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So I just got my new Onkyo RC260 and I want to get some new speakers. I can't really find any speaker sets that I like in my price range. I've been looking at a couple options where I could build my home theater over time. Right now, I'll be using them in a 12' x 13' room.

What I have now is a Sony center I got with with a Sony HTiB about 6 or 7 years ago. I also have 2 Sony bookshelf speakers for the front speakers rated at 200 watts each. The subwoofer is from the same HTiB and is powered and rated at 75 watts. The rear speakers are Boston speakers are small bookshelf speakers.

Here's what I'm thinking of:
Onkyo SKS-HT540
I read some reviews including the CNET ones and I guess these are some decent speakers at a great price but they're bulky and pretty ugly.

---or---
Polk Audio RM705
I couldn't really find any reviews on these but I know that Polk Audio makes some good products. The are also visually appealing, at least more so than the Onkyos.

---or---
Yamaha NS-SP3800 or Yamaha NS-SP1800BL
I haven't really heard anything about either of these, and I'm pretty sure what I have now is probably better than the cheaper ones.

---or---
Sony F6000 (as a building block)
These look pretty good but I've heard they don't sound as good as they look.

---or---
Polk Audio Monitor 30
I could start out with these as well.

---or---
Jamo A320PDD.3
I've heard good things about Jamo speakers although I've never heard them personally.
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What is your budget, and are they for mostly music or movies???

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What is your budget, and are they for mostly music or movies???

My budget for all the speakers at once is about $200 but I don't have a problem buying used on Amazon or anything. The main use will be for movies and tv. I use my AVR whenever my tv is on and the tvs speakers are always off.
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If you could swing the extra $50, these for $250 are great. I had the A330 set that I used for about 7 years. Mine were still made in Denmark, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy any of Jamo's current stuff. They will put any of the brands you mentioned to shame for the money.

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

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If you could swing the extra $50, these for $250 are great. I had the A330 set that I used for about 7 years. Mine were still made in Denmark, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy any of Jamo's current stuff. They will put any of the brands you mentioned to shame for the money.

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

Weird, I just edited my post to include those same speakers. They're $199 on ebay with free shipping and sold from Vann's.

Anyone else recommend these?
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Start with a Monitor 40's pair, for $123 and a Polk CS1 center for $83

Prices include shipping and that puts your $6 over budget
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I would pay the extra $50 for the A340 set. The A320 set you linked to, the sats are rated down to 90 hz. The A340 goes down to 50hz. 3.75 inch woofer vs 4 inch. The sub will have to do more work with the 320s. The 340s sound better IMO.

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I have the A340 sats, I don't think they go down to 50hz but they have good amount of bass. You get a much more powerful sub with the A340.3 system also. Actually the A340.5 would be even a better deal as the sub plays pretty deep but it is $100 more than the A320 package.

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How would the Fluance AVHTB+be?
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Sorry. I was just repeating specs. I didn't actually mean they would hit 50 hz, just pointing out that the 320 would have a higher crossover point with the 340 having more range. Should have been more specific. Trying to keep it short. Typing on an iPad with AVS app is a nightmare sometimes.

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What do guys think of the Klipsch HD 300?
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What do guys think of the Klipsch HD 300?

I personally hate them they were the worst satelite speaker system I tested.

My favorite of the budget satellite 5.1 systems is the Polk RM6750.
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What do guys think of the Klipsch HD 300?

I might consider them, if I wanted something in a walk-in closet.

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I'd go with either Jamo.

I've seen Fluance. It is one thing to know you bought cheap speakers, but Fluance makes it known to the world...you were cheap.
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I might consider them, if I wanted something in a walk-in closet.

Haha thanks. That's good to know I'll pass on those specific ones.

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I'd go with either Jamo.

I've seen Fluance. It is one thing to know you bought cheap speakers, but Fluance makes it known to the world...you were cheap.

I'm definitely not buying those, I was just curious to how they stacked up to the other ones. Thanks though, I will make a note to stay away from them.


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You may want to look into these...
http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/c...pid=1236&sc=27

* I do agree that the Onkyo does not exactly look the best but they do sound very good ..esp. for the price
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You may want to look into these...
http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/c...pid=1236&sc=27

* I do agree that the Onkyo does not exactly look the best but they do sound very good ..esp. for the price

I agree, I think I might just go with the Onkyos because they're decent and I can get get everything at once and come in under budget. I have more money to spend on speakers but I know if I raise my budget I can EASILY spend it all.

