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Old 12-11-2006, 03:47 PM   #1  
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What are the best speakers for the money. I have been reading some reviews for the Polk Audio RM6800 setup and for $400 they seem like a great buy.

Does anyone have any suggestions. I am not the most discriminating audiophile, but I do like good sound with my movies. I would like to upgrade teh speakers and then the receiver at a later date.
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Old 12-11-2006, 05:04 PM   #2  
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They are not the cheapest but, the reviews for the KEF speaker system is superb and Cnet rates them the highest for Home theater applications.

Just look up their review and look at the others speakers they have reviewed, I find them valuable to read and very well informed
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I was in the same spot a while ago, I found that even the cheapest polk or onkyo are very good, better than most. I would take a budget polk or onkyo brand over most sonys, pioneers, pannys, etc
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the Bic H-100 Acoustics Sub coupled wiht the Velodyne CHT's. Should be around $400 for a 5.1. Id reccomed springing another $70 for the 7.1. This all assumes that you have a RECIEVER.
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If you're not the pickiest then I say get down to Best Buy or Circuit City and start cranking up some speakers. Make those panty wastes turn up the volume on a few systems in your price range!!!

If you hear something you like then go online and see if you can get them cheaper, if not then buy from the store.

People will throw names and models at you left and right on here, doesn't mean a thing to most. They are all good I'm sure. But unless your going to drop a couple of grand, then just go get a best Buy deal on something.

Like I said, crank up some in the store, if they don't pop, they're not tinny sounding, and there is good bass, then bring them bad boys home.

P.S. Buy some thick speaker wire. No need to buy anything expensive like monster, just get some thick stuff.
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360kid is right, i reccomend 14ga speaker wire.

As far as systems in CC and BB, i can tell you know. CC HTIB Model number HT-S790 made by Onkyo is the best system they have there. Around $380 shipped after taxes online. For anything better, you'd have to go with seperates. I reccomed the Bic H-100 and the Velodyne CHT's.
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What are the best speakers for the money. I have been reading some reviews for the Polk Audio RM6800 setup and for $400 they seem like a great buy.

Does anyone have any suggestions. I am not the most discriminating audiophile, but I do like good sound with my movies. I would like to upgrade teh speakers and then the receiver at a later date.

This is the finest for the money.

http://www.vandersteen.com/pages/van...me_theater.htm

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While I am sure that those are some very fine speakers for a 5.1 setup I was not really looking to spend that much jack.
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While I am sure that those are some very fine speakers for a 5.1 setup I was not really looking to spend that much jack.

Then don't post with that title. Try, I want to cheap out.
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Then don't post with that title. Try, I want to cheap out.
First off you did read the first post that I was looking at a set of speakers in the $400 range. So did your brilliant deduction tell you "Since he was looking at $400 speakers, $3500 speakers are probably on his list as well"?

Second "best for the money" does not mean "best that money can buy".

Would a car salesman suggest to a person looking at a Chevy Cobalt that they should buy the Z06 Corvette? NO!

Since some of us don't have an unlimited budget we can't drop $40,000 on a complete HT setup. Trust me if I was filthy rich I would probably spring for this kind of setup:

http://www.greathometheater.com/The-...er-System.html

You should put in your profile "I am compensating for other shortsomings in life by having ultra expensive HT setup".

While your comment may be considered humorous (to yourself), it really is not.
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I was in the same spot a while ago, I found that even the cheapest polk or onkyo are very good, better than most. I would take a budget polk or onkyo brand over most sonys, pioneers, pannys, etc
Thanks for the input. I have also thought of getting a really nice sub. The sub I have is not too good. I will have to start with some comparison shopping.
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If you're not the pickiest then I say get down to Best Buy or Circuit City and start cranking up some speakers. Make those panty wastes turn up the volume on a few systems in your price range!!!

If you hear something you like then go online and see if you can get them cheaper, if not then buy from the store.

People will throw names and models at you left and right on here, doesn't mean a thing to most. They are all good I'm sure. But unless your going to drop a couple of grand, then just go get a best Buy deal on something.

Like I said, crank up some in the store, if they don't pop, they're not tinny sounding, and there is good bass, then bring them bad boys home.

P.S. Buy some thick speaker wire. No need to buy anything expensive like monster, just get some thick stuff.
My current 5.1 speaker setup is curently wired up with 12 gauge except for the sub which is self powered. I do believe in using thicker wire, especially for long runs.
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If you're not the pickiest then I say get down to Best Buy or Circuit City and start cranking up some speakers. Make those panty wastes turn up the volume on a few systems in your price range!!!

If you hear something you like then go online and see if you can get them cheaper, if not then buy from the store.

People will throw names and models at you left and right on here, doesn't mean a thing to most. They are all good I'm sure. But unless your going to drop a couple of grand, then just go get a best Buy deal on something.

Like I said, crank up some in the store, if they don't pop, they're not tinny sounding, and there is good bass, then bring them bad boys home.

P.S. Buy some thick speaker wire. No need to buy anything expensive like monster, just get some thick stuff.
I already had bimmercycle tell me that I am cheap. Some people believe that others are impressed with the amounts of money they spend or have.
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I used to be a big audio nut. I was hooking up highend car stereos when I was 15 and doing a better job than the local installers. I'm a bit out of the game, kids eventually grow up. I no longer have a stereo system worth 4x as much as my car, those were the days though. I have heard a lot of speakers, car and home audio. I own a Cerwin Vega 12" self powered sub. It's good.

I recommend the Polk or Infinity subs. For the average joe these are about the best you can get with out getting into the ridiculous range. Some subs may be louder or more powerful but these babies a very accurate. They will never bottom out on you and the bass is very very tight and controlled. Really clear distortion free subs.

Also proper placement of a sub is very important. Mids and Highs that you get work on direct sound output, i.e they sound the best when pointed directly at you. Bass/Lows work on reflective sound. In other words it bounces off the walls. Make sure you place your sub on the floor and not a stand, hardwood or tile floor will sound worlds better than on carpet, and try to place it in a corner. A corner will give your sub 4 walls to reflect off of (floor, wall, wall, cieling). The more surface for the sound to bounce off will give the illusion that booms and explosions are real instead of coming from the speaker. If properly placed you shouldn't be able to tell where the sub is located when playing a movie, it should sound as if the bass is everywhere.
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I am really getting partial to the Mirage speakers.

For your price range, if size isn't an issue for you, maybe the nanosat system would work.

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