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I'm trying to help my mother-in-law pick out a new set of bookshelf speakers for Christmas for my father-in-law. Their 10 year old htiab just went up in smoke.

I was going to go with polk monitor 40s from Newegg as the common solid recommendation for this price range, but they are out of stock right now. Any other decent suggestions in this price range? A warmer/less detailed sound of the polk monitor series would be preferred, but really bang for your buck and staying on budget are what matters most.

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Infinity primus p363 tower or p163 books; pioneer Andrew jones towers or bookshelves would be some decent suggestions. Also, you can get def tech sm350/450s for around 200 bucks from new egg!

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: JBL130, JBL120C and Klipsch synergy sub
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The Pioneer speakers have a very low sensitivity and may not be a good choice for that reason; they require a fair amount of power to drive them.

If you could spend around $300, the Martin-Logan MLT 2.2 is a cut above most of the HTIB systems; the front speakers are larger and the subwoofer is fairly decent.

The Polk Monitor 40 is hard to beat if you just want the 2 speakers. They are only $150 per pair at Amazon. That is a lot of speaker for that price.
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The Pioneer BS-22 speakers can work out fine > I can play them loud in
a nice size room - not really a big deal/problem. > Also, the same thing
goes for the Pioneer tower speakers.

Also, HTD Level Two
http://www.htd.com/Products/level-two-speakers/Level-TWO-Bookshelf-Speakers

And, my favorite budget speaker in your price range -
The Cambridge S30
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_779S30DO/Cambridge-Audio-S30-Dark-Oak.html

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Subwoofer > Mordaunt Short Aviano 7
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We think these are a good little bookshelf. We use in kids rm, garage, kitchen cabinet and main bath cabinet. The kitchen and bath just for background.

You can't beat the sale price.

http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?skuId=8828012&pid=1207956903491

VSX-53, VSX-51,VSX-81 Pioneer Elites and Denon 1611
James loudspeaker inwalls main and future theater
Control4
Other speaker zones DefTech, Polk, Russound, Boston Acoustics
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Also, you can get def tech sm350/450s for around 200 bucks from new egg!

I had been looking at the def tech monitor 45 until I realized the price was per speaker not pair. The 450s are on sale for 280 I might recommend she go slightly over budget for that.
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The Polk Monitor 40 is hard to beat if you just want the 2 speakers. They are only $150 per pair at Amazon. That is a lot of speaker for that price.

The "series ii" at newegg is a bit nicer looking and the ones on amazon won't arive until after Christmas :-/




I see the Kef C1 is also priced at $280. Anyone have any opinions on the Kef C1 vs Def Tech 450?
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The Polk monitor 45b are the monitor 40 series ii replacements. Tweeter has been relocated an cabinet redesign. Newegg has the 45b's on sale for $170.

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I own both the Polk m40s and the dt sm450s! The def tech, IMHO, are just head and shoulders better!

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
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I will hands down, choose Cambridge and Definitive Tech, over the Polk Monitors

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Speakers > MB Quart VS05, Boston VS260, Snell K7
Subwoofer > Mordaunt Short Aviano 7
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Thanks all for the suggestions. The Def Tech 450 sounds like the ticket.
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Opinions on Mordaunt Short bookshelf?

Mordaunt Short and Cambridge Audio, are from the same company - however, that
Carnival speaker will not have much bass - only rated for 85 hz >>> and not really
recommended for use without a sub.

The Cambrige S30 has good tight and controlled bass, down to 60 hz -3 db > and is
good for a lot of 2.0 music, without a subwoofer

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Speakers > MB Quart VS05, Boston VS260, Snell K7
Subwoofer > Mordaunt Short Aviano 7
Receiver > Tascam PAR-200, Pioneer VSX-30
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