What is the opinion of Reddit about the
Klipsch RP-150M Bookshelf Speaker – Cherry (Pair)?

A total of 26 reviews of this product on Reddit.

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25th May 2019

I would just get two really good speakers for now until you can afford a good center speaker and a new receiver. I suggest the Klipsch RP-150M for the top of your budget at $290.

https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-RP-150M-Bookshelf-Speaker-Cherry/dp/B00RXHEH8Y

Other good speakers to look into:

Polk S15, Sony SSCS5, Elac B6.2, Fluance SX6, Klipsch R-51M

EDIT: Also, Pioneer SP-BS22-LR, Polk RTI A1, Fluance Signature Series, Jamo S803, JBL Studio 230, Wharfedale Diamond 10.1/220, Q Acoustics 3020i.

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15th Mar 2016

Are these the ones you’re talking about? RP-150M?

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30th May 2018

If willing to buy open box (I have for all my speakers without issue from authorized sellers on Amazon/Ebay)..

You could do the Klipsch Rp-150M for about $250

The center RP-250C for $240

Klipsch R-14S for surrounds at about $230

Thats gets you to about $750, throw in the cheapest 9 Channel AVR and you are now at about $1500. Id spend whatever money left on Subs. That leaves you with a very good 5.1 system that can easily be upgraded to ATMOS once you find out if you can do ceiling speakers.

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18th May 2019

Klipsch RP-150M on Amazon for $289 for Cherry or $299 for Walnut.
https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-RP-150M-Bookshelf-Speaker-Ebony/dp/B00RXHEH8Y

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19th Oct 2019

If Fluance, RT82 is a good value with auto stop and an optical sensor speed controlled motor for low wow and flutter and speed variation. Skip the older RT81 that lacks the speed sensor and servo motor. Pass on the RT83 that does not sound any better than the RT82, the cartridge is basically the same except the newer version adds red plastic. An later option is the acrylic platter for $119. If you ever upgrade the stylus, OM 20 or 30, or cartridge to Nagaoka MP-110 instead of the too pricey on it’s own 2M Blue.

The new version of the 120 is the LP-120*X*.

Orbit lacks adjustable anti-skate, it is preset at the factory, and the cue lever is $40 extra.

Receiver: What is your Craigslist city for used? For vintage check out r/vintageaudio for models to look for.

For refurbished sales:

  • PIONEER SX-10AE ~~$149.99~~ $119.99. Factory refurbished with a one year Pioneer warranty.
  • With a built in phono preamp, Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10 $125, or Cambridge Audio Topaz SR20 $199. One year warranty. This is a refurbished previously owned and loved Cambridge product which has been expertly repaired. The units may be cosmetically scratched or have minor dents. However, all functions work to specifications.

If also using the speakers with a TV, consider an AV recevier.

Speakers:

Speaker Placement for Stereo Music Listening

Speaker stands: Dayton Audio SSMB24 or Monoprice Glass. Sturdy Monolith by Monoprice Speaker Stands.

Speaker wire: Pure Copper Oxygen Free Speaker Wire or Basic Copper Clad Aluminum then 4 Ways to Strip Wire. Optionally add banana plugs. Already with banana plugs AmazonBasics buy 2 for a pair 12ft each.

If you want WiFi streaming audio, instead of Bluettooh, add to any used or new amp or recevier without it: Dayton Audio WBA31 $42 + shipping or from Amazon $53 Prime shipping, has app based WiFi streaming, Apple Airplay, DNLA and NAS compatibility and also Bluetooth as a backup. Or a Chromecast Audio $38 shipped from the UK.

Home Audio Guides: Intro to home stereo systemsZeos Tutorials, Diagrams and Videosr/audiophile Guide to Home AudioIntroduction to Audio ComponentsWhat is a Phono Preamp? | Audio Advicer/HTBuyingGuides FAQ

Also check out r/BudgetAudiophile.

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23rd Oct 2019

U-turn Orbit lacks adjustable anti-skate, it is preset at the factory, then $40 extra for the cue lever.

Get the external phono preamp when you have the choice. Eliminates the switch if you ever upgrade to a better one. Isolates the electronics from the turntable and motor. You can reuse or sell an external if you ever upgrade.

A better value IMO is the Fluance RT82 $299 which adds auto stop and then the optical sensor speed controlled servo motor for lower wow and flutter and speed variation. It has adjustable anti-skate, includes a cue lever standard, and has a removable head shell. Skip the older RT81 without the speed sensor. An acrylic platter can optionally be added later for $119 when back in stock as seen on the RT85. Pass on the RT83 that does not sound any better, just adds red plastic to a newer version of basically the same cartridge.

