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Hello. Looking to upgrade to bookshelf speakers from satellite speakers. Have a $300 budget for the LCR. My receiver is a Onkyo TX-SR507. My rear speakers are decent but want to focus on the fronts first.

Speakers are for movies, not much for music playing (have nice headphones.)

Unfortunately my TV and speakers will be placed at corner of room. So all viewing and listening will be offset (no way to work around this for now.)

Current speakers are Bosecrap (they were free.) Before that I had the Mirage Unitheater that was stolen =(.

I looked at the Polk Audio Blackstone TL2 and Cambridge s20. Im open to any suggestion.

Thanks for your input
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If you want all 3 speakers for $300 - then look at the Cambridge S30 and S50
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/CAMBS30OAK/CAMBRIDGE-AUDIO-S30-4-2-way-Bookshelf-Speakers-Pair-Dark-Oak/1.html

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/CAMBS50OAK/CAMBRIDGE-AUDIO-S50-4-3-Way-Center-Channel-Speaker-Dark-Oak/1.html

However, still look at Ascend and ARX

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+1 to the previous two threads.
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The ascend and arx review as some nice speakers. Unfortunately, I need a left, center and right. That's great that I can bump up to the s30. can anyone recommend any others? I know I'm not giving to much of a budget, don't want to put all my eggs in one basket. ..

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Look in the used market for the Arx or the Ascend or the S30's. All 3 are good choices.
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Heard the Dynaudio confidence siganture bookshelves and they sounded damn nice. Very very good with vocals and enough soundstage.
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You could get three of these for $335.

http://www.wavecrestaudio.com/products/hvl-1-two-way-loudspeaker-pair

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I agree. The Cambridge S30s or the Wave Crest smile.gif

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These fit in your budget and supposedly they sound amazing. I have not heard them myself however. HSU HB-1 MK2
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Some good suggestions, however the OP wants THREE speakers for 300 dollars! You can probably get the Andrew Jones Pioneer bookshelf and center for 300 dollars. You could just buy three identical bookshelves for the best possible front stage...however, many manufactures, I think including the above mentioned Hvl, only sell the speakers in pairs. So you would have to buy 2 pair and have one extra speaker.

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Some good suggestions, however the OP wants THREE speakers for 300 dollars! You can probably get the Andrew Jones Pioneer bookshelf and center for 300 dollars. You could just buy three identical bookshelves for the best possible front stage...however, many manufactures, I think including the above mentioned Hvl, only sell the speakers in pairs. So you would have to buy 2 pair and have one extra speaker.

The HVL can be purchased in single, pair, three, five, or seven. Click on the quantity and you get a drop-down menu. Three for $335.
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I agree. The Cambridge S30s or the Wave Crest smile.gif

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You could probably get 3 if these for right around $300

emptek.com/e5bi.php

They got a glowing review here:

http://hometheaterreview.com/emp-tek-e5bi-bookshelf-speaker-reviewed/

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I stand corrected!

Set up #1: EMP e5Ti, e5Ci, and EMP e5Bi surrounds, Outlaw LFM1 Plus sub, SVS NSD SB12 sub, Marantz Slimeline 1504 AV receiver
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Thank you everyone for the advice! I will deff. be researching the brands you guys mentioned... Is there a reason no one mentions polk, klipsch or the such? Do they not hold the same value anymore?
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Thank you everyone for the advice! I will deff. be researching the brands you guys mentioned... Is there a reason no one mentions polk, klipsch or the such? Do they not hold the same value anymore?

For any given price range, there's always some specific speaker make/models that stand out as the best value based on current pricing. For example, Polk Monitor IIs used to be a good value, but they've since been replaced with a minor update at a much more expensive price; hard to get the same deals any more.

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Thank you everyone for the advice! I will deff. be researching the brands you guys mentioned... Is there a reason no one mentions polk, klipsch or the such? Do they not hold the same value anymore?
I'm not familiar with any of the Klipsch products in that price range. I am a huge fan of their larger speakers though.
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Wow! This website seems to have some great prices compared to the rest...
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Wow! This website seems to have some great prices compared to the rest...

