2 way vs. 3 way speakers


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Old 02-23-04, 05:44 PM
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Question 2 way vs. 3 way speakers

I am purchasing two front speakers for my surround sound system,does it matter if I use 2 way or 3 way speakers? Which do you think would be better? I am looking at some fairly expensive floor speakers and I've noticed some brands are listed as 2 way,and some are 3 way. Thanks.
 
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Old 02-23-04, 06:42 PM
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The short answer is no, it doesn't matter.

The long answer is that your fronts should match your center. If you are buying expensive fronts without upgrading the center, you are wasting your money.

Unless you are spending like $2k/pair, I would suggest buying bookshelves. You get better sound for your money, and you should have your mains set to small anyway, so floorstanders are usually overkill.

You do have a sub, don't you?
 
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Old 02-25-04, 04:38 PM
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The sub will make a BIG difference.
 
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Old 02-28-04, 02:40 AM
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yes. it wouldn't be out of line to spend 1/2 of your speaker budget on a sub.
 
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Old 03-04-04, 01:19 PM
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Thanks for you help.I do have a sub woofer,and it does make a big difference.I have come to find out that buying speakers is alot more difficult than I ever realized. Hopefully I can come to a decision about what to buy sometime within the next month.
 
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Are you going to be playing any music with your system? If you are, then you will need something better than the cube speakers that come with a lot of surround sound systems.
 
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Old 03-04-04, 02:51 PM
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Yes,I will be using the speakers for both music and movies. I want to upgrade my existing speakers. I was planing to buy the speakers individually,and not a surround sound package.
 
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What is your budget? Maybe we can give some recommendations.

Whatever you do, I would plan to get speakers that match all the way around. It doesn't matter if they match the sub, they just need to match each other.
 
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Old 03-09-04, 02:28 PM
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I was planning on spending around $1,000-$1,200. But,the more I look,the higher the price for the speakers I want go. Now I am considering Klipsch speakers. Athena sounds pretty good too,plus cheaper.
 
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Old 03-09-04, 07:28 PM
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It sounds like you're shopping at best buy. At $1000/pair you should graduate to a real hifi shop. Check out Paradigm, Mirage, M&K, Totem, and whatever else they may have there.

Klipsch have their own sound that is very different from many other speakers. Really make sure that it waht you like before you buy those.
 
 

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