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Speakers for $1000?
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for $600 sound better than most under $1000. What kinds of other equipment will you have?

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Jackfish:

I am starting fresh so to speak.  Have not purchased any equipment since 1993.  Just bought a HDTV and figured I would upgrade everythng - CD/DVD, integrated amp and speakers.  I have been considering the NAD 356 amp and looking at Paradigm, Def Tech, PSB and Monitor Audio.  I live in RI.  We have no high-end audio shops around anymore.  I would prefer to spend the money on a decent 2 channel setup rather than surround. My total budget (speakers, amp, dvd player) is $2000.  I want to be semi-responsible since I am saving for college for the kid!  I figured for about $1000, I should be able to get decent speakers.  I would appreciate any guidance.

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I'm sure others will chime in with their favorites.

You could save money over the NAD 356 by considering the comparable, very competent Cambridge Audio 650A for $499. http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=373 http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/product_reviews.php?PID=373

The Magnepan MMG is $599/pair direct from Magnepan and come with a 60 day trial with a purchase price refund. http://www.magnepan.com/model_MMG http://www.soundadviceblog.com/reviews/review-magnepan-mmg-speakers/ http://www.goodsound.com/equipment/magnepan_mmg.htm http://hometheaterreview.com/magnepan-mmg-floor-standing-speakers-reviewed/

The Oppo BDP-93 is an outstanding value that plays just about anything, Blu-ray, DVD, CDs, DVD-As, HDCD and SACD. $499 http://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-93/blu-ray-BDP-93-Features.aspx http://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-93/blu-ray-BDP-93-Review.aspx

Money left over for decent cables and shipping.

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Thank you!  I have been looking at the OPPO, it does seem impressive.  I will also give the cambridge amp a look.  Are there any other speaker brands that you like?  I have about 15 inches of available space on each side of my tv stand.  I am not sure if I have the space for the magnepans.  Plus, I admit, I am little perplexed by the technology.

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Ascend Acoustic CMT-340 Mains on pedestal stands are on sale for $668/pair. http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/cmt340m/cmt340m.html http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/news/specials.html http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/reviews/aa2007-04.pdf

Epos ELS 303 for $650/pair. http://www.avguide.com/review/epos-els303-loudspeaker

PSB Image T5 for $1000/pair sound really good. http://www.stereophile.com/stephenmejias/real_sound_for_real_people/

Or perhaps the PSB Image B6 for $500/pair on good solid stands.

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Thank you!  I appreciate your advice!

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Axiom M22, Vapor Audio Breeze, Used Onix Ref 1s, B&G N2X from skiing ninja, and many more will give you great bang for Buck in that price range. The Vapor audio breeze is my favorite I have heard in this range are by far the most refined and resolving. Working with these small business owners is great because it is a very personal experience in which you can speak with the man that designed and built your speakers, plus you get WAY more for your money. Oh I almost forgot Fritz carbon 7s if you would trade resolution for more bass. Good Luck!!!

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