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starbux58
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Pioneer SP-BS41-LR speakers or any close alternative in $$ and sound quality?

Last year Stereophile reviewed these speakers (now selling around $135/pair on Amazon) as very close to but not quite the quality of Wharfedale Diamond 10.1's.  I know I can't expect the world at this price range but these are around $200 less per pair and is money I work hard for and need to put to an amp or receiver.

I am also considering the floorstanding BS51's at slightly more.

On the amp/receiver side I am narrowed down to either an Onkyo A-5VL integrated amp or a Harman-Kardon HK3490 stereo receiver.  Why these?  Digital inputs mostly.  Both of those are generally well liked and the HK3490 is a high-current amp design (I think) while the Onkyo has nice specs of its own.

Into these components I hope to run Flac audio files via USB and an HRT MusicStreamer II from my MacBook Pro.

Are there any comparable speakers close to the $135-$200 range any better than these two Pioneers?  i also noticed the 41's are missing from Pioneers 2012 product line.

Randy

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Sounds like you have evaluated your needs well.

You could do a lot worse than the Pioneer SP-B41-LR speakers or the SP-FS51-LR floorstanders. The 51 and 41 are being discontinued, replaced by the SP-FS52 and SP-BS22-LR.

I'd go with the HK3490. I'd spend the extra $100 and get the Audioquest Dragonfly. I assume if you are going to be using FLAC you will employ a third party player as iTunes will not play FLAC alone.

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Rockford Fosgate for home?

Hi everyone I am new to the boards but I was thinking of running two 15 inch T0 Rockford Fosgate subs in my house does anyone have experience with this? I found them on sale at www.caraudiohub.com not sure if they are worth the effort of messing around with, anyone have any kind of experience with it? http://www.caraudiohub.com/Subwoofers/Rockford-Fosgate-Subwoofers/T0D4-15 let me know what you guys think

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sub

Why not buy a sub or subs actually designed for home use?

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Home subs are different

in that very few people want a sub in their home that will play one note incredibly loudly. Many people in car audio seem to want a sub like this, so I bet the market gives them plenty of choices!

Some good price for money subs come from REL and Emotiva and Hsu and what I own, Outlaw Audio. I would check these out for home use.

Trey

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