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Hello folks,

I am looking for speakers and a sub for around $1600. I have a recently purchased Denon 1713 receiver and that is the only component that I currently have.

I already asked for advice on this forum once before but decided to make a new thread because my budget has changed (by about $500) and I have made my receiver purchase. Hopefully that's not an unforgivable sin. My old thread for reference: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1473930/newbie-looking-for-speakers-and-receiver

Room size: 18x15
Main use: Music (sometimes I watch movies and TV)

The way I'm looking at it is ~$500-600 for the sub and ~$1000-1100 for two speakers totaling $1600-$1700. I've decided that I'm not interested in a 5.1 (or more) setup because I just don't listen to 5.1 content that much.

After looking over this forum many times I think the speakers that get mentioned the most are the Ascend CMT340. Are these really that good even compared to $1000/pair speakers? Regardless of the answer to that question, please recommend me the best speakers within my budget. Size of the speakers is not an issue, and floorstanding speakers are preferred.

Aperion gets mentioned as a good brand but people rarely elaborate on which specific speaker they are talking about. The Intimus 5T is in my price range.

As far as subs go: HSU, Rythmik, SVS, and a few others get a lot of mentions. The HSU VTF-2 MK4 seems be in that price range and so is the Rythmik LV12R.

Most of these brands are internet direct and so I guess I will have to buy without auditioning which I am willing to do. I know most of them have generous return policies so if I really want to return, I can. But I would like to avoid paying two way shipping just for auditioning.

Thanks.
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Do you you just want a 2.1 system, or do you want a center speaker too? Aperion makes nice speakers, and their 30 day trial, with free shipping is great. Hsu also has some nice speaker/sub combos that are worth looking at. If you just want 2 towers, and no center, take a look at the B&W 684's. I have them and have been quite happy.
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I highly recommend the original Swan Diva 6.1 from www.theaudioinsiider.com
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Room size: 18x15
Main use: Music (sometimes I watch movies and TV)

The way I'm looking at it is ~$500-600 for the sub and ~$1000-1100 for two speakers totaling $1600-$1700. I've decided that I'm not interested in a 5.1 (or more) setup because I just don't listen to 5.1 content that much.

After looking over this forum many times I think the speakers that get mentioned the most are the Ascend CMT340. Are these really that good even compared to $1000/pair speakers? Regardless of the answer to that question, please recommend me the best speakers within my budget. Size of the speakers is not an issue, and floorstanding speakers are preferred.

Subwoofer: Rythmik LV12R ($598, shipped)

Speakers: The CMT-340s are well-rated, and in a room the size of yours, they should work quite well.

If gently-used interests you, ~$1,000 is what you'd be looking at for a mint-condition pair of Paradigm Studio 60v4s. There's also a pair of mint-condition 60v3s currently listed on usaudiomart.com for $800. Good price.


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I think the 340SEs are a good suggestion, but then I am an Ascend owner (but not the 340SE, have Sierra-1s(NrT), 170SEs and 200SEs. I think it's a good sounding speaker and the value is good, customer service is quite good, David Fabrikant (owner/chief designer) and Dina in customer service have been great to deal with. I'd like to try the 340SEs but no justification at this time, but more likely next time I get something I'd be looking at their Horizons for front three, maybe the towers at L/R. You might check out a HSU package of sats with a sub if you liked the Klipsch, they're horn speakers but apparently not quite as bright as Klipsch. I'm not a fan of the horns generally. I'm thinking more about the new crop of planar tweeter speakers now. You might also look at theaudioinsider.com brands.

I'd still go at least 3.1 for better movies/tv, but that's me (I have or have had 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 3.0, 5.0, 5.1, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 smile.gif ). You can check my profile for my setups.

Haven't played with many speakers recently that would fit your particular needs but might suggest if you're a little bit handy to perhaps think about a SEOS flatpack kit from diysoundgroup.com as that just might get the nod over buying complete speakers on my next "upgrade" (despite being horns)

Either of the subs you mention are very nice for the price. If you wanted to, the Klipsch RW12d (I have one in a 5.1 setup) is a nice deal at 280 each, and you could get dual subs (which has advantages over one, if you've got the room). Might check out Outlaw subs, too at that price range. Or up your budget and look at maybe something from Power Sound Audio's b-stock.

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Do you you just want a 2.1 system, or do you want a center speaker too? Aperion makes nice speakers, and their 30 day trial, with free shipping is great. Hsu also has some nice speaker/sub combos that are worth looking at. If you just want 2 towers, and no center, take a look at the B&W 684's. I have them and have been quite happy.

