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Cheap Efficient Garage Speakers, Any Deals/Recommendations?
In my garage, I have a ~20-year-old pair of 12" 3-Way KLH speakers that have served me well. They're powered by a modest Lepai chip-amp that outputs ~15w/ch at 8ohm. They are used mostly for music and TV playback while working in the garage/driveway and occasionally used for backyard movie nights with the same amplification. Unfortunately, one woofer is starting to give some distortion at levels loud enough to hear well in the driveway. Replacing them immediately isn't a priority given the use-case but I doubt they're going to get any better so I thought I'd start being vigilant for a good deal (if they up and died tomorrow I do have some little Polk R15 or JBL N24 bookshelves I could use temporarily).
Given the use case, low-end output isn't of paramount concern and anything good down to ~50-60hz would be acceptable. Given the modest amplification, I'd like to find something relatively efficient, preferably above 90db/w/m and the higher the better. Size isn't really much of a concern either (I've already made space for the big KLHs). That said, I'm shopping on a shoe-string budget even if it requires some patience. Something like the previous generation Monoprice Stage Right 15" passive PA speakers probably would have been ideal and within my price range when they were on clearance+coupon, but they're all gone now and the new model is well out of my price range. I'm looking to spend $150 or less for the pair.
Outside of stumbling across some used Klipsch bookshelves on Craig's List or Facebook Marketplace, does anyone have any specific recommendations? I occasionally see Synergy bookshelfs for ~$50-$70/pair... if I "splurge" and go up to $150/pair, is there anything out there new/refurb I should consider?
Also, I posted here since I'm specifically asking for price-related recommendations... but if I'd be better served in the Speaker forum, a mod can feel free to move this there.
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