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Old 08-17-2008   #1
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Default Best bookshelf surround 5.1 for under $2k

G'day guys,
total newbie here and novice to the AV scene.
I need advice on what would be the best bookshelf speaker set-up to mate up to my Marrantz SR4200 receiver.
I have a 50" Pioneer plasma and timber flooring in a room roughly 7 mtr x 6 mtr.
Looking to buy something under $2,000 and be considerably better than Bose Acoustimass 10 series.
It has been suggested that i go the B&W M1 set-up.
What do you guys suggest ???
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Default Re: Best bookshelf surround 5.1 for under $2k

I am running the Kef 5005.2 system with a Marantz SSR 8002 in my bedroom and really like it, retail is $2K for the system, but I've seen it for much less.
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Default Re: Best bookshelf surround 5.1 for under $2k

Give the Paradigm Monitor series a listen, they just came out with the v6 Monitors.
I've had Paradigm monitors for 15 years & they are amazing speakers for the price, absolutely a lot of bang for the buck!
Check them out at Paradigm.com
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Default Re: Best bookshelf surround 5.1 for under $2k

Moose bring a good suggestion to the table, check out some of the small Definitive Technology systems as well, add a sub and you'll be set, both makers will offer you incredible bang for the buck sound.
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Default Re: Best bookshelf surround 5.1 for under $2k

Thanks guys, will definitely try to audition the Kef and Paradigms as suggested.
Does anyone have an opinion on the B&W M1's ??
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Default Re: Best bookshelf surround 5.1 for under $2k

I'm using some Klipsch RB81's. They go for around $400 each and you may be able to get a package deal on four of them plus a RC62 for under $2K if you shop around. Of course that doesn't include a sub. If you went with RB61's instead you could throw on a $600 sub. Kef has some very nice bookshelves out too. I really liked the iQ3's when I heard them.

The M1's are a very full small speaker and you would need a good sub to make up for their lacking in the bottom end. They might also not fill your room very well as a larger Klipsch of Kef speaker would.

BTW: Kef, B&W or Klipsch will blow the Acrapstimass speakers out of the water. You'll gain a lot more respect on the forums too.
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