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I have a budget of $1,500, show me what there is

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I live far away from a city. There are veeery few dealers in my area. However i will attempt to go check them out if possible.

Now, I am a student working part time so i cannot spend that much. However I want something that looks not only incredibly well made, but interesting to look at. Not some cheap vinyl finishing.
On top of that also, im looking for the sound to be better than my Best Buy Klipsches that i got. Which i do not think will be very hard.

These will be used mostly for music, about 95% music. I already have a sub, and my amp, im upgrading to a denon av1312 soon.

Im relying on your guys' expertise!
post #2 of 26
Is this for a pair of speakers, or 5?
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
Just two. If it is the receiver that is throwing you off, im just getting it from a friend for a very good price. About $150. AVR 1612* not 1312.
post #4 of 26
How big is the room? What are your placement options? Do you have size considerations? What are your musical preferences?
post #5 of 26
Could you describe the room? Also, I would recommend not splitting your purchase 10:1 on speakers and amplification. I own an Onkyo 902 for my 'home theater' system, but in the stereo system, I have a real amp that costs about the same as my speakers. There are some interesting choices in the 1500 price range, but a little better description of the room would help.
post #6 of 26
Thread Starter 
Sorry about that, silly me. The room itself is nothing too large. I would say 14 x 11 x 11. Most of my music is simple vocals and light rock. Nothing too intense. I also enjoy the occasional electronic. About the amp, i will upgrade, but first i just want to get the speakers. I am looking at the mark levinson line currently
post #7 of 26
I think the Denon 1612 will work very well for you to start out. Be sure to get the microphone that comes with it from your friend, so that you can run Audyssey MultiEQ with your speakers and sub.

If you have any interest in bookshelves, check out the Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1s. Won't eat up at much of your budget.
post #8 of 26
If you're able to pull the speakers out a couple feet from the walls I would be looking at these

http://www.musicdirect.com/p-15494-wharfedale-diamond-107-tower-speakers-pr.aspx

They're pretty compact for floorstanders, but they will over power your small room if stuffed against the wall.
post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
Indeed, ive heard awesome.things about ascend unfortunately im looking more for some floorstanders. I also really want the design to be attractive..just kind of my personal preference. Preferably cherry finish
post #10 of 26
I would look at the Wharfedale EVO2-40
http://www.musicdirect.com/p-15535-wharfedale-evo2-40-tower-speakers-pr.aspx
post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 
Wow, that looks awesome! Do those match up to the diamond 10.7s? Im just wondering about price..i know the evos are the higer end line
post #12 of 26
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by ImpulseFire911 View Post

Wow, that looks awesome! Do those match up to the diamond 10.7s? Im just wondering about price..i know the evos are the higer end line

They are on close-out, and were above the Diamond series.
post #14 of 26
Thread Starter 
Hey, thanks for the reply. I really do like kef, I had some iq bookshelves a while back but seemed a little bright for me..hmm. Maybe the new line nicer. They look nice though
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

They are on close-out, and were above the Diamond series.

That's a great deal...
post #16 of 26
Thread Starter 
I might just end up going for the evos...
post #17 of 26
The EVO's are an excellent choice. As a former Diamond 9.6 owner (who sold them to a friend - I still get to hear them), they are a very well constructed, musical speaker As was pointed out above, the EVO's are step above the Diamonds. Also, from your initial post,. they should meet all your requirements - real wood veneers, curved cabinets to control internal resonance, choice of color and at a fantastic price. If I was lookiing for a new pair of mains, these would be on my short list because of my familarity with Wharfedale. Good luck with your speaker journey.
post #18 of 26
Have to agree on the EVO's. An excellent speaker and a real steal at that price. Also they are front ported. For a small room like yours it will make them easier to place.smile.gif
post #19 of 26
do the EVO 30's and 40's use the same drivers? It sure looks like it. The only difference I see is the 40's are in a taller cabinet. They play a little deeper (30hz vs 35hz) and have a higher sensitivity (89db vs 87db)

