B&W the best, what others have you listened to? This may help narrow down your likes and dislikes.

    We compared the 601 and 602 to Boston CR and Energy C3. I liked the sound of the B&W but prefered the Boston and Energy. My wife, a music teacher, did not like the B&W for music. She said they had some holes in the frequencies. Something about not being able to hear the echo of percusion in a classical music piece. Between the 601 and 602, I definately liked the 602. If you look used, you could stay in your buget with the 602.
     
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    You might also look at Paradigm. I auditioned the B&W's when I was shopping for speakers, but prefered the sound of the Paradigm monitor series.
     
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    Terry, I recently got the Totem Dreamcatcher system, after demoing B&Ws, Energys, and Bostons. The ssytem includes 4 identical main bookshelf monitors, a centre channel, and a subwoofer. I opted out of their sub in favor a (an?) HSU STF2. Still in setup mode, so I can't say how things have broken in, but I am very please with their sound. The speakers are both handsome and sounded beautiful in an extended demo. The Totem's sans sub were $1,200 (with a set of custom wall mounts for the rears). If you have a local Totem dealer, they are worth a listen.

    Be sure you budget for cables, wires, connections, they are nickel and diming me to death! Good luck
     

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