which bookshelf speakers offer the biggest sound for around $100

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by JesseBro, Jan 27, 2004.

  1. JesseBro

    JesseBro Stunt Coordinator

    Aug 4, 2003
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    as the title states... im looking to purchase 2 new bookshelf speakers for the front of my surround sound....now i listen to a lot of music as well as a lot of home theater... im looking to spend around $100 (which isnt much i know and i will buy used as well) but im looking for something with a very full sound that can also handle some bass as i cant afford a sub just yet.... im using a yamaha rxv440 if that makes any difference

    thanks for the help, and i dont like the sound of klipsch or any horn tweeter for that matter
  2. Robert Hoffman

    Robert Hoffman Stunt Coordinator

    Mar 9, 2001
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    I've been quite happy with these BICs for five years now.


    I think they do a good job as far as a $100 (buy.com has the v62si for $116 a pair) bookshelf speaker. Obviously they sound a lot better with a SVS around [​IMG]
  3. GaryAR

    GaryAR Agent

    Apr 8, 2002
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    No doubt about it... Omage AV21's are the best speakers out there for that kind of money. There are several threads at audiogon & avsforum about them, and here's one on how to make them sound even better for little or no extra money:


    Supposedly the new ones now incorporate most of these tweaks.

    Here are some pictures from my gallery on avsforum:

    The only place I know of that sells them in the states can be found by searching google for 'omage loudspeakers'. I bought mine from a shop in canada, but since these things have started selling they upped their price by 40%.

  4. Dave-Z

    Dave-Z Agent

    Oct 25, 2003
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    For about $149, you can get Athena AS-B1's, new. I gather that you could grab them used for $100. Probably the most highly recommended bookshelf speakers for their price.

    ht tp://ww w.soundstage.com/revequip/athena_asb1.htm

    ht tp://ww w.athenaspeakers.com/

    (Just remove the spaces between the http and www)

    I'm currently using them as temporary surrounds as I save money for my complete PSB Stratus system(minus sub), and while I originally had pegged the stratus mini's as my next buy at $1100, I'm now content enough with the performance of the Athenas to instead grab my center, sub and receiver, leaving the mini's for last. That's saying something. btw, if I don't decide to hold on the these speakers, as I just may since they peform so well for the price, I would look to unload them for a C-note, so I would imagine a few other folks in simlar positions might be looking to unload them in your hands today.

    Oh, and you can easily enough audition the Athena's, albeit in a horrible environment, at BestBuy, as they carry the Athena line in store.

    I wish you luck.

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