Just a 2.1 system is what I'm looking for. Thanks for the 684 recommendation. Those are one of the few speakers that I have listened to and I like them pretty well.
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I highly recommend the original Swan Diva 6.1 from www.theaudioinsiider.com

Thanks. I will look into those. Any word on the other brands at theaudioinsider.com?
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Subwoofer: Rythmik LV12R ($598, shipped)

Speakers: The CMT-340s are well-rated, and in a room the size of yours, they should work quite well.

If gently-used interests you, ~$1,000 is what you'd be looking at for a mint-condition pair of Paradigm Studio 60v4s. There's also a pair of mint-condition 60v3s currently listed on usaudiomart.com for $800. Good price.

Thanks. I will add that as a vote for the CMT-340s.

I would like to stay away from used just because $1000 is a lot of money for me and I would like to have some kind of return/warranty option in case something goes bad.
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I think the 340SEs are a good suggestion, but then I am an Ascend owner (but not the 340SE, have Sierra-1s(NrT), 170SEs and 200SEs. I think it's a good sounding speaker and the value is good, customer service is quite good, David Fabrikant (owner/chief designer) and Dina in customer service have been great to deal with. I'd like to try the 340SEs but no justification at this time, but more likely next time I get something I'd be looking at their Horizons for front three, maybe the towers at L/R. You might check out a HSU package of sats with a sub if you liked the Klipsch, they're horn speakers but apparently not quite as bright as Klipsch. I'm not a fan of the horns generally. I'm thinking more about the new crop of planar tweeter speakers now. You might also look at theaudioinsider.com brands.

I'd still go at least 3.1 for better movies/tv, but that's me (I have or have had 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 3.0, 5.0, 5.1, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 smile.gif ). You can check my profile for my setups.

Haven't played with many speakers recently that would fit your particular needs but might suggest if you're a little bit handy to perhaps think about a SEOS flatpack kit from diysoundgroup.com as that just might get the nod over buying complete speakers on my next "upgrade" (despite being horns)

Either of the subs you mention are very nice for the price. If you wanted to, the Klipsch RW12d (I have one in a 5.1 setup) is a nice deal at 280 each, and you could get dual subs (which has advantages over one, if you've got the room). Might check out Outlaw subs, too at that price range. Or up your budget and look at maybe something from Power Sound Audio's b-stock.

Well, I don't particularly like the Klipsch after listening to them some more so I'd like to stay away from that kind of sound.

Electronics I can handle, but I'm not handy with anything related to woodworking so I will be staying away from DIY solutions. But thanks for the suggestion.

I'm adding the Outlaw LFM-1 Plus to my list.
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I see that the Ascend speakers mentioned so far are bookshelves. Do these compare favorably to floorstanding speakers even though they have one less driver? For example, the B&W 684 or the Aperion Intimus 5T?

My subs list (in order of most likely to purchase):
1. HSU VTF-2 MK4
2. Rythmik LV12R
3. Outlaw LFM-1 Plus

From other threads here and elsewhere, it looks like it's a toss-up between these three at the price point.
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I see that the Ascend speakers mentioned so far are bookshelves.
Custom pedestals are available for the 340s.
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Do these compare favorably to floorstanding speakers even though they have one less driver? For example, the B&W 684 ...
The 340s have the same # of drivers as the 684s, and the specs look pretty good, too.


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My subs list (in order of most likely to purchase):
1. HSU VTF-2 MK4
2. Rythmik LV12R
3. Outlaw LFM-1 Plus

From other threads here and elsewhere, it looks like it's a toss-up between these three at the price point.

All good choices. I don't see how you could go wrong with any of them. smile.gif

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I see that the Ascend speakers mentioned so far are bookshelves. Do these compare favorably to floorstanding speakers even though they have one less driver? For example, the B&W 684 or the Aperion Intimus 5T?

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Floorstandings usually provide more bass output at lower frequency extensions when compared to bookshelf. In part to the extra woofer. They also look cooler. But if you are using a sub, a bookshelf can be just as good or even better, as its design focus its attention to its usable frequencies leaving the heavy duty to the sub.

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Custom pedestals are available for the 340s.
The 340s have the same # of drivers as the 684s, and the specs look pretty good, too.
I was looking at the Ascend Sierra's when I said that. But anyway, please look at my reply below.
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All good choices. I don't see how you could go wrong with any of them. smile.gif
Ok good. Thank you all for the help. I will order one of those soon.
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Floorstandings usually provide more bass output at lower frequency extensions when compared to bookshelf. In part to the extra woofer. They also look cooler. But if you are using a sub, a bookshelf can be just as good or even better, as its design focus its attention to its usable frequencies leaving the heavy duty to the sub.
Point taken. But I would like to get floorstandings, partly for the coolness factor and partly for the sound.

