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Bose 520 center/satellite alternatives

Just got back from my local Fry's store and heard the 5.1 Bose 520 set up, I really enjoyed the crystal clear highs and mid's from the satellite speakers. I know this forum has its opinions on the Bose products and I agree on most, so that leads me to my question. What speakers would be a good alternative to those Bose speakers, want to stay in that size and they will be powered by my old Yamaha RX-V765 in 5.1 mode. Already have a sub that I enjoy, so will be looking for just the center and 4 satellites. Thanks.
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Yes, the Prime Satellite Package at $999 will blow that Bose system away as not only are the satellites superior but the sub is a TRUE sub playing down to a solid 24hz.

http://www.svsound.com/products/prime-satellite-5-1

Here's a nice Denon to drive the speakers for under $300.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/denon-70...&skuId=3510572

Sanus has a nice assortment of Speaker Stands to choose from.

The Prime Satellite Package has a nice 45 day risk free return policy; you don't even pay shipping if you're not satisfied.

I'd personally go for the Prime Bookshelf Package for $50 more but you seem to prefer the smaller form factor.

The Prime Bookshelf Package has better front 3 speakers.

http://www.svsound.com/products/prim...urround-system

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I have a friend that just bought the prime package for a den that @gajCA mentions, it is a well rounded system, sounded great especially for the money. I promise you will toss that Bose out the back door
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I have a friend that just bought the prime package for a den that @gajCA mentions, it is a well rounded system, sounded great especially for the money. I promise you will toss that Bose out the back door

Was it the Satellite Package or the Bookshelf Package?
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Was it the Satellite Package or the Bookshelf Package?
The Bose speakers don't stand a chance either way. I do agree that the bookshelf package is well worth the extra $50.

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Was it the Satellite Package or the Bookshelf Package?
It was the satellite package. I agree I would have paid for the bookshelf as well. He didnt have shelf space and wanted unobtrusive as possible. For the price I was impressed, it does need the sub
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The Klipsch Quintet V 5.0 speaker set will sound much better than the Bose speakers. For small speakers when paired with a sub they do sound very good. They can be had for $280 when on sale.
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Thanks for the input, I will look at my options.
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Yes, the Prime Satellite Package at $999 will blow that Bose system away as not only are the satellites superior but the sub is a TRUE sub playing down to a solid 24hz.



http://www.svsound.com/products/prime-satellite-5-1



Here's a nice Denon to drive the speakers for under $300.



http://www.bestbuy.com/site/denon-70...&skuId=3510572



Sanus has a nice assortment of Speaker Stands to choose from.



The Prime Satellite Package has a nice 45 day risk free return policy; you don't even pay shipping if you're not satisfied.



I'd personally go for the Prime Bookshelf Package for $50 more but you seem to prefer the smaller form factor.



The Prime Bookshelf Package has better front 3 speakers.



http://www.svsound.com/products/prim...urround-system


That Denon unit is nice, was actually looking for something like that to go with my new 65"
Sony 4K, my RX-765 is nice, but lacking all the new features available now. Thanks for the tip.
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Just got back from my local Fry's store and heard the 5.1 Bose 520 set up, I really enjoyed the crystal clear highs and mid's from the satellite speakers. I know this forum has its opinions on the Bose products and I agree on most, so that leads me to my question. What speakers would be a good alternative to those Bose speakers, want to stay in that size and they will be powered by my old Yamaha RX-V765 in 5.1 mode. Already have a sub that I enjoy, so will be looking for just the center and 4 satellites. Thanks.
OMFG...that's a $1500 system!

Well, if you want a small form factor, here's my suggestion:

5 x Ascend HTM-200SE = $722 shipped
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...00/htm200.html
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...isor.mv#bottom

1 x Rythmik LV12R = $541 shipped with 5% bundle discount
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...ubs/lv12r.html

If you have a big room and/or simply want maximum kick-in-the-chest bass, instead of the Rythmik sub you could get the monstrous Hsu VTF-3 which is currently on sale for $860 shipped...this would push your total expenditure to $1600, just a little more than the Bose 520 but a million times better.
http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-3mk5HP.html

I like the NHT SuperZeros as well, but they will be a little harder to drive than the Ascends and they have a lot less mid-bass so you'd need to go with a 100-120Hz crossover for the sub. A better NHT option would be the slightly larger SuperOne. The Ascend 200 and NHTs are all sealed designs so they can be easily flush mounted against a wall if needed, or put inside cabinets and bookshelves.

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Just got back from my local Fry's store and heard the 5.1 Bose 520 set up, I really enjoyed the crystal clear highs and mid's from the satellite speakers. I know this forum has its opinions on the Bose products and I agree on most, so that leads me to my question. What speakers would be a good alternative to those Bose speakers, want to stay in that size and they will be powered by my old Yamaha RX-V765 in 5.1 mode. Already have a sub that I enjoy, so will be looking for just the center and 4 satellites. Thanks.
Oops just noticed that you already have a sub; which one?

If it is of high quality you might be able to get better speakers by foregoing a sub.

But you really need to tell us the maximum size you would consider.

Is 11”H x 6.5”/w x 9.5”D too big?

The Bose Satellites are 7.5" H x 3.3" W x 3.3" D.
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