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Hello I'm looking to upgrade just the front left and right speakers of my energy take classic maybe for some bookshelf speaker with some more full and deep sound.
My set up is
Energy take classic 5.0
Denon 1612
Bic america f12
Please help I can't spend more than $200 for now
Are the energy cb10 would be a good match?
And My apartment is a small studio
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You will want to do the front 3 at the same time and match them. Or at least plan to buy the matching center in the near future.


The Andrew Jones bookshelves and center would be $224 from Amazon.

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Thanks, are these better than the energy cb10?
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Have you looked into a used pair of Energy RC10's ? I have the take classic in my downstairs family room, working on completing a better HT setup in out multipurpose room and currently using the bookshelf
Energy RC10's as fronts as I look for some more used gear to complete the RC setup, they pack quite a punch for their size, there's also a member with some FS in the classifieds.
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Thanks, are these better than the energy cb10?

I'm not really sure. The cb10 and matching center would be quite a bit more than $224 though. As mentioned, you could look for gently used stuff too.

I'm not saying that's the only option. Just one of many good possibilities. A lot of people praise the Cambridge Audio bookshelves as well.
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Thanks Auceny
I want to spend arround $200 right now for the 2 side ones and later I'll get the center for arround other $200 but I recently lern that I need matxhing ones
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You can get the def tech sm350/450 bookshelf speakers can be had for around 200 from new egg. Also, you can find great deals on the Cambridge audio s30s (again, around 200/pr)...I have heard both and both are good speakers and great buys at current prices! I have not been a fan of the pioneer speakers, but man that price is hard to beat!
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But witch one would be the maching center
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The Cambridge Audio S30 speakers are a solid option -and the bass will go down low
The S50 is the matching center.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/brand/cambridge%20audio/results/1.html

Another good solid option is the Philharmonic Audio AAL modded Pioneer speakers,
the modded BS22 is $150 and the center C22 is $90 > they are a clear step up over
the Pioneer stock speakers. And, I prefer them over the stock Cambridge speaker >
and I really do like the Cambridge, which was my favorite budget speaker.
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Thanks to all I'm going to best buy to see more options
I read too that you want to start with the center and start working from there, any good ones? 200 to 300
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Thanks to all I'm going to best buy to see more options
I read too that you want to start with the center and start working from there, any good ones? 200 to 300

In general, it is the center that anchors the front. I would build around the left and right channels,
then do the center.

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How are the klipsch RB 51 on the side with the RC 52 as center?
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Thanks to all I'm going to best buy to see more options
I read too that you want to start with the center and start working from there, any good ones? 200 to 300

Best Buy Magnolia carries Definitive Technology speakers which are very nice. It would be worth your time giving them a listen. 


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New egg has the def tech sm350 for 199! I own those and they are very good for that price

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New egg has the def tech sm350 for 199! I own those and they are very good for that price

I would second this. Def Tech studio series bookshelves are quite good for their price ( if priced well ). I would search in the used market as well if you can live with something used.

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I see them in neweeg for 250 and the klipsch 51 for 315
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I'm getting the def tech sm 450 they are $350 at new egg right now, I'm just going to wait till they go cheaper
Thanks to all for the advice I would come back when I'm gettind the center to match it
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Another vote for the Pioneer BS22's and C22 center. They go on sale frequently. I paid under $180 for the three speakers. I'm running a 5.0 system with the FS52 fronts, C22, and BS22 rears in an 11'8" x 16'9" w/ 8' ceiling apartment living room. You won't be disappointed, and given you have the Bic sub already, no need to buy the floorstanding.
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$350 is a good price or should I wait?
And which center can match the def tech sb 450?
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Down to 2 models
Def tech sm 450 vs Klipsch rb 51 for the same price $315
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The matching center for the sm series is the clr2002. Excellent center, but sometimes hard to find and it may well cost you more than the 450s!

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How are the def tech sm 55?
And for the center should I get the same speaker or the cs 8040hd
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How are the def tech sm 55?
And for the center should I get the same speaker or the cs 8040hd

They are nice speakers and are more smooth, refined and clear, with better bass
over the older SM speakers. Best option for center channel is the same speaker,
if you have room for it.

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Yep, if you have the space, you get three of the same speakers across the front. Horizontal centers are a compromise.

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I got one use def tech sm55 use on ebay for $151, I'll look for two more
Thanks to all for your help
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Can I put the sm55 as a center channel on its side? because in a horizontal position doesn't fit
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Can I put the sm55 as a center channel on its side? because in a horizontal position doesn't fit

 



This may help....depends on the speaker.....

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