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    Apr 2009

    Speaker recommendations?

    I am getting a Denon AVR-589 and need to replace my current speakers. I need a stereo configuration, possibly upgraded to 2.1 later, bookshelf, will be in my 10*10*8(w*l*h, carpeted) room, need to sound good with music such as Tool, Isis, Sublime, Fall of troy. I'm young, can you tell? I would like to spend no more than $300, and these will be wall mounted, so <20lbs. I am considering a used pair of B&W 685. I've also heard PSB and Polk would be good for what I'm doing, but what more specifically. Also, my source for everything will be 128kbps AAC files through s/pdif digital from my computer. I would like them to have kind of a big sound, kind of like the 685's. Any suggestions?

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    Retro Modernist 02audionoob's Avatar
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    Jun 2008
    Dallas, TX
    The suitable PSB speakers for your criteria can be found here, as well as some Energy speakers that would do well, too:

    I don't think the Polk speakers in this price range are going to help you. Their LSi series is decent, but their speakers under the $300 limit aren't up to the competition. The Athena speakers at the above-linked page might be better...maybe the Boston speakers, too.

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    Audio/HT Nut version 1.3a
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    Jan 2008
    That Denon is for sale at Costco for $170. Too bad you can't go for $399 and get the 5.1 Energy Take Classic at Costco. With their sub you would get great big ultra clean sound and much lower bass than any small bookshelf speaker in a 10 x 10 room especially with the Denon's 5 channel stereo mode. They will sound better against the wall than the standard bookshelf speaker. They are available at Amazon and Audio Advisor for the same price, no tax and free shipping.

    Or if you haven't actually bought the 589 yet you could go for this package at Vann's, the Take Classic with the Denon AVR-1609 which is the same receiver (with a couple minor extras) as the 589 (different dealers) for $490. Great deal! (click on detailed specs) (click on detailed specs)


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    Forum Regular blackraven's Avatar
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    Nov 2006
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Go for the used pair of B&W 685's and a sub. Also consider the Energy C-100's and C-200's.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Audio/HT Nut version 1.3a
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    Jan 2008
    Oh yeah, I almost forgot. If you only want two speakers for $300 that really rock look at these from SVS:

    Of course, in the future a sub will always help.


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