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Hello everyone,


I've been lurking this great AVS forum for quite a while. At first, I wanted to buy a $200-300 HTIB systems like Onkyo s570 or Yamaha YHT-150. But now, I want to put together a receiver and speakers for ~ $500 price range. Please help me decide.


I come up with these choices:


Paradigm Cinema 70 $375

Polk RM6750 $325

Athena Micra 6 $290


I plan to get a refurb. Denon AVR-485 at $175


Which combination would be the most appropriate choice?

I've only listened to the Paradigm, I think it's great, but it's from my NuBee standpoint.


Please help me... Thank you very much! :)
 

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Energy's factory-direct store is having a clearance on their Take 5 speaker system in white:

http://www.audioprods.com/clearance_energy/index.php?cPath=41_49


It's $200 for the package and you can get one of those $99 Dayton subs that everyone recommends for budget systems. I think this combination would be better than the ones you listed.


Only thing is that these are white, which may actually be a good thing but it depends on your situation...
 

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I started out with the Paradigm Cinema 70 system several years ago. If your putting it in a small to med sized room it will do a pretty decent job.


I think they are a good starter set-up and will be a much better choice over a HTiB system.
 

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OK, Thank you LeeLee for your alternative suggestion


I did some price research.. I can get the:


Take 5 + Dayton 10" sub for $360 shipped


And I also found this Onkyo SKS-HT240 that got a decent review from Cnet


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So now we have:


Paradigm Cinema 70 $375

Polk RM6750 $325

Athena Micra 6 $290

Take 5 + Dayton 10" Sub $360

Onkyo SKS-HT240 $360


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What do you guys think? Is it much better to get Take 5? I have no clue... I'ma NuBEe


I live in the apartment, will it gonna work with those set up above?
 

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I don't know if I've made a good choice, but today I got these speakers (on sales) from Fry's


Polk R50 $120/pair

and

Polk R15 $50 /pair


So... now I'm waiting for a good deal on Polk center speaker (can be bought at $80) and a Dayton 10" sub ($100+20 shipping)


So I'll own this set for $380-400


Add the Refurbished Denon AVR-485 for $160 and I should be ready to go!


What do you think? I just shifted my interest from satellite to a bookshelf and floorstand, is it the same or is it better?
 

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Great deal. I think you'll be very pleased. If you hook into those sales prices, don't look over your shoulder. I love mine. If you can't get the CSi25 from Frys on sale for $100, keep checking ebay. There's usually about 20 centers available. The best matches are CS1, CSi30 or CSi3. Prices range from ~ $100 -$140. Sometimes you get lucky.


Let me know how you like them.
 

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I started out with the Paradigm Cinema 70s. I have used them in my last two apartments (which the neighbors appreciate). I have been really happy with them. I think they sound very good if you have a small to medium size living room. I recommend the following for a starter system:


front - Cinema 70s (with stands)

center - Cinema CC

surrounds - Cinema ADPs


This may be a little over what you plan to pay, but I believe you should spend a little more up front so you don't regret it in the long run.
 
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