Advice sought - 5.1, sub, amp. Around £1,000.

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  1. Cragz

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    Hi guys. I've been doing a fair amount of searching (both here and the wider-web) and have come to a decision on exactly what type of system I'm looking for. Unfortunately, I'm at a loss still on the part specifics, and I'm hoping that's where you can come in.

    My budget's around £1,000 and with it I'd quite like a 5.1 system with sub, an amp and cabling. Obviously I won't be targeting anything particularly high-end with such restrictions, but I'd like to get the best bang I can for my "buck".

    I'll be using it predominantly for gaming with movies a close second and music every so often. My musical preference is fairly eclectic, so I can assume the final system will be used to play everything from Britney Spears to NWA.

    The room's fairly small in size, a gap of approximately 5 metres will separate the fronts & rears. I have a preference for a light wood finish, but if the price/set is right I'd stretch to black. Style has *some* importance - I'd prefer not to own eyesores if I could pay a little extra for something delicious. I also can't wall-mount, it's a rented apartment so everything will be on the floor / stands.

    My searches have revealed that, in my price point, there are two front-runners in the speaker category:

    Tannoy Mercury Custom in Apple
    Richer Sounds - The UK's Hi-Fi, Home Cinema & Flat Panel Tv Specialists!
    £429.80 with 2x floorstanders, 2x bookshelf, 1x centre and the sub.

    Acoustic Energy NEO 3 in light oak:
    eBay UK Shop - Acoustic Energy Loudspeakers: Home Cinema Speakers, Subwoofers, Acoustic Energy Accessories
    £620 with 4x floorstanders, 1x centre and the sub.

    Now, I'm aware that buying a "matching" sub isn't necessarily a sound investment, but I'd assume going with a BK for instance wouldn't change the price on a monumental scale.

    So my questions are thus:

    · Is it worth spending the extra on the AE NEO 3s? I know both have seen fairly drastic price-drops (or are end of line prices) so I'm not too sure of how level they were originally.
    · Are there any other speakers in my price range that are worth considering *over* these two sets? I'm not adverse to upping the budget *slightly* if there's something considerably better available.
    · How easy will it be to get a sound-test at, for instance, a local Richer Sounds? Is it a case of book a week in advance? More? I live in central Leeds so there's a store very close by.

    Thanks for any advice in advance. I'm very new to this, so do excuse any inaccuracies!
     
  2. Cragz

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    Wow, that hit page 4 pretty fast. No takers? :confused:

    If I'm missing vital information about how they'll be set up in order to answer the questions, I'm very willing to comply with requests!

    I'll not bump it again if nobody wants to answer ... :(
     
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    for what its worth, iv got neo 3 floorstanders and the neo sub and am very happy with them. the sub is pretty good consdering its one that comes with a 5.1 package. it goes down to 25hz which is 20hz lower than the tannoy subs on the richer sounds page, and has a 200w amplifier iinstead of tanoys 100w. so on paper at least, t seems like a much better peice of kit.

    havent hear the tannoys, but they get good reviews on here and come highly recomended by the av press aswell so i doubt you would be disapointed with them.

    but i do think that 4 neo 3 floorstanders with the neo center and sub would be the muts nuts and i would assume it would well out perform the tannoy package on the basis of the superior subwoofer, and the fact that the rears would be floorstanders rather than bookshelfs would have a huge impact on the soundstage.

    if it was me i would go for the 4 x neo's setup, it will be an absolute stonker of a system and will have enough bass to shake the place, and in fact im now thinking of upgrading to 7.1 by adding a further set of neo 3's as the extra surrounds:devil:

    andy
     

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