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I just hooked up new Klipsch Reference II Series speakers, but I have found them to be devastatingly harsh for music listening. Can anyone recommend a killer setup (I don't want to change my receiver or sub) for someone who listens to music most of the time, but still wants a state-of-the-art home theater experience for around $1600?
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Ascend acoustics makes some very nice speakers. Prices and shipping is all listed. Kef makes some some nice bookshelves. The Q300 as fronts and maybe some Q100 as rears. Do you listen to multi-channel music? Multi channel music benefits from complete timbre matching. If you only listen to stereo music then i would invest the most in your l/r.
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Check this review of the Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 SEs and CBM-170 SEs for a 5 channel setup: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1478626/ascend-acoustic-5-1-setup-review

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Nah, all the music I have is stereo, mostly FLAC. But I do like using Dolby Pro Logic II a lot. So I take it these brands are more geared for music than home cinema? Would it be accurate to say that if a speaker can do music well, it can naturally do home theater well, but not vice-versa?
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Check this review of the Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 SEs and CBM-170 SEs for a 5 channel setup: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1478626/ascend-acoustic-5-1-setup-review

Cool, those 340's seem great
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I recently purchased the Paradigm SE series speakers.
They use the Monitor series cabinets,BUT they are done
With a real wood veneer! They use drivers from the
Reference Studio line-up. I was very pleasantly surprised
At how good they sound. Best of all the are discontinued
And on close out.

Fronts
http://www.tsto.com/Paradigm_SE3_Floorstanding_Speakers_p/1025.htm


Surround
http://www.tsto.com/Paradigm_SE_1_Bookshelf_Speakers_Rosenut_p/3593.htm

Center
http://www.tsto.com/Paradigm_SE_Center_Speaker_p/3562.htm

A bit over your budget with shipping.
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Nah, all the music I have is stereo, mostly FLAC. But I do like using Dolby Pro Logic II a lot. So I take it these brands are more geared for music than home cinema? Would it be accurate to say that if a speaker can do music well, it can naturally do home theater well, but not vice-versa?


My Klipsch speakers do well with music imo but then again, my home theater is set up for 99% movies.

In my opinion, a good speaker doesn't care what is put through it. The speaker should reproduce the sound as intended. I don't believe there are music speakers and movie speakers.

Projector: Benq W1070 1080p 2D/3D
Screen: 120" Elite fixed frame
AVR: Onkyo TX-NR809
Mains: Klipsch RF-62ii x 2
Center: Klipsch RC-62ii
Surrounds: Klipsch RS-42ii x 2
Subs: Dual Hsu VTF-15H's
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