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$450-$550 Towers or Bookshelf?

This setup will be for a living room that is mostly TV shows and some movies. It would be a birthday present for my dad, before he buys another soundbar since he says the one he has sucks. He said he would like a home theater, but it was to expensive so he is planning on spending $200-$300 on another sound bar that will probably disappoint. So I figured if I bought a good initial setup he would be happy with the sound and add to it.

I have a Yamaha RX-V377 that I would give him. I am planing on just starting out with a 2.0 setup, and upgrade it to a 3.1 eventually (probably a Christmas present if he doesn't buy a sub and center before then). The 2.0 would need it to sound better than a cheap soundbar so he will be happy with it. It is a large open room so I figured tower speakers would be best to fill the space.

I was about to buy BIC PL-89 Towers then saw the Klipsch R-26F Towers would only be another $40 dollars. Would you choose either of these? Better options? Did more research and kept seeing people recommend bookshelves at my price range, but it was usually for smaller rooms. Would a pair of bookshelves sound as good as the towers? Open to bookshelf suggestions, but would probably want to include the sub into the original budget of 450-550.

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These Polk LSiM's go pretty low for bookshelf speakers and sound great.

https://www.adorama.com/pklsim703b2....ce=rflaid62905
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This setup will be for a living room that is mostly TV shows and some movies. It would be a birthday present for my dad, before he buys another soundbar since he says the one he has sucks. He said he would like a home theater, but it was to expensive so he is planning on spending $200-$300 on another sound bar that will probably disappoint. So I figured if I bought a good initial setup he would be happy with the sound and add to it.

I have a Yamaha RX-V377 that I would give him. I am planing on just starting out with a 2.0 setup, and upgrade it to a 3.1 eventually (probably a Christmas present if he doesn't buy a sub and center before then). The 2.0 would need it to sound better than a cheap soundbar so he will be happy with it. It is a large open room so I figured tower speakers would be best to fill the space.

I was about to buy BIC PL-89 Towers then saw the Klipsch R-26F Towers would only be another $40 dollars. Would you choose either of these? Better options? Did more research and kept seeing people recommend bookshelves at my price range, but it was usually for smaller rooms. Would a pair of bookshelves sound as good as the towers? Open to bookshelf suggestions, but would probably want to include the sub into the original budget of 450-550.

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The bigger brothers of these new JBLs have reviewed well as has this one.

https://www.soundandvision.com/conte...speaker-review

Pair of towers are $400, center is $200.

The towers should play as low as most soundbar subwoofers but not as low as true subwoofers in the $500+ range.

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-rXGo9Z...hoCP-4QAvD_BwE

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-owrjK2...RoC6eQQAvD_BwE

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Hard to Beat this for the price -- DCM TFE100 Floor-standing speakers -- priced by the pair (that list price was for a single, but they are selling as a pair) -- will have plenty of bass so you can save for a sub
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pair-of-6-5...0AAOSwxfJdcsKf

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This setup will be for a living room that is mostly TV shows and some movies. It would be a birthday present for my dad, before he buys another soundbar since he says the one he has sucks. He said he would like a home theater, but it was to expensive so he is planning on spending $200-$300 on another sound bar that will probably disappoint. So I figured if I bought a good initial setup he would be happy with the sound and add to it.

I have a Yamaha RX-V377 that I would give him. I am planing on just starting out with a 2.0 setup, and upgrade it to a 3.1 eventually (probably a Christmas present if he doesn't buy a sub and center before then). The 2.0 would need it to sound better than a cheap soundbar so he will be happy with it. It is a large open room so I figured tower speakers would be best to fill the space.

I was about to buy BIC PL-89 Towers then saw the Klipsch R-26F Towers would only be another $40 dollars. Would you choose either of these? Better options? Did more research and kept seeing people recommend bookshelves at my price range, but it was usually for smaller rooms. Would a pair of bookshelves sound as good as the towers? Open to bookshelf suggestions, but would probably want to include the sub into the original budget of 450-550.

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Boston Acoustics A26 X 3 for $325. Use one as center. This will kick the crap out of any soundbar in a similar price range. You could also just get a pair of A360's if you weren't planning on adding a sub.
https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...ck-each/1.html
https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...ck-each/1.html

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A bit over the budget but regarded as one of the best values in audio:


http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...m/cmt340m.html


http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...stlcmt340.html (*These should actually be $140/pr)

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These Polk LSiM's go pretty low for bookshelf speakers and sound great.
Was looking up reviews of these and was reading they are kinda power hungry, will my rx-v377 be enough to power them well enough with 70 watts per channel? Also for a center speaker I was wondering if the Polks S35 would pair well with the LSiM703s? Currently searching for speaker stands for these...
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Assuming they'll actually ship, you won't do better than these JBL Arena 180s for $49 each. Good for music and theater alike, as their dispersion is excellent and voices/vocals are very easy to hear. May not even need a sub and/or center, and if you do plenty of cash left over.

https://www.frys.com/product/8435178...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG
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Also any thoughts on the Polk Audio Monitor 70, I can get a pair on amazon for less than $300. Wanting to pair it with the Polk S35 and a subwoofer. Would this be a good setup?
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Assuming they'll actually ship, you won't do better than these JBL Arena 180s for $49 each. Good for music and theater alike, as their dispersion is excellent and voices/vocals are very easy to hear. May not even need a sub and/or center, and if you do plenty of cash left over.

https://www.frys.com/product/8435178...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG
These are definately a steal if you can get your hands on them.

