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Best home cinema speakers for £250ish?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Grand Dizzy, May 1, 2005.

  1. Grand Dizzy

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    Basically, what's the best I can get for about £250?

    I'm only really interested in home cinema (although occasionally play games and music). I really would like a 6.1 system, for future compatibility.

    I don't mind buying something slightly out-of-date to get a bargain.

    Would it be better/cheaper to buy the speakers all separately, or a set package? (Bear in mind, I have very little experience and would have no idea about which speakers to buy for which position.)

    Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated!
     
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    look at the power buy section....canton cd1 just the ticket
     
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    :D see!
     
  5. Grand Dizzy

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    This Canton CD1 seems great!

    Three questions:

    1. How much would it cost for a 6.1 setup?
    2. I also need an amp and was thinking about getting the Yamaha RXV640RDS. Would this be compatible with the Canton CD1? Or would one of them not be powerful enough to support the other?
    3. Anyone know what's the delivery time is?
     
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    Add teh cD50 for centre front £88 and move the CD20 to rear centre, Yam will be fine, delivery is 1-2 days from Jake new black stock due this week and selling fast so get your order in ASAP
     
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    just pm jake..he'll give you all the info
     
  8. Grand Dizzy

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    Thanks for the recommendation guys!

    There's just one thing that bothers me slightly about the Canton subwoofers though: the minimum frequency is 33Hz, and even the more expensive AS22SC subwoofer has a minimum of 25Hz.

    Now, I really know nothing about subwoofers (so excuse my ignorance) but as I understood it a normal human ear can hear as low as 20Hz. And the subwoofer on my cheapo computer speakers can do 20Hz. It sounds pretty good considering I got it for £40.

    I just don't like the idea of paying hundreds of pounds and getting something inferior to my £40 computer speakers!

    Can anyone shed any light on this issue?
     
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    Your £40 computer subwoofer will not reproduce 20Hz at any significant level. That will be a manufacturer's fictional number and will be at -30dB or something meaningless like that. This is the same as the power handling trick they pull, where they claim 2000W yet power it from a wall adaptor. My guess is that you'd be looking at no lower than 50Hz at -3dB (the proper level at which to quote LF extension). It probably has a significant lump in the response around 70Hz to make it sound more powerful than it really is.

    20Hz requires a *large* box or a *very* powerful amplifier and some clever design. Neither of these is available for £40.

    Low-30Hz frequencies will do you just fine. The fundamental of the lowest note on the double bass and 4-string electric bass is 41Hz, and the 5-string bass goes down to 31Hz. The bottom A on a concert piano is 27.5Hz, but most of its sound is from higher harmonics.

    Obviously, explosion effects and the like can benefit from lower frequency reproduction than that, but you'll get into diminishing returns. You may also find your room restricts the low end, too.
     
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    I just bought a Wharfedale Diamond Cinema 8 speaker set. They are of course far from being run in, but already sound great :) Got them at hifibitz for less than 230 pounds.
     
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    ..did they have these in stock, as i have enquired about them at hifibitz and they didnt have them, and wernt too positive about getting them in the near future
     
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    I too am looking for something in this price range, possibly the Cantons CD 1 for a 6.1 set up with a Sony 1080 receiver.
    But what are they like with music?

    Lee
     
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    A couple of notes, are you going to be happy with a £250 speaker setup for a fair length of time? If not I'd recommend buying your speakers separately over time and spend a little more. I did this and have a set of 6 Gale speakers + Eltax sub (powered by a Yammy 640 amp) for about £330

    Also the usefulness of 6.1 depends a fair bit on the layout of your room, do you have sufficient space to have a speaker directly behind you a sensible distance away?
     

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