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Old 08-25-2005, 11:34 AM   #46  
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I also have a Micra 6 system as part of a 7.1 system. I'm driving them with a Yamaha HTR5860 which is a receiver that has YPAO, a system where, with an included microphone, an internal "computer" analyses the speakers and sets the system up so the speakers have the proper delay and (as much as it can electronically) it balances the timbre of mismatched speakers. This was important since my front speakers are a pair of Fisher speakers I picked up at a Goodwill store for $20.00. A "pig in a poke": one doesn't know where they have been or whether they have been blown out or perhaps someone simply was upgrading and was replacing them for something better. They looked fine, with no viisible damage and when I checked them on a friends audio setup, they sounded very good. The HTR balanced them with the Micra 6 with no problem. And so for $145.00 for the Micra 6 at BB (open box price with 30% off coupon from online), $20.00 for the Fishers and $348.24 for the receiver (from J&R delivered) totaling $513.24 I have a decent and upgradeable 7.1 sound system. Beats HTIB IMO anyday.

Oh yes, I should mention; part of the reason I selected the Yamaha HTR 5860 was because they have built in a selectable 0-160 micro second sound delay. I did this because of all the stories I had read about lipsync problems with Samsung DLPs when set up with separate audio systems in a home theatres. One doesn't know until one sets it up whether there will be a lipsync problem so I figured it was best to choose a unit with a time delay feature. (I had looked at Denon receivers but there were none with a delay feature in the same price range as the Yamaha). I need not have worried as I have no problem with lipsync with my setup.

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Oppo OPDV971H
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All in a sound isolated room (11'x19'x8'4") where one can turn the volume up until the T-Rex's roar is a visceral experience and upstairs one (my wife) can, with music in the background, read a book in peace. Domestic tranquility :-)
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Old 09-05-2005, 08:21 PM   #47  
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an old post but I will throw in my 2 cents worth. I bought a complete M & K speaker system including the big sub. I get stunning sound for home theater, but... for music I think they leave something to be desired. a very early post said Vienna Accoustic was a good choice because of the music performance. that is what I was debating against at the time and if you listen to music a lot that is what I would choose. I thinks that I am going to break out my old dahlquists for the music when I set up my new home theater.
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Old 09-06-2005, 10:34 AM   #48  
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an old post but I will throw in my 2 cents worth. I bought a complete M & K speaker system including the big sub. I get stunning sound for home theater, but... for music I think they leave something to be desired. a very early post said Vienna Accoustic was a good choice because of the music performance. that is what I was debating against at the time and if you listen to music a lot that is what I would choose. I thinks that I am going to break out my old dahlquists for the music when I set up my new home theater.
Do you have the 750THX? I have a somewhat similar opinion as of late. They do tend to favor movies, but surprisingly I thought they do quite well with 2 channel stereo music.
There have so many good systems come out lately, it's hard to say, there are a lot of good brands you really have to do some serious listening.
I came from a pair of old KEFs that were excellent on music, but shy of the deep bass.
If I had to go out now I would look at B&W, Paradigm, DefTech, REL, Athena, and others. Consider Vandersteen if you have the room. They are not exactly modern in the sense of physical profile. But very musical as well as great impact for movies.
I can't justify replacing what I have now, still enjoy it. But I do miss shopping for speakers. In fact, probably more than displays.
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Old 09-18-2005, 06:39 AM   #49  
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I perfer Bose speakers. I currently have the Accoustimass 16 connected to my yamaha htr-5850. I sounds great in my room... maybe it the acoustic properties of my room. I LOVE Bose.
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Old 09-18-2005, 12:39 PM   #50  
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Perception is a personal thing, there is no accounting for taste..that's why there is something for everyone.
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Old 01-14-2006, 10:54 AM   #51  
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Price is everything to a point. The best speakers I have heard were $5,000 a piece Sonas Faber speakers. They were incredible. You can tell the difference when you hear different speakers one after the other.
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Old 06-07-2008, 04:30 PM   #52  
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The only people that don't like Klipsch are the ones that dont' have them. I've never talked to a Klipsch owner who wasn't extatic about the quality and sound. I've been a Klipsch owner for 10 years( both in studio/ and home ) and I would never change.
Amen!!! I bought four KG-4's twenty three years ago.They are still ROCKIN!!!! Quality is better than saving a few bucks.
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:38 PM   #53  
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Amen!!! I bought four KG-4's twenty three years ago.They are still ROCKIN!!!! Quality is better than saving a few bucks.
Wow, the post you quoted was over 3 years old! Lots of new Klipsch models since then....
To say the ones who don't like them don't have them is kind of silly though. Many have heard them and bought something else, same goes for any speaker.
Enjoy what you have, no one can do that better.
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:20 AM   #54  
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You should spend more on speakers than you planned. You will have them longer if you buy quality and they more directly affect what you hear, dollar for dollar, than any other component.

I bought used ( from a good audio store) B & W Matrix bookshelfs, 8" woofer and the exterior top mounted tweeter, I think the 805 is the small model. Paid $1100 for them, used less than a year. That was a long time ago, 10+ years and friends are still blown away by the sound.

That said, I switched from Adcom separates to a Denon 2805 two years ago and still hate the receiver. I need to invest in a good pre-amp and haul the Adcom separate amp back out.

It's all what your ears are used to and what you expect from audio. Most recordings are so compressed these days that you lose high end and differences in volume. There are no silent moments, no soft tracks that swell to a high volume, it's all been engineered (clipped) to be a consistent volume level. Better for iPods. Crappy for home audio.
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Old 07-18-2008, 03:37 PM   #55  
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I am very partial to PSB and Paradigm both great speakers and both are Canadian companies.
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:17 PM   #56  
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I am very partial to PSB and Paradigm both great speakers and both are Canadian companies.
Some of the best definitely come out of North America and northern Europe.. (UK and Denmark).
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Although I have heard speakers that sound as good and maybe a little better at 4 to 5 times the price, you just can't go wrong with Paradigm.

And Paradigm manufacturers all of the components including baskets, cones, cabinets, crossover networks etc.

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Old 07-25-2008, 01:04 AM   #58  
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Some of the best definitely come out of North America and northern Europe.. (UK and Denmark).
I just bought some Wharfedales, an English company which is one of the oldest speaker manufacturers in the world. They also manufacture every single piece that goes into their speakers including the screws, that's what I call exacting specifications.

I like Paradigms as well. Both companies are very economically innovative and self sufficient. They both have the same purpose of building top quality and affordable speakers.

There are a lot of speakers out there that may be better but I will probably never hear them or even see them because they are so expensive and unattainable.
I take this into consideration when I think of what is the "best" brand of speaker.
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Old 07-26-2008, 01:51 PM   #59  
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I just bought some Wharfedales, an English company which is one of the oldest speaker manufacturers in the world. They also manufacture every single piece that goes into their speakers including the screws, that's what I call exacting specifications.

I like Paradigms as well. Both companies are very economically innovative and self sufficient. They both have the same purpose of building top quality and affordable speakers.

There are a lot of speakers out there that may be better but I will probably never hear them or even see them because they are so expensive and unattainable.
I take this into consideration when I think of what is the "best" brand of speaker.
Plus, there are many small mfrs in the US, UK, and Canada and their products are harder to obtain (and many are reasonably priced), but get continual rave reviews.

But there are so many fine ones out there, you should never have buyers remorse because you never heard all of them.
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Did anyone say Martin Logan yet? Another cream of the crop speaker manyfacturer.
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