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Also any thoughts on the Polk Audio Monitor 70, I can get a pair on amazon for less than $300. Wanting to pair it with the Polk S35 and a subwoofer. Would this be a good setup?
I would skip them, but your father may like them

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Also any thoughts on the Polk Audio Monitor 70, I can get a pair on amazon for less than $300. Wanting to pair it with the Polk S35 and a subwoofer. Would this be a good setup?
That's the same price Crutchfield is charging for the newer TSi300 towers.

They, and the matching center, don't get much love on AVS but I heard them at my sister in law's house and they are actually quite nice when dialed in properly which you won't have to worry about yet as there won't be a subwoofer in play.

The TSi CS10 which she has as a center is only $100 so you'd be $400 all in for a decent 3.0 setup that plays loud with little power needed.

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This setup will be for a living room that is mostly TV shows and some movies. It would be a birthday present for my dad, before he buys another soundbar since he says the one he has sucks. He said he would like a home theater, but it was to expensive so he is planning on spending $200-$300 on another sound bar that will probably disappoint. So I figured if I bought a good initial setup he would be happy with the sound and add to it.

I have a Yamaha RX-V377 that I would give him. I am planing on just starting out with a 2.0 setup, and upgrade it to a 3.1 eventually (probably a Christmas present if he doesn't buy a sub and center before then). The 2.0 would need it to sound better than a cheap soundbar so he will be happy with it. It is a large open room so I figured tower speakers would be best to fill the space.

I was about to buy BIC PL-89 Towers then saw the Klipsch R-26F Towers would only be another $40 dollars. Would you choose either of these? Better options? Did more research and kept seeing people recommend bookshelves at my price range, but it was usually for smaller rooms. Would a pair of bookshelves sound as good as the towers? Open to bookshelf suggestions, but would probably want to include the sub into the original budget of 450-550.

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I would get the BIC PL-89's. The Yamaha should be fine and you could update later with a center if he feels he needs it. It'll certainly blow away any soundbar.
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I would get the BIC PL-89's. The Yamaha should be fine and you could update later with a center if he feels he needs it. It'll certainly blow away any soundbar.
I think that's what I'm going to buy, any suggestions on where to buy for 450 for the pair or less other than amazon?
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Get these JBL's for 49 each.

https://www.frys.com/product/8435178

Or these DCM's for 149 each

https://www.ebay.com/itm/6-5-2-Way-T...YAAOSw1vtdcopX
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I think that's what I'm going to buy, any suggestions on where to buy for 450 for the pair or less other than amazon?

Amazon looks like the best place to get them.


If you can go up to $600, I'd recommend the Klipsch R-28f at $300 a piece.
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Assuming they'll actually ship, you won't do better than these JBL Arena 180s for $49 each. Good for music and theater alike, as their dispersion is excellent and voices/vocals are very easy to hear. May not even need a sub and/or center, and if you do plenty of cash left over.

https://www.frys.com/product/8435178...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

What?????? This price is so low its stupid! Those speakers list for $349 each on JBL's website!!!!! Floorstanders with dual 7" drivers, made by JBL for under $50? That's ridiculous.

I just checked....they are also offering free shipping on them. WTF????????????

OMG I'm actually tempted to buy them just to stick in my workout room, I blow $100 on dinner on occasion!

OK, another edit. I actually placed an order for a pair and they might only have one speaker. Order wouldn't go through.

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Was looking up reviews of these and was reading they are kinda power hungry, will my rx-v377 be enough to power them well enough with 70 watts per channel? Also for a center speaker I was wondering if the Polks S35 would pair well with the LSiM703s? Currently searching for speaker stands for these...
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Also any thoughts on the Polk Audio Monitor 70, I can get a pair on amazon for less than $300. Wanting to pair it with the Polk S35 and a subwoofer. Would this be a good setup?
My friend runs Polk S60 with LSiM706c and loves it. (He bought the S60 too soon, before the LSiM 707/705 went on closeout so he is stuck with the S60). The clarity of his LSiM706c center is noticeably better than his S series speakers. Go for the LSiM center instead. Center speaker is more critical in HT than L/R.
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I think that's what I'm going to buy, any suggestions on where to buy for 450 for the pair or less other than amazon?
Being horn loaded, these BICs will be bright sounding, like lower end Klipsch. Some people like it. Others find them ear fatiguing. Personal preference, I guess. They will be easy to drive, that's for sure.

Those DCMs on ebay look interesting.

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Less that $300 all in.


A Sony STR-DH550 goes for $250 and 5.2 capable. You can have a decent 3.0 setup for less than $600.


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