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Hey just looking for some input on which speakers to go with an HSU VTF2-MK4. Was thinking about going with Monitor 70's that I can get for $375 a pair. But am willing to spend around 800 for a pair of speakers or more if its really worth it. Plan is a 2.1 setup with Denon 1613. Large room I estimate it to be about 35X25 (living room, dining room, and kitchen all open and one big room) Mostly music but also some HT. Upgrading up from A5+ paired with BIC F12. Any thoughts?
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Some options that would easily fill your room with sound, are good for music, and in your budget range ...

HTD Level 3 towers (800 pair)
Swan Diva 4.2 (650 pair)
Arx A5 (750 pair)

If your listening/seating area is wider than it is deep you might consider these as they have particularly wide sweet spot, though they are a bit above your stated budget ...

KEF Q700 ($1000 pair)
KEF Q900 ($1250 pair)

You can often find the KEF's used on http://app.audiogon.com/. (At the moment there are two pair of the Q700's for 750 and 850.)
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Hey just looking for some input on which speakers to go with an HSU VTF2-MK4. Was thinking about going with Monitor 70's that I can get for $375 a pair. But am willing to spend around 800 for a pair of speakers or more if its really worth it. Plan is a 2.1 setup with Denon 1613. Large room I estimate it to be about 35X25 (living room, dining room, and kitchen all open and one big room) Mostly music but also some HT. Upgrading up from A5+ paired with BIC F12. Any thoughts?

Are you looking at getting a pair of towers? Towers tend to be a little bit power hungry, and seeing that your Denon is rated at 75/watts per channel with no preouts, as long as you don't listen to near reference levels you should be okay. Given that you are willing to go up to $800/pair on the speakers there are a lot of choices out there. Fry's has a sale going on their Polk Audio RTi speakers, the RTi 8's are $159 each and the RTi 12's are $299 each, accessories4less.com has a pair of Boston Acoustics A360's for $199 each(a 3-way with a pair of 6.5' woofers), there is the Arx A5 B-Stock at $649, the HTD Level 2 at $399/pair(with a 1' Silk Dome tweeter a pair of 5.25" mids and a front port), the Level 3 at $799/pair(a 3-way with a horn loaded Kapton ribbon tweeter, a 2' mid, and a pair of 7' woofers), and the Ascend 340 SE mains at $568/pair, they are bookshelf speaker but you can get pedastal stands that will turn them into mini towers, also a pair of B-Stock at $499.84/pair. These are just a few suggestions in your price range, your best bet is to visit any local shops you have and audition them in person, to see what sounds best to you. One advantage of going with an ID company is that you have a 30 day in home trial, but some will charge shipping both ways if you don't like them or offer free shipping and you pay for return shipping. Good luck.

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Ya I actually have been reading about the Arx A5 and seems like it would work well with what I want. So the Denon 1613 wouldnt be able to power that enough? I'm pretty new to all of this so sorry if it's a dumb question. I dont ever plan on getting more than a 2.1. Maybe add a center channel later, but no plans at all for 5.1 or 7.1. But do want a solid AVR
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... and the Ascend 340 SE mains at $568/pair, they are bookshelf speaker but you can get pedastal stands that will turn them into mini towers, also a pair of B-Stock at $499.84/pair ...

+1 I would definitely add these to my list ; )
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Ya I actually have been reading about the Arx A5 and seems like it would work well with what I want. So the Denon 1613 wouldnt be able to power that enough? I'm pretty new to all of this so sorry if it's a dumb question. I dont ever plan on getting more than a 2.1. Maybe add a center channel later, but no plans at all for 5.1 or 7.1. But do want a solid AVR

The Arx is a 6ohm speaker, and the rated power on your Denon at 6ohms is 120watts per channel. The A5 has a power rating of 20-300 watts. Like I said you should be okay at moderate listening levels if these are the speakers you plan on going with. If later on down the road you decide to do so, you can always upgrade the Denon to a different model.

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The Arx A5 would have zero issues running off the Denon. It doesn't have a crazy impedance swing like some speakers do. It stays above 6ohms for the majority of its response and might deep slightly below 6ohm. I ran the Arx A5s off a older Onkyo 605 and had no problems, even having them set to full range for music, I never encounted an issue.
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Ok, good to know about the AVR. I'm narrowing it down to probably Arx A5 or the Ascend 340 SE after further reading. Any opinions on that? My main concern is just being able to fill the room well enough. I don't blast my music incredibly loud or anything but just want a good listening experience at a high volume, which is what I find lacking in my current setup with the Audioengine A5+ and BIC F12
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I'm narrowing it down to probably Arx A5 or the Ascend 340 SE after further reading... My main concern is just being able to fill the room well enough. I don't blast my music incredibly loud or anything but just want a good listening experience at a high volume ...

I can't comment on the Arx, but the Ascends would have no problem filling the room.

BTW, forgot about one other option at your price point - accessories4less still has the Focal Chorus 814V towers on sale. (They would have no problem filling the room either.)
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Arx5 rock hard...and b stock is available right now. I have only listened to the little brother of the 340 SE ..the 170.

I can highly recommend the Arx5 as being a great speaker.
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