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Stuck between these two speakers.

Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 450@ $250 a pair
Or Klipsch RB-41 II $299 a pair.

Can someone help me out between these??
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Which one sounds best to you?
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Which one sounds best to you?
Haven't heard them. But the sale on the Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 450's goes off sale on Sunday back to $400 a pair.
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Klipsch RB-41 only has a 4" woofer. Plus it has that annoying bright horn tweeter. I'd go with the Def Tech for sure.

Why not the HTD Level Three?
http://www.htd.com/Products/level-th...shelf-Speakers

or Ascend CBM-170
http://ascendacoustics.com/pages/pro...70/cbm170.html

or PSB Image B5
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Klipsch are apparently quite bright sounding speakers.

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Speakers are such a subjective thing that I wouldn't buy without having the ability to return them. Listening to them in-store helps, but the true measure is how they sound once you get them home, in your particular listening space. A good example is the Klipsch. Some people swear by the horn tweeter, others find them shrill.
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My buddy has the full RB-41 home theater
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I've listened to them they can get really loud and sound okay I guess not really something I'd buy

I haven't heard the 450's but if they're anything like the XTR's I got to listen to at the store then Definitive just has a better sound.

If I was you I'd save more money and go with Martin Logan's or paradigm 20's
if you're looking for a great speaker.

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Skip em both. Go for Ascend CBM170s, Wavecrest HVL-1s, Hsu HB-1s, to name a few.
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Skip em both. Go for Ascend CBM170s, Wavecrest HVL-1s, Hsu HB-1s, to name a few.
The Hsu looks really nice but sadly that price is a little out of my $300 range.
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I would go for the Klipsh if you made me. If you are more into movies, they will be a solid choice.
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Of your two choices, I would go with the Deftech SM450s. I'm just not a big fan of the Klipsch horn tweeter. The Ascend, Wavecrest, and PSB options mentioned by the others are definitely worth considering as well.
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From the 2 choices, the Definitive

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Not the Klipsch. The Def Tech, or any of the others mentioned would be a better choice.

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Not the Klipsch. The Def Tech, or any of the others mentioned would be a better choices.
So you're saying Paradigm 20's aren't good speakers???
You must be crazy!
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So you're saying Paradigm 20's aren't good speakers???
You must be crazy!
HUH? Did I mention Paradigm anywhere in my post (or did anyone anywhere in this thread)? All I did was to point him away from the Klipsch and to any of the other speakers that were recommended in this thread. I don't get your angst!

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Klipsch RB-41 only has a 4" woofer. Plus it has that annoying bright horn tweeter. I'd go with the Def Tech for sure.

Why not the HTD Level Three?
http://www.htd.com/Products/level-th...shelf-Speakers

or Ascend CBM-170
http://ascendacoustics.com/pages/pro...70/cbm170.html

or PSB Image B5
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_760IMGB...ry.html?tp=186
The PSB Image B5 look really great, do you think they beat the Definitive Audio 450 by a significant margin?

Cause I noticed the Definitive had a 10 inch woofer I'm not sure if that would make a huge difference..
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HUH? Did I mention Paradigm anywhere in my post (or did anyone anywhere in this thread)? All I did was to point him away from the Klipsch and to any of the other speakers that were recommended in this thread. I don't get your angst!
You said "or any of the others mentioned would be a better choices."
Might wanna rephrase that
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You said "or any of the others mentioned would be a better choices."
Might wanna rephrase that
You aren't making sense. He said ANY of the other speakers mentioned would be a better choice than the Klipsch. How are you coming to the conclusion that he said anything negative about Pardigm?
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You aren't making sense. He said ANY of the other speakers mentioned would be a better choice than the Klipsch. How are you coming to the conclusion that he said anything negative about Pardigm?
Cause he is saying from this all other mentioned would not be better choices.
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You said "or any of the others mentioned would be a better choices."
Might wanna rephrase that
He said that the Def Tech or any of the other speakers mentioned in the thread would be a better choice than the Klipsch. I dont get your beef either?
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Cause he is saying from this all other mentioned would not be better choices.
I'm not trying to speak for him, but no he didn't. The OP said he was stuck between a Def Tech and a Klipsch. RayGuy said "Not the Klipsch. The Def Tech, or any of the others mentioned would be a better choice." So in a nutshell, he is saying any speaker mentioned, which would include the beloved Paradigms, would be a better choice than the Klipsch.
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He said that the Def Tech or any of the other speakers mentioned in the thread would be a better choice than the Klipsch. I dont get your beef either?
Oh, my bad!
I didn't know that.. Thought he was saying what we all recommend was not good enough and he had better choice,
Of course all the options mentioned here are better than Klipsch.

