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kkitts
2007-07-18, 14:24
Hi All,
I know that this is a much debated topic - but I am setting up a SB in a bedroom (about 20 ft x 20 ft with 15 sloping ceiling) and am looking for some good speaker recommendations.

I have a yamaha receiver recently purchased (RX-659 - for about $300.00) and a SB2 bought off of eBay. I hooked this up to a pair of large 3-way Kenwood speakers that someone gave me and it sounds very good - however these speakers are huge and this is not going to pass the WAF (wife acceptance factor) test. ;-)

One factor unique to my location is that I'm near a large AM radio station which pollutes my AC/phone and other wiring with RF interference - "powered" speakers sometimes pick this up - most annoying. However, by using a quality receiver like yamaha and running an optical cable between SB and the receiver sound quality is perfect - as far as I can tell.

Can anyone recommend some good speakers in the $200 - $300 range to use with this yamaha receiver? I'm considering bookshelf and/or 2.1 speakers - maybe like the Aego-M.

Any suggestions most apprec.

Thanks.

CatBus
2007-07-18, 14:47
A pair of B&W DM303's will run you $300 for the pair, and they're pretty small/inobtrusive--about 13" tall. They poop out at the low end at just over 100Hz (can be fixed with a sub), but other than that they sound pretty good in a small room, especially for their price.

kkitts
2007-07-18, 14:48
The Aego-M are powered of course - so I'd be looking for non-powered equivalents...

Murph
2007-07-19, 04:21
Most of the bookshelf speakers I can recommend are a little higher than your price range. I normally highly recommend staying away from big box stores but I did get a pair of 2 way Harmon Kardon bookshelves about 6 or 7 years ago that I was extremely happy with for a small room and they were under 300 at the time in a BB store. I'm not familiar with their current lineup but if you can comfortably read a spec sheet then you can narrow down your search to a few good choices then go listen to them for the sound type you like. If the company doesn't release the detailed specs, then they are not worth buying as they have something to hide no matter how well marketed they are.

Actually, what I really wanted to say, was that your phone company should be able to provide you with a filter to help keep your phone line clean. Should be a freebie as they are very inexpensive but I can't speak for your phone company.

kkitts
2007-07-19, 07:56
yea - I guess I will hit some of the BB stores and do some listening tests.

BTW, I have those phone line filtering devices - they work fairly well. I wish that I could find something equivalent for filtering the RF interference out of the AC wiring. I have a keyboard amp and a set of powered speakers that pick up that radio station - never been able to solve that problem.

Just curious - what are the bookshelf speakers that you would recommend - even though they may be out of my price range...

Club1820
2007-07-19, 11:43
Try any of the Klipsch RB Series Bookshelf Speakers. I currently use RB-35s for my surround speakers. They really kick and the bass output is great. Fairly large though.

They can be had on Ebay for a good price.

GlennT
2007-07-19, 13:26
I've become a fan of Paradigm speakers, and have a pair of Monitor 7 floorstanders that I use with our Squeezebox. Those are out of that budget, but I've heard good things about the Atoms and Titans, both from the Performance line. They should be $220 or $250 for a pair, respectively, depending on your local dealer. The lowest I auditioned were the Esprits at $450, and probably would've been happy with those before hearing my uncles Studio 20s. At any rate, they're a good budget wise brand IMHO. I also run a Yammie receiver (RX-V1300) BTW.

For about $430 (perhaps less if you have a generous dealer), the Mini Monitors would be a nice step up.

kkitts
2007-07-20, 08:20
Thanks - I will take a look at a local dealer and see if I can find them. As I see what is available at the various price points I think I may adjust my range up a little.

I found a pair of B&W 600 Series DM602S3 on sale last week for $500.00. Not on sale this week - but I may audition a few sets of speakers in this slightly higher price range and then shop around.

jukkaTheFinn
2007-07-20, 11:44
Here is a link that might help you with your RF Interference:

http://svconline.com/mag/avinstall_understanding_controlling_rf/

Long time ago we had an amature radio station right next door and when we started to get interference from him he came and installed a ferrite bar to all our TV and Radio powercords by winding the power cord around the bar and securing it with electrical tape...I do not know if there is any difference in number of times the elctrical cord is turned around the bar or not.

As for speaker's I got some pretty good sounding (to me...individual mileage my vary ;) Polk R30s from Fry's for $60USD a pair couple of months back...but as mentionned before bookshelves are lacking in the Bass...so a subwoofer is required (which I have not gotten yet; I may move my Definitive Technology BP6s to the bedroom after family room remodel so no more problem :)


yea - I guess I will hit some of the BB stores and do some listening tests.

BTW, I have those phone line filtering devices - they work fairly well. I wish that I could find something equivalent for filtering the RF interference out of the AC wiring. I have a keyboard amp and a set of powered speakers that pick up that radio station - never been able to solve that problem.

Just curious - what are the bookshelf speakers that you would recommend - even though they may be out of my price range...

Linzer
2007-07-20, 12:32
Here's a couple of brands to keep on your short list:

www.nhthifi.com
www.paradigm.com

ebay and audiogon are good places to find used speakers. If you want to look to Internet only dealers check out the following:

www.aperionaudio.com
www.av123.com

kkitts
2007-07-20, 14:38
Thanks. Most apprec.