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post #151 of 161 Old 09-29-2018, 10:44 AM
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I bought a 3.1 setup with these speakers years ago. I chose the because they’re front ported and I don’t have the space for more than 6” from the wall. Was never really impressed. I just recently moved a bought lower gauge thicker wire and speaker plugs. I’m astonished what a difference the new wire and connectors made! They sound very good now. I highly recommend them. They go on sale for about 50% almost every 6 months. I think they came out with atmos modules that fit directly on top.
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Just in case anybody didn't know, the Core series speakers are currently half off at places like Amazon and Best Buy. I can vouch for all of the speakers in this series being a great bang for the buck.

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Just in case anybody didn't know, the Core series speakers are currently half off at places like Amazon and Best Buy. I can vouch for all of the speakers in this series being a great bang for the buck.
They were on sale, not anymore. I saw them a couple days ago, went to buy this morning and they went back to regular price. I really hope they go on sale again soon.
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They were on sale, not anymore. I saw them a couple days ago, went to buy this morning and they went back to regular price. I really hope they go on sale again soon.

Yeah, the sale ended yesterday. This was a pre-Black Friday sale, so they will be on sale again Black Friday week.
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Last black friday I built up a budget 5.1 system with all of the sony core speakers. The towers, center, sub, and bookshelves for the rears. Paired with an Onkyo receiver. Sounds great for the price although the sub doesn't do much of anything below ~45hz, but for $100 it fills out the low end well enough.

I am considering doing something kind of fun because of how cheap the bookshelves are at the sale price... replacing my towers with 8 total bookshelves, four per side wired in series/parallel. This would cost $300 at the sale price of $75/pr.
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Last black friday I built up a budget 5.1 system with all of the sony core speakers. The towers, center, sub, and bookshelves for the rears. Paired with an Onkyo receiver. Sounds great for the price although the sub doesn't do much of anything below ~45hz, but for $100 it fills out the low end well enough.



I am considering doing something kind of fun because of how cheap the bookshelves are at the sale price... replacing my towers with 8 total bookshelves, four per side wired in series/parallel. This would cost $300 at the sale price of $75/pr.


Have you played around with the crossover and volume dials on the back? There is also a high pass filter switch on the back.
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Shouldn't have spoke from memory. I retested now with the output knob at 100%, it's actually below 32hz where it really falls off. Does ok at 35hz. Normally I keep its output knob somewhat low so it just helps provide a bit fuller lows in music and movies. It definitely improves the sound of the system. FYI there's a phase switch and power saver switch but no other switches on mine. Eventually I plan to buy an HSU sub to replace it, and to upgrade everything else to Emotiva's piece by piece, but thought it might be a neat experiment to do 4x stacked bookshelves as towers. A cheap line array sort of setup.
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Trying to put up a setup for my first HT on this black friday. Still not sure if it would be worth it to invest more money on some Cantons Chrono 502.2 or if the cheap SS-SC3 floorstands would be enough. Primary usage will be music and movies.
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Trying to put up a setup for my first HT on this black friday. Still not sure if it would be worth it to invest more money on some Cantons Chrono 502.2 or if the cheap SS-SC3 floorstands would be enough. Primary usage will be music and movies.


Not sure about the Cantons, I’ve never heard them. The Elac Debut 2.0 series is generally considered the best bang for buck. They’d likely be a noticeable upgrade to the Sony at considerably less than the Cantons.
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Picked up a pair of Sony Core bookshelves because they were so cheap. Wow. For $73, this could be the best speaker bang for the buck.
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At $73 a pair, the Sony Cores are tremendous! I was just testing them if they work, and was astounded that they beat my 3 month old CL pickup JBL S38II for music right away. The Cores have a sparkle to them and exciting to listen to compared to the JBL s38II. I can't believe that budget speakers sound so good using Amazon prime music and Pandora. For HT, I prefer the JBL. At loud volumes, the vocals and non vocals come off as "scrambled" to my ears. The JBL s38II do a better job separating the vocals from non vocals. It also excels presenting a stage that is "wide" as well. The other problem with the Cores for HT is that my mind kept thinking sound from a box when watching movies while the JBL lets me pay attention to the video. I kept getting annoyed when the thought of box prevented me from enjoying tv and movies. Is it fair to compare 18+ year old speakers compared to budget ones that cost half off full msrp?

I rolled my eyes when I saw "hi res" from the packaging, but now I believe!

Next step, trying it out on 14 year old Yamaha receiver that I plan to use for a 2nd ht/listening/exercise room!
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