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01-23-2009, 10:36 PM
Does anyone have some recommendations for some moderately priced speakers for our home stereo in our living room?

I am not an audiophile in the purest sense of the term, although I thought at one point I may develop into one! I do however want something of very good quality. THey would be replacing some Boston Acoustics I bought in 1990. I thought somethjing sounded a bit weird the other day and I saw a hole the size of a golf ball in one of the woofers! We have been contemplating some different speakers anyway from a design/footprint perspective. Alternatively I guess I could look at replacing the woofer, but I thought I se what else is out their, what it costs, and how it might fit in better with our current living room set-up.

Their primary purpose will be to play music, running the range from Red Hot Chili peppers, to AC/DC to country and folk and everything in between and beyond. The room is a fairly large living room (~ 24 x 18) with 8' ceilings. We have renewed our music listening with our new ability to stream all our music from our computer to the stereo, and of course I find this right afterwards! The speakers will be driven by my old Nakamichi TA-1 tuner amp, 35 watts per channel. I am not looking for a surround sound setup at this time, just 2 speakers. Any thoughts?

I think we are still looking for free standing speakers to retain flexibility, but ideally would like a smaller footprint and be able to retain as full of a sound as possible.

01-23-2009, 11:00 PM
I am quite the music lover myself. I am wondering just what type of style you want to go with. I am picky about my speaker colors, and I know some can be. A concern when I look for speakers is usually that with the less floor space they take up, the more expensive they can be. If you are willing to sacrifice a little space, and get some moderately priced speakers, than this would be what I would go with:


However, if you are stuck on the smaller, more slender look, than I would go with theses speakers. They are much pricier, but they come with a slick look, and really look like they would be a good piece for a room.


01-24-2009, 12:07 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com/Monitor-70-Black-Tower-Loudspeakers-Polk-Audio-pair_W0QQitemZ360123782233QQcmdZViewItemQQptZSpeak ers_Subwoofers?hash=item360123782233&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

I bought some of these for my turntable and am very satistfied...factory refurb...slight cosmetic wear on back corner...but for the price I'm estatic to have such sound.

01-24-2009, 12:47 AM
I use Paradigm and I'm happy with them. They have some bookshelf speakers that are moderately priced.

01-24-2009, 01:43 PM
Crutchfield (http://www.crutchfield.com/S-Mb4VYO5VnpP/)

This site will help you immensely.

wally post
01-24-2009, 08:16 PM
As a pro musician, I am very fussy, but don't wish to put a lot of money into home speakers - yet I need accuracy and a musical image without a hyped top end.

Orb Audio is very good and teeny: http://www.orbaudio.com/

I also recommend Monitor Audio speakers: http://www.monitoraudiousa.com/range.php?range=4

I have monitor audio two R90s and one R180 with an Orb sub for the front and two Orbs in the back on tiny stands. Very musical and lovely sound. but you can't go wrong with either of these companies' products -