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Hi,

This is my first post on the av forums. I have been reading here for quite a while and i thought now is a good time to start.

I am planning to build a decent ht at my home

I dont have the room dimensions as of now, illpost them as soon as i measurethem tonite


But this is my scenario ..

I am starting from scratch .. ( no big screen tv as yet )

I like watching lots of


Movies ( action , adventure , romantic, and drama )

Music ( Hip Hop, old classical music , rap and sometime country too )


I have a total budget of about 1200 on front speakers and center speaker

About 600 on the reciever


I am currently planning to buy front speakers - looked at energy and axiom -Budget is something like 800 on them


I have no reciever as yet ( i have very old pioneer reciever , stereo reciever) so i was looking forward to buy one of those too .

I think i was going to buy the outlaw 1050 ( the new version which might be coming out soon ) in the next 3-4 months


I need suggestions on what front spekers should i buy right now ..

and will they wrk nice with outlaw 1050


Is this a good enought budget ...


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i have researched this price range extensively for myself and have found PSB to be the most "bang for the buck". unless you intend to upgrade recievers in the near future i would problaby bump up your reciever budget a bit - even if this meant decreasing your speaker budget. good luck
 

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I am confused buy your response since to my believe most people here think that online retailers like Axiom, HomeTheaterDirect, etc offer the best ban for the buck over regular retail companies since their products dont have the added expense of selling it in a Sears, Best Buy etc.

Which model is that PSB and at what price? I was able to audition the HomeTheaterDirect Level 3 and Level 4 towers and was blown away by the soundstage, imaging and clarity even with a less than ideal setup (big screen between each speaker). FOr the money I love the HTD Level 3 ($420) and would love to get the Level 4 but at ($900 its out of my budget).


HTD 4 x Level 3 Towers = $840

HTD Level 3 Center = $150

TOTAL = $950

or better yet buy the Level 4 Center instead at $350 for much better performance totaling $1150. Thats going to be my system.


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I m confused.

What is PSB, which company is this..

Second ..

Is axiom or energy out of the picture.

Also what are my other choices other than HTD / Energy / Axiom

Is there anywhere i can test them out b4 i actually go into buying them

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Well, HTD is in Texas but they offer 30 day money back guarantee and Axiom I think offers the same. I am thinking on getting a pair of Axioms and HTDs and compare them at my place.

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i have researched this price range extensively for myself and have found PSB to be the most "bang for the buck". unless you intend to upgrade recievers in the near future i would problaby bump up your reciever budget a bit - even if this meant decreasing your speaker budget. good luck
Well this is where lots of people disagree, As per lots of posts floating round the general consensus is to bump up the money required for speakers and not vice versa

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I think you can get the Onix Rocket 550's for around $900.00. I would check out their packages. They should have one in your budget here .
 

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you can get a pair of athena AS-F2's for 600 dolllars, they are fantastic speakers, for the money they have to be one of the best in its class
A big second to this from me. I use them in my bedroom HT and their low end is such that I don't feel need for sub at the lower volumes I use there. BB has them, and they regularly send out 10% off coupons on speakers. If you sign up for their "reward zone", you'll get an additional $20 gift cert (doubled on some days). Pretty good deal...


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Thanks rt297


I had one small question to ask,

I just collected the details which i fould floating around in forums and the advice offered to me


This is what i found out - Check the html file in the attachment


I havent done a full review yet but am workin on it as yet.


Some things i noted.


-->Rockets Frequency response is 40-20K and they are more expensive ( after shipping ) than the axioms's millenia


-->Rocket does not have a midrange where as Axiom has one


-->TIll now I found that NHT has the best frequency reponse available


-->Energy C-5 has the worst frequency response for the prices comapred


-->Athena is looking very promising, best freq response, decent senstivity, best value for money


I can also go and check out at local best buy, i wish i can do that to the rest of the speaker systems.


Has anyone else done any comparisions on these systems ??


Thanks

Z


I am now inclining towards the Axiom M60ti, any suggestions would be more than welcome

 

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Please also check out the Monitor Audio Bronze B4 at GoodGuys. :)
Cant find them at good guys .. any url ??


But found them at my local retailer, will surely go out and check them out

Thanks

Any one has tetsed them b4

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Zits,


Monitor Audio does not allow internet sale by their authourized dealers, that's why GoogGuys does not list any MA products on their website. I think it would be worth your while to give MA speakers a listen at your local dealer. :)
 

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Just calculated the Dimenstions of my room


Its 18 Long, 14 Wide and 8 high.


It has windows on one of its side which would cause problems if i wanna make a Projector based HT ( or would it not ) , I would go into that later , first i need to figure out the speaker systems.


I will post responses once i have listend to a few of the systems i have been blabbing about !!


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you can get a pair of athena AS-F2's for 600 dolllars, they are fantastic speakers, for the money they have to be one of the best in its class


the AS-c1 is also a great center channel

www.athenaspeakers.com
I love the as-f2's


but i'm not soo big on their center chan.
 

