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Offline KMX1

You have R6000 to buy a set of NEW speakers to use for many years with various amplifiers.  We are looking for the best sounding, most versatile cheap speaker that can be bought brand new at the moment.  This may obviously not include any second hand speakers.  Prices quoted based on Google Searches in SA Stores.

The contenders (that I could find - feel free to add) are:
Bentley Acoustics FR100 Bookshelf Speaker Pair  - R4499
Wharfedale Diamond 11.1 Bookshelf Speaker pair - R4499
Dali Spektor 1 Bookshelf Speaker - R3500
Polkaudio S-15 Bookshelf Speakers - R4409
Yamaha NS-F51 Floor Standing Speakers - R 5599
Polkaudio S-20E Bookshelf Speakers - R5899
Tannoy ECLIPSE ONE HiFi - R3800
JAMO S801 Bookshelf Speakers - Pair Walnut - R3299
Tannoy ECLIPSE TWO Floorstanding HiFi Loudspeakers (Pair) - R3699
JAMO S803 Bookshelf Speaker - R4495
Monitor Audio Bronze 1 Bookshelf Speakers - Black Ash (Pair) - R5495
Monitor Audio Monitor 100 (PAIR) - Black - R4990
Monitor Audio Radius 45 - Bookshelf Speakers - R4350
Pioneer - SP-BS22LR - Bookshelf Speakers - R2499
Polk T15 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) - R2850
Klipsch Reference R-41M Bookshelf Speakers Pair - R5790
Yamaha NS-333 Black Bookshelf Speakers - R4670







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Re: <R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2020, 10:33:28 PM »
I like the S803's personally. Can't comment on their audio but they will look fantastic on my desk.
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Re: &lt;R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2020, 10:42:16 PM »
Taste differ, but if it was about looks I would probably go for the Polkaudio s20-e.  I do not really like the look of Klipsch - the orange driver does not work for me.


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Re: <R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2020, 10:49:09 PM »
Yep. Tastes definitely differ.  :whistler:
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Re: &lt;R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2020, 11:01:05 PM »
I like the S803's personally. Can't comment on their audio but they will look fantastic on my desk.
By pure chance saw a video on YouTube now with the s803's and they are very pretty in the right setting.


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Re: &lt;R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2020, 12:00:48 AM »
By pure chance saw a video on YouTube now with the s803's and they are very pretty in the right setting.


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I think the white ones are gorgeous.

We're definitely in agreement on Klipsch's products. They're so very Great Gatsby art deco (which is not a bad thing in and of itself), but they'd look like crap in a modest home.
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Re: <R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2020, 04:28:09 AM »
would love to know where you get the prices from...

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Re: &lt;R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2020, 07:57:27 AM »
would love to know where you get the prices from...
Google and known audio sites. Which ones in particular?


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Re: <R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2020, 08:33:47 AM »
The Bentley's offer outstanding value for money.  This applies throughout the range

You could probably get them discounted as well via Drifter, who lives in Cape Town
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Re: &lt;R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2020, 08:35:32 AM »
The Bentley's offer outstanding value for money.  This applies throughout the range

You could probably get them discounted as well via Drifter, who lives in Cape Town
Are they not very small though? How does that affect their bass response?


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Re: <R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2020, 08:41:16 AM »
One of the Bentleys strong points is Bass, unless you want your bass to move and shake you you will find very few speakers the size of the Bentley that can do Bass like they do.


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Re: &lt;R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2020, 10:17:25 AM »
Google and known audio sites. Which ones in particular?


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Almost all of them are discounted. If we do this lets work on retail prices.

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Re: <R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2020, 11:07:21 AM »
You could add the PSB ALPHA p5 to that list

Of course in this price and size range Bass is never going to be the best.
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Re: &lt;R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2020, 11:18:31 AM »
Almost all of them are discounted. If we do this lets work on retail prices.
I noticed that as well. A lot of these speakers are more in the 7k range unless on special.
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Re: <R6000 Speaker Shootout Challenge - We need an All Round Winner
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2020, 12:40:30 PM »
Well if you say some of these speakers are in the 7k range it means it is now the time to buy then.  I checked and adjusted according to immediate availability.

Bentley Acoustics FR100 Bookshelf Speaker Pair  - R5500 https://www.audicoonline.co.za/ (*Price correction place seems to be out of business)
Wharfedale Diamond 11.1 Bookshelf Speaker pair - R 3 390 - available now https://e-piphany.co.za/
Dali Spektor 1 Bookshelf Speakers - R3999 - available now https://www.hificorp.co.za/
Polk Signature S20E Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) - R5990 - available now https://e-piphany.co.za/ (*Price correction - other place seems to be out of business)
Polk Signature S15E Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) - R4990  - available now https://e-piphany.co.za/ (*Price correction - other place seems to be out of business)
Yamaha NS-F51 Floor Standing Speakers - R 5599 - https://iconsshop.co.za/
Tannoy ECLIPSE ONE HiFi - R3800  https://www.audiomart.co.za/
JAMO S801 Bookshelf Speakers - Pair Walnut - R3299 https://www.audiomart.co.za/
Tannoy ECLIPSE TWO Floorstanding HiFi Loudspeakers (Pair) - R3699 https://www.audiomart.co.za/
JAMO S803 Bookshelf Speaker - R4495 - https://www.audicoonline.co.za/
Monitor Audio Bronze 1 Bookshelf Speakers - Black Ash (Pair) - R5495 - https://www.takealot.com/
Monitor Audio Monitor 100 (PAIR) - Black - R4990  - https://www.takealot.com/
Monitor Audio Radius 45 - Bookshelf Speakers - R4350  - https://www.takealot.com/
Pioneer - SP-BS22LR - Bookshelf Speakers - R2499 - https://www.takealot.com/
Polk T15 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) - R2850 - https://www.takealot.com/
Klipsch Reference R-41M Bookshelf Speakers Pair - R5250 - https://www.audicoonline.co.za/
Yamaha NS-333 Black Bookshelf Speakers - R4690 - https://www.soundxshop.co.za/
PSB Alpha P3 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) - R4990 - https://e-piphany.co.za/

*Products from https://www.audiocorponline.co.za/ were removed could not get hold of them and website seems outdated