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post #1 of 24 Old 05-03-2010, 10:06 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey all,

I am looking at getting rid of my Philips HTiB system and getting into the real world. My setup is as follows:
Samsung 46"LED
Samsung Bluray
Onkyo SR608
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ATT Uverse (cable)

I watch about 50/50 movies and cable and am looking for a 5.1 system. After talking to the wife she said that I either need to find "medium brown" speakers (to match the other furniture) or non-wood speakers. Instantly I was sad cause I know the wood ones are better.

I am looking at spending about $500-$750 for 5.1 but can buy 3.1 and add 4&5 later too. I really like the TSi300. Is there a comperable speaker in brown?

Also if I go non-wood I like the Polk VM30(L/R), CS2 (Center), 10(Rear surround) with PSW111 but I can't find a store that has the VM30's setup. Also looked at the RM series but can't find a place to listen to them either.

Can anyone offer some help for a good set of non wood speakers or some that come in brown?????????
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The Definitive Technology Mythos line has aluminum enclosures and sound great. Just not available in brown.

Very strong and punchy for both music and HT.

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They finish wood speakers in many ways, and recently gloss black has gained a lot of popularity. Many speaker companies now have a gloss black. The nice thing is they can blend with any setup. Some manufacturers also have a white finish, but normally they are the higher end brands. Vienna Acoustics has a white finish.

Irishman pointed out aluminum and there are other companies besides Def Tech that use it. The one down side to all of this is the cost. Usually the gloss black/white are more expensive. You may be able to find a light maple finish which doesn't look like wood IMO.

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The Definitive Technology Mythos line has aluminum enclosures and sound great. Just not available in brown.

Very strong and punchy for both music and HT.

Visually somewhat similar: Klipsch Icon XF-48 speaker.

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Visually somewhat similar: Klipsch Icon XF-48 speaker.

Aren't the XF-48 self powered?

Also I need either brown OR non-wood it doesn't have to be non-wood in brown. sorry for confusion.
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Infinity Primus or Cascade.

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Aren't the XF-48 self powered?

Yes, so they can be driven either from a pre-amp (using the XF-48's line level, i.e., RCA, inputs), or alternatively from a receiver (using the XF-48's speaker level inputs) and drawing perhaps 1W.

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I think I have narrowed it down a little...

Infinity TSS 1200 5.1 system:
120 Hz To 30 kHz Satellite/Center Channel (all TSS-SAT1200 speakers)
29 Hz To 150 Hz Subwoofer Frequency
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

Infinity Cascade 5.1 system:
Center = Model Three C 80-20kHz
L/R = Model Nine 80-20kHz
Rear L/R = Model Five 100-20kHz

Polk Audio VM system:
Center = VM20 70-26kHz
L/R = VM30 50-26kHz
Rear L/R = VM10 90-26kHz

Bose Acoustimass 10 system:
Unknown frequency


The Klipsch Icon X speakers are nice but the system is out of my price range.

What does everyone think?
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I think I have narrowed it down a little...

Infinity TSS 1200 5.1 system:
120 Hz To 30 kHz Satellite/Center Channel (all TSS-SAT1200 speakers)
29 Hz To 150 Hz Subwoofer Frequency
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

Infinity Cascade 5.1 system:
Center = Model Three C 80-20kHz
L/R = Model Nine 80-20kHz
Rear L/R = Model Five 100-20kHz

Polk Audio VM system:
Center = VM20 70-26kHz
L/R = VM30 50-26kHz
Rear L/R = VM10 90-26kHz

Bose Acoustimass 10 system:
Unknown frequency


The Klipsch Icon X speakers are nice but the system is out of my price range.

What does everyone think?

Remove Bose.
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Ok the new list is as follows:

Polk Audio VM system:
Center = VM20 70-26kHz
L/R = VM30 50-26kHz
Rear L/R = VM10 90-26kHz
With sub (suggestions??)

