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best satellite speaker and sub set for $300 or less

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi Guys,
I'm pretty new here and I'm looking at replacing my surround speakers and sub. I have an old sony set and I need to upgrade because my sub is on its last legs. My budget i really have to work with is only about $300 or less. What could I find that's decent in that price range? I found the Polk Audio RM6750 on amazon in my price range, but I noticed that the sub only went down to 40hz. Is that a deal breaker for a set like that? What other sets would you recommend?
Thanks for all of your help!
post #2 of 13
Harman Kardon HKTS 15
$299 with free shipping.
http://www.jr.com/harman-kardon/pe/HK_HKTS15/


Energy Act6
$219 shipped from website, brand new! 5 year warranty.
http://www.sounddistributors.com/buy...at_name=Search
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
thanks a bunch. They both look good. How would those two you meantion compare audio quality wise to the polk rm6750's?
post #4 of 13
i'm interested in the answer(s) also ...

I was looking at that Polk set on Amazon, but now am intrigued about the HK set (which is also on Amazon for only $305...)

Curious to know which one is better (and if it's by a landslide)
post #5 of 13
I doubt if any would win in a landslide over the other. We're only talking about 3"-3.5" drivers on the satellites. I think the HK and Energy subs are a little better than the Polk.

I was at a local Fry's and the Polk would be the best value since its $199, but the other two are inexpensive also. The Polk satellite is pretty solid and heavy for its size.

Couldn't listen because as usual in big box stores, nothing was connected properly.
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post #7 of 13
I'm in the same boat myself. Even down to the fact that I have an existing Sony speaker set. Mine was bundled with a 5.1 reciever, that I got about 8 years ago. I'm looking to upgrade to get a fuller sound, before I upgrade to Blu-ray.

I saw that J&R has a the HK-18 for about $150 more than the HK-15. This set also has a lot more reviews on amazon.com. I'm more focused on quality than I am on loudness. Is there any advantage to upgrading to the 18s?

If you can't tell, I have no experience in speaker selection, and I'm having a hard time searching online. It isn't like a receiver where I can look at specs and and features.

flips
post #8 of 13
The HKTS 18 has a more powerful subwoofer and satellites with dual 3.5" woofers vs the single woofer in the HKTS 15. Is it worth the extra $150? That's something you'd have to decide.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
The Energy speaker set looked incredible, but I noticed in the review it said the sub didn't have a crossover or a phase control. I don't have a crossover control in my AVR either. Should that be a dealbreaker for me, or are those two feature ok to do without?
post #10 of 13
If by satellite speakers you mean 2 or more I'll toss in a couple of 2.1 systems that are good buys. Frankly a full blown 5.1 system for $300 would hurt my ears.

Mission m70s for $70/pr. mated with a Velodyne 10" VX-10 sub for $170 (shipping included) for a sub-total of $240 plus $20 to ship the Missions for grand total of $260.

http://www.tsto.com/cgi-bin/TSTO.sto...duct/View/2191

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...velodyne-vx-10

Vanns also have a Klipsch KSW-10 sub for $200.

TSTO also has the Wharfedale Diamond 9.0's for $100/pr.

So that's two different 2.1 systems for around $300.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
what kind of bass response can i expect from the polk sub which goes to 40Hz?
this question coming from just a 300 dollar budget.
post #12 of 13
I don't know what system the OP settled on but I ordered the Energy Act6 thanks to the recommendation by afrogt in his earlier posts. I got them from the same dealer he linked to but bought them via eBay. With a 10% eBay coupon and the 25% Live.com cashback I got it for a whopping total of $155.35 shipped! At that price, I'm thinking about getting another set for the family room. They're arriving tomorrow. I'll let you know what I think once they're broken in which, from what I've read, may be 50+ hours. Thanks again afrogt. For those who don't like to deal with eBay, Overstock also has them for $219.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by BackQuack View Post

I don't know what system the OP settled on but I ordered the Energy Act6 thanks to the recommendation by afrogt in his earlier posts. I got them from the same dealer he linked to but bought them via eBay. With a 10% eBay coupon and the 25% Live.com cashback I got it for a whopping total of $155.35 shipped! At that price, I'm thinking about getting another set for the family room. They're arriving tomorrow. I'll let you know what I think once they're broken in which, from what I've read, may be 50+ hours. Thanks again afrogt. For those who don't like to deal with eBay, Overstock also has them for $219.

BackQuack, How did those speakers ever work out for you?

Anyone else have any interesting findings on the 5.1 systems?
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