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Looking for some fairly inexpensive bookcase speakers--considering Polk

post #1 of 15
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I've looked at some of the Monitor 30 and 40 speakers on sale on e-bay through the Polk outlet in San Diego and some of the others. Never listened to Polk speakers before and there is no one in the remote area where I live that carries them. So I am basically flying blind. Any recommendation for a decent sounding monitor/bookshelf that doesn't have a harsh high end or booming bass. I like a rather warm sounding speaker that has a good mid range sound.
post #2 of 15
I don't have much to add, but I'm trying to find a nice sounding value bookshelf speaker. I've been looking at the DIY route as well as the commercial speakers. I'd like to see what people have to say.
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Originally Posted by traprh View Post

I've looked at some of the Monitor 30 and 40 speakers on sale on e-bay through the Polk outlet in San Diego and some of the others. Never listened to Polk speakers before and there is no one in the remote area where I live that carries them. So I am basically flying blind. Any recommendation for a decent sounding monitor/bookshelf that doesn't have a harsh high end or booming bass. I like a rather warm sounding speaker that has a good mid range sound.

What's the budget?

The new Pioneers in that price range get good reviews.

Are you putting these in a bookcase, up against the wall or on stands? If the former 2 you'll want a sealer or front ported speaker.

Anyway you would need to state a budget to get better answers.
post #4 of 15
It seems like the OP and I are looking in the same price range ($100-200 per pair).
post #5 of 15
I suggest that you look at the Boston CS26 speakers for the characteristics you have stated.

I consider them a bit more listenable than Polk, although the Polk Monitor 40 is certainly a speaker that performs well for its current low price.

Amazon has them for $149/pair.
post #6 of 15
Cambridge Audio S30 - is my budget favorite
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_779S30N/Cambridge-Audio-S30-Noir.html

Also nice, HTD Level Two
http://www.htd.com/Products/level-two-speakers/Level-TWO-Bookshelf-Speakers

And, The Pioneer BS22

If really placing speakers inside a cubby hole - the the Level Two with the front ports
is reccomended.
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I suggest that you look at the Boston CS26 speakers for the characteristics you have stated.
I consider them a bit more listenable than Polk, although the Polk Monitor 40 is certainly a speaker that performs well for its current low price.
Amazon has them for $149/pair.

The Boston CS26 is right in the sweet spot of my budget. Any idea how it compares to the Polk Monitor 35B or the Polk RTI bookshelf speakers (which are actually quite a bit higher than my budget but I noticed were well received on stereophile).
post #8 of 15
What makes the S30 your favorite? They're sort of a stretch for my budget. Do you think they're worth the extra money vs. the other options in the price range?
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What makes the S30 your favorite? They're sort of a stretch for my budget. Do you think they're worth the extra money vs. the other options in the price range?

Yes I do, because of their sonic signature and coherent sound - and the rich, tight and controlled bass,
along with the good midrange and treble. I also prefer them over the RTi Polks.
Edited by zieglj01 - 12/19/12 at 8:38pm
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Do you think they're worth almost 50% more compared to the Boston CS26?
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Originally Posted by Johnnie.walker View Post

Do you think they're worth almost 50% more compared to the Boston CS26?

Yes, I prefer them over the Boston CS speakers - however, that is not a 50% difference
in price. Boston is still a nice one to consider.
post #12 of 15
They're $70 more ($220), which is 45% of $150, the cost of the CS26.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Johnnie.walker View Post

They're $70 more ($220), which is 45% of $150, the cost of the CS26.

You can buy whatever speaker you want

However this is my advice, double check and make sure that the price is for the pair,
and not each - a couple of places that I checked, stated $149 each.
post #14 of 15
Damn, you're right. That is for a single speaker.
post #15 of 15
I was also going to mention the HTD Level Two bookshelf speakers that zieglj01 mentioned.

Not too expensive, very nice sound and good customer service. Also free returns (no hassle or restocking fee) if you don't like them.
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