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I'm looking to start a 5.1 system with a refurb denon 1612. I am looking at a new sub, and need some speakers to start my system. From looking at other threads, this will be a "budget system." I don't have thousands of dollars to spend on speakers. I was hoping to get some suggestions on what to pair with my receiver for my L/R front speakers. I am looking to spend about $150-$200 for a pair of speakers. Obviously, I'm new to the whole audio thing so any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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post #2 of 17
I would reccomend the Cambridge Audio s30 bookshelf speakers, they sound amazing and are around $220, and the matching center is great too (s50).

http://www.avhifi.com/shop/cambridge-audio-s30-speakers.html

http://www.avhifi.com/shop/cambridge-audio-s50-center-speakers.html
post #3 of 17
+1 Would be extremely difficult to get a better speaker at that price point. Amazon also carries them.
post #4 of 17
im trying to replace my 6 ohms speakers with 8 ohms?


i want new setup speakers for my sr607 as well?
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. Are there any other recommendations? I posted a similar thread about a subwoofer in the subs section, and of course the replies are that I should up my budget on that also. I could spend more on one probably, but not both. If you had to choose, would you sink more money into the front speakers or the sub?

If the answer is sub, are there some other, cheaper recommendations for speakers? I probably sound pretty annoying, but I appreciate any help.
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If the answer is sub, are there some other, cheaper recommendations for speakers? I probably sound pretty annoying, but I appreciate any help.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/BOSA25GB/BOSTON-ACOUSTICS-A25-2-Way-5.25in-Bookshelf-Speaker-Each-Gloss-Black/1.html

You can only go so cheap before you start lowering the quality.
post #7 of 17
The def tech sm350/450 bookshelves can be had for 200/pr! The matching center can be hard to find, but they are a very nice bookshelf speaker for 200 bills or less!
post #8 of 17
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I looked for the cambridge audio s30s on amazon and couldn't find them...
post #9 of 17
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I looked for the cambridge audio s30s on amazon and couldn't find them...
fwiw take a look at the audio advisor great little speakers with big sound. highly recommended in your budget
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
So I was looking for those cambridge audio speakers on amazon because I have an amazon gift card I have yet to use. Its for $50, so it would definitely help my budget if I could find some good options on amazon.

As always, thanks for the help.
post #11 of 17
Check out NHT...can even pick them up used for cheaper. They measure very flat...sound good and come highly recommended.

These come highly recommended as well: Dayton Audio B652 6-1/2-Inch 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair -- these are on Amazon for 50 bucks as well.
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So I was looking for those cambridge audio speakers on amazon because I have an amazon gift card I have yet to use. Its for $50, so it would definitely help my budget if I could find some good options on amazon.

It's right here (albeit not many in stock):
http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-S30-N-Speakers-Black-Pair/dp/B004DAN3GQ
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These come highly recommended as well: Dayton Audio B652 6-1/2-Inch 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair -- these are on Amazon for 50 bucks as well.

That would be compromising a bit much for front speakers. With a $50 gift card and some additional funds available, the S30 would be a much better choice in the long run, in my opinion.
post #13 of 17
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I looked for the cambridge audio s30s on amazon and couldn't find them...

You can find them and all of the Cambridge audio S series speakers on Av Hi Fi, it uses Amazon as a payment method so you can probably use the $50 gift card there

http://www.avhifi.com/shop/cambridge-audio-s-series-speakers.html
post #14 of 17
The S30's go in and out of stock regularly on Amazon. When they're out of stock it usually lasts less than a week.

If you have an Amazon Prime membership you get 30 day return plus free return shipping on most Amazon items - including the S30's.

I've had the Prime membership for so long I don't remember what the regular/non-prime return/return-shipping policies are ; )
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Originally Posted by Newbie01 View Post

Check out NHT...can even pick them up used for cheaper. They measure very flat...sound good and come highly recommended.

These come highly recommended as well: Dayton Audio B652 6-1/2-Inch 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair -- these are on Amazon for 50 bucks as well.
fwiw,pretty much you can go to any speaker review and get the exact same highly recommended response from all.i would say that a majority of the reviews come from people who have heard nothing but tv speakers,radio, or some type of home theater in box satalites. i own the s-30's in my small listening room and the dayton b652's in a 5.1 garage theater for the grandkids (did'nt want any thing to expensive with 4 grandkids and their neighborhood friends horseplaying ).i would definitly pay the extra $200 for the s-30's
Edited by smasher50 - 2/26/13 at 4:01am
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by Beees View Post

I'm looking to start a 5.1 system with a refurb denon 1612. I am looking at a new sub, and need some speakers to start my system. From looking at other threads, this will be a "budget system." I don't have thousands of dollars to spend on speakers. I was hoping to get some suggestions on what to pair with my receiver for my L/R front speakers. I am looking to spend about $150-$200 for a pair of speakers. Obviously, I'm new to the whole audio thing so any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Infinity Primus P163 speakers are right in your price range, and IME fine sounding speakers.

There is even an extant Stereophile review of its very similar predecessor with both technical and subjective comments:

http://www.stereophile.com/standloudspeakers/1007inf/

Here is a subjective review comparing it to other options: http://www.soundstage.com/equipment/infinity_primus_p162.htm
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Well the s-30s are out of stock on amazon, and I went to Av Hi Fi, but there's no place to enter an amazon gift card code. So I guess I'm waiting until Amazon gets them in stock again. Thanks for the help gentlemen. Now I just need to find my sub...
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