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I was wondering how the S426 5.0 set compares to buying say Monitor 50's for fronts and 30's for surrounds + CS1 center? I would be adding a sub add to either set.


It is for a small room, but tired of my crappy tin can HTIB set up. Going to buy a receiver as well, but those questions are for another section lol. Trying to stay around 400ish for the full 5.1 set and I can stretch a bit if the difference is really worth it. I can get the Jamo set for 275 or maybe 250 from a friend if I can talk him down. They are brand new and came with his combo receiver package, but he didn't want the speakers.
 

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I was wondering how the S426 5.0 set compares to buying say Monitor 50's for fronts and 30's for surrounds + CS1 center? I would be adding a sub add to either set.


It is for a small room, but tired of my crappy tin can HTIB set up. Going to buy a receiver as well, but those questions are for another section lol. Trying to stay around 400ish for the full 5.1 set and I can stretch a bit if the difference is really worth it. I can get the Jamo set for 275 or maybe 250 from a friend if I can talk him down. They are brand new and came with his combo receiver package, but he didn't want the speakers.

I cannot speak for the Jamo's as I have never owned any, but I have Polk Monitors and for the money I think they are great speakers for HT use. Fairly easy to drive, and although some think they sound a bit bright, I do not think they are that bad. Unfortunately, with speaker choices a lot depends on how they sound to the specific listener.
 

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I was wondering how the S426 5.0 set compares to buying say Monitor 50's for fronts and 30's for surrounds + CS1 center? I would be adding a sub add to either set.

It is for a small room, but tired of my crappy tin can HTIB set up. Going to buy a receiver as well, but those questions are for another section lol. Trying to stay around 400ish for the full 5.1 set and I can stretch a bit if the difference is really worth it. I can get the Jamo set for 275 or maybe 250 from a friend if I can talk him down. They are brand new and came with his combo receiver package, but he didn't want the speakers.

If you happen to live near a Fry's Electronics they have the following as a package for $499 in store only.


Onkyo NR509

Jamo S426 5.0

Jamo sub210


It is in today's paper in the middle of page 5.
http://newspaperads.mercurynews.com/...alse&pagenum=5
 

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I tend to be a bit of a basshead, but looking for something a little higher end this time without breaking bank. So any speakers that have a bit more bass would be alright with me.


That deal on the 509 receiver and jamo set looks awesome, if only a frys was near me. I talked to my friend and he has the Sub210 with the set as well. Told me he would do 100 for sub, 250 for the 5.0 set so 350 + a receiver.


I noticed the Jamo's are 6ohm speakers. I looked around trying to figure out what all the differences are, but mostly concerned if the 6ohm vs 8ohm difference is going to not work on certain receivers, particularly low end ones?
 

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Basshead and "budget sub" don't belong in the same conversation...

Care to pay the difference in price?


I just saw that newegg has a yamaha V671 receiver for 180 off that I think I might jump on since it is way higher end than the entry level ones I was looking at. Leaves me less room to afford nice speakers, but having a nice receiver will allow me to upgrade to better speakers when I get a nice place. Right now I'm just trying to power up my bedroom. Not worried about disturbing my roomate as he is rarely home.


Can a good set of speakers be had for 300 for the full 5.1 set? Maybe 400 if it makes a big difference in quality.
 

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I was debating the exact same thing as you..


I opted for the Onkyo 509 / Jamo 426 package.. I ended up paying $395 + $45 for shipping. I saved a couple hundred dollars off of the price of the Polk stuff. I also picked up a BIC F12 sub, supposedly a great sub for the $183 price tag. Once the stuff is in I'll let ya know how it sounds. I'm also upgrading from a 12 year old HTIB so it should be a significant upgrade.


I basically ended up paying around $110 for the Jamo speakers, so if I decide to upgrade in the future I can easily get that back out of them.
 

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The Jamo S426 and S606 represent one of the best values in all of speakerdom, if you like them.


Conversely, the Polk Monitor is "the same" as the new Polk TSi line. Yes the TSi look better(more like little brothers to the RTi and LSi, instead of a lost step child), but they don't sound any better. Newegg scored an exclusive deal to have "Monitor II" for an undetermined amount of time. The only difference between Monitor and Monitor II is the color of the face. Back to why you are here though. The Polk Monitor is an extremely good value, just like the two Jamo sets are, if you like them.


Now the "old stalwart" in the "bargain class" is BIC, with their DV line. It can be traced back for YEARS to the old V line that used to be sold in B&M. When BIC punted(my term for when a speaker manufacturer realizes they need to back up, regroup or face the day they may "no longer exist"...several speaker companies have folded from not "punting" soon enough...) they went from B&M and to exclusively sold online(for the longest time only on Amazon). That strategy worked for them. BIC has the DV52/62/64/84 that are every bit as good as the Polk Monitor, if you like them(are you sensing a theme here...)
 
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