What are the best value for the $ new floor standing speakers below $500?

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Alex11210, Nov 14, 2017 at 7:32 AM.

  1. lico

    lico Super Member

    Messages:
    1,975
  2. zieglj01

    zieglj01 New Member

    Messages:
    25
    Location:
    Tenessee
  3. saabracer23

    saabracer23 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    621
    Location:
    Salem, Oregon
    To the OP, unless I’m seeing it wrong, the Polk RTI A7 are not the same price as the Onkyo speakers. The Onkyos are $300 for the pair. The A7s are $300 each or $600 for the pair. I’d definitely go for the Sonys linked over the Onkyos. Sony has made some awesome speakers, as has Onkyo, but not recently and not released in the US. Obviously the monitor audio and Elacs are good choices too.

    Dan
     
    zieglj01 likes this.
  4. bhunter

    bhunter The Spherical Cow

    Messages:
    1,543
    Location:
    La Jolla, CA
    I'd add a bit more money and buy Magnepan MMGi's for $650. They come with a 60 day in home trial and represent a bargain in the audiophile world. There really are not good new floor standers available at your price point IMHO.

    http://www.magnepan.com/model_MMGi
     
    sqlsavior, Archguy and darkblue94 like this.
  5. nj pheonix

    nj pheonix AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    8,328
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Maggies are an interesting thought.
    Assuming OP has the space and the blessing of the Mrs to give up the necessary real estate for them to work their best
     
  6. Alex11210

    Alex11210 New Member

    Messages:
    31
    Location:
    New Port Richey, FL
    Pretty much every model recommended so far in this price range (below $500 for a pair of speakers) is "good" when you read reviews but still has some serious imperfections - either high frequencies are no good or low frequencies handling is bad or things do not sound well when you turn up volume too high. Except for Onkyo 4800. Nobody said it's a top model, of course, it's pretty cheap, but I have not seen anything negative about it anywhere.
     
  7. dr*audio

    dr*audio Fish fingers and custard! Subscriber

    Messages:
    18,175
    Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I haven't heard any new speakers under $1300 that I thought were any good. By any good I mean that to my ear the speakers are so accurate that you get the illusion of listening to a live performance and get no sense that you are listening to speakers at all. In my opinion if you have a budget of $500 and want speakers like that, you can get them but you have to buy used. For a lot less than $500 you can get DCM Timeframe 700's or 1000's that will blow you away with how good they sound.
     
    Delta77 likes this.
  8. saabracer23

    saabracer23 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    621
    Location:
    Salem, Oregon
    Well it sounds like you’ve already made your mind up, it seems you’ve had your heart set on the Onkyo set the whole time. Though it does look like the Sonys, JBLs, and the Monitor Audio all out perform the Onkyos in frequency response. The Maggies are also an excellent choice as long as you can fit a subwoofer in the future. I would buy any of those 4 before I’d buy the Onkyo pair.

    Dan
     
  9. saabracer23

    saabracer23 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    621
    Location:
    Salem, Oregon
    Right, not sure why you’re turning away used. You could really do well with that budget on the used market.

    Dan
     
  10. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    THAT is the subject of another thread. The OP said new, let's respect that.
     
  11. saabracer23

    saabracer23 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    621
    Location:
    Salem, Oregon
    It’s not that I don’t respect it. The OP hasn’t given a reason why he wants new, he came here to be driven in the right direction. If someone came to you and said I want to spend $30k on a brand spanking new Ford sedan, it would be a shame if someone didn’t point out the $30k Lexus that’s better in every single way with only 6000 miles on it.

    OP, just throwing this out there, but in your area on CL there is a pair of Vandersteen model 3s and a much newer pair of JBL studio 590s. The JBLs are fairly recent and are supposed to be awesome. You could get each pair at $500 with some talking and either would squash the Onkyo.

    If you absolutely only will look at new then my opinion of what has been suggested thus far is a few posts up.

    Dan
     
  12. JoeESP9

    JoeESP9 ESL's & tubes since 83

    Messages:
    14,689
    Location:
    Philadelphia PA
    The OP has no reason to justify his request for "new speakers". You should honor his request. If you can't do that you shouldn't post to this thread.
     
    darkblue94 likes this.
  13. Alex11210

    Alex11210 New Member

    Messages:
    31
    Location:
    New Port Richey, FL
    I am not really set on Onkyo and am trying to be objective. In fact I would prefer JBL Arena 180 to Onkyo because I already have a very positive JBL bookshelf speakers ownership experience. Should I care for $250 difference? Probably not. Polk has plenty of sales and models are very good looking but reviews of their products at that price level are not that great. I couldn't put any Polk model on my shopping list. Is a low end model of Klipsch worth considering?
     
  14. nfafan

    nfafan Active Member

    Messages:
    434
    Location:
    East Coast
    In honor of the thread - cops working overtime, visit a Best Buy as they have decent return policy on new speakers - such as the well reviewed Sony Cores.
     
  15. darkblue94

    darkblue94 It wasn't me. Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,865
    Location:
    Beaverton, Oregon
    Most speaker companies low end products are just that...low end. Don't expect great sound from the low end of the spectrum. There are some fabulous exceptions though. I see that Wharfedale Diamond 225's are much better than the price ($449pair) might indicate but they are standmount speakers and would need subwoofer help to give you what you want. Check out - Musicdirect.com
     
  16. Alex11210

    Alex11210 New Member

    Messages:
    31
    Location:
    New Port Richey, FL
    I do have a subwoofer but Wharfedale Diamond 225 look more like bookshelf speakers, at least in shape.
     
  17. Alex11210

    Alex11210 New Member

    Messages:
    31
    Location:
    New Port Richey, FL
    It looks like at $149 a piece I may just end up buying
    JBL Arena F27
     
  18. zieglj01

    zieglj01 New Member

    Messages:
    25
    Location:
    Tenessee
    The JBL Arena F27 are the same as the 180 -- the difference being in the outer grill design -- price each
    https://www.amazon.com/JBL-Arena-F2...pID=31tWDV0sFDL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

    I have not listened to the Onkyo 4800 towers -- however, I have not listened to an Onkyo speaker that I like yet -- when you cut through the surface you will find in the reviews that they are lacking in detail and definition, and that is what I pick up from the other Onkyos that I have listened to.

    I have owned the Arena bookshelf speakers and they are decent/nice for the price -- however the Sony Core is better in the detail and definition department. All in all it is your call, as no one can speak for your ears.
     
  19. the skipper

    the skipper Amateur Curmudgeon Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,383
    Location:
    Aggieland
  20. rshep

    rshep Working my way to 1000 posts Subscriber

    Messages:
    895
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    A little over budget at $710 but I've heard good things about the Tekton Mini-Lores. Cool thing is that they play well with tubes.
     
    Drum and Delta77 like this.

Share This Page