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I'm looking for a music set up, primarily to throw parties. I live in a condo, about 1200 square feet, so I don't require super loud speakers. But I'd like to get them loud enough for the occasional parties. I've already considered the BookShelves + Sub combo, but some recommend that I should get Towers instead. So, with this post I hope I'll be able to figure out if I should go Towers or Bookshelves. The bookshelf and subs threads are found here if you'd like to get additional background info:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1432446/best-current-bookshelf-speakers-and-sub-combo
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1432911/best-value-12-subwoofer-from-this-list

I get a club discount on these products, so I'd like to purchase the towers from this list, but if all of these are no good, I'm open to buying towers from somewhere else. For example, somebody suggested: Premier Acoustic PA-6F, Infinity 363, and T1-BLA. The Infinity 363 is actually one I get a discount on, so that looks like a viable option so far. Still, are any of these also potentials?

So, here it is:


Infinity P363BK Primus® 3-Way Dual 6½" Floorstanding Speaker - $185


Boston Acoustics A360 A Series Dual 6½" 2-Way Floorstanding Speaker - $220


Jamo 86531 Concert C 60 Series 3-Way Bassreflex Front Floorstanding - $250


Polk TSI-500 Tower - $255


JBL STUDIO 570BK Studio 5 Series Studio 570BK 2-Way, 5¼" Floorstanding Loudspeaker - $330


Polk RTI-A7 Tower - $330

P.S. Is it perfectly ok to get 2 towers AND a sub? Or would that be too much bass?
P.P.S. Most of the times, I would be playing hip hop, electro house, and some dubstep music. Occasional rock and roll music as well. But emphasis on the electronic music.
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Check out the following web site. Great information that is not bias towards one particular brand. I ended up just buying the BIC pair with matching center and 4 surrounds.

http://floor-standing-speakers.toptenreviews.com

Here is the site I bought them from. http://www.sounddistributors.com

Great service and they are very knowledgeable. The BIC Acoustech speakers can really crank it out. Would be great for parties and Home Theater. One of my speakers actually came not working and they immediately sent me a new one, even before I sent the bad one back. They also paid for all shipping. Another nice thing with the BIC speakers is that they have a 8 year warranty. That is 3 more years than most speaker companies.

Good luck and happy searching.
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I have the Infinity 363 and I think they are good speakers especially for the price. I paid $99 each for them at frys.
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"P.S. Is it perfectly ok to get 2 towers AND a sub? Or would that be too much bass?"

Perfect. Just cross the bass to the receiver at a good point for your towers and this will not be an issue. And you will almost always have much better quality bass (unless your sub is completely outclassed by your towers.)
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Their top pick has 4 6.5" drivers and yet the weight is only 45 lbs? See that is the problem when you go for very low end speakers. Low end speakers also have low end quality/performance, where as you looking for high quality sound to impress your guests.

Like one member said economy and quality/performance dont go hand in hand. Like I said in your other thread, you get much better value for your money if you get used speakers.
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Is the price you have listed what you get AFTER discount? As someone mentioned, Fry's has been selling the Infinity Primus p363 for 99/speaker...but apparently that is in store only!
You can get Polk Monitors 70 for 199.00, shipped and those are the same as the Tsi line you have listed...

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What's your total budget here for towers?

There may be some better values within your budget other than what's on this list. For instance, if you wanted to go with the Polk TSi series, it is mostly a cosmetic upgrade over the Polk Monitor series with only minor sonic differences. Newegg sells the Polk Monitor70s cheaper than your price. Or if you really want to have some great sounding speakers, get the Kef iQ90s; they are on closeout because there is a newer iQ series (thus the good price). Although I am guessing those might be over your budget.

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If you don't listen loud, get Magnepan speakers. All the ones above have a cupped hand shouting sound in comparison.
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What's your total budget here for towers?
There may be some better values within your budget other than what's on this list. For instance, if you wanted to go with the Polk TSi series, it is mostly a cosmetic upgrade over the Polk Monitor series with only minor sonic differences. Newegg sells the Polk Monitor70s cheaper than your price. Or if you really want to have some great sounding speakers, get the Kef iQ90s; they are on closeout because there is a newer iQ series (thus the good price). Although I am guessing those might be over your budget.

