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Old 08-22-01, 05:09 PM   #1
IamFlip
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Any opinions on these speakers: Sony SA-VE325 or SA-VE525?

My best friend who have a limited budget wants to buy a home theater speaker package and considering Sony SA-VE325 or Sony SA-VE525 speakers. He does have a small studio and like these speakers because of the size and price.

He also consider getting the Sony STR-DE675 or STR-DE875 receivers.

Your comments and opinions will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-22-01, 08:43 PM   #2
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Sony makes terrible speakers. (The Sony Sub is an exception) And their receivers are average at best. They simply don't approach the sound quality of a well chosen system in the same price range. By the products you mentioned I'm assuming a budget of about $800. Here is the best system possible for that kind of money IMO:

Receiver: Onkyo TX-DS494 (Online Price $257)
Speakers:
Fronts: PSB Alpha Mini (Online Price $142 a pair)
Rears: PSB Alpha Mini (Online Price $142 a pair)
Center: PSB Alpha Center (Online Price $129)
Sub: Sony WM-40 (Online Price $139)
Total Price = $809

This system includes the small fronts and rears for easy placement in your friend's studio. I chose every piece of the system for awesome sound, high build quality, and above all unbeatable value. See if you can try the equipment at a local hi-fi shop. You won't be disappointed.
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Old 08-22-01, 09:35 PM   #3
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Saturday Audio is closing out the Alphas, pretty much for the prices listed above. They also have better deals on B-Stock Alphas (cosmetic blems only, see page for details).
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Old 08-24-01, 10:48 AM   #4
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Stay away from SONY speakers....not their strong point!
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