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From Promedia 2.1 to Budget Floorstanding?

post #1 of 7
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Hi everyone,

For two years now, I've had Klipsch's Promedia 2.1 as speakers for my music and a crappy 5.1 surround for my movies.

I am now tired of the surround's crappy sound and I find the 5.1 useless for me, so I decided to sell it and my promedia to get something more decent for music listening.

I already have a good intgrated stereo amp (Grunding Finearts A-903) and I'm looking for either Floorstanding or Bookshelf stereo speakers.

I can have Klipsch, Energy and Polk audio speaker at cost price for most common model and I have a budget of about 450$ for a pair. (For most speaker the markup is somewhere between 35 and 60%)

Does anyone have suggestion ? I went to hear them but they are hooked up on CRAPPY Yamaha or Denon amp that sucks the life out of anything decent. I really don't know the first thing about Loudspeakers so feel free to point me in another direction...

Thanks a lot!
post #2 of 7
If you can extend your budget by $50, these NHT Two sound great:

Classic Two (Black) | Bookshelf Speakers | Premium Audio Equipment

or if you can extend you budget by $250, the NHT Three sound even better and have gotten world-wide accolades:

Classic Three | Bookshelf Speakers | Premium Audio Equipment
post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by Kn0x View Post

I already have a good intgrated stereo amp (Grunding Finearts A-903) and I'm looking for either Floorstanding or Bookshelf stereo speakers.
Go with Bookshelfs. When your talking speakers on a budget, you don't want to be wasting money on large cabinets, or more lower quality drivers and components as opposed to fewer, HQ ones. A bookshelf will pretty much always outperform a floorstander at the same price point, except for those last bottom 10Hz or so.

I wouldn't go with Klipsch, Energy, or Polk. There are better choices on Audiogon for under $500 - Paradigm, NHT, Dynaudio, KEF, Silverline, Totem, Vienna, take your pick.
post #4 of 7
I own the RC-52 center and RB-61 fronts by Klipsch for my home theater...love them!!! If you have the budget try the RF-61's. I got my parents to snag those and are equally sweet. Just a word of caution, they'll sound great in anything but they love getting a lot of juice (they really wake them up like a headphone amp wakes up headphones).
post #5 of 7
I'd go with bookshelves as well, unless you are very particular about deep bass. Sub + bookshelf is a solution I dont like all that much, so in that case you might as well get floorstanders. As for bookshelf speakers

Energy RC-10
Monitor Audio BR2
HSU HB-1 MK2
Wharfedale Diamonds
Axiom M3ti
KEF Cresta (I havent heard these personally)
post #6 of 7

Montreal hifi show is coming soon.

You may want to have a look at the Montreal show to see the various speakers and hear some nice equipment. Paradigm have some nice bookshelves. For my teenagers PC we picked up some Audioengine A2s. And he really likes them for gaming and music.


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post #7 of 7
Go with bookshelves..

I upgraded from the same Promedia 2.1 setup to a pair of NHT Superones with a separate 2 channel amp and and NHT passive volume control. Used S1s were about $175, amp I had ($200?) & NHT passive volume controller ($40).

They can take up less space and provide good quality sound for less money.
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