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Have $2200 to spend on Front Mains and Center

I'm not as familiar with ID speaker company offerings for tower speakers. So was looking for you guys to help me with my decision. Given a budget of $2200, what are the best speakers for the money? Looking at buying front mains and center channel. I have been looking at the Martin Logan Motion towers and center but I'm not sure if there is better bang for your buck. I am using a Denon x6200 AVR as my preamp along with an Emotiva XPA5. Subs are currently a pair of SVS sb13's.
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I own Martin Logans and they are excellent though expensive.

An all ML tower based system would blow your budget unless you were willing to buy refurbished which I, personally, have done and wouldn't hesitate to do again.

HiFiHeaven has great deals on refurbished Martin Logans.

That's where I bought my LX16s which is what I'd recommend as rears for you.

http://hifiheaven.net/shop/Martin-Logan

I compared the bookshelf version of these speakers and they were only a hair less detailed as my LX16s at 1/2 the MSRP for the bookshelves.

A 5.0 tower system with bookshelf surrounds would be within your budget.

https://www.qacoustics.com/floorstan...aker-pair.html

https://www.qacoustics.com/bookshelf...aker-pair.html

https://www.qacoustics.com/home-thea...l-speaker.html

If you want to go with non dome tweeters consider HTD Level Threes, Emotiva or Chane.

All have their fans on AVS though I have not heard them personally.

You can google reviews on all the above.

Some people will tell you to avoid towers as they are not necessary in HT but there are numerous decent reasons to have them IMHO including aesthetics, sensitivity, tippabillity etc.

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You have very capable subs, any reason you wouldn't consider bookshelves?
The reason I ask is most of the AVS favorite ID towers are in the $1k per speaker range so your budget is tight if you need a center channel as well which runs in the $600-$900 range.

Bookshelves:

Philharmonitor and center:
http://philharmonicaudio.com/PhilMTMCenter.html
http://philharmonicaudio.com/New%20Philharmonitor.html

If you can stretch the budget more:
http://philharmonicaudio.com/BMR%20Philharmonitor.html

set of 3 Sierra 2's:
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...SRM2/srm2.html

If you can swing $3k for the front 3 you'd have a lot more options in the towers. (Phil slims and center, Ascend Sierra tower NRT w/Horizon, Aperion Grand Verus II).

I've heard good things about Chane speakers and the new Elac unifi's as well and they do fit in the $2200 budget you had but I've never heard them.
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Some great suggestions above. I would also add PSA to the list if it is more theater oriented with music not a focus. A three way of 210's would make for a great front stage.
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Some great suggestions above. I would also add PSA to the list if it is more theater oriented with music not a focus. A three way of 210's would make for a great front stage.
I can recommend the PSA's with music! Although 3x MTM-210's is $100 over budget.....but welcome to the forum!
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Agree with brianmlamb...the Philharmonics speakers are amongst the best bargains around. High quality components, high quality sound and made by a master of speaker design. The RAAL ribbon is excellent tweeter and the highs are crystal clear and detailed.

Set up #1: EMP e5Ti, e5Ci, and EMP e5Bi surrounds, Outlaw LFM1 Plus sub, SVS NSD SB12 sub, Marantz Slimeline 1504 AV receiver
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In a small to medium sized room, I'd do three KEF LS50's across the front. In a large room, a pair of B&W 683S2's and an HTM whatever it is (the three way one) for center. The Martin Logan Motion 40's are really nice sounding too.

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combined with the subwoofers you have now and if you don't mind the looks the m210 is a solid choice
Power Sound Audio MTM-210 x2
and
Power Sound Audio MTM-210c (save 100 bucks in the outlet center)
total is $2299.99

review:

http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...er-review.html
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kef q900 is on sale at kef.com
2 of those and a q600c would be under budget

Audyssey is a great start, but not always a great finish.
Receiver:Marantz SR-7012, Speakers:Def Tech ST-8060 towers, CS-8040 center, SR-8040 surrounds, Pro Monitor 1000 heights
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Interesting thread. I've a very similar budget for my new cinema room. Thx

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I just bought Emotiva Stealth 8s for my new theater build. Active speakers, so your are driving each driver with an Emotiva mono amp, and they play loudly down to the mid 30s, which is great for a bookshelf. I will of course cross them a bit higher. About $799 each when not on sale and like I said, you don't need amps.
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First advice, listen to what you can since everyone perceives sound differently (obviously, not possible with internet direct dealers). With that said, GoldenEar's Triton 7 and SuperCenter X are fantastic speakers and come in right on your budget @ $2,200.

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combined with the subwoofers you have now and if you don't mind the looks the m210 is a solid choice
Power Sound Audio MTM-210 x2
and
Power Sound Audio MTM-210c (save 100 bucks in the outlet center)
total is $2299.99
MTM-210 x3 all new is $2299.99, if you chat with Tom I'm sure he'd swap one new unit for the outlet center and drop the price accordingly. It would put you in under your $2200 budget and sound fantastic. My PSA speakers are amazing, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.

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Wow! So much great info. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I have a lot of researching to do which is part of the fun for me. I love learning about different options. I really don't need towers since I have capable subs. The idea of towers were more for aesthetics. I like the PSA's but I would want them veneered. I'm not a fan of the duratex finish. Those would then be considerably out of my budget.
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Wow! So much great info. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I have a lot of researching to do which is part of the fun for me. I love learning about different options. I really don't need towers since I have capable subs. The idea of towers were more for aesthetics. I like the PSA's but I would want them veneered. I'm not a fan of the duratex finish. Those would then be considerably out of my budget.
Ah, so if you are open to stand mounters I'd definitely suggest a good look at Philharmonic Audio

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