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Looking to put a system in a small bedroom and am looking at tower speakers for the aesthetics. 50/50 TV & movies/music. Budget is around $500. Narrowed down to a few contenders but am open to any suggestions. Here's what I'm currently looking at. Any experience with these or other recommendations? I'm open to eventually getting a subwoofer for the room, but not right away.

Wharfedale 10.4: http://www.amazon.com/Wharfedale-DIA104-CHR-Diamond-10-4-Cherry/dp/B0032AYFAQ
Boston M250: http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...5-way-floorstanding-speaker-each-black/1.html
Boston A360: http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...in-3-way-floor-standing-speaker-ea-blk/1.html
HTD Level 2 towers: http://www.htd.com/Products/level-two-speakers/Level-TWO-Tower-Speakers
Chane A3rx: http://www.chanemusiccinema.com/chane-loudspeakers/A3rx-c
 

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Try to get something with a ribbon or planar tweeter. It matters and is the most difficult part of a speaker to do right all else being equal.
 

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I would really look at the Chane - the all around word is nice and good for the price.

I have not listened to the M250 - however, I have owned several Boston speakers and they do make
some nice speakers. Their dimple-dome tweeters are one of the better ones around. The A series is
entry level, and the M series is their higher mid-level series - I would look above the A series speakers.
 

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^^^^^^ Based on nightfly's statement, the Chane A3rx-c is the only speaker you have on your list with a ribbon or planar tweeter...the rest have soft domes for tweeters ( good for smoothness, but have breakup issues depending on tweeter composition and not as detailed as ribbons/ planar magnetic tweeters)....I have the "older" A5's which are wonderful in my medium-sized space for both music and movies.... The A3rx-c's should be just as good....


Just now saw Zieglj01's post.....he has no chips in the Chane game, so to speak, and may be the most reasonable ( if not knowledgable) recommender of quality speakers under $1000 on this forum, has no real favorites but gives honest and useful insights for numerous people looking for speakers.........
 

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What would your recommendation be in this price range?
I would add only the Martin Logan entry level series (Motion), but they are just over your price range; the Chane's are roughly half that. Frankly, as long as you have a quality amp, your room and other factors will have a larger impact on the sound than the difference between well made speakers.

Not that it would easy, but if unsure, look for a agreeable return policy. 30 days is not uncommon. Good luck.
 

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Are you limiting yourself to towers for any particular reason? Just curious.
 

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Well, thats subjective. Also, ribbon's have their drawbacks just as silk dome do. Its all preference.
Nothing is perfect or "they'd all be doing it". In HT/audio, it's all subjective relative to experience. Overall the suggestion was based upon my experience and I stand behind it: you'll likely get better high freq reproduction in this general price range (~$1000/pair) with a speaker that uses some form of a ribbon tweeter.
 

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Based on my 2 - 3 weeks with Diamond 10.1's, the Wharfedale D10.4 should be a solid speaker. There's not a lot of info on the 10.4, but I recall, that the 10.4 is the sweet spot for the 10.2 to 10.5 range. My sub just died, so I tried using that as an excuse to upgrade to the 10.4. Even though it is a small tower, Mrs. O said no. I have not yet found a tower with any WAF. So... I'm looking for the ugliest stands I can find.:D
 
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