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post #1 of 10 Old 12-17-2012, 03:46 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello all, I am a new member and this is my first post in this forum. Need your advise /recommendations on speakers. 50% movies/TV; 40% music and 10% gaming.

My current setup: ONKYO 606; Boss Acoustimass 10 Series IV (5-1) , BD, Dish, Xbox and Roku.

I am upgrading my receiver to ONKYO 818 (Purchased) and planning to replace my Boss speakers. My budget is 2K and based on my research in this form; I am looking at the following options. Please advise with suggestions or any other system in this price range.

Living room size 20x16 with open floor plan to Kitchen and dining area


Option#1
Def T - SM 65 for L & R; CS 8060 HD center with two Boss satellites for surround and HSU VTF-15h sub

Option#2

Def T - BP8060ST for L& R; CS 8060 HD center; Two SR-8040BP for Surround and no Sub (Any issues without sub?)

Option#3

Ascend - CMT-340 SE Main (L& R); CMT-340 SE Center; two CMB-170 SE for surround and VTF-15h sub[/SIZE]

Appreciate your help.
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I have heard option 1 (well okay, the dt sm450s...in fact I own them and really like them) and I have heard option 3. The ascend 340s are a great speaker and, IMHO, better than the def tech (with the qualification that I haven't heard the sm65)!

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For HT usage, the VTF-15H is a much better subwoofer than what is built in the BP8060ST. It will have better low frequency output and will have more maximum output. I would eliminate option 2 all together because of that, and personally I'd choose the Ascends.

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I would get the VTF-15 subwoofer > the bookshelf speaker choice is
up to you. >> The new Definitive Studio series, is a nice step up from
the older Studio series. >> They are smooth and rich with good detail
and definition.

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I had 3 Def Tech CLR 2002 in my basement and I demoed the Ascend Sierra. I thought the Ascend sound better. I know it isn't exactly the scenario you have. If you don't mind the return costs, you can demo the Ascends and send them back. I found them to be a very customer friendly company.
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I would recommend the Ascends as well. As wes182 mentioned, you should demo and then make a decision. In-home demos make the most sense if you can afford it.

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Thank you all for your responses.

I am down to 2 options- Ascend 340 SE or Def T SM65 series. I didn't see any comments on SM65s (or SM55s).

Do you think that Ascend 340 SE is better option than SM65?

Thanks and happy holidays!
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Thank you all for your responses.
I am down to 2 options- Ascend 340 SE or Def T SM65 series. I didn't see any comments on SM65s (or SM55s).
Do you think that Ascend 340 SE is better option than SM65?
Thanks and happy holidays!

Have you heard the Def Tech SM65's for yourself? If so how did you like overall sound? I can't comment on them myself as I haven't heard them. I have however heard the Ascends as I am an owner of the CMT-340C and CBM-170's. I was looking for something to replace my Athena AS-B1's and AS-C1 I had for around 8-9 years. I finally decided to give them a try, I figured with their 30-day in home trial, it would give me a better chance to hear them in my apartment and do an A-B test. Needless to say I wound up keeping them and have not regretted it since. See if you have someone near you that has the 340's and see if you can do an in person audition. The nice thing with 340's is that they have stands that will make them more into mini towers, should you have the space. At the very least if you try out the 340's in home and don't like them, you have 30 days to audition. The last thing you will ever want is buyer remorse, especially with speakers which is something to consider. Good luck with deciding what to go with, and Merry Christmas.

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Here's a review. Seems (to me) if you're using a good sub (which you plan to) then you could save a few $$ and get the 55s or 45s.

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/find/sm65

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Thank you all for your responses.
I didn't see any comments on SM65s (or SM55s).

My comments in post #9 was mainly about the SM-55, and to add to that,
they also have good, clean and tight bass - not boomy or mushy.

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