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Are there any good ~$500 floor standers?

post #1 of 63
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Now that I actually have some income, I think I will be upgrading my current set-up at some point in the coming months. I am currently using the Insigna bookshelves with a Sony 8" sub and an older Denon reciever.

I have been reasonably satisfied with this for a while, especially for paying only $180 for everything, but the auditory flaws are apparent to me even though I havn't heard much "high-end" stuff. The Sony woofer is rather boomy and not too musical, and the Insignias are not as crisp and detailed as I would like.

I am thinking about moving into floor standers because of the more even response across the frequency range (positioning and integrating a sub is a pain, and sometimes just doesn't match well), and not having to buy a sub. Also, my stands are crap and I don't want to spend more money on nice stands.

I'm thinking about saving up about $500 for a pair, because I am also saving up for college and an apartment, so I can't stretch this to several thousand

My question is, are there any decent floor standers for around $500? As in, you could actually live with them. I've looked at Klipsch (RF-10), JBL (L880), Infinity (BETA 50) and Wharfedale (Diamond 8.4).

I've mostly got two concerns, 1) How good do they sound? and 2) Can I use them sans woofer and get a full listening experience?

I know at this pricerange, I'm going to be skimping on something, but can it still be worth it?

Thanks
post #2 of 63
Would you have any desire to DIY a pair? If you had access to some tools and were willing to build a pair you could get alot more for your money as far as a floorstanding speaker goes for your budget.
post #3 of 63
Take a look at the Axioms, usually they are cheap and good for the price, cutomer service is very good, and that is a very important point to me...
post #4 of 63
Ive always wanted a used pair of JM Lab Chorus 710 speakers. They are the floorstanding version of the 706 speakers I own and both have gotten good reviews in Stereophile and a Brit magazine whose name escapes me now. You can find them on Audiogon, in good shape for about $400 used. 90db sensitivity and sweet, detailed highs but the bass should be better than my standmounts because of the extra cabinet room.
post #5 of 63
These are probably the some of the best $500 speakers out there. But you would want good components to match with these: http://www.magnepan.com/_mmg.php
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These are probably the some of the best $500 speakers out there. But you would want good components to match with these: http://www.magnepan.com/_mmg.php
Oh yeah. I was going to mention that I had looked at Magnepans before. But the ribbon design means they are pretty shy on the bass, right? I was looking for ones I could use without a woofer and still have some deep pounding response.

I would totally get them if I had a nice sub to pair with them though, because they look really sexy.
post #7 of 63
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And another thing. Let's compair my options to the bookshelf+woofer system I was considering before: the Onix x-ls bookshelves ($219) and x-sub ($199), together $398.

For $100 less than my limit, would that sound better than the options I looked at? Are there any further benifits/drawbacks of bookshelves vs. floor standers I should know about?
post #8 of 63
craigslist!

i got my B&W's for $80 and they needed a tweeter replace which cost me another $80. $160 aint bad for B&W floorstanders
post #9 of 63
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Originally Posted by Pibborando View Post
And another thing. Let's compair my options to the bookshelf+woofer system I was considering before: the Onix x-ls bookshelves ($219) and x-sub ($199), together $398.

For $100 less than my limit, would that sound better than the options I looked at? Are there any further benifits/drawbacks of bookshelves vs. floor standers I should know about?
if you can wait a little bit, apparently Onix is coming out with a few floorstanding models in the X series. i think they'll range from $300 to $700.
post #10 of 63
The Onix that is on the for sale forum is pretty good option to me, good drivers at least. I do not think honestly that you will get any decent floorstnader for less than 700.00 new. Axioms is one of the cheapest ones, and is 700+...

Get used, and save money...Anyway in 6 months any new one, will look as those used...
post #11 of 63
Jup, try get some used speakers... You get a lot more for your $, and I guess you won't need a woofer when you got youself a nice 3 or 4 way towerspeaker.
post #12 of 63

Depends on what you mean by "decent"

You can still pick up a pair of the old Infinity Primus 360's for ~$350 if you look hard. I love these in my second system... They're not great, but they're not that far off the other stuff you're looking at, and it's still a few $100s cheaper.

Stereophile review: http://www.stereophile.com/floorloud...s/605infinity/
Also reviewed in TAS, where they mentioned a "somewhite whitish / constricted high end if pushed hard". I don't play my music that loud, and these speakers have always impressed me (for the price).

J
post #13 of 63
Actually the MMG, is down to 40hz so it's considered a full range speaker. It's not going to sound boomy with bass so some people interpret this as bass shy which actually isn't the case.
post #14 of 63
Like some people said, onix is making some floor standers slated for I think april. I took a look at them on the AV123 forums and they look pretty good.

I'm kinda in the same budget frame as you. $500 dollar floorstanders +/- $100. I've also been looking for used B&W's. Haven't seen those mmg ribbon speakers before though.
post #15 of 63
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The Infinity Primus 362's look good if I decide to buy new, but there's always that chance for the "deal of the century" buying used stuff. I'm not going to be ready to purchase anything for a couple months probably anyway.

I figure you guys could help me out with another question. Could someone explain what exactly bi-wiring is/does and how it changes things from running one pair of wires to the binding posts and using a bridge?
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