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Good bang for the buck basic speakers?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hello.

I am looking for some good inexpensive speakers which allow you to hook them up with regular speaker wire from a source( no HDMI,RCA,etc output available from TV)

Just regular speaker wire.

Please let me know if you have any recommendations

Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 27
Budget?
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
I guess I am looking for some decent speakers under $150.

Thanks.
post #4 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jonnydanger007 View Post

I guess I am looking for some decent speakers under $150.

Thanks.

Behringer TRUTH B2030P
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com...air?sku=600602
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jonnydanger007 View Post

I guess I am looking for some decent speakers under $150.

Thanks.

Check the Primus owners thread. Infinity makes a series called "Primus" which can be had on the used market for $150 and under. Their design and engineering is astoundingly sophisticated, so you get an amazing amount of sophistication in a mass-market speaker. Here's a link to an article about their methodology. Every speaker they make goes through this process to varying degrees, even their entry level stuff. Look for Primus 150 or 152 or 160 or 162 (the 2 designates a newer, nearly identical model). Go to ebay or craigslist and you'll see them. The Primus line is an especially successful line. If you could scientifically double-blind test dozens of other speakers in their price class against the Primus's, odds are the Primus would win, or at least be in the top 3. I own the P140's, 150's, 160's, 360's and some more expensive stuff by Infinity, JBL and Revel. The Primus's are immensely satisfying because of the world-class engineering that goes into them. If they put a wood veneer on them (P160's, say) and marketed them right they could charge $600 for them.

Other manufacturers who practice similar sound engineering principles include PSB, Paradigm, Energy.

Good luck!
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jonnydanger007 View Post

Hello.

I am looking for some good inexpensive speakers which allow you to hook them up with regular speaker wire from a source( no HDMI,RCA,etc output available from TV)

Just regular speaker wire.

Please let me know if you have any recommendations

Thanks for your help.

What do you mean "from a source"? Do you have a receiver to power these speakers? If you plan on powering the speakers that are recommended on these forums from your TV I think you will be disappointed.
post #7 of 27
don't mean to hijack the thread, but... I'm in a similar spot. I'm looking for wall-mount speakers -- something reasonably small. I was thinking of the Onkyo 750 set, but poking around the forums here, it seems like folks aren't too hot on the Onkyo speakers.

I have a 5.1 system. I have a sub that I could use for now, though I wouldn't mind a new one. I have probably $500 that I could spend now, maybe a little more.

Any suggestions? How about the Polk Audio RM20 set?

thanks!
post #8 of 27
I'd recommend taking a look at The Speaker Company. I picked up their LCR3 package and I'm pretty happy with it. I'm considering getting one of their subs next.

http://www.thespeakercompany.com/LCR...ers-P41C6.aspx

If you want to wall mount speakers their TSAT's get a pretty good review. Good luck.

Tiga
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jnickrand View Post

What do you mean "from a source"? Do you have a receiver to power these speakers? If you plan on powering the speakers that are recommended on these forums from your TV I think you will be disappointed.


What speakers would you recommend if my current speakers basically are connected by speaker wire from my TV?
post #10 of 27
"jonnydanger007" I think the confusion is: does your TV have a small 2-channel amplifier to power separate speakers....therefore you just use regular speaker wire to connect to "speaker outputs" on the TV ???? We have a Panasonic plasma monitor at work that does this, but it is not all that common on current HDTV.
post #11 of 27
I definitely second the Primus recommendation. Not only are they excellent for the price, they are also high efficiency so that they don't require a lot of power.
post #12 of 27
If you are not getting a receiver to power your speakers, your options will be limited to maybe even computer speakers or some really, really cheap HTiB at walmart: which isn't much difference from your tv speaker...especially for $150.

If the Behringer TRUTH B2030P Mazer recommended doesn't require a receiver, that'll be your best option.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jonnydanger007 View Post

What speakers would you recommend if my current speakers basically are connected by speaker wire from my TV?

Something extremely sensitive. The tiny, little amps in TV's are low wattage amps. You'll want something that turns just a few watts into a lot of sound.

Klipsch makes high sensitivity speakers, although at the $300/pr price point, they are not as sensitive as some of their other speakers:
http://www.klipsch.com/products/details/rb-51.aspx
http://www.klipsch.com/products/details/b-3.aspx
http://www.klipsch.com/products/details/vb-15.aspx

Still, with 92 to 93 dB with a 1 watt input, they'll be about as sensitive as you'll find. I would be very careful with the volume control however. With the small amount of headroom available in the amps, you are likely to exceed the maximum headroom available and the amps will "clip". This could easily lead to blown speakers.

Overall, this is not a great idea and you should consider driving them with real amplifiers, like the ones found in a receiver.

Craig
post #14 of 27
You may want to seriously consider powered speakers (myabe computer speakers). You may want to look at something like these http://www.theaudioinsider.com/produ...products_id/80
post #15 of 27
You may want to also look at Polk, these towers can be had for $50 each.

http://shop1.frys.com/product/496550...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

No matter what speaker you get even if you get a cheap stereo receiver they will sound much much better. Most tv speakers are only 5 to 10 watts, Panasonic offers the most at 20 watts.
post #16 of 27
Jonnydanger007, post the manufacturer and model number of your TV. You will get more specific advice and suggestions.

-Max
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by Tiga View Post

I'd recommend taking a look at The Speaker Company. I picked up their LCR3 package and I'm pretty happy with it. I'm considering getting one of their subs next.

xxxp://xxx.thespeakercompany.com/LCR3-P-Series-Home-Theater-Front-Speakers-P41C6.aspx

If you want to wall mount speakers their TSAT's get a pretty good review. Good luck.

