yet another 'need some help picking out speakers'

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  1. bobSe

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    Looking for a new receiver(posted in the receiver forum) and some new speakers.

    Budget: $300 for the receiver, $300 for a pair of speakers
    Target: in a 14x11 room. This means I will not be blasting the volume most of the time.

    So am I suppose to 'match' up the speakers to the receiver? what should I be looking for in speakers? 2way, 3way? woofer size? other specifications? something about frequency range?

    What speakers do you recommend? What online vendors are reliable? what about store vendors? best buy?

    I've always been a fan of JBL speakers, are they any good?

    thanks

    note: looking for bookshelf sized speakers
     
  2. Phil Iturralde

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    I'm also a fan of JBL speakers, read my Why you should add JBL Speakers "N", "E" & "S"-Series to your audition list! website. [​IMG]

    If you don't mind ordering on-line (usually the best prices vs. B&M local retailers), ... my recommendation that's within your budget ...

    B&H Photo - AUTHORIZED JBL ONLINE RETAILERS:
    JBL E-30 Northridge E Series 125 Watts Bookshelf Speaker - Pair - Black
    Price : $ 114.95 w/Free Shipping
    [​IMG]

    JBL E150P 10" 150-Watts Front-Firing Powered Subwoofer - Black
    Price : $ 169.00 w/Free Shipping
    [​IMG]

    $ 114.95 JBL E30 - Black**
    $ 169.00 JBL E150P 10" 150-Watts Subwoofer - Black
    ---------
    $ 283.95 TOTAL w/FREE Shipping

    **NOTE:
    1) Beech finish cabinet JBL E30 $127.95 pair
    2) Cherry finish cabinet JBL E30 $139.00 pair


    AV Receiver ...
    Yamaha HTR-5840 6.1 Home Theater Receiver - 100 Watts per Channel x6, Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby PRO-Logic, AM/FM Tuner, XM Satellite Radio Ready
    Price : $ 214.95 + Shipping (see website)
    [​IMG]

    Hope this helps,
    Phil
     
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    so the E30 is pretty good? what about the N26 or N28? how do those compare to the E30?
     
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    The N series has been discontinued for some time, replaced by the E series.
     
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    I highly recommend Paradigm Titans in this price range. Go auditioning and make up your own mind. I am not a fan of JBL in comparison.
     
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    double post. that's a rare one.
     
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    I have never owned Paradigm but have owned JBL and I am a big JBL fan as well. The JBL recommendation should be competitive in that price range.

    Chris
     
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    I just ordered a Panasonic xr57 for $320 shipped. That is my choice in that price range. I also think paradigm offers a a better bang for the buck than most other brands. The internet direct brands genereally offer an even better value. my $0.02
     
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    Paradigm is a good choice in the price range, but there are definitely some others worth considering like the Onyx X-LS (out of stock currently), SVS SBS-01, Mordaunt Short MS-902 (I use these in my 2ch setup and love them, definitely better than Titans). Then a bit more expensive - Axiom M3Ti and Ascend CBM-170SEs.
     
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    computer burp!
     
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    computer burp!
     
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    Based on Objective Benchmarks, the equivalently priced Paradigm vs. JBL models, ... revealed that JBL had smoother SPL characteristics from their lowest usable frequency output - up to 18-20 kHz - confirming my subjective auditions making JBL IMHO a better price vs. performance leader**. I also felt the advantage over the Paradigm's was JBL inclusion of their TEC Award Pro LSR Studio Monitor EOS waveguide (recommended by Dr. Floyd Toole), ... now being utilized in the latest Infinity and Revel speaker lineups. (all under Harmon International)

    **From my research. the JBL Venue is an upgraded version of the highly regarded and positively reviewed 1999 N-Series lineup, ... so like mentioned above, audition them if you can, ... but I doubt that you can stay within your suggested budget ...


    ... via the Venue lineup since they are very new. The JBL E-Series w/powered-sub (highly, very highly recommended!!!) will fit your budget!

    Have fun deciding,
    Phil
     
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    I recommend listening to the speakers...
     
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    those JBL 'arena venue' speakers are 260$, do I really need a seperate subwoofer though? 'cause I can always get a sub later

    edit: hmm looking at sizes, the 'arena venue' jbl speakers are 15inches high, that won't fit my bookshelf - 13inches. So I guess I can rule those out. The Paradigm Titans on the other hand will fit.

    edit #2: I am having a hard time finding a place that sells those paradigm titans

    eidt #3: onyx xl-s are sold out - http://www.av123.com/products_produc...s&product=82.1
     
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    hmmm the E30's are also 15inches tall, that won't fit either. Well that's not good. Max I could fit is 13.5inches high. What do I do now haha. Out of the speakers you guys suggested, only the Paradigm Titans fit, but I can't find anyone who sells them online
     
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    There are no authorized online dealers for Paradigm
     
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    mmk... so are there any other good speakers that would fit my bookshelf? besides the titans?
     
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    ha haha... I just found out I can move my shelves lower! so sad.

    so I guess the current contenders are

    JBL E30 + seperate sub ~300
    JBL Arena Venue - 260$
    Paradigm Titans ~ 200
    Axiom M3Ti - $320

    Any others I should be considering? How do the above speakers compare to each other?
     
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    The Titans are probably not a good choice for placing them into a bookshelf (go figure, bookshelf speaker...) because they are rear ported. The M3s are also rear ported, but have less bass than the Titans so it may be less of an issue for them (and the M3s sound better).

    I'll throw in the Mordaunt Short 902s which happen to be on sale for $199 with free shipping at AC4L right now: here. I've owned Atoms, Titans, and Mini Monitors, and I would pick the 902s over all of them. I use them for my 2ch bedroom system and they're a heck of a speaker for that price. Unfortunately, they are rear ported also.
     

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