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Old 11-18-2008, 10:40 PM   #1
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Hello. I know next to nothing about speakers, but I love my music. I was hoping that I could get some suggestions on which speakers I should buy. I'm finally ready to replace my Infinity SM82's from 1992. Thanks to all for any help you can provide!

My receiver is an old-school brushed-steel-and-wood-grain Technics from the early 80s. It has lots of power, still sounds great, and supports up to four speakers. One day I may upgrade to a new receiver, but maybe not soon.

As I will be occasionally be moving the speakers to the back of the house to listen to in the backyard, I would prefer everything under one hood, but I am willing to reconsider if that sacrifices too much quality.

I went into Best Buy and was recommended Definitive Technology 3-way floorstanding speakers w/built-in subwoofer (model BP7006BLA). Total cost for two is $1,299.96. The salesman also recommended the dual 5-1/4" 2-way center-channel speaker (model CLR2002BLA; $529.98) in addition. I tried to research the quality of these components, but couldn't find much online, so I am completely ignorant as to whether they are good or how they compare to other brands.

Budget: around $1000 (can be a bit flexible if it's really worth it).
Use: mainly for music, but also for HT.
Predominant music styles: indie rock, hip hop, electronic. I love deep gut-reverberating bass, but also want a bright, crisp sound on the high frequencies.
Size: Smaller is better, but I don't want to completely sacrifice size for sound. I would prefer those small Bose-style wall-mounted speakers, but not if they're overpriced and/or underperform.

If there is a more appropriate forum on which to post this, please let me know.

Thanks again for any help!

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Old 11-18-2008, 10:54 PM   #2
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Step 1) Listen to a lot of live music, both amplified & acoustic

Step 2) At work, home, the mall…wherever you happen to be, close your eyes, and just listen to the sounds around you

Step 3) Go to your local retailers and see what speakers they have in your price range

Step 4) Arrange for an in home audition – if the store doesn’t offer in home auditions, make sure they have a good return policy

Step 5) Listen to some models you think you’ll like in the store

Step 6) Take home a pair for audition. Don’t start out with the whole system, just listen to some two channel music you’re familiar with

Step 7) Remember the sounds you heard in steps 1 & 2 – do the speakers come close to that?

Step 8) Audition several pair until you find the ones that sound best TO YOU

Step 9) Be satisfied in the knowledge that you should never allow someone else make subjective decisions for you

Step 10) Get the rest of the system, hook it up, balance it out, and drive those speakers for a while to break them in

Step 11) Enjoy. You can thank me later
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:05 PM   #3
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I've never listened to Def Techs myself, but I've never heard anything negative about them. There are a lot of Def Tech fans up here that should be able to help you out. There's still no substitute for your own ears so check them out and compare to some other speakers in the same price range and decide which you like the most. Its best to use the same receiver for all of the speakers you test so you get a true comparison.
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:18 PM   #4
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I went into Best Buy and was recommended Definiteve Technology 3-way floorstanding speakers w/built-in subwoofer (model BP7006BLA). Total cost for two is $1,299.96. The salesman also recommended the dual 5-1/4" 2-way center-channel speaker (model CLR2002BLA; $529.98) in addition. I tried to research the quality of these components, but couldn't find much online, so I am completely ignorant as to whether they are good or how they compare to other brands.

No sense in going full bore without an HT receiver

I would prefer those small Bose-style wall-mounted speakers, but not if they're overpriced and/or underperform.

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Old 11-18-2008, 11:27 PM   #5
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If you have the time, then honestly, all we can do is give you suggestions, not pick the speakers for you. It's an intensive process, at least it was for me - few months learning all the terminology and basic technology of it, and then an entire summer doing brand research and listening to every speaker I could get my ears on. At the end, you can make an informed decision, with your array of knowledge in hand. And its a GREAT learning process.


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Old 11-18-2008, 11:46 PM   #6
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You need to look into a new receiver.
My recommended setup for Home Theater Virgins:

Speakers: Polk Monitor 50's, Polk Monitor 40's, Polk CS2 Center, and eD subwoofer or
HTIB: Polk 5.1 system and
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:16 AM   #7
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Definitive Technology speakers are excellent. Their super towers with the built-in subwoofers are full-range speakers and are highly rated. I own the top-of-the-line model and I am very satisfied. These are some reviews of Def Tech speakers:
http://www.definitivetech.com/reviews/reviews.html
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:46 PM   #8
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Look at Paradigm speakers and a denon amp, don't shop at Best Buy for speakers and as for bose stay away.
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Old 11-26-2008, 01:30 AM   #9
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I went into Best Buy and was recommended Definitive Technology 3-way floorstanding speakers w/built-in subwoofer (model BP7006BLA). Total cost for two is $1,299.96. The salesman also recommended the dual 5-1/4" 2-way center-channel speaker (model CLR2002BLA; $529.98) in addition. I tried to research the quality of these components, but couldn't find much online, so I am completely ignorant as to whether they are good or how they compare to other brands.
I have Definitive Super Towers (the full-sized ST units) with Mythos One, Three, and Seven units scattered around. Absolutely great speakers, but don't be fooled: the subwoofers in the ST's are not good as subwoofers. They really make the speakers the full-range speakers from hell.

