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Best Bookshelf under $500 for music

Looking for a pair of bookshelves for music, $500 or under each. I do have subwoofers.

Your pick, and why?

I've heard great reviews around here for the Ascend, Chane, etc.
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Jbl 705i or p

Good output (you can find measurements on sound and recording magazine)
good measurements
small footprint
Good mounting options
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Jbl 705i or p

Good output (you can find measurements on sound and recording magazine)
good measurements
small footprint
Good mounting options

Isn't that over the $500 price point? What does it typically sale for?
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Jbl 705i or p

Good output (you can find measurements on sound and recording magazine)
good measurements
small footprint
Good mounting options
Its around 700 usd for p in Russia.
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Isn't that over the $500 price point? What does it typically sale for?
I'm in Russia so our prices will differ.
But it is around 700 usd for p version here. You need additional DSP for i version. There mentions in a few threads that you should ask for a discount.
on a positive side you won't need an external amp and they are protected with a limiter.

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Canton Chrono 513 --- The Chrono series is real good for music and movies/TV

A real good price and new in the box
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Or you can spend over $950 for them here
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A lot of people seem to like the Audioengine HDP6. They are worth a look.
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Canton Chrono 513 --- The Chrono series is real good for music and movies/TV

A real good price and new in the box
https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...a-plugs/1.html

Or you can spend over $950 for them here
https://soundapproach.com/canton-chr...kers-pair.html


Very nice. Heard great things for the Canton speakers.

What would be a good amp for this? Will it need dedicated amp?

And I do like buying from A4L. Got some receivers/amps from there in the past.
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Very nice. Heard great things for the Canton speakers.

What would be a good amp for this? Will it need dedicated amp?

And I do like buying from A4L. Got some receivers/amps from there in the past.
Just need a good receiver, no need to buy a special amp

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Oh boy...how can you walk away from this temptation. Excellent choice and price.
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Thank you for that....I'll read through them.
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I have pair of the 707 towers for my 2 channel system. I got them with the similar adorama deal. Some could argue there may be a slightly better sounding speaker for the money but imo no one will say there is a better looking or well made speaker available brand new for the price.
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I have pair of the 707 towers for my 2 channel system. I got them with the similar adorama deal. Some could argue there may be a slightly better sounding speaker for the money but imo no one will say there is a better looking or well made speaker available brand new for the price.


Funny, as I am reading through user reviews on these 703s; I keep seeing people praising how well they're built and how great they look; rather than how amazing they sound.

I do prefer sound over look. I don't look at speakers when I am listening to music.
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Funny, as I am reading through user reviews on these 703s; I keep seeing people praising how well they're built and how great they look; rather than how amazing they sound.

I do prefer sound over look. I don't look at speakers when I am listening to music.
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Very nice. Heard great things for the Canton speakers.

What would be a good amp for this? Will it need dedicated amp?

And I do like buying from A4L. Got some receivers/amps from there in the past.
I'd look at Crutchfield options, (the LX16s are excellent), as at $500/pair buying speakers from them is essentially you buy them you own them.

Canton makes excellent speakers but A4L's return policy is among the least "friendly" out there, (you pay full, not discounted, shipping cost both ways plus 10% restocking...on on a $500/pair of speakers that could run $200+ very easily).

Crutchfield is a flat $10/box return.
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Funny, as I am reading through user reviews on these 703s; I keep seeing people praising how well they're built and how great they look; rather than how amazing they sound.

I do prefer sound over look. I don't look at speakers when I am listening to music.
Maybe that's because it goes without saying.

Over the past few years I've communicated with Polk about what I should replace my Polk speakers (SDA-2B, Monitor 5 Jr) of 30 years with, should the end come. It hasn't. The LSiM line was the answer. FWIW I listen mostly to Classical and Jazz.

I'm surprised you haven't already purchased what was recommended. Anyway, good luck, have fun, with whatever you choose.

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I'd look at Crutchfield options, (the LX16s are excellent), as at $500/pair buying speakers from them is essentially you buy them you own them.

Canton makes excellent speakers but A4L's return policy is among the least "friendly" out there, (you pay full, not discounted, shipping cost both ways plus 10% restocking...on on a $500/pair of speakers that could run $200+ very easily).

Crutchfield is a flat $10/box return.

Good point. Nothing like auditioning to them in your own house/room.
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Maybe that's because it goes without saying.

Over the past few years I've communicated with Polk about what I should replace my Polk speakers (SDA-2B, Monitor 5 Jr) of 30 years with, should the end come. It hasn't. The LSiM line was the answer. FWIW I listen mostly to Classical and Jazz.

I'm surprised you haven't already purchased what was recommended. Anyway, good luck, have fun, with whatever you choose.


So many great/excellent choices out there, it's not an easy decision my friend.
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For reference, I currently have the Behringer Truth 20131 hooked to a Yamaha RXV673 and dual 12" subs from Dyaton. I listen to mostly rock, pop, electronic, and some jazz on occasions.

They are a budget setup. Nothing specific that is significantly lacking, it's more of a case of the 'upgraditus" bug.
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For reference, I currently have the Behringer Truth 20131 hooked to a Yamaha RXV673 and dual 12" subs from Dyaton. I listen to mostly rock, pop, electronic, and some jazz on occasions.

They are a budget setup. Nothing specific that is significantly lacking, it's more of a case of the 'upgraditus" bug.
The KEF Q150s could be an option, too.

Don't get me started on upgraditis... my spell has lasted for over two months, now.
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The KEF Q150s could be an option, too.

Don't get me started on upgraditis... my spell has lasted for over two months, now.
Spending time in this forum will make it worse.
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Being the fool that I am, I wholeheartedly agree with that statement.

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Looking for a pair of bookshelves for music, $500 or under each. I do have subwoofers.

Your pick, and why?

I've heard great reviews around here for the Ascend, Chane, etc.
Depends on the GENRE(s) of music you prefer, how loud you normally listen, and of course personal tastes.

I listen to a lot of midrange dominant music (jazz, classical, vocals) that tend to be simpler compositions and slower tempo. For that, I love a "warm" speaker like my Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 --- if I were into higher tempo, rhythm/beat-dominated or complex compositions, I'd want something more in the "neutral" category like the Ascend and Chane.

My Philharmonic BMR speakers with their RAAL tweeters do all genres equally well, but I got 90% of their performance from the 1/3 as expensive Emotiva B1s.
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I will put up my audioengine 2+ at less than 200 I paid and velodyne hgs 12 retail 2g vs anything if I listen at 75db or less.
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why dont peeps ask what spl speakers can do? my maggie lrs can barely do 90 db....but are best speaker I have heard in my space for whopping 650bux.
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I will put up my audioengine 2+ at less than 200 I paid and velodyne hgs 12 retail 2g vs anything if I listen at 75db or less.

That looks like an insane gaming rig.

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why dont peeps ask what spl speakers can do? my maggie lrs can barely do 90 db....but are best speaker I have heard in my space for whopping 650bux.


You sure know how to look for deals.
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You sure know how to look for deals.
maggie lrs are deals for 650...better than 90% of all speakers.
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