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Decent budget floor standing speakers?

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Still new to this site and at the moment I'm admittedly mining it for info moreso than contributing. Still a relative newbie to home audio.

I currently am using a Marantz Nr-1402 receiver and Energy Take Classic 5.1 system. I've had it for 2 years and I love it, but I've always been wishing I had a slightly more "room filling" sound, particularly with music. Thus, I've always had my eye on a pair of floor standing speakers to replace the front bookshelf pair. The room is fairly large, and opens on one side to the kitchen.

My main questions are: 1) What would be a good starter pair of floorstanding speakers to pair with this receiver? And 2) Would floor standing speakers be a problem with the matched Take Classic center, sub and surrounds? 3) Could it be that my room set-up (open to the large kitchen are on one side) is more to blame for lack of "room filling sound" than the current speaker system?

Hugely appreciative for the help this community has provided so far!
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Originally Posted by hawkfan1008 View Post

Still new to this site and at the moment I'm admittedly mining it for info moreso than contributing. Still a relative newbie to home audio.

I currently am using a Marantz Nr-1402 receiver and Energy Take Classic 5.1 system. I've had it for 2 years and I love it, but I've always been wishing I had a slightly more "room filling" sound, particularly with music. Thus, I've always had my eye on a pair of floor standing speakers to replace the front bookshelf pair. The room is fairly large, and opens on one side to the kitchen.

My main questions are: 1) What would be a good starter pair of floorstanding speakers to pair with this receiver? And 2) Would floor standing speakers be a problem with the matched Take Classic center, sub and surrounds? 3) Could it be that my room set-up (open to the large kitchen are on one side) is more to blame for lack of "room filling sound" than the current speaker system?

Hugely appreciative for the help this community has provided so far!

Budget?

Room size?

Listening preferences?

Thanks.
post #3 of 6
Craig's List
post #4 of 6
Andrew Jones series pioneers
post #5 of 6
I assume you have a tight budget, so my answers have that in mind.


To answer your first question, the Pioneers SP-FS52 are a good choice. Besides those, I don't know of any other floorstanding speaker that is regarded as better than a bookshelf speaker of the same price. Since you are using a sub, floorstanding speakers are not a necessity (SQ wise) unless you have a specific reason to be wanting those.

#2, the fact the speakers are of floorstanding design has nothing to do with their ability to match another speaker. What you need to make sure is that the speakers are timbre matched, which is crucial with the front 3 speakers, not as much with the surrounds. Generally, you can use any sub that fits your purpose, however, there are some subs that do a better job blending with most speakers than others.

It'll be hard to match your energy center with other speakers of different brands. An option to keep your energy as center is to find out if the energy floorstanding are timbre matched with the Take Classic line. (I don't know the answer to that). With that said, I don't know why you would get better L&R speakers and keep a weak center. That would not bode well for HT purpose as most of the sound comes from the center speaker.


#3 The weak sub is to blame for the lack of room filling experience. The speakers only care about your listening distance. The sub does care about the room cu. ft.
post #6 of 6
Get rid of your energy speakers and sell it on ebay. Get a pair of Tekton M-Lore's to start.
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