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post #2461 of 2494
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

The RC Mini's would make good surrounds with your RC-70's and would have a much closer timbre match than Athena B2's would as surrounds.

Eventually you'll want to replace that AS-C1 center with some from Energy too. I guess you just hold off until you find a good sale.

Which Energy speaker would you recommend as a replacement for an AS-C1.2?
post #2462 of 2494
Hi between Jamo s606 and the Athena as-f2.2 what is the winner ??.

Any help??
post #2463 of 2494
I think the AS-F2 is a better speaker. Very well reviewed in its day. I've owned the F1 and all the other AS series speakers except the F2. You're getting dual 8" woofers and a very crisp tweeter in the Athena.

http://www.goodsound.com/equipment/athena_asf2.htm

http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/645/

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/athena-audition-series-home-theater-speakers

Jamo s606 is more stylish though, especially if you don't care for the silver baffle of the Athena.
post #2464 of 2494
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Originally Posted by snoogans View Post

Which Energy speaker would you recommend as a replacement for an AS-C1.2?

If you have RC-70's look for a RC LCR center.

They are available used but sometimes the price can be high.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ENERGY-RC-LCR-SPEAKER-BLACK-/200931610265#vi-content
Edited by afrogt - 6/9/13 at 5:08pm
post #2465 of 2494
I have a all bic dv 5.1 set up with three dv62clr across the front and two 62si in back. I can get a used set of Athena Technologies AS-F2 for $150 is it a good deal and will it match?
post #2466 of 2494
I have a all bic dv 5.1 set up with three dv62clr across the front and two 62si in back. I can get a used set of Athena Technologies AS-F2 for $150 is it a good deal and will it match?
post #2467 of 2494
Guys, I don't know if it's because I'm cheap, but ppl in my area seems to think their stuff is gold plated. I'm looking for another pair of AS-F1 and I'm finding some but the prices!!!

What would be a reasonable street price for a pair of AS-F1? I paid $140 for mine and $220 for my AS-F2 so I'm thinking that this is about what they're worth, not $300 and $400. Just wondering if I'm being reasonable

Cheers
post #2468 of 2494
Your suggested prices are close to what I have paid, $150-$200 for F1 and $200-$300 for F2. Price varying within that range for the condition.
post #2469 of 2494
Anyone?
post #2470 of 2494
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Originally Posted by c_nitty View Post

I have a all bic dv 5.1 set up with three dv62clr across the front and two 62si in back. I can get a used set of Athena Technologies AS-F2 for $150 is it a good deal and will it match?

No it wont match as those towers use a completely different tweeter than the Bic speakers. You should look for an Athena center channel or an Athena bookshelf to use as a center.

There are several bookshelf speakers on ebay right now.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.Xathena+speakers&_nkw=athena+speakers&_sacat=0&_from=R40

The F2 towers are much better than the dv62 speakers and are a steal at $150/pr.
post #2471 of 2494
Thanks for the info but man I hate to spend more money.
post #2472 of 2494
My athenas obviously have some age but hearing all the great reviews of the new pioneers has got me wondering how they compare to my athena system. currently my system is as follows
1522k pioneer
athena as-fs2(mains)
athena AS-C1(center)
athena ws100(rears)
klipch RW-8 Subwoofer


No best buy near me has these on display and it's tough to do a/b comparisons. anybody have have enough experience with both speakers to compare them
post #2473 of 2494
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Originally Posted by stopdrpnro View Post

My athenas obviously have some age but hearing all the great reviews of the new pioneers has got me wondering how they compare to my athena system. currently my system is as follows
1522k pioneer
athena as-fs2(mains)
athena AS-C1(center)
athena ws100(rears)
klipch RW-8 Subwoofer


No best buy near me has these on display and it's tough to do a/b comparisons. anybody have have enough experience with both speakers to compare them

Yes, I was wondering this myself. I think my AS-F2, C-1, B-1 still sound most excellent.
post #2474 of 2494
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Originally Posted by stopdrpnro View Post

My athenas obviously have some age but hearing all the great reviews of the new pioneers has got me wondering how they compare to my athena system. currently my system is as follows
1522k pioneer
athena as-fs2(mains)
athena AS-C1(center)
athena ws100(rears)
klipch RW-8 Subwoofer


No best buy near me has these on display and it's tough to do a/b comparisons. anybody have have enough experience with both speakers to compare them

Which Pioneers?  I don't see anything on the Best Buy site worth replacing your AS-FS2's.  I think you just have a case of upgrade-itis.  If I would replace my Athena's I don't think something from Pioneer would be on my list.

post #2475 of 2494
http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/speakers/floorstanding/pioneer-sp-pk52fs

probably these Pioneer speakers. They have a cult following now.
post #2476 of 2494
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Originally Posted by Big_D_STeve View Post

http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/speakers/floorstanding/pioneer-sp-pk52fs

probably these Pioneer speakers. They have a cult following now.

I see nothing about them that would be an upgrade.  Would appear to be a downgrade in almost every category.  As new a starter 5.1 system they look great for the price but in my mind you would be taking a considerable step backwards.  Just my 2 cents.

post #2477 of 2494
Those Pioneers are not an upgrade over your Athena setup. In fact, I think they'd be a downgrade. The F2 towers are very well reviewed speakers. A $250/pr of Pioneer towers will not be an improvement.

See the links is post #2463.
post #2478 of 2494
I'm a happy Athena Audition owner myself, but the Pioneer do interest me. Reviews from 10 years ago are great, but tech has changed, and today, we have even more bang for you buck it seems. I'm not saying the Pioneer are better, just they warrant a closer look
post #2479 of 2494
speaker technology doesn't change much, certainly not like audio components like receivers.