At the price you were quoted, I'm thinking they were quoting you for Mythos One speakers, which are also terrific. These are "bright" speakers, with small cavities, so you won't get the resonance ("warmth") you might get from other designs. But they're terrific.

Keep the amp. I owned several versions of Technics receivers over the years, and all are very, very good. Lots of power, they'll drive the Definitive's very well. Other efficient speakers, at lower cost, are in the Klipsch line, take a look at those.

Moving up from there takes you into the 4-ohm speaker world, which would smoke your receiver (voice of experience here).

Good luck, shop hard, prices are coming way down on everything, and I think you'll find some good deals out there on Def Tech stuff.
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Old 11-27-2008, 01:56 PM   #10
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I just got some PSB speakers and they rock. The size is perfect. Are you only buying 2? If your only buying two then I would get some Paradigm Monitor series. If you want 5.1 then get the PSB Alpha kit. They are amazing.
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klipsch anyone?


you can't go wrong with any of the brands mentioned above
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:46 AM   #12
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:54 AM   #13
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Def Tech is a solid performing brand - the best thing you could do is listen to a variety of speakers - If you can do it in your home - that's even better Then pick what you like according to your listening taste.
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:10 AM   #14
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After months of browsing AV forums, including ones like this, I can say the most common speaker brands that come up are Polk and Klipsch. You can hear Klipsch at Best Buy and Polk at Circuit City. Both are good entry level brands.

Listening to them in the store is borderline useless. They have to be at home, in your listening envirionment. Sometimes what sounded poor in the store will sound good at home, and vice versa.

Definitive Tech seem like a good brand. I hear about them a lot and none of it is bad.

For your budget, I'd go for an Onkyo 705 receiver and pick up a pair of Polk Monitor 50s, a Polk CS1 center and an Elemental Designs A2-300 subwoofer. That would put you at about $1,100 total.

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR705.../dp/B000OBMX0K

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Mon...7855983&sr=1-4

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Mon..._bxgy_e_text_b

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Old 11-28-2008, 06:17 AM   #15
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I just noticed you prefer the smaller speakers. The above Polk 50s are small towers and the subwoofer is a giant.

I can easily recommend an Energy Take-5 system. They sound amazing (I own them) and while they won't be as powerful as the above setup, they are probably the best satellite speaker system you can buy at this price range. About $450!

http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic...7856331&sr=1-1
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Thanks to everyone for their advice. I am still researching my options.

No one could give me a few good speaker stores in Portland, OR that would offer a wide range of options. If anyone has recommendations, please let me know. Thank you.
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Thanks to everyone for their advice. I am still researching my options.

No one could give me a few good speaker stores in Portland, OR that would offer a wide range of options. If anyone has recommendations, please let me know. Thank you.
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Thanks to everyone for their advice. I am still researching my options.

No one could give me a few good speaker stores in Portland, OR that would offer a wide range of options. If anyone has recommendations, please let me know. Thank you.
Dima,

You are in a tough position as music and HT systems tend to be quite different.

Do you listen to your music in the same room as you will be watching your HT?

Are you looking for a complete home theater? 5.1? 7.1?

Even though your Technics supports up to 4 speakers, I am sure what you mean is 2 on "A" and 2 on "B". I would be careful trying to drive 4 speakers like that continuously.

Also, I saw you mentioned a center speaker. Obviously you know that driving 4 speakers on a 2 channel amp will not give you any channel separation with a center channel, correct?

How large is the room these speakers are going into? Are there any openings or is it a sealed room?

Is $1000 what you want to spend total? Or is that what you have to start now?
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This is mostly for music, although my (eventual) flat-screen TV will be hooked in, too. So probably no 5.1 or 7.1 (I have to admit I don't fully understand what these mean other than there are multiple speakers surrounding the room).

I do not know what is necessary for a center channel to function properly nor what a center channel technically does. If a center channel isn't necessary for music, I can live without it.

The living room is 12.5' x 11.75' and has no doors.

$1000 is what I'd like to spend total, although I would be willing to spend a bit more if it is really worth it. My ears are human, not bat, if you know what I mean.

Thanks again.
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This is mostly for music, although my (eventual) flat-screen TV will be hooked in, too. So probably no 5.1 or 7.1 (I have to admit I don't fully understand what these mean other than there are multiple speakers surrounding the room).

I do not know what is necessary for a center channel to function properly nor what a center channel technically does. If a center channel isn't necessary for music, I can live without it.

The living room is 12.5' x 11.75' and has no doors.

$1000 is what I'd like to spend total, although I would be willing to spend a bit more if it is really worth it. My ears are human, not bat, if you know what I mean.

Thanks again.
Why are you looking to get rid of your Technics receiver? Those old Technics are great for 2 channel music.
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