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Hey!

So...I'm doing a small stereo in my baby's room.

Classical music off an iPod Classic 7th gen in apple lossless format.

Receiver is a HK3490.

I would like a pair of solid bookshelf speakers good with music and capable of the range classical brings to the table.

I was thinking a pair of 901's or model 6's, but haven't seen anything on current build quality or performance, so I'm open to ideas.

I want to stay sub-$500 for the pair, if possible. Plus or Minus $100.

Ideally 90db+ sensitivity, 4 or 8ohm (either is fine).

Thanks in advance.


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Swan D2.1se
http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=swan-d2-1se%2B-stand-monitor&products_id=69&

WHARFEDALE - DIAMOND 10.2
http://www.musicdirect.com/p-15479-wharfedale-diamond-102-bookshelf-speakers-pr.aspx

Arx A1b
http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=arx-a1b-monitor-loudspeaker&products_id=65&

Monitor Audio - Bronze BX-2
http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MRBBX2

CMT-340 SE
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/cmt340m/cmt340m.html

CBM-170 SE
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/cbm170/cbm170.html

these have been hyped in the speaker section:
Cambridge Audio - S30
http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=CAS30

I listen to little classical but believe these may be contenders.

Love that you're playing music in the nursery - we had the local rock FM station jamming in the background of our now 32 y.o. daughter's room from the day she was brought home. No "be quite, you'll wake the baby" around our house. Get used to it kid wink.gif we're social people and we were all better for it.

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You can get a lot of bang for your buck from going with kits instead of assembled speakers. There are some very easy kits will will equal or surpass the equivalently priced assembled speakers in performance. Here are a couple to look into: Zaph 5.3 MTM and Dayton UA701CK (that one is priced per speaker, not pair). You don't need any special tools and it doesn't take much time. Just watch the video they have on the parts-express product page. Here are some more kits you might be interested in. If you just don't feel like screwing around with kits, here are a few suggestions: JBL Studio 530s, NHT Classic 2, KEF Q100 (nice sale price on these at the moment), KEF Q300, Hsu HB-1 mk2, and NuScale 216s. Any of those promise to be excellent.

By the way, there is reason to think that classical music doesn't necessarily improve a child's development.
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Or use something totally different . Connect the Ipod direct to these http://www.vanatoo.com/ and forget the receiver ,

Really great sounding speakers , small and great package with lots of possibilities . $500 for the black or $550 for the cherry pair incl. shipping and 30 day trial .
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The PSB Image 6 is worth a look. In your price range and 90db.smile.gif
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The PSB Image 6 is worth a look. In your price range and 90db.smile.gif

It's not 90 dB sensitive. Probably the only true anechoic 90 dB bookshelf speakers out there in the OP's price range is Klipsch.
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Hey!

So...I'm doing a small stereo in my baby's room.

Classical music off an iPod Classic 7th gen in apple lossless format.

Receiver is a HK3490.

I would like a pair of solid bookshelf speakers good with music and capable of the range classical brings to the table.

I was thinking a pair of 901's or model 6's, but haven't seen anything on current build quality or performance, so I'm open to ideas.

I want to stay sub-$500 for the pair, if possible. Plus or Minus $100.

Ideally 90db+ sensitivity, 4 or 8ohm (either is fine).

Infinity P163

http://infinitysystems.com/product-detail-11657/p163bk.html

http://www.stereophile.com/standloudspeakers/1007inf/
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Thanks all.

I think I've narrowed it down to the KEF Q300's, Focal 706v, and the Wharfedale 10.2.

WAF is now a factor, so I want something that matches the black/slate gray of the iPod and the HK3490.

Anyone with practical experience with any of the above?


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I second the HSU recommedation by shadyj above. I might get a pair just to put them in any room that doesn't have speakers yet. LOL

http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hb-1.html
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fwiw, just recently upgraded my small listening rm. speakers with the kef q300 this past year (at accessories4less for$469 )they take over a pair of Cambridge audio s-30's( great speakers for their size and price point)being a lot bigger the kefs do sound better. bigger soundstage and imaging and better treble especially at louder volumes. the s-30's tweeter would start to distort at high volumes. I also have a older paradigm ps2200v2 sub in the room and find music more enjoyable with it. I listen more to blues/rock( buddy guy, stevie ray Vaughn, rory Gallagher joe bonnamassa ,gary moore ,etc.)

i'm so laid back,i'm laid out
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goros:
I recently got a pair of the Wharfedale 10.1s for our guest room and I am very pleased with their sound - basically a clean midrange with not much low end and an okay high end. The price is certainly right.
Good luck,
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