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post #1 of 21 Old 11-16-2013, 11:09 AM - Thread Starter
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Sorry fellows for asking about commercial speakers in this section, but I figured you guys are pretty passionate about speakers biggrin.gif

I would DIY, but I still have a few speakers parts waiting for me to get to, so hoping to pick up something quick for the Holidays.

Budget, meaning 100-200 per speaker. Bookshelves or Floorstandings will do. Main usage is for living room TV and some pop/rock music. Doesn't have to be loud and rock the house.

I have my eyes on the Andrew Jones Pioneers, but wanted to make sure I am not overlooking anything else. How about them Polk Monitor and Infinity Primus series? It's been a VERY long time since I've heard a Polk or Infinity. Anything else? JBL perhaps?

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Did a little search and found an attractive price for JBL Studio 130 bookshelves.

Any experience?
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behringer truth.

beat linkwitz orion, so that's probably good enough for some cheap bookshelves. :-)

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/multi-way/177403-linkwitz-orions-beaten-behringer-what.html

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Are talking about the active speakers?

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/behringer-truth-b2031a-active-monitor-single

Do they have passive versions?
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Do they have passive versions?

Affirmative.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/behringer-truth-b2031p-passive-monitor-single
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haha. check this out!

http://www.behringer.com/news/?p=24882


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now...here is why they sound so good:




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Yup! Many of us have been advocating these for years. I had a pair, loved 'em. Gave them to a relative, dumb me.
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Thanks guys.

Looks like Behringer B2031P for me.

Now, I just need to find a slick deal on those.
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Any significant difference between the 2031P and the 2030P?

I believe the 2030P is 8ohm whereas the 2031p is 4ohm? I don't want to spend extra money for a 4ohm receiver.

This is for a cheap living room TV setup.
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6.75 vs 8.75 inch woofers.
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Haha. These really do over achieve at a ridiculous price. Some people just can't believe it due to the price and the brand name. I have acquired 5 pairs of the 2031 active over the years.
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Does anyone know if these speakers come with grills?
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I am really digging these Andrew Jones speakers. Anyone got a chance to listen to both these and the Behringer?


http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-FS52-LR-Designed-standing-Loudspeaker/dp/B008NCD2S4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385915908&sr=8-1&keywords=SP-FS52-LR
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There is a single cosmetically damaged 2031p on ebay for $20 at the Cargolargo store. I practiced epic levels of restraint to not buy it.
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I debated about a week between the Behringer 2031p, the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR, and the Cambridge S30.

Pulled the trigger on the 2031p pair for $239. It's currently out of stock on Amazon, but they will ship it when they have these in stock again.

I just got the Yamaha RXV673 during the Thanksgiving week, so it will be driving these babies in stereo mode.

Now, to look for a budget Sub to accompany them. Build or Buy?

What's a nice budget retail sub?
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Just got the 2031p today.

Wow....I was surprised how BIG they were. I haven't seen bookshelves this big in a long time. And heavy.

They currently sit temporary on my TV stand so I am not maximizing the sweet spot or imaging of these speakers. I am quite happy with the vocal these babies put out. Clear and detail, with a nice mid bass kick to it.

I got two Dayton Sub 1200 on the way to handle the below 80hz materials. I gotta say I am quite happy with them for the price.

Thanks again guys.
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I see you don't have a center speaker. Have you considered going through one of the Marketplace forums to look for a center? For some odd reason, there seems to be a lot of center speakers available, right in that $200 range. A couple of months ago I picked up a Dayton Audio Usher UA721 MTM which was listed in the 2013 Parts Express catalog for $458 right in that range, and it blends fantastically with my SEOS Fusion 10 mains.

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Nope, no center.

This is a living room 2.1 setup. I am not looking to do surround.

Already have a dedicated room downstairs for movies and main events. tongue.gif

This setup is mainly for TV shows, sports, music, and the kids watching their favorite movies/shows.

Btw, I just got a Roku 2 XS and absolutely love it. HD streaming is very, very nice with Vevo and Amazon Prime videos.
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Nope, no center.

This is a living room 2.1 setup. I am not looking to do surround.

Already have a dedicated room downstairs for movies and main events. tongue.gif
All I had to do was look at your avatar to figure out that this wasn't your first set of speakers, duh! rolleyes.gif

This setup is mainly for TV shows, sports, music, and the kids watching their favorite movies/shows.

Btw, I just got a Roku 2 XS and absolutely love it. HD streaming is very, very nice with Vevo and Amazon Prime videos.[/quote
I'm with you on the streaming. I recently went to an inexpensive Sony BD player so I could test the streaming world of video delivery. It is VERY good, and is certainly the future of TV watching.

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