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Question need a recommendation for a bookshelf pair for stereo music

Hi,

I was considering floor standers, but since I have a small-ish room (14x20) i think i would get better bang for the buck with shelf speakers... Anyway I'm looking for a pair around $600-$800 (i live in NYC) for stereo music listening only (no home theater). I was thinking something natural sounding because I mostly listen to jazz.. Also, they will play solo for now, without a sub so I need something that won't need a sub to play nicely..

I saw the klipsch reference series is in my budget but reviews say that they are not really natural, really bass heavy and too forward.. Also i saw B&W 600 series... Considering that too... what do you say?

Any other good value recommendations?

Thanks!
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I'm a big fan of the 600 series, especially for music. Take a look at the 685's. I'm using 684's for fronts in my home theater and I've been very happy with them.
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Actually, your room falls into the medium size category (1,500 - 3,000 cu. ft), so you're asking quite a bit from bookshelf speakers without a subwoofer. I'm sure there are several good bookshelf speakers that "may" fill your needs, but you will need to audition them to see for yourself. For $600 you might take a look at the Def Tech Studio Monitor series (the SM-55 or the SM-65 for a couple hundred more). Here are a couple of reviews:

http://hometheaterreview.com/definit...r-55-reviewed/
http://www.stereophile.com/content/d...55-loudspeaker

I haven't auditioned the speakers you mentioned, but I've auditioned the SM-55 and was nicely surprised, but you need to be the judge. I also preferred the SM-55 over the SM-65, but again, that's just me. You'll also want to audition several other bookshelf speakers in order to get a solid comparison. You can audition the Def Techs at Best Buy's Magnolia centers. Keep in mind that you'll probably need some decent speaker stands as well.
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Hi,
I was considering floor standers, but since I have a small-ish room (14x20) i think i would get better bang for the buck with shelf speakers... Anyway I'm looking for a pair around $600-$800 (i live in NYC) for stereo music listening only (no home theater).

Any other good value recommendations?
If you can stretch the budget to $850 - then the Philharmonitors - designed by a musician,
who plays in an orchestra >> Shipping is included
http://philharmonicaudio.com/folio-m...bookshelf.html

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If you like the 600 series, see if your local dealer will part with the floor models of the CM1's. They're definitely a step up, particularly for music. I got mine for pretty close to your price range. Most dealers are glad to re-cycle their demos once a year, so if their CM's have been there a while, you may get a deal.

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Actually, your room falls into the medium size category (1,500 - 3,000 cu. ft), so you're asking quite a bit from bookshelf speakers without a subwoofer. I'm sure there are several good bookshelf speakers that "may" fill your needs, but you will need to audition them to see for yourself. For $600 you might take a look at the Def Tech Studio Monitor series (the SM-55 or the SM-65 for a couple hundred more). Here are a couple of reviews:

http://hometheaterreview.com/definit...r-55-reviewed/
http://www.stereophile.com/content/d...55-loudspeaker

I haven't auditioned the speakers you mentioned, but I've auditioned the SM-55 and was nicely surprised, but you need to be the judge. I also preferred the SM-55 over the SM-65, but again, that's just me. You'll also want to audition several other bookshelf speakers in order to get a solid comparison. You can audition the Def Techs at Best Buy's Magnolia centers. Keep in mind that you'll probably need some decent speaker stands as well.
If this is your choice I'd go SM-65 and watch E-Bay, you can usually get a pair (or make a pair out of singles) of factory referbs for around $600.00
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