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post #1 of 14
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I am looking to upgrade a mismatched set of mediocre speakers for my non dedicated HT. Superb sound quality isn't an issue as the room and speaker placements are atrocious. But, I'd like a decent set of speakers obviously. I am trying to find somewhere in Canada to get 3 identical bookshelf speakers. One will be the center. For price range ideally something in the $300-500 range for all 3 would be good. But first and foremost I can't seem to find anywhere that actually sells single bookshelves. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by nodnerb View Post

I am looking to upgrade a mismatched set of mediocre speakers for my non dedicated HT. Superb sound quality isn't an issue as the room and speaker placements are atrocious. But, I'd like a decent set of speakers obviously. I am trying to find somewhere in Canada to get 3 identical bookshelf speakers. One will be the center. For price range ideally something in the $300-500 range for all 3 would be good. But first and foremost I can't seem to find anywhere that actually sells single bookshelves. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.

This series is often on sale, the "Not available in nearby stores" is not necessarily true.

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/infinity-infinity-primus-5-2-way-bookshelf-speaker-p153-black-single-speaker-p153/10152933.aspx?path=c6c9c418d62327799676a677c76cf3c8en02&SearchPageIndex=1

They also list Boston Acoustics as "single"

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/boston-acoustics-boston-acoustics-bookshelf-speaker-cs26b-ii-single-speaker-cs26b-ii/10176816.aspx?path=58c84c1bd5886de33daf9dc4801501c4en02&SearchPageIndex=1
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply. I was looking at those, but if I recall correctly they still only sell them in pairs but price them as singles to appear cheaper. Not positive though. I'll check into it.
post #4 of 14
I think you could special order single speakers (or 3 speakers) from a PSB dealer; they are all over Canada. Check the PSB Canadian dealer locations on their website.

I think PSB, or any other speaker manufacturer, designs and makes dedicated center speakers because they have different sonic requirements than the front L/R speakers.

Those engineers might just have some very good reasons for doing that....duhhh.

The idea that 3 identical speakers should be used ignores a lot of basic concepts that should be carefully considered.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

I think you could special order single speakers (or 3 speakers) from a PSB dealer; they are all over Canada. Check the PSB Canadian dealer locations on their website.

I think PSB, or any other speaker manufacturer, designs and makes dedicated center speakers because they have different sonic requirements than the front L/R speakers.

Those engineers might just have some very good reasons for doing that....duhhh.

The idea that 3 identical speakers should be used ignores a lot of basic concepts that should be carefully considered.

lol, your posts are funny. I'll look into PSB as well, thanks.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

I think PSB, or any other speaker manufacturer, designs and makes dedicated center speakers because they have different sonic requirements than the front L/R speakers.

Sonic, no!

Space constraints, yes!
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Those engineers might just have some very good reasons for doing that....duhhh.

Like, marketing said "build something that will fit in that space, and we don't care what it sounds like, make it look good"....duhhh.
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The idea that 3 identical speakers should be used ignores a lot of basic concepts that should be carefully considered.

Interesting (amusing), but incorrect - you really mean...

The idea that 3 identical speakers should not be used ignores a lot of basic concepts that should carefully beconsidered.
post #7 of 14
Just do a search on 'Canadian Loudspeaker Manufacturers' & go to their web sites. I'm sure that any of them can sell you 3 identical units through their ID sales. I would think that most retail type sellers would carry only pairs. Three quality speakers for <$500 in Canada might be a bit of a stretch. but you can get lucky if you are patient.

I am only really knowledgeable with Axiom out of Dwight , ON that is an ID vendor. I know that you can order singles there & save on Factory Outlet B-Stock units if you don't need them immediately that are virtually flawless. They make purchasing painless.

I have 3 Axiom bookshelf sets - M22s for HT & M2s & M3s for two audio only systems throughout the house. I am extremely happy with them but in the end it is always a subjective & personal choice...

TAM
post #8 of 14
Nodnerb,

Some vendors will sell individual speakers others won't. You could always select a vendor who does.

It is possible to purchase a speaker from the US and have it sent to Canada (nice if you don't have to, but i have done this in the past).

You may end up having to buy two pairs, and have a spare. You could try convincing a friend to duplicate you effort and split the third pair (I did this with a friend, we each have 3 KEF iQ3 for our front 3).

What are your placement or size constraints?
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately there aren't many ID speaker manufacturers in Canada. I'd rather not deal with customs or anything. I've been screwed before and paid significantly more on duty than what I tried to save by going to the US in the first place.

Size constraint is one of the reasons I am looking at 3 bookshelves in the first place. Speaker wise, something in and around 12" tall would be good.

All 3 speakers will be going onto the top shelf of this stand. The top shelf is about 40" wide and obviously having a standard horizontal center and two bookshelves that are almost touching is pretty pointless. That's why I figured 3 bookshelves which also gives me the benefit of matching the whole front stage.
I have considered just a phantom center, but I like having a dedicated center.

post #10 of 14
It would definitely be better if the L/R mains were further away from the TV. Is that not possible?

Where in Canada are you?
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately no, it isn't really possible. Not without significant remodeling etc. Our main floor living room wasn't really designed to have much of a tv. As it is this stand is in the corner and sticks out from behind a short 2' wall and into the walkway to our dining room. It's horrible, but it's what we have to work with. We do have a far better and properly set up somewhat dedicated HT in the basement. This is just our "best we can do" upstairs setup for when we aren't watching anything of any importance.
I am in Winterpeg.
Edited by nodnerb - 4/8/13 at 10:58am
post #12 of 14
Consider DefTech ProMonitors...

the ProMonitor 1000 would likely fit, although the ProMonitor 800 would be less crowded (but the PM1000 would sound better)

See if a local dealer will sell singles - you can certainly get them on amazon.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by nodnerb View Post

Thanks for the reply. I was looking at those, but if I recall correctly they still only sell them in pairs but price them as singles to appear cheaper. Not positive though. I'll check into it.

I can add 3 to the shopping cart, maybe you must order them online.

Infinity P153 are listed as "Single Speaker - Sold Individually" on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primus-P153-Bookshelf-Satellite/dp/B004649W1Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1365451538&sr=1-1&keywords=infinity+p153

Also found Definitive Technology listed as single, you can find a dealer in your area and negotiate the price.
http://www.crutchfield.ca/Definitive_ProMonitor_1000_BK_Home_Theatre_Satel_p/735pmon1kb.htm
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