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  1. ChiefSquishy Enthusiast

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    Q: Which setup would bring the best sound quality?

    Setup 1: Buying a 5.1 speaker setup all together for around $100-200

    Setup 2: Buying a 3.1 speaker setup using 2 bookshelves and a center for around $60 pair and $90 for center and $100 sub

    Also im looking at the yamaha or dayton speaker package and the polk or dayton bookshelves, center, and sub.
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    Instead of option 2, would you consider $250 on a pair of speakers?

    Sub/bass is nice, but at $60/pr (or less for option 1) for your main speakers, you are going to see lots of compromises.
    I'd rather see you put all of your budget into a pair of speakers that have good enough sound quality for you to want to keep. Like the Wave Crest HVL-1
    http://www.wavecrestaudio.com/products/hvl-1-two-way-loudspeaker-pair.

    Alternately, tell us where you live (in general terms) and perhaps someone here familiar with models and brands of speakers will find a gem off of your local craig's list.
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    I've heard a set before they sound pretty good but I also haven't heard a lot of speakers but they seem like a solid product. I've heard some pioneer yamaha and polk. Polk was the best of the 3 to me but they were out of my price until they went on sale
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    ChiefSquishy, read this thread, please, and then follow KEW's advice of either auditioning the WaveCrests or telling us where you are so we can help you shop for used bargains.

    I heard the Polks paired with a Klipsch sub yesterday in H.H. Gregg. They were ok, but it made me sad to know that for many people, it will be the best they've heard. It doesn't have to be for you, though.

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    Jman is right. These speakers match to CS10 center:
    http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-TSi100-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00192KF12
    And do yourself a HUGE favor - skip really really horrible polk sub and get a Dayton sub-1000/1200 mentioned above.

    Another option for dirt cheap speakers:
    http://www.amazon.com/Micca-MB42X-B...F8&qid=1436321719&sr=1-1&keywords=micca+mb42x
    http://www.amazon.com/Micca-MB42X-C...F8&qid=1436321719&sr=1-4&keywords=micca+mb42x
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    Never heard of micca how do they sound?
    Also what about these http://www.parts-express.com/dayton...kshelf-speaker-pair-with-amt-tweeter--300-651

    http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-ccs-33b-3-way-center-channel-speaker-black--300-674

    And which center would go with the Polk t15s
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    Are either of these a match to the t15
    http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Center-channel-speaker/dp/B000OOQUTM?tag=blurayforum-20

    http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Monitor-Channel-Speaker/dp/B0002MPMAE

    http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Series-Channel-Speaker/dp/B0071MW91S

    And which speakers sound better Micca or Polk?
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    You know, this might be a really good option.

    I'm set to receive a huge subwoofer the manufacturer claims can ably play beyond 150Hz, so when I review the thing I wanted to really test that assertion. Being a fan of concentric drivers I set about trying to find the smallest one I could. During my search I stumbled upon the Micca COVO-S, so I bought a few pairs (they're cheap enough). I don't have that monster sub yet but I did want to see what the speakers were capable of beforehand, so I used them for a few days paired to the HSU VTF-3 MK5 HP eval I just published (after all my notes were already taken though). Surprisingly, they held their own. The sub obviously had more to give than the speakers could muster up, but I'll be darned if the little things didn't do a yeoman's job. And they sounded far better then they have a right to. I imagine the 42X are a step or two above the COVO-S.

    Note to the OP... if you do get the Micca's be sure to get the version with the X in its name. The ones without it are less expensive, but they have no crossover. Big drawback

    BTW, I like the Location listed under your avatar. Sounds very familiar. :)
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    No. Bookshelf speakers > satellites. Those Klipsch satellites are disposable. Also, 2 good speakers are better than 5 crappy speakers. Adding more of them doesn't make them less crappy. It's like Klipsch is saying, "Here. You throw these away. I'd give you more to throw away, but I see your arms are full."
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    A general rule of thumb: the smaller the speaker, the smaller the sound and you can't count on a sub to make your mains sound bigger.
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    For a tight budget the Micca 42x will be OK - a tight budget is a tight budget

    I would bypass the Klipsch - however, your call
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    This would be my preference for your tight budget

    Cambridge S20 Speakers - the original S series are nice/good
    http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...-3-2-way-bookshelf-speakers-black-pair/1.html

    The Dayton 10 inch sub
    http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-sub-1000-10-100-watt-powered-subwoofer--300-628
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  20. ChiefSquishy Enthusiast

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    I already bought the Dayton sub and just got it today was looking on Amazon since its that prime day still seems like the bookshelves are the way to go

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