They do. Some stuff is new; some factory refurbished/factory warrantied. Many of us have ordered from them. Great deals smile.gif

Most of their subs aren't the best deal, though. If you decide you need a sub, post in the AVS subwoofer forum smile.gif

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If you are mainly watching movies, you could take a look at BIC Formula speakers. They are horn-loaded and offer higher SPL and good dynamics for movies. You could get three of the BIC FH6-LCR for $300 and have a solid front sound stage. They will be comparable to Klipsch speakers, however they don't use compression drivers so there is less of a chance of fatigue as many find with Klipsch.

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-FH6-LCR-6-5-Inch-Frequency/dp/B0015A8Y3E

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When it comes down to the center channel with regards to my current receiver(Onkyo TX-SR507)...What would suit best with low level listening, and all around clarity? I've been mainly looking at these three...

CAMBRIDGE AUDIO S50 / BOSTON ACOUSTICS A225C / Klipsch Synergy C-20

By the way, everyone has been very helpul!!cool.gif
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Just to clarify. The center is going to be matched to the bookshelfs. I listened to the klipsch and its not for me.

Also, is the carnival 5 center similar to the s50?

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Hello. Looking to upgrade to bookshelf speakers from satellite speakers. Have a $300 budget for the LCR. My receiver is a Onkyo TX-SR507. My rear speakers are decent but want to focus on the fronts first.

Speakers are for movies, not much for music playing (have nice headphones.)

Unfortunately my TV and speakers will be placed at corner of room. So all viewing and listening will be offset (no way to work around this for now.)

Current speakers are Bosecrap (they were free.) Before that I had the Mirage Unitheater that was stolen =(.

I looked at the Polk Audio Blackstone TL2 and Cambridge s20. Im open to any suggestion.

Thanks for your input

I ROTF at suggestions in this thread that recommend speakers that would eat your budget with a single speaker or just a pair. One is so off-base that it isn't even funny: Dynaudio Confidence Signatures at a SRP of about $8K a pair for C1s. That guy is well known around here for his affinity for off-the-wall recommendations (no pun intended).

To me the two obvious places to look are the Pioneer "Famous Designer" line that has a lot of action in L&R and center channel speakers around $100 each plus/minus. (SP-BS41-LR L & R around $150 a pair or less on sale and SP C21 Center under $100.

Another low cost high quality line is Infinity Primus ( P143 for L&R and PC251 for center.
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Arnyk, thanks for your suggestions. Are you suggesting the pioneers or infinity would suit me better than the cambridge or Boston acoustics?

The s50c & s30 bookshelf/ boston a225c &a25 ate in my budget. .

Thanks again!

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Heard the Dynaudio confidence siganture bookshelves and they sounded damn nice. Very very good with vocals and enough soundstage.

 

Where are they on sale for $300?  Sounds like a terrific bargain. 

 

(PS. We're still waiting for you in the other thread to tell us how using a sub eats 75% of the amplifier power).

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Arnyk, thanks for your suggestions. Are you suggesting the pioneers or infinity would suit me better than the cambridge or Boston acoustics?

The s50c & s30 bookshelf/ boston a225c &a25 ate in my budget. .

I haven't had the opportunity to hear these particular Cambridge or BA offerings. I'm not biased against BA or Cambridge n particular, as I've had a pair of BA CR9s that served me for almost 2 decades. I'm using a Cambridge 12" subwoofer.

Its just that the speakers I mentioned are well-known to be exceptionally good values and from what I've heard from them myself, they are.

If you search this forum for "Primus" or "Famous Maker" you'll find 100s of positive recommendations.
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Thanks for everyones help m I ended up with a like new energy veritas v-mini fronts and center for $300. Now onto changing the Tv.

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I'm looking for aesthetically pleasing, relatively small bookshelf speakers that I actually put on a bookshelf that is about 13 inches deep. Here are my leading contenders:

a. Cambridge Audio SX 50
b. Polk Audio RTI A1

or if someone can convince me these are better, I might spring for

c. Peachtree D4 or D5
d. Silverline Minuet

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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