Originally Posted by Sakome
I am getting frustrated trying to figure out what speakers to get lol. At first I was set on Polk Monitor 70 but then I saw Infinity Primus 363 for even cheaper. With the holidays coming up, I bet there will be even bigger sales coming soon.
What I want is great music speakers bookshelf or floor standing with very accurate and clear sound. Also plan on using these for Home theater. If its better to get 2 very nice bookshelf/floor stand speakers first then the rest later I will. My budget for the speakers alone is 500-800. I still need a subwoofer and receiver to get later.
With that budget you are limited. At the moment, I've got a 7.1 system from a HTIB HT-S9100THX, which I bought 4 years ago. It was great when I lived in a 3 bedroom apartment, but now I live in a 3 bedroom house with open floor living room and kitchen. Furthermore, my son and daughter (3 and 6 years old) have put holes, spilled soda and shipped several of my speakers.
I ended up getting the JAMO S426 towers for Front left / right, and I had a Klipsch C1, which I am using for centers. I've got Pioneers 21's for surround and surround back. The sub is still the same that came with the HTIB, which is an onkyo 10". So, after doing a lot of reading, waiting on sales, and going to stores to listen to speakers....I made my mind to buy the Pioneers FS51, and 22. Since it was going to cost me a little over $300.00 for that set up.
However, after listening to them several times at Best Buy...I found them to sound too low, and I had to crank up the volume to make them sound loud enough. My Jamo S426's are louder and have more bass then the Pioneers. However, the Pioneers were detailed and clear.
I tested the Polk Audios and Klipsch as well. Both of them sounded louder at lowered volume, and they too sounded clear and detailed. I cranked up the volume just as I did with the Pioneers, and they both sounded good. However, the price for the Pioneers was just right. I decided to sleep it off for a day or so.
The next day at 2 AM, I received a sales add from newegg.com, which had the Polk Audio Monitor 70 on sale for $149.99 each. Approximately, 2 minutes later I had ordered 2 Monitor 70's. For $149.99 is hard to beat, and I like the way the Polk Audio sound better than the Pioneers.
My parents have the Infinity 5.0 set up with a Valodyne sub. It sounds really nice. All I can recommend is for you to go to the stores and listen to those speakers. Only you can decide, which one SOUNDS BETTER TO YOU! You will be able to make your decision after that.
Another thing is that the Polk Audio Monitor 70's come with a 5 yr. warranty. The Pioneers only have 1 yr.