So far I have the following suggestions:
Aperion Intimus 5T
B&W 684
Swan Diva 6.1

Any other suggestions? Any comparison between the three?
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So far I have the following suggestions:
Aperion Intimus 5T
B&W 684
Swan Diva 6.1

Any other suggestions? Any comparison between the three?
Between those three, I'd say spend the money on bookshelves and a sub.

$1000 on speakers, $500 on a sub....pretty much what you said in your first post.

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I was looking at the Ascend Sierra's when I said that. But anyway, please look at my reply below.
Ok good. Thank you all for the help. I will order one of those soon.
Point taken. But I would like to get floorstandings, partly for the coolness factor and partly for the sound.

So far I have the following suggestions:
Aperion Intimus 5T
B&W 684
Swan Diva 6.1

Any other suggestions? Any comparison between the three?

If you must have a floorstanding, here are other options in the same price range where it shows a comparison:

http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/speakers/floorstanding/2010-1k-faceoff/1k-faceoff-methodology

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Just a 2.1 system is what I'm looking for. Any word on the other brands at theaudioinsider.com?

I have the ARX A5 towers and they are fantastic for the price of $750/pair. They come in a plain black wrapper, if that is OK for you. Here is a link to the reviews on the TAI site.
http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=arx-a5-floorstanding-loudspeaker&products_id=227& You can also see pictures and specs. There is an ARX thread on this site, also:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1429229/the-official-arx-owners-thread-a1-a1b-a2-a2b-a3-a5-etc
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If you must have a floorstanding, here are other options in the same price range where it shows a comparison:

http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/speakers/floorstanding/2010-1k-faceoff/1k-faceoff-methodology
It looks like the Klipsch came out on top but I didn't really like the Klipsch when I listened to them at Frys. Also, when you say "If you must have a floorstanding", it sounds like you wouldn't suggest a floorstanding at this price. Is that correct?
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Between those three, I'd say spend the money on bookshelves and a sub.

$1000 on speakers, $500 on a sub....pretty much what you said in your first post.

Hmm... So is $1000 not a good price point for floorstanding? Or are you saying that the specific ones that I mentioned are not that great?
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Also, when you say "If you must have a floorstanding", it sounds like you wouldn't suggest a floorstanding at this price. Is that correct?
Hmm... So is $1000 not a good price point for floorstanding? Or are you saying that the specific ones that I mentioned are not that great?
The only advantage to floorstanding is the lower bass response than a bookshelf. When a sub is handling the lows that advantage is no longer an advantage, and you're better off getting a better quality bookshelf for the same money.

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The only advantage to floorstanding is the lower bass response than a bookshelf. When a sub is handling the lows that advantage is no longer an advantage, and you're better off getting a better quality bookshelf for the same money.

Ok. Changing my list a little bit but now I have to factor in stand prices as well.

(In no particular order)
1. Aperion Intimus 5T
2. B&W 684
3. Swan Diva 6.1
4. Ascend CMT340
5. EMP E55Ti
6. Wharfedale Diamond 10.2

I saw the EMP E55Ti's and the Wharfedale Diamond 10.2's listed in a few other threads.

Anything that should be added or removed from my list?
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So how much more are you going to expand your list and indecisiveness? Next thing you know you might actually make a decision based on what sounds good to you rather than based on a pricepoint and a bunch of people you haven't met let alone heard their systems?rolleyes.gif What, no JBL Boston Acoustics, KEF, B&W, Polk, etc?


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Something to consider.
You've stated your primary listening is music and you really like/want towers ... If you find the right tower you may not need a sub (30hz will cover almost all music as it seldom goes as low as Movies/HT). Spending your whole budget on two towers would bump you up to another quality level on towers, which in the end might be better for you both aurally and financially.

As Bill F. mentioned in an earlier post, many of the sonic advantages of towers are somewhat eliminated when you are using a sub (hence his recommendation that with a sub you might get more bang-for-your-buck with bookshelf speakers). Spending your budget on getting better quality tower speakers (sans a sub) kind of puts you back into best bang-for-your-buck territory.

In the $1500-$1600 range there are some excellent options for musical towers wink.gif
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So how much more are you going to expand your list and indecisiveness? Next thing you know you might actually make a decision based on what sounds good to you rather than based on a pricepoint and a bunch of people you haven't met let alone heard their systems?rolleyes.gif What, no JBL Boston Acoustics, KEF, B&W, Polk, etc?


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To be honest with you, I would love to make a decision based on what sounds good to me but that seems impractical. I would have to pay at least one way shipping for most of these if I wanted to audition them which is considerable (~$50 per speaker).

