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« on: Mar 21, 2009, 10:19:29 AM »

I got a friend looking to build himself a nice little projector setup and he's got everything decided on but the speakers to get.  What would you guys recommend he go for?  He doesn't want to exceed $1500.  A 2-channel or 5.1/7.1 is optional depending on what's best to go for right now.  He is converting a bedroom, so its not some big open space that needs extravagant power to fill.

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« Reply #1 on: Mar 21, 2009, 07:37:36 PM »

One word: Klipsch. Best dang speakers I ever had.
Don't roll with anything less.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 21, 2009, 10:10:11 PM »

One word: Klipsch. Best dang speakers I ever had.
Don't roll with anything less.

I've used Klipsch for my PC for years and couldn't be happier. They have a lot of excellent small room/apartment style speaker sets that would be perfect for your friends application.

I believe Best Buy is an authorized Klipsch dealer or you can deal direct through the Klipsch website.

Here is an article about their Quintet-SL system HiFi-Ring.com which is right in his $1500 price range.

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« Reply #3 on: Mar 23, 2009, 09:19:06 AM »

I will also recommend Klipsch. They are simply amazing. When I saw our local movie theater had Klipsch speakers I almost jizzed in my popcorn.
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 23, 2009, 11:38:09 AM »

I will also recommend Klipsch. They are simply amazing. When I saw our local movie theater had Klipsch speakers I almost jizzed in my popcorn.

That's actually where Klipsch got their start, stadium and theater systems. Like I said, I've used the Promedias for 8 years in my office, I've got an odd 6.2 setup going on, 2.1 for my center and then their 4.1 for the fronts and surrounds. Those two subs sure make for interesting online gaming, let me tell you.

I've only had to deal with their customer service once, for a new pod for the 4.1's and it was excellent service.

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« Reply #5 on: Apr 30, 2009, 09:17:54 AM »

Portable speakers are the hot ticket for travelers, students, office workers, and anyone who wants to enjoy music but doesn't have room for regular speakers. With its stereo speakers folded in, Sony's gunmetal-gray SRS-T77 is about the size of a two-disc CD jewel case. The little system weighs 12 ounces when loaded with four AA batteries; it's a few ounces lighter when you use the optional AC power pack. The Sony SRS-T77 retails for $89 but typically sells for less than $60 online.

To play the T77, you must first unfold the speakers and swivel a steadying foot out from the bottom of the slender unit. The T77 then cants back a few degrees to direct the sound up toward your ears and away from the horizontal surface it rests on. No one will claim that the T77 has a high-end design, but its build quality is fairly impressive. Since the speakers don't have a volume button, you must use your player's control.

We found the Sony SRS-T77's sound pleasantly immediate and detailed. Aerosmith's extraraunchy Honkin' with Bobo CD rocked with gusto, and less aggressive melodic pop music from singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith sounded present. Sony claims the T77's Dynamic Sound Ducts enhance bass reproduction. But don't get your hopes up; no matter what sort of ducts they feed into, a pair of 1.5-inch woofers won't rattle your cage. In a quiet room, when you're not playing music, you'll hear some hiss from the speakers, but that's hardly a deal breaker. We used our Apple iPod and our Jens of Sweden MP-300 with equal success.

Creative's nifty little TravelSound speakers edged out the T77 in a brief shoot-out; the TravelSound kit had a bit more bass and sounded a little cleaner than the T77. Still, though the Sony sounds best at low to moderate levels, we like that it can get really loud before distorting.
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 30, 2009, 08:30:04 PM »

Wow... that was a mouthfull.
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2009, 09:34:59 AM »

I am actually looking to get some surround back speakers for my new 7.1 receiver. I want to keep it all Klipsch... but does it really matter?
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2009, 04:27:24 PM »

... but does it really matter?

No.
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2009, 09:28:16 AM »

It does if you're a brand whore like I am.

But I am thinking of going cheaper. What are the best cheap speakers to be had for the back surrounds of a 7.1 system?
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2009, 06:48:07 PM »

It does if you're a brand whore like I am.

But I am thinking of going cheaper. What are the best cheap speakers to be had for the back surrounds of a 7.1 system?

Um, that's one of the most open-ended questions I've been asked in a long time. I suggest buying a set from one of the big box stores, so if you don't like them, they can be easily returned.
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