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I need advice about speakers.

I am a little confused about what speakers I should get to go along with my Tascam PA-R200 receiver (100 Watts per Channel 8 Ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08% THD)

Do the speakers have to have a lower watts than 100? some say watts between 20-200.

Do they have to be 8 Ohms speakers?

I am a bit of a noob to this. thanks.
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What is your budget?

Are you looking for bookshelf or towers - and how large is the space?

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no more than $400 for a pair I guess.

I was looking at these towers, but not sure it they will work with my receiver.

Polk Audio Monitor 65T Three-Way Ported

Energy CF-30 Floorstanding/Tower Speaker

Onkyo SKF-4800 2-Way Bass Reflex

Klipsch Synergy F-20 Premium Dual 6.5-Inch Floor-Standing Speaker

Klipsch Icon VF-35 Floorstanding Speaker

Yamaha NS-F150 Floor Standing Speakers

My media room is pretty small.
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That is a lot of receiver, based on your budget for speakers

Any of them speakers will work with that rebranded (Teac/Onkyo) Tascam receiver

In general, look for speakers rated 6 ohms and up.

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That is a lot of receiver, based on your budget for speakers

Any of them speakers will work with that rebranded (Teac/Onkyo) Tascam receiver

In general, look for speakers rated 6 ohms and up.
Shouldn't i worry that the receiver is 8 ohms? And I heard I need to make sure the speaker watts are lower than the amp, so if my receiver says 100 w and channel, my speakers need to be below 100 w? If so, that really cuts down on what I can buy.

And yes, the receiver is nice but i got it a price i couldn't refuse.
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Shouldn't i worry that the receiver is 8 ohms? And I heard I need to make sure the speaker watts are lower than the amp, so if my receiver says 100 w and channel, my speakers need to be below 100 w? If so, that really cuts down on what I can buy.

And yes, the receiver is nice but i got it a price i couldn't refuse.
It is in reality an Onkyo/Integra receiver - it will take care of business

Your speakers can be 6 ohms - do not worry

Your speakers can be higher than 100 watts - do not worry

The Receiver can handle dynamic peaks for 4/6/8 ohm loads - do not worry

Just make sure the receiver has good ventilation around it.

Yes the prices are good for the Tascam receivers - they have been discontinued.

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It is in reality an Onkyo/Integra receiver - it will take care of business

Your speakers can be 6 ohms - do not worry

Your speakers can be higher than 100 watts - do not worry

The Receiver can handle dynamic peaks for 4/6/8 ohm loads - do not worry

Just make sure the receiver has good ventilation around it.

Yes the prices are good for the Tascam receivers - they have been discontinued.
Thanks. Then I think I will go with the Energy CF-30s. It blows that i can't listen to any of them since I am buying them online. So of anyone has any inputs on the speakers I want to buy or have alternatives in mind, please let me know. Thanks.
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You don't have to worry about matching, only if one or more of the following

a) Your amp has low power
b) Your speakers have low sensivity
c) Your speakers have low impedance
d) You have a large room

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Does anyone know anything about HTD speakers? how do they rank compared to other brands in reliability and sound?

Looking at these http://www.htd.com/Products/tower-sp...Tower-Speakers
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I haven't heard the HTD speakers, but have been told by several people who has heard them or owned them, that if you can step up to the level 3 speaker, the ribbon tweeter is outstanding!

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I haven't heard the HTD speakers, but have been told by several people who has heard them or owned them, that if you can step up to the level 3 speaker, the ribbon tweeter is outstanding!
Yea but if i as going to go that high i would just buy the Energy CF-70
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Does anyone know anything about HTD speakers? how do they rank compared to other brands in reliability and sound?

Looking at these http://www.htd.com/Products/tower-sp...Tower-Speakers
Yes HTD makes good stuff - and would be my preference

Your call

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You don't have to worry about matching, only if one or more of the following

a) Your amp has low power
b) Your speakers have low sensivity
c) Your speakers have low impedance
d) You have a large room
a) My amps state 100 watts a channel
b) Looking at speakers with 90+ sensivity
c) Looking at speakers that are 6 or 8 Ohms
d) the media room is small. 9 x 13
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Yes HTD makes good stuff - and would be my preference

Your call
even the level 2s?
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even the level 2s?
Yes, and your receiver will drive them - HTD is good for the money.

They will get loud in that room

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I am a little confused about what speakers I should get to go along with my Tascam PA-R200 receiver (100 Watts per Channel 8 Ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08% THD)
I decided to also buy that receiver - $188 new on Ebay

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I decided to also buy that receiver - $188 new on Ebay
You probably bought it from the same guy. no one else is selling it for cheap.

I also now thinking about going to bestbuy and getting these
They are on sale today. What do you think of them?
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I also now thinking about going to bestbuy and getting these
They are on sale today. What do you think of them?
I am not a big fan - however, you may like them.

The only towers I would buy from Best Buy, is the Sony Core speakers
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-cor...kers&cp=1&lp=3

However, for a tight budget the Pioneer FS52 towers are nice.

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I am not a big fan - however, you may like them.

The only towers I would buy from Best Buy, is the Sony Core speakers
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-cor...kers&cp=1&lp=3

However, for a tight budget the Pioneer FS52 towers are nice.
I went ahead and got the ones I posted since the sale was just for today. I figured I will test them out. They do sound a bit harsh at times and other times they sound smooth, depending on the song. So trying to figure them out.
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In general the only real power-related danger is that if the receiver doesn't have enough power, and you listen loud, you can push the receiver beyond it's limits. That can produce a kind of distortion that is dangerous to speakers.

With typical consumer speakers, it's unlikely that 100 watts will be too little power. There's no standard for how to rate speaker power handling. That means that you can't really use the ratings for much. Sensitivity is more useful, in the sense that it will help you guess how much power it's going to take the drive the speakers to the volume you want. But with a 9 x 13 room there's very little danger of overloading a 100 watt amp, unless you do something very weird.

8 ohm speakers often go down to 6 or less at times. An amp designed for 8 ohm speakers will take that into accounts. The main issue is with 4 ohm speakers and a receiver that isn't designed for 4 ohms. You might look up a review of the receiver. They'll typical test receivers at both 8 and 4. The fact that a receiver says "100 watts per channel into 8 ohms" doesn't mean there's anything wrong with using 4 ohms. They're just telling you how the 100 watts was measured. There should be a separate specification that says whether it's rated for 4 ohms. But really, I'd try to use a review rather than the specifications.
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