October 15, 2009
| by Stephen Hopkins
I dig up and pass along a lot of deals on somewhat low-end, but high-value, home-theater related electronics that you might not ever consider placing in your dedicated theater. The main reason? I’m cheap. The better reason? Finding great deals on what goes elsewhere your home frees up cash for what you really want to put in the room where it matters.
Today, however, I’m going straight for the higher-end. Accessories4Less.com has an exceptional deal going on an exceptional Canton Vento Reference front sound stage. If you buy the Vento Reference 9 bookshelf speakers for a low $2,799, you get the matching Vento 855CM center speaker for free (with coupon code FREE855BLK)! Regular MSRP for both (and Canton doesn’t often allow dealers to dip below MSRP) would be a combined $5,800!
The Vento series is one of the smoothest and most enveloping speakers I’ve ever heard, while still maintaining detail that’s neither unpronounced or fatiguing. The Vento Reference series takes it to an even higher level.
I’m also not just giving you one great deal, but also letting you in on one of my favorite places to find deals on mid to high-end AV equipment ... Accessories4Less. They’re authorized dealers for Marantz, Onkyo, Mordaunt-Short, KEF, Canton, Escient, IXOS, and Monster. What makes them one of my faves is that they’re an authorized factor-reconditioned and b-stock dealer for most of these brands as well. Their shipping is fast, reasonably priced, and their customer service is top notch.
Bonus: Like the super-cheap deals better? Check out the Monster Cable IS10CM in-ceiling speakers for $14.95/ea, also from AC4L. While this may be the only time you ever see me recommend a Monster product, they’re competently designed, well built, sound pretty good, and it’s hard to argue with the price.
Stephen Hopkins is chief technology editor for EH Publishing. He writes product reviews, features, and focuses heavily on 3D TV, iPhone and iPad apps, and digital content.