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Hey guys,

I was talking to my Uncle about my home theater setup and it got him interested in getting some for himself. He wants floorstanding speakers and is willing to spend about 600-700 on them. If you guys could give me some suggestions I would really apprecaite it.

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If he can stretch the budget to 800 I would strongly suggest the EMP Tek speakers.

E55Ti Tower Speakers
The E55Ti is a 3-way high performance tower speaker. The elegantly designed curved structure of the E55Ti and stunning gloss finish make these a beautiful addition to your home. The three 6½-inch poly-matrix woofers provide plenty of low end for both music and movies, while the dual 5¼-inch aluminized poly-matrix woofer accompanied by a 1-inch fabric dome tweeter delivers effortless mid and high frequencies. Available in high-gloss red burl or high-gloss black ash..
$795.00 Pair


The Focal at accessories4less are also strong contenders if slightly over budget.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/FOCAL814V/FOCAL-Chorus-814V-716v-Dual-6-Floorstanding-Speakers-Gloss-Black-Pair/1.html


If he has to stick to that budget:

Intimus Aperion at 700 is nice: http://www.aperionaudio.com/speakers/intimus-home-theater-speakers/intimus-4t-tower-speaker

NHT Towers are another strong contender: Absolute Tower Speaker http://www.nhthifi.com/Tower-Speakers

Another option...with allot of fans (I can not personally recommend) http://www.htd.com/Products/level-two-speakers/Level-TWO-Tower-Speakers
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Thanks so much for the suggestion. Will talk to him about his budget.
how are the klipsch floorstanding speakers? he saw some at Frys and was interested in it. Are your suggestions better than the Klipsch's?
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one question I have is getting wood better?
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Klipsch is a well respected brand and used allot for home theater. If the speakers sound good to him..then get them. In general, people recommend sticking to the Reference line of Klipsch or above.

What you saw at Fry's was probably the Icon line...(the line below the Reference Series) If he loves the sound...then go for it, however, Klipsch is such a popular brand he should be able pickup some of the reference line of Klipsch used for a great price.

Klipsch is one of those speakers that people either tend to love or hate. They are loved and hated for the exact same reason...some people think they are "harsh" and that they are too "forward" or some say fatiguing...you can't listen to them for a long time. For the same thing people also call them dynamic, exciting and energizing.

The number one rule here is there is no "right" it is all what you enjoy when you hear the speakers.

Wood isn't inherently better than MDF...just more expensive and wood has it's own positives and negatives. Speakers sometimes blur the line between furniture and appliances or for some speakers are another musical instrument. That is why at least having real wood veneres vs. plastic wrap is sometimes desired. Some call it WAF (Wife Exceptence Factor)

As long as the MDF is thick enough and well enough braced it is fine. I don't think in this price range you would find a full wood speaker. There is something called the rap test... If you knock on a speaker and get a thud all is well..if you get a hollow sound...not so good.
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I would look for a pair of used speakers. I just checked our local Craiglist. a pair of Axiom M60s for $400 (about $1,000 new), there are PSBs, KEFs and Polks for sale out here as well. Some Focals and Dynaudios, good prices but more than your budget for this time. Maybe next time.
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Wood isn't inherently better than MDF...just more expensive and wood has it's own positives and negatives. Speakers sometimes blur the line between furniture and appliances or for some speakers are another musical instrument. That is why at least having real wood veneres vs. plastic wrap is sometimes desired. Some call it WAF (Wife Exceptence Factor)

As long as the MDF is thick enough and well enough braced it is fine. I don't think in this price range you would find a full wood speaker. There is something called the rap test... If you knock on a speaker and get a thud all is well..if you get a hollow sound...not so good.

Its hit or miss in the 600-1500 price range, as far as good cabinets/bad cabinets. Even if the knuckle test is hollow doesn't mean it will be a bad speaker but it definitely means to pass on that speaker, depending on its price.

Heres a picture of the Arx A5 bracing, 3 of those for one for each 5.25" woofer, with solid MDF panels making the sub enclosure for the top midrange so 5 3/4" braces with no large gaps, making knuckle test a dead thunk.



Arx A5 is right around the budget. http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=arx-a5-floorstanding-loudspeaker&products_id=227&

Great sounding towers, with top notch build quality.

EMP Tek E55, HTD Level 3 towers, I would also add the Martin Logan Motion 12 from Newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882981006 and the Polk RTi A5 towers.
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do u need a subwoofer if you get floorstanding speakers? are subwoofer built into these floorstanding speakers?
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hey will something like the yamaha v473 be able to power two floorstanding speakers?
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I checked the 5.1 channel Yamaha V473 on Amazon. They're going for $279 free shipping. Rated at 115 watts per channel. That should be sufficient to drive any decent speaker. Yamaha makes some very nice audio. The 473 has their proprietary room optimization. feature. Probably make a very nice entry system.
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While not technically towers, the Ascend Acoustics CMT-340SEs with pedestal stands would provide tower sound. They can be had for $568 (not including stands).

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do u need a subwoofer if you get floorstanding speakers? are subwoofer built into these floorstanding speakers?

For home theater you will need a subwoofer. If your on a tight budget I suggest the Klipsch sub ...it goes on sale all the time for about 300 dollars.
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I checked the 5.1 channel Yamaha V473 on Amazon. They're going for $279 free shipping. Rated at 115 watts per channel. That should be sufficient to drive any decent speaker. Yamaha makes some very nice audio. The 473 has their proprietary room optimization. feature. Probably make a very nice entry system.

thanks. i have V471 myself and its great.
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For home theater you will need a subwoofer. If your on a tight budget I suggest the Klipsch sub ...it goes on sale all the time for about 300 dollars.

I suggested to him the Cadence Mark 12 i think its called. I have it myself and it bangs. Great sub
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so far its gonna be a pair of Arx 15 Floorstanding speakers with the Cadence Mark 12 sub. what do you guys think?
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so far its gonna be a pair of Arx 15 Floorstanding speakers with the Cadence Mark 12 sub. what do you guys think?

Sounds pretty good. Cadence has a pretty good rep with the subwoofers, especially for budget.
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Why Cadence sub? What price are you getting it for?


The A5's look very nice and I would love to hear them sometime. The EMP e55's won't be available until June-ish so you can count those out if you're looking for something now or soon.

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I see the Cadence 12" is going for $279 free shipping on Amazon. Probably a great deal, and $299 on Newegg.

Ousooner you should just take the plunge an order a set of A5s and try them out, may end up keeping them biggrin.gif
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Cadence 15" vs. PA-150
http://www.data-bass.com/data?page=system&id=74&mset=80

Obviously the 12" from Cadence is not going to compete with the 15" from them, but for a little more you could get the PA-150 would should really kill it everywhere. For $350 that's probably your best bet new. The Klipsch rw-12d might dig a tad deeper, but the PA-150 should kill it in sheer output. The Cadence 15" looks to roll off VERY quickly so I'd assume the 12" from them would be the same, but lower SPL's.

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