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post #16 of 93
PSB's main rival is Paradigm.
Paradigm Atom $189.00 VS. PSB Alpha $249.00

$299.00? Acoustic Energy Aegis One
http://www.positive-feedback.com/Iss...sticenergy.htm

$399.00? Monitor Audio Bronze B2
http://www.monitoraudiousa.com/revie...bmarreview.pdf
post #17 of 93
I can't comment on the Paradigms (but their upper offerings are superb).

Sound & Vision did a little (lol) bookshelf comparo/review and they liked the Aegis One and Bronze 1 a lot (they're both 300). The B1 has more bass, but both are great...

Aegis 1: "the speakers fairly muted highs", "overall dark presentation", "good imaging, huge soundstage", "it's laid-back highs and loose bass were hard to overlook"

Bronze 1: "the second deepest bass...transmitting full, tight and well defined lows", "the high-hat cymbals and snare drum sounding crips but not at all fatiguing", "gave an excellent sense of space in cathedral choir music", "the Monitor Audio produced the best sound of its comparison trio playing both loud techno music and even disco"
post #18 of 93
Thread Starter 
thanks for the suggestions guys, but my range does not extend up to $400, but rather $200 or less, the psb alphas for $250 is already at my very max
post #19 of 93
Quote:
Originally posted by Pavel
I am satisfied with Alesis Monitor One speakers.
(just my 2 cents).
That's the one I have and they are really good (the MKII).....I don't think for this price you will find anything similar.....the point seven is also good....
post #20 of 93
Quote:
Originally posted by D-EJ915
Aegis 1: "the speakers fairly muted highs", "overall dark presentation", "good imaging, huge soundstage", "it's laid-back highs and loose bass were hard to overlook"
I guess I would generally agree, except with the "dark" part. If you place them a good foot away from the back wall, the bass is under much better control and they aren't nearly as dark. The midrange and soundstage are the best features, which is why I think it is more suited to classical/vocals/instrumental than the PSB. Good comparison would be like Sennheiser is to Acoustic Energy as Grado is to PSB.

These are no longer manufactured, but I got mine brand new for $135 from an overstock dealer on ebay. Right now he ony has the Aegis 2, which is similar but never took off because of its bulk I guess (permanently attached sand-filled stands).

The new line of Acoustic Energy bookshelf speakers (Evo) are probably *very* similar, but cost more.

--Chris
post #21 of 93
Quote:
Originally posted by pirate
thanks for the suggestions guys, but my range does not extend up to $400, but rather $200 or less, the psb alphas for $250 is already at my very max
$189.00, DO I HEAR, $189.00

PARADIGM ATOM

Read the stereophile review
http://www.stereophile.com/showarchives.cgi?664

or soundstage review http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/paradigm_atom.htm

or goodsound review
http://www.goodsound.com/equipment/paradigm_atom.htm

No commission for me, thank you.
post #22 of 93
I have auditioned the AE Aegis One, and it's truly one of the best $300.00/pair out there. Since it's has been replaced by an updated model, I would suspect it could be available for around $200.00/pair. If you can get the Aegis One for $200.00/pair, it's a no-brainer.

Another speaker you should consider is the Polk Audio RTi28. This is an updated version of the RT25i, which was Stereophile's Budget Component of the Year a couple of years back. There's a new replacement model out now, so the RTi28 can be had for about $150.00/pair. I owned the RT25i before and they are excellent budget bookshelf speakers; surprisingly transparent and image very well.
post #23 of 93
Thread Starter 
SO many varied recommendations, i decided to count them up and i got:

Psb alpha (some version) – 3
Acoustic energy aegis ones – 5
Axioms? – 2
Wharfedale diamond (some version) – 3 (and a negative review)
k05b11s – 1
Athena Technologies AS-B1 (on sale at best buy) – 1
Alesis monitor ones – 3
Paradigm Atom – 2
Polk Audio RTi28 - 1

maybe tmrw or so im going to check best buy (where i work at) to see if there are any of these that we carry (probably not) in order to find a discount = ) but i probably wont find anything other than the Athena AS-B1s, if even those. From counting up actual votes, im assuming the acoustic energy aegis ones are hte most popular and recommended, but cant find any acoustic energy aegis ones on sale on ebay sooooo yeah, should i get the alesis monitor ones or psb alpha b, wait out for an AE aegis one to turn up, or are there more votes?
post #24 of 93
You ought to search the forums -- this discussion has come up before.
post #25 of 93
Thread Starter 
Quote:
i did some searching and found that some of my options include:
very first entry

but i mean seriously, im sorry, but its really hard to search through topics such as speakers cause i know absolutely nothing about them and a minimum of 10-15 names were thrown up -- headphones, on the other hand, are much easier. i found a couple threads concerning low cost speakers but it was usually 1 post, 2 replies for a certain pair of speakers, and there were several threads like this, all recommending different speakers, not many of them really in depth for speakers under $200 (most one i found were around $500), it just got hectic and confusing so i thought i'd start a thread

also, i should repeat that these speakers would be running off 25 watts? from the sg11 amp...
post #26 of 93
pirate,

You work at Best Buy?? If you ever get the chance A/B the Athena and the AE speakers, you will be surprised at how much they sound alike. Remember, the sound of the Athena is influenced by the receiver used (Yamaha) and the source used (Sony CD changer) at Best Buy. When I auditioned the AE Aegis One, the dealer was using some $1,000+ integrated amp. Including your employee discount, the Athena's are a no-brainer. Maybe you can work in the bigger AS-B2 for under $200.00/pair?

So what's the deal with the giant yellow circle painted on the floor at the front of the store?
post #27 of 93
I strongly back the wharfedale 8.1. They bested anything under 400$ I've heard. YMMV but they're truly great. Better than the rest of the wharfedale line IMHO.

You just need a strong amp behind.

edit: sorry, i didn't see the 25W limit. It's a bit low unless your room is small. I'm using them out a 25W amp but it's a vintage one and it's awfully underrated by today standards.
post #28 of 93
**********ATHENA AS-B1 *********

**********GET THEM*************
Soundstage review is really damed good!

"The fact that Athena offers a properly engineered and well-built speaker for the AS-B1's $149 price is simply astounding".

"If you only have $150 to spend on speakers, get the Athena AS-B1s. And even if you have more to spend, you should still consider the AS-B1 because you will be amazed at the performance and quality that Athena is able to offer at such a ridiculously low price."

Review Summary:
Sound- "Open and dynamic sound with an expansive soundstage and precise imaging"; " female vocals sounded superb"; "good, usable bass response down to 50Hz or so."

Features- Audiophile touches abound. "The AS-B1 utilizes a 5 1/2" polypropylene woofer and a 1" Teteron dome tweeter…similar but not identical to those used in Athena’s more expensive SCT line of speakers"; magnetically shielded.

Use- Roger used the speakers on 24" stands that were placed roughly six feet apart.

Value- "Sets a new standard for value in truly inexpensive loudspeakers."

http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/athena_asb1.htm

post #29 of 93
Best Buy sells the Wharfedales on line only. Ask about getting your discount online.
post #30 of 93
I auditioned the AE Evo 1's before I bought my JM Labs Chorus 706's. The Evo 1's mate well with bright electronics as they have a warmer sound. They are decent speakers. They always pop up on ebay and audiogon. You may need a nice dynamic cd player to compensate for the warmth.
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