Will there be a TV in the room? If so, consider an AV recevier to use the TV and turntable in one system.

What is your Craigslist city for used gear?

Stereo Receiver

  • With a great built in phono preamp: Cambridge Audio Topaz SR20 $199 ~~$499~~. One year warranty. This is a refurbished previously owned and loved Cambridge product which has been expertly repaired. The units may be cosmetically scratched or have minor dents. However, all functions work to specifications.
  • ONKYO TX-8260 ~~$499.99~~ $269.99
  • INTEGRA DTM-6 ~~$599.99~~ $349.99
  • YAMAHA R-N602 ~~$599.99~~ $379.99
  • Integrated amp: YAMAHA A-S501~~$549.99~~ $369.99

Speakers:

Subwoofer: What is your room size LxWxH?

Bookshelf (misnomer) speaker stands: Low price Dayton Audio SSMB24 or Monoprice Glass. Sturdy Monolith by Monoprice Speaker Stands.

Speaker wire: Pure Copper Oxygen Free Speaker Wire then 4 Ways to Strip Wire. Optionally add banana plugs. Already with banana plugs AmazonBasics, Crutchfield, DFWCableConnection, Blue Jeans Speaker Cable and Blue Jeans at Amazon.

Home Audio Guides: Intro to home stereo systemsZeos Tutorials, Diagrams and Videosr/audiophile Guide to Home AudioIntroduction to Audio ComponentsWhat is a Phono Preamp? | Audio Advicer/HTBuyingGuides FAQ

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28th Oct 2019

Consider starting with the best 3.0 or 3.1 you can get, then add surrounds and Atmos later. Add Atmos after you have the best 5.1 you can get.

What is Dolby Atmos? How do I get it on my setup? by GBMaxSe

If you want Klipsch, the better line is the Reference Premiere series, 6.5″ RP-160M $399 ~~$549~~ or 5.25″ RP-150M Cherry $289 ~~$289~~.

Only the front 3 speakers ideally need to match. The surrounds and subwoofer can be from difference brands.

Receiver:

Denon AVR-X1500H 7.2-Ch ~~$599~~ $299 with Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction speaker setup. HEOs WiFi networking and streaming, smartphone app remote and Amazon Alexa voice control.

Speakers: Closeout deal, DCM TP160 by MTX Audio ~~$249~~ $85 pair with DCM MTX TP160C Center $89. Review by u/DieselWang and Video Review. Or the tower version, DCM TP260 2-Way by MTX Audio ~~$399~~ $149 pair. Or 3 way tower DCM TP260 3-Way by MTX Audio ~~$599~~ $259.’

Subwoofers:

  • Sign up for the SVS newsletter for Black Friday sale notification. Last years sale: “SB12-NSD subwoofer at $399.99, a full $280 off the original $680! Also returning to rumble, the <em>PB12-NSD</em> available for an amazingly low $499.99. That’s $300 off the original $800!”
  • Just as good if not better than a 12″ SVS for around $600 shipped and available now are the 12″ Rythmik LV12F $599 direct servo and 12″ HSU VTF-2 MK5 hybrid tune-able with Q control dial.
  • Low budget on sale: 12″ Infinity Primus PS312 ~~$499~~ $199. Value of around $300 compared to the better options above.

Home Theater Guides: r/HTBuyingGuides FAQHow to Set Up Your Home Theater ReceiverHow to Set Up a Basic Home Theater SystemTV vertically centered at eye level while seatedSpeaker Placement for Home Audio and Home Theater

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28th Oct 2019

Will you also be using the speakers with a TV for better movie and TV sound than the small cheap speakers inside a TV?

Turntable: Fluance RT82 $299.

Stereo Recevier: Cambridge Audio Topaz SR20 ~~$499~~ $199. Has a great built in phono preamp, possibly a $100+ value. Manufacturer refurbished with a one year warranty. May have a scratch or small dent that does not affect the performance.

Bookshelf Speakers:

Tower floor standing and you don’t need to build your own or spend $65+ on speaker stands.

Bookshelf (misnomer) speaker stands: Low price Dayton Audio SSMB24 or Monoprice Glass. Sturdy Monolith by Monoprice Speaker Stands.

Speaker wire: Pure Copper Oxygen Free Speaker Wire then 4 Ways to Strip Wire. Optionally add banana plugs. Already with banana plugs AmazonBasics, Crutchfield, DFWCableConnection, Blue Jeans Speaker Cable and Blue Jeans at Amazon.

