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Old January 24, 2012, 12:57 AM
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Go with a set of powered studio monitor speakers. They are good for near field listening and you don't have to worry buying a separate amp.
M-audio or Krockit would do nicely.
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Old January 24, 2012, 08:43 PM
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I've been reading audio forms and have heard 250-400 range for a pair can net you VERY good quality compared to Preboxed HT systems, PC speakers, when you make your own unit
If you can make your own speakers then yeah you can pull this off within budget. If you're able to go that route I'd very much suggest you do. FWIW I make my own speakers and starting to design too.

I'd suggest looking for a used receiver to save some bucks. I just picked up a Denon 789 for $250 and it compares very well to my HK's. Sure it may not get you into 'audiophile' territory but beats the crap out of Ht in a box or dedicated PC speakers, and it's probably on par with what's in self powered monitors (at a reasonable price).

If you want to explore the DIY route on the speakers let me know. BTW where are you located?
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Old January 26, 2012, 11:37 AM
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OK just to update,

I picked up some RB-61 bookshelf speakers, jesus are they good.
They put my old PBimage towers to shame, having three less drivers too and 2/5th the size.
Only thing they lack is the bass of a tower....

So right now i'm looking to build the rest on the cheap.

Looking at the - PIONEER ELITE VSX-21 used.
Also going to dig up a powered sub sometime too, or build it myself.
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Old January 26, 2012, 11:46 AM
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OK just to update,

I picked up some RB-61 bookshelf speakers, jesus are they good.
They put my old PBimage towers to shame, having three less drivers too and 2/5th the size.
Only thing they lack is the bass of a tower....

So right now i'm looking to build the rest on the cheap.

Looking at the - PIONEER ELITE VSX-21 used.
Also going to dig up a powered sub sometime too, or build it myself.
Bass should come MORE from a sub than your towers. Towers will give you a bit of oomph but nothing that of what a sub should.
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Old January 27, 2012, 06:47 AM
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Canuck Audio Mart Canada's Largest Online Hifi, Audio & Home Theater Classifieds
Go there right from other canadians all kinds of great used equipment.
I have bought several sets of B&W speakers and sold speakers there.
You can't go wrong.
Just look under each heading receivers ,speakers etc
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Old January 28, 2012, 01:14 PM
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Awesome, i'll be using that website to get some Klipsch towers, centers.
Appreciate the help, its actually a VERY good website for good priced speakers.

So i picked up a Denon 1712 receiver, its pretty good quality for sound and price (5yr + system for $400)
I'm covered if the unit has issues, it was either the 1712 or the Pioneer VSX-921k, so if anyone has feedback between the better of the two units let me know.

Going to pickup a Klipsch 10" Sub this week.
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Old January 28, 2012, 01:22 PM
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At that price range there probably won't be too much of a difference sounds quality wise. The Denon might be a tad warmer if you want to split hairs. Power output is about the same so you could safely choose which one you like best based on features. Personally I'd go with the Denon so I think you made the right choice.
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I agree with tyreman, canuckaudiomart has some great deals at times on used speakers and if you find somebody local they will usually let you listen to them before you buy!

Speakers that were designed in the 80-90s can definitely sound just as good and even better than the speakers that are brand new today.
Of course with audio what sounds good to you may not sound good to others.

Myself I am still looking around for some bookshelves in the $80-120 range and I'm finding so many good options that I'm having problems deciding what to look at/listen to.
I did happen to pick myself up a Paradigm DSP-3100 subwoofer the other day for my setup and now I'm leaning towards picking up a earlier version of the Paradigm Mini Monitors or Titan

Edit:
I'm curious if you ending up getting those Klipsch speakers, what models were they and do you have any pics of your new setup? :D
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http://www.livingsoundstereo.com/2012clearanceSale.php

disclaimer: i buy my stuff from this shop..

these are my speakers Chario Delphinus:



powered by 2x B&O 1000w icepower modules



controlled by DIY AMB Alpha10



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Old February 23, 2012, 05:46 PM
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Ok

So i bought the following..

Dennon 750watt 7.1 receiver AVR-1712
Klipsch RB-61 bookshelf x2
Klipsch RPW-10 Subwoofer

Going to get towers and a centre eventually and keep the bookshelf as heights or surrounds.
The setup wasn't cheap, my original idea of costs was a little off..but I chose to get a decent 2.1 system that I can upgrade into.

I may build my towers and centre in the next coming months, i'll make sure to post an update.
Thanks for the help everyone, it gave me WAY better direction in what to buy, and how to go about building some speakers.

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