Originally Posted by rolfeskj
I am looking to spend $200-$300 or so. I am putting them into a bookshelf, 10” deep. So need a speaker less than 10” deep and I would avoid something rear ported.
Someone recommended Wharfedale - Diamond 10.2 for about $225 for the pair.
So Passive Speakers. The Diamond 10.2 are good speakers, 6.5" and reasonably deep. Monitor Audio Bronze 1 or 2
also worth checking out. With that budget, you would do best with discontinued but still available speakers, for example, next up for the Diamond 10 is the Diamond 100 which were short lived, soon replaced by the Diamond 200, and now by the Diamond 11. All that said, the Diamond 10.2 are still good speakers, and at pretty nice discounts.
.... I want to improve over my basic 2.1 Samsung sound bar. Clear dialogue and solid imaging are two of my main goals. Everything else would be a bonus.
? There is only so much you can do with that kind of money. You expectations have to be consistent with your budget.
The Klipsch RP150 (5.25) and RP160 (6.5") (not current models but still available)
can be found at very nice discounts and very close to your budget.
These are exceptionally clear and present speakers for a modest price, and while not right on, very close to your budget.
I want to avoid powered monitors as running cables from L to R and to the source could be tough. I plan to use a Harmon Kaesong AVR 335 to power them. I will use optical out from my TV to the receiver.
If you have an AV Receiver, why use Optical form the TV? Why not use HDMI and just tell the AVR that you have a 2.1 system, and let it adjust accordingly. Though nothing wrong with using the Optical between TV and Amp. But if you have HDMI, that is probably the best option.