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post #31 of 90
if you can up your budget by $100 you could get these. Dual 6.5" woofers, 1" silk dome, downfiring 8" sub

http://www.amazon.com/Fluance-XL7F-Performance-Floorstanding-Loudspeakers/dp/B007IWKX14
post #32 of 90
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Originally Posted by Bill Fitzmaurice View Post

In that case you'd do better to spend the same amount on bookshelves, since the only benefit to towers is their added lows, and you won't be using those added lows.
That's not entirely accurate; at least not in all cases.

For example: the P363 has a better midrange than the P163, and a better (above crossover) LF than the P143.

The advantage goes to the 3-way design there (which happens to be a tower).
post #33 of 90
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Originally Posted by budgetocdnerd View Post

Would like the towers for music though...and my crossover for my sub is at 80hz, , so some of the upper bass/lower midrange would be great
There are plenty of bookshelfs that go flat to 80Hz and lower.
post #34 of 90
One more suggestion to throw into the mix...I just bought several sets of the Pioneer Andrew Jones speakers for our secondary residence and feel they are an incredible value.

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/ephox/StaticFiles/PUSA/Files/Home/Andrew%20SP-FS52Single%20Sheet.pdf

I researched them extensively and decided to take a chance. I got the floor standing models for $129.00 a piece which seems to be the normal price, the center for $89 and several pairs of bookshelves at an incredible price of $89 a PAIR. They are certainly not reference grade speakers, but definitely hold their own with speakers several times their cost!

Happy hunting! It's such a let down when you finally pull the trigger, the thrill is in the hunt! (and research and listening!)
post #35 of 90
I was in this boat/price range and didn't care for the JBL's look and the sound didn't blow me away.

The P363's get rave reviews for the price on this forum and are usually at the top of the list for the sub $400 pair of speakers and towers. And they can be bought in BLACK! smile.gif

I went back and forth between the P363's and the HTD Level Two's and bought the HTD. BLACK and you get free shipping to you and a 30 day money back free shipping back to them guarantee.

They look outstanding and sound great in that price range. If I didn't buy them I would have bought the Infinity in this range. My next upgrade I will probably buy the HTD Level 3's. Good luck!
post #36 of 90
Thread Starter 
Was really looking for tower speakers, and those htd's got me thinking.... dang so many options. but in this situation, gonna stick with the towers and about 95% sure going to get the infinity's for several reasons.
1. Starting next week they are going on sale at fry's for 117.
2. They do sound awesome, better than everything in the sound room, except the 1900$ klipsch
3. The center channel is exactly the right size and sound which I am looking for.

I was auditioning in the fry's for about 2 hours (i'm sure that the audio guy at fry's hates my guts for wasting his time) and also realized that the jbl's aren't even in the same league. They do sound good, but super muddy (too much bass.) I can see them being good for movies and bass driven music (rap and electronic and without a separate sub) but not fantastic for my style of music (operatic metal )(bands like nightwish) and of course gangnam style...

I was really amazed at the sound blending of the infinity, sounded much more put together than the others, where there was a lot of harmonic separation (if that makes sense )
Edited by budgetocdnerd - 1/24/13 at 5:41pm
post #37 of 90
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by davboy View Post

One more suggestion to throw into the mix...I just bought several sets of the Pioneer Andrew Jones speakers for our secondary residence and feel they are an incredible value.

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/ephox/StaticFiles/PUSA/Files/Home/Andrew%20SP-FS52Single%20Sheet.pdf

I researched them extensively and decided to take a chance. I got the floor standing models for $129.00 a piece which seems to be the normal price, the center for $89 and several pairs of bookshelves at an incredible price of $89 a PAIR. They are certainly not reference grade speakers, but definitely hold their own with speakers several times their cost!

Happy hunting! It's such a let down when you finally pull the trigger, the thrill is in the hunt! (and research and listening!)

And I really did like those, i think they would have come in 2nd (or tied for second with the polk A9 (799 each)) but i did think the infinity's sound was fuller.
post #38 of 90
Im on approximately the same budget as you, after doing mounds of research i settled on the FH-6t for towers $250 pair, and the FH6-LCR for the center $100, PL-200 sub for $250 or the F12 for 200 (1000w vs 500w) from BIC America. I too was interested in the primus, but got the BIC anyway even if they were on sale If you look around theyre rated higher than many other popular brands, even ones way out of their price range but cost much less and for some reason are using the same speakers as the Acoustec line of their brand, so its a great deal. check amazon for them and the primus's too thats the best price, or acoustic sound design where you can name your price, thats how i got mine.

