B&W VM1's

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  1. SilverPenguin7

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    Ok gang, I'm moving in 3 weeks and my new living room is slightly smaller than the one I have now. To cut down on space I was thinking of getting some satellite speakers to replace my existing setup which comprises the following:

    Celestion F3's for mains
    Celestion F Centre for..er...the centre
    Oooooold JBL Control 1's for rears.

    I have read a few good things about the B&W VM1's and wondered if anyone would have an idea how they should sound compared to the speakers I have right now. I am fairly pleased with the F3's but I really would like to get smaller, wall mountable speakers to free up some much needed floor space. I want to spend no more than £600 or so for the lot. So, would the VM1's do the trick (for movies & music). Oh, and they will be playing alongside my REL Storm so the bass side of things is taken care of.

    EDIT: Also, are the Monitor Audio Radius 180's a good bet?
     
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    i dont kno much about the speakers you want.... but the photography on that site you have is amazing... was it done by you.. i thought the after dark section is amazing and i love the cathedral reflection picture too.. how would ya go about getting one of them as a poster size
     
  3. SilverPenguin7

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    Thanks fabio, yep it was all taken by me. Poster size would be simply taking the negative to a specialist (or somewhere like jessops, not sure what they are like quality wise though) and asking for a huuuuuage print to be made up :)
     
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    Well, the VM1's are not as small as I thought - they are nearly 5 inches wide and have considerable bulk, which is not the impression I was given by the various photos dotted around the web.....

    The MA radius stuff looks pretty good though. Good WAF!

    DT

    p.s. awesome photos too, especially london at night!!
     
  5. SilverPenguin7

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    Yeah I did get teh tape measure out and noticed how big the VM1's actually are!

    And thanks for your comments on my pictures also :)
     
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    The VM1's are excellent, but I feel that the centre (being a non-dedicated centre design) is a weak point. I'm selling 1 silver VM1 for £70 which was used as a centre (blatant plug for which I apologise) and now have an LCR60S3 which is a massive improvement (albeit not wall-mounted). I still have 4 other VM1's for surround duties front and rear and I have no complaints about these whatsoever.
     
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    :offtopic: , nice picture of the warrior, you know the ship at portsmouth, the muv works there at the moment its a very beutiful ship, did some of my art A-level from interior pics of it..... :offtopic: :oops:
     
  8. Ian J

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    In theory most people would prefer a "non dedicated" centre as audio nirvana is three identical speakers across the front. Whilst many people will tell you of the desirability of having three tonally matched speakers across the front how is this achieved when (for example) a pair of three way floorstanders is used together with a "dedicated" centre which has one quarter of the internal volume, a completely different shape and a different driver complement.

    If your LCR60S3 is a "massive improvement" I assume that it is now tonally different to the rest of the speakers :confused:
     
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    I expect it is yes, but not to the overall detriment of sound passing from one side to another.

    When I said massive improvement I was talking about delivery of dialogue, ambient sounds within the centre channel and general depth of sound.

    I take your point about tonal matching though....I had that with 3 VM1's and it was less important to me than good performance from what to me is the most important speaker in my set-up.

    Does that answer your question Ian?
     
  10. SilverPenguin7

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    Anybody else out there with MA Radius 180's that have any pros or cons regarding their performance with music & movies?
     

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