Klipsch is kinda like Polk to me they made solid products years ago.. Now they're more like a production company that has good warranty's putting out cheap products that look good with simple proven 2 way and 3 way speakers for medium range sound. Of course they have have their high end products that are better but you'll pay and arm and a leg for them.
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I'm not trying to speak for him, but no he didn't. The OP said he was stuck between a Def Tech and a Klipsch. RayGuy said "Not the Klipsch. The Def Tech, or any of the others mentioned would be a better choice." So in a nutshell, he is saying any speaker mentioned, which would include the beloved Paradigms, would be a better choice than the Klipsch.
Thank you 89! I certainly was missing his point! Semantics can be tricky sometimes, and perhaps I could have phrased it better, but you clarified the gist, and for that you are hereby heralded as peacemaker and semantics expert of the day!
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Oh, my bad!
I didn't know that.. Thought he was saying what we all recommend was not good enough and he had better choice,
Of course all the options mentioned here are better than Klipsch.

Klipsch is kinda like Polk to me they made solid products years ago.. Now they're more like a production company that has good warranty's putting out cheap products that look good with simple proven 2 way and 3 way speakers for medium range sound. Of course they have have their high end products that are better but you'll pay and arm and a leg for them.
Glad it's all been straightened out. Not everyone will love Paradigm, or any other specific speaker, for that matter. We all have different ears, different tastes in speakers and music, and different rooms where we listen. Is it really that important that everyone like the speaker you like (own?)? Perhaps, in the future, it might be a better approach to just disagree respectfully without resorting to name calling.
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Now allot of people like the ARX 1's. Which are now A1rx.s. Those that have them seem to praise them. I have heard the bigger towers and was not really that fond of them, but allot of people at that heard them with me seemed to like them. They are in your price range and worth a look.
http://www.chanemusiccinema.com/chane-arx-loudspeakers


These are the HT series and Theater 10's which I think were the SHO 10's were a really good speakers and something you could be happy with for along time. You could also build on them. 5 Theater 10's and sub would be a kicking HT setup. I know they are double your budget, but sometimes a little more is worth allot more in the end. If you can, build for the future. There is also the theater M1 monitor. Never heard them, but they might not be a bad speaker either for the price. $125 ??
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I decided to just go with the Definitive Tech's.

They have a lot of reviews and people saying just a year ago they cost $699..

Hopefully I made a good choice few people said it sounds amazing once mixed with a great subwoofer so that will probably be next up on the list.
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Def Techs are OK, but I would have gone with the Paradigm Studio 20s. Good engineering and build quality. They are always improving their lines and they keep their value.
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Def Techs are OK, but I would have gone with the Paradigm Studio 20s. Good engineering and build quality. They are always improving their lines and they keep their value.
I checked those out as well see what the fuss was all about..
And no way in hell would I ever pay $1400 for a set of speakers.
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I decided to just go with the Definitive Tech's.

They have a lot of reviews and people saying just a year ago they cost $699..
For $250, you got a good deal - you did well, and they will have some nice bass

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Def Techs are OK, but I would have gone with the Paradigm Studio 20s. Good engineering and build quality. They are always improving their lines and they keep their value.
His budget was $300. What makes you think he would consider the $1200 Studio 20?
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