I am looking for some advice about what speakers to buy. I currently have an Onkyo HTS-760 HTIB, and frankly Im just not happy with the sound. The low end is decent, but the mids and highs sound a bit muddled and unclear. Anyway, I have decided to build a system from the ground up this time, after not being satisfied with two different HTIB systems.
I have a busget of about $700-800 total, including the receiver, speakers, sub, cabling. The room is about 11x12 and the system will be used 50% for music, and 50% for tv/movies/games.
For the receiver I've pretty much decided on a Harmon Kardon AVR-135. Any other receivers to consider?
The main issue is what speakers to go with. I have mainly considered Athena, Fluance.
The athena setup I was considering would be: AS-F1 Mains AS-C1 Center AS-B1 Surrounds 10" Dayton Sub
The fluance setup I was considering would be: SV-10 Mains AV-SC Center SV-6 (or AV-BP2) Surrounds 10" Dayton Sub
I've heard alot of great things about the athena speakers. The fluance speakers also have alot of good feedback, but I have heard some negative feedback. It would be great if someone could give me an idea of how the fluance speakers compare
Can't tell you about Fluance Speakers but I have Athena AS-F2's and I love them. Transparent, great detail, deep bass. Sound with authority. They sound good when playing quietly too. Unfortunately, there is no Athena stock at BEST BUY right now. Rumor has it that there is going to be cosmetic change to the line soon. I think you can still buy stuff on-line though. For the Athenas, you have to let them break in for a week or two. They are bright out of the box but calm down. An HK receiver would be OK. NOT A YAMAHA!! I had the speakers first hooked up to an older RX-595 ...sibilant and edgy. Replaced the Yamaha with a NAD...very nice combination.
Yeah, I wuld be buying the Athenas online from Bestbuy. Is the only ifference between the F1 and the F2 the extra woofer? I guess I will just go ahead and buy the F1s unless someone thinks the fluance speakers are better.
By the time you pay local sales tax at Best Buy, the price difference between the F1s and F2s is around $80 (F2s are $400/pair shipped from audioadvisor.com) which I think is peanuts for the extra driver and top of the line model.
okay. I heard the they ocasionaly have a 40.00 off coupon on those, can anyone confirm that? It would be grea to get those for 360 shipped.
You might get lucky if you check all of your local Best Buys. All of the ones by me at least had their displays of the AS-F1 for $99 each, but I found the last set of AS-F2s for $65 each last week. I'm still breaking them in.