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I just got a partial set of speakers. I can't tell what model they are - the only indication I can find on them is a label that says "Klipsch." The previous owner said they were part of a 5.1 set, but he lost the center speaker and the sub, so all I have is four satellites. They're pretty old and ratty looking, but sound good to me.

I want the whole 5.1 set, though. I see three options here -

1: Find out what the model is somehow, then acquire the missing pieces somehow.
2: Get a standalone center speaker and standalone sub.
3: Freecycle the incomplete set, buy a new set. If I do this, it will be a cheapie (looking at the Monoprice 8247)

What's recommended? Are these speakers better or worse than low-end stuff from Monoprice? Is having a set of pieces that don't match bad, or less desirable than a complete one, even if it's an inexpensive complete one? I will post some pictures of a speaker later.
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Here's the pictures:



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Thanks for finding that. I guess that makes option 1 unlikely - even the receiver is part of the original set.

So, what's better - getting a new and complete but inexpensive 5.1 home theater speaker set that's designed to go together, or getting a standalone center speaker and sub to mix and match with the Klipsch's?
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Just get a completely new set and don't futz with these.

For a home theater system or computer station?

Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!
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Thanks for finding that. I guess that makes option 1 unlikely - even the receiver is part of the original set.

So, what's better - getting a new and complete but inexpensive 5.1 home theater speaker set that's designed to go together, or getting a standalone center speaker and sub to mix and match with the Klipsch's?

BTW, if you want, you can probably sell the four speakers on eBay for $26-$65.
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It's for a home theater system, though the room isn't huge - it's maybe 10 feet from the TV to the couch, and the couch is flush against the wall.

It would mostly be used for watching films on Blu-Ray, and with some amount of PC/PS3 gaming.

My budget for new speakers is pretty small. I've already got the receiver - a used Pioneer V523-K, and I'm looking at the Monoprice 8247's as a baseline. I wouldn't want to spend much more, and based on the reviews I've read, the Monoprices are probably the best I can get in that range.
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If you can swing it, take a look at the Energy Take Classic 5.1 This is a budget friendly 5.1 with a great sound for their size. I put this in my son's apartment and was very impressed.
Also, look at the Cnet review.........

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001202C44

http://reviews.cnet.com/surround-speaker-systems/energy-take-classic-5/4505-7868_7-33310963.html

9.2 System.....
Onkyo Pre/Pro PR-SC5508 Powered by Emotiva XPA-5 X 2
Klipsch RF-7II's Mains
Klipsch RC-64II Center
Klipsch RB-75s Heights
Klipsch RS-7's Side Surrounds
Klipsch RS-52II's Rear Surrounds
Klipsch RW-12D Subs x 2
Klipsch Belle's x 4
OPPO BDP-105 with Roku Streaming Stick
Epson 6030UB / Vapex 12...
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It's for a home theater system, though the room isn't huge - it's maybe 10 feet from the TV to the couch, and the couch is flush against the wall.

It would mostly be used for watching films on Blu-Ray, and with some amount of PC/PS3 gaming.

My budget for new speakers is pretty small. I've already got the receiver - a used Pioneer V523-K, and I'm looking at the Monoprice 8247's as a baseline. I wouldn't want to spend much more, and based on the reviews I've read, the Monoprices are probably the best I can get in that range.

What is your total budget for speakers and sub???
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If you can swing it, take a look at the Energy Take Classic 5.1 This is a budget friendly 5.1 with a great sound for their size. I put this in my son's apartment and was very impressed.
Also, look at the Cnet review.........

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001202C44

http://reviews.cnet.com/surround-speaker-systems/energy-take-classic-5/4505-7868_7-33310963.html

Although I would recommend the Take Classic's over the Monoprice system, it's 3 times what the OP has listed as a budget. >$100 for a set isn't going to get him much, unfortunately.

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Saving up to the ~$500 range will give a noticable improvement in quality especially since he doesn't need a receiver. I'd recommend saving for the energy or equivalent system. Another option would be to spend all that on the front 3s and use the other speakers for rears. It'd leave over one pair, but you can use that for desktop speakers like I did with my extra bookshelfs. Or do none of those things because it's not my money. smile.gif
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May I suggest starting with a pair of NHT Super zeros, then adding center and surround later. You will want a sub at some point (probably second purchase).
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Thanks for the suggestions, but I am not considering incremental purchases, or spending much more than $100. I've already spent $170 on the receiver, some cabling, and speaker stands, and I'll probably also need to get a stand for the center speaker (if I get one).

Right now I have a receiver, four Klipsch computer speakers, and no sub. I am satisfied with this - it's much better than my TV speakers, which was the original goal, but I also know I can do better. If $100 can improve this, I'd like to spend it where it will count the most. If I can't improve on this meaningfully without $350-$500, then I won't spend a dime.

I see the following options:
1: Spend $100 on a sub and/or center speaker, add them to the existing 4.0 Klipsch configuration
2: Sell the front two Klipsch's, spend the money plus $100 on three better front speakers, keep the other two Klipsch's for surround
3: Sell all four Klipsch's, spend the money plus $100 on a complete 5.1 set
4: Keep the hundred bucks
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With only $100 to spend, option 1 would be best: Run a 4.1 setup. Buy a sub.

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