My suggestion is that you save up enough money to buy some decent speakers. Let's be honest here, $250.00 won't get you a whole lot. This is just my opinion, I'm sure others will chime in with their own. Good luck.
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I'm sure you will get plenty of suggestions, but let me throw out the original Advent Loudspeakers. I still use a pair in my analogue setup. They won't resolve as well as much more expensive speakers, but their dynamic range and clarity is excellent for the price. For $250 or less, you should be able to easily find a pair in great working condition. You might be able to find two pairs needing a re-foam (kit is like $18 on eBay) for $99 or less a pair. That would allow you to go with the classic "Double Advent" setup. I'm fairly certain the double advents will blow away anything you could find for $250 or less.
Thank you everyon. I had Energy speakers before years ago but had a bit too much of a laid back sound for my liking ... as far as I remember. Any feedback on MS Carnival 2's or the CA S30? Looking to go the UK route possibly and also need a wood finish cabinet for WAF :(
I understand the shortcomings of speakers in this price range, but I am sure there are some gems/sleepers out there. I am not into critical listening ...
You should be able to pick a new pr. of Tannoy Fusion 1 (or possibly a 2 for just a little more). Nice sounding spks. If you don't mind a larger bookshelf spk. the Snell K/J's are exc. as well. (Vifa drivers.) Check out older Mission loudspeakers as well. (I have the 761i's and they are fantastic. Finally, PSB 400's. Vifa drivers as well. Ton's of others as well. Good hunting!
I picked up a very nice pair of Jamo Concert 7's and they sound very nice. I bought them for my rear channels but I ended up putting them in place of a pair of Infinity Kappa 8.0's as my mains. Not as powerful low end as the Kappas but bass is very tight and the sound-stage and imaging is better in my opinion. I paid $275.00 for them. Excellent. I also looked at a pair of Energy Connoisseur C-6 for the same price.