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Hi,

I'm looking to get my first set of home theater speakers, and after a bit of research I'm down to three options. I'm finding it hard to decide whcih to pick as I'm not able to listen to any of them before buying, so would be good to get some opinions

Behringer 2030P x5:
~$450 + stands:
These seem great value and get good reviews, I wonder how closely they compare to my other two options, or whether they will be much worse. I've heard some say they are not great for HT because they are meant for nearfield listening, but then others say it doesn't make a difference, so I don't know who to believe :).

Infinity P362, P162 and PC351:
~$800, no stands required.
These get good reviews, but how do they compare to the SVS?

SVS SCS-02 x3, SBS-02 x2:
~$950 + stands:
These were my original choice, but because of expensive shipping they work out the most. I'm also concerned about whether my receiver (Denon 1610, already bought) has enough power to drive them, given their low sensitivity. And are they worth the extra money over the Infinitys or Behringers?
 

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OK, You will get opinions from people and read reviews but nothing beats listening to them yourself. Isn't there a place near you that you can go and listen to speakers? Not for nothing but someone else might think certain speakers sound perfect and then you buy them and you don't agree. The speakers you posted are all going to give you good sound but for anyone to tell you they will sound the best to you will be impossible. If you absolutley can't find a place to listen to any speakers then try and buy from a place that will allow you to return them if you don't like them. Sorry if that really doesn't help you to much but speakers are the most important part of a system,IMO, and to listen to them yourself is the real only way to be sure.
 

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Hello,
I could not agree more about auditioning. Obviously, this does not apply to the SVS, but you could Audition them by ordering them and using their generous Return Policy. All this being said, I am quite impressed with the Infinity's for the money.
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Yes, Auditioning is truly the only way for you to decide. That being said we can all agree that you are headed in the right direction with the choices you have made, as they are all great manufacturers, that produce a quality product.
 

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OK, You will get opinions from people and read reviews but nothing beats listening to them yourself. Isn't there a place near you that you can go and listen to speakers? Not for nothing but someone else might think certain speakers sound perfect and then you buy them and you don't agree. The speakers you posted are all going to give you good sound but for anyone to tell you they will sound the best to you will be impossible. If you absolutley can't find a place to listen to any speakers then try and buy from a place that will allow you to return them if you don't like them. Sorry if that really doesn't help you to much but speakers are the most important part of a system,IMO, and to listen to them yourself is the real only way to be sure.
I couldn't agree more about "auditioning" them, but hearing them in an accoustically correct setting in a high-end audio store and most likely being driven by different equipment than yours is not always good selection criteria. Individual recommendations depend on that user's own setup & room accoustics and are further compounded by their own hearing and opinion. I.E., what maybe sounds good to me in a typical family room setting might not sound as good to the true audiophile in his/her own high-end HT setting.

At the extreme you could engage the services of a professional engineer (i.e., someone like Jeff Meier @ Accucal) to come in with an accoustical analyzer (Sencore SP495) to test the intended location and then make a recommendation (pre-purchase) or perform a professional setup of your gear (post-purchase). It all boils down to how much of an audio perfectionist you are and the depth of your pockets.

My brother-in-law (who regularly attends live concerts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) suggests spending every penny you can afford on the speakers then spend whatever's left on the components. Using his logic I'd lean toward the upper end.

Only my 2¢ worth.
 

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This one is the best speakers. Its quality is best:
Bose 131 Marine Speakers, flush-mounted speakers for boats - Arctic White
Technical Details
- Consistent sound quality for marine use
- Flush mount in your boats pre-cut speaker openings
- Engineered to withstand snow, sun, rain, ice and saltwater spray..

thanks..........
 

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I couldn't agree more about "auditioning" them, but hearing them in an accoustically correct setting in a high-end audio store and most likely being driven by different equipment than yours is not always good selection criteria. Individual recommendations depend on that user's own setup & room accoustics and are further compounded by their own hearing and opinion. I.E., what maybe sounds good to me in a typical family room setting might not sound as good to the true audiophile in his/her own high-end HT setting.

At the extreme you could engage the services of a professional engineer (i.e., someone like Jeff Meier @ Accucal) to come in with an accoustical analyzer (Sencore SP495) to test the intended location and then make a recommendation (pre-purchase) or perform a professional setup of your gear (post-purchase). It all boils down to how much of an audio perfectionist you are and the depth of your pockets.

My brother-in-law (who regularly attends live concerts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) suggests spending every penny you can afford on the speakers then spend whatever's left on the components. Using his logic I'd lean toward the upper end.

Only my 2¢ worth.
Absolutley, That is why if he can get out and listen at a place near him that has a good return policy he can make a better choice. :T
 

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This one is the best speakers. Its quality is best:
Bose 131 Marine Speakers, flush-mounted speakers for boats - Arctic White
Technical Details
- Consistent sound quality for marine use
- Flush mount in your boats pre-cut speaker openings
- Engineered to withstand snow, sun, rain, ice and saltwater spray..

thanks..........

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The OP is building a home theater not a boat theater.....:doh: :bigsmile:
 

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I think it was a joke

For your boat you could also try Babb speakers.

