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I have been watching the price drop on a couple of craigslist deals in my area that are really tempting me. I am thinking about upgrading my current 20 year old setup:

  • Center: Sony SS-CN495H

  • L/R Towers: Sony SS-MF550H

  • Surrounds: Sonly SS-MB100H

To this:

  • Center: Klipsch R-25C

  • L/R Towers: Klipsch R-28F

  • Surrounds: Klipsch R-15m

For about $350.

I have a Klipsch Sub 12 that I would keep.

I know all of these are the entry level speakers for their time, but I am just looking to boost my system on a tight budget. I use my system primarily for movies and video games with some music. My room is 14x14 with 8 foot ceilings. I would love to get any input on this idea. Good deal? Better sound? Would you recommend something else in this budget range? Thanks.

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Certainly an upgrade. Price doesn’t seem too bad. Although with some patience something better may come along. Maybe sell the Sonys and save some money then trade/sell up. RF-3 or RF-35 with matching RC-3 or 35 centers tend to be in the 300-400 range. All just from my experience building up my system. Good luck!

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On 9/14/2021 at 6:32 PM, CWOReilly said:

Certainly an upgrade. Price doesn’t seem too bad. Although with some patience something better may come along. Maybe sell the Sonys and save some money then trade/sell up. RF-3 or RF-35 with matching RC-3 or 35 centers tend to be in the 300-400 range. All just from my experience building up my system. Good luck!

Thanks for your comment.  Are RF-3's a better speaker than the R-28F's?  I thought they were older and not as good.  It is so hard to tell which models are better than others.  I actually see a set of RF-3's with a RC-3 and two RS-3's  someone is asking $400 for.  

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My two cents: Both speakers aren´t that much different. The R28f are newer, bass-reflex-port is front firing, which is better in confined spaces, because you can place them closer to a wall/ corner without the bass getting boomy. They will also eat more of Your budget.

The RF3s are rear-firing, one has to mind that when placing them in the room. The RF3 is a bit fickle, i had to move mine around some to find balance between imagng and bass. As You´ve seen, a complete set can be had without getting poor. Watch out for the vinyl verneer, it is prone to warping.

 

At the end of the day, the only way to find out what You really like, is to listen which speaker suits you better. As i said, spec-wise they are close. I´m happy with my RF3s.

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Thanks again everyone for the comments.  I went to look at the R28F's tonight and didn't get them.  The cabinets were all scratched up and speaker grills had some holes in them.  Otherwise I think I would have loved them.  Anyway, thanks for the input.  Back to square one again!

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6 hours ago, erikcave said:

Thanks again everyone for the comments.  I went to look at the R28F's tonight and didn't get them.  The cabinets were all scratched up and speaker grills had some holes in them.  Otherwise I think I would have loved them.  Anyway, thanks for the input.  Back to square one again!

Patience. Something better will come along. 

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On 9/15/2021 at 10:19 PM, erikcave said:

  I actually see a set of RF-3's with a RC-3 and two RS-3's  someone is asking $400 for.  

This seems like a great deal to me assuming everything works and is in good condition personally if I was throwing together a budget TV surround system this is the route I'd go. 

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