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Which speakers to pair with my HK Receiver?

02-25-2005, 09:53 AM
I have been (slowly) upgrading my system for the past year or so. I upgraded to a Harman Kardon DPR 1001 receiver and just recently upgraded my tv and a few other things. Now Iím thinking itís time to upgrade the speakers. My room is about 18 X12 with vaulted ceilings. As my tastes are becoming more refined (ya right!) Iíve realized that what I thought sounded good before, donít sound that way to me anymore (ie-Bose). Obviously I want to make sure I make the correct choice in speakers. Iíve heard that Klipsch pair particularly well with HK. Which got me thinking that since HK is the parent company for JBL and Infinity, should I assume these will be good to pair as well? Iíd prefer to not spend more than $1000 for the speakers for now (although I have a feeling I will, especially if I opt for 7.1 over 5.1). Since I have a wife who (like most wives) believes that speakers are meant to be heard and not seen, I need them to me on the small-ish side. Because of these constraints Iíve considered the Bose systems but donít really want to go that route. And since the big boy stores (BB, CC) offer no interest, Iíd prefer to get them there but Iím flexible. Any suggestions? Thanks.

02-28-2005, 11:43 AM
klipsch has small systems that are just about the same size and price as blows I mean bose but they sound 10 times better. You can get them at good guys which also offers zero percent financing.

02-28-2005, 02:20 PM
Have you considered wall/ceiling mounted speakers? In wall speakers sometimes can be almost invisable.

02-28-2005, 03:08 PM
morty - I looked into it a little bit more this weekend and am heavily leaning towards Klipsch. I really like the sound of the tower speakers, but again, too large for the wifie. I finally talked her out of the bose by reading to her too much technical info for her to understand on why not to get them. I probably will have to settle for the smaller Klipsch satellites and wait until the next house for the "big boys".

rbinck - I haven't really thought too much about in wall speakers. But that's not a bad idea. I recently built a cabinet in the wall for my tv/components. I wish I would have thought of that earlier so I could have done it at the same time to reduce the mess.

Thanks for your responses.

02-28-2005, 04:35 PM
We use a lot of TruAudio in wall speakers that can be painted the wall color. They are only available through home theater dealers, but you could probably email them to see where you could buy them in your area.

The Revolve speakers mounted in the ceiling allows for the mids and highs to be aimed toward your seating area to give the beside the screen effect even though they are mounted in the ceiling. They work pretty well and they end up not being very noticable in a painted ceiling. See: www.truaudio.com (http://www.truaudio.com) Look under Home Theater then Revolve

http://www.truaudio.com/images/sections/bullet.gif 3 way in-ceiling Home Theater Left, Center, Right
http://www.truaudio.com/images/sections/bullet.gif Designed specfically for in-ceiling Home Theater
http://www.truaudio.com/images/sections/bullet.gif Woofer mounted on angle to better direct low frequencies
http://www.truaudio.com/images/sections/bullet.gif Proprietary rotating bridge to improve mid/high frequencies
http://www.truaudio.com/images/sections/bullet.gif Aluminum material which offers great high and lows
http://www.truaudio.com/images/sections/bullet.gif Mounts in standard floor joists spacing
http://www.truaudio.com/images/sections/bullet.gif Adjustable tweeter and midrange controls

03-01-2005, 09:30 AM
Thanks rbinck. That might be just the solution to please myself as well as my wife. I'm headed to a home theater shop today so I'll ask if they carry them.

03-02-2005, 03:01 PM
Yes. I've been able to talk my wife into some larger speakers so I don't strictly have to go to a sub/satellite system. I think what did it was last night my neighbor showed us his JBL Northridge series. We really liked the way they sound. I went on amazon.com and was able to price the entire series (in 5.1 for now) for $822.90. That's about $550 less than BB. I'm looking at EC25, E150P's, E80's, and E10's.
Anyone have any experience with this system? Or know it's strengths/weaknesses?
I know there are Klipsch which are similar for a little more $. What are some comparable systems out there for roughly the same $?

03-02-2005, 06:23 PM
try out "athena technologies" speakers.......excellent bang for the buck....got good reviews as well in home theatre magg...