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Best prices on FS2-AV/DB-940? and comments

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by DJWillis, Jan 14, 2001.

  1. DJWillis

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    Hi All,

    I have been thinking of a little 'side/down grade' of my Home Cinema setup due to moving to a house with a small room for my AV setup (5.5m * 5.5m).

    I was thinking of looking at the Mission FS2-AV setup paired with a Sony DB-940. I have read up on both bits of kit and have auditioned the 940 however FS2-AV comments are still thin on the ground (yes I did check out other threads) but I am more then prepared to take a gamble on them as everything I can find is positive and this is only going to do for a year or so till I upgrade again.

    So Question No. 1.

    Any other Amps that would better suit the speakers?

    No. 2.

    Best price on the Amp (£370 seems best)
    Best price on FS2-AV (I can't even find a stockist).
    I would rather not spend more the about £1100-1300 all in.

    No 3.

    Does anybody know if you can add to the FS2-AV an additional 2 rear satellites and use that with the Denon 3180 for rear center?

    Well that's it..For now :)

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  2. DJWillis

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    Arrrggg!

    Hmmm, any pointers on a good Amp then?
    Problem is actually finding any good Specs on the speakers (Mission's site has been unreachable for days but thats probably my ISP)

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  3. Jeff

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    How about the Pioneer VSX-709RDS?. There is a review on www.home-entertainment.co.uk if you want to have a look. Or you could call mission directly and ask them about the power rating and if the Sony would be a problem.
     
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    If I've got this wrong then please feel free to shoot me down but...

    surely the output from the Denon is it's maximum therefore if you don't want to knacker the FS2s then just don't crank it up too much.

    Or do I just not listen to stuff as loud as everyone else.
     
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    see http://www.hifibitz.co.uk for both the Sony and the FS2. The Sony retails for £399.99 and the FS2-AV 5.1 speaker package for £669.99
     
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    see http://www.hifibitz.co.uk for both the Sony and the FS2. The Sony retails for £399.99 and the FS2-AV 5.1 speaker package for £669.99
     
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    see http://www.hifibitz.co.uk for both the Sony and the FS2. The Sony retails for £399.99 and the FS2-AV 5.1 speaker package for £669.99
     
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    You are better off with an amp that has way too much power, than one that is under powered. If the amps is being driven too hard, ie too loud, it will clip causing distortion and screw your speakers.

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  9. DJWillis

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    That was my original logic for looking at the DB-940 over some of it's cheaper rivals like the Pioneer.

    As for the Denon 3810 does anyone know if you can add 2 extra FS2 panels and get 7.1 from it, or are the FS2's dependent on the Sub and as such you can drive a max of 5?

    The Denon and the FS2 is starting to look like the choice option if funds allow.



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    Not too sure, but just want to point out!

    The Mission speakers are designed for Amps that have an output of 20-70W, the Sony DB-940 outputs 110W.

     
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    I recently bought the FS2-AV and the Sony 940 from SevenOaks Hifi. £649 for the speakers and £349 for the amp if I remember correctly. These prices should be good until the end of Jan.

    Thought the speakers were really good, but not having really auditioned any others, my opinion might not be the best.

    Unfortunately, the amp was out of stock, and apparently Sony have problems supplying enough of the Silver amps, so I went for the black in the end. Hasn't been delivered yet so I'm still waiting to hear the speakers with this amp in my own home.

    The salesman didn't say anything about problems from running the speakers on the 940, and did say that it would be better than the Denon amp that was used to demo the speakers.

    Hope this helps.

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  12. DJWillis

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    That's not a bad price at all.
    /me goes off to phone SevenOaks.

    I am glad someone was thinking along the same lines as me with regard to using the940 and FS2 combo, Alister I would be VERY intested to here how you get on with this setup and install etc..

    Ever odder to find another 'Willis' who has the same idea ;-)


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    [This message has been edited by DJWillis (edited 15-01-2001).]
     
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    If you wanted to use the fullpotential of a Denon AVR 3801 you would need an extra sub and 2 satellites system, which could be run as the front stereo pair and reallocating the cureent ones to the rears.

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    Just a quick update;
    Got the amp today [​IMG] and have spent a couple of hours getting the speakers and cable put in place. I'll drill the holes in the wall later. At the moment, I've just placed the rears on bookshelves, fronts on tables. I would have placed them in the corners of the room but living in a terrace, this might upset the neighbours...
    Waiting for the girlfriend to finish watching Eastenders, then I'll balance the sound levels, give them a test drive and let you know how they go.
    ...Still shocked at all the variables that can be set on the Sony STR-DB940.

    Alister.
     
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    I think you might find that the speakers sound better if placed in the corners. You musn't think of positioning them in the traditional way, they use completely different technology to pistonic speakers.
     
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    Thanks for the tip ZZR.
    The demo room also had them placed in the corners of the room and I'd like to do the same, but I'm a little concerned with placing them similarly due to the proximity to my neighbour (terraced house [​IMG] ). Not sure how much noise they would generate...

    Have to check later..
    Alister.
     
  18. DJWillis

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    You could just give them a try and check ;-)

    My understanding is that you should be OK, there leakage of sound is not to bad.

    Thanks for all the updates.



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    I've contacted Mission to find out the best amps for the FS2, and the answer is:

    "The Mission FS2-AV Home Theatre system is designed to work on a wide range of AV receivers including DENON, SONY, YAMAHA, ONKYO & PIONEER. The basic requirement is as follows:

    AV Receiver -
    30 - 150 Watts per channel - 8 Ohms, typically £600 +

    Others include KENWOOD & Harmon Kardon and CYRUS AV5, so even high end processors work well with the system."
    http://www.flat-speaker.co.uk/review.asp?id=72
     
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    Just installed mission flat speakers/sony 940 amp/pioneer 530 DVD system yesterday.
    Apart from running out of cable, my brother-in-law is delighted with the result, not had chance to tweek amp properly as yet, but will post test results asap.

    P.S. Has anyone connected a second subwoofer to the mission system. - Feedback would be gratefully appreciated.
     
  21. DJWillis

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    Nope, but I have talked to mission about using the speakers in a 7.1 setup and there recomendation was to get one 3 pack (with sub) and one 5 pack with sub leading to 2 subs with one handleing rear duty. I understand you should be able to set up another sub as long as your amp can drive it or it's active.




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    Thanks John,looking forward to visiting this years BRISTOL SHOW,looks likely Mission will be pulling out all the stops to show that you can have seven speakers installed into a smallish room without divorce proceedings taking place.
    Denon too will be showing their flat speaker system.
    P.S.Has anybody not used the supplied speaker cable and found improved results?
     

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