Center (similar specs for the towers):

Design: All lacquer 3-way 250-watt 6 1/2" Kevlar LCR speaker w/vertical and horizontal wall mounts
Frequency Response: 42Hz - 20kHz
Sensitivity: 90dB @ 1 watt, 1 meter
Drivers: Dual 6 1/2" Premium Grade Kevlar woofers, 2 1/2" Premium Grade Kevlar midrange, 1" liquid-cooled titanium tweeter
Magnetic Shielding: YES
Gold-Plated Terminals:YES
Recommended Power: 10-250 watts per channel
Impedance: 8 ohms
Dimensions: 8"H x 23 1/2"W x 6"D
Weight: 17 lbs. (7.7 kg.) each
Warranty: 5 Years Parts & Labor

BIC ranks very well compared to their price point, usually being the lowest of any speaker they're pitted against. my $0.02
go to amazon, youtube, or the owners thread on here

KO






Edited by Knight Operator - 1/26/13 at 11:24pm
post #39 of 90
Sounds like you are getting a great deal and are very happy with your choice. Speakers are so incredibly subjective. Enjoy!
post #40 of 90
Thread Starter 
I'm really not a fan of toptenreviews, they just take speaker stats, chew them up and spit them back out, without any real opinion or review. I wish I could audition the BICs, but they don't have them at the fry's I was at.. Mr Knight operator, you wouldn't happen to be in the Phoenix area? It will be a tough battle to compete with the infinity 's as I really really liked the sound quality. Anyone know where I could audition those? Because those speakers are rated really well. But one more question, anyone know anything about premier acoustic?
Edited by budgetocdnerd - 1/25/13 at 2:33pm
post #41 of 90
Thread Starter 
OK, i have now a new option.... The Bic Acoustech PL-76 jeez this isn't getting any easier... But still 70% on the infinity's, now 30% to the bic (or acoustech) pa-6f
post #42 of 90
You have a sub, I'd goo bookshelves. Much better quality available per $ in this range.
post #43 of 90
Lol, get the Infinitys, you will not be unhappy. very good speakers, and an amazing value when they go on sale at Fry's.
post #44 of 90
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Originally Posted by budgetocdnerd View Post

I'm really not a fan of toptenreviews, they just take speaker stats, chew them up and spit them back out, without any real opinion or review.

Right - their reviews are a joke/silly!
Edited by zieglj01 - 1/25/13 at 8:13pm
post #45 of 90
Thread Starter 
What about the premier acoustic pa-6f? Any comparison to the infinity 's?
post #46 of 90
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

Right - their reviews are a joke/silly!

Acknowledged. removed.

Check amazon, and read the reviews there, they specify which comments are by users that have actually purchased the products. Really positive reviews. There's also an owners thread on here.

I have 4 BIC DV-62s for my rear channels that replaced some crappy sonys which ruining my 7.1.... then i got pissed because they blew away my polk front channels! so then i had to replace them too lol first world problems. I couldn't believe it.
post #47 of 90
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Originally Posted by budgetocdnerd View Post

I'm really not a fan of toptenreviews, they just take speaker stats, chew them up and spit them back out, without any real opinion or review. I wish I could audition the BICs, but they don't have them at the fry's I was at.. Mr Knight operator, you wouldn't happen to be in the Phoenix area? It will be a tough battle to compete with the infinity 's as I really really liked the sound quality. Anyone know where I could audition those? Because those speakers are rated really well. But one more question, anyone know anything about premier acoustic?

