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I'm not trying to sound pretentious, but is there any other bookshelf speaker in the world that could compare to my Klipsch bookshelf speakers which I bought brand new for $100?
There's no way I could be experiencing buyer's remorse. I'm just wondering what $100 pair of speakers would compare to these? It's those KB-15 speakers that Bestbuy had on sale in January.

BTW these retail for $250 a pair


Edited by aweir - 4/5/13 at 5:33pm
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Probably the Infinity Primus P153 or P163. They are on sale at around $100 pretty often.
    
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Wow, those are $75 each on Amazon, $150 a pair.


But anyways I see some design improvements

+1 for being front ported so you can mount it flush against a wall
+1 for having the woofer/tweeter in close proximity which makes it better suited for near field listening.

I think these would beat out the Polk T15 ($100 a pair @ BB) which is the only other comparable speaker for $100 a pair. I listened to the Polk T15 and the mids/highs were noticeably muddier than the Klipsch.
Edited by aweir - 4/6/13 at 11:57am
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I have the B-20's, what are a lot like the KB-15's. They look like the use the same driver but different tweeter system. Highs are not harsh at all and the speaker sounds vary good, Got mine for $180 so still not a bad deal. Sounds better then my Monitor 30 when I tested them against each other. So far I am loving the horned tweeter, gives off a vary clean sound.

The woofer on the Klipsch is the weakest point IMO. While still sounding pretty good overall, could still sound better. Woofer seems to be getting better over time, so thats a plus. More of a boomy problem vs a lack of volume.


Also I tested a pair of Infinity Primus P163BK at a local audio store, I wouldn't say that they are better. The Klipsch's are more geared like a studio monitor while the p163's give off a warm feel, better low end. The Klipsch's had better mid range and high end IMO
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The woofer is OK but I think what the problem is that the tweeter is much higher sensitivuty and therefore the Klipsch's woofer needs to have a higher SPL to balance the sound. They seem to not be matched properly.
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Chances are,if it is a retail brand... you can do much, MUCH, better. Though maybe not for the price.

Building your own cabinet and using choice drivers is the way to go to get "the best"... but most of it is subjective anyways. Good deal though if you ask me, but I this:

Can you compare anything at all to my 5.1 RCA set that i paid $0 for? Infinite price to performance ratio and whatnot.
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Chances are,if it is a retail brand... you can do much, MUCH, better. Though maybe not for the price.

Building your own cabinet and using choice drivers is the way to go to get "the best"... but most of it is subjective anyways. Good deal though if you ask me, but I this:

Can you compare anything at all to my 5.1 RCA set that i paid $0 for? Infinite price to performance ratio and whatnot.

If I had a wood shop I would do it no questions asked. Would love to build some transmission line towers with a speaker array in them.
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I bought Polk monitor 30 and R15 bookshelfs for under $100
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