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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by papachumba, Oct 7, 2003.

  1. papachumba

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    after weeks of careful data gathering I have made my choice as to what I'm about to get.

    Please read through and see if you would change anything...

    Pioneer PDP434HDE Plasma
    Pioneer VSX-AX5i AV Amplifier
    Arcam DV88 Plus DVD Video Player
    Arcam DiVA CD82T CD Player
    Arcam DiVA A85 Amp
    Arcam DiVA P85 Power Amp
    Project 1 Xpression Turntable
    Kef Q1 Speakers
    Kef Q9C Centre Speaker
    Kef Q2DS Surround Speakers
    Kef PSW3000 Sub Woofer

    :rotfl:
     
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    Seems strange to have surround speakers worth significantly more than your front L/R speakers, but that's life I guess.

    Were I you I'd change the Q1s for some floorstanders.

    And I wouldn't buy an AX5i, since I've no use for the iLink (Buying a DV88+ and all).

    Buy an AX3 instead, save you around £210.
     
  3. ChrisNic

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    Why are you buying a power amp aswell? To get an improved stereo performance you would need to buy an Arcam A85 (the intergrated amp) and plug the cd player and front pre-outs into there. The gains from having a good stereo power amp would be lost by having the pioneer as the preamp.

    I had the same idea a while back and I was quickly corrected.
     
  4. papachumba

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    oooooooops my mistake i forgot to include the A85 in the list :suicide:

    My biggest concern is the AV amp and the speakers. I know Q1s are not as good as the rest of the surround speakers, but the problem that i am having is that the room is not that big in size and cramming all these speakers in there with some floorstanders might be a bit over the top. (room is 5m * 6m appx L shaped)
    Maybe q5s or q7s?

    Also the av amp - if i am to get speakers of this quality is Pioneer ok? I did hear only good things about it I admit, but then I was even considering the Arcam FMJ range for the AV amp. Of course this would mean dishing out for the FMJ Pre-Amp and these two are a tad too expensive. Also this would lead to having to change the speaker setup too and go for even higher quality speakers.

    I think I'll stick to whats on that list, and maybe go for q5s and q7s...
    Or what about the eggs 2005 + q1s for hifi? This would also give me a 7.1 setup and i could have my beautifull q1s and eggs not wasting a lot of space in the room.

    Basically, I want to get a perfect setup as I dont want to change components 2 years down the line. The setup would probably be moved too when I change apartments meaning they would go in a bigger room....
     
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    4x Q1s rather than 2xQ1 & 2x2DS - I don't like the dipole speakers at all especially for multichannel music.

    Pioneer 2011 still available is supposedly a better amp
     
  6. ChrisNic

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    Hang on, so your going to biamp your Q1's with £1300 of amplification???????? :rolleyes:
     
  7. gpa

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    I can recommend the q5's I have just bought 4 and a Q9 centre auditioned kef eggs but were very weak on the music side( not as tight and controlled,. hope this helps
     
  8. papachumba

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    what about getting keff eggs with subwoofer for surround,
    then buying 2 hi-q extra speakers for hi-fi (i.e keff Q7s).

    With this setup ill be able to integrate a 7.1 system, have good quality hifi setup, together with those gorgeous eggs...

    i really would go for an all-out good speaker setup but im worried that they might be too intrusive in the room (30sq meters) and maybe the room is too small for the setup i mentioned in my first post.

    what are your thoughts?
     
  9. wilber

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    Nah that would mean using an egg as a centre with a pair of Q7s as fronts - just doesn't feel right to me.

    Forget Eggs and buy proper speakers - Qs look far classier (IMHO) are more versatile and are not something that will look "so 2003" like the Eggs will in a couple of years time.
     
  10. Hawklord

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    the q1's will be the weakest link in that set up imo. Surely to get the best from your amps (both integrated, power and av) you require something more suitable - especially if bi-amping?
    Some nice floorstanders will give you better results imo and using an egg as a center wouldn't give the same tonal match or range of larger cabinet speakers.

    just my 2p
     
  11. papachumba

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    i see... thank for the help guys... very educational... :smoke:
     

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