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Best speakers for £600

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by CraigSmith, May 16, 2003.

  1. CraigSmith

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    I was thinking between B&W 603 s2 or Monitor Audio S6, i will be listening to music and movies about 50/50? Any other suggestions?

    Thanks

    Craig
     
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    KEF Q
    Wharfedale Evo

    Sounds like you're looking for floorstanders. Is this the case? Are you building a 5.1 system? Are you getting a subwoofer?

    Let us know more about you're situation and you'll get more helpful respnses from everyone.

    :)
     
  3. CraigSmith

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    i am looking for floor standers, they are the first part in a 5.1 setup, no sub for a while, and my amp is a marantz sr5300av.
     
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    I've been very pleased with my 603 S3's, plenty of Bass so you can live without a woofer. Excellent for movies, and good for music, but there are better speakers for music.
     
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    Well I ended up with the Monitor Audio's. Not sure if that helps because a friend preferred the sound of the B&W's.

    Are you buying from Sevenoaks? They stock the B&W, KEF & MA ranges.
     
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    I thought I could get away with no subwoofer....and then I bought one.

    My only regret is that I didn't buy Silver S2's & a sub from the beginning. I could have saved myself a few quid.
     
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    Hi craig
    Wouldnt you consider the monitor audio s1 book shelf speakers with say the velodyne cht 10. If your going to buy a sub anyway. you wont lose out on impact on the above then you will only need the centre and rears.
    (stancette stands £43 velodyne£325 ma s1£280) I know its£48 over budget but you will get good deep bass from the velo and you will get good performance from the s1s which i think are ace.
    Cheers Gonzo.:)
     
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    Kef Q series sounds very nice. Better than B&W 603's imo
     
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    I'm with Gonzo on this one. It was actually S1's that I should have got. Lovely little speakers and if you stick with MA for the centre (goes without saying hopefully) & surrounds, you'll have identical drive units all round.
     
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    I'd agree with Gonzo - a good second hand sub, or a new Vel/Paradigm for around £300 with £300 monitor/bookshelf speakers should sound good.

    Cheers,
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    As an alternative to Velodyne, I've got a Rel Q150 which I'm really happy with, cost £250 second hand and integrated really easily with the MA's
     
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    CHT-10 plus 2x Kef Q1 gets my vote. :)

    MuFu.
     
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    I audition some Linn Katans (also some quads, proac, dynaudio and B&W's) the other week which were excellent on Movie and stereo playback. These coupled with a decent sub would work wonders imo.
    Put a short list together and go to your local hifi specialist to audition. It comes down to your own personal taste in the end so it's best to have a good listen to the various makes on offer and choose which sounds best to you.
     
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    wow, thank for the replys, youve given me alot to think about :). Any advice on where to get the speakers, i live very near a sevenoaks but i was wondering how much i would save online, also any good places to look for 2nd hand speakers.

    Thanks

    Craig
     
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    Speaker preference is such a personal thing that you have to demo.

    Cheers,
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    Agree with Liam, go demo.
     
  17. Hawklord

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    Like the ppl say go to sevenoaks audition all the kit on your shortlist and within your budget. Make a decision on what you like best. Ask for a home audition of the kit you decided on and listen at home to make sure your perfectly happy. Shop around on line for the best price and approach sevenoaks with the best price you have found. Give them the option to match this price to get your business- if they don't price match then I think it's fair to buy from the cheapest source and you've not taken them for a ride. I like to give my business to retailers that offer the best overall service as well as being competetivly priced.

    let us know how you get on :smashin:
     
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    I think that the best part of the quote is "You've not taken them for a ride". If that is the case why not suggest up front that it is your intention to buy your equipment from the cheapest possible place and then ask for a home audition and see what they say.

    I think that many people who advocate this "fair" method of trading would soon start squawking if they owned their own business and people tried tricks like that on them.
     
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    No offence Hawklord, but I have to agree with Ian here!

    No High St hifi dealer can compete price for price with the plethora of online sources. Fair enough, some still have to wake up to the fact that they are in a competitive marketplace, but many are prepared to negotiate a bit!
    A good business deal is one where both sides are happy - it shouldn't be (often is though) a contest of wills to see who can grind the other into the ground - however that requires both parties to be reasonable and act in good faith in the first place.
    If you already know the highest price you are prepared to pay for a product, before you go into the dealers (and that price is way below the dealers price), then good faith would suggest you should inform them of that fact beforehand.
     
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    I've just got a pair of Mission volare v63's and they sound fantastic.

    Also agree about going to high street dealers. I've been getting my equipment from a small retailer in Portsmouth called Now that's hi fi. They will always do good deals and let you demo equipment in the home. For this service I feel it is worth paying a little more.
     
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    Agreed, although that's not to say that you shouldn't be aware of the best price that's available online, and go armed with this info when negotiating prices.

    It's also worth bearing in mind that you may get a better deal asking for free cables and interconnects than by asking for a pure cash discount.

    I reckon I could have probably saved myself another £100 online (on £2000) but at what cost? Do you think that 7oaks would welcome me back to audition again when I upgrade? As it stands, I know that they'll let me trial any future purchases at home, and that's worth more than £100 to me.
     
  22. Hawklord

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    I did all my auditioning at audio-t in Basingstoke and purchased my kit there even after shopping around for the best price. They have a price match policy anyway and would 've got my business anyway.
    I too think we should support the high street retailer where possible but not at the expense of leaving yourself 30-40% out of pocket. Audio-t gave me the level of survice that I was happy to pay for but I know for a fact that this isn't the case in some retailers. I was merely suggesting that he did a bit of research on what the average price you would expect to pay for the chosen product so he was informed and could judge for himself whether the price/level of service he was getting was resonable.
     
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    I was merely suggesting that he did a bit of research on what the average price you would expect to pay for the chosen product so he was informed and could judge for himself whether the price/level of service he was getting was resonable.


    If that was your meaning, then that's a fair comment IMO, and I stand corrected.

    You have to admit though, that for someone who didn't know that's what you meant (you obviously did, as you wrote it :) ), it could easily be interpreted otherwise. ;)
     
  24. Hawklord

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    Yes I must appologise for that.
    I was going to expand on my comments in my initial post but thought it sounded as though I was waffling- I'll make sure i'm clearer in my meaning in future posts.
     
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    I have a sevenoaks very near me (Reading) their are also a few other specialist hi-fi stores around. Im going in on monday to hear the speakers. :) i'll report back with findings.
     
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    Well what were your findings?
    Anything take your fancy?
     
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    i have a pair of KEF Q5 and i have to admit i have a pair of Wharfdale 11.2 ( 10 yeard old ) and these are the only ones to come anywhere near them.
     

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