Harmanaudio.com and infinityspeakers.com independently have them for < $200 from time to time. You can check expired deals on slickdeals.net to see what to expect. Just search for "RC263" (or whatever speaker you're interested in).
Regarding mismatched speakers up front, my personal experience tells me "why not?". My current belief is that as long as the woofers can keep up and produce similar volume/sound, the difference in tweeters doesn't really matter.
I had the chance to experiment with several speaker sets, ranging from a 25yr old surround set, a 10yr old Craigslist find, and a new set on holiday sale in its return window.
While the L/Rs all sounded different, they were all "good enough", and even if I mixed/matched the centers, including a dual-bookshelf in series, when I watched TV or a movie, there was no jarring discrepancy.
If there was, I'd have prioritized the center channel, and lived with whatever was the closest until I could upgrade them.
I tried to compare sensitivity (though that's not necessarily dependent on the woofers), and frequency response charts. If they weren't terribly far apart, I considered it.
I wouldn't try a center with 4" drivers up against L/R with 8" drivers, but I'd consider 5.25" center vs 6.5" L/R.
Going the other way, I considered 8" woofers on the center vs smaller 5.25" woofers L/R, but I never got that far.
IMHO, surrounds are even less important to match. They're not for clear dialog or to carry full-range sounds. They're for immersive effect. I made no consideration to match the front speakers.
In my case, seating dictated the choices, as it's a sectional sofa right up against a rear and side wall. Normal bookshelves were too big.
I found what I thought was the most capable speaker that could fit in the corner. Yet another brand/model. No complaints about sound, but the person sitting in the corner has a speaker right on top of them.
Originally Posted by ifixtheinternet
Thanks for the suggestions, will look into these.
Amazon has the RC263 for 315, is that the sale price?
You don't seem shy about suggesting mismatched center / bookshelfs or towers, why is that?
I have accuEQ room correction and manual EQ, and found even matching Sony's needed much correction to bring them into line with each other. Does that eliminate the problems of not having matching speakers?
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