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Are my Crestas letting my system down ?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Jimmysil, Sep 3, 2003.

  1. Jimmysil

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    Hi

    My current system is as follows
    Marantz SR5300
    Arcam Alpha 7 CD player
    Panasonic DVD Player
    Kef Cresta 2 Fronts
    Eltax Dipole rears
    Rubbish centre speaker.

    I am aware that my av speakers could be better, but as I mostly listen to music, I am concerned my system may sound better with different fronts.

    I am also aware the cons of music on a av amp.
    But the marantz does quite a good job, when I compared it to my now sold, Alpha 7R amp :( (Could not justify 2 amps).

    So any ideas, which speakers go well with the marantz.
    Cheers

    Jimmysil
     
  2. Nobber22

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    I've always liked the Cresta 2's, but have found the bass to be a bit overwhelming of the mid-range, hence leading to a slower-sounding speaker than many are fond of. Perhaps with a warm CD player and amp - both are good at what they do - a speaker with a brighter top-end, may be more suitable for music eg. Tannoy Mx2-M or MA B2's? Mission M72i's are (much) brighter too. Those I've mentioned may be more of a sideways step tho'. Can you stretch to Kef Q1's or the lovely Quad 11L's? What's your budget?
     
  3. Jimmysil

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    Thanks Nobber22

    Can't really spend much, 100ish.
    But I am happy to buy good 2nd hand speakers, opposed to not so good new stuff.

    The Q1's possibly if I can find some good 2nd ones. But the Quads maybe out of my range.

    I don't really want to "sidegrade", but upgrade.

    Also my room is not massive, so I want speakers that sound good even at low levels.
    I agree the crestas sound nice but with a little too much bass.
     
  4. Nobber22

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    Hmmm, not giving yourself much chance here unfortunately. :( I suggest you visit several good dealers and demo speakers going for a maximum of £200 new. Find a pair you like the sound of, then try to do a deal with the dealer for an ex-dem set. If they are too pricey, then look around for some second-hand ones of the same make. Could even put a Wanted Advert on this forum.
     
  5. Jimmysil

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    Yes I agree, but thats the way to goes.
    Hopefully I can find some good Q1 somewhere.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Hi Jimmy,

    What sort of price would you pay for a .....


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