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post #1 of 16 Old 04-02-2005, 08:09 PM - Thread Starter
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It would be going in a fairly small room, about 160 square feet. My budget is around $500 for the full 5.1 system.

1 Infinity Primus C25 Center Speaker
4 Infinity Primus 150 Bookshelf Speakers
1 Yamaha YST-SW215 Subwoofer

Another option seems to be the Athena AS-C1 Center and 4 Athena AS-B1s, with the Yamaha subwoofer.

What do you guys think? Infinity or Athena?
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I have the following yamaha products in a 16*13*8 room

HTR-5635
5 NS-6490s
2 YST-Sw215s

Total cost

receiver 155
sopeakers 250
Subs 220

Total for speakers was $470.

If you want those speakers to hit 38HZ with authority you'd better have a beefy amp as it takes a lot of power to reproduce lower frequencies.

I'd go with the first option as the sub will offload a lot of work from your amp.

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Ok, so the Fluance idea is out. Now how about between the Athenas and Infinitys?

The receiver would be an Onkyo TX-SR602, by the way.
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Oh hey, this looks even better...

1 JBL EC35
2 JBL E30s (fronts)
2 JBL E20s (rears)

Only $40 more than the Athena/Infinity systems! I'm certain this is a much better system, am I right?

Oh, and there's also the HTD Level Two system...argh, too many choices!
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You sure you can't save up for a little more cash? $1,000 would get you a lot more than a $500 system can. You're not going to find a whole lot for less than $100 a speaker; plus you have an amp that can power much better speakers.

If not, you might be better served to get a prebuilt speaker package instead of trying to piece it together.
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Oh hey, this looks even better...

1 JBL EC35
2 JBL E30s (fronts)
2 JBL E20s (rears)

Only $40 more than the Athena/Infinity systems! I'm certain this is a much better system, am I right?
On a limited budget, I went with a pair of JBL E10s and a JBL EC35 for $249.98 - no shipping or taxes jr.com..... The EC35 is a nice center that will blend nicely as I add to the system. I prefered the E10s over the E20s for wall mounting convenience.

Eventually I will either add 2 more E10s or move the E10s to Surround and put E30s or E50s as my mains.

Since the JBLs, I've added an Infinity PS8 Sub that I found at CompUSA for $129.00.

I'm running all this off an Onkyo SR501.

My system is mostly for TV not music.
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I really can't spend much more than this. Maybe a BIT more if it means something much better...say $100 or so.

So I take it you like what you've got then BassMiester? I think I'll go with the E10s for the rears instead of the E20s, you make a good point about them being easier to wall mount. Thanks.
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Yes, I love what I have....... especially that EC35.... for my purposes (HDTV an DVDs) I could probably add (3) more E10s (for 6.1) and be very happy.

.... another reason I choose the 10s is the E20s are rear ported (something to keep in mind with wall mounting).
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I have Athena AS-B2 fronts, AS-B1 rears and AS-C1 center with the Dayton 10" sub for less than $500. All powered by an HK 325 receiver and it sounds great. I haven't heard the JBL speakers so I can't say which is better. But I'm very happy with my setup. I have heard the Infinity Primus 150 and liked the Athena better but it might just be a matter of taste.

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I have a mix infinity 250's, and C25 up front (great price at Comp USA) with Athena R-1's and B-2's for side and rear surrounds. I think both sound great, with the advantade going to the Athena's (more bass). The Infinity Primus 250's and 150's are on sale this week at CC - spend 399.99 on speakers (250's are 199.99 each), and get a pair of 150's for free.
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Hmm, this is such a hard decision...Athenas or JBLs. I guess Best Buy carries both these brands, so I could go demo them there...but then, they probably have them terribly set up so if anything it will confuse me more.

Anyone else have an opinion?
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If it's that important... and you truely narrowed down your choice to those two brands... I suggest you just buy a pair of athena and JBL and try it at your home. It's extremely easy to try it and return it to BB and keep the one you like. You'll be 100% satisfied with your final purchase because you will know first hand which is better to your ears.
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Well, I haven't narrowed it down to just those 2...but from what I've read here it seems like the Athenas are a bit better than the Infinitys, and I've read glowing reviews of the JBL stuff. If you have a suggestion please feel free to tell me about it.
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The Infinity Primus 250's and 150's are on sale this week at CC - spend 399.99 on speakers (250's are 199.99 each), and get a pair of 150's for free.
where did you see that you can get 2 Primus 250's and 2 Primus 150's speakers for for $399? i checked CC's and didn't see that deal.

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Have you thought about HSU?

http://www.hsustore.com/vt-12-stf-2.html
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where did you see that you can get 2 Primus 250's and 2 Primus 150's speakers for for $399? i checked CC's and didn't see that deal.

FYI, Crutchfield.com has this exact deal going right now. I'm tempted myself.
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