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post #31 of 84
Well that's too bad... Didn't expect shipping to be over $50... Kind of a screw job there. If it were me, I'd just beg, borrow or whatever the extra cash... but hey, that's harder to justify for some of us than for others.

Hmmm... My advice then is to try to find some speakers to audition around town... No shipping that way and I think that you can still find the a few of those within budget... Plus they might be able to turn you on to another good option in that price range.

Or go with bookshelves now and add a nice sub later to fill in those last few Hz. There's better options in that range (and lower shipping )

Too bad this isn't closer to Black Monday because there is always an amazing speaker sale that day. (Those Polks were going for like $50 a piece or so last year!)

Or go used... If you can find any decent speaker (not Worst Buy etc.) shops in your area they will either have a used section or be willing to point you in the right direction... And every used place I've ever been to is more than willing to hook used equipment up so that you can give it a go. I'm sure that there are several good places to do that in Minneapolis...

Pawn shops are very hit or miss. Theoretically you could go in and get the deal of your life... Or not find anything at all. Worth a shot though. (And generally fun to wander through... I've seen some pretty insane stuff in those places.)
post #32 of 84
Thread Starter 
Just for fun I took some pics of my newly acquired Marantz reciver.



My mom also had the manual, warranty info, and it even came with a schematic diagram! I guess they also had a pair of Marantz HD55 speakers which would have been nice to have (40-20Khz +/-3dB), but they were broken and got thrown out. Right now I'm eyeing up the Fluance SM-938 but I'm sure I won't be making a purchase anytime soon. I've begun to like the tower speakers that have a built-in, side-firing sub, but there aren't any in my price range at all (except the Fluance's).
post #33 of 84
Have you checked at AudioAsylum to see if there is any more information about the speakers you are interested in acquiring, or have you concluded your research? It can be a crazy web site, but sometimes there is useful information.
post #34 of 84
Thread Starter 
I looked there before, but it just seemed like a total mess. I guess it might be worth trying to post there and get some more info, since I won't be getting speakers for at least a month.
post #35 of 84
Thread Starter 
How about the JBL E60



For $274.00 with free shipping.

I think it fits all of my requirements fairly nicely:

-Good frequency response (40-20kHz +/-3dB)
-Right size for my office area
-Free shipping
-Low price
-Should sound good out of my Marantz reciever (90dB sensitivity, 8ohm impedance)
-3 color choices (I think I'll get black, I already have too many fake wood tones)
-Looks cool
post #36 of 84
xluben, head on over to www.audiocircle.com and ask for suggestions there too. Its not as chaotic as AudioAsylum but its still a very good source of information regarding speakers and such.
post #37 of 84
Who say's Bookshelfs can only goto 80 Hz ? Most of the decent ones I see do 50 hz, and some all the way down to 42 Hz (8 inch drivers)
post #38 of 84
Thread Starter 
OK, well Idon't really have any place to set them in my very small office. I think I have just enough room to place one of those JBL's on either side of my desk.

Why shouldn't I just get a floorstanding speaker with an 8" driver?
post #39 of 84
damn man, thats a sick amp
post #40 of 84
Quote:
Originally Posted by xluben
OK, well Idon't really have any place to set them in my very small office. I think I have just enough room to place one of those JBL's on either side of my desk.

Why shouldn't I just get a floorstanding speaker with an 8" driver?
Just a thought - could you get some small stands and place the bookshelf's on them in the same space that fit the JBL's?
post #41 of 84
That's a beautiful receiver...I really like the wood triming, good thing you remembered that your mom had it lying around, nice find!
post #42 of 84
Not sure where you live, but try craigslist.org if they have a site in your area and you're willing to buy used. When buying things that shipping is expensive or problematic (subwoofers, floorstanders, turntables) I much prefer to buy local.

That said, the JBLs you're looking at are probably pretty good. Floyd E. Toole is a smart guy, and has been doing some landmark research since he took over as VP of Acoustical Engineering at Harman International (the company that owns JBL)...the goal of which is to get great sound at normal, human price points.
post #43 of 84
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the comments on my reciever. I really like it, and I'm sure it will go great with whatever speakers I end up getting.

I checked out craiglist for Minneapolis and didn't see much for in home audio. It was mostly car subs, TV's, and iPod stuff.

What are the advantages of getting bookshelf speakers + stands instead of floorstanders. I think I'd end up losing some of the bottom end, and no one has really suggested any specific bookshelf speakers, except the Paradigm Atoms which only go to 70Hz. Also, stands will probably cost me around $50 (for decent ones) and I'd rather put that money towards speakers.
post #44 of 84
unless you're looking for table-rattling bass, frankly in a small room (office or bedroom, etc), bookshelves like the paradigm atom are not THAT lacking in the bass department as some people may have led you to believe.

they produce a full warm sound, and will NOT sound anemic. you just won't get that extra 'rumble' in the bass.

Athena AS-B1 or AS-B2 are a good alternative to Paradigms. As well as the Infinity Primus 150 which got good reviews from Stereophile.
post #45 of 84
floorstanders seem like a better fit for your situation, I was just making sure you understand that good bookshelves are not limited to 70/80 hz. Only the ones with small drivers.
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