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So I recently scored a pair of Polk LSi15's for my main TV and now my girlfriend, after hearing the speakers, wants something for our other TV which she spends more time on. However, of course the looks are very important for these, they need to be fairly small, and she is also a little bit wary of ID companies. So I've narrowed it down to these choices. The budget is ~$250 and not much more. Also, these would be about 60% movies and 40% TV.

KEF iQ1 - supposed to be very clear and the walnut finish has very high WAF
Def Tech ProMonitor 800 - seems good for movies and high WAF in gloss black
Infinity Beta 10 - relatively cheap and supposed to be good with a sub
Polk Rti4 - very cheap at Fry's, seems like a good speaker for the money
Klipsch RB51 - pretty good looking speaker that I can actually audition at a store, seems to be a good deal

Any opinions or other suggestions? Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 15
Get a new girlfriend.

Seriously though, my response was going to be B&W Nautilus 805 bookshelves until I read that your girlfriend does not like ID companies, and, that your budget would not allow them.

At that price range choices are limited. I normally would not recommend sub/sat systems but, in your situation, there are some fairly attractive satellite speakers on the market that are usually very affordable.
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by jdlynch View Post

...................my response was going to be B&W Nautilus 805 bookshelves until I read that your girlfriend does not like ID companies...............

ID = internet direct
post #4 of 15
How about Paradigm Atom?
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by jdlynch View Post

Get a new girlfriend.

Seriously though, my response was going to be B&W Nautilus 805 bookshelves until I read that your girlfriend does not like ID companies, and, that your budget would not allow them.

At that price range choices are limited. I normally would not recommend sub/sat systems but, in your situation, there are some fairly attractive satellite speakers on the market that are usually very affordable.

B&W are pretty speakers, and sound very nice. B&W is not an ID company, you can find them only from authorized retailers, but it is because they are companies that also have stores.

The Def Tech option is a good one also.
post #6 of 15
I think based on the growing support and feedback on the ID companies, you should certainly include them into the equation. If they have something that appeals to you and is receiving great reviews and feedback, you might give them a chance. You just get more for your $$$...sometimes a lot more, compared to B&M or BigBox. I love ID companies, especially when I can talk to them personally over the phone, particularly with bigger ticket items. That said, the Ascend Sierra-1's might fit the bill. People seem to like both the bamboo finish and the piano black, very compact. Just a thought.

Edit...scratch the Sierra-1's...somehow I missed the budget. PSB Alpha B-1. Around $225-250 in some nice finishes. Great reviews.
post #7 of 15
Mirage Omni 150s are easily the nicest looking bookshelf speakers I have seen. They are also relatively small, and offer great sound at an astonishingly low price.
post #8 of 15
I thought you said high WAF then you say she is merely your G/F ???

Sounds like you're seeking advice on the wrong forum
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Kpilk View Post

Edit...scratch the Sierra-1's...somehow I missed the budget. PSB Alpha B-1. Around $225-250 in some nice finishes. Great reviews.

PSB Alpha B1 is the new version of the Alpha B. The B was highly rated, and the B1 is completely different and much better, a best buy in it's price range. You can get a pair for around $200.00.

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I thought you said high WAF then you say she is merely your G/F ???

Sounds like you're seeking advice on the wrong forum

You are giving her too much power...This is a family forum, but look for the "She has me by the [fill in the blank]" forum. I'm a resident member of the forum.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by PR Audio View Post

PSB Alpha B1 is the new version of the Alpha B. The B was highly rated, and the B1 is completely different and much better, a best buy in it's price range. You can get a pair for around $200.00.



Even better. I didn't realize they were different. I like the looks of the Alpha's.
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post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by MUCHO View Post

I thought you said high WAF then you say she is merely your G/F ???

Sounds like you're seeking advice on the wrong forum

I've been married fifteen years and am happy to say I've never been cursed with WAF. My wife's always been cool about my hobbies even when they border on the ridiculous. I was an avid audiophile 25 years ago and she knew it. She has never said a word about any equipment that entered our home although as my wife she probably had a right to.

I've never used our family savings for equipment, it is financed by side work or buying/selling gear. I NEVER put gear on a credit card, it's always cash. If I do happen to use a card it's a debit card and the money is available. I'm sure many WAF complaints center around esthetics and decor, but I'm sure just as many are due to irresponsible spending and misplaced priorities. I guess I'm lucky, every time I read some sorry SOB whining about WAF it makes me cringe. GAF ? Forget about it, I'd rather be single. Sorry, just my $0.02. Oh by the way the B1s are awesome speakers that you can't go wrong with.
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post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by sivadselim View Post

ID = internet direct

Thanks for the correction. I never knew until now what "ID" company stood for. I assumed it had a mass marketing connotation; something B&W is known for.
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Originally Posted by Steve. View Post

I'm sure many WAF complaints center around esthetics and decor, but I'm sure just as many are due to irresponsible spending and misplaced priorities.

I assume aesthetics are the dominant source of WAF issues. Huge, matte black boxes don't fit into very many interior design plans.

Fortunately, my B&W 704s are maple and nicely curved.

As for actual advice, I'd suggest taking a listen to the B&W LM1. A bit above your intended budget, but very flexible in terms of mounting and use.
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