Noted and edited. Unfortunately no, CT, i would definitely have you over and we'd blast the lobby scene from the matrix until our ears bled but no lol. they had them at my best buy awhile back and they sounded great and yes they are rated tremendously well, for there price point. If they were at at a higher price bracket i would not say the same. Check out the acoustech seriesby BIC witht he 8" woofers (PL-89) 98db sensitivity!!!, thats what my dedicated 9.2 is going to likely be.
post #48 of 90
For some reason my last post double posted at the same time?? server error? deleted.
post #49 of 90
Thread Starter 
Ok so fry's has the Infinity p363 on sale for 117, and going to stick with them for my 400 budget, i will finish with 2 primus 153 which are also on sale at frys for 49$ (4 speakers for under 400$ and speaker wire and banana plugs) and find the 351c when it goes on sale. I have until thursday, when i get my next day off to actually purchase them.Unless anyone knows of big sales on brands like premier acoustic PA-6f or bic acoustech, before thursday, let me know.
post #50 of 90
Thread Starter 
Ugh, wanted to pull the trigger on those infinity 's, but the reviews of the premier acoustic pa-6f are not to be ignored... and only 35$ more
post #51 of 90
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Originally Posted by budgetocdnerd View Post

I guess I must be unclear to this thread.

1. Must be black or cherry

2. Must be at or under $400 (plus shipping)

please stop wasting my time suggesting white speakers, then offering the black versions for 2x my budget.

Some useful feedback would be greatly appreciated

So does anyone have anything to say about the Quality of sound between the two(speakers)? any really stand out?

Wow, I'm surprised anyone is helping you after this post. Pay someone to help you if you want help and satisfaction guaranteed. When people are helping you for free, don't bite the hand that feeds you.
post #52 of 90

will, you can get hsu research hb1 mk2 and hc1 mk 2 center speaker  they have cherry and black,

total 537 plus shipping. 

post #53 of 90
Thread Starter 
Wow, I'm surprised anyone is helping you after this post. Pay someone to help you if you want help and satisfaction guaranteed. When people are helping you for free, don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Its not help when its advice that i don't find relevant. I didn't want white speakers, it doesn't match my decor. As my girlfriend is moving in with me, i would like to have the house as uniform as possible. so if you want to complain how i am treating people who give advice that does not pertain to the topic on hand, go elsewhere. If i say i am looking for a car, i don't need shopping advice on a boat. understood?
Yea, it was a bit on the rude side, but it cut out the people who were refusing to read what i had listed originally. I have a specific desire for what i am looking for and was looking for an opinion accordingly. If you want to suggest things that are not relevant, then post elsewhere. all there is to it. speaking of which, why are you posting if not to give advice? just to whine? thanks for not helping even more.
Edited by budgetocdnerd - 1/28/13 at 11:05pm
post #54 of 90
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by DDigitalGuy05 View Post

will, you can get hsu research hb1 mk2 and hc1 mk 2 center speaker  they have cherry and black,
total 537 plus shipping. 
Thanks for the suggestion, but i cannot iterate enough, that i have 0 interest in bookshelf speakers. i am looking for towers. and under 400 dollars. If you have any suggestions that fit that bill, keep posting. otherwise i am getting the Premier acoustics PA-6f and the center when i have the budget. thanks for your input.

and since the title is sub-400 (that means UNDER 400 US DOLLARS, not 537.)
Edited by budgetocdnerd - 1/30/13 at 6:07pm
post #55 of 90
Go with the JBL ES80's(duel 6"s) they're in your budget and great speakers. I own the ES90'(duel 8"s) and couldn't be happier with them.

Here's a lilttle reading for ya...hope this helps smile.gif

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/jbl-es-series-home-theater-speaker-system
post #56 of 90
Thread Starter 
Really was unimpressed with the jbl's in the fry's sound room, as mentioned earlier. But thanks for playing
post #57 of 90
Take a look at the Pioneer SP-FS52s! I just got them and love the way they sound!
post #58 of 90
Thread Starter 
Again I listened to those as well, thought that they were good, but the infinitys sounded better , and they are really not designed for a true 100wpc amp, if I had a 50-70wpc amp, I would definitely choose those. What I'm really looking for feedback on is the premier acoustic PA-6f and comparison to the infinity 363s, as those are my final 2 contenders...
Edited by budgetocdnerd - 1/29/13 at 7:59pm
post #59 of 90
The Martin Logan Motion 10s are yet another option and they come in black. $398 with free shipping from Audio Advisor. Or, you could get the refurbs for $179 a piece.
post #60 of 90
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by postrokfan View Post

The Martin Logan Motion 10s are yet another option and they come in black. $398 with free shipping from Audio Advisor. Or, you could get the refurbs for $179 a piece.
Finally some useful advice, i was thinking about those, but do they really sound that much better than the infinity's or premier acoustics? i think i would have middle/upper range of cheaper speakers than the bottom end of a high end brand... but just wondering...
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