Best Sub/Sat system for music

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  1. stevie-c

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    I am looking to spend between £500 and £1000 on a sub/sat speaker system. Which system is generally regarded as the best for music at this price point?
    I was considering the MS Genies or Kef Eggs.
     
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    You could get a hundred different answers to be honest!

    The quickest and best way is to set aside a few hours and listen to some systems. For what it's worth, I spent several weeks demoing Monitor Audio Radius, B&W MiniTheatre, M&K Xenon, Kef KHT, ELAC, Anthony Gallo and Bose.

    I found the Anthony Gallo and Bose to be head and shoulders above the rest - the Bose especially for films (the soundfield is excellent), the Gallo's for music. The B&W's had great clarity if that's your thing, but lacked excitement, dynamics and bass slam.

    The Bose only performs as a whole system however (with specific DVD & receiver) and is about £1700 all in. The Gallo speaker package is £1050 (5 micros and 1 TR2 sub).
     
  3. Falp

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    Ms Genies nad Keg eggs are some of the best... and the new B&W so it seems...

    Look also at the Castle Compact and Epos ELS 5.1.
     
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    In general sub sat systems aren't reknowned for their musicality but have you considered a system based around bookshelf speakers instead. The Epos 5.1 system is highly regarded for it's musicality as well as for home cinema use and consists of two pairs of Epos ELS3 bookshelf speakers, a matching centre speaker and a sub woofer.

    Audiovision are selling the system at a special price of £749 here which includes £60 of Ixos XHS233 cable bundled in
     
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    Unfortunately it has to be sub and sats. (It's the only way I can get the wife to agree to it!)
     
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    These are pretty small...

    I would go for the Epos, Castle or the Kef eggs (black please)
     
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    Have you tried the mission m-cubes? I'll admit they are not to everyones taste regarding 2 chan music, but they are amazing with movies.
     
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    MS Genies are nice in black too...
     
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    Just my 2 pence worth.

    I'v owned the Mission m-cubes since March. If like me your main use is going to be for movies these speakers imho are more than up to the job infact they are awesome for there size. :eek:

    However with music they sound a little bright and a bit wirey (sp) but I guess this may vary with the type of music u listen to and the other hardware u are using to run them.

    Cheers

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    There's a thin line between some sats & some bookshelf speakers... have a look at the Monitor Audio AV90 speaker package at about £900. MA calls them SATS, but they're really smaller bookshelf spkrs: they should sound fine & look good too.

    Something cheaper is AudioPro's Cinema Precision 5.1 @ £500. It got good reviews but didn't mention it's musical performace (cos' it was an AV mag!).

    Then there's the Tannoy Arena 5.1, it does cost £1190 - but it look suberb and (as mentioned on Home Cinema Choice) sounds fantastic.
     
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    I had a B&W MT30 demo last weekend and was totally gobsmacked with the sound, I signed up straightaway with an extra speaker for the rear center.

    My current system is a full Tannoy 7.1 set up with a Servo 15 sub all driven by a Denon AVC-A1SE and the B&W set up blew this away. :eek:

    I heard things with those satelitte speakers that I have never heard from my system, the sub is the cleanest sounding sub I have ever heard.

    I know this is probably out of the budget range, but the smaller set up can be had for much less.

    I urge anyone who is in the market for a sub/sat system to demo these speakers, you will be amazed. :thumbsup:
     
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    Would bookshelf speakers on stands be acceptable?
     
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    We gave thet advice... small good bookshelf speakers...
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys. I will try and demo some of your suggestions this weekend.
     
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    :thumbsup:

    Try the Epos and Castle... then the Kef/MS/B&W

    Music will be the bigger decision.
     
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    What Hifi have recently done a big review of sub sat systems. Its not the greatest Hifi mag in the world but this particular review is very timely. The new B&W system that skywalker owns, won but they also loved the Tannoy package. They have previously given the Mcube package 5 stars but they didnt think it was good enough with music to topple either the the "20" or "30" B&W pack.
     
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    I have a set of the B&W mini theatre's in a 7 channel wall mounted setup - but I did not buy them with the AS20 sub as I thought it was rubbish...

    I am using my existing Yamaha sub with them at the moment - and I am happy with the sound for movie watching..
    the missions are also great speakers (note I think they are limited to 6.1 max)


    go to your specialist dealer and get some demos - you'll be impressed with them both
     
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    I think you can buy single extras
     
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    Thanks for this really useful. How are they now that you have had them for a while?
     

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