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decent floorstanders for £150?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by gargoyle, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. gargoyle

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    My beloved mordaunt short ms20i speakers finally gave up the ghost last week after years of sterling service so it looks like I'm on the market for a new pair of main speakers, I was going to pick up another pair of bookshelf speakers given that there are some decent sets within my budget (£150) but my friend suggested that a decent floorstander can be purchased around this price - can anyone confirm this?
     
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    Not brand new, I've made the mistake in the past of buying a cheap floorstander, most of what I have listened to or owned have been woeful compared to my later purchases.

    The least I would spend on a floor stander would be about £250, should be able to get a Mordaunt Short MS914 for that money brand new.

    I believe Tons Of Fun is selling his MS914's in the classifieds right now, might be worth asking him if he would sell the 914's seperately?
     
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    I've just canned the sale pending some possible revisions to what I'm actually doing with the stuff. Currently it is all still in place (with a boxed genie under the stairs :zonked: ) and may yet be granted a reprieve.
     
  4. gargoyle

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    Sooooooooo..... your saying that there are no decent floorstanders for £150?
    Well, looks like I'll be sticking to a decent set of bookshelves for now and let my subwoofer do the gruntin!
     
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    yeah, unless you wanna go second hand, there are some bargains out there....I got my kefs for 200 quid - and they only had an hours use..!
     
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    Sorry Mr cat but I've been down that secondhand road one time too many having had my fingers burnt on several occasions from goods which have a tendancy to screw up after a length of time, I guess its purely down to luck and chances are, you can pick up a bargain but I'm generally not that lucky a person so I'm stickin to new!
     
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    Try and have a look for some mission speakers ,i had some m73's and they were quite good for the money, richer sounds are doing them for £119 and you can pick up the newer m33's for less than £150.
     
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    I wouldnt go for floor standers at that price I have had the mission m33's they were £200. I would look at the monitor Audio range they do fantastic bookshelfs for the price. they produce a highly detailed sweet sound and can go quite low for bass.
     
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    Whats your opinion on them?
     
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    Dint even go that loud quite harsh sound.
     
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    Nothing like the m73 then ,not harsh at all and played loud ,but then again that was with a better amp.
     
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    I don't know why the fixation with floorstanders anyway. They may produce marginally more bass than standmounted speakers but as most of us have a subwoofer that becomes irrelevant anyway.

    Floorstanders are more expensive to manufacture than standmounts which means that as a general rule, for a given sum one could buy a better small speaker than a floorstander.
     
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    Very true, plus standmounts are generally more wife friendly :smashin:

    But sometimes when you add the cost of a decent pair of speaker stands to the equation there isn’t much in it.
     
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    Given that I'm happy with my acoustic energy sub and having learnt via this thread that a floorstander is NOT an absolute must, I'm sticking to a good quality bookshelf speaker and am currently checking out mission and monitor audio speakers.
    Thanks for the views people.
    :smashin:
     
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    Bookshelf speakers tend to suffer from less colouration and tend to project images. There are exceptions of course but at the more budget level, bookshelf speakers tend to perform better. They are also easier to intergrate into a room. The downside is the need for decent stands.
     
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    Dfour, just checked out the Evo 1's on your link, really beautiful looking bit of kit!
    At the moment, I'm fishing around for a decent stand to complement it which'll bring the total price to well over £220 but if its as good as the reviews say, its £220 well spent!
     
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    I have only heard them as surrounds on a 5.1 system and they sounded great :D The evo 3's are fantastic so fit they are half as good they would also be superb :smashin:
     
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    If I was you i'd would seriously go for the Monitor Audio B2 bookshelf. On a decent pair of stands, these will be absolutely brilliant. If you are willing to stretch the budget to £220, I would stretch that tiny bit further and go for the B2.

    You can get the B2s for £177 (hifi4less.com), and a decent pair of stands would be around £60. So for under £240, you just cant go wrong. Check out all the reviews.
     
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    WOW someone who agree's with me :laugh:
     
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    I have never found a sub that sounds as integrated as a good floor standing speaker Im affraid. My sub kicks in at 40hz on my 783s and 50hz on my 752Fs. Theres always something slightly disjointed about sub sat systems that I have never liked. :)
     
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    Hi Gargoyle,
    I know you said you didn't want to go down the secondhand route but just an option for you . . . . I have just upgraded my speaker system and will be advertising my old speakers after christmas. I have a pair of Tannoy M3 floorstanders in cherry that i was going to ask £50 for. The top of the right speaker has 8 minor marks where my son was a little over enthusiastic with a plastic toy when he was a baby. Does not in anyway affect performence of speaker. I would welcome any audition and i am confident the person that does would be very pleased.

    regards

    Tony
     
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    Me too...
     
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    I think that the integration between my M&K satellites and subwoofer is superb and whilst others that have listened to my setup may not like the M&K sound they have mostly commented positively on the integration.
     

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