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02-09-2010, 12:24 PM
After some sage advice.. i decided against spending $1000 on floorstanding speakers (a lot of $ for me)..

i know many people have posted similar questions and the responses typically suggest the buyer go out a audition the speaker. this is not an option for me.

first impressions, quick answer, in your opinion.. what is the best option for me at the $300 price point. 50/50 movie/music.

Based on research. My initial thoughts..

Polk Audio Monitor 60
Wharfedale Diamond 9.4
Jamo E770

Other options..

KEF Cresta 3 2-way Floorstanding Speakers Pair Black
Polk Audio TSi300 Floorstanding Speaker
Mordaunt-Short MS914 Floorstanding Speakers
Athena LS-300B Floorstanding Speaker
Boston Acoustics HS 460

02-09-2010, 12:28 PM
Wharfedale Diamond 9.4's by a long shot if you can get them for $300 or less.

Luvin Da Blues
02-09-2010, 12:40 PM
Wharfedale Diamond 9.4's by a long shot if you can get them for $300 or less.

I second that and they can be found new on EBay for less that $300.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Wharfedale-Diamond-9-4-Floorstanding-Speakers-New_W0QQitemZ160315359187QQcmdZViewItemQQptZSpeake rs_Subwoofers?hash=item25538a3fd3

Luvin Da Blues
02-09-2010, 12:42 PM
But I would go with the 9.6's for $425 if you can swing it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Wharfedale-Diamond-9-6-Cherry_W0QQitemZ160401664477QQcmdZViewItemQQptZSpe akers_Subwoofers?hash=item2558af29dd

02-09-2010, 03:06 PM
is there is big enough difference beteen the two to justify the $175 difference?

Luvin Da Blues
02-09-2010, 03:22 PM
is there is big enough difference beteen the two to justify the $175 difference?

I personally think so but your the one that has to put a $$ value on a bit better refinement and more bass extension. They are also more sensitive so your power requirements are less.

9.6 specs


Bass 8" 200mm Bass
Midrange 8" 200mm B/M, 2" 50mm tex midrange
Tweeter 25mm tex
Power 40-200W
Nominal Impedance 6ohm
Sensitivity 90dB
Frequency 28-24k @ -6dB
Crossover 150Hz, 1.0kHz, 6.0kHz
Frequency Fb 30Hz
Dimensions 42.52" H x 9.72" W x 13.03" D (height on spike & plinth 44.61" H)

9.4 specs


Bass 6.5" 165mm B/M
Tweeter 25mm tex
Power 20-100W
Nominal Impedance 6ohm
Sensitivity 86dB
Frequency 40-24k @ -6dB
Crossover 2.0k
Frequency Fb 40Hz
Dimensions 223x800x301(height on spike & plinth 850)

02-09-2010, 04:30 PM
What he said! Just look at the frequency response of the 9.6's- 28-24K compared to 40-24k.
You will get deeper bass with the 9.6's and a larger presentation or sound stage.

02-11-2010, 06:36 PM
Wharfedales all the way!!!!!! I have the new Wharfedale 10.1's and I absolutely love them. They were $299 and worth much more in my book. I don't have the room for floorstanders so I couldn't do the 9.4's or 9.6's, although they may sound better. You might also want to check out some PSB's like the B5 or the B25 (both bookshelves) but they have great sound as well and right around your price range. All of them can handle plenty of bass for music, but you would want a sub for movies. Good luck!

02-15-2010, 08:18 PM
Buy some Definitive Technology towers. Try some BP10B towers and there bipolar with lots of bass