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  • 02-09-2010, 12:24 PM
    avalouise
    entry level speakers
    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
    blackraven
    Wharfedale Diamond 9.4's by a long shot if you can get them for $300 or less.
  • 02-09-2010, 12:40 PM
    Luvin Da Blues
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by blackraven
    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-Diamo...item25538a3fd3
  • 02-09-2010, 12:42 PM
    Luvin Da Blues
    But I would go with the 9.6's for $425 if you can swing it.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Wharfedale-Diamo...item2558af29dd
  • 02-09-2010, 03:06 PM
    avalouise
    hey, da blues..
    is there is big enough difference beteen the two to justify the $175 difference?
  • 02-09-2010, 03:22 PM
    Luvin Da Blues
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by avalouise
    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


    Specification

    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

    Specification

    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
    blackraven
    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
    KiltriP
    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
    stang
    Buy some Definitive Technology towers. Try some BP10B towers and there bipolar with lots of bass