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better ways to spend your money
on July 28, 2011
I saw the great reviews and thought id give these a try. I bought a set on Ebay for 260 and paired them with a 110 watt x 7 channel harman/kardon 7300 receiver. i thought they were awesome because they were a terrific upgrade from my logitech z-5500 setup, and that's where most people are coming from: this is their first non-htiab, or first 5.1 setup. and for a first listen, they sound damn impressive (especially for their size). but not 4 or 5 stars people! these sound mediocre compared to other SLIGHTLY LARGER speakers, and that comparison is not reflected in a 5 star rating!
size is key with speakers, only buy these if they are the absolute largest setup you can fit in your residence.
otherwise, keep looking:
the reason i say this is because, as luck would have it, i found a set of klipsch rs-35's (2003 era, 97Db efficiency, 125 rms, retail $500) at a pawn shop a week later for $70, and plugged them in to the same setup i described above. The difference was staggering. i thought i had upgraded from my logitech setup, but THIS was the upgrade, there was a much wider margin of appreciable difference between these 2 sets of speakers, the quintets and the rs-35's, than between the logitechs and the quintets.
move some crap around and get a space cleared for something bigger, the rs-35s are 9 lbs and fit on a bookshelf, there are guys selling their reference series klipsch stuff, and you can piece together something 10x as good for **about** the same money. do a bit of research on wattage, efficiency rating, and ohm level pairing and you'll know a good buy when you see one. There's a GREAT secondary market for quality speakers, which represent a technology that hasn't evolved like the rest of your stereo;-)
I hope this was an adequate counterpoint to all those 5 star ratings. if you're not picky, these are a great no hassle, low profile, easy solution to surround sound at a decent price. if you really care...on a somewhat emotional level...about sound quality, then this solution is not for you. you, my friend have some research in front of you.