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So I am trying to piece together a home theater system for my newly renovated basement man cave. I just recently bought a new yamaha rx-v373 for $175.00. Currently I have an older 5.1 Kenwood system hooked up to it. It sounds ok but I know that I could do better. I think what I would like to do is move my two front speakers to the rear and use them for surrounds, keep the 8" powered sub and then buy new L/C/R speakers. What I'm wanting to know is what you guys would recommend for new speakers upfront with this receiver? Use will be 60% movies and 40% music. Trying to keep under $300 if possible. If that's not feasible then I will just have to save a bit longer. Thanks in advance.
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Go to Best Buy and have a listen to the Pioneer FS52 and C22 speakers. These are budget minded speakers designed by Andrew Jones who builds much much more expensive speakers. I have heard them and they sound great and offer a lot of value. You can get two towers and the center for ~$300 and it should give you a nice system.

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Three speakers for under $300 is definitely feasible. Whether or not they'll be satisfying to you - and more satisfying than your current Kenwood speakers - is another matter entirely. smile.gif

That said, a pair of Polk T300s ($120) + a CS20 ($167) - from Amazon.com - looks like a good combo.
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I am interested in the Bic FH6 center and 2 FH65B bookshelf speakers combo but i know nothing about Bic Speakers. I may have to see if I can find some and take a listen. Any other suggestions?
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I went and listened to the pioneer towers and center channel tonight. I was not totally impressed with their clarity. They did have a nice lower range and mids. Problem is the only source I had was the radio. I'm new to all of this. How do you guys judge speakers at best bey with just a stereo source? I picked up a pair of Klipsch KB-15s for $130 as an open box. I will give them a try but not sure if I will keep them. They seamed to sound nice in the store.
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Bring a favourite CD or two, or an MP3 player w/ a cable for hook-up, and play songs you know well.
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To be honest I don't think I'd ever spend $1000 for 3 speakers.
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I was gonna suggest the kb-15's but at the current list price they would be above your budget if you got the matching center to go with them. I just got the the kb-15's with the kc-25 center paired with a
Yamaha v473 and I've been very pleased with the results. When I bought the speakers, the kb-15's were on sale and I got them and the center for $350 and I think you be hard pressed to find something better in that price range for a matched set across the front. The open box price is still a good value on those speakers.
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I have an opportunity to buy 1 pair of DV-62si bookshelf speakers and a DV-62CLR center channel speaker for $95. What do you guys think?
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Jump on it. That's less than 1/2 the cost. Even at normal retail cost, that set is a bang for buck leader.
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Well I picked up the bic dv62si bookshelves and the dv62clr for $95. With just listening to the radio already they sound night and day better than what I had. Now that I have money left over I may look into the dv64 towers and make them my mains and throw the bookshelves in the back or should I keep my kenwood surrounds and spend that extra money on a better powered sub?
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Well I picked up the bic dv62si bookshelves and the dv62clr for $95. With just listening to the radio already they sound night and day better than what I had. Now that I have money left over I may look into the dv64 towers and make them my mains and throw the bookshelves in the back or should I keep my kenwood surrounds and spend that extra money on a better powered sub?

Can't go wrong either way. What is your budget for the sub?

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I didn't originally plan on buy a sub right away. Right now I have an 8" kenwood sub. It does alright but it could definitely be better. I've gotta about $200 left over. I just didn't know if that $200 would be better spent on the DV64 towers up front or a different sub.
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Well $200 will get you a decent budget sub like the BIC F-12, or Polk PSW505. I would say $300 starts to get in to something that will be a worthwhile upgrade. If you want to spend the money now, I would say get the DV-64 towers, otherwise save up 300-400 and buy something that will make a bigger difference.

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what would be a decent sub for a room size of 11x15?
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Well it really comes down to what kind of bass you are looking for, and what your price is. Some people want to feel a thump in their chest, others may just want some to balance out their sound and give movies a little more dynamics. The Klipsch RW-12D is regarded by many as the best $300 sub you can buy (new). It is a good performer and usually on sale for $299 on Newegg once a month. Stepping up, the new SVS PB-1000 is a great sub for $500, as well as the VTF line from HSU Research.

I would say given your setup and room size, that Klipsch is probably ideal in terms of value and performance.

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I'm not looking for bone shaking but i want something that is crisp
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Wait for the Klipsch sub I mentioned to go on sale, I think it will be a great addition for you.

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Well $200 will get you a decent budget sub like the BIC F-12, or Polk PSW505. I would say $300 starts to get in to something that will be a worthwhile upgrade. If you want to spend the money now, I would say get the DV-64 towers, otherwise save up 300-400 and buy something that will make a bigger difference.

I agree that the RW-12d is an excellent sub for the price, perhaps the best at $300. But since you have an 8" Kenwood sub right now, either the BIC F12 or PSW505 could still be a worthwhile upgrade, and both are considered best values for HT subs for your budget. If you want more impact in your room, you'd likely be pretty happy.

BTW: the $189 price at Newegg for the PSW505 (promo code EMCXVVW87) is through 2/23. Tends to fluctuate between that around $250. If you want it, you might need to jump on it in the next couple of days.
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I'm not looking for bone shaking but i want something that is crisp

Then maybe the JBL SUB150 is for you. $150 with promo code EMCXVWL99 at Newegg. Should have more output than your Kenwood. Here's an AVS member that just got his sub and it seems to be very musical, echoing what people are saying in the Newegg reviews: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1457783/my-head-is-spinning-help-me-decide-on-a-new-sub#post_22979943.

If I had to guess, I would bet on it having better SQ than the BIC F12 or PSW505, with maybe a little less max output. Based on a review I read, seems to have a more linear response (a good thing). But this is just an educated guess.

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Thinking back to the BIC speakers. Has anybody ever used two Center Channels (dv62clr) as mains? I heard they have the exact same drivers as the DV64s. My space is a litte tight and I'm thinking about going that route instead of the full towers if it would sound just as good. In the end it will cost me about the same.
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Thinking back to the BIC speakers. Has anybody ever used two Center Channels (dv62clr) as mains? I heard they have the exact same drivers as the DV64s. My space is a litte tight and I'm thinking about going that route instead of the full towers if it would sound just as good. In the end it will cost me about the same.

Three of the same speaker across the front is ideal, you may want to email BIC America (They have great customer service) and ask them if that speaker performs well when oriented vertically.

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The best way to go is with a powered sub. The sub gives you adjustability that floorstanders or larger main speakers don't. The sub basically makes it a bi-amp setup. You can dial in exact the amount of lows to match the mains and the room.
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just now sold some old sony speakers. gonna put that money toward buy some towers and keep my 8" powered sub. I've heard the dv 64s but out a good amount of bass.
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