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    I played around with my Titans with a single S8 in a new room yesterday and i about made a mess in my seat. Just sayin'.
    I don't read the newsssspaperssss because dey aaaallllllllll...... have ugly print.

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    I guess my old Advents, mainly because they're the only bookshelves I've ever owned and they still perform quite beautifully.
    Sony 52in.XBR6
    Sony 32in.XBR6
    Anthem AVM50V
    Anthem PRE-2L
    Sonic Frontiers SFCD-1
    Carver C-9
    Carver C-19 PreAmp
    Carver C-16 PreAmp
    2-Carver Silver 7-T's
    4-Carver TFM55's
    2-Carver TFM35's
    1-Carver TFM25
    Carver 490T
    Denon DCD1560
    Sony BDP-S350
    Sony PS3
    Nintendo Wii
    Panasonic DMK23DVR

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    PolkAudio SDA-SRS
    PolkAudio SDA-SRS 1.2TL
    PolkAudio SDA-CRS+(Compliments Of Mr. Jim Thomas"jtgranby")
    PolkAudio RTA-15TL
    PolkAudio M3
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    Favorite non-Polk bookshelves?

    hmmm...

    of the ones I own or have owned:
    (not really a big fan of bookshelves for 'serious' listening)

    ads L-710
    IMF SuperCompact
    DIY Fostex FE-207E fullrange drivers in 1.0 ft^3 BR cabinets
    AR-3

    If my list can exceed my grasp, I'd add BBC LS 3/5A specification nearfield monitors.
    all the best,
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    Quote Originally Posted by concealer404 View Post
    Do you mind threadjacking a little and telling me what you think of the 5ses? I have a chance to get a pair of 7ses for $150 in good shape, and i've been resisting, but i'm starting to think it would be stupid to pass them up. Haven't heard them yet, though.
    They sound quite good... I actually took them from my friend after 10 years. They put them in the garage since they never used them.

    I like the smoothness.
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    Epson 8350 Projector/ Elite Screens 120" / Pioneer Elite SC-35 / Sunfire Signature / Focal Chorus 716s / Focal Chorus CC / Polk MC80 / Polk PSW150 sub

    Bedroom - Sharp Aquos 70" 650 / Pioneer SC-1222k / Polk RT-55 / Polk CS-250

    Den - Rotel RSP-1068 / Threshold CAS-2 / Boston VR-M60 / BDP-05FD

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    +1 to the vote for Advents, another vintage b'shelf that sounded pretty good were the Dynaco A-25 They're so vintage that the technology is stone age compared to most others listed here !:)

    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...3Doff%26um%3D1

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    Quote Originally Posted by thuffman03 View Post
    I just bought a set of Athena S2 book shelf speakers. They are pretty nice.
    I have a pair of used Athena Audition AS-B1, the price was right and the frequency range is good enough so I don't need a subwoofer for the bedroom set-up. The below review does them justice, my own listening couldn't say any better than the review does. I will more likely pair them with one of my vintage receiver... good enough for my bedroom set-up (some TV and music)

    http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/athena_asb1.htm

    For the portable 2 channels, I use M-AUDIO monitors but this is another story (not a vintage)

    Cheers!
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    Default Cabasse, Mark & Daniel

    1) Well, these Cabasse speakers surprised me quite a bit:

    http://www.cabasse.com/old/loudspeakers/goelette301.php

    Amazing workmanship, they were absolutely stunning in African Bubinga wood, with brass pins to hold the covers on, but I usually left then nekkid. They came with a lifetime warranty against failure, and their own cables. Huge output in a huge room with high ceilings, when paired with a NAD integrated amplifier rated at a mere 50w/ch. A little bit too revealing, I thought, sometimes, which is why I'd absolutely love to try these out again with my JoLida integrated. Unfortunately, I left them at a friend's house (a very good friend, so it's a worthy cause) and I won't be taking them back any time soon. I haven't seen any Cabasse products in years ...

    2) The Mark & Daniel Maximus Mini are quite surprising too, both visually and otherwise, if not quite so undeniably gorgeous as the Cabasse! Quite the equal to the huge Polk Audio RT55, though, at less than one quarter of the size. Big sound in a very small enclosure. I'd love to get two more pairs to try a full 6.1 setup with the NAD T754. Mine are a terrific shocking orange color, just like the ones in the first link below:

    http://www.mark-daniel.com/Pro_En.asp?ProID=47
    http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/m...6/twosome.html
    http://www.affordableaudio.org/M&DMaximusMini.pdf
    http://www.sonicflare.com/archives/m...ker-review.php
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    1.B&W Nautilus 805s
    2.B&W Matrix 805s
    3.Monitor Audio GR10s
    4.Paradigm Studio 20s v3
    Linn AV5140 fronts
    Linn AV5120 Center
    Linn AV5140 Rears
    M&K MX-70 Sub for Music
    Odyssey Mono-Blocs
    SVS Ultra-13 Gloss Black:D

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    Keep rolling with some other suggestions folks...maybe some that can be found on Fleabay in the $100 range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conradicles View Post
    Keep rolling with some other suggestions folks...maybe some that can be found on Fleabay in the $100 range.
    For that range there won't be much.

    You MAY be able to get an older pair of Titans for that, or Atoms.

    I dont have much bookshelf experience beyond my polks and paradigms, sadly.
    I don't read the newsssspaperssss because dey aaaallllllllll...... have ugly print.

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    DO NOT CLICK ON the mark-daniel link in post 37.
    High severity attack.

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    A few years back I got a pair of Fosgate Audionics FA51.0s, which are rebadged Hafler M-5 speakers. These near field monitors at my fishing cabin started me on the path to upgrade my home 2-channel system, since whenever I returned from a trip, I found my home system sorely lacking.

