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Ok so I'm new to this forum and speakers in general but I am a audiophile from the headfi forums,ok so I mostly only listen to classic rock,so I want good highs and miss and decent bass.i don't know exactly how sound signatures work for loud speakers,so if you guys could inform me on that.
 

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Each manufacturer will design their speakers to attain a certain sound signature. Between different speaker manufacturers one may hear a dramatic difference or a slight difference. And yes, there are speakers you may not hear much of a difference at all. Speaker manufacturers that try to attain a very neutral sound can also sound different depending upon the quality of components used and at what frequency they decide to build their crossover. That is where clarity and soundstage may come into play as well. It is up to the listener to decide what type of sound signature they like best. Some people prefer a boost in the midrange, others at the top end, while others will prefer more of a boost at the lower frequencies. Many prefer a really neutral speaker (one with little or no boost across the frequency range).

One cannot expect much from a speaker for $150 or less, but there are some that give you pretty surprising sound on a tight budget (but don’t expect a lot of bass). I’d look at the following:

$175 / pair (shipping extra) Philharmonic Audio Affordable Accuracy bookshelf speakers: http://philharmonicaudio.com/ and http://philharmonicaudio.com/aa.html These modified Pioneers have a new tweeter, new crossover and are packed with extra dampening material.

$127 / pair (free Prime shipping) Pioneer SP-BS22-LR http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS...92&sr=8-1&keywords=pioneer+bookshelf+speakers These are the same pioneer speakers, but modified by Andrew Jones.

$ 70 / pair (free shipping) Sound Appeal SA-VF6.5S http://www.amazon.com/Premium-Books...429295854&sr=1-43&keywords=bookshelf+speakers

There are many others you can look at as well (BIC, Micca, Sony Core, etc.). No matter what you buy, you need something to drive them (these are all passive speakers). I would look for a refurbished AVR in order to allow you to expand in the future. Take a look at AVRs on Accessories4Less: http://www.accessories4less.com/mak.../receivers-amps/home-theater-receivers/1.html
 

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As the previous poster said it's difficult to find good equipment at that price point. Your best bet would be to start looking around on Craigslist, Ebay, or Amazon. Find something and look at professional reviews on the equipment. If you could go to 500$ you could get a fair set for stereo. Also don't dismiss some speakers/amp based on age alone. Older equipment can and often sound better than most today. Of course they may not have all the bells and whistles of a modern av receiver but for your use it would be fine.
 

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Denon E200 receiver
http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...0-5.1-channel-3d-home-theater-receiver/1.html

As far as sound signatures - all that matters is that a speaker does not annoy you.

The Philharmonic AA speakers are a real nice option for your price.

Another nice mystery speaker that I just got is the IntelliTouch bookshelf.
No real word on them except for me - however I would look at them.
The EOS bookshelf - my preference over Infinity, Pioneer, Klipsch, Polk
and Sound Appeal.
http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...ouch-eos-5-inch-bookshelf-speakers-(eos150sp)

For a tight budget - the Sound Appeal is a nice one and can dance with the
Pioneer stock speakers.

All these speakers can handle classic rock - and have some decent bass for the price.
 

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Since you mention wanting bass, you'll want to get larger speakers.

These aren't the largest bookshelf, but they are a good value:
http://www.musicdirect.com/p-43054-wharfedale-diamond-101-bookshelf-speakers-black-demo.aspx
http://www.musicdirect.com/p-46808-wharfedale-diamond-101-bookshelf-speakers-cherry-demo.aspx

Review:
http://www.stereophile.com/content/wharfedale-diamond-101-loudspeaker

Powered speakers are another option if you don't need a receiver/tuner/other inputs.

Amps:

An option if you only need 2 channel is the Yamaha R-S201. An open box from Amazon comes with their easy returns if the item is not as described - go for the "Like New":
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-list...ondition=used&shipPromoFilter=1&startIndex=10

Smaller amps if that's more what you had in mind:
http://www.avsforum.com/forum/89-speakers/1517875-looking-bookshelf-speakers-increased-budget-2.html
 

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Hmm well I like a very small spike in the lower end to make it fun. will the
Wharfedale_-_Diamond_10 do that for me?
If you want some of that boom, and raised treble for the so-called fun like stuff -
then look at the Bic DV-62
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-D...=UTF8&qid=1429312284&sr=8-1&keywords=bic+dv62

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...gclid=CJiV4Ii6_sQCFYI8aQodhZAA_A&gclsrc=aw.ds

The more linear, balance and better sounding speaker for the critical ear, will
come from the Wharfedale speaker and Philharmonic speaker.
 

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Well I own grado sr-60es,I don't know if you know anything about them but I guess I'm looking for a sound signature like them.
 

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+1 on the JBL LSR305s. I would also be looking at the new Mackie MR monitors, the MR6s and the MR8s. Their larger woofers will do bass better, and they are on a very good sale at Sweetwater at the moment.
 

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For $300 total you should go used. On the amp at least.


You can find some decent speakers used for around $150. DCM CX-17 comes to mind. Great speaker. The Pioneer SP-BS22 is also good. There's a pair of Cambridge audio S30's on audiogon now for $150. They are very small but have surprising bass and good quality sound. Vintage Polks are good like the Monitor 5JR. These speakers may not have the exact sound signature you're looking for but they are good.


For the amp you could look at an Onkyo TX series 2-channel stereo receiver from the 80's. You can find them on ebay for around $100.
 
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