Need help pairing...and with a budget


Mostly Clueless Wonderer
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I've recently bought a Marantz SR-8000 reciever, and am looking for a pair of speakers(and subwoofer?) (more later, but funds are rather limited for now) that will complement the laid-back Marantz nicely. Most input comes from either radio or a Denon 5-disc changer.

The primary use of this system is home listening in a fairly large room, to music with a wide range of frequencies. (Rock to Classical and all points in between)

Now the problem: This is one of the first systems I've built, and I've only got 400$ to apply here.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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If that is far too little for an acceptable speaker set, that's a perfectly fine comment... again, I need advice here.



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take a look at the Paradigm Esprit, at roughly $420 to $430. This is a tower speaker that I happen to love. take a look in the athena speaker post, and you will see a rave from me about it, as well as the speaker mentioned below.

if that is a little out of your reach, take a look at the Paradigm Focus, at around $300. This is a bookshelf speaker that uses the same drivers as the Esprit, and also sounds wonderful. In a bigger room, the bass might be a little light, but that can be remedied later on with a subwoofer.

Remember, what sometimes sounds like more bass is not always better bass.
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