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post #11 of 27
As tUDJ said, when you're getting into spending the amount you are and upwards, you really need to go and listen to some gear, as lots of stuff is equally 'good', and it's subjective as to what is better (personal taste comes into it).


Another thing that makes a massive difference, is what is the room like you'll be listening in? where would you place the speakers? The acoustic properties of the room will dictate a lot about what range profile of speakers you'll buy.
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Onkyo's have a 4 ohm protection circuit though. I know the amps on their receivers tend to be beefier but this ends up being a handicap.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=89

I would recommend heading over here, you would probably get a more diverse and larger number of responses.
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post #13 of 27
These are widely regarded as one of the best sounding bookshelf speakers for the price - you'll find rave reviews on all speaker websites:

Ascend Acoutics Sierra-1: http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...SRM1/srm1.html

They range from 800-1k depending on the finish you choose.

I'm not as framiliar with subs, but pairing them with one provides an amazing experience I have heard.

Then grab a reciever that fits your remaining budget (depends how you want to budget for the sub), you will be very very satisfied.
post #14 of 27
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oh trust me i'd love to audition many of these speakers! only thing is there arent any real hi-fi places around where i live. Besides m-audio, krk, mackie, and adam. i dont have many choices. so i came here!

oh and the sierra looks nice! but like i said, ive got a great 5 inch woofer set now. i'm looking for something a little bassier, and a little louder.
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Some more info if you're interested: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=849859

Over 2000 replies in a thread just about them, I'm sure you'll have plenty to read into

Edit: Oh wait do you mean larger than 5in woofers on the speaker itself? Or the sub? I don't think you'll find anything very big in a bookshelf size.
post #16 of 27
Learn a bit about speakers etc...

Go to hifi store, test lots...

Go to ebay buy cheap...

Win.
post #17 of 27
Can't really go to any shops to demo ID brands...you should check the "xxxx brand owners" threads on avs and see if you have anybody local to you who are willing to let you demo their gear.

Some brands have really great policies though...aperion audio and rsl speakers offer 30 day trials where they pay shipping both ways, so you'll have nothing out of pocket after you return the speakers if you don't like em.
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The sierra's are definitely not lacking in the bass I know. Check the reviews and they'll say the samething. I really love the speakers, worth every penny.

You could also cheeck out the Fritz Carbon 7's they go for $1750. Another member of this site has them and seems to really like them. Also has a couple links to reviews listed. Carbon 7

Another option is the Swan 2.1se Custom. Almost $1,000 Linky These are the upgraded version of the original Swan 2.1se's which was compared with the Ascend Sierra's. I believe Affordable Audio did a review and really liked them.

The Swans might be up your alley more than Sierra's. If I remember correctly the differences were more pronounced bass not boomy and better soundstaging. I believe the sierra's had the better highs and something else.. I'll see if I can find the reviews.
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The sierra's are definitely not lacking in the bass I know. Check the reviews and they'll say the samething. I really love the speakers, worth every penny.

You could also cheeck out the Fritz Carbon 7's they go for $1750. Another member of this site has them and seems to really like them. Also has a couple links to reviews listed. Carbon 7

Another option is the Swan 2.1se Custom. Almost $1,000 Linky These are the upgraded version of the original Swan 2.1se's which battled with the Ascend Sierra's. I believe Affordable Audio did a review and really liked them.
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would it be better just to get a small sub instead of book shelves with larger 7-8in woofers?
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