@The_Tim same, replaced my tiny L/R speakers in my 5.1 system with them. It’s now decently more full bodied, and I was able to drop my crossover to take a little strain off my subwoofer. Watching Stranger Things has been a treat with these.
Yeah, the mini desk system with 5.1 needed some surrounds…You, know, when work really REQUIRES that I can tell from which direction the bullets in a movie are coming. Outfitting a home office is work that is never done.
@Dizavid so tired of this bitching. You were always supposed to pay tax. You just were a dick and didn’t. Your state stopped you from being a dick. It has absolutely nothing to do with meh. If you don’t like your states sales tax take it up with then.
Damn, I need yet another pair of speakers like I need a hole in my inflatable head…but these seem to be pretty well-liked, and $44 shipped is a really good price for something from Polk Audio. Plus, it’s an excuse to try a fully modern pair of speakers and compare them to my vintage stuff. We’ll see how these stack up against a similarly sized vintage pair of Polks…the Monitor 4B.
@PooltoyWolf That’s funny, it sounded familiar, and I checked my garage and sure enough I have a pair of Monitor 4 (not 4B) from the 1980’s. I checked some forums and apparently those are still well-regarded and people still seek them. The early version ones had a round black dome tweeter, the later ones had a plastic top with three spokes, that was apparently not as good according to some audio guys (and you know how cranky audio guys can be).
In any case I’m sure I paid a lot more than $39 for those speakers, and that was 1980s dollars.
I expect these would be pretty good especially for this price, though I’d guess that the originals will probably be better.
@pmarin Yes, the 4Bs are the later revision of the original Monitor 4. Mine are 4Bs, which still have a dome tweeter, but as you said they are protected by a cover over the dome. These were purchased new by my parents as add-on rear speakers for their Yamaha stereo system in 1986. (I still have the entire stereo!) The one thing I feel I will prefer on the 4Bs over the R150s immediately is the fact that the 4Bs are front ported.
@mfladd@pmarin I can’t find anywhere on the Amazon page or the Q&A whether that’s a Tripath amplifier like my LP2020A+ (and James Archer should probably stop answering questions), but it looks okay for that price. I’ll be using my existing Lepai amp to test the R150s out.
This is a great deal. I said Meh because you don’t have a response for “I already have a pair”. But, for others who may be on the fence, I did a lot of research six years ago and these outperformed a lot of more expensive speakers. I’m still delighted with them.
@mfladd@therealjrn disturbed with a bit of a wink, is more accurate. I can handle a wide variety of folks. And if anything is ever not my taste, I ignore it. And if I’m ever truly offended, I’m free to leave. It takes a bit though… It takes all kinds, and it seems they have all ended up here.
Most recent reviews from Amazon, one from 2016, rest were 2015 and earlier? I wonder when the ones for sale were manufactured? If these have foam around speaker cones, it deteriorates over time. Just wondering.
Be prepared to buy a comp connection, a small audio amplifier and speaker wire. Starts to add up. Bought items off amazon, and amp went out after 1 use. Amazon sent me a new power cord, and all good so far.
I bought 3 pairs of these last sale to make my 7.1 surround sound system (the center speaker is a very nice JBL I picked up at a thrift store). They sound great and put out a surprising amount of bass (not too much though, they aren’t “boomy”). With all 7 speakers going, I don’t even really need to turn on the subwoofer unless I want the really deep lows. Overall, I think this is a great deal.
@mfladd Interesting that the one review mentions the L/R jacks being reversed. My LP-2020A+ does not have this issue. Mine was an open box item from Parts Express back when these were first introduced…I have loved it ever since. (I did do the capacitor mod, to improve bass response.)
I’m wondering if Kinter is just another brand name that’s manufactured in the same factory, or if Kinter directly copied part of Lepai’s model number. Parts Express claims Lepai is/was an exclusive brand to them.