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Hello, I made a similar post a few months ago but was a bit unsure at the time about what I wanted.

I just bought a Denon E400 receiver and will be starting off with a 2.0 set-up, adding a JBL150 sub around Christmas time.

Anyway, it seems Cambridge s30 are highly regarded as are Definitive Technology's 450 series, if you were me which pair would you get and why? Or obviously if you would choose something else in the $300 or less price range what would it be?

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Well since you're starting off with a 2.0 setup does that mean you plan to expand to 5.1 or 7.1 at a later time?

If you plan to get matching towers later the Cambridge solution is cheaper than the Def Tech. You can get Cambridge towers starting at $130 from accessories4less.com depending which color your prefer.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/brand/cambridge%20audio/results/1.html

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Yeah, I plan to expand to 5.1 in a year or so, eventually 7.1 once I've bought a home and am not renting in a city (I'm 24 so less is more for moving purposes).

I'm not really concerned about the long-term costs of additional pieces, I'm more focused on quality at this point. Accessories4less is an awesome website, that's where I bought the refurbished Denon E400 for $330 shipped smile.gif

Basically, if you had $300 to spend on the best bookshelf speakers you could find, what would you buy?

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I have two 5.1 systems, and my upstairs system has the def tech sm450s and clr2002 center front stage! Excellent front stage for under 500 dollars. For a mid sized bookshelf, the def tech can hit pretty low (don't get me wrong...you need a sub for HT).

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: JBL130, JBL120C and Klipsch synergy sub
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I bought Energy RC-10s for $300/pr about 4-5 years ago and I'd buy them again if I was starting over and they were still available.

Lots of great speakers for $300.

Ascend CBM-170
HTD Level Three
Hsu HB-1 MK2
Def Tech SM450
Cambridge S50 and SX50
ARX 1B
Epos Epic1

Probably another 20-30 brands I didn't mention....


$350
Wharfedale Diamond 10.1
Focal Chorus 705V
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I agree on the def tecs the sm 450s with the clr 2002 would be a great soundstage, maybe later on you could pick up two more 450s or the sm 350s for your 5.1
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As much as I think the Cambridge Audio S30s are good speakers, be aware that they are on closeout because CA has a new speaker series. Buying the matching S50 center or matching towers might be difficult even a few months from now. Now you could buy the S30s with the idea you would switch them to surround duty and get a different front three. Matching the surrounds with the front three is not as critical.

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Well, if you plan to use the Cambridge s30 for fronts even in the future you could actually buy the s30 plus the s50 center for $320 shipped right now if you want dark oak.

In black it would cost you closer to $400.

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