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How about AAD C600, even though it's street price is actually under $600, I believe? I think it has potential to compete with other speakers priced around $800. There is also AAD C800 which is around $800, but I think 3-way at this price range may have compromise in the crossover network quality.
 

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Phase Tech Velocity v-12's.


10 yr warranty, easy to drive speaker. The latest DVD ETC has a good review of the v-10's which are similar but as far as I know they are less than the v12's sound wise. They are also American Made which may or may not be a concern to you.


You should easily be able to get the v12's and a v6 center inside your budget. I'm buying a full 7 channel Velocity setup for $1680. A 5 channel setup would have ran me $1400.


The only knock besides brightness for the PSB for me would be the 6/4 ohm sensitivity which can put a strain on some recievers.


Another option:

Soliloquoy 5.3's from Underwood Wally Hifi
http://www.solspeak.com/index2.html
http://www.underwoodhifi.com/specials.html


More music oriented speaker but the cabinetry is killer. They are made in North Carolina.
 

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ONIX ROCKET 550'S are on sale now, they are an incredible speaker at their list and no brainer at $699. Give them a try. They also have a 30 day audition! :)
 

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Thanks rt297


I had one small question to ask,

I just collected the details which i fould floating around in forums and the advice offered to me


This is what i found out - Check the html file in the attachment


I havent done a full review yet but am workin on it as yet.


Some things i noted.


-->Rockets Frequency response is 40-20K and they are more expensive ( after shipping ) than the axioms's millenia


-->Rocket does not have a midrange where as Axiom has one


-->TIll now I found that NHT has the best frequency reponse available


-->Energy C-5 has the worst frequency response for the prices comapred


-->Athena is looking very promising, best freq response, decent senstivity, best value for money


I can also go and check out at local best buy, i wish i can do that to the rest of the speaker systems.


Has anyone else done any comparisions on these systems ??


Thanks

Z


I am now inclining towards the Axiom M60ti, any suggestions would be more than welcome
Hi Z,


As a company rep, I'll obviously withold any opinions on the speakers you're auditioning. However, I did want to clear up a couple things quickly...
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-->Rockets Frequency response is 40-20K and they are more expensive ( after shipping ) than the axioms's millenia
To be sure you're comparing apples to apples, it's important you find out how the other mfg's you're considering are rating their speakers. Our frequency response numbers are based on anechoic measurement data - in other words, the speaker unaffected by any room boudaries. Depending on placement, room size, and several other factors, a speaker's actual in-room response will vary greatly from its anechoic data. We've found the RS 550 to play down around the 32 Hz point if placed in a moderate sized room (say 2500 cu ft.) with rear room boudaries 2-3 ft. behind and to the side of the speaker.
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-->Rocket does not have a midrange where as Axiom has one
Actually, the RS 550 has TWO midrange drivers. This speaker, unlike our RS 750, is a traditional 2.5 way design. In essence, this means that both drivers are playing both mids and lows, while the bottom driver handles a little less mid and a little more low. This frees up the upper driver to play a little cleaner and more detailed in the upper mids for a seamless blend with the Vifa XT tweeter. It does not, however, have a dedicated midrange driver as found on our RSC 200 center channel, for example.


Hope this helps. Good luck with your search - there are a LOT of excellent options in this price range!
 

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I went through a very long, bruising speaker search about 6 weeks ago and I ended up with Boston Acoustics VR-M60s front, VRC centre, VR-M50s rear w/PV900 sub. These are not floorstanders, nor do they necessarily meet your budget, but I started with a bias for floorstanders and ended with standmounts.


That said, I've auditioned a number of the speakers in this thread, and for what it's worth, I found the following among floorstanders.


The Monitor Audio B4s were very smooth, with a "typical" (IMO) British sound. Quite nice at their price point, a bit too subtle with details and imaging for me.


The Energy C5s were more detailed, not as smooth. I liked them, but my wife hated the high end.


PSB Image 5Ts, very nice highs, good bass extension, too polite in the midrange (but the store where I auditioned them had a HORRIBLE room set up for this, so your experience may be different)


If you like the Monitor Audio sound, but want to try another brand to compare, you could look at Mission M34s, very similar sound to my ear. The MAs look a bit nicer to me (if that matters to you, it mattered little to me)


If you're not married to the floorstander format, then you should also give the Paradigm Monitor 5s (large standmount) a listen--I nearly bought them but I was able to stretch my budget and go for the Bostons.


Other standmounts to consider:

B&W 600 series (various sizes), very detailed, might seem "bright" depending on the amplification used

Kef Q series (I found them a bit muddy, but have met people who swear by them)

Def Tech--I didn't like them, but you might--too aggressive and in-your-face for me


Last bit of advice (and I'm no expert): don't shop primarily by specs, use your ears. You'll find them far more convincing than spec sheets.


Above all, have fun and good luck.
 
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