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Pocket Aces's Avatar Pocket Aces 02:32 PM 11-07-2007
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Originally Posted by isingh View Post

FYI : Best buy, Walmart, Bestbuy for business,Frys $99. CC,Crutchfield,Amazon had a lill more 110-130 range.
And as you found ebay has tons of those right now. I think Costco is selling for 170 now.

Thanks I will probably wait on a 1080p unit even though the eBay deals are tempting.

b4z's Avatar b4z 03:41 PM 11-07-2007
MIRAGE OMNIS:

Are quickly selling out. Crutchfield has already sold all of their 150 bookshelves at $140pr. shipped They still have the 350 towers at $300pr shipped,and some others.
Vanns still has the 150 bookshelves.
eckhore's Avatar eckhore 05:01 AM 11-08-2007
Skeelo also emailed me the pics of the new Yambeka's. They appear to be an upgrade from the previous version that Yambeka had out there. Looking at the pictures closely they appear to be a rebadged Dyanaquest DQ-T353 (sold in Taiwan I believe). Couldn't find much on those either.

I will be curious to see what Skeelo thinks of them when they are received.
David_B's Avatar David_B 02:16 PM 11-08-2007
Good sale on WS-60s and WS-100s at compusa right now. Energy/Athena.
TX_Tech's Avatar TX_Tech 05:25 PM 11-08-2007
To those who have the Calypso tower speakers:

Did yours come with a set of stick-on felt pads? The instructions mention to forgo using the spikes and to use the included stick-on felt pads if you're going to use it on something other than carpet. I don't see the pads anywhere.
isingh's Avatar isingh 06:42 PM 11-08-2007
Mine came with one set of stick-on which have 4 of those. But not 8 as I would have expected. In any case, I have my speakers on carpet so I am not using those.
You could give them a call and ask them to send.

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To those who have the Calypso tower speakers:

Did yours come with a set of stick-on felt pads? The instructions mention to forgo using the spikes and to use the included stick-on felt pads if you're going to use it on something other than carpet. I don't see the pads anywhere.


eckhore's Avatar eckhore 05:24 AM 11-09-2007
The felt pads on many were stuck under the folds of the box. I believe those gray pads were for the center channel. I'd double check the box, if not there, they should send some out.
mmjngen's Avatar mmjngen 07:16 PM 11-09-2007
I don't recall getting any pads with the Calypso's. Pads are cheap though. Any grocery store or hardware store should have them.
mmjngen's Avatar mmjngen 07:18 PM 11-09-2007
I got the Calypsos but wanted 7.1.

I ended up picking up a couple pair of Spherex Satellite Speakers from parts express. http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=309-400

I just got them and they don't seem bad at all, particularly for $36 to $39 a pair. My wife affectionately calls them my booby speakers....I bought a second set.

It's not a bad price and the reviews are decent.
Captain Crunch's Avatar Captain Crunch 06:04 AM 11-10-2007
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Originally Posted by Pocket Aces View Post

Thanks I will probably wait on a 1080p unit even though the eBay deals are tempting.

There is no difference between 1080i and 1080p jump on a deal if you see one!


1080i v. 1080p
Renob101's Avatar Renob101 10:40 AM 11-10-2007
Put to the test!

I just watched back to back 300 and Transformers and all I can say is WOW the Calypsos performed flawlessly! Up to this point I hadn’t really pushed them well this morning they got pushed, I’m shocked I’m getting so much performance from $200 speakers.

I feel bad for you all who didn’t get in on the deal, but as with all deals they come and go and I’m sure there is another one just around the corner.

Just an FYI below is my system.

42in Samsung HD TV
Pioneer VSX-1017TXV-K
Acoustech H100
Radiient Calypsos
Conan450's Avatar Conan450 06:30 AM 11-14-2007
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Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post

There is no difference between 1080i and 1080p jump on a deal if you see one!


