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Old 19th October 2005, 16:36   #1
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Folks,

I have a pretty basic HT setup, which I got in 1999 and intend to keep using till it stops working !
Sony STRDE335 (5*100w rms) - Dolby ProLogic, 5.1 ready
Sony SA-VE150 Subwoofer/Satellites (5.1)
Onida DVD player
Will add a 29" Flat TV soon

The requirement is for a couple of floorstanders to replace my front speakers, to enhance my music-listening-experience at my new place which should be ready early next year:

Some factors guiding the purchase
1. I'm not keen on building a high end system, since I don't think my ears are capable of justifying the price difference .. Budget MAX 20K
2. Listen to music a lot more than I watch movies
3. Listen to plain and simple rock (Floyd, Straits, Tull, Sting, S&G, Led Zep would be the heaviest!) and a bit of western classical , a bit of country etc.
4. HT room dimensions will be 23ft long x 10ft wide x 9.5ft high. Listening position will be around 10 ft from the speakers (half way of the 23ft length)
5. My AV receiver may not be as good a dedicated stereo amp would be, for listening to plain audio, but I can live with that. So no plans to go for an amp.
6. I like soothing bass and high freq clarity at low volumes.

The ones I came across were a couple of Jamo's and Sonodyne's.

Any suggestions on what I else can get at that price ? Sam, how much do the JBL's cost ?
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Try B&W, Infinity, KEF, Monitor Audio, DCM or Wharfdale
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Try B&W, Infinity, KEF, Monitor Audio, DCM or Wharfdale
Thanks. Could you possibly give me model numbers ?
So far as I recall (AV Max speaker prices) B&Ws cost in lakhs !
I can get a pair of Infinitys for under 20K ?

My budget is 20K at most , for the 2 floorstanders.
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B&W 303 cost about 16K but they are book shelf speakers. the 600 series is floor standing.

At 20K I think only the Wharfdale would be able to offer floor standers.
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for kef..
think bpl in bangalore is the only distributers.

check this out...
http://www.kef.com/products/cresta/cresta30.asp

I own this. Brought for 22k. Its got very good clarity. But bpl told that they stopped this model in india and they were selling remaining stocks at huge discount.

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very nice gkrishn! glad to see floorstanders under 20K. can one get a whole cresta 5 pc system for 40K?

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Yes... cresta10. Around 12k. But as i said some months back bpl was giving this model a slow death.

Yes the 5 speaker system will come to that much only. But i felt low end was not there at all. And brought a 10" 250 W powered subwoofer which alone cost 32k.

http://www.kef.com/products/subwoofers/psw2500.asp

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no bass at all?? I heard the KEF Cresta 30s at a dealer's place and it was not bad. Yes there was no low bass and for movies like T2 you might need a sub but for 20K it offers good sound.
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Thanks @grkishn .. but getting stuff from Bangalore may not be feasible for me.

How does Wharfdale compare with Jamo's ?
I've heard Jamo E430 (i think thats the no) .. hooked up to a Yamaha receiver .. liked them. They cost around 16K.
Then there's probably another model E470 or something at around 19K for a pair.


Another basic Q ..
Which factors should influence the choice between bookshelfs and floorstanders ? Availabilty of space probably is one. But from the sound perspective ?
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