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    Default Looking for quality bookshelf with front port or no port

    Can anyone recommend a quality bookshelf speaker (less than 1000 for a pair) with a front bass port instead of a rear port? Also non-ported speakers are fine. Due to space constraints, these monitors will unfortunately be placed close to a wall, and I would like to avoid the boomy effect of doing so.

    Right now, I'm looking at the economic option of a pair of Definitive Technology Promonitor 1000 bookshelfs with a passive radiator at the top.
    Last edited by bkdc; 03-10-2014 at 08:42 AM.

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    Default Re: Looking for quality bookshelf with a front bass port

    Seeing as this is the Ascend Acoustics forum I will stick with that brand.

    1. A pair of HTM-200's are sealed and would fit the bill out of the box.

    2. A pair of Sierra-1's with Q-plugs would be my other recommendation.

    That'll get you started!
    Ed

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    Default Re: Looking for quality bookshelf with a front bass port

    That makes me think -- anyone try Sierra-2's with Q-plugs?

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    Default Re: Looking for quality bookshelf with a front bass port

    Quote Originally Posted by bkdc View Post
    That makes me think -- anyone try Sierra-2's with Q-plugs?
    Well, so much for your original budget!

    I used the Q-plugs with the NrT's but have not tried them with the -2's. I don't think they are intended to work with the -2's as the woofer has different performance characteristics, but I will leave that for Dave to comment on.
    Ed

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    Default Re: Looking for quality bookshelf with a front bass port

    I was asking because I own a pair of Sierra-2's which are situated somewhere else in the house.

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    Default Re: Looking for quality bookshelf with a front bass port

    Ah.........gotcha!

    After a little more thought, here's a front ported speaker with Ascend Acoustics roots!

    http://www.wavecrestaudio.com/
    Ed

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    Default Re: Looking for quality bookshelf with a front bass port

    I really liked the Sonus Faber Venere 1.5. Ultimately I liked the Sierra better but these do have a front bass port. Might have to haggle with a sales guy as they list at 1200 but I liked these over the B&W, Martin Logans, Definitive, Klipsch, Paradigms I listened to.

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: Looking for quality bookshelf with a front bass port

    Philharmonitors. I just compared them to the Sierra 2's and while the S2's sound better to me, the Phil's are a very nice speaker. The difference between the two is not a very large gap. Front bass port, decent low end for music, voices sound really good, just a little laid back compared to the S2's.

    I'm doing my final comparison tomorrow with a makeshift AB switch.

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    Default Re: Looking for quality bookshelf with a front bass port

    Quote Originally Posted by Geocab View Post
    Philharmonitors. I just compared them to the Sierra 2's and while the S2's sound better to me, the Phil's are a very nice speaker. The difference between the two is not a very large gap. Front bass port, decent low end for music, voices sound really good, just a little laid back compared to the S2's.

    I'm doing my final comparison tomorrow with a makeshift AB switch.
    Did you send the philharmonitors back?

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    Default Re: Looking for quality bookshelf with a front bass port

    Quote Originally Posted by natetg57 View Post
    Did you send the philharmonitors back?
    I kept both pairs of speakers. The S2's will be my mains and the Phils will go in Zone 2.

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