EVO2-40
Bass Driver: 6.5"
Midrange Driver: 6.5"
Tweeter: 1”
Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
Frequency Response: (±3dB) 30Hz - 28kHz
SPL: 1W @ 1m 89dB
Recommended Amp: 50-300W
Max Peak SPL: 112dB
System Fb: 35Hz
Crossover Frequencies: 150Hz, 2.2kHz
Dimensions (HWD): 43.7x9x15.75
Net Weight: 52.8Lbs Each


EVO2-30
Bass Driver 6.5"
Midrange Driver 6.5"
Tweeter 1”
Nominal Impedance 6 Ohms
Frequency Response (±3dB) 35Hz - 28kHz
SPL 1W @ 1m 87dB
Recommended Amp 50-250W
Max Peak SPL 111dB
System Fb 35Hz
Crossover Frequencies 150Hz, 2.2kHz
Dimensions (hwd) 36" H x 9" W x 15.75" D
Net Weight 45.76 Lbs Each

Great deal on those speakers. I don't see a matching center from this vendor in case someone wants to build a hometheater system with them.
post #20 of 26
I believe both the 30 & 40 use identical drivers. Wharfedale makes all their drivers in-house and designs their loudspeakers from the ground up using all their own manufactured components. As both drivers specs are identical in the same line, EVO, my guess is their the same. Only cabinet differences would in the performance variance.

I have seen the matching EVO centers from time to time on Ebay from two Wharfedale vendors - Trader Johns and STO Sound & Vision. If I needed a center, I would call these guys quick.
post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 
Interesting..
I really like the look and I know wharfedale makes a good speaker..but im seeing reviews online that people say they sound terrible..
I cant imagine a high end company makes a 2000 pair of speakers that sound bad. as long as they will be more balanced than my klipsch icons..im happy
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by ImpulseFire911 View Post

Interesting..
I really like the look and I know wharfedale makes a good speaker..but im seeing reviews online that people say they sound terrible..
I cant imagine a high end company makes a 2000 pair of speakers that sound bad. as long as they will be more balanced than my klipsch icons..im happy

With a 30 day return policy, it is pretty much a no brainer. Wharfedale is a good company.
post #23 of 26
Ima interested in the negative comments about Wharfedales. Where beacuse in my experience, there are very few reviews available on Wharfedale, especially here in the USA. Their overseas markets are much larger than here in the US. Also, did you look over the Wharfdales owners thread on AVS? You can inquire about the EVO's there and hear from actual owners (like me and note that I still use my Diamond 9.2's for surrounds and SACD - no reason to change them). Quite a few EVO owners over there. Also, here is a professional review of the EVO Pacifics, the series that preceeded the EVO 2's. Hope this helps.

http://www.hometheater.com/content/wharfedale-pacific-evolution-series-speaker-system

Bottom line is how they sound to you and with the 30 day exchange as Jim Z points out, you get to find out for yourself vs. opinions of folks who most likely never even heard a pair. Good luck and if you move forward, let us know how you like them.
post #24 of 26
The EVO-2 series were designed to be an improvement over the EVO-1 series.
I would not be too concerned, with negitive subjective reviews.

Some changes in the design here >
Click on full description
http://www.musicdirect.com/p-15535-wharfedale-evo2-40-tower-speakers-pr.aspx

And here >
http://www.musicdirect.com/documents/pdf/AWFEVO2B.pdf
Edited by zieglj01 - 8/30/12 at 9:38am
post #25 of 26
Psb image 6 towers. You can't go wrong. This is just a super speaker very clear and natural. Good deep and quick bass. Image and soundstage stars. Give them a listen.

Joe
post #26 of 26
fwiw, monitor audio rx-6 at audio advisor $625 ea. one of the best sounding and built speakers for their price imo or if some speakers not so main stream
tekton designs lore model
Edited by smasher50 - 9/1/12 at 6:17am
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