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Speakers for HK AVR 1700

post #1 of 19
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Hi,
I just bought Harman Kardon AVR 1700 receiver now and now I need suitable speakers for same. I am considering Bose Acosticmass 6 (series III) or Klipsch HDT 600. But I wanted to check any other speakers that works in combination to AVR 1700.

Bose Acosticmass 6 charge me $700 and klipsch 6 is at $500, but which one is better or is anything else better than these. I am pretty new to home theaters so I want a pretty decent in budget of $400-500.

Please help me and your response is highly appreciated.
post #2 of 19
I suggest the Martin-Logan MLT-2.

It has better front speakers with larger drivers, plus a better subwoofer compared to most packaged systems.

I want to BARF when I read Klipsch's description of the HDT 600 where they refer to the 2.5-inch "woofers"...what chutzpah! Woofers, indeed!! My clock radio has a bigger speaker.

The MLT-2 at least has 4.5-inch speakers; with more than twice the cone area of most of the competition.
Edited by commsysman - 1/15/13 at 1:52pm
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post #4 of 19
Are you lookining at small speakers only?
post #5 of 19
I didn't want to create a new thread for the same question. I've been running my Samsung 52" A630 TV speakers since I bought it. Now I'm ready to upgrade, but on a budget. I've already made the following purchases:

AVR: HK AVR1700
Sub: Polk PSW10

I was trying to stay within the $300 to $500 range. I found some great deals, but just missed most of them. I know the prices will come down, but I'm growing impatient now that I've bought the AVR. Here is what I've been looking at:

- Jamo S426 5.0: These were down to $134 and I read that they had been cheaper. Now they are sitting at $179.99 on Amazon.

- Pioneer Andrew Jones: Tigerdirect has these on sale, so I was going to have BB price match. I went in to BB to check them out and noticed that the bookshelf's don't have a hole on the back for wall mounting. I could do stands, but I haven't measured yet (it's a tight squeeze in my living room, big couch....but I'm moving within a year).

Thank you!
post #6 of 19
Andrew Robinson on Home theater review just gave a good review for pioneer .
http://hometheaterreview.com/pioneer-sp-fs52-floor-standing-loudspeaker-reviewed/
post #7 of 19
Would I be better off with a set of JBL ES80's ($274 for the pair) and then pickup a reasonably priced center and rears to go with it?
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by garrickb View Post

Would I be better off with a set of JBL ES80's ($274 for the pair) and then pickup a reasonably priced center and rears to go with it?

Your center needs to match the front left/right (not so important for the rear speakers), and this generally means the same manufacturer and same speaker series. You might want to ask in the JBL owners thread to find out what the matching center is.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Your center needs to match the front left/right (not so important for the rear speakers), and this generally means the same manufacturer and same speaker series. You might want to ask in the JBL owners thread to find out what the matching center is.

I thought that's what someone would say, since I've ready similar things in other speaker question threads. Unfortunately the center on Amazon is almost the same cost as the fronts on sale. I'm not sure I can justify a $220 center speaker, in my given budget.

I did your suggestion though and posted in the JBL thread. Thank you!
post #10 of 19
The fs52s probably sound better anyway and they're cheaper. JBL makes some ok speakers but those are cheap JBLs. And the center and surrounds for the Pioneers are the same price as just the JBL center.
Otherwise, if you really want to take it to the next level and just get towers for now and build a really good system then spend the whole $500 on some real towers. But with a sub included be prepared to spend around twice what you budgeted in your original post for the system.
Edited by Bond 007 - 1/17/13 at 2:25am
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by garrickb View Post

Would I be better off with a set of JBL ES80's ($274 for the pair) and then pickup a reasonably priced center and rears to go with it?

Where can you find the JBL's for that cheap?
post #12 of 19
Fry's Electronics advertises the ES80's for that price almost every week. Definitely every other week. Even on sale online currently.
http://www.frys.com/product/6181379?site=sa:adpages%20page:P2_FRI%20date:011813

If you're in Phoenix you have a Fry's close by.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

Fry's Electronics advertises the ES80's for that price almost every week. Definitely every other week. Even on sale online currently.
http://www.frys.com/product/6181379?site=sa:adpages%20page:P2_FRI%20date:011813

If you're in Phoenix you have a Fry's close by.

I got the Polk CSi-3 center channel for $99 at Frys last weekend and bought some Polk fronts/rears (R300 and 45B's) and PWS505 on Newegg to match it...always seem to be some good Polk deals at the Egg...the R300 at $100/pair until 1/24 is a sweet deal but they are now sold out...

I got a HK1700 from BB as well. I am very happy with it...
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by budgetocdnerd View Post

Where can you find the JBL's for that cheap?

I did a double take when I saw their regular price of $999 for them...
post #15 of 19
Hi,

I'm a nooby when it comes to the surround system. Last one that I had was 15 years ago. Recently I purchased JBL CS6100BG High-Performance Complete 6-Piece Home Theater Speaker System and was looking for a receiver. Finally I decided to go with HK AVR1700. Can anyone let me know if I did the right choice and if it's going to work for me?
post #16 of 19
Yeah, the HK AVR-1700 will work fine with those JBL CS6100BG speakers.
post #17 of 19
Thanks
post #18 of 19
you have a 500 dollar receiver, I would recommend a budget of 1,000-1,500 dollars for speakers. A great receiver will not sound great with crappy speakers. If you cannot afford that all at once, build your speaker system in steps...2.0, then 2.1, then 3.1, then finally 5.1.

however, if you really need a 5.1 for under 500 dollars, I think the previouskly mentioned Martin Logan Mtl-2 is about as good as you can get!
post #19 of 19
Thanks for info I'll keep it in mind once I move and have an actual room to enjoy it.
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