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I honestly have not heard a pair of sub $500 bookshelf speakers that dug deep enough not to need a sub. I've heard a couple pairs of sub $1k that did a decent job, but seemed to sacrifice midbass and a couple pairs of sub $2k speakers that actually did a really good job... but having a sub paired with them really let them shine. I owned a pair of Onix Ref 1's for a while and they were fantastic speakers. Pair them with a sub and they would shine... but they needed careful amp selection to sound really good and were simply amazing with tube power. Used you can find them from time to time for $400-600, but that doesn't leave you any room for an amp.

My advise is just to get a good pair of speakers that sound good to you and forget about a sub until you can afford one. Maybe you'll find that you don't really NEED a sub. I have two very nice 500w 10" sealed subs that are not being used at the moment because my mini towers in the living room do a great job of digging down into low frequencies and being in an apartment I value my neighbors more than a pressurized room for movie explosions... lol

On a budget... I haven't looked too much lately, but going back a few years I know a couple of the options I would have recommended without hesitation are no longer being produced or the company went under.

Used speakers are a great way to get something you couldn't normally afford. I would be on the lookout for:
PSB Alpha B1
Paradigm Atom
av123 ELT525M
av123 X-LS
B&W 602

Also read through the sticky threads.
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Originally Posted by aweir View Post
So you would recommend those to Flynny? For only $50 they are heard to beat. BTW how is the mid range on those? I am planning on buying 2 pairs of those to use as fronts/rears in my surround system.

The Dayton Audio B652 6-1/2 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers are only $39 and are comparable to the Sony's price, but not ported and have a larger woofer which is better or bass IMO.

Amazon.com: Dayton Audio B652 6-1/2 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair: Electronics
Mids are decent. They do not dig very deep at all. I got these because they were cheap, and could easily be mated to a low power sub crossed at 80Hz, since that is where the rolloff seems to begin with these.

These would make excellent surrounds, but for fronts I would suggest something that digs a little deeper. That way you can cross a sub lower and use it for what it was intended for, subsonic reproduction. I built and designed all of my speakers for the Home theater, but got lazy when it came to my computer speakers.

If you look online, there are some really amazing DIY solutions for good sounding speakers. Just need to put in a little elbow grease, plus you get the experience to boot. GL
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