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I'm looking at upgrading my home theater (don't ask what audio equipment I have now haha). I have a 50" Sony lcd and an lg blu-ray player, plus my computer will be connected to my HT. Right now I'm just going to buy a receiver and 2 floor standing speakers and then add from there when I can afford it. I don't have the biggest budget, and for my receiver I'm most likely going to get the Denon avr789.


As for speakers I'm looking at:

Polk Monitor 50

Infinity P252

Sony SS-F7000


All three of those can be bought for about $220 or less a pair on ebay. I would like to keep it under $300 a pair (including shipping). And if there are some better speakers for around this price please comment.


I have also looked at the polk monitor 60 and infinity p362. These are about $100-150 more a pair on ebay. Are they worth the extra $100-150 more for the pair?


again these prices are from ebay, and I would like to not spend more than $300 including shipping, but if there are speakers that better, I can save and spend $400, but I would really like to keep it under $300.


I am just trying to get the best value for what little money I can spend at this time. Thanks in advance!
 

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Not a whole lot to choose from for $299 or less, but these are some of the best options.


Wharfedale 9.4 towers
http://www.tsto.com/cgi-bin/TSTO.sto.../View/2987&2D1


Jamo E680 towers, $129 each, dark apple only. Must special order from wwstereo.com
http://www.jamo.com/eu-en/products/e-680-description/


Polk Audio Monitor 60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290017


Infinity Primus P362
http://www.theaudiovideosource.com/InfinityPrimus.html


Mirage Omni 550, currently $179 but goes on sale for $149.
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search
 

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I'm looking at upgrading my home theater (don't ask what audio equipment I have now haha). I have a 50" Sony lcd and an lg blu-ray player, plus my computer will be connected to my HT. Right now I'm just going to buy a receiver and 2 floor standing speakers and then add from there when I can afford it. I don't have the biggest budget, and for my receiver I'm most likely going to get the Denon avr789.

Do what it takes to get a pair of Infinity Primus 362's (aka 360). You're about to buy a $500 receiver, but in reality the speakers make a much much much bigger impact on what you will hear. There are a lot of refurbed surround sound receivers that go for 300-350 that will be more than adequate, while leaving you room for exceptionally good speakers like the Primus's. And yes, the 3-way flagship 362's are very much more worth getting than the 2 1/2 way 252's. Do a search on this forum for Primus 360 (again, it's the same speaker with slightly different cosmetics). I've written a bunch about why these particular speakers are so much better than their price implies. To put it in a nutshell, I got rid of a $1500 pair of speakers after hearing the 360's in my listening room. I had money left over so I tried to 'beat' the 360's with other speakers, and couldn't find anything that thoroughly beat the 360's until spending $1500 on a used pair of Revel F32's (MSRP $4000). I was fortunate enough to meet some of the people responsible for designing and creating the speaker (the lead engineer, actually) and they all confirmed that this speaker indeed is a grand-slam at its pricepoint. I got to see their proprietary measurements of the speaker and it was pretty easy to see objectively why this speaker did so well in double-blind tests against vastly more expensive speakers (whose measurements I also got to see). Get the 362's and laugh all the way to the bank, knowing that you have a better pair of speakers than many people who have spent well in excess of $1k a pair, and 90% of the fidelity that anybody else has at any price.
 

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Ok thank you all for your input. I think I'm going to go for the infinity 362's, thank you for showing me the site where I can get them for $150 apiece. I have always liked infinity's products.


Like I said I can only afford the receiver and floor standing speakers now, but hopefully soon, in the next few months, I will be able to buy a center channel speaker and some bookshelf speakers for my surround speakers and maybe a sub at that time and have a 5.1 system, but since I will have a 7.1 capable receiver I will still have room to upgrade later.
 

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Ok thank you all for your input. I think I'm going to go for the infinity 362's, thank you for showing me the site where I can get them for $150 apiece. I have always liked infinity's products.


Like I said I can only afford the receiver and floor standing speakers now, but hopefully soon, in the next few months, I will be able to buy a center channel speaker and some bookshelf speakers for my surround speakers and maybe a sub at that time and have a 5.1 system, but since I will have a 7.1 capable receiver I will still have room to upgrade later.

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You'll be much happier with those 362s than any of the 2 way tower choices that were listed. I've heard the P162 and was very impressed with them. While the tweeter isn't quite as good (IMO) as the Beta 20 - it was very good.


Make sure you get the C350 center and not the C250 - big big differences between the sound quality.
 

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FYI, the ones for $150 at audiovideosource.com are refurbed. Shipping for (2) P362s and (1) PC350 is showing as $85.55 for me. So the total is $535.52.

You can get the same thing new and shipped for free from Crutchfield for $600. For some the $65 savings might be worth it, but personally I'd pay the extra to get new units and of course Crutchfield has awesome service and a 30 day return policy.
 
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