Under $1500

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  1. Nick Bum

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    So right now Im looking into getting a stero system system that is under $1500. I want real high quality speakers with excellent clarity with crisp highs.

    Curentely I have a sony 100X5 amp that is Dolby Suround Sound.

    The speakers that I am looking at right now are the Sonus Faber concerto and they are $995 on the button. This would leave me with a bit of money for a center ch. and i already have a sony sub that I can use.

    I will be using the rt and left ch most for music but on ocasino i do want to use surround for movie nights. I have two sony rear ch's too.

    So I guess my basic question is I have heard these Sonus Faber speakers and love them is their anything else i need to look at as far as sound clarity goes? And is their something better I could do for under 1500?
     
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    So what type of reciever should i look at? Should I get a stero a 5.1 or a 6.1? See I plan on using the left and right fronts for music all the time and for movies just on occasion. I curentley have a 5.1 set up thats all sony but im not happy with the clairty of the speakers for music. So should i get a better 5.1 reciever and if so what would you recomend?
     
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    You might want to get a less expensive receiver and save up for a power amp. From what I hear, the Sonus Fabers love the extra power.

    Brands to look at? Denon, Rotel, Harmon Kardon, Marantz (especially if you'll add the power amp) and a slew of others.
    The speakers will make the biggest sonic difference though.
     
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    You should upgrade your receiver too to something higher end that would enable you to maximize your speaker's performance.
     
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    From what I have heard from other people these speakers wont start clipping till your really feeding them alot of power. So if I get a power amp how much will that cost. I know the ones we use for live sound are over 1k.
     
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    Nick,

    You might want to give the Onix Rocket line a try. I've read that they have a similar sound to the Sonus Fabers, but at a much lower cost. The 550s sound like they may be in your ballpark ($999/pr), plus the RSC200 ($599) would make a very attractive front set for $1500:
    http://www.av123.com/products_catego...eakers&brand=3

    Also, like others have mentioned, the sony receiver and sub are the weak links in your system.

    Good luck with your decision.
     
  8. Nick Bum

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    Yeah I see my receiver and sub as a weak link too. Right now one of my buds is trying to get me a power amp that we used to use for our live sound the only thing I would worry about is over powering my speakers since its made to power speakers that are atleast twice the size of any of the ones im looking at buying. Yesterday one of the recievers I played through was a Dennon that was about 500 that sounded pretty good it might be an option but is that good enough for the speakers that i want?
     
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    Hey, Nick. Not too worry too much about upgrading everything at the same time. Just take it one step at a time. You're doing it right by starting with the speakers.

    I'm not sure which denon you tried out (maybe the 1805?). The speakers that have been listed have really good potential to shine with good equipment. However, it's not going to stink with not-so-good equipment, although some speakers might (Klipsch, for example). You can take this in a number of directions:

    1. Get the speakers and hook them up to your current equipment. If you like the sound, fine. If not, upgrade the receiver.
    2. Borrow the Denon to see how it fares with your speakers. That way you can determine if you're happy with the results, without having to put down some money first.
    3. If you're not satisfied with the Denon, and only have $x to spend on the receiver, you might consider saving up some more, so you can purchase a receiver that you're happy with.

    Re: overpowering the speakers with the amp, I'd worry more if the amp was underpowered. I'm not sure what the specs on the Sonus are, but I know the rockets love power. I'm sure that even with your sony receiver, you'll probably play the speakers louder than you can stand. I'll leave distortion on the sonys for a different discussion.
     

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