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New Front Speakers

CausticCaustic Registered User regular
edited May 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
Hello All,

I used to be all kinds of into the audio sceen but I haven't been able to do any research for a while. I am looking to get some good front speakers (budget around $800 but could go to $1000 if I really like them.) I mainly just wanted to know if there were any new brands/models and such to look at or should I stick with known brands.

-Caustic

P.S. Wow I type work e-mails too much...

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  • RoundBoyRoundBoy Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    What are you planning on driving them with? What are you planning on listening to? Do you JUST want 2 front speakers, or are you interested (eventually) going the full package of center, sub, side, etc..

    If you are NOT going with a sub.. then you want to deal with 'full band' speakers... something that is going to give you the uummppphh. Otherwise, your choices open up more if you are going to use dedicated components.

    I personally like Polk, as that is what I am using now. .. but.. you really need to head to a tweeter or something with a cd to demo the speakers yourself. 1001 people are going to give 499 opinions on speakers.

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  • CausticCaustic Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I guess I should have been more specific... I have a brand ass new Harmon Kardon 7.1 reciever don't know the model number but it is running 75 watts per channel. I have a decent sub and my current fronts are going to go become my new back speakers.

    On the sound testing, I have done this before I just don't know any of the new equiment out there as I have been out of the sceen for 5 or 6 years. This is simply an upgrade to an existing system. I know some of the higher end models are self powered and this is not a problem as I have pre amp output for all of the speakers if need be.

    So I hope that helps to clarify.

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  • RoundBoyRoundBoy Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Caustic wrote: »
    I guess I should have been more specific... I have a brand ass new Harmon Kardon 7.1 reciever don't know the model number but it is running 75 watts per channel. I have a decent sub and my current fronts are going to go become my new back speakers.

    Do you like your rears? why not go bigger in the same maker? You have plenty of power to drive speakers.. and if you got a 7.1 setup, you may want to stick with similar speakers to keep at least the crossovers the same.
    Caustic wrote: »
    On the sound testing, I have done this before I just don't know any of the new equiment out there as I have been out of the sceen for 5 or 6 years.

    The same people you would buy are still around. The only difference is that they have new models out in bigger sizes, or cabinets. Even then, it doesn't matter.. go by what sounds good to you If $50 speakers make your preferred source sound great, that's the speaker for you. There is no rule that $500 speakers will automatically be better. Sure,quality is an issue... but if you never take advantage of higher end features, its a waste.
    Caustic wrote: »
    I know some of the higher end models are self powered and this is not a problem as I have pre amp output for all of the speakers if need be.

    o_O AFIK, speakers just take the electrical input given to them an convert it to sound. The receiver supplies this input. A pre amp is a way of increasing the power to the speakers over and above what the receiver does. The only powered speakers (as in, plug them in on a separate source) are computer speakers..

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  • CausticCaustic Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    RoundBoy wrote: »
    Do you like your rears? why not go bigger in the same maker? You have plenty of power to drive speakers.. and if you got a 7.1 setup, you may want to stick with similar speakers to keep at least the crossovers the same.

    Well my rears are pretty crapp and were a stopgap purchase from some time ago, so that is the reason I am putting new fronts in and replacing the rears.
    RoundBoy wrote: »
    The same people you would buy are still around. The only difference is that they have new models out in bigger sizes, or cabinets. Even then, it doesn't matter.. go by what sounds good to you If $50 speakers make your preferred source sound great, that's the speaker for you. There is no rule that $500 speakers will automatically be better. Sure,quality is an issue... but if you never take advantage of higher end features, its a waste.

    Of Course that is an aspect, I am not nescessarily looking for ZOMG HUGE speakers, I just like good sound quality, so I was looking for newer products instead of the stuff I was looking at 5-6 years ago. What do you mean by higher end features?
    RoundBoy wrote: »
    o_O AFIK, speakers just take the electrical input given to them an convert it to sound. The receiver supplies this input. A pre amp is a way of increasing the power to the speakers over and above what the receiver does. The only powered speakers (as in, plug them in on a separate source) are computer speakers..

    I forget the maker I was looking at a long time ago... but I remember it started with a D, I want to say Directed but I am pretty sure they only do stuff for car audio and it isn't that high quality. Anyways, the speakers had a RCA input like a self powered Sub does... because they were powered to a specific design that was optimum for the performance.

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  • nardnard Registered User new member
    edited May 2008
    If you are looking for some quality speakers for home theatre/music use, I would recommend checking out the X-series speakers at AV123.com

    they have great customer service and a friendly community forum there to help you with information you might have about speakers and stuff. and i think there x-series offers very good performance for the $.

    I currently have the x-statiks, and a MFW-15 as my sub. i have my crossover at 80hz, so x-statiks play above 80hz, and sub picks up anything under there, and fills it in nicely.

    im sure you'll find something you'll like there, and you can always ask what would work best with the situation/equipment you currently have.

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  • meekermeeker Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I absolutely love my Axiom Audio M60's.

    http://www.axiomaudio.com/m60.html#

    My buddy has a great set of Magnepan's that are amazing. Check out the MMG series for budget

    http://www.magnepan.com/model_MMG

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  • CausticCaustic Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    meeker wrote: »
    I absolutely love my Axiom Audio M60's.

    http://www.axiomaudio.com/m60.html#

    My buddy has a great set of Magnepan's that are amazing. Check out the MMG series for budget

    http://www.magnepan.com/model_MMG

    I have a Magnepan dealer withing driving range so I would like to go check those out, and I have always heard really good things about them.

    I wish I could test out the Axiom speakers... I am super hesitant to buy audio products without hearing them first.

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  • DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I've heard good things about Axioms, though I've never listened to them myself. Their website says they have a 30-day trial period (you'd have to pay return freight): http://www.axiomaudio.com/guarantee.html

    Also their forum shows a listing of owners who'd let you listen to theirs: http://www.axiomaudio.com/boards/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=184230#Post184230

    I've found good value in HT speakers in Paradigm and Energy brands (I chose Paradigm).

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