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Poll Results: Budget Tower Speakers

Poll expired: Apr 2, 2012  
  • 33% (1)
    Polk Audio Monitor 60's
  • 0% (0)
    MTX Monitor 600i's
  • 33% (1)
    Polk Audio Monitor 70's
  • 0% (0)
    Increase Budget
  • 33% (1)
    Jamo 606 from Vanns
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    Other (please comment)
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post #1 of 15
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Ok so I know this isn't the ideal place but I'll be danged if I can find a better forum place to ask haha.

So essentially I have decided to throw my 3-way old school huge 12" loudspeakers to the side and upgrade/sidegrade to some tower style speakers to fit my space and look wants.

Well last I really bought home audio speakers was about 12 years ago and man so much has changed or I guess I should say regressed and went up in price.?.

I am looking at a few options for speakers such as the Polk Audio Monitor 70 Series ii, Pure Acoustics SuperNova 5 F mini tower speakers, MTX Monitor 600i.

Now first off, yes I understand speakers are one of those things because everyones listening tastes are so different, however I am to a degree more concerned with what is in general a good quality sounding speaker that isn't followed by a bajillion 0's at the end of the price. So no I am not expecting B&W sound here but don't want crap satelite sound either.

So I have come to ask the great OCN what experiences that have as I can't find squat about the MTX or Pure Acoustics let alone more then a total of about 6 manufacturers that even make tower speakers under the thousand dollar mark, what the heck happened. wth.gifheadscratch.gif


I will be using my very low end Pioneer VSX 516 receiver to power them and am wanting to kinda have Bi-amping ability which seems very hard to find to a degree as I never use the 7.1 and stay with 5.1. I do have an MTX SW2 sub to help compensate the lows.

I went to BB(yes only place left around that has really anything home audio related to test out) but they don't have the Magnolia room so not many options to try and hear, although I did get to know that I don't think I like how bright Klipsch are with their horn tweeters for long periods, sound stage was nice but I think I gravitate towards a bit warmer speakers.

I was able to listen to a bit of the Polk Tsi 400 which is almost a Monitor 60 series pretty much and didn't exactly not like them but sure didn't sound as full as the Klipsch I heard.. I'm not making this any easier am I.

So I guess what I am asking is out of the 3 I listed which I can get to fall into my budget are there any I am missing that would be worth looking into?

Edit:

Anyone use JAMO before? I know they are under Klipsch and mainly in their EU area but ran across this what looks like a good deal from Vanns.
Edited by rx7racer - 3/30/12 at 1:24pm
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post #2 of 15
Pioneer SP-FS51-LR. I would give these a try at $199. The bookshelf version at $50-99 has received rave reviews. Apparently they sound great for the price. I've been really wanting to try a pair. You should be able to audition them at Worst Buy.
post #3 of 15
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Thanks for the suggestion Greg, I was able to audition the Pioneers when I went to BB. They aren't bad but on the Yamaha receiver they had theirs running on I could hear a difference to me between the S51's and even the Polk Tsi300's. If NE had the Pio's on sell still for a hundred a pair I probably would snag them for a home trial but at $200 I just think I would be better of grabbing even the Polk Monitor 50's. Of course that imo and just after a quick audition. But by first impressions that's where it left me.


Which I am actually starting to lean towards after mulling over my listening habits is the Monitor 50's and then grab another sub.

Just after a couple of years tired of having huge 12's as mains and them not even being able to stretch. So might as well as downsize and try for a bit more accurate sound on the way.

Guess I'm still just stuck, honestly I'm starting to see it's just way too low of budget. tongue.gif
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post #4 of 15
Hit up ebay. I got some B&W 602 with some stands from Amazon for less than $300.
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post #5 of 15
That Jamo set looks like a serious deal

I bought Polks off the egg on the cheap and they sound great IMO

They go on sale every now and again, got mine for $ 179.99 ea.

They have a better low end than I thought they would
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post #6 of 15
Find some older Polk RT-55 's . They sound amazing when Bi-amped.


Or if it is for near field listening, check out the Yamaha HS50M's. I've got a pair and they blow away everything else at the $300 price point.
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post #7 of 15
Running Polk Monitor 60's and Polk CS2 center. Got the towers from the Egg for $109 each and the center for $99. Could not be more pleased. I use a cheapo Yamaha sub from Vann's for movies only,not for music. You can't go wrong with Polk for a modest budget
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post #8 of 15
Im going ot have to say Polk FTW'
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In the Car or in the Home, Polk has always brought to me an excellent quality of sound, handling base better than other Non Subwoofer speeker brands I ever encounters, without losing Quality int he mid and high range all together.

Unfortunately I dont have any links, prices, or model numbers to suggest

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post #9 of 15
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Awesome suggestions all and some great idea's/points.

I've kinda scoured some on ebay but as always all I find is fleabay stuff or not much cheaper then brand new, So think I am going to just kinda leave that way alone.

Also, I know some bookshelf speakers do goo but after having to get stands don't towers usually fair a bit better if that room is there anyways?


Now to stick my fit in my mouth, I think I am possibly looking at going with monitor 60's from Polk Direct ebay page, and then I can get maybe a Bic venturi v1020 or similar. Only bad thing about my receiver is I can't get it to push low's worth a crap imo and a sub is a must.

That's how I ended up with my MTX SW2 as when my old pioneer receiver went out about 6 years ago I snagged this VSX 516 and my speakers never sounded the same, so I just left listening to music through that means and went to headphones. But I find that loud audio itch needing scratched and I can't scratch it with my current mashed pile of speakers.

So going with those polks for now and another sub or since I already have a sub should I get matched center first?

I can stretch to $400, that's how I was squeezing in the Polk Monitor 70's but after thinking about my x over which I use at 100Hz with my sub I don't really need them for teh lows so teh 60's started making more sense. Is that making sense?


Slowly what ever I do lean towards I do want to get matched all the way around for my SS instead of every speaker being mismatches. By the way it's for a section of room about 15'x15' approx.


Edit: Ran across the MTX 600i's for $119.99/ea.. Not 100% sure about the selling company but price is good and I can get the MTX center then included at my $300 price point.

However, hesitation is never heard them and can't find many or I should say no opinions from other anyone else. So gives me a feeling of second guessing.
Edited by rx7racer - 3/29/12 at 4:28pm
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post #10 of 15
The Polk Refurb store is excellent on Ebay. I bought a Polk DSW Pro 600 subwoofer from there 2 years ago and it's been great ever since.
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