Favorite bookshelf speakers?

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Favorite bookshelf speakers?

Post by joeinid » Sun Dec 27, 2015 4:55 pm

I am looking for recommendations on your favorite bookshelf/compact speakers.
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Post by joeinid » Sun Dec 27, 2015 4:56 pm

I am thinking about a pair of Harbeth P3ESR's.

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Transducer system 110mm Harbeth RADIAL bass/midrange; 19mm ferro-cooled dome tweeter
Freq. response 75Hz-20kHz +/-3dB free-space, grille on, smooth off-axis response
Impedance 6 ohms - easy to drive.
Sensitivity 83.5dB/1W/1m
Amp. suggestion Works with a wide range of amplifiers, ideally from 15W/channel.
Power handling 50W programme
Connector Two 4mm gold-plated binding posts for wires or plugs
Dimensions (hxwxd) 306 x 190 x 184 mm (+12mm for grille and binding posts)
Finish Cherry, black ash, maple, rosewood, eucalyptus
Space needs Ideally > 0.30m from rear wall
Stands Typically 24+ inches. (Tweeter: 230mm up from cabinet base)
Weight 6.1kg each (without packing)

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Post by joeinid » Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:01 pm

I ordered a pair of Klipsch RP-160M for fun and to see if I like the new Klipsch sound.

I hope to see them in about 10 days.

FREQUENCY RESPONSE 45-25kHz +/- 3dB
SENSITIVITY 96dB @ 2.83V / 1m
POWER HANDLING (CONT/PEAK) 100W/400W
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE 8 Ohms Compatible
CROSSOVER FREQUENCY 1500Hz
HIGH FREQUENCY DRIVER 1" Titanium LTS Tweeter with Hybrid Tractrix Horn
LOW FREQUENCY DRIVER 6.5" Cerametallic Cone Woofer
ENCLOSURE MATERIAL MDF
ENCLOSURE TYPE Bass Reflex via rear-firing Tractrix port
INPUTS Dual binding posts/bi-wire/bi-amp
HEIGHT 16.67” (42.4 cm)
WIDTH 8.81” (22.4 cm)
DEPTH 12.86” (32.7 cm)
WEIGHT 19.9 lb (9.03 kg)
FINISH Ebony, Cherry
BUILT FROM 2015

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Re: Favorite bookshelf speakers?

Post by admin » Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:03 pm

Not that these would compare with the Harbeth's (not even close), but if you are looking for a cheap solution for some bookshelf speakers I would recommend the Hsu Research HB-1 MK2 Horn Bookshelf Speaker. These would be good for a low-mid end setup elsewhere in the house. They get very good reviews and are very inexpensive.

Again, these do not compare with the Harbeth's but are a fairly good entry level speaker at a very reasonable price point.
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Post by joeinid » Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:08 pm

Those look awesome. I remember wanting Hsu subs many years ago. I'll check them out too.


Product At a Glance
Frequency response
60Hz – 20kHz +/- 2 dB
Sensitivity 92 dB / 1m / 2.83V in Half Space
Recommended Amplifier Power 10-250W RMS Per Channel
Woofer 61⁄2 Inch
Enclosure Type Vented ; 3⁄4” MDF
Recommended Impedance setting 8 ohms
Enclosure Dimensions 153⁄8” H x 8” W x 8” D
Dimensions with Grill 153⁄8” H x 8” W x 8”5⁄8" D
Weight 14 lbs
Warranty 7-years
Designed and Engineered in the U.S.A.


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Re: Favorite bookshelf speakers?

Post by admin » Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:27 pm

I use their VTF-15H sub in my hometheater setup, can't say enough good things about the company and the speakers/subwoofers they produce. Some of the "best bang for your buck" products in the market. The rosenut veneer is actually quite nice (I have that finish on my sub), so if they are going to be displayed, I would go with that extra option. Again, at that price point it is still very reasonably priced.

BTW- I noticed that you tried to post youtube videos and they didn't work. It was because youtube changed their default to https. I have updated the "youtube" tag in the Full Editor so now it should work.

You would put "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9ko3XdIcq8" for the example below, between the tags and it should work. Unfortunately it is very finicky and any break from this formating and it will not display properly.

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Post by joeinid » Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:38 pm

Thank you for the tip. I did try the youtube icon and it did not work so I thought I'd just post the link. Thanks!

The sub looks great!
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Re: Favorite bookshelf speakers?

Post by admin » Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:17 pm

joeinid wrote:I ordered a pair of Klipsch RP-160M for fun and to see if I like the new Klipsch sound.

I hope to see them in about 10 days.
Please let us know how they sound. I have been thinking about doing a speaker upgrade for my movie setup and Klipsch is on my short list of speakers that I am considering.
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Post by joeinid » Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:25 am

I certainly will.

I am excited because these new RP-160M are considered to be in the top 4 of Klipsch's best bookshelf speakers.

They are very efficient and should go great with CJ and sweeter (for my taste) solid state.

Can't wait.
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joeinid wrote:I ordered a pair of Klipsch RP-160M for fun and to see if I like the new Klipsch sound.

I hope to see them in about 10 days.
Please let us know how they sound. I have been thinking about doing a speaker upgrade for my movie setup and Klipsch is on my short list of speakers that I am considering.
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Re: Favorite bookshelf speakers?

Post by joeinid » Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:19 pm

I should have my Klipsch RP-160M Thursday.
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