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So my mom's current audio setup is iPod Video > Gold Plated Belkin Headphone to L/R Cable > Onkyo TX 2500 MKII > Advent Bookshelf II. Recently the sound has gotten more and more muddy. I think the magnets in the drivers of the speakers are just wearing out. My mom wants to pitch the whole system and just dock the iPod on my brother's Bose soundock portable. She is willing to spend around $200, but up to $300, on new speakers for the rig. I read online that the vintage Onkyo amp is good to power up to 50 Watts.

What small speakers are good for this price range? (Extra emphasis on small)

And is that amp still good or should we trash the thing?

I was thinking of running the amp to two Mirage Nanosats, is this a good idea?

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So my mom's current audio setup is iPod Video > Gold Plated Belkin Headphone to L/R Cable > Onkyo TX 2500 MKII > Advent Bookshelf II. Recently the sound has gotten more and more muddy. I think the magnets in the drivers of the speakers are just wearing out. My mom wants to pitch the whole system and just dock the iPod on my brother's Bose soundock portable. She is willing to spend around $200, but up to $300, on new speakers for the rig. I read online that the vintage Onkyo amp is good to power up to 50 Watts.

What small speakers are good for this price range? (Extra emphasis on small)

And is that amp still good or should we trash the thing?

I was thinking of running the amp to two Mirage Nanosats, is this a good idea?

Polk Audio RTi6 bookshelf speakers, on sale for $199 for the pair (free shipping), at Newegg.

Sale end 4/30

Sale is listed at Techbargins.

 

Speakers size is 14.75 H, 7.75 W, 14.75 D

Might be bigger then she wants, but also sound better the she expects.

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So my dad and I went into Best Buy, Magnolia Home Theater and listened to a couple of speakers. My pick was the Mirage but my dad over ruled my vote and we ended up getting Definitive Technologies Pro Monitor 1000. Over priced and not pleased at all, neither is my mother.

 

They took a LOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG time to burn in but I think they are done now. Very colorful and sounds like Beats by Dre. Clarity is decent throughout. Bass is meh. Bass hits a bit too hard. The speakers need a lot of power and need to get quite loud otherwise the bass covers up everything. Still very overpriced and I wouldn't go near these things for more than $100 each.

 

I wish I could give a better review but I don't get a chance to listen to them often, or with my music, they are my mom's.


Edited by Pwn3r4Life - 7/22/12 at 5:52pm
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Oh well i would have gone either those RTi6s (now $179.99/free ship) or Energy RC-10s


Edited by trog - 7/22/12 at 10:24pm
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Oh well i would have gone either those RTi6s (now $179.99/free ship) or Energy RC-10s

The RTi6 literally wouldn't have fit. They were too tall and would have ended up about 1 or 2 inches in the ceiling. I should have started research sooner. We made some rash decisions at Best Buy as well. I'm sticking to big brands from now on, no more of that crap. Funny thing was there is an HH Greg just up the road and they carry a huge selection of speakers, we literally bought them the day before mothers day.

Anywho, this thread is pretty much dead now...
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