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i just bought a pioneer 1014, i have no rear speakers as of yet, i need to mount them on wall so i would need bookshelves................right now i have a set of fisher stv-890 floor speakers as my mains ( i know they are old but they crank and i cant kill them)..................my center is a klh 525 platinum, my sides are klh bookshelf 610a (i know klh isnt the best but they sound "ok" to me and do the job)................so id like something for the rears that wont overpower the sides, id also like to keep it around $100 if thats possible....................thanx
 

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Since your fronts are mismatched as is, it's really not worth it to try to timbre match the rear surrounds, since I doubt you'll notice. However, some KLH's similar to the ones you already have wouldn't be a bad thing. If you have a long-range plan for your system, start now and buy a pair of good speakers that fit into it; otherwise, I would just recommend an pair of decent bookshelves you can find cheap.


P.S. If you wal mount them, make sure they are not rear-ported.
 

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by mismatched you mean too big? who makes decent low hz handling bookshelves?
 

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by mismatched you mean too big?
Mismatched in sound, not size. Ideally all your speakers should be timbre matched. The timbre is the sonic 'signature' or 'character' of the speaker; i.e. whether it's bright, warm, forward, laid back... I have floor standing L/R, a traditional MTM center, and smaller bipole surrounds, very differenct sizes and shapes, but they're all from the same Manufacturer (Klipsch) and line of speakers (Reference Series) so they sound right together because they were designed to. This is important, since as voices, or effects pan around between speakers, you don't want them to sound different.

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who makes decent low hz handling bookshelves?
Opinions will vary, but IMHO rear surround don't need great bass extention (low Hz), as long as they're flat to below 80Hz. All speakers have to balance size, efficiency and low frequency extention, so trying the get deep bass will result in trade-offs elewhere.


I also noticed you mentioned 'overpower' the sides. This is a common misconception. When properly calibrated, no speaker will overpower any other. This is why your receiver has individual level settings for each speaker.


If you have plans in the near future to upgrade your entire system, get some speakers that fit into that plan, otherwise for rear surround duty with what you have, a pair of small KLH's, or any 2-way bookshelf with a 5" or larger woofer should be fine. If you're going to wall mount it, just don't get a speaker with a rear port.
 

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mm i guess i dont know enuff , is it possible to explain what bright , forward, laid back etc would sound like?
 

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mm i guess i dont know enuff , is it possible to explain what bright , forward, laid back etc would sound like?
Bright refers to an emphasis on the treble (high frequencies) produced by the tweeter. Forward can mean bright, but also refer to a soundstage (the image of the instruments) seeming to be much in front of the speakers, ie. the sound is in your face. Warm and laid back are the opposite characteristics. There's more to it than that, but for what you're trying to do, just getting a speaker with the similar tone to waht you have (either bright, warm or neutral) is a good start.


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ok, ty
 
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