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post #1 of 17
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So, I currently have the speakers from an Onkyo HT-S6300 and I have managed to push them too hard and now I've got a few rattling. My budget for this project is $ZERO, so keep that in mind.

I'm going to bite the bullet and get something. After reading through these forums for 4+ hours, I am no closer to a decision than I was when I started. Just like everyone else, I want something great, but I don't want to pay anything for it.

My AVR is an Onkyo HT-RC360, and I'm prewired for 7.1

I'm leaning toward the Dayton HTP-3 and then add a set of Dayton Audio B652 for my mains and use the 4 satellites for my surrounds.

I really wanted to go with Polk, Energy, or something reputable like it, but reviews and $$ tell me this is a solid setup for under $250. Before I pull the trigger, I'd like some input on what the cheapest setup you may suggest that won't make me want to stab myself in the ears would be.
post #2 of 17
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Obviously, I'd love to spend $1200 on speakers, but that's just not happening right now. My main goal is to fix what I broke without downgrading. After tearing apart one of the Onkyo satellites, I realize that it's not going to be hard to upgrade from them. I'm shocked at how cheap they were made.
post #3 of 17
This gets recommended often on this forum:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882981013
post #4 of 17
For 170 dollars, you can get a pair of def tech sm350s from new egg...that would be a great start!
post #5 of 17
I don't think going from one cheap micro satellite system to another one will be any kind of "upgrade." Have you considered starting with a decent set of bookshelf or tower speakers and slowly building your system from there as funds allow? At the end of that process, you'll be much happier with the result.

I don't have any personal experience with these speakers, but the Andrew Jones Pioneer and the Infinity Primus speakers seem to be generally well regarded (and are very affordable).
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by crussader View Post

This gets recommended often on this forum:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882981013

+1

That's a great choice for a smaller satellite system. Newegg currently has a promo code for $25 off (EMCXWVS94).
post #7 of 17
The Martin longan MLT-2 would be a step up and would give you slightly bigger drivers up front and a better sub!
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
How much better would the martin's be than the daytons? No one has commented much on the daytons.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
I really need to get something with 7.1 too. I don't want wires hanging out of empty spots waiting for more $. Thanks for all the replies. There is a great community here
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by ulrich6 View Post

How much better would the martin's be than the daytons? No one has commented much on the daytons.

That's because more people here with experience with the MLT-2s. The speakers in the set are actually rebranded Paradigm Cinema 70 speakers (same parent company). Look up some reviews on both. Different class of speakers from the Daytons.
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
I guess the appeal of the Dayton is the fact that I can add the 6.5 bookshelf and get to 7.1 and only spend $240.

I really like the MLT-2. I'm a little weird about things matching, so I'd have a hard time mixing different brand speakers around the room. I did find someone on ebay selling the MLT satellites in pairs for $110. So, my total on that would be right around $400.

I was hoping more people here had experience with the HTP-3 set.

Another one that I was looking at was the Polk RM6750 , but on paper the HTP-3 looks like the better choice. Paired up with a set of Monitor 35b for $119, this 7.1 would be about $290.

One more that was mentioned earlier was the Def Tech 350 That would make a nice set of mains for the ProCinema 60 Totaling $380
Edited by ulrich6 - 1/29/13 at 5:10pm
post #12 of 17
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One more that was mentioned earlier was the Def Tech 350 That would make a nice set of mains for the ProCinema 60 Totaling $380

That might be a winner. Everything matching, and a path for matching upgrades over time.
post #13 of 17
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That might be a winner. Everything matching, and a path for matching upgrades over time.

Except the SM350 and the ProCinema 60 may not match. They may be the same brand, but that doesn't mean the Studio Monitors are a timbre match with the ProCinema centers.
post #14 of 17
Of the speaker listed in this thread, mostly satellite speakers, the def tech sm350s are the closest thing to a full range speaker (at least, compared to the other systems). However, finding the matching center can be a challenge (clr2002). Been out of production for awhile...
There is a very good reason to match your front stage for a nice timbre match as sounds travel across the front stage. However, I would have no reservation using no matching speakers as surrounds...in fact, I am!
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Elihawk View Post

Of the speaker listed in this thread, mostly satellite speakers, the def tech sm350s are the closest thing to a full range speaker (at least, compared to the other systems). However, finding the matching center can be a challenge (clr2002). Been out of production for awhile...
There is a very good reason to match your front stage for a nice timbre match as sounds travel across the front stage. However, I would have no reservation using no matching speakers as surrounds...in fact, I am!

Of course if two of the many people talking about the 350/450s on the thread right now would get together, one of them could be an extra set, keep one, and sell the other wink.gif
post #16 of 17
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I've also just read some reviews of the procenima that aren't great. Many people unhappy with the sub. Keep in mind that I was happy with the crappy Onkyo's until I pushed them too hard and wrecked them out. The Audyssey eq settings on the AVR covered up a lot of shortcomings. My room isn't that big, and some satellites that aren't just junk will probably make me happy. I know once I hear better stuff, I'll never go back, in the mean time, I've got to keep cost a main priority.
post #17 of 17
The dayton bookshelves are a great idea for your surrounds. I recommended them for a buddy with a strict budget and he was pleased. Though it will be much harder to stay at a 250 dollar budget when youve already spent 100 on the rears. That leaves 150 for the fronts. I honesty cant recommend anything at that price, but look on amazon for Jamo, i believe they are manufactured or owned by klipsch.
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