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All of these are $50 shipped for two speakers.

1. Micca MB42. Seems new, only a few reviews but they seem positive.

http://www.amazon.com/Micca-MB42-Bookshelf-Speakers-Tweeter/dp/B009IUIV4A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363261197&sr=8-1&keywords=micca+mb42




2. Dayton B652. Has mixed reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/Dayton-Audio-B652-Bookshelf-Speaker/dp/B002RMPHMU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363261458&sr=8-1&keywords=b652





3. BIC DV-32b. Small speakers that have excellent reviews. Someone even went as far as saying that these put the Dayton B652's to absolute shame.

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-AMERICA-DV-32B-Shielded-Speakers/dp/B00006JPDF/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1363261024&sr=8-5&keywords=bic+speakers




Suggestions? If you have any alternatives in mind, please post them here, even if they cost a bit more.
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If you don't mind spending a little more you can get the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR there very very good might be the best "bookshelf" speakers out there not monitor speakers
http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/a-great-bookshelf-speaker/

I think Tiger Direct got them on sale for $80
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3381565&sku=P725-4098&AffiliateID=WxHRncoD05Y-bhH8cu73EhbZdwYDqaPQMw&MobileOptOut=1&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=lw9MynSeamY-K_Qgu9Kg6145AlIqtciz7w
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Where do you live and do you have a local classifieds?

Also do you have a frys electronics near you?

I owned Dayton B652 for awhile and switched to Polk R15's the difference is night and day. Dayton's you get what you pay for.

You can also look at Sony
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SS-B1000-4-Inch-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B000OG88KY
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I owned Dayton B652 for awhile and switched to Polk R15's the difference is night and day. Dayton's you get what you pay for.

And a bit more, I'd highly recommend the Daytons if that was all you could spend, but it seems that most around 60 and up will outperform them. A bit of equalization and such with them can make a huge difference though. They do have a weaker bottom end, so a sub would help a fair bit, but they still do well without.
You can't go wrong really with Polk and Pioneer as recommended above, those ones are great picks too, they just tend to be a bit pricier than the 652s.
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And a bit more, I'd highly recommend the Daytons if that was all you could spend, but it seems that most around 60 and up will outperform them. A bit of equalization and such with them can make a huge difference though. They do have a weaker bottom end, so a sub would help a fair bit, but they still do well without.
You can't go wrong really with Polk and Pioneer as recommended above, those ones are great picks too, they just tend to be a bit pricier than the 652s.

The problem is you can get so many great speakers for a little above that price point used or on ebay. I spent $61 plus 20 shipping for a total of $81 for Polk R15 Brand new in box

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Polk-Audio-R15-Bookshelf-Speakers-NEW-/170998053834?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT&nma=true&si=4YOvbtryFdZTgdbv1R0IkkVst%252Fw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

If I need speakers for the garage, shop, or kids room then I would buy the Daytons again, but not for something I a listen to everyday.
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The problem is you can get so many great speakers for a little above that price point used or on ebay. I spent $61 plus 20 shipping for a total of $81 for Polk R15 Brand new in box

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Polk-Audio-R15-Bookshelf-Speakers-NEW-/170998053834?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT&nma=true&si=4YOvbtryFdZTgdbv1R0IkkVst%252Fw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

If I need speakers for the garage, shop, or kids room then I would buy the Daytons again, but not for something I a listen to everyday.

Same speakers. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Polk+Audio+-+5-1/4%22+Bookshelf+Speakers+-+Pair+-+Black/8828012.p;jsessionid=4834B7C94358531C1C49A89148E42450.bbolsp-app03-114?id=1207956903491&skuId=8828012&st=Polk t15&cp=1&lp=1

http://www.polkaudio.com/products/t15. Polk has search that you can use at the top of the page.

@Derp what will you be using the speakers for?
    
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@Derp what will you be using the speakers for?

The speakers on my parent's tv died so this set of speakers along with an old amp will be replacing them. Watching shows and movies, sometimes streaming pandora music.

Not interested in buying used or Ebay.
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The speakers on my parent's tv died so this set of speakers along with an old amp will be replacing them. Watching shows and movies, sometimes streaming pandora music.

Not interested in buying used or Ebay.

Why dont you just get them a soundbar? That would be the cheapest route and most effective for that setup.

What is the old amp?
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Why dont you just get them a soundbar? That would be the cheapest route and most effective for that setup.

What is the old amp?

The receiver is an Onkyo HT-R520. All budget sound bars that I have heard have sounded awful so I decided on speakers.
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If you don't mind spending a little more you can get the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR there very very good might be the best "bookshelf" speakers out there not monitor speakers
http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/a-great-bookshelf-speaker/

These are the exact speakers I settled on myself, reviews seem extremely postive everywhere. I was sad to find out I don't have enough room to put the floorstanders where I wanted, but the bookshelves should be able to do the job perfectly. Now I've just got to settle on a sub...

And went all the way through checkout on TigerDirect to get the price of the speakers. It ends up being like $101 after shipping. Speakers themselves are $90. Amazon is $130 with free shipping. Free 1 day if you use Discover. I filed a price match claim.

Edit: Well... that price on TG is per speaker not per pair, so it's more like $200. That might not be quite what you are looking for. Unless the tech support chat guy gave me wrong information.

Another edit: Amazon says that $130 is the price for a SINGLE speaker, so if they price match I'll buy from them. Man, I really thought it was $130 for the pair. Amazon lists very clearly (EACH) in the title for the floor standers but not in the bookshelves. And the floor standers are A LOT more speaker for LESS ($125) money. Something is fishy here... I think these customer service people are confused.
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