The good thing is that the OP can order the Pioneer speakers from Best Buy. Bring them home and test in his environment for 30 days. If he thinks the Pioneers are better he can keep them, if not he can return to Best Buy for a full refund.
post #2480 of 2494
Frys has the Pioneer SP-FS52 for $154 a pair. I understand these are closeout prices That's an incredible deal
Again, I'm not saying they are better, but I would sure enjoy a side by side comparison to my AS-F2

I've enjoyed this guys reviews before. I think he is right about the entry level speakers, "so-called entry-level products are evolving more rapidly than their high-end counterparts. As a result, what once cost tens of thousands can now be had for a fraction of the cost, allowing more and more would-be enthusiasts access to this great hobby."

here's his Pioneer review
http://hometheaterreview.com/pioneer-sp-fs52-floor-standing-loudspeaker-reviewed/
Edited by Big_D_STeve - 8/4/13 at 5:48pm
post #2481 of 2494
Would I be crazy to substitute my athena bookshelfs with the mirage 5.0 nanosats ?...I haven't heard them yet and was wondering if it was worth my time to check them out. Obviously I'm pairing them with a good sub
post #2482 of 2494
I' ve heard both and I'd say keep the Athenas.

Nanosats are the ones with the 2.75" woofer. No way I'd trade those for your Athena bookshelf speakers.
post #2483 of 2494
I purchased the nanosats with a matching mirage S8 sub for $100 everything. I must say the little speakers sound very airy and alive. Im playing them with a velodyne cht-12 and crossing them over at 100hz. If anyone is in the Tampa area and wants to buy my athena BS-1 and the matching center let me know ...
post #2484 of 2494
^^^^

Wow! Since you gave them a test in your home, I guess you know which ones you like best. Congrats!
post #2485 of 2494
Let me elaborate....the Athena's on there own sound way better than the mirage satellites. But when integrated with a good sub there's not a huge difference. Also I based my decision on having all five speakers timbre matched as opposed to having just the Athena fronts and center
post #2486 of 2494

Nice to see many members still using Athena speakers. I have an all Athena setup powered by a Harman/Kardon AVR-3600:

Front: AS-F1.2

Center: WS-60

Rears: Point5mkII

Sub: P6000

 

Here how the look in my living room:

 

 

A couple years ago, I almost replace them with Energy speakers by buying a pair of RC-70. Though better than the AS-F1.2, I returned the RC-70 because I wasn’t ready to rebuilt my HT setup.

 

Recently, I'm toying with the idea of upgrading them (again). Now my question is, if the speakers were to replaced, what would be the minimum cost to have some noticable improvement? If you have specific speakers in mind, would like to hear it as well. 

post #2487 of 2494
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Originally Posted by ronnbot View Post

Nice to see many members still using Athena speakers. I have an all Athena setup powered by a Harman/Kardon AVR-3600:
Front: AS-F1.2
Center: WS-60
Rears: Point5mkII
Sub: P6000

 



Here how the look in my living room:

 






 



A couple years ago, I almost replace them with Energy speakers by buying a pair of RC-70. Though better than the AS-F1.2, I returned the RC-70 because I wasn’t ready to rebuilt my HT setup.

Recently, I'm toying with the idea of upgrading them (again). Now my question is, if the speakers were to replaced, what would be the minimum cost to have some noticable improvement? If you have specific speakers in mind, would like to hear it as well. 

In the same boat, ronnbot

I have F2s with a C1, but am considering upgrading to the RC-70s and an RC-LCR. Will be driven off a Pioneer Elite SC-25........ Do I really want to spend the money, THAT is the question??? Will cost $1k
post #2488 of 2494
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Originally Posted by PuvMan View Post


In the same boat, ronnbot

I have F2s with a C1, but am considering upgrading to the RC-70s and an RC-LCR. Will be driven off a Pioneer Elite SC-25........ Do I really want to spend the money, THAT is the question??? Will cost $1k

Oh yes, I would get the RC-70 again as I can buy them $350 each locally. Though finding a RC-LCR would be tougher. How about a Energy RC-Mini center? I was also thinking of getting a new sub, the Tannoy TS2.12 since I get get it for $300 locally.

post #2489 of 2494
Since you're in Vancouver, buy the LCR from Fry's and have in shipped to a Kinek border point. Then drive down and pick it up.

https://www.kinek.com/cross-border-shopping

https://www.kinek.com/find-a-kinekpoint-result?borderProvinceId=56
post #2490 of 2494
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Originally Posted by ronnbot View Post

Oh yes, I would get the RC-70 again as I can buy them $350 each locally. Though finding a RC-LCR would be tougher. How about a Energy RC-Mini center? I was also thinking of getting a new sub, the Tannoy TS2.12 since I get get it for $300 locally.

Well I took the plunge! Frys.com has them (backorder) - so hoping they actually ship.
NOW the problem is finding a pair of RC-Rs.... I could always going with V-S's instead.... any thoughts on that?

RC-70s
http://www.frys.com/product/7386304;jsessionid=31fk4hGC1X7P0Q55HHkvUA__.node3?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

RC-LCR
http://www.frys.com/product/7815829;jsessionid=31fk4hGC1X7P0Q55HHkvUA__.node3?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

RC-10
http://www.frys.com/product/7777388;jsessionid=31fk4hGC1X7P0Q55HHkvUA__.node3?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
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