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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Spligsey, Jun 4, 2003.

  1. Spligsey

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    Chaps.

    Looking for a good pair of bookshelf speakers.

    Like good clean natural sound.
    £600 tops to spend.
    Not a great B&W fan, so no need to nominate them.
    Looking for clear, detailed midrange & balanced trebble.
    Not too concerned with low bass response, as i'll eventually get another sub to take care of that.

    Cheers.

    Adzman
     
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    I demoed the Quad 11L's recently and was blown away at the clarity and quality of the sound these little guys throw out. Amazing build quality for £370 too. :smashin:

    Otherwise perhaps Dynaudio Audience 42 or 52's?
     
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    Just bought a set of Celestion Soundstyle speakers for 599 (AVP305 includes the sub). I haven't heard them yet (they don't arrive until Saturday), but the tweeter is aluminium and the cone is aluminium coated, and all set in a die cast aluminium body. Most of the reviews I've read compliment the Celestions on their sharp and detailed sound, but apparently they can sound a bit bright on some Amps (Sony and Yammaha mentioned) or if you've not a lot of soft furnishing in the room i.e wooden floors.
     
  5. Spligsey

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    Cheers for the suggestions chaps.

    Have to say, i've never heard of NHT Nathan...

    I have heard the Quad's (albeit) at a Hifi show..so will have to have a proper listen to them.

    Dynaudios are always worth listening to.

    Haven't heard about the Celestion range. I'll take a peek.

    I'm lucky that i have very, very, very, very soft furnishings....(carpeted walls) amongst other bits.

    Thinking of Monitor Audio too. Used to own some Silver 8i's...although i've yet to hear a standmount speaker in their range. I would imagine that they will be pretty useful.

    Adzman
     
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    I've got a set of NHT's (HDP-2 Dipoles) the build, sound quality & driver quality is first rate.

    I can email a pic if you want.

    btw, NHT stands for "Now Hear This" :rotfl:
     
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    Monitor Audio Silver were on my shopping list and in the demo room at 7oaks were bloomin' marvellous. When I was buying though I had to have the speakers against a wall which made them "boomy". In many ways I wish I'd rearranged the room then to how it is now. (not that I don't like my Kefs)
     
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    It has to be done.

    <cracks his knuckles, rolls up his sleeves>

    ATC SCM-7s without a doubt.

    <dusts his hands off>

    Dunc :)
     
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    Kef RDM'1's:smashin: Definitely need a sub though as they are sealed units and start to roll off from around 100hz. Also look superb in Gloss Grey.:D

    RDM2's are the bigger brother with more bass extension.
     
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    Excellent speakers. I really like the Celestion A tweeter, great sound. Most metal drivers I've heard are too splashy- not them Celestions.
     
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    Take a look at Linn Katans. Wonderfull sound and build quality.
     
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    i also think the Quad 11L is a great speaker. i use it with an MJ Pro 50 and i am very happy. the speakers go pretty deep in the bass anyway.
     
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    have a look and listen to b&w cdm 1nt and monitor audio gr10. they are over your budget (£750 and £800) but if you are willing to buy a dem pair or are good at haggling you could get them nearer to your budget - worth trying as they are a level up in performance:smashin:
    (just noticed the bit about b&w:blush: )
     
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    PMC DB1 might be another one to add to the demo list at ~£500.

    The Totem Mites are also worth a look from what I've heard - don't really know anything about these but they've been brought to my attention several times as I might be in a similar position to you in a few months' time. BTW, anybody know where to buy/demo them in the UK?!

    MuFu.
     
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    Try Proac Studio 100 - superb top and middle with good fast bass but not that deep - add a sub and you are sorted

    Have used Proac Studio 1 Mk II with Rel Strata II for years with good results.

    MA GR10 also well worth a listen.

    Gus
     
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    I use dynaudio audience 42 which I love but also liked cyrus cls50 shoul be able to get a deal on them.
     
  18. Spligsey

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    Cheers for all the suggestions fellas.

    Lots to think about there.

    I've lined up a few Studio Monitors to look @ too, so it'll be interesting to see how they get on with the speakers you've mentioned.

    Adzman.
     
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    Natural sounding speakers: that'll be the Monitor Audio's range then (IMO). Of course I am biased having just bought a pair of Gold ref 20's. The gold ref 10's are in a similar vein and they can be picked up pretty cheap - a set of nearly new ones just went on ebay for £450:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3026566029&category=3276&rd=1

    Also worth looking at is the Sevenoaks site in their ex-dem section - a couple of pairs are in there for about £600. I think I also recall seeing a few pairs on hifi for sale website pretty cheap.

    Happy hunting

    simon

    BTW, posted in the classified section but I guess you didn't see. Do you still have any of that Chord Rumour cable for sale?
     
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    Simon, sorry about not responding to your note on the classifieds mate, i didn't know you posted one!

    As i've just got myself a Harmon Kardon AVR 8500, i'll use the Chord Rumour cable for that.

    Agree with you on Monitor Audio. I used to love my Silver 8i's.

    Adzman
     
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    Simon

    Just bought the GR20's myself, using with Odyssey 4 biwire, sound very very good, heard nothing better this side of 2K.

    Rumour 2 or 4 should work really well.

    Gus
     
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    Gus,
    Not wanting to turn this thread into a MA Gold Ref appreciation thread, but what are you using for surround duties - GRFx's?

    Spligsey,
    another place to try for the MA Golds (which are incredibly hard to find below list) is HiFi Bitz. They don't list them on the site but if you speak to Adele (I think) , she can sort out pretty good discounts.
     
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    Spligsey

    You should find a pair of GR10 easily enough around £600 or a bit less.

    Simon

    Managed to sell my B & W 6 series fronts and centre, hopefully getting rid of the back pair and 633's next week. Have got a GR Centre on the way and GRfx for the sides. Debating whether to use my Mission DS for rears of go to Sfx or even another pair of GRfx(overkill I think :) ).

    Gus
     
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    I think MuFu's on the winner with Totem Mite's Adz. You dahhhn Souufff aren't you? Try Reighley HiFi in Essex, Totem is their biggest speaker company now (or so I heard).
     
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    Gus
    slightly off topic - but the cheapest I have found for MA Golds are Hifi Bitz. Where did you buy yours and for how much? I'm looking at the GRFx's and the centre.

    cheers
     
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    Simon you have a pm
     
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    now this has become a MA thread:p , i would just like to say that the gold reference range are amongst the best bargains in hifi, i sometimes regret not getting the gr60,gr centre and grfx instead of my m&k speakers. however, i DID get the fb212 sub my monitor audio and reckon it gives the mx350 a run for its money and saves you £900 at the same time:lesson:
     
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    I have not listened to the MA gold since they were above my budget.

    However, I listened to quite a bit in the £250-450 range including the MA silver s2, Quad11L and Dynaudio 42 in the same seesion. The only advantadge we felt the MA Silver s2 have over the Quad and Dyns was more bass. They were a bit too boomy and it improved once we plugged them but we really prefered the other two. They were close but we are now very satisfied owner of a pair of real wood Dynaudios.

    Yan
     
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    After listening to Monitor Silvers, B&W's and a few others, I decided on the Mons to go with my new receiver (HK 5550).

    Needless to say, it has been an expensive few months, but now my system is complete: :)
     

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