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Can you guys recommend a good 3-way speaker that is better than B&W?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
So I came across this Cerwin Vega on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002JGZ9RC/ref=cm_ciu_pl_B002JGZ9RC_mo1NU1BQI7JW4Y4

I am going by price alone, and even before discounts, the B&W 685 series I'm interested in, is still more expensive. I have read that 3-ways tend to be more expensive.

Reviews seem glowing on Amazon.com for these Vegas, and I'm slightly tempted, but going by price... I may not be getting a great 3-way.

Now, besides this CV, is there any other 3-way that beats the B&W 685?

The reason I'm interested in a 3 way is because I may be able to get away with 2.0 listening, without having to buy a subwoofer. I will be able to use the $500 I was going to use for a sub, and instead, put this towards a great 3-way speaker.

My total budget will be $1100 for a pair, hopefully less if possible.

Thanks AVS!
post #2 of 18
How about these?
http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primus-P363-Three-way-Floorstanding/dp/B0046A8R3M

Whether it beats the B&W's is for you to decide. Listen first if you can.
post #3 of 18
I would go with the Infinity good bang for the buck!

http://seanolive.blogspot.com/2012/1...sting-lab.html

Watch this
post #4 of 18
post #5 of 18
These are even better than the Infinity's according to Gene over at Audioholics:

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/Speakers/Home+Theater+Speakers/SP-FS52
post #6 of 18
You'd be MUCH better off with a pair of book shelf speakers for $600 and a $500 sub than $1100 towers. There is no way to get an $1100 pair of towers to out perform the sat/monitor sub combo.

Just my opinion of course.
post #7 of 18
^^^^
This has been going on since June/July, the OP has been looking at sats, bookshelves and towers >
all from low-end to high-end.

Must be having a hard time making a decision - there are about 24 speaker threads.smile.gif
Edited by zieglj01 - 12/12/12 at 1:23pm
post #8 of 18
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I think people who haven't heard these will be surprised at the amount of bass they can reproduce.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Kini62 View Post

You'd be MUCH better off with a pair of book shelf speakers for $600 and a $500 sub than $1100 towers. There is no way to get an $1100 pair of towers to out perform the sat/monitor sub combo.
Just my opinion of course.

^ This.

Here is an example of that kind of package, and it even has 3-way speakers too. I realize that is a little over $1100, but there are usually always additional discounts that can be had on top of that to get close to the $1100 price point, give or take a little either way, plus free shipping to boot.
post #10 of 18
I have HTD level 3 and Paradigm s6 v2. Very different price range in 3-way floorstanders. Comparing those two, you realize what a magnificent deal the HTDs are. Pretty too.

Comparing any equivalently priced sat + sub combo to the HTDs, sound quality... haha NO, HTD wins. Movie scenario... well that's entirely different, id still rather have HTDs though.
post #11 of 18
I've been extremely pleased with the Arx A5 towers. Alot of Arx owners run them set to Full Range.

post #12 of 18
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+1 I've heard both these and the BW 685's and would easily put the HTD L3's ahead irregardless of price.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
I don't want to be rude, but is NHT a "no-name" or "cheap" brand? I have never heard of it. I have heard of Polk, B&W, Paradigm, Focal, Cambridge Audio, KEF, Klipsch, ect.
post #14 of 18
NHT is a very highly regarded name in speakers. Their speakers have been reviewed and measure impeccably in stereophile among other plublications.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by BestInTheWorld View Post

I don't want to be rude, but is NHT a "no-name" or "cheap" brand? I have never heard of it. I have heard of Polk, B&W, Paradigm, Focal, Cambridge Audio, KEF, Klipsch, ect.

NHT has been around for a long time are a well reviewed speakers. Here are some links to reviews
http://www.ecoustics.com/editorial/reviews/nht-speaker

Curious why you made that statement though because nobody mentioned NHT before you did. Did you mean HTD?
post #16 of 18
If you mean HTD, I do agree that looking at the site it does look like a low quality knock off company. But from all accounts, users and Audioholics they are fantastic speakers, great sounding and top notch customer service. HTD put the money into making a great speaker and not in a fancy website or huge marketing campaign.

http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/speakers/floorstanding/htd-level-3-tower-speakers-video
post #17 of 18
I suggest that anyone who questions the integrity or quality of NHT speakers read the Stereophile review of the NHT Classic 3 speakers. This was done several years ago, but the speakers are still current and still excellent.

I use an NHT B12D subwoofer, which for $700 is the best I have ever heard!

In terms of sound quality, NHT is right up there with KEF, PSB etc. They are anything but cheap; rather high-priced, actually...lol. One caveat with NHT speakers is that they are sealed acoustic suspension speakers, which results in very good linearity but low sensitivity. For this reason they might not be suitable for low-powered amplifiers (under 60 watts or so).

IMO B & W speakers are a mixed bag; some models perform well, and it is well documented, from owner comments, that some are not very good. I find them all over-priced compared to their competitors, in any case.

For a pair of floorstanding speakers at that price with excellent sound quality and good strong bass, I would recommend the Monitor Audio Silver RX-6 speakers. Many owners indicate a high level of satisfaction with them.

(FYI, Monitor Audio is a highly respected British manufacturer of long standing)

As for Cerwin-Vega, I think most people will agree that they make a product which is generally considered to not meet even minimal home high fidelity standards. I would never buy one, at any price.
Edited by commsysman - 12/15/12 at 9:09am
post #18 of 18
if you listen to bass cds rap hard rock techno dubstep you want vegas. people say that the series that you mention sucks though because the bass is so overwhelming that you can't hear the highs good at all. cerwin vegas are good for bass that you can feel, but the tweeters aren't the best. i like vegas because i listen to that kind of music, but there is better brands out there if you want it for home theater.
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