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post #1 of 9 Old 10-27-2014, 04:56 PM - Thread Starter
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Acoustic Suspension speakers

I have owned a set of Linn Index + for MANY years but need to replace them. My problem is, the speakers will need to go on a bookshelf directly against the wall. I know that isn't the sonic ideal, but it is an architectural demand. That leaves me with the following limitations: no port or front ported speakers only.
I am feeling NHT Classic 2 or 3 as the best (? only) choices for price, performance, & durability.
I don't want to pay over $800 for the pair.
I will drive these with Marantz 8002 surround receiver.
Any other suggestions that fit the requirements?
I have a sub but would like the speakers to sound good without it when listening to music.
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Also look used. Acoustic Suspension speaker are hard to fine.
Took me a year to find a pair of older Mission 761 to match my other speakers.
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I have owned a set of Linn Index + for MANY years but need to replace them. My problem is, the speakers will need to go on a bookshelf directly against the wall. I know that isn't the sonic ideal, but it is an architectural demand. That leaves me with the following limitations: no port or front ported speakers only.
I am feeling NHT Classic 2 or 3 as the best (? only) choices for price, performance, & durability.
I don't want to pay over $800 for the pair.
I will drive these with Marantz 8002 surround receiver.
Any other suggestions that fit the requirements?
I have a sub but would like the speakers to sound good without it when listening to music.
Kef Q series speakers are front ported and withing your budget.

Klipsch RB61II and RB81II are front ported and within your budget.

Just a couple off the top of my head.

Klipsch RF-62II, RC-500, RS-400, SVS PC12+,
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I have owned a set of Linn Index + for MANY years but need to replace them. My problem is, the speakers will need to go on a bookshelf directly against the wall. I know that isn't the sonic ideal, but it is an architectural demand. That leaves me with the following limitations: no port or front ported speakers only.
I am feeling NHT Classic 2 or 3 as the best (? only) choices for price, performance, & durability.
I don't want to pay over $800 for the pair.
I will drive these with Marantz 8002 surround receiver.
Any other suggestions that fit the requirements?
I have a sub but would like the speakers to sound good without it when listening to music.
I'd go with the Classic 3 b-stock. That keeps you within your budget and you can't go wrong with the NHTs.

Panasonic TCP65VT60
Pioneer Elite VSX-70
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Model Six surrounds
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First, thanks to all of you. Kef is a brand I have thought about. Klipsch is a good brand for home theater, but music...not so sure, b-stock NHT is what I was looking at.
Others?
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NHT has had a Black Friday sale the last couple years. Might want to check it out if you can wait until the end of the month.
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I am leaning hard toward B&W 685's. They have a unique port that evidently delivers smooth bass and have excellent reviews. I'm going to audition them tomorrow. Will let you know my impression.
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Well...I went to a local audio store and bought the 685 s2. List price was from $750 to $800, depending on where you looked. My price: $616. It was Thanksgiving weekend and the salesman and I knew several of the same audio guys. After setting them up in a configuration very similar to what I have in my home, I grew increasingly impressed. I was going to walk away and come back after the new year...but...he asked me if I was ready to buy at a good price. I asked him how good. He disappeared for a minute and came back with the $616. He had indicated these were the best selling speaker in the world right now. I never expected that big a discount on this product.

Now for the speakers:

Wow! I put these against a wall and near the side wall, expecting very little imaging...but they are fantastic! For testing purposes I used the Eagles "Hell Freezes Over" DVD, "The Heart of the Matter" track. I had my wife sit and close her eyes and listen...and she started to cry...but that's unrelated. She could hear what I was talking about.

My Index+ are wonderful speakers, and have served me well. I still like how they sound...but...The 685's are so much more that I don't think I'll miss the Index. Besides, they'll go into my "music" room and replace my Epos ELS 3's which are going into my surround system.

In summation, $800 is a fair price for the 685's and, if that was the best I could do, I'd still buy them.

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