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Username: Diggs

Post Number: 1
Registered: Feb-05
new here.. i'm looking to complement my budget 5.1 system with a pair of good sounding - but inexpensive - bookshelf speakers for music and tv. i've been looking at the polk rti4 but would like feedback on this and others in that range. i listen mostly to r&b and some jazz so clean sound is more important than volume.

and btw, my receiver is a 5-6 yr old sony es with entry-level polk surrounds & sub.
 

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Username: Dloweman

Post Number: 86
Registered: Nov-04
Check out Paradigm, probably the titans will fit the bill
 

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Username: Rd11

Post Number: 20
Registered: Nov-04
Athena AS-B2
 

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Username: Kano

Post Number: 328
Registered: Oct-04
Ascend Acoustics CBM-170

IMO they're ugly, but hard to beat performance wise for under $400 a pair.
 

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Username: Diggs

Post Number: 2
Registered: Feb-05
been lookin around these forums.. how would the axiom m3ti compare to the paradigm, athena, and ascend?
 

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Username: Gr1m

Post Number: 7
Registered: Jul-04
I second the CBM-170s, very accurate and neutral is how I would describe them and at 328/pr they're a steal
 

Shahrukh
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Wharfedale Diamonds. Whether it's 8.1 or 9.1 is up to u to decide.
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 2743
Registered: Dec-03
I believe the Axiom M3ti is better than the Athena and stages better than the Paradigm and looks better than the Ascends. Soundwise, it is a hard choice to make when comparing to the Ascends. You have to listen yourself and make the choice.
 

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Username: Frank_abela

Berkshire UK

Post Number: 346
Registered: Sep-04
B&W DM600, unless you're looking to replace your current fronts with new speakers. If that's the case, then stick to Polk in order to maintain the same voicing between speakers.

Regards,
Frank.
 

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Username: Timn8ter

Seattle, WA USA

Post Number: 138
Registered: Dec-03
Alegria Audio Ling. $399 per pair. +-3db 50Hz - 20kHz+, real wood veneers. Hard to beat. Plus, if you don't like them after two weeks you can send them back.
http://www.us.alegriaaudio.com/Ling.htm
 

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Username: Dion

Post Number: 6
Registered: Feb-05
I bought a pair of Ling with clear cherry veneer. They're beautiful and sound great. I'm not sending them back!
 

Gold Member
Username: Project6

Post Number: 2749
Registered: Dec-03
Timn8ter,
Did you design those speakers?
 

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Username: Timn8ter

Seattle, WA USA

Post Number: 144
Registered: Dec-03
Yes.
 

jaeelarr
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PSB is the way to go...
 

edster922
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Clean, neutral sound at a bargain price---Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 hands down!
 

Bronze Member
Username: Gavincumm

Post Number: 75
Registered: Feb-05
take a look at the Paradigm Focus if you must have clean sound with excellent staging, great bass, and OUTSTANGING MIDS!!!

they are around $320 a pair

gavin
 

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Username: Stealth_c

Dublin, CA USA

Post Number: 81
Registered: Jan-05
Gavin- How would you say they compare with the mini-monitors?
 

Bronze Member
Username: Gavincumm

Post Number: 77
Registered: Feb-05
I like the focus almost as well as the minis personally.

The bass in the minis is just a hare tighter, is a few hertz lower, and the highs are ever so slightly cleaner.

They sound very similar. listen to them side by side if you can. You might not even notice a difference.

They are both outstanding, and get a thumbs up from me!

Both speakers have outstanding midrange, have a very smooth, deep soundstage, and will show off your equipment. If you have equipment that adds glare or brightness, these will show you. Unusual for a budget speaker.

Gavin
 

Richie Rich
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Gavin,
Is there a large difference between the Focus and Titan?
 

Bronze Member
Username: Gavincumm

Post Number: 81
Registered: Feb-05
yes there is...

I don't really care for the sound of the titans. I can hear the cabinet resonate in the bass frequencies, and that muddies the mids.

The speaker is all around an improvement IMHO.
 

New member
Username: Rushwj

Post Number: 7
Registered: Feb-05
I'd recommend the Paradigm Atoms ($99 each speaker). Just got them for my brother and he loves the clean sound. IMO much better than the polk RT's. Also, at $99 a pop it'd be easy to flush out rears and pick up the matching center all for a descnt price (since you watch tv with them). My brother has a vary large great room and it fills the room w/ sound very well for a small, elegant speaker. good luck.
 

Bronze Member
Username: Gavincumm

Post Number: 85
Registered: Feb-05
The Focus is a much better speaker than the atom if you can afford it.

to note... I prefer the atom to the titan. The bass has less boom.
 

edster922
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Tae,

BTW I forgot to mention, whatever speakers you go with, make sure to budget for some quality speaker stands...I find they make a HUGE difference in terms of opening up the sound of bookshelves!

ac4l.com is a great source of quality yet affordable stands; with small bookshelves you can even go with MDF stands without a problem, esp. if you have a subwoofer taking care of the low end for you.
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