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I am considering adding speakers to my 3.1 setup. I was thinking of putting three matching bookshelf speakers across the front and moving my energy speakers to the surround locations. Do any speaker companies sell bookshelf speakers individually? I would like to keep the cost below 150 per speaker. Or would I be better off buying just 2 speakers and keeping the energy speakers up front? Or buy 6 bookshelf speakers and have a 6.1 setup.

I had thought of either Polk Audio, Klipsch or Pioneer Andrew Jones speakers if I were to buy 2 or 6 speakers.

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You might consider the Arx A1-b's from the Audio Insider.

http://www.theaudioinsider.com/produ...roducts_id=65&

They would be hard to beat at that price point. I think one of our members has some for sale, if they are still around. Do a search.
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I am considering adding speakers to my 3.1 setup. I was thinking of putting three matching bookshelf speakers across the front and moving my energy speakers to the surround locations. Do any speaker companies sell bookshelf speakers individually? I would like to keep the cost below 150 per speaker. ... Any thoughts on my ideas?
Buy two pairs of speakers, put three across the front and keep the unused fourth speaker as a spare (or try selling it on a used-goods site).

Or, get three CBM-170s from AscendAcoustics.com for $458 + $52 shipping. Not quite $150/speaker...but close.
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I would look at buying 2 pair of the Cambridge Audio S30 speakers
and put 3 across the front - having a spare is worth the cost. They
are nice, and the bass goes down to 60 hz for an easy crossover to
your subwoofer.
I favor them over Polk, Klipsch and Pioneer.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...ark-Oak/1.html

If buying Pioneer - then I would get the modded BS22 speaker by
Dennis Murphy from Philharmonic Audio - a clear step up, and they
would meet your budget.

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Reasonably priced bookshelf speakers are sold individually by Hsu Research and Infinity (the latter has excellent off-axis response).

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Reasonably priced bookshelf speakers are sold individually by Hsu Research and Infinity (the latter has excellent off-axis response).
I noticed that the Infinity speakers have 3/4 inch tweeters, while many other speakers have 1 inch tweeters. Does that make much of a difference in the sound quality of the speakers?

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I noticed that the Infinity speakers have 3/4 inch tweeters, while many other speakers have 1 inch tweeters. Does that make much of a difference in the sound quality of the speakers?
It's not the size, it's how you use it. The tweeter sits in a waveguide that helps keep the off-axis response similar to the on-axis response. Which means that reflections off the side walls, that mix with the direct sound before reaching your ears, won't change the characteristics of the speaker. Makes them especially good for rooms with little to no treatment.

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Axiom sells speakers individually

http://www.axiomaudio.com/


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Quite often Newegg sells speakers in singles from different brands. Have a look here.

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You might consider the Arx A1-b's from the Audio Insider.
We offer single speakers...

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