Best Speaker Brands

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  1. rak_32 Banned

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    Can anyone give me a list of some of the best speaker brands? I know that Kilipsch, B&W, POLK, and Bose are preaty good brands.... but I dont know many other ones.
    thnx

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    It really depends on the situation. I don’t like to be boxed into a corner of declaring an absolute best, even when the type of speaker and the application are known. You must first define the application (ie where you're placing the speakers, and what your using them for), next define your budget, then room decor considerations must be accounted for, especially if you're married and/or have children.

    Price is NOT always a contributing factor, but it usually correlates with sheer output capabilities, low end bass extension and nicer build quality when comparing speakers from competent speaker brands.

    The best advice is to check out our Loudspeaker Reviews here:
    http://www.audioholics.com/product-reviews

    Then ask around the forum for opinions on any particular brand/models you're interested in.

    Finally, if possible, go and audition. Or, if you're buying online, make sure the company has a liberal return policy. Some ID brands like Aperion Audio, and SVS offer 60 day risk free evaluations while others expect you to pay return shipping and possible restock fees.

    Check this article to make the right selection for your purchasing needs:
    http://www.audioholics.com/editorials/internet-direct-vs-brick-and-mortar
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  2. MACCA350 Audioholic Chief

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    Bose:eek:
    Oh no, here we go again:p

    cheers:D
  3. jaxvon Audioholic Ninja

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    There's such a huge list...

    And Bose is not on that list.

    I'll give a starter off the top of my head:

    Axiom
    Onyx
    Rocket
    RBH
    Dynaudio
    Vandersteen
    Magnepan
    Martin Logan
    Definitive Technology
    B&W
    Meridian
    Monitor Audio
    PSB
    Paradigm
    Energy
    Avant Garde
    MBL
    Wilson
    California Audio Technology
    German Physiks
    Phase Technology
    AVI
    Vienna Acoustics
    Linn
    Krell
    Rockport
    Focal/JM Lab
    Wisdom Audio


    Keep in mind that many of these brands are out of the price range of "normal" people. Many of them sell speakers that cost as much as a nice house.
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  4. Resident Loser Senior Audioholic

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    If everyone...

    ...leaves it alone, maybe it will go away...

    TO: rak_32

    A good speaker brand is one that you like and can afford...

    jimHJJ(...it's as simple as that...)
  5. Nick250 Audioholic Samurai

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    To get a jump start, I would go the the speaker review section here on Audioholics and start reading. Lots and lots of good speakers out there as you can see from Jaxvons post.

    Nick
  6. j_garcia Audioholic Jedi

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    "Best" is in the ear of the beholder. You may not like what I like and vice versa. I don't like Bose for example, though I am not alone in that :)
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    i use KLH floorstanding front left/right speakers. then i use a klipsch center speaker, and for rear, i use the bose acustimass. are these speakers good?
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    If they sound good to your ears, then that's all that matters. Personally, I'd say KLH and Bose use the most inexpensive components to build speakers (drivers, crossovers, mdf). To KLH's defense, they charge accordingly. Bose simply rips people off for the product put out. They charge for marketing, then quadruple the profit margin (sort of like Monster does with cable).
  9. myriad1973 Audioholic

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    They're right. I can't afford any of the above mentioned brands, but the Sony (yes, Sony) speaker/subwoofer combo I bought for $400 sounds pretty good for what I paid. It's not what I really *wanted* to get, but when you're on a tight budget, you get the best you possibly can. I'm happy with them. :)
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    do u know if speakers will start degeneratig after age? will the sound quality go down?
  11. jaxvon Audioholic Ninja

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    That can happen, either from abuse, or sometimes parts just wear out. Often, speaker cone surrounds will deteriorate over time. Other things can too, but if you keep your speaker in a healthy, low humidity environment without overdriving it, it should offer you years and years of service.
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    Now what do you guys think about Realistic? :D j/k!
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    Hahahah... I actually have A pair of Realistic Minimus-7's as surrounds in my system. They work great for that. They aren't bad little speakers for the price ($50/pair) and they produce a surprising amount of bass.
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    I won't touch Realistic speakers. But I can say that my father had a Realistic eq from 1981 that worked faithfully up til just earlier this year. Their eq's were always quite nice.
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    First of all "Blose" is not a good brand. I'm sure many other posters will agree with that. I use a pair of Realistic Minimus 7's with a subwoofer in my bedroom system.:D
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    BOSE is not good? How about AR or Magnavox? I saw a whole 6.1 surround sound setup MAGNAVOX for only 80.00. It included a dvd player and a receiver.
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    Is this a serious question? Or are you just taking the pi$$ out of us:p

    cheers:)
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    umm yes is it a serious question. also, do you think KLH is considerably good? because i own 2 front left/right KLH speakers. they sound preaty nice but i think i need to upgrade my 10 yr old SONY receiver to get the full effect out of all my speakers.

    center - SC.5 Klipsch
    front lft/rht - KLH Floor Standing
    Rear Suround - Bose acustimass + module
    Sub- NONE :'(

    so how's my setup?
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    Rak,

    Which ones are they? KLH is very entry level, with very inexpensive drivers. You're setup is fine for a budget entry system - there's just no timber matching. We've told you this numerous times. No receiver will timber match your speakers.
    http://www.amazon.com/b/002-5518118-5762461?ie=UTF8&node=3005291
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