I am not trying to be cheap but I am also trying to get the best sound for the dollar. I have read the review for the following speakers and my local Best Buy store does not have all of these so I was curious what the different opinions are of these?
Polk Audio 45B
Cerwin Vega VE-5M
I am currently using do not laugh Bose Lifestyle 25 speakers (rcvr died and could not use the sub without it.) A Yamaha YST-SW216 sub. An Integra DTR 5.5 AVR. My current set up is a 5.1 however when I get the next set of speakers it will be a 7.1, I also want to use the new spkrs as the main front with the Bose as the center, rear and rear surround. I am leaning towards the Klipsch not because of the sound of these but do in part to the reviews and have heard Klipsch spkrs many years ago. I just want an honest opinion the best option is to listen but I can only listen to a couple so thats where you guys come in.
The sp-bs22lr may be the newer ones but they are also smaller 4" versus the 41 are 5.25". The 22's do not handle as much power and not that a 5.25 gets very low but it does get lower than a 4". I am going to spend less than 150.00 I am checking the prices on newegg e-bay and amazon as well as Best Buy. I have always wanted Klipsch or Polk but for what its worth the Pioneer have a very good review from a previous thread on this forum as well as other sites. I know these speakers will not compare to the higher dollar brands but compared to the Bose which I do have they have to be better.
Okay I stand to be corrected maybe, I looked at the spec's for both. Both of them have a freq. range of 55hz - 20khz, the 41 has a power rating of 130w versus 80 for the 22. They were both designed by Andrew Jones so they are both good. I decided to go to Best Buy and listen to the Klpisch KB-15 Polk Tsx 100 and the Pioneer 22's for what it is worth in my ears the Klipsch sounded the brightest and it took the least amount of power to push them the next were the Polk not as bright, but overall pretty smooth ( I did like the sound ) the least favorite was the Pioneer. It maybe they were only being driven by am amp only rated at 8 ohms which could make a difference in power. I have read the reviews on both of the Pioneers and they speak very highly of them just more highly of other brands. My Integra DTR5.5 will handle a 6 ohm load quite well. I am not playing favorites nor do I know everything just based this on what I heard. As of now I am leaning more towards the Polk.
I have the BS-41's setup for my gaming computer, fed with an old Sony STR-DG1000 receiver and they're simply incredible. Great bass response with a really nice top end as well. I can't think of a thing I'd honestly change with them.
For reference, I've owned Magnepans, ML, Mirage, Paradigm, B&W, and my current home theater is all Def Tech, My car is running with Morel and Dynaudio speakers, so I've listed to a lot of different high-end gear. Go for the 41's, they're getting hard to find!
How would the Polk R150 sound compared to the Pioneers bc I found a deal on them for $75. I know they are older.
I really appreciate the input I do not want to make a poor choice. My rcvr puts out at 8 ohms 85wpc @.08 thd. at 6 ohms 120 wpc @.08 thd. I do not want to fry whatever I buy.Its not that I listen to everything loud all the time mostly the volume is lower or maybe at half when watching movies. Of course there are times when no one is home that I turn it up.I like the idea that the Pioneers are rated at 6 ohms plus they are cheap. I know spec.s do not always tell the story sometimes your ears are the best judge. On paper the BS22 seem good maybe a tad better than the BS41, I did like the sound of the Polks not harsh just pleasant sounding. I agree going to BB is not the best place to audition but they do have a selection to choose from. I guess I need more convincing on the Pioneers it just seems if you buy cheap you get cheap, I had an older Pioneer rcvr that put out 110 wpc during a thunderstorm it fried and I replaced it with an Onkyo that was rated with less (65 wpc.) and was completely blown away with the sound. Based on that I am leery of Pioneer.
Okay I respect your opinion! I just thought you were hooked on Pioneer. Yes the BS22 are a great deal but what is your opinion on the Polk 45B or the TSi 100? On E-Bay they have the Polk 45B ( from Polk Audio ) for 129.00 plus free shipping. Last question concerning Pioneer considering they are a 6 ohm spkr is it correct to assume they will play louder and handle more power than an eight ohm spkr.( Given that the source unit can handle a 6 ohm load? ) By the way those Teac's look good at the price any other suggestions?
I forgot I am trying to stick within a budget of 170.00 or less. As long as the total including shipping does not exceed the 170.00 I am good. I know there are deals out there some good some bad. Given these limitations if your were buying older refurbished etc. what other brands to consider.
I have been looking its driving me nuts so here is the next question has anybody heard of the BIC DV62i? I was reading a review of them and they seemed decent for the money. As it stands Polk 45B is at the top, the Pioneer either the 41's or the 22's ( it just takes some power to drive them ) possibly the Klipsch B-20 depends on if they are still on sale. If I went older and used any suggestions?