Speaker Placement for Stereo Music Listening

Home Audio Guides: Intro to home stereo systemsZeos Tutorials, Diagrams and Videosr/audiophile Guide to Home AudioIntroduction to Audio Componentsr/HTBuyingGuides FAQ

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19th Dec 2019

I’m a big KEF fan, but they’re not for everyone. For your budget, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Klipsch RP-150M. $289/pair at Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-RP-150M-Bookshelf-Speaker-Cherry/dp/B00RXHEH8Y/ref=sr_1_3?crid=Y24HO08B2ZU9&amp;keywords=klipsch+rp-150m&amp;qid=1576777506&amp;sprefix=klipsch+rp%2Caps%2C144&amp;sr=8-3

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17th Dec 2019

Best deal closeout:

Popular sales:

Ascend CBM-170SE $298 + shipping. Neutral sound with a linear frequency response and a great midrange that many speakers lack. Manufacturer direct cuts out the middleman so compare to $500 speakers.

Wavecrest Audio HVL-1, and order on sale at Ascend $80 each + shipping, “budget/baby Ascends” from the same speaker designer. Neutral sound with a linear frequency response. As with many speakers, best with a subwoofer.

DIY Kit: C-Note $100. Add around $50 for supplies then budget for tools if you don’t have any. Compare to built speakers costing over twice as much. Glue, clamp, solder, paint, assemble.

Towers:

Bookshelf (misnomer) Speaker Stands: Sturdy Monolith by Monoprice Speaker Stands. Lower budget Dayton Audio SSMB24 or Monoprice Glass. DIY Custom Speaker Stands.

Speaker Placement: Stereo Music Listening or Home Audio and Home Theater. Also How to position your speakers for great sound for the focus diagram.

Also check out r/BudgetAudiophile.

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12th Dec 2019

Better receiver: Cambridge Audio Topaz SR10 ~~$399~~ $199 has a great built in phono stage with a $100+ value so you don’t need to by the Mani.

Or is there a TV in the room to also use the speakers with for better movie and TV sound? If so, consider an AV recevier.

If going with Klipsch, the better line over Reference is Reference Premiere:

Bookshelf (misnomer, they go on stands):

Tower floor standing: Then you don’t need to build or spend $65+ on speaker stands.

WiFi Streaming: Dayton WBA31 $42 also has Apple Airport, and DNLA NAS playback. Echo Dot or Echo Input for app or voice control. They are all also Bluetooth receivers.

Speaker wire: Pure Copper Oxygen Free Speaker Wire or Basic then 4 Ways to Strip Wire. Optionally add banana plugs. Already with banana plugs AmazonBasics buy 2 for a pair 12ft each.

Speaker Placement: Stereo Music Listening or Home Audio and Home Theater. Also How to position your speakers for great sound for the focus diagram.

Bookshelf (misnomer) Speaker Stands: Sturdy Monolith by Monoprice Speaker Stands. Lower budget Dayton Audio SSMB24 or Monoprice Glass. DIY Custom Speaker Stands.

Home Audio Guides: • Intro to home stereo systemsZeos Tutorials, Diagrams and VideosIntroduction to Audio ComponentsWhat is a Phono Preamp? | Audio AdviceHow to Connect a Turntable to a Receiverr/HTBuyingGuides FAQ

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8th Oct 2019

>What will the receiver and/or amplifier do sonic-ally to improve my listening experience?

A stereo or AV receiver or integrated amp or stereo preamp with power amp will let you have more inpusts or upgrade to the better passive Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers. On sale 5.25″ RP-150M (Cherry) $289 or larger 6.5″ RP-160M (Ebony) $349 for example. An AV receiver will allow you do to HDMI switching and have many other features such as a center speakers and side speakers for surround sound if also using the speakers with a TV for movies and TV.

>Which ones would you all recommend that would be reasonably in line with the rest of my setup?

If you are going to change to an amp or receiver with passive speakers you may as well upgrade to better passive speakers than stay at the same quality you already have. See above. Or switch to similar passive speakers if there is a feature you want in an amp or recevier such as HDMI switching if also using the speakers with a TV.

If you want to upgrade the system you already have, try a better phono preamp than the basic one in the speakers. The popular Schiit Mani $129 for example. This will also allow you to position the turntable and phono preamp farther from your speakers.

Also for your current speakers, Speaker Placement for Stereo Music Listening with speaker stands. Affordable Dayton Audio SSMB24 or Monoprice Glass. Or sturdy 4 column Monolith by Monoprice Speaker Stands or 3 column Pangea Audio LS300 All Steel Speaker Stands can both be filled with lead shot, sand or kitty litter for anti-resonance and stability.

Also check out r/BudgetAudiophile.

