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need advice on some budget speakers?

post #1 of 93
Thread Starter 
i recently purchased a Sharp SD-SG11 on buy.com for $129, so now im looking to purchase my first set of decent speakers to match. i did some searching and found that some of my options include:

Wharfedale Diamond 7.2 for $85
PSB Alpha Minis for ?
KO5B11 at http://speakerpage.com/K05B11.htm for $150
Mirage FRx-3 for $150 (actually the site stopped selling these)

currently im leaning towards the
Omage AV21 for $100

but maybe the KO5B11s?


im trying to find something for about $200 or less, preferably $150 or lower, are the AV21s a good pair or would another do better in place of those? need feedback

(also, do i need to upgrade the cables that come with the SG11? sorry i dont really know anything about speakers)
post #2 of 93
The PSB Alpha Minis are excellent speakers for the price. So are the Alpha A/V and other bookshelf PSBs.

If you want a more refined, laid back sound the Acoustic Energy Aegis Ones can be had for about $140/pr from various overstock distributors (check eBay).

--Chris
post #3 of 93
Don't forget the Axioms.....pretty good sound for really cheap...
post #4 of 93
Thread Starter 
What's the difference between the PSB Alpha Minis, the PSB Alpha A/V, the PSB Alpha B, or just the plain PSB Alpha?

Anyone know about the Omage AV21 or the KO5B11s? Reviews for them were quite good
post #5 of 93
I would suggest Axioms as well..I own a pair. They are good for the price. Im sure you can find them used at www.harmonicdiscord.com/forums or perhaps on ebay.

Axiom Website
post #6 of 93
Depending on the amps power, the Wharfedale diamond 8.1 is supposedly the best soundstaging speaker under $1000. Its a 5 star product in England and in many online reviews. It sells for $200. Ive owned PSB Alphas and PSB Alpha A/V's, they are very good speakers for the money but are a little more expensive.
post #7 of 93
heres your chance. now take it.

http://cgi.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cl.p...3427005&2&3&4&

alpha minis $120
post #8 of 93
post #9 of 93
Thread Starter 
low-end speakers are so much harder to decide upon than headphones becuase personally i have nothing to use to decide between them, are there are no set pros-cons as with headphones

right now i have down as choices:

1. Wharfedale diamond 8.1 (looks good, maybe an 8.2 instead?)

2. Axioms (what model? price? where?)

and of course

3. PSB Alpha (is the B model okay? cause they're easier to find)

(i guess not many people have even heard of the Omage AV21)

any pros/cons? some way to compare between them? and thanks for all your help so far
post #10 of 93
the k05b11s would work great as long as you're not bothered by the fact that they aren't shielded and they aren't meant for loud volumes (95db+). if either of these don't bother you, these are amazing speakers for the price.

they would probably provide better bass response than the other budget small speakers so you wouldn't feel the need for a sub as much.
post #11 of 93
You can pick up PSB speakers at great prices at yawaonline.com. They're authorized. They also carry PSB's Image series, and Wharfedale.

You should consider the Athena Technologies AS-B1. I believe you can get it for $180.00/pair at Audio Advisor w/ free shipping. They're also available at Best Buy, so you can audition them there. These are the real deal. Check out the Soundstage.com review. Athena Technologies speakers are from API, the company behind Energy and Mirage speakers.

If I have to choose amongst all the speakers mentioned so far, I would get the Athena AS-B1.
post #12 of 93
Quote:
Originally posted by bundee1
Depending on the amps power, the Wharfedale diamond 8.1 is supposedly the best soundstaging speaker under $1000. Its a 5 star product in England and in many online reviews.
Where on gods earth did you hear that???????

As a Wharfedale Diamond 8.2 owner in the past I can definetly say that is pure, unadulterated BS. I am not saying that you made this up, but its just not true. They are pretty crappy speakers truth be told, there are much better speakers availabe for a similar cash outlay, like the superb Monitor Audio B2s...
post #13 of 93
check out what hi-fi.com, ecoustics.com, audioreview.com.
post #14 of 93
I got a pair of the Wharfedale 7.2's last week but didn't get around to trying them until today. They sound fantastic for the price, very smooth and warm sounding. I was going to use them as surrounds on my pc but I think they will get moved up as fronts . For the price they are fantastic and I would say they are the best speakers I've heard under $200/pair.
post #15 of 93
I am satisfied with Alesis Monitor One speakers.
(just my 2 cents).
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