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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:50 pm 
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Looking for some used budget floor standers to watch movies
On occasion and casually listen to some tunes when bored...
Thinking about Yamaha adventage 1070 to power them...
What say you fellow Camers?

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I don't know what the Arro's cost but I think the new Sky tower at around $2600.00 would be very interesting if it's Totems your after. As a 8 ohm speaker it should be an easier load than the Arro and with larger drivers it's probably a more room filling speaker for TV watching. I haven't heard either so can't comment on their sound.

Cancel all the above, I didn't pick up on the used. :oops:

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:11 pm 
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Are you buying new or used?

-- 15 Sep 2017 20:16 --

Ha... neither did i...
Why not run a search in the 800$ range through Cam floorstanders?

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Hi,

Whatever you decide to buy, give PMC a listen, any model, if possible.

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Are you planning on pairing them with a sub? Depending on what type of movie, I would recommend against the Arros by themselves I really like their mids and highs-- fantastic value, among the best for the price, but they don't have the bottom end or slam you would want for sound effects. Might be good for Woody Allen or French Cinema, but definitely not for Rambo.

i expect they might be tough to pair with a sub as the sub would have to be mixed pretty high. For the around the same money I prefer a bookshelf with a sub. I got a set of Focal Aria 905s for 500$ even and a pair of Velodyne Subs for 400$ off CAM (used). I love the combo for TV and Movies.


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For movies I would try Vandersteen 1 series, or even the larger 2 series if you have the room. Great for movies. Or little Rega R3 or RS3 if you like a bit of a lighter, livelier sound.


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Wife says no to book shelf speakers... apparently its bad parenting if your kid knocks them over and receives a concussion... what a tight butt :-P

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Probably get laughed off the forum for this one but if you want a cheap and cheerful solution that sounds better than people will admit to. Get a pair of Energy RC 70's. I use them in the garage and they sound very balanced with better than average bass and smooth mids and highs. They're easy to drive and can be found cheap. You won't want the fall on your sword if the little one takes out a driver with an action figure. :D And oh yeh, you won't need a sub.

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Probably get laughed off the forum for this one but if you want a cheap and cheerful solution that sounds better than people will admit to. Get a pair of Energy RC 70's. I use them in the garage and they sound very balanced with better than average bass and smooth mids and highs. They're easy to drive and can be found cheap. You won't want the fall on your sword if the little one takes out a driver with an action figure. :D And oh yeh, you won't need a sub.

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I agree with your wife. I would put my child's safety way ahead of any audiophile consideration.
Stuff falling on kids at home isn't as rare as some might think.


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Would the Arro's work well if partnered with a Totem Sub?
Music is always more important than movies to me :-)

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For a clean taught bottom end it would.

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I would stay away from the Arro unless you're listening to music 80+% of the time and in a small- smallish room. If you love the sound of them and you feel you have to get them, I wouldn't stick to the same brand sub. My experience is that Velodyne offers better value, especially used. For a little more money you'll be even happier with HSU or SVS or Rel.

If music is your priority I would also stay away from the Yamaha. My experience is that they're great for home theatre but not so hot for music. I would go with a Marantz in that kind of price range. If you can let the TV do the HDMI switching and the DVD player do the decoding/processing, (a logitech harmony remote might help) then you're always better off getting an obsolete (non-hdmi) high end branded unit. I see Krell for sale occasionally hitting the 500$ range, for example.

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Would the Arro's work well if partnered with a Totem Sub?
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Paradigm Studio 100 v.2. Can be had for <$1000. You kid ain't moving these bad boys. Pretty good for rock as well.


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If you are looking for a small/slim floorstander under 1k used that can deliver the goods PMC GB1's are a nice choice. They sound paticularly good with Bryston. Little Neat Motives are worth auditioning but won't suit everyone.


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