Tiga


LoL you Better be right. Perfect stranger took your advice and went a step further and ordered this

"xxxp://xxx.thespeakercompany.com/ACHT-200-51-Home-Theater-Speakers-P43C7.aspx"]http://www.thespeakercompany.com/ACHT-200-51-Home-Theater-Speakers-P43C7.aspx

If i dont like i will be mad

post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jonnydanger007 View Post

What speakers would you recommend if my current speakers basically are connected by speaker wire from my TV?


I can not recommend anything for this situation as I've never done it and I also think it'd be a "not so good" idea. If I had to, I'd do some research into powered speakers, perhaps powered computer speakers, and see if there is something there that would fit your need.

Personally I would recommend you buy something like this if you are trying to not spend much money: http://www.accessories4less.com/make...r-BLACK/1.html

or this: http://www.accessories4less.com/make...r-BLACK/1.html


Then spend a few hundred bucks on speakers.
post #19 of 27
Hey no reason to get mad if you don't like them - send them back and share your experience here.

Looks like a real small system - nice price though.



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Originally Posted by mojotaker View Post

LoL you Better be right. Perfect stranger took your advice and went a step further and ordered this

"xxxp://xxx.thespeakercompany.com/ACHT-200-51-Home-Theater-Speakers-P43C7.aspx"]http://www.thespeakercompany.com/ACHT-200-51-Home-Theater-Speakers-P43C7.aspx

If i dont like i will be mad

post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by Tiga View Post

Hey no reason to get mad if you don't like them - send them back and share your experience here.

Looks like a real small system - nice price though.

Hey man can you at least share your experience with the one you got. So that i know to cancel the order before it ships.

I wont be mad for loong, its just that im kinda broke right now but in the near future i should be able to buy a better speaker setup.
post #21 of 27
Does anyone know if the speaker company ships to Canada and how much would it be approximately for the average bookshelf
post #22 of 27
If you want powered speakers try these these from Samson. $149.97 shipped.
post #23 of 27
Not too much to tell - I picked up the LRC3 set when it was on sale before for $79. (It's now 89) It's essentially 3 of the RC-1 center channels. They bear a striking resemblance to the Polk T line of speakers. (see the T15 at best buy and the TSC P-5).

They are hooked up to my onkyo receiver in my living room with no sub and they sound great with dvd's. Nice and clear and pretty good imaging. The TSC sub comes this weekend and soon it will all get moved to the basement where hopefully it will sound even better.

THe sale going on at TSC is pretty sweet - for a little more you could try this set, which might give you a little more oomph.

http://www.thespeakercompany.com/P-H...tem-P63C7.aspx

Plus there is a 10% online coupon floating around out there which would bring the set down to under 180. Whatever you do it will probably be better than your tv speakers or a crappy HTIB. Good luck.

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Originally Posted by mojotaker View Post

Hey man can you at least share your experience with the one you got. So that i know to cancel the order before it ships.

I wont be mad for loong, its just that im kinda broke right now but in the near future i should be able to buy a better speaker setup.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by Tiga View Post

Not too much to tell - I picked up the LRC3 set when it was on sale before for $79. (It's now 89) It's essentially 3 of the RC-1 center channels. They bear a striking resemblance to the Polk T line of speakers. (see the T15 at best buy and the TSC P-5).

They are hooked up to my onkyo receiver in my living room with no sub and they sound great with dvd's. Nice and clear and pretty good imaging. The TSC sub comes this weekend and soon it will all get moved to the basement where hopefully it will sound even better.

THe sale going on at TSC is pretty sweet - for a little more you could try this set, which might give you a little more oomph.

http://www.thespeakercompany.com/P-H...tem-P63C7.aspx

Plus there is a 10% online coupon floating around out there which would bring the set down to under 180. Whatever you do it will probably be better than your tv speakers or a crappy HTIB. Good luck.


So do you think that i should return the set i orderd and get the LRC3 and 2 other bookshelf speakers ?

I already have a sub.

Oh please help dumb old me and create a package for me. (5.1) (i also already have a good sub at home)
post #25 of 27
Since I haven't heard the set you ordered I'm only speculating - but I would think the P-series speakers would sound better (bigger woofers, etc). If you already have a sub then you wouldn't need the sub in the set you ordered anyway. If you went with the lcr3 and a set of P5's you would be at ~140. You could also do the lcr2 set with a set of P5 as surrounds for ~130.

Then again - if you already ordered the 5.1, give it a listen before you return it. It may do the job for you at an even lower price. Good luck!


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Originally Posted by mojotaker View Post

So do you think that i should return the set i orderd and get the LRC3 and 2 other bookshelf speakers ?

I already have a sub.

Oh please help dumb old me and create a package for me. (5.1) (i also already have a good sub at home)
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by Tiga View Post

Since I haven't heard the set you ordered I'm only speculating - but I would think the P-series speakers would sound better (bigger woofers, etc). If you already have a sub then you wouldn't need the sub in the set you ordered anyway. If you went with the lcr3 and a set of P5's you would be at ~140. You could also do the lcr2 set with a set of P5 as surrounds for ~130.

Then again - if you already ordered the 5.1, give it a listen before you return it. It may do the job for you at an even lower price. Good luck!

Thanks man, I will wait and see. I appreciate the time taken to respond to my post.
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by Zeratsu View Post

Does anyone know if the speaker company ships to Canada and how much would it be approximately for the average bookshelf

I just bought a pair of Polk Audio T15 bookshelf speakers from Best Buy for $50/pr (50% off)! If you compare the specs/size/weight/SNR/power wattage to the Polk R15 they are identical! Good luck!
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