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alternative to kef eggs?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Stevie S, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. Stevie S

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    Hoping to get some advice - I am auditioning some new equipment tomorrow, and at the moment am planning to hear the new kef eggs (2005.2?) hooked up to denon avr-3803 and denon dvd 2900. This will be mostly for cinema, and then for audio - standard, sacd and dvd-a.

    Since space is limited, I want to avoid large floorstanders. Are there any alternative sets I should consider at around this price?
    Mirage omnisat micro, perhaps?

    thanks in advance
    Stevie
     
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    The B&W VM1 speakers are very popular and are sold singly allowing you to buy a slightly beefier sub to go with them
     
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    Audition Energy Take 5.2 for the satellites, but NOT the matching Energy sub - pick another (eg Rel etc.) Satellites are IMO about as good as they get.
     
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    Listen to the omnisats if possible. Sound is very beguiling, but not to everyone's taste.
     
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    Give the new (or old) gallos a listen ... but they do need a/the sub ...
     
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    many thanks for the advice, people - much appreciated

    Stevie
     
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    These are the best sub / sat combo around. they can be had from here: http://www.creative-audio.co.uk/sibcub.htm
    I have some and think they are great, they have won some awards too. They arent as small as the eggs but are absolutely superb.
     
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    Celestion Soundstyle AVP305

    In the same sort of quality and cost bracket as the Kef Eggs (from sister company Celestion) and very visually attractive - if you like that sort of thing.

    I'm very happy with mine. I dare say I'd be even happier with a larger budget and some B&W's or the such, but for 500-600 quid, I'm more than satisfied.

    Gunrock
     
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    Thanks again for the advice. This morning I was at Audio-T (really helpful and patient!) and I heard the set up. Although it sounded great for the movies, I was quite disappointed with stereo audio performance. I knew it would be a compromise - I didn't realise how much of a compromise it was going to be. Ended up swapping out the Eggs (and the B&W VM1s that we also tried) for some Dynaudio 42s, REL quake sub, Dynaudio 122 centre, and the difference - for movies but esp for music - was amazing. It also sounded fantastic on dvd-a and sacd. I am going to have to rethink budgets: having heard the difference between the sub/sats and some more traditional style speakers, I have a feeling there's no going back....

    Stevie
     
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    Hi Stevie,


    Out of the eggs and VM1s, which sounded better?

    Did you hear the VM1s with the B&W sub ?

    Tom.
     
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    I dont know what it is about Audio-T but they always jump for the Dyaudios after you have listened to your initial choice. As you see from my sig they converted me!
     
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    A bit out of left feild here but try infinity Oreus IMHO the are egg killers but not to everyones taste. Also try demoing Gallo A Diva's (Expensive but worth a listen!!!
     
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    Edgyboy, I would probably say the eggs had a slight edge on the VM1s - tho to be honest I cannot remember which sub was running then, but I am pretty sure he used the VM1s' sub. I thought the VM1s sounded harsh on stereo, while the eggs lacked detail.

    cheapskate, I've gone for the dynaudio 42s, but I guess I would still have time to change my mind and go for 52s. Did you hear both sets? I tried the 62 floorstanders (I think that's right) but found them less musical than the 42s. Guess I should have tried the 52s as well.

    Stevie
     
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    Don't ignore Boston Micros good sir...

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    The other new kid on the block to audition is the Lulét system from Eclipse. Heard them at the Heathrow show and thought they looked amazing and sounded very good indeed. However the price for a 5.1 system is around £1200 which is Gallo territory. Well worth a look also are the new KEF 5000 series. About the same price.
     

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