Infinity Cascade 5.1 system:
Center = Model Three C 80-20kHz
L/R = Model Nine 80-20kHz
Rear L/R = Model Five 100-20kHz
With sub (suggestions??)

KEF 2005.2 5.1 System:
5 Speakers 80Hz - 27kHz
Sub = Kube 2

Harmon Kardon HKTS30 System:
45 - 20kHz (i believe this includes the sub)

What are everyones opinions? I can't find a place with VM30's and 20's in order to listen to them. I have heard the KEF and HK and the frequency of Polk is better so they should be better but am unsure.

For reference I am going to use a Onkyo TX-SR608.
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"Looking for spkrs not wood"...
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The Yamaha EF series speakers are piano black. Take a look at the NS-777 (8" woofer), NS-555 (6.5"'woofer) NS-C444, and NS-333.
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Okay.... the Klipsch XF48 just went on sale at Vann's.... $399. I can't find these in a store so I am going to realy on your Audiofile ears.....

Klipsch Icon X Series:
L/R XF48
C XL23
LR/RR XB10
Sub XW-300D

Or
Polk Audio VM system:
Center = VM20 70-26kHz
L/R = VM30 50-26kHz
Rear L/R = VM10 90-26kHz
With sub (suggestions??)

Last question I promise!!!!!!!!
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I vote klipsch. I would not spend that much money on a Polk setup.
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Go with the klipsch, I have the Icon W's and love the sound.

That's a great price.
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Are the W's and X's close to the same sound?
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Are the W's and X's close to the same sound?

They should be. They both use the same horn and woofers.

They are very efficient and play very loud with crisp clean highs and very smooth mids.

The W's are rear ported and the X's use radiators. Base may be some what diffrent. I've heard the X-10's and was very impressed with them.

I auditioned the TSI400's when looking for speakers and just wasn't that crazy about the polk sound.

Also the W's create a very wide sound stage sometimes when listening to 2channel stereo i think sound is coming from the center and have to put my ear there to verify it's not.

I mean for that price they are a steal. My wife is not interested at all in speakers and while listening to some classical music tonight she was like WoW those sound good. And normally she could care less.
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Okay.... the Klipsch XF48 just went on sale at Vann's.... $399. I can't find these in a store so I am going to realy on your Audiofile ears.....

Klipsch Icon X Series:
L/R XF48
C XL23
LR/RR XB10
Sub XW-300D

Or
Polk Audio VM system:
Center = VM20 70-26kHz
L/R = VM30 50-26kHz
Rear L/R = VM10 90-26kHz
With sub (suggestions??)

Last question I promise!!!!!!!!

My vote still goes to Infinity. I would strongly advise against buying Klipsch unheard unless you don't mind the possibility of returning them. Many people love them but there is a sizable minority of people who find them fatiguing.

Lots of people love them and maybe you will too!

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Magico Model 6 is aluminum.
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Jabooh, have you considered auditioning some Paradigms? Perhaps the Special Edition Series? Very modern the the gloss black finish. Small footprint. Great sound for the $. You may not be able to acquire all 5.1 speakers at once, but at least give them a shot. Quality over quantity in this case.
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Magico Model 6 is aluminum.

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Jabooh, have you considered auditioning some Paradigms? Perhaps the Special Edition Series? Very modern the the gloss black finish. Small footprint. Great sound for the $. You may not be able to acquire all 5.1 speakers at once, but at least give them a shot. Quality over quantity in this case.

Paradigm is a good choice for this setup but the price is a problem in this case. I think it's better to find other speakers for your needs. Infinity is a good choice in my opinion !
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Thanks everyone for the help. I have decided to go with the following setup:

Receiver = Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2Ch
L/R = Definitive Technology BP7004 or BP7006
C = Definitive Technology CLR2002 or CLR2300
LR/RR = Definitive Technology BP1.2X or CLR2002

I have found a good deal on a set of refurbished 7004 and if I can work it out I will get this in lieu of the 7006.

Thanks again everyone!!!
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