Home Audio Guides: Intro to home stereo systemsZeos Tutorials, Diagrams and Videosr/audiophile Guide to Home AudioIntroduction to Audio ComponentsSpeaker Placement for Stereo Music Listeningr/HTBuyingGuides FAQ

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29th Oct 2019

Speakers:

DIY build from a kit. Add around $35 for supplies and then tools if you don’t have them. Kit includes pre-cut cabinets. Glue, solder, paint, assemble. Comparable to built speakers costing two to three times as much.

  • 5″ C-Note MT $99. A good starter build with a good low end for the size.

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Better compact power amp,

Digital amps: SMSL SA100, Topping MX3, SMSL AD18, Micca Origain.

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Desktop Guides: Pitch-perfect Placement: How to Set Up Your Desktop Speakers and Get Those Speakers Off Your Desktop.

Home Audio Guides: Intro to home stereo systemsZeos Tutorials, Diagrams and Videosr/audiophile Guide to Home AudioSpeaker Placement for Stereo Music Listening

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1st Oct 2019

Yes, look for used towers first.

Better bookshelf speakers, Klipsch Reference Premiere on sale, 5.25″ RP-150M $289 or 6.5″ RP-160M $349. Then add a subwoofer.

Speaker Stands if no one is going to knock them over: Affordable Dayton Audio SSMB24 or Monoprice Glass. Sturdy 4 column Monolith by Monoprice Speaker Stands or 3 column Pangea Audio LS300 All Steel Speaker Stands can both be filled with lead shot, sand or kitty litter for anti-resonance and stability.

DCM bookshelf close out:

DCM tower close out:

Towers:

Speaker Placement for Stereo Music Listening

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20th Oct 2019

Those are the silver basic entry level Klipsch under the copper colored driver Reference series.

If you want to upgrade, the good Klipsch to get are the Reference Premiere series, 6.5″ RP-160M $349 ~~$549~~ or 5.25″ RP-150M Cherry $289.

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26th Sep 2019

Some reviews say the highs are fatiguing for near field.

What do you like about them?

Have you looked at Fluance, Vanatoo, Kanto, AudioEngine?

Have you considered passive speakers and a mini amp or receiver?

Have you considered buying used speakers and a used receiver?

The better Klipsch are the Reference Premiere, passive, and are said to be less fatiguing. On sale 5.25″ RP-150M (Cherry) $289 or 6.5″ RP-160M (Ebony) $349.

Guides:

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10th Sep 2019

Phono Preamp: Schiit Mani $129.

Turntable: If you are looking at Music Hall, the Music Hall Ikura is on sale in white for $650, ~~$1,195~~.

Tower Speakers:

Bookshelf Speakers:

DIY: Add around $75+ for tools and supplies if you don’t have them. Kits include pre-cut cabinets. Glue, solder, paint, assemble. Comparable to built speakers costing two to three times as much.

Bookshelf Speaker Stands: Size to get tweeter at your ear height while seated.

Speaker Placement: For Stereo Music ListeningHow to position your speakers

Internet Direct Speaker Brand Comparison | Audioholics

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20th Sep 2019

A good serviced vintage turntable for the best quality and bang for the buck, $200 to $300. Add a new stylus or cartridge if it does not include a new one or only has a basic one, then a phono preamp upgrade over the one built into the speakers with the Schiit Mani $129 or many other options.

A new turntable on sale just over your budget is the Music Hall Ikura $649 in white. It would be best with a speaker upgrade.

For the best value new IMO is the Fluance RT82 $299 or RT85 $499. Both have auto stop and then an optical speed sensor speed controlled servo motor for low wow and flutter and speed variation. If you go with the RT82 you can later upgrade to the acrylic platter for $119. Pass on the RT83 that does not sound any better than the RT82 since the cartridges are basically the same but with some added red plastic. Pass on the older RT81 that lacks the speed sensor. Then add a Schiit Mani $129 as an upgrade over the basic one built into the R15PM.

A $200 to $300 turntable with a decent cartridge plus phono preamp upgrade will get you to the limit of the Klipsch R-15PM where they become the bottleneck for better sound quality.

If you like Klipsch, the next step up are the Reference Premiere series. On sale are 5.25″ RP-150M $289 or 6.5″ RP-160M $349. They are passive so you would need to add a used or new amp, integrated amp or receiver to power them. Or look for some as good or better used speakers for less.

Speaker Placement for Stereo Music Listening can help you get the most out of your speakers. If you don’t already have some, consider getting some speaker stands. Affordable Dayton Audio SSMB24 or Monoprice Glass. Sturdy 4 column Monolith by Monoprice Speaker Stands or 3 column Pangea Audio LS300 All Steel Speaker Stands can both be filled with lead shot, sand or kitty litter.