1080i v. 1080p


wrong
onebxr's Avatar onebxr 09:54 AM 11-14-2007
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Originally Posted by Conan450 View Post

wrong


http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=768167

read this post Conan and you will see that 1080p isnt the end all, and that there are more important things to consider when getting a TV.
-Rich
Conan450's Avatar Conan450 11:56 AM 11-14-2007
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Originally Posted by onebxr View Post

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=768167

read this post Conan and you will see that 1080p isnt the end all, and that there are more important things to consider when getting a TV.
-Rich

i agree it is in no way the end all, i said he was wrong, you cant go around saying there is absolutely no difference between the two (1080i & 1080p)

Edit: That thread is great and i agree with it, but it discusses 720p vs 1080p, not 1080i vs 1080p, and also issues he may run into buying a 1080i set (some wont accept a 720p signal)
DethManX's Avatar DethManX 11:16 AM 11-15-2007
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I received my set of Calypso last week. I have them set up and you can barely hear the rear surrounds. I pumped up my received to +10, and still they are very faint. I will call Radiient today to see what they can come up with.

Second, maybe it is because I didn't actually calibrate my receiver (Sony STR-DG910) yet, but the bass from all speakers is pretty weak (this could also be the cause for concern with the surrounds). Again, it could be the receiver, but my 7 year old HTIB speakers from JVC sounded a lot deeper and more natural. I will plug those in to my new receiver to test the difference to see it is the receiver to blame or the actual speakers.

That's interesting, I've had mine for several weeks now and have observed the sound is a little lacking to me as well. I don't hear anything from the surrounds unless I walk up to them.

I have the 5 speakers connected to a Denon AVR-1707, no subwoofer and I did run the auto-setup with included mic. This system is mainly for video games (PS3/PS2/Wii/GameCube), and some TV. When I play the Wii I set the reciever to Pro Logic II, then the Denon also has profiles so I set it to the Pro Logic II "game" profile. Music in game lacks punch i.e. no bass and things like dialogue and effects that come from the center are overpowered by the front towers. I can't hear the surrounds at all.

Then, when I watch TV if I set it to Pro Logic II the center overpowers the towers! TV in general sounds like absolute crap for some reason. What surround mode (or normal mode) should I set the reciever to when watching regular broadcast cable? (No cable box, coax cable into TV and sound looped back into reciever via RCA out on TV)

I've been considering the BIC H-100 since it's praised so much here. Is that really going to add a huge dimension to this set? All I want to do is play my games in the surround mode they were developed in. I really don't get why the reciever has all these DSP modes that sound more or less the same or make things worse.

I will admit I haven't tried any DVDs, but shouldn't the audio on games be moving these speakers?
Dynoblues's Avatar Dynoblues 12:20 PM 11-15-2007
Where to buy Radiient Calypso speakers? Sold out from the vendor and not listed on ebay. So I need advice for alternatives or any other private vendors selling calypso speakers?

Thanks
exerciseguy's Avatar exerciseguy 01:13 PM 11-15-2007
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Originally Posted by Dynoblues View Post

Where to buy Radiient Calypso speakers? Sold out from the vendor and not listed on ebay. So I need advice for alternatives or any other private vendors selling calypso speakers?

Thanks


The Radiients Calypsos are gone for good.

There are several models from Polk at a similar price-point:

http://shop3.outpost.com/%7B45SKGy7X...ring=polk&cat=

The R50 for $140/pr.
The R300 for $100/pr.

There are others too...
Dynoblues's Avatar Dynoblues 01:40 PM 11-15-2007
I am looking something similar to Calypso's 5.1 speakers and found Flaunce speakers. Not many reviews on that one. Please post your opinions.

Thanks
Renob101's Avatar Renob101 08:05 PM 11-15-2007
[quote][I've been considering the BIC H-100 since it's praised so much here/QUOTE]

Thats what I have with my Calypsos and it rocks!

By the way my Pioneer VSX-1017TXV-K did a great job setting up the speakers I have not had to adjust the surounds or the center, Im getting tons of output from them.l
DethManX's Avatar DethManX 08:14 PM 11-15-2007
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[I've been considering the BIC H-100 since it's praised so much here/QUOTE]

Thats what I have with my Calypsos and it rock!

By the way my Pioneer VSX-1017TXV-K did a great job setting up the speakers I have not had to adjust the surounds or the center, Im getting tons of output from them.l

Let me ask this then, how do they sound without the sub? I'm finding that if I give them some more volume they start to sound good, but I'm getting hardly any bass.
Renob101's Avatar Renob101 08:18 PM 11-15-2007
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Let me ask this then, how do they sound without the sub?