But by all means, let me know what to take off the list.
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Something to consider.
You've stated your primary listening is music and you really like/want towers ... If you find the right tower you may not need a sub (30hz will cover almost all music as it seldom goes as low as Movies/HT). Spending your whole budget on two towers would bump you up to another quality level on towers, which in the end might be better for you both aurally and financially.

As Bill F. mentioned in an earlier post, many of the sonic advantages of towers are somewhat eliminated when you are using a sub (hence his recommendation that with a sub you might get more bang-for-your-buck with bookshelf speakers). Spending your budget on getting better quality tower speakers (sans a sub) kind of puts you back into best bang-for-your-buck territory.

In the $1500-$1600 range there are some excellent options for musical towers wink.gif

That sounds like an excellent option. I really don't mind not having a sub. Any suggestions on what towers to look at in that price range?

On the other hand, if I end up going with a sub, I think my top choices right now are the Ascend CMT340's ($680/pr + $80 shipping) and the EMP E55Ti ($700/pr).
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Well, I don't particularly like the Klipsch after listening to them some more so I'd like to stay away from that kind of sound.

Electronics I can handle, but I'm not handy with anything related to woodworking so I will be staying away from DIY solutions. But thanks for the suggestion.

I'm adding the Outlaw LFM-1 Plus to my list.
Good horns sound nothing like the horns of the cheaper Klipsch line. The SEOS is head and shoulders above most of the other suggestions you've received. If you can put together Legos then the SEOS should be a snap. It's a super, duper easy kit.

Dumb enough to spend lots of cash on this junk!
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That sounds like an excellent option. I really don't mind not having a sub. Any suggestions on what towers to look at in that price range? ...

Some commonly recommended tower speakers that go down to 30Hz-36Hz:

KEF Q900 http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/KEFQ900WLN/KEF-Q900-Q-Series-8-inch-Walnut-Floorstanding-Speaker-Each/1.html
Monitor Audio RX6 or RX8 http://www.audioadvisor.com/

Another speaker that doesn't get much word of mouth in the forums, but impressed me both times I heard it (once in a showroom, once in a home) …
Gallo Acoustics CL-3 http://www.roundsound.com/floor-standing-speakers/classico-cl-3-loudspeaker.html

My listening/auditioning of tower speakers in this price range is limited - I'm sure other forum members will have more recommendations wink.gif

(Though you might need to start a new thread ...)
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So how much more are you going to expand your list and indecisiveness? Next thing you know you might actually make a decision based on what sounds good to you rather than based on a pricepoint and a bunch of people you haven't met let alone heard their systems?rolleyes.gif What, no JBL Boston Acoustics, KEF, B&W, Polk, etc?


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To be honest with you, I would love to make a decision based on what sounds good to me but that seems impractical. I would have to pay at least one way shipping for most of these if I wanted to audition them which is considerable (~$50 per speaker).

But by all means, let me know what to take off the list.

Sometimes you just need to commit and go for something....auditioning isn't always an option altho it's good to make sure of what the return will entail. I take it you're not in southern California so you could do something like go visit Ascend or Hsu?

If you're lucky brian323 may come by and give you a definitive opinion on what to do...rolleyes.gif

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I would spend $1,000 on the HSU sub and $600 on three NHT Absolute Zero for LCR. Add 2 NHT SuperZero on sale for $60 each.

http://www.nhthifi.com/Bookshelf-speaker-SuperZero-2-0
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Sometimes you just need to commit and go for something....auditioning isn't always an option altho it's good to make sure of what the return will entail. I take it you're not in southern California so you could do something like go visit Ascend or Hsu?
Yup, I'm in Houston so I can't go visit them.
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Let's try not get started down that road. rolleyes.gif
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To be honest with you, I would love to make a decision based on what sounds good to me but that seems impractical. I would have to pay at least one way shipping for most of these if I wanted to audition them which is considerable (~$50 per speaker).

But by all means, let me know what to take off the list.

In Houston it shouldn't be too hard to find a store/showroom where you can hear/audition the KEF or Monitor Audio brand towers. (If you're considering the beefier-tower-no-sub option then hearing them first should be helpful.)
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Sometimes you just need to commit and go for something....auditioning isn't always an option altho it's good to make sure of what the return will entail. I take it you're not in southern California so you could do something like go visit Ascend or Hsu?
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If you're lucky brian323 may come by and give you a definitive opinion on what to do...rolleyes.gif
Let's try not get started down that road. rolleyes.gif

You could maybe go visit Rythmik...that's a relatively short ways away by Texas standards smile.gif If you continue looking at subs, that is.

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