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After years of being underwhelmed by cheap boomboxes, hand-me-downs, and mini-systems I finally committed to building a system that would let me enjoy music once again.
I purchased an Onkyo TX-8050 (80W 2-Channel networked receiver w/ preamp outs) and paired it with my CD collection (ripped to flac and stored on a DLNA server), my dad's Dual phonograph, and a pair of speakers from one of the mini-systems. Perhaps it was more a function of having the receiver more accessible, or networked than a better sound quality, but I started listening more often. Of course I was shopping for speakers as I was enjoying music (Classical, Jazz, Classic Rock) again.
I was looking for a first set knowing they would likely move from the 8050 to the HT system or into a bedroom. I wasn't concerned about getting just the right speakers, and was more interested in having a good quality set to compare future purchases against. I purchased a set of Monitor Series II 40s and now enjoy listening even more. I also picked up a CS1 to accompany the 40s when I sent them down to the HT. Perhaps this is a sign of things to come but I can't help but wondering how much better it could be and where the point of diminishing returns is.
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The Monitor Series II 40s paired with the TX-8050 sound far better than anything I've heard before except live music, but they seem weak in the bass. Not surprising since they're bookshelf speakers. I'm wondering about picking up a set of 70s in an attempt to get a fuller sound, thinking that they'd also voice match to the 40s for a time when they're moved to the HT.
Would this be a good solution? If I'm not looking for any more volume than I can get with the 40s will it be a problem that they're underpowered at 80watts? I've read in other threads the 70s can be muddy; would I be better off getting 50s or 60s and sub... Or even just a sub?
70 ($360 pair) until 5/2
60 ($300 pair)
50 ($240 pair)
PSW10 ($90) until 5/2