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Def tech studio 350 vs cambridge audio s30 vs polk tsi100

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
hi im looking to set up a 2 channel system for a small room.

was thinking of these speakers
Def tech studio 350 $250
cambridge audio s30 $219
polk tsi100 $145

i wasnt planning to spend more than $200 but will stretch to $250 if you guys think it is worth it.

i am not planning to add a subwoofer its gonna be used for music. the amp i am planning to use will be either the
onkyo Onkyo TX-8255
Onkyo TX-8050
Cambridge Audio Sonata AR 30

thanks in advance for the recommendations
post #2 of 15
I have the sm450s and they are really a great speaker for around 200/pr. The sm350s are also very good. Keep in mind, if you think that you might want them to be fronts in a 5.1, the matching center is very hard to find.
post #3 of 15
the sm 350s would be a very good choice we had them and the matching clr 2002 in our system for about 10 years.in our new system we have the sm 350s for surrounds.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Elihawk View Post

I have the sm450s and they are really a great speaker for around 200/pr. The sm350s are also very good. Keep in mind, if you think that you might want them to be fronts in a 5.1, the matching center is very hard to find.
Ok BTW of the recievers mentioned which one is most appropriate.

Where did you find the SM450's for 200 a pair?
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
I have been seeing some good reviews on the Cambridge S30's on this forum. Has anyone listened to them and the Def techs. I think I will be choosing one of them to buy. Just need some balanced info from someone who has heard both. Also I will not be adding a sub to my system so which is more capabel
post #6 of 15
New Egg had the sm450 for 208/pr last summer, so I picked up a pair...one month aftter I had gotten the sm350 for 240/pr. Sold the 350s to a friend to put in his RV. Excellent speaker, overpriced at list (499/pr) but for around 200, great buy.
As to the reciever, I would get one wiith decent room correction, enough power and the specific features I desire, but as cheap as possible! I am using the Yamaha rx-v373, which I got for under 200 dollars and have been very pleased. Spending 500 + dollars on a reciever and only 500 dollars or less on speakers never makes to me (not you, but freq people say they are buying a 700 dollar Rec and ask if the energy take classics would be good speakers!) you should budget 2-3X the cost of your av Reciever for speakers...so that your speakers don't hold your system back!
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by acrobatbat View Post

I have been seeing some good reviews on the Cambridge S30's on this forum. Has anyone listened to them and the Def techs.

I have not compared those two. But I used to own the S30s, and I have heard the Polks you were also considering. I felt like the S30s are a better class of speaker, although one used to be able to get the Polk Monitor 30 (same speaker as the TSi100) from Newegg for $100 or a little under. It was hard to beat at that price.

However, based on what I have read about those Def Techs, I think you are on the right track considering both them and the S30s. If at roughly the same price, either could end up being a good choice for you smile.gif
post #8 of 15
small room and 2 channel for music, room correction is not as big of deal. I'd probably go Cambridge Audio all the way, but I've been known to like things that match.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ok ill look into it. if newegg drops the price back to 170 i may go for them if not ill go for the cambridge audio
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
I see the sm450's for 250 on newegg. Do u think I should bite or go for the s30
post #11 of 15
I think the SM450s will probably work better without a sub for music, just keep in mind if you move to 5.1, its hard to find the matching center (as has been mentioned).
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
And as i checked today and was about to click the buy button the price went right back up to 400 *sigh*
post #13 of 15
Here are some other options at $200 a pair:

Infinity Primus P163
Polk 45B
EMP E5Bi
HTD Level 2
Wavecrest HLV-1

Those cambridge have surprisingly good bass for a small speaker, and many people are very happy with them. There is a thread on here that is going to do a shootout of speakers in this price range, might be worth subscribing. I have heard the Polk, Infinity, and EMP and I would say for front speakers Infinity > EMP > Polk. But this is just my opinion from listening, and your mileage may vary.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Also again on the side i am wondering if i should just go for the http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-822-K-5-Channel-Receiver-Network/dp/B007O5ATM8/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2S6QSDL654Z5Y&coliid=I22K4PTCZR7J2O

or

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-STR-DH540-Channel-Receiver-Black/dp/B00BHC7ZT4/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2S6QSDL654Z5Y&coliid=I2YP0T9EQNPOFR.

ill use them just for two channel audio but at least ill be able to connect my player via hdmi etc.

the question is will these recievers sound as good as the stereo recievers from onkyo?
post #15 of 15
They will sound the same as the Onkyo stereo receiver. Furthermore, you get room EQ software to enhance your sound, and bass management if you add a sub.

I would recommend going with the Denon AVR-1613 instead. It has Audyssey MultEQ which will do a better job at adjusting your speakers, and also will EQ your sub if you add one later on. There isn't a lot of value in stereo receivers because they sell less so the prices are higher.
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