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Best budget pair with NAD326bee

Hi guys, I recently bought NAD326bee amp. Now I'm looking to pair it with good but not very high in price range.
I have short listed
Wharfedale 220,
PSB image b5 or b6. (Discontinued but dealer had it )
( Last option because of price )Dali zensor 3

I'm little confused which is good pair that will match with NAD 326bee.

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Don't worry about how it matches with the AMP...how it matches with YOUR ears is the more relevant question here.

The NAD 326 is excellent, you'll just have to budget $20-30 to return whichever of those 2 speakers you prefer less, but that's the only way you'll really know what works for YOU, in YOUR room and with your preferred music. Just relax and enjoy the process, trial and error is unavoidable.
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WhatHiFi loved the Wharfies.

http://www.whathifi.com/wharfedale/diamond-220/review

Are you going to add a sub to the mix?

Ideally one with a high pass filter to send the modified signal back to the amp using the pre outs/main in would be perfect.

Using the "sub outs" on the amp will still have the mains trying to play bass below the sub's crossover setting.

That's how use a sub in my ancient NAD7250PE.
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WhatHiFi loved the Wharfies.

http://www.whathifi.com/wharfedale/diamond-220/review

Are you going to add a sub to the mix?

Ideally one with a high pass filter to send the modified signal back to the amp using the pre outs/main in would be perfect.

Using the "sub outs" on the amp will still have the mains trying to play bass below the sub's crossover setting.

That's how use a sub in my ancient NAD7250PE.
Guys thanks. I'm not sure of using subs. Also the mix you are taking what if I pre out from NAD to sub and Bi amp speaker woofer and highs with NAD output. Would that make any quality in sound.
Also I'll not be able to hear bookshelf as that's not available in my town with retailers. If you guys can recommend me.
Warfdale 220 vs PSB Image B6 vs Dali zensor 3. So sound quality wise which one will be good? I don't find any more reviews except crutchfield.

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The 326 has two subwoofer preouts, use 1 per sub.

Bi-amping is of dubious benefit, and the 326 does not offer that option anyhow.

All 3 of those speakers are good, but nobody can tell you which of those 3 speakers YOUR ears will like best. My personal favorite is the Wharfedale, your ears may or may not agree.

If you want a bookshelf speaker with a neutral sound that has tons of bass so that you won't need a sub for music, I'd look at this one:
http://philharmonicaudio.com/aa.html
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The 326 has two subwoofer preouts, use 1 per sub.

Bi-amping is of dubious benefit, and the 326 does not offer that option anyhow.

All 3 of those speakers are good, but nobody can tell you which of those 3 speakers YOUR ears will like best. My personal favorite is the Wharfedale, your ears may or may not agree.

If you want a bookshelf speaker with a neutral sound that has tons of bass so that you won't need a sub for music, I'd look at this one:
http://philharmonicaudio.com/aa.html
Using the sub outputs provides no bass management on this receiver...which is dumb IMHO.

You'd have to buy a sub with bass management and use the pre outs/main ins.

Agree with you about avoiding bi-amping.
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Guys thanks. I'm not sure of using subs. Also the mix you are taking what if I pre out from NAD to sub and Bi amp speaker woofer and highs with NAD output. Would that make any quality in sound.
Also I'll not be able to hear bookshelf as that's not available in my town with retailers. If you guys can recommend me.
Warfdale 220 vs PSB Image B6 vs Dali zensor 3. So sound quality wise which one will be good? I don't find any more reviews except crutchfield.

Thanks.
Here's a review of each:

http://www.psbspeakers.com/articles/...s-the-Image-B6

http://www.whathifi.com/wharfedale/diamond-220/review

http://www.whathifi.com/dali/zensor-3/review

The PSB's play down to a decent 45hz, the Wharfedales to 56hz and the Dalis to 50hz.
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The 326 has two subwoofer preouts, use 1 per sub.

Bi-amping is of dubious benefit, and the 326 does not offer that option anyhow.

All 3 of those speakers are good, but nobody can tell you which of those 3 speakers YOUR ears will like best. My personal favorite is the Wharfedale, your ears may or may not agree.

If you want a bookshelf speaker with a neutral sound that has tons of bass so that you won't need a sub for music, I'd look at this one:
http://philharmonicaudio.com/aa.html
I just paid for a pair of those AA monitors. Really excited to hear them matched up with an SVS PB-2000 sub.
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Guys thanks. I'm not sure of using subs. Also the mix you are taking what if I pre out from NAD to sub and Bi amp speaker woofer and highs with NAD output. Would that make any quality in sound.
Bi-amping mainly only offers benefits when you use an active crossover with speakers. That kind of setup would be out of your budget range.

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