The dont have much low end, they NEED a sub!
DethManX's Avatar DethManX 08:20 PM 11-15-2007
Ah okay so it isn't the way I have them setup. Hopefully that H-100 gets here quick!

EDIT: Also just realized I'm a friggin' moron, my Wii games were hosed up because I didn't set surround mode in the Wii's setup. D'OH!!!
skeelo58's Avatar skeelo58 09:08 PM 12-20-2007
So I finally got my new 7 speaker set from Yambeka Audio today. And boy, let me say, they sure do look purdy

The sound on them is awesome too. The 8" midrange drivers can reproduce the mid-bass quite well. Overall I would say the speakers are excellent, and for 250 bucks, ya can't go wrong.

I would recommend them to anybody looking for a nice set of cheap speakers. Trust me, the sound quality is amazing.
Splicer010's Avatar Splicer010 04:46 AM 12-21-2007
Pictures???
kdawg25's Avatar kdawg25 07:06 AM 12-21-2007
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Originally Posted by skeelo58 View Post

So I finally got my new 7 speaker set from Yambeka Audio today. And boy, let me say, they sure do look purdy

The sound on them is awesome too. The 8" midrange drivers can reproduce the mid-bass quite well. Overall I would say the speakers are excellent, and for 250 bucks, ya can't go wrong.

I would recommend them to anybody looking for a nice set of cheap speakers. Trust me, the sound quality is amazing.


Since these have hardly any info on most forums (yes I know there are reasons), can you add a lil more detail to your suggestion. They just started shipping their 2008 line and their website leaves much to be desired.

Info many would like, if possible. (well me at least):
  • Detailed Pics
    Receiver / Amp you are using
    Room size and how well the sound fills it
    Can you bi-amp the fronts
    Weight of each
    Are the towers set up for carpet spikes?
    Finish quality

others will probably have more questions, but that's a good start if you don't mind helping out a few of us.

thanks
Decepticon07's Avatar Decepticon07 07:12 AM 12-21-2007
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Originally Posted by skeelo58 View Post

So I finally got my new 7 speaker set from Yambeka Audio today. And boy, let me say, they sure do look purdy

The sound on them is awesome too. The 8" midrange drivers can reproduce the mid-bass quite well. Overall I would say the speakers are excellent, and for 250 bucks, ya can't go wrong.

I would recommend them to anybody looking for a nice set of cheap speakers. Trust me, the sound quality is amazing.

I am very interested in more info also. Receiver, size of room, and possibly pics.
skeelo58's Avatar skeelo58 12:55 PM 12-23-2007
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Originally Posted by kdawg25 View Post

Info many would like, if possible. (well me at least):
  • Detailed Pics
    Receiver / Amp you are using
    Room size and how well the sound fills it
    Can you bi-amp the fronts
    Weight of each
    Are the towers set up for carpet spikes?
    Finish quality


thanks

I will post pics as quickly as possible. Until then, the finish on them is a glossy black on the fronts, and black wood cabinetry on the sides. The speaker grilles are removable to reveal 3 white speakers behind them (I chose to leave my grilles on)

I am using the Onkyo 605 receiver, and it sounds great. The size of the room is not very big at all, only about 12x15 or so, but the sound fills the room much, much better than my old speakers do. I can even distinguish right and left sounds alot better now.

The front towers weigh 20 pounds each, The center channel is about 8 pounds, and the 4 bookshelf speakers weigh in at about 3 pounds each. The finish quality is surprisingly good. I took one look at them and said "wow"

They truly do look awesome on both sides of my setup.

And about the bi-amping, unfortunately that is not possible with these speakers. There is only 1 set of wire terminals on each speaker, so bi-amping is out of the question. And to be honest I couldn't tell ya bout the speaker spikes yet. I guess I didnt even bother to look at the bottom of the towers. I'm not at home right now, but when I get home later, I'll try post on here to let ya know bout the speaker spikes.
ChrisPC's Avatar ChrisPC 08:57 PM 12-26-2007
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Originally Posted by David_B View Post

Good sale on WS-60s and WS-100s at compusa right now. Energy/Athena.

I got a whole 5.1 speaker setup for $550 there! I got Jamo fronts, center, and surrounds, and an Athena sub, all brand new.
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