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post #1 of 6 Old 01-04-2013, 08:33 AM - Thread Starter
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I am building a low budget surround sound system. Will these speakers be my best bet for spending less than $350 on speakers alone? Is there any major drawbacks of buying factory refurbished speakers?
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Also would going with these speakers plus a onkyo refurbished receiver be better than an onkyo HTIB like

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/ONKHTS9400/Onkyo-HT-S9400-THX-7.1-Ch-Network-Home-Theater-Receiver/Speaker/1.html
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No, you could do better.

You could get 3 pairs of these silver RBH speakers with 5.25" drivers for $80/pr and then add a $100 Dayton subwoofer
http://www.ebay.com/itm/RBH-MODEL-AC51SILVER-2-WAY-BOOKSHIP-SPEAKER-PAIR-/290827248212?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item43b6a7a254
Look like this


http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-628

Other speakers that might interest you would be Pioneer BS-21 bookshelf speakers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117405


If you need smaller satellite speakers this would be a better deal.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882981013

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I've purchased refurbs from Accessories for Less and have been happy with the product. Wouldn't worry about it.
That said, I do agree that the Boston's are fine speakers, but you might be able to find a something better for the money. The retail savings listed on the site is sometimes a little generous.

Those RBH speakers look like a great deal. Try to stay away from the HTIB.

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I would look at 3 pairs of the Pioneer BS21

Or, 2 pairs of the RBH AC-51 (get surrounds later)

And this JBL subwoofer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882665157

However, the Boston set can be a nice one for you.

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Thank you very much for your help.
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For around $300-350 you could get the Martin-Logan MLT-2 system , which has larger drivers in the front speakers and a better subwoofer. I would rate it much higher than the Polk system. Amazon has it, as do Newegg and others.

I suggest that you look at that.

The Pioneer speakers sound good, but have a VERY poor sensitivity which makes them a bad choice for use with lower-priced receivers.

A good receiver choice would be the Onkyo TX-NR414 or 313 or a Denon 1612 or 1613. You should be able to get them new for under $250.
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