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what speakers? (home theater)

I'm looking to upgrade speakers on my home theater system, the only thing I'm keeping from what I have now is the Denon AVR-2311 7.1 Receiver and Klipsch SW-450 Sub. I'm not attached to any certain brand but need a good center channel, 2 floor/tower speakers, and the rears/mids. Looking to spend $2000 or less, anyone know first hand what specific speakers sound good in this range? Also, anyone know of any dealers or hookups? TIA
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I just bought some Inifinity Classias and I'm really happy with them. The hard core audiophiles may have better options, but these sound great to me. I use the sytem mostly for gaming and movies, but it supports music and stuff like the news just fine... I'm not sure exactly how much power they can handle - they scream at about a third of the way up for me.

Here are a couple of reviews:

http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/image...QR2_review.pdf

http://stereos.about.com/od/stereosp...finityC336.htm

Front towers: 290 a piece


http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Class...513307&sr=8-10

Center: 150 (or 499 for the black one)



http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Class...9513307&sr=8-5

Surround option 1 - 499 each (I paid 199 a month ago - their pricing has been all over the place)
These have two sets of inputs on them, and can be used in a 5.1 system, or as rear surround and center surrounds in a 7.1 - Basically two of the speaker below in the same cabinet.



http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-C255E...d_bxgy_e_img_c

Surround option # 2 - 100 a piece - its like the speaker above but cant support 2 channels by itself - would need 4 for 7.1 surround. Probably the better option for your setup if you are going to use your 7.1 and have a space to put the 2 addtl speakers and because the price went up on the ones above.



http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Class...p_ob_e_title_3


I did not match the color on mine because I bought the cheapest model of each that was available at the time. With a $5 roll of black gloss contact paper, they will match just fine, and I still saved $700.

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i like infinity. i typically prefer them to most of the mainstream consumer brands like polk audio due to sound characteristics. i do say that loosely though, since different models of speakers even within the same brands differ dramatically.

drop by a best buy or frys and take a listen to a few brands. a quick listen of the same source will reveal a lot.

also check out some higher price point stuff at kellum, star power, and modia if you have time.

oh dont rule out internet only companies. a lot of brands out there like htd, elemental designs that make pretty nice stuff for good prices.

that being said, personally if i was spending $2000 on speakers, i'd buy used and seek out a higher end brand. spend about $1700 on the fronts and center then use the other $300 for the rears. you can probably find some paradigm reference v4 series speakers in that range that would have sold new for over $4000.

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I have a Tannoy Eyirs center channel speaker and Tannoy sensys towers matched with two 8" subs. I got them from this guy. I dontt know if you could get tannoy for the money you listed, but he would know good stuff to fit your budget.


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Infinity is by far the best.

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Infinity is by far the best.
You need to hear the martin logan clx series (really any of their products). But at a paltry 22k a speaker, most of us only use those in the guest house or in the Gulfstream...
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I've listened to Infinity, Usher and PSB and the PSBs were probably the best I've heard, followed by Usher, then the inferior Infinity. PSB and Usher would more than likely be out of that 2k price range though, unless you scored a great deal on used speakers, which is not a bad option to go.

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I need some decent speakers. Great suggestions up in heera.

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i bought a yamaha complete surround kit from best buy about 6 months ago, and thus far has been a great kit! Only paid like $500 for it, came with the receiver, 4 surround, one center and a sub.. but for 2k holy hell batman thats a lot for just speakers!! id look into maybe bose or infinity. I have never been disatisfied with either brand..
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