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Suggestions for speakers? 55 wpc receiver

by jpurplehayes / February 27, 2009 8:45 PM PST

I'm looking for some good speakers with base reflex. I have a mid 90's NAD 55 wpc Monitor 7100 receiver.
I want speakers with a good clean sound and not too big. Maybe around 20 inch tall bookshelf. My budget is 200 to 300 dollars new or used. Willing to save some money and add to it if needed. The room is 21x13 feet.


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by jostenmeat / February 28, 2009 4:47 AM PST

Ascend Acoustics 170 SE
PSB Image B25
Monitor Audio BR2

stretch budget $100-200
Usher 520
Ascend 340

stretch budget $300
Swan HiVi reference monitor

stretch budget $500
Ascend Sierra

these are only candidates off top of my head, and there are many more. Stuff I'm not familiar with, but would be very curious to hear include:


Since your NAD is old, make sure the speaker wire terminals aren't too corroded. Either strip for new wire, and/or use plugs. If using bare wire, you want/need to strip for new wire every now and then.

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Thanks for the reply, I am...
by jpurplehayes / March 1, 2009 5:46 AM PST
In reply to: hello

looking into some older KEF speakers like you suggested. The model number is 103.2. Folks on AudioKarma said they were great speakers. They are asking 200.00 for the pair.Also looking into a pair of Polk Audio speakers model RT 55, for 125.00 local, they sound good, they have two woofers in each speaker, of course with tweeter. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for the info Joe

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unless you get to hear them, and find that you love them
by jostenmeat / March 1, 2009 6:40 AM PST

i don't recommend either. Those KEFs are from the 70s, and there has just been too many speaker advancements to ignore when given 40 years or so. Also, the speakers may or may not need fixing up refurbing, perhaps capacitors, surrounds, who knows.

I am not a very big fan of Polk, but that's just one man's opinion. Again, there is the newer line of rtI, but even then will a lot of people say that some of the offerings I gave you as superior.

just my thoughts.

you ought to visit some high end stores, AND LEAVE THE WALLET AT HOME.

Wink happy hunting

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forget those sierras
by jostenmeat / March 1, 2009 6:49 AM PST

didnt read the caption. you dont save enough to make it worth it here.

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Thanks for the tips
by jpurplehayes / March 1, 2009 7:00 AM PST

Yea I read the Polk rt 55s, have no base.

I currently own a pair of Boston Acoustic CR 57's(10 inches tall) I bought a little over a year ago. I like the way they sound hooked up to my two way older NAD 7100 Monitor series(60 wpc) in good shape. Can I hook up a good subwoofer to this older receiver, if so how do I do it? I'm thinking if I have a little more base with my BA speakers that would work for me. I have my tv and dvd/cd player hooked up to it. I'm not interested in surround sound or something super booming, just a good bass sub. If I look for a small sub a few years old used what would i look for at a reasonable price?

Thanks again.

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by jostenmeat / March 1, 2009 8:15 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks for the tips

first of all, it's not spelled base, but bass. thanks.

yes, you can use your NAD: you'll use the speaker wire directly to sub, and then another pair of speaker wires from sub to speakers.

your sub will be self powered, and will not demand more of your amp, and obviously you will need speaker level, aka high level, inputs and outputs. it will obviously have its own xover, of which point you can choose. some subs are more flexible than others, w/o gettin into detail

problems are not many choices at budget.

how about this

it's probably more of a boomer than "tight", but believe it or not, the biggest factors of boomy vs tight have to do with your room's acoustics, acoustical treating or lack thereof, sub placement, and listener placement.

this sub should have high level inputs/outputs

your speakers have limited extension, and that would make having a sub with more linear response into higher bass as desirable.

however, i wouldnt know what to recommend with the above in mind. I would guess* that you might find what you are looking for in a sealed subwoofer, at the expense of output efficieny, and higher cost. you'd need at least $500-600 to start getting some selection with good sealed subs, AFAIK

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