I'm not sure if I should get some speaker wire if I buy the Onkyos though, I know it comes with wire but it's probably a really high gauge.
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You will likely need speaker wire. It looks like the Onkyo's you listed are only for the speakers. You generally only get speaker wire if you buy a Home Theater in a Box and that is some pretty cheap stuff.
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You will likely need speaker wire. It looks like the Onkyo's you listed are only for the speakers. You generally only get speaker wire if you buy a Home Theater in a Box and that is some pretty cheap stuff.
I'm waiting for monoprice to get the 100 feet of 12 gauge or 14 gauge back in stock. First it was estimated to be back in stock 5/2 now it's 5/6.

Anyone know of any decently priced 12 or 14 gauge speaker wire?
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If I got the Onkyos do you really think 12 vs 14 would make a big difference? I just hope they're measured correctly because a lot of manufactures will claim a certain size and it will actually be much smaller or it will all just be the plastic covering.
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My guess is those Onkyo speakers have spring clip terminals so you probably don't want anything larger than 14ga.

The sensitivity on the surrounds is horrible by the way, 82db is pretty low. The front and center have a sensitivity of 86db which isn't high either but better than the surrounds.

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My guess is those Onkyo speakers have spring clip terminals so you probably don't want anything larger than 14ga.

The sensitivity on the surrounds is horrible by the way, 82db is pretty low. The front and center have a sensitivity of 86db which isn't high either but better than the surrounds.
They do so 12 gauge might not even fit. I'll probably just go with the 14 for that reason and for the fact that it's a little cheaper.
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I ended up going with the Polk Audio RM705. I actually bought the Onkyo HT540 first but changed my mind and cancelled the order. I wanted to get the Jamo A340s but the lowest I found them was $250 and that was on eBay and the sale ended.
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I ended up going with the Polk Audio RM705. I actually bought the Onkyo HT540 first but changed my mind and cancelled the order. I wanted to get the Jamo A340s but the lowest I found them was $250 and that was on eBay and the sale ended.

Without specs on the Sony set you're replacing there is not much I can compare the Polk set with. However, from a neutral point of view this seems to be a like for like replacement in quality. Your ears will be the judge.
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Without specs on the Sony set you're replacing there is not much I can compare the Polk set with. However, from a neutral point of view this seems to be a like for like replacement in quality. Your ears will be the judge.

Well the front Sony bookshelves are much larger than satellite speakers. The woofer part of it is about a foot in diameter but they are probably 15 years old, they aren't super old vintage speakers though.
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I ended up going with the Polk Audio RM705. I actually bought the Onkyo HT540 first but changed my mind and cancelled the order. I wanted to get the Jamo A340s but the lowest I found them was $250 and that was on eBay and the sale ended.

Let us know what you think I prefer the polk rm6750 to the rm705
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Let us know what you think I prefer the polk rm6750 to the rm705

I will. I plan on setting them of on Saturday when I rearrange my room. Why do you prefer the 6750s? I've seen a few threads asking for comparisons between the two but nobody could even give a good answer If they're that much better I can always pick those up instead.
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I will. I plan on setting them of on Saturday when I rearrange my room. Why do you prefer the 6750s? I've seen a few threads asking for comparisons between the two but nobody could even give a good answer If they're that much better I can always pick those up instead.

They can handle cross-over as low as 100hz(recommended at 120hz) The RM7's with the 705 only can handle 150hz

The RM6750 drivers are 3.5" versus the RM705 drivers are only 2.5" I found there was a better midrange with the RM6750 as far as satellites go.

Also for being dicky subwoofer the RM6750's sub has more output than the RM705's due to box design
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They can handle cross-over as low as 100hz(recommended at 120hz) The RM7's with the 705 only can handle 150hz

The RM6750 drivers are 3.5" versus the RM705 drivers are only 2.5" I found there was a better midrange with the RM6750 as far as satellites go.

Also for being dicky subwoofer the RM6750's sub has more output than the RM705's due to box design

Looks like the price of the 6750s went up and they used to be cheaper than the 705s. Oh well, it's not like I can't just hook my Sony bookshelves back up and have those serve as the front left and right and I'll probably upgrade in a year or so. Besides, the 705s have a more attractive design.
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