If you do also upgrade your speakers sooner or later: Intro to home stereo systemsr/audiophile Guide to Home AudioZeos Tutorials, Diagrams and Videos

Also check out r/BudgetAudiophile.

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30th Sep 2019

If you have to have Klipsch for the looks over something that may be a better value, consider the 5.25″ Klipsch Reference R-51M $199 ~~$249~~, a better option for a living room than both the KB-15 and R-41, especially if not adding a subwoofer.

The R-51M are the better “R” Reference series over the lower “KB” Icon series and have the larger 5.25″ mid bass drivers instead version of the smaller 4″ R-41 and will give you a bit more impact for an average sized living room if not going with 6.5″ mid bass driver or floor standing speakers.

For a good value, instead of Klipsch Reference series, and larger for a living room, 6.5″ DCM TP160 by MTX Audio speakers ~~$249~~ $79 pair. Review by u/DieselWang and Video Review.

Or the tower version DCM TP260 2-Way by MTX Audio ~~$399~~ $129 which don’t need speaker stands.

What is your budget? The next level up Klipsch are the better Reference Premiere series. On sale RP-150M (Cherry) $289 or 6.5″ RP-160M (Ebony) $349. You may be able to find them for less used.

For any bookshelf (a misnomer) speaker, speaker stands to get Speaker Placement for Stereo Music Listening.

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8th Aug 2019

Reference Premiere is the better line on sale since the new version came out, 5.25″ RP-150M (Cherry) $289 or 6.5″ RP-160M (Ebony) $349.5.25″ RP-150M (Cherry) $289 or 6.5″ RP-160M (Ebony) $349.

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20th Aug 2019

Whafedale Denton 80th Anniversary Walnut or Red Mahogany Speakers $499.

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>I just found out about the Focal 706.

These FOCAL Chorus 706 ~~$749~~ $399? They only have black though. Or 5.5″ Chorus 605 ~~$549~~ $299.

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>Totem Dreamcatcher and Rainmaker but they seem to only get more expensive.

I don’t know how high the prices on those are. Maybe Ascend SIERRA-1 $720 instead? If those are too pricey, Ascend CBM-170 SE $299. Neutral sound with a linear frequency response. My speaker of choice for mostly music and better mids than most speakers in the price range.

Towers:

On sale:

Subwoofer sale: 12″ Infinity Reference SUB R12 $159 ~~$499.~~

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20th Aug 2019

If adding a subwoofer, smaller and on sale Klipsch 5.25″ RP-150M (Cherry) $289 or Infinity 5.25″ Infinity Reference 152 $139.

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21st Jul 2019

Klipsch can be brighter than other speakers. This can be great for old ears or movie and TV dialog, however some say they are fatiguing to their ears.

The Klipsch to get are the Reference Premiere which are said to be less harsh than some previous models, though they are over $200 even on sale since the newest version came out.

  • 5.25″ RP-150M ~~$419~~ $289 or 6.5″ 6.5″ RP-160M ~~$549~~ $349.

For something between the quality of Reference and Reference Premiere and on sale:

For the most linear frequency response under $200 and for a neutral sound with great mids:

  • 5.25″ Wavecrest Audio HVL-1, and order on sale at Ascend $80 each + shipping, “budget/baby Ascends” from the same speaker designer. Neutral sound with a linear frequency response. To me, comparable to KEF Q100s. Great mids which many speakers in the price range lack.

For a warmer sound:

Tower Speakers:

DIY Kit if you are handy:

  • C-Notes $100. Add around $50+ for tools and supplies if you don’t have them. Kit includes pre-cut cabinets. Glue, solder, paint, assemble. Comparable to built speakers costing two to three times as much.

My speaker of choice for music:

  • 6.5″ Ascend CBM-170 SE $299 plus shipping. Neutral sound with a linear frequency response. Internet direct are a great value since they cut out the middleman and can compare to $500 speakers.

Add a subwoofer if you want lower bass:

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20th Jun 2019

No problem. If you can go slightly over budget, the Klipsch RP-150M is a great choice as well for $290. This is my natural upgrade choice from my S15’s.

https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-RP-150M-Bookshelf-Speaker-Cherry/dp/B00RXHEH8Y

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21st Nov 2018

Would the pre-amp would be enough for these?

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20th Mar 2017

Fronts: Klipsch RP-150m (~$380, depending on your color).

Center: Matching (~$320)

Up-firing: Pioneer’s ($200), they just pop on top of the front speakers. They are shaped to match their bookshelves (not as good quality as the ones I linked), but it doesn’t matter, and better ones are way too much money.