I do like the monitor audio range and listened to quite a few with my wife and we both agreed we liked the sound of all the Monitor Audio speaker we listen to. My brother has had large Monitor Audio speakers for years (he has more disposable income than I do!) and has always had good service from them.
I have the Sony 2400ES but I feel you could use a better amp as they really are good speakers. If funds permitted I would have maybe gone for the Yamaha RX-V1900 or maybe the Denon AVR2309. As always some compromise needs to be made on price but I have always believed that spending more on speakers is a good plan as they have the biggest impact on your sound. Unlike an amplifier they tend not to be overtaken by technological change so quickly so are the base of any future upgrades!
interesting, thanks for your input. was looking at the 2400ES anyway, cant really justify more than about £500 on an amp to start with, and the 2400 has the other stuff I wanted, so might be a good starting point. you use yours for music as well as movies? if so, any good?
Yes is fine with music as well as movies, but lets be honest the thing that really makes movies great is the sound and more specifically the music!
I read a lot of comments on these forums about how the person is only interested in movies and not music reproduction, but watch any film and you will find if the music was removed it would become very dull, even with the bangs and crash effects present!
Now the real audiophiles out there will expect a lot more from their amplifiers and speakers but for the majority of us a decent surround amp will deliver a good sonic solution for the varied mix the average home requires. In other words for the money you, I and most others can afford an amp like the Sony 2400ES and others in that price range sound fine. Clearly if we spend more we get more but that is something we have to dream about of save up for!
As I said spend more on decent speakers with a view to a possible upgrade path and you can't go wrong.
start off with that £600 5.1 package you linked to above. few months down the line, step up the sub to an RSW-12 or something similar (although, it is tempting to go for the bigger sub straight away - an extra £400 upfront vs an extra £750 later!). then, another few months, top it off with some nice floor standers, use them as front left/right, and move the others round to end up with the full 7.1. by the time all that's done, I think I'll be in accordance with your rule!
Remember to allow a lot of time for running in as you may be disappointed if you judge them when new. I have found the Monitor Audio's have become substantially better the longer I have had them so expect a few months before they are on top form. (Don't forget to re-run the speaker set-up on your amp after this time to ensure yo are getting the best out of your system.)
If you can get the ASW12 at £500 now as you will appreciate the musical properties of this sub when combined with the Radius speakers.
Got a good one-off deal for a package with the RSW12, still amp hunting, why did I have to pick a time when the old stuff is out of stock and the new stuff isn't available? ach well, will get there in the end