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Am I approaching this all wrong?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by digisocialist, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. digisocialist

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    OK, my forays into the speaker world are as frought with confusion as any other in the H/C universe and I believe I am loosing my way (or mind!)

    It has just occured to me that I am approaching the whole affair from a soley homegenous standpoint, believing this to be the only way. However, I have never considered (until now) that perhaps I should be looking to 'mix n' match' and hence broaden my options and possibly get more value for my money.

    M&K (K-Series), B&W (600s3 series), Castle (Richmond 3i) give you an idea of the style, size and budget of speaker I'm looking at. When consideing 4 (of any of the above), plus a matching centre, plus a matching sub, then the price is astronomical (in my view anyway). Should I therefore be looking to buy less expensive rears and free up budget to concentrate on the fronts and centre? I'm not quite sure how this would work but any suggestions would be welcomed. I can't go into Hi-Fi shops and demo every speaker on the market, so I have to get down to a resonable list. I still wish to maintain some degree of uniformity and have a set of speakers which at least don't look out of place together, if not entirely all by the same manufacturer.

    Thoughts?
    Room = 13ft x 10ft x 6.7ft (attached pic of front wall I will be projecting onto with positions of speakers). Rears have to be wall mounted.
     

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  2. Reiner

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    In a perfect setup all speakers are identical, but that's not always possible (because of space/placing, budget etc.). Thus most manufacturers offer different types, usually including a dedicated center speaker.

    To achieve a tonal match you usually have to stick to one series (of the same make, naturally) though you could compromise on the rears.
    Usually this is done only if you already have an existing pair of speakers (say from a stereo setup), that is new speakers will be used as fronts and the old ones will be dedicated to rear speaker duties. If you purchase a new set I would recommend to match them.

    The subwoofer does not need to match, so you may choose any brand / model that fits the bill (i.e. your budget and preferences).
     
  3. Ian J

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    That's what I did. I spent 90% of my speaker budget on a set of three M&K speakers for the front and then added a pair of £150 Mission bipoles at the rear. This served me well for films although wasn't too good with SACD and DVDA.

    When I upgraded the rears I bought a pair of M&K K4 which are tonally similar to the fronts but inferior in quality.

    The matching M&K rears are more expensive than the fronts and I wasn't willing to pay a premium for rears.
     
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    As has already been mentioned, in an ideal world you'd have five/six/seven identical speakers. It is amazing how far people are willing to go to achieve this, there are even threads on this forum which discuss placing a floorstander on its side on top of the TV so that all three front speakers are identical. Let's not get carried away!

    As long as the front three match then that's fine, most manufacturers will have a centre speaker that tonally matches other speakers in the same range and so that shouldn't be a problem regardless of your budget and performanc/style requirements. Budget speakers from different manufacturers will be fine for the surround speakers, although if you are into multichannel music then don't skimp on the surround speakers too much as they will be found wanting.
     

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