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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Ok so right now I have a 2.1 setup, with a sony str dh-720 and some polk t15's hooked up to it with it and a polk psw10 subwoofer. I am wondering what I should do because this was my first setup and I'm ready to upgrade. I would be able to get some focal chorus 706v and have a 2.0 setuo or get some ascend 170se and get a better receiver or intergrated amp what would you recommend me doing.

Thanks in advance for the replies,
Jeff
post #2 of 20
keep the receiver for now and start with a really good speakers.
Edited by losservatore - 8/15/13 at 10:40am
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
Will this receiver be able to power the focal chorus 706v if I play at medium volumes and I also heard you can hurt the speaker if you under power them
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by losservatore View Post

keep the receiver for now and start with a really good speakers.

Agreed!

I don't know if I'd defenestrate the sub. Something I really like is the Cambridge S30 with an SVS SB1000 it is probably the most perfect mismatched combination I've ever found.

Focal's are amazing speakers so you know. They have high praise and great sound.
Look at Monitor Audio Bronze/Silver bookshelf speakers for a similar quality and equally great sound.
post #5 of 20
What are you goals for your system, Jeff? Give us some more details so we can help you best smile.gif

1) What is your current budget? Is this the start of an upgrade process where you will add more later, or do you have a budget in mind to spend and that's it?
2) Is this for mainly music, or HT too? Do you plan on upgrading to 5.1?
3) If for music, do you listen to bass heavy music like hip hop, reggae, or EDM?
4) How big is your room? How far away do you sit and listen?
5) What kind of source are you using (blu-ray for movies, ipod, computer plugged up how, etc.)?
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well my budget would be 450 for the speakers and i would keep the receiver and upgrade that later. I will use it a lot for music and sometimes movies and tv 70/30. Its a small bedromm about 12 by 15 and I sit about 12 ft away I have a ps3 and cable box and ipod I listen to a wide variety of music I could possibly make it a 5.1 in the future but for now I'm focusing on just 2.0 or 2.1


I wouldn't be able to get that sub with the s30 its $500. And I've heard about those bx1/2 I wonder how they compare to focal also do know if my receiver will be good for them

Thank you guys for helping me out
post #7 of 20
Good. Small bedroom bookshelf speakers will work great. With $450 to spend, you could get a BIC F12 or PSW505 subwoofer (whichever is cheaper) and pair it with <$250 speakers. Or if you want a cheaper sub just to help fill in the low end so you can spend a little more on speakers, the Dayton SUB 1000 or SUB 1200.

Speakers I would look into: ARX A1b, Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SE (I have these), HSU HB-1 MK2, Cambridge Audio S30, and Wave Crest Audio HLV-1. Most of these are Internet direct vendors (except the Cambridge) that are very good values.
post #8 of 20
I would recommend against the BIC F12 (it was nice to hear bass but when you hear what you're missing it is sad) because I have one and it is the sloppiest thing I've ever heard.

Is the $450 flexible? I'd recommend Cambridge S30's with the Klipsch RW12-D. They are regularly sold on Newegg.com for $279. With Amazon the S30's are $219 with free shipping. That would give you an amazing setup for $498. If you need to stay in the $450 look at the Bronze B 1's from MA that we talked about.

They have a pair of the older Bronze's on a certain auction site where they're listed as $189. I did a best offer up to $150 and got decline so if you want to take that path you can certainly make progress from where my efforts left off.
post #9 of 20
For a little less than the RW-12d, the NXG NX-BAS-500. Reviewed by AVS member JimWilson (the review is on another site) reviewed it and really liked it. Sound and Vision liked it as well.
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

For a little less than the RW-12d, the NXG NX-BAS-500. Reviewed by AVS member JimWilson (the review is on another site) reviewed it and really liked it. Sound and Vision liked it as well.

Great idea!!! I forgot about NXG but I love Jim's review on it.

I'd recommend S30's with the NXG. In your price range and is a substantial 2.1 setup in your price range.
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
Lots of Ideas I like the ascend 170se and the arx and the cambridge s30 with that I could get a bit better of a subwoofer I couldn't find the bx1 for less than 378 that dosnt leave much room for a sub are there any other subs to keep me close to my budget with these speakers what do you guys think would be the best setup
post #12 of 20
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Exceptional-Condition-Monitor-Audio-Bronze-1-Bookshelf-Speakers-Black-Wood-Color-/281151709959?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item4175f2a307

I have absolutely no affiliation with this listing but this is one I had my eye on but you are welcome to it. I will not interfere if you're interested.
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
Ya I don't like dealing with ebay but thanks for the offer what would you recomend
post #14 of 20
The choice is pretty clear to me if you're uncomfortable with ebay.

http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-S30-N-Speakers-Black-Pair/dp/B004DAN3GQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1376604658&sr=8-2&keywords=cambridge+audio+s30

And as another poster and I agreed:
http://www.amazon.com/NXG-Technology-NX-BAS-500-500-watt-Subwoofer/dp/B008FSTU4G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376604809&sr=8-1&keywords=nxg

I think for the money, this system will yield you better results than any other option.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Do you think the 2.1 would b better than just the focal chorus 706
post #16 of 20
I think Focal Chorus are better speakers but lacking a subwoofer means a lot for bookshelves. So yes, I'd take the 2.1.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by jeffrobson1 View Post

Do you think the 2.1 would b better than just the focal chorus 706

For movies, definitely yes. Lots of sub bass content.

For music, depends on what kind. I rarely turn on my subwoofer with my bookshelves in my desktop setup. It's mostly EDM and other bass heavy music that needs the extra lower frequencies.
post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 
So I 'm thinkin of getting the cambridge s30 and the nxg sub or et the focals and get a subwoofer in December I can't decide what o do what would you do
post #19 of 20
Unless you are a basshead, get the best speakers you can now, then add a sub in six months. smile.gif
post #20 of 20
1+ for the ascend, this speakers have a 6.5" driver vs the Cambridge with a 4.5" .

Ascend 200 watts ,400 watts short term peak is a more powerful speaker.
Edited by losservatore - 8/16/13 at 10:21am
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