No, actually $400 per tower speaker would work. I wouldn't want to go more than $500 each. Is this one really good? Like MUCH better than the Polks or the Infinity ones I posted above?
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What's your total budget here for towers?
There may be some better values within your budget other than what's on this list. For instance, if you wanted to go with the Polk TSi series, it is mostly a cosmetic upgrade over the Polk Monitor series with only minor sonic differences. Newegg sells the Polk Monitor70s cheaper than your price. Or if you really want to have some great sounding speakers, get the Kef iQ90s; they are on closeout because there is a newer iQ series (thus the good price). Although I am guessing those might be over your budget.

Or, if I'll be spending $400-$500 on tower speakers, are any of these better than the KEF iQ90 you recommended:


JBL STUDIO 590BK Studio 5 Series Studio 580BK 2½-Way, 6.5" Floorstanding Loudspeaker - $420


Jamo 87176 Concert C 80 Series Front 2½-Way Bassreflex Floorstanding Speaker - $500


Polk RTi A9 A Series Tower Speaker - $480

Still, as some of you pointed out, these "club discounts" are not even good discounts, But just to confirm. Thanks.
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No, actually $400 per tower speaker would work. I wouldn't want to go more than $500 each. Is this one really good? Like MUCH better than the Polks or the Infinity ones I posted above?

If you can go over $500 each, try the Klipsch RF82 II. MSRP is $1200/pair but you can get for a much lower price at Sound Distributors including S&H. You may not need a sub at all with them. I did own the RF82 (series I) but moved to the Magnepans and then to the older Klipsch KG series.

Nope Magnepans will not work for you. I have owned the MG12's (about $1200/pair). They will not give you the bass you are looking unless you get the MG1.7 (some $2200/pair) Even with a Rotel RB-1080, I could not drive the MG12's very loud. So forget about the Magnepans. You can always use some EQ to tame the RF-82's or the RF-62's. Check the price of the new RF-82 II's in your club that you mentioned. if they are giving the RF62 II for $500/pair, you may also get a good deal on the RF-82.
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If you can go over $500 each, try the Klipsch RF82 II. MSRP is $1200/pair but you can get for a much lower price at Sound Distributors including S&H. You may not need a sub at all with them. I did own the RF82 (series I) but moved to the Magnepans and then to the older Klipsch KG series.
Nope Magnepans will not work for you. I have owned the MG12's (about $1200/pair). They will not give you the bass you are looking unless you get the MG1.7 (some $2200/pair) Even with a Rotel RB-1080, I could not drive the MG12's very loud. So forget about the Magnepans. You can always use some EQ to tame the RF-82's or the RF-62's. Check the price of the new RF-82 II's in your club that you mentioned. if they are giving the RF62 II for $500/pair, you may also get a good deal on the RF-82.

I could get the RF-82s for $310 each. But, you got me interested in those used Klipsch KLF-20's for $750 for the pair. You think it's still way better to get the RF-82s for $620 with full manufacturers warranty, instead of the KLF-20's? (Sorry didn't mean to double post, but I guess this belongs in the Towers thread)
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I have listened to quite a few tower speakers under $2,000 recently. I think the best option in this price range are the Wharfedale EVO2-40 for $799/ pair from Music Direct.
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I could get the RF-82s for $310 each. But, you got me interested in those used Klipsch KLF-20's for $750 for the pair. You think it's still way better to get the RF-82s for $620 with full manufacturers warranty, instead of the KLF-20's? (Sorry didn't mean to double post, but I guess this belongs in the Towers thread)

Yes better to get the new RF82 II with full warranty for $620. They would meet your needs very well i.e you want something that plays very loud, has a lot of bass and also the clarity. With the RF82 II, you dont have to invest on an separate amp. A mid level AVR will do. To me it is a no brainer at $620 shipped with full warranty. You just have to hope that UPS or FedEx will not beat up the box. You can ask the club if they would double box it for an extra charge as it is worth double boxing it.
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I get a club discount on these products, so I'd like to purchase the towers from this list, but if all of these are no good, I'm open to buying towers from somewhere else.

I am also a member of that club, and i have found that for electronics you are better off finding exactly what you want elsewhere when it's on sale.

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Could you please PM me the club name. Thanks
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Could you please PM me the club name. Thanks

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