Speaker Shopping Time, Again.

Discussion in 'Home Theater and Stereo' started by Guest, May 14, 2007.

  1. Guest

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    I have decided to once again look into replacing my aged but beloved Mirages and need some help since I haven't auditioned or looked for speakers for awhile.

    My max budget for the primary front two speakers is $4K for the pair. However, I also will need to buy an additional 3 speakers to use for the center, and R/L surrounds in a 5.1 system which will be used both for movies AND multichannel music. My total budget for all 5 speakers is $6K max.

    In the past, the cheapest favorite speakers which I liked better than my Mirages were the Vandys with a pair of Model 5s, a VCC1 and a pair of 2Cs. Of course, that costs more than $6K... so I looked into some DIY and privately built models too... but ended up still with my Mirages.

    Now that some time has passed since I last looked, what would you all consider for me now within my budget and speaker preferences?

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    CJ, you should post their slogan as well: "We will sell no speaker before its time."

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  5. Guest

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    CJ,

    I know I should remember what they are... but I am too lazy to look at your site... They are Gallos, right?
    I used to know a guy here in Houston who could buy them at cost and sold them as a non-dealer, without warrenty, for very cheap compared to MSRP. Maybe I need to look him up again for a demo.

    Thanks for the suggestion!
     
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    Yep, the mains are Gallo Ref 3.1s (what I have for stereo) and the other guy is a Ref A/V. They make a Ref Center that has the tweeter oriented in the other direction for horizontal placement. $3k for the mains, $1200 a piece for the others, so a 5.0 system would run you a little over $6k MSRP.
     
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    "We will sell no wine before its time" was the slogan for Paul Masson jug wine when they used to do TV commercials. I was making a lame attempt at comparing your beautiful speakers to Gallo wine because of the brand name. Sorry, I've been on the phone all morning and my brain is spinning. ")
     
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    Oh, I was just not familiar with the slogan so I ruined the joke. It would have been funny if I'd gotten it.
     
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    As a recovering wino(some might say whino), I got your joke David and appreciated it. :)
     
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    Merc, have you heard the 3A Sigs? A set-up of 3A Sigs, 2C Sigs and a VCC-2 would be just over your budget. Drop down to a VCC-1 and you're just under. If you buy used you could get well under your budget.
     
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    Yes, I like the 3A's very much but would want to use my sub for everyday stereo music listening with them, and I wanted to avoid that. I think I just lust after the Model 5a's..... while the 3A's would make for a very nice everyday wife. I'd guess that these speaker will be my last here on earth, so, I want to shoot as high as I can go.

    Still, I think Dre had the 3a's with matching stereo Vandy subs, and he thought they sounded almost identical to 5a's?
     
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    Yes, I like the 3A's very much but would want to use my sub for everyday stereo music listening with them, and I wanted to avoid that. I think I just lust after the Model 5a's..... while the 3A's would make for a very nice everyday wife. I'd guess that these speaker will be my last here on earth, so, I want to shoot as high as I can go.

    Still, I think Dre had the 3a's with matching stereo Vandy subs, and he thought they sounded almost identical to 5a's?
     
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    You're no newbie, but basically you need to narrow down your list and then go listen. If you listen to your mirages without a sub I'd be surprised if you wanted one with the 3As or Gallos. You're talking about a matter of maybe 1/4 octave and once you get "in room" all bets are off. I really don't NEED a sub with my gallos and my room is huge. The sub just fills in the very bottom stuff, I have it crossed over at 35hz.
     
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    You're no newbie, but basically you need to narrow down your list and then go listen. If you listen to your mirages without a sub I'd be surprised if you wanted one with the 3As or Gallos. You're talking about a matter of maybe 1/4 octave and once you get "in room" all bets are off. I really don't NEED a sub with my gallos and my room is huge. The sub just fills in the very bottom stuff, I have it crossed over at 35hz.
     
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    merc - So does this mean that, all else equal, you would prefer to have full-range mains?
     
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    merc - So does this mean that, all else equal, you would prefer to have full-range mains?
     
  17. Guest

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    Yes Chris... most times, we listen to only stereo sources and as the fossil that I am, I don't like extra processing to seperate a sub channel if I don't have to do so.
     
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    Yes Chris... most times, we listen to only stereo sources and as the fossil that I am, I don't like extra processing to seperate a sub channel if I don't have to do so.
     
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