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I have been researching on this for quite some time and just cant decide. I have look into Orb Audio, Mirage, Anthony Gallo, Boston Acoustics and everything in between. I have an apartment but will have a house in about a year so I am not to worried about being to loud. And I do not have to much of a budget and without receiver I was planning to spend about $3-$4k on speakers alone. Any helpful advice would be appreciated smile.gif

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Check out Atlantic Technology. Excellent HT speaker systems for sdmall rooms.smile.gif
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fwiw,imo i would just get a modest system right now( $1000- $1500) and save your money for something great for the home. you then could put this one in your new bedroom when you move.just my 2 cents. just curious why the micro speakers ?

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Have you looked at Totem? When it comes to small speakers, this company has my attention.
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The wife is not a fan tall stand speakers. I might be able to change that once the house comes along but is not going to be easy. So micro is what I have decided on till then. Might have to check out Totem. Any other high end recomendation would be great. Thnx for the help guys!

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Chase Home Theater SHO-10 speakers

you said theatre speakers, and these are are meant just for that
they offer packages as well.
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Chase Home Theater SHO-10 speakers
you said theatre speakers, and these are are meant just for that
they offer packages as well.

These speakers are great but they are not small.
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fwiw,imo i would just get a modest system right now( $1000- $1500) and save your money for something great for the home. you then could put this one in your new bedroom when you move.just my 2 cents. just curious why the micro speakers ?

 

To the OP,

 

I would totally suggest the opposite here...  get what you WANT to get, size/apartment be damned.  Just because you might get "full sized" theater speakers, doesn't mean you need to crack the foundation with them.  (I'm speaking as someone who in fact HAS some huge horns (109db/watt) inside an apartment and not a single neighbor has a clue what I have as they never hear it)

 

I think the logic of buying something small now & upgrading later is purely a waste of money.  I bought a pair of LaScalas years ago, stuffed them into my dorm room (along with a pair of Electrovice Interface D's) and got along quite well.  They later moved to apartments, condos and now a house.

 

I never had to do the 'upgrade' game along the way.  Try to find your 'final' speakers & buy them right the first time & be done.

 

No disrespect meant to anyone who holds the opposing viewpoint, just a difference of opinion. smile.gif

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Well, the "Don't upgrade" philosophy is great if you know what, and can afford the speakers you want for the rest of your life at the time. Most of us didn't have that luxury when we got our first system....

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I have the Anthony Gallo CL-3 speakers, and they are quite amazing; an unbelievable value for only $1695 direct from the factory ($2395 at dealers).

They are nearly as good as my $5000 Vandersteen 3A speakers I have had for years at my other house (I could not use Vandersteens at this location because of their 16" width).

The thing that is especially amazing is the bass and power they have for their rather small size. I am driving them with a 250-watt Bryston amplifier, and I have not found their acoustic limit yet. They play anything I want at any volume I can tolerate with no distortion. The sound quality is detailed and yet delicate at low volumes, and powerful and articulate at high levels.

Gallo will give you 60 days to return them, and if you should decide to do so, shipping is free both ways.

That is a deal that is hard to refuse; a 60-day free home trial.

I very much doubt if anyone would return them; they are superb.




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I have been researching on this for quite some time and just cant decide. I have look into Orb Audio, Mirage, Anthony Gallo, Boston Acoustics and everything in between. I have an apartment but will have a house in about a year so I am not to worried about being to loud. And I do not have to much of a budget and without receiver I was planning to spend about $3-$4k on speakers alone. Any helpful advice would be appreciated smile.gif
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check out the small Def Tech - you can get 5 speakers and a sub for under $700
They should sound good in a small space
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NHT superzero 2 or NHT absolute wall mount. Well under your budget.

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With the wife having a say in this is making it harder to decide. Now they have to look good since the only room I don't have a say how its decorated is my computer/study room. I had a chance to listen to the Anthony Gallo Reference which had great clarity and sound without blowing my ears and they have some great eye appeal imo. This will also put me a little over what I had planned to spend but going the extra mile will make these last for quite some time as coytee suggested.

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