For your 73 Bronco, I recommend Jensen Triaxs' in sturdy cardboard boxes.

As for your HT listening is your best option, one set of speakers could sound great to one person in a particular room and sound horrid to another. There must be "someplace" you can listen to variations for speakers in town. Even narrowing it down to type of tweeter and config of drivers may help you decide on mail order speakers.
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys!

I was hoping to audition the behringers and infinitys, but I haven't been able to find them at any stores around here.

With regards to the SVS, do you think my receiver (Denon 1610, 75W per channel) will be adequate to drive them given their low sensitivity? If not then I can cross them off the list.

And I think after long consideration I'll pass on the Bose ;-).
 

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Your Denon will depend on how loud you like it. Unfortunately, you can't tell that until your hooked up and listening.

I had Bose 901s in the early 70s, they were fantastic, I think mostly because it was creepy and COOL!! to hear parts of sound coming from behind you. Also, completely dependant on your "state of mind" at the moment...:)
 

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I couldn't agree more about "auditioning" them, but hearing them in an accoustically correct setting in a high-end audio store and most likely being driven by different equipment than yours is not always good selection criteria. Individual recommendations depend on that user's own setup & room accoustics and are further compounded by their own hearing and opinion. I.E., what maybe sounds good to me in a typical family room setting might not sound as good to the true audiophile in his/her own high-end HT setting.

At the extreme you could engage the services of a professional engineer (i.e., someone like Jeff Meier @ Accucal) to come in with an accoustical analyzer (Sencore SP495) to test the intended location and then make a recommendation (pre-purchase) or perform a professional setup of your gear (post-purchase). It all boils down to how much of an audio perfectionist you are and the depth of your pockets.

My brother-in-law (who regularly attends live concerts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) suggests spending every penny you can afford on the speakers then spend whatever's left on the components. Using his logic I'd lean toward the upper end.

Only my 2¢ worth.
Hello,
If we could all only be so lucky. Most AV Stores now have rows of Speakers right next to each other being powered by an AVR. While some are lucky enough to have Stores where they have 5.1 HT setup and the ability to swap out Speakers into this space, but sadly these days this is more the exception than the rule.

I still think it is a good idea to go Audition Speakers knowing full well many will be setup in suboptimal conditions. At least you get an idea how the Tweeter sounds and some are lucky enough to have Stores where they really can Audition in a proper space.

The problem is too many people would do just that and then Purchase the speakers for the lowest price on the Internet. With Tweeter/Sound Advice/Hifi Buys going OOB, there is only Magnolia left that carries relatively High End Components Nationwide. The lucky few live in Areas where there are still true Hifi Stores. And at Magnolia HT, I have seen Martin Logan Electrostats hooked up to a sub 1000 Dollar AVR which would lead any person to think they sound awful.
Cheers,
JJ
 

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Well just bought a sub: Jamo D7, bit of an impulse buy, it's on sale at Vans, looked like a great deal so I pulled the trigger.

Anyway, given that the sub is already on it's way, that just makes me keener to get the speakers sorted soon :).

I'm heavily leaning towards the infinitys now, given there is a risk that my receiver won't be able to drive the SVSs properly, and I feel like I'd be short changing on the speakers if I bought the behringers after spending $500 on a sub :)

I definitely want the PC351, but leaning towards the P252/P152 over the P363/P163, as they have matching drivers to PC351 (so maybe better matching sound) and there are no P362/162 left on sale at crutchfield, so there is now quite a price difference
 

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But should probably just stay calm, go audition some speakers this weekend and then make my decision.

I might not be able to compare SVS and Infinity directly, but at least I could compare some speakers with metal vs silk tweeters, that might help give me an idea which I'd prefer.

(and maybe I'll find something I like so much in a store I'll go with that instead)
 

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Try a DIY project you'll put more money towards the speakers and they will be the best sounding speakers you'll ever own.
 

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Hey Leo: I bet it would be rewarding to build some mean DIY speakers, but I don't have the time (or the skills, I think :)) to pull it off.

Picking out the components and setting it all up is a project enough for me (but certainly a fun one!)
 

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In my experience with the infinities the highs were fatiguing and there was lots of sound interaction within the cabinets. However installing a sound dampening layer within the cabinets fixed both issues and made for a remarkable performing speaker, imo anyway. Also keep in mind that these speakers do not have wall mounting installed, its an easy fix with basic hangers and short wood screws, but just a heads-up. For the money, especially if you take the time to correct the cabinets, the infinity primus line is one of the best value speakers on the market today, Id go so far as to say my extremely cheap (albeit modified) infinity system could hold its own against any system costing two to three times the price. Imagining is unreal. ;) Even a stereo pair of 162s performs well, and thats with zero bass support...
 

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Tyler, those are some keen insights indeed on the Primus Series. As they boast excellent Speaker Drivers, there had to be compromises made for them to be profitable. And the Bench Tests of the Primus clearly show the Cabinet Interactions which no doubt are lessened by additional dampening.
Cheers,
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My vote would likely go to the behringers. The tweeter is superior to the infinities, and the dispersion is more controlled than the SVS'

Not a perfect speaker, but mods for it are very accessible should you desire it.

Here's my recommendation btw:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LSR2325P
 
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