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I want to get some new speakers, to compliment my current set-up(technics 100 5.1 reciever, RCA cd player and celestion bookshelf speakers)
my budget for speakers is 200 or so tops(but if there was a really good deal for maybe a but more I might be able to get it)
at any rate since I'm on a budget I understand I won't be getting super speakers, but there are a few speakers that I am heavily interested in
<a href="http://www.etronics.com" target="_blank">www.etronics.com</a> has a bunch of reall cheap speakers that have good stats(89 db sensitivity 20khz-50hz range...etc)
whats a really good frequency range?
from what I understand the speaker sensitivity is what affects how loud the speaker can get, and how clear it is, the frequency range is pretty self explanatory, the wider the range the more frequencies can be hit. I also know that wattage isn't very important, plus my reciever only handles 100 watts per channel.

so my main choices at the moment
are Sony
this model
<a href="http://www.etronics.com/product.asp?stk_code=sonssmf400h" target="_blank">http://www.etronics.com/product.asp?stk_code=sonssmf400h</a>
or maybe this one
<a href="http://www.etronics.com/product.asp?stk_code=sonssmf500h" target="_blank">http://www.etronics.com/product.asp?stk_code=sonssmf500h</a>


what do you guys think?

thanks for any advice, suggestions, or help on the matter
-Wr
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I wouldn't even remotely consider buying speakers based on specs, without having heard them. Speakers are definitely a "personal preference" thing -- you need to not only hear the speakers in action, but preferably hear them playing music that you're used to hearing, so you can hear the personality of the speakers. Even if you're only spending $200...

You might end up buying speakers with really great specs and find that you hate the way they sound, or vice versa. Some of the best sounding hi-fi equipment I've heard had average specs, and plenty of el cheapo manufacturers design their gear with no other goal than to make specs that compare favorably, regardless of how the stuff sounds.
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[quote]Originally posted by sizzle chest:
<strong>I wouldn't even remotely consider buying speakers based on specs, without having heard them. Speakers are definitely a "personal preference" thing -- you need to not only hear the speakers in action, but preferably hear them playing music that you're used to hearing, so you can hear the personality of the speakers. Even if you're only spending $200...

You might end up buying speakers with really great specs and find that you hate the way they sound, or vice versa. Some of the best sounding hi-fi equipment I've heard had average specs, and plenty of el cheapo manufacturers design their gear with no other goal than to make specs that compare favorably, regardless of how the stuff sounds.</strong><hr></blockquote>

This is entirely true. If you want to buy a thing without trying it , you should refer to tests from a good audio magazine . That's what is use to do , and i was never disapointed, however listening your self is the best experience you can do. You will be perfectly able to see the difference,
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