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    A/D/S or Paradigm seems to have my vote so far from a price standpoint. Picked up some sweet stands from Goodwill yesterday.

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    AR-5. A great loudspeaker.
    Last edited by George Grand; 09-23-2009 at 10:55 AM.

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    Hello,
    Hard to find, but the Spica TC50 are excellent. In the basement with a Fisher 500C, Chicago Speaker stands and a souped-up Sony SDA player. Mighty damn good!
    I put a couple of "L" brackets on the back of the cabinet and added some Decca ribbon tweeters, but now use without them in a simpler system.
    Ken

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    The best sounding bookshelf speakers I have had my ears on are the Jamo C603 and the C803. I first listened to the 603 and was VERY impressed. Next we fired up the 803 and they sounded just as awesome but on a larger scale. When listening to these speakers they reminded me of the Polk LSi7 and LSi9. Thinking back now, they sounded very similar with the exception that imo, the Jamo 603/803 were a little bit more musical. These Jamo's sound their best when driven by a high quality amp just like the Polk LSi line. Very well built and nice looking speakers. A real sleeper that must be heard to be appreciated. I almost sold my M10b and bought the C803. I didn't want to have to buy all new speakers for my HT setup so I passed. Every few days though, I think about getting these speakers and selling my M10b........I just can't make up my mind. I am torn between the C803 and a pair of Dali speakers at the moment. Here is a little review with graphs for those that are interested.

    http://igs.avhub.com.au/IgnitionSuit...64300881690000
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    Default Imho

    Pinnacle PN5+
    PSB Alpha
    Paradigm Titan

    Have owned all 3 and still have the Paradigm's.

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    Thumbs up Klipsch KG2

    Finally got some bookshelf speakers to throw in the mix just for fun. Got a killer deal on a set of black 1988 Klipsch KG2 (8" woofer, 10" passive radiator on the back and a 1" Phenolic dome horn loaded tweeter) for $20.50 local pick-up. Very nice all around speaker. Great high's and some punch in the low end.

    Listened for a while this weekend to the KG2's and the SDA-1C's and it made me realize how much I really like SDA's. The so called "SDA Effect" is really not an effect. Just massive stereo separation. Like a good set of headphones. SDA's rule!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conradicles View Post
    Finally got some bookshelf speakers to throw in the mix just for fun. Got a killer deal on a set of black 1988 Klipsch KG2 (8" woofer, 10" passive radiator on the back and a 1" Phenolic dome horn loaded tweeter) for $20.50 local pick-up. Very nice all around speaker. Great high's and some punch in the low end.

    Listened for a while this weekend to the KG2's and the SDA-1C's and it made me realize how much I really like SDA's. The so called "SDA Effect" is really not an effect. Just massive stereo separation. Like a good set of headphones. SDA's rule!
    Nice system. I want to sit in that chair for a while . It looks like a lot of listening has taken place there. Nice man Nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obieone View Post
    The DT Studio Monitor 350's. They're like the miniature versions of the BP7000 series speakers. Instead of an active sub, they use a passive one. 8" for the 350's, and 10" for the 450's.
    VERY sweet sounding!
    I love the SM 450s. But I love the Paradigm S2 more. :D

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    This one currently http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/energy_c3.htm

    Attachment 44080

    is currently pulling main duty on my living room rig and love them

    Attachment 44081

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    Cheap - KEF C15

    Expensive - Sonus Faber Concertino

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    Phil Jones AAD 2001 monitors...staggering performance!!
    "2 Channel & 11.2 HT "
    Panny 65" 3D Plasma
    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3010 AVR
    D>SONIC M2-600M mono's / mains
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    Rotel RMB-1075 / 5 channel amp
    TEAC UD - 501 DAC
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    SONOS System
    KEF Q900 / mains
    KEF Q600 / center
    KEF Q800 / surrounds
    KEF Q100 / rear surr.
    Def Tech ProMonitor 1000 / front & rear presence
    Velodyne SPL-1200R subs / dual pair
    DSPeaker Anti-Mode 8033 sub EQ
    Equitech Balanced Power Son of Q 1.5R
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    My favorite affordable (for me) is the Tyler Acoustics Taylos Reference Monitor with the Scanspeak Revelator Tweeter,,, great detail,inner detail,whopper of a soundstage,,goes deep enough for me,but YMMV.
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)

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    Genelec. Absolutely amazing. I have a pair of Yamaha NS10's I listen to sometimes and though they may "not" be bookshelf speakers, JBL 4412's are very good near-fields.
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    I agree that the JBL 4412s are pretty good near field monitors....and that the Pinnacle
    5+ was something of a small phenomenon in its day.

    I also like an old pair of db Plus speakers I have from the late 80s/90s a Canadian subsidiary no longer around.

    And the KLH Model 6.

    cnh

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    Oh, easy one... Phase Technology's PC3.1 II

    http://www.phasetech.com/products.ht...ct_id=PC-3.1II

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    ACI Sapphire XL's will be my choice if I ever go bookshelf.

    Source: Squeezebox Touch/CIA Power Supply
    DAC: Benchmark DAC/PRE
    Linestage: Placette RVC Passive
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    Speakers: Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 Monitor
    Subwoofer: SVS PB12-NSD

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    Quote Originally Posted by obieone View Post
    The DT Studio Monitor 350's. They're like the miniature versions of the BP7000 series speakers. Instead of an active sub, they use a passive one. 8" for the 350's, and 10" for the 450's.
    VERY sweet sounding!
    The DT 350's and 450's must be in liquidation mode. Several eBay sellers have in total about 20 pairs of new-in-box 450's, with some selling in the low 300's including shipping.
    I'm almost tempted...

    Only 1 seller has the 350's, and if it weren't for the low priced 450's they would be a good deal.

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