Question 5.1 - Monitor Audio/Wharfedale or other

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  1. StoufferTheCat

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    I have some rather ancient Onkyo surround speakers. One of these has stopped working and I've noticed a horrible metallic distortion to the sound. These speakers were part of a "Cinema pack" which means they have to be 12yrs old, if not older.
    I enjoy having 5.1 surround sound, but I am not looking to spend a fortune on replacing these speakers/sub etc - let us say around £600 maximum, less if I can.

    Yamaha RX-V581 is staying. I'm happy with this receiver despite the lack of Dolby Vision support. It does pass HDR and I'm very happy with this.
    I am limited on space for the rear speakers - 210 x 160 x 150 (H x W x D)

    After reading through a number of posts I felt I'd maybe got down to a choice of three, which everyone here will be familiar with:

    Monitor Audio Mass 5.1 (Original version).
    Seems to get good reviews, being replaced so maybe able to get good pricing, however seems to go for around £499

    Monitor Audio Mass 5.1 (2019 version).
    I notice that the centre speaker is just another satellite. Every other set of speakers I've looked at, the centre is different, offers more. I'm assuming MA know what they are doing on this front. Limited reviews available, but seems to be a good choice. Priced at £599, top of budget.

    Wharfedale DX-2
    Seems to be the "go to" budget speaker set. Will never set the world alight, but offers good performance and sound quality for something sub £500. Seems to go for around the £349 mark.

    Is there any reason to go for any one of these over the others? Are there any other packages that are within budget that I should be taking a look at, taking my rather limited amount of space for the rear speakers into account?

    Cheers all.
     
  2. Gasp3621

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    The old Mass serie seems to be hard to beat and reading the Mass owners thread people are very happy with them! They aren´t scared of being pushed louder and allow lower crossover (80/90hz) settings which has some benefits. One member just compared old ones to new 2019 serie and it was clear the old sounded better which he also ended up with. There is big difference in size and design (vented/sealed cabinets) + driver size, the new serie is aimed to compete with smaller cube sized speakers/new to HT and guys with extra demanding wives.:p

    AVForums advertiser AVO has best deals of Mass speakers:
    Monitor Audio MASS AV 5.1 Speaker Package - Speaker Packages - AV Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

    DX2 has smaller sealed cabinets with 3" mid/bass drivers (Mass 4"), larger vented dual driver center channel though. They also have 4ohm nominal impedance which isn`t ideal with lower range Yamaha receivers. But this shouldn`t be problem normal listening volumes, just FYI.

    You could buy the Mass system without subwoofer too, but to get something better from Mass sub you would need to put about 300-350£ for it. So 639£ - 689£ total. Lot of members have chosen BK Electronics XLS200 - P12-300SB/XXLS400 over the Mass sub and it´s easy way to make your system sound better. The first two would be available for the price i mentioned.
    Monitor Audio MASS AV 5.0 Speaker Package - Speaker Packages - AV Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

    Looking at other options Q Acoustics 7000i is very popular with low price tag, but tad too large (surrounds).
    Q Acoustics Q7000i Plus 5.1 Speaker System

    KEF E305 same thing which is a shame as PT has decent price for them, sub being rather poor though.
    KEF E305 System 5.1 Speaker System
     
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    I've got the old mass 5.1 system it sounds great and hard to beat after the price drop due to the new ones beind released
     

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