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After a month, still debating on speakers. Since I'm overseas right now hard to go out and physical listen to any of the brands out there. I'll be home in 2 week, and I don't wanna run around town listening to every HT speakers out there. In a nutshell would like to you your TOP 5 Mid Entry Level Speakers . ( L/C/F --Same brand of course ). Figure if I have the most common 5 on a majority of everyone's top 5 , I can go from there.
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What is your budget? Some ppl classify speakers differently than others.

Also what style speakers do you want: Towers, bookshelves, monitors, on-walls, LCRs?

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More like in the 1-2K range for towers and center.
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More like in the 1-2K range for towers and center.

For 100% HT in the 1K to 2K range for LCR, I would look at Klipsch RF-82 II mains with RC-64 II center.Slightly over budget I would look at three Klipsch KL-650-THX and place behind AT screen. Also For a little more over budget, RF-7 II mains with RC-64 II center.

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This is exactly why I asked that question..... I would not consider $1k - $2k entry level for the front 3 speakers.

I don't consider my system entry level and I paid just under $2k for 7 speakers and 2 subs.

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I think the special is over, but the EMP E55ti or E5ti with a E5c or E56c center would be a front stage of a very good system. As noted above and as we hashed in EMP owner thread...many of us don't consider them entry level (not high end, but not entry level either). For awhile, EMP had the E55ti for 500/pr and the E5ti for 250/pr, a very good price for a beautiful and good sounding speaker.

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In no order
All of these are in the $1200 to $2000 Range and I would think most would agree they are all good speakers for the money. This does not include the center channel

Philharmonic 1's
Salk Songtowers
Monitor Audio RX6's and RX8's
Ascend Sierra towers
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This is exactly why I asked that question..... I would not consider $1k - $2k entry level for the front 3 speakers.

I don't consider my system entry level and I paid just under $2k for 7 speakers and 2 subs.

You don't think !K to 2K is entry level for three speakers? Have you priced speakers lately? I paid over $3500 for all of my speakers and I consider that entry level.
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Which speakers did you get..
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Lets face it, normal individuals cringe when you tell them a decent set of speakers (floor-standing) start at about $1000.00 for the pair. I would consider the front 3 for that price entry level, however. There is some good stuff at that price point.

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In no order
All of these are in the $1200 to $2000 Range and I would think most would agree they are all good speakers for the money. This does not include the center channel

Philharmonic 1's
Salk Songtowers
Monitor Audio RX6's and RX8's
Ascend Sierra towers
KEF Q900

monitor audios is a good suggestion, cant believe I missed that one.

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those 4 would be great to start a setup with .

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Which speakers did you get..

I bought the Monitor Audio RX8's with the center. My system consist of that + a Outlaw LFM-1 EX sub a BIC F12 Sub and I have 4 Modaunt Short Carnival 2's for surrounds, I also have a Carnival 5 center channel I replaced with the RX center.
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The price for a decent car starts around $50,000. Mid-Entry level for a car is far lower than that - somewhere around $25,000. However, many people will say the price for a decent car starts around $25,000, which pushes mid-entry level to an even lower point.

That is why it is good to ask what the price range the questioner has in mind.
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You don't think !K to 2K is entry level for three speakers? Have you priced speakers lately? I paid over $3500 for all of my speakers and I consider that entry level.

That is correct I don't think $1k to $2k is entry level for 3 speakers.

To me entry level is just that. The bottom line that a manufacturer makes. Also some companies don't even have entry level speakers.

Everyone I know: all my friends, family, and co-workers think I am crazy nuts cuz i spent $4.5k on my entire setup, which includes 60" 3D plasma TV, TV stand, Blu-Ray player, receiver, 7 speakers, 2 subwoofers, SPL meter, Tripod, and all the cables and speaker wires. I by far have a better and more expensive setup than anyone I know, and to all them my system sounds better than a movie theater.

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flickhtguru, which speakers did you get
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I'm a newbie to this whole Home Theater stuff. This post is very subjective and there's gonna be 2001 different answers. But being new, and doing some reading and research I'm thinking that this hobby can become pretty expensive. We're all gonna have different taste and bank accounts. I was just looking for a starting point since this is my first setup. I do know that I'm not out to spend 10K on L/C/R speakers. But I do want something at the middle range and then graduate to something bigger and better as I get more into it. So once again I appreciate all the advice and comments
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More like in the 1-2K range for towers and center.

I went with Arx speakers. A3 and A2 would be right around $1K. I replaced much more expensive speakers with Arx and haven't regretted it one bit.

http://www.theaudioinsider.com/manuf...s.php?mPath=13

IMO price doesn't equal better. You have to take into account, middleman profits, advertisting budgets, pay to play (professional review sites) not cheap, fancy expensive finishes or basic veneer/vinyl, which doesn't make a difference in SQ.
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You mention HT speakers, but I'm going to recommend good speakers that can be used for either theater or music.


PSB Imagine B and C (MSRP $1,199 for B's and $849 for C) or PSB Image T6 and C5 ($1,298 and $399 respectively)
Definitive Technology SM65 and CS-8060HD (MSRP $899 for the SM65 and $699 for the 8060HD)
Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1, used for L/C/R, (MSRP $1,258 and up depending on finish, that's for all 3)
Monitor Audio RX6 and RX Center, MSRP over budget but street price for all three is frequently under $2k from authorized dealers.
Peachtree Audio D5, sold in pairs only, $999 pr. Sell or store the 4th speaker and use the remaining as LCR.

Retail products of course may have some flexibility in prices, so just the MSRP's were given.

If only looking at HT, check out eD(C)12 they will need good subs as they are designed with little response down low. This shouldn't be an issue as a sub is pretty much required for HT anyway.

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I went the Definitive technology route and purchased 3 x CLR-2002 speakers for a whopping $624 only in Jan 2012. Currently on Amazon that will run you $1065. I added 2x Velodyne-VX11 subwoofers to go with the L/R speakers for $358. This brings your total to ~$1450. Right on target!
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Mr.polo, you are correct...you will get every suggestion possible. I found that I had to just get my feet wet and get a system, then decided after having it for awhile what additional features/sounds that I wanted. For instance, I bought the SLS audio system a couple years ago....that, my freinds is entry level stuff. Very nice speakers, 2 of which still act as my surrounds...but really lacked base (and the reciever with that system is outdated). but had the system for a year before I upgraded to Polk m40 fronts and recently, I bought the EMP towers for my front. Moved the Polks to a music only 2.0. Btw, the SLS audio speakers are every bit as good as the PolkM40s, just lacking a little in the base department!

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IMO price doesn't equal better. You have to take into account, middleman profits, advertisting budgets, pay to play (professional review sites) not cheap, fancy expensive finishes or basic veneer/vinyl, which doesn't make a difference in SQ.

This^^^^^^^^^^

And the "performance" of any speaker is mainly dependent on the listener. What sounds good to one may not to another.

Just because a speaker has good specs or flat frequency response doesn't mean it's tonal quality, warmth, coolness, definition, transparency, soundstage etc.....
will be better than a speaker with not as good measurements. Especially when it comes to individual listener preference.

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