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Best Price for Monitor Audio Radius Speakers/Packages ?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Spy, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. Spy

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    As the thread title says, what is teh best price people have found for these ?

    There do not seem to be many retailers apart from Hi-Fi Bitz and Sevenoaks - priced at £999 :eek:

    Surely they must be available at a discount
     
  2. paulcollins14

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    No but are well worth £1000.

    I bought 5 R90's and a R180 centre from Sevenoaks in Leicester to go with my MJ Acoustics ref 100 sub, the combination is fantastic. I have nothing but praise for the Sevenoaks guys who unlike Hifibitz didn't insist on selling me the matching sub.
     
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    Sevenoaks used to do interest free credit too and that's worth a discount :)
     
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    Paul >> I bought 5 R90's and a R180 centre from Sevenoaks in Leicester to go with my MJ Acoustics ref 100 sub, the combination is fantastic. <<

    Am I allowed to ask what the damage was for this ?.

    I was in 7Oaks Leics recently (for well over 2 hours) - ordered AV Receiver (Yam 1400) & DVD (Denon 2900) - speaker wise, my initial idea was the KEF 2005 Eggs, but I suspect that Radius units may be a better way forward (for AV, CD and DVD-A). In the process of arranging a home visit (hopefully next week) from 7Oaks chappie to look at room (atic) dimensions/walls/materials etc, for speaker recommendations (type, size, positioning).
    May be able to get kit cheaper on the 'net, but the unrushed/personalised service is kinda unique, 'appreciated & worth a bit extra (IMHO)

    Simmo
     
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    Hi Simon,

    How much extra do Sevenoaks charge for this personalised service ?

    If it is not too much, I might be persuaded to ask them round and recommend some speakers too !
     
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    >> Hi Simon :)p),
    >> How much extra do Sevenoaks charge for this personalised service ?

    Nothing - as I placed an order with them for the receiver/dvd & they're pretty sure they'll get another 1K (min) for speakers.

    They did say that if it was just consultancy & no order, then there would be a charge - didn't say how much 'cos it wasn't really relevant

    Arranged for a home visit next wed as work on the atic boarding should start on Monday.

    For most of the kit I was looking at, the 7Oaks price is pretty close to the best on the net & they did discount some of the cost.

    I think where I might get morally challenged is with projectors 'cos on some kit 7Oaks is X*£100s more expensive - but thats not for now anyway.

    I've read mixed reviews of different posts of 7Oaks but apart from a minor niggle of them stating that no Denon 2900 or Yam'y Receiver were actually available and there was no date for resupply after a two hour eval period, which I though was a bit naff, their service and time was excellent. [They did ring round and sourced both Receiver & DVD player {black rather than gold} from another shop].

    I recommend a 'during the week visit' if you can as they are likely to be less busy.

    Hope some of this helps
    Simmo
     
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    I'm not 100% sure but I believe that Sevenoaks is a franchise so that different branches have different ownership and management.

    That means that some branches may have different standards to others.
     
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    You are quite correct there Ian. Most but not all of the Sevenoaks stores are owned independently as franchises. This does mean there can be great differences in the level of service provided and the level of knowledge available. The Edinburgh store, where I work, is one of many franchises, and as such can have diiferent ways of operating things than other branches around the country.
     
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    ...and ultimately it will be down to the knowledge and quality of the store assistants and manager.
     
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    Thx Paul,

    7Oaks chappie is popping round this evening to deliver DVD and Receiver. Also to talk about speakers (size, placement etc). At the moment I'm thinking to clone your setup - incl. the sub. Will audition a few others too - maybe even the floorstanders (post april) - to complete a 7.1 setup.

    All part of an atic->projector based home cinema. Which given an average 3 bed semi in Leics means low roof, beams in the wrong places and some interesting angles for the sound to bounce off.


    I was also wondering at the relative lack of reviews/rating for the Radius - Home cinema chioce (for ex.) list MA B4, M5 & Silver but not the Radius. Naturally I'm not influenced by what I read, but by what I hear (...er...ish), so this is just a curiosity.

    Cheers
    Simmo
     
  14. paulcollins14

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    Thought I'd let you all know, have now taken delivery of MA Radius 270's.

    Bought them from HIfi4less, and it was less ! £430.00 delivered, compared to £500.00 from Sevenoaks, had I received a better offer from Sevenoaks for the part exchange of a pair of R90's probably would have bought them from Sevenoaks but the offer was an insult.

    Also splashed out on some QED XTube 400 with airlock termination.


    Paul
     
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    Paul tell me are the r270's worth the extra cash thinking of the same set up

    thanks for the R90's though still not fired them up
     
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    Hi,

    Set them up on Friday, would have to say they are very good, very similar sound to the S6 floorstander, I think they will continue to improve as they settle in and they look great !

    Paul
     
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    I have had my 270s for about 5 weeks now and I have to say that they do make a fantastic difference.

    The main problem I had with my system (2011 receiver, R90s, R180 centre and radius sub) was a bit of a lack of depth when watching Sky on channels that were not exactly making the Sub sweat (read switch on). The 270s really are much more of a full range speaker and music has been dramatically improved.

    One thing I would say about them is that they do take a bit of running in to sound their best so try and bear that in mind when giving them a try. I have recalibrated by system (thankyou MCACC) two or three times since I got them and the sound has taken dramatic improvements each time although I think they are settled in nicely now.

    Neil
     

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