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HELP me match my surround kit!

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Unlight, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. Unlight

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    Hey there,

    Im in the market for a new reciever - and am going to get the Yamaha 750. Im going to hook this up for the centre, sub and rears, and use my Cambridge Audio Azur 640a hooked up via the preouts for stereo sound for music.

    At the moment, I have a pair of KEF Q4's. I would like to use these for the fronts, but dont know what to go for for the rears, sub and centre... would anyone be as kind to advise me on this?

    Thanks :)
     
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    You should definatly get a kef centre. Either a Q series or maybe a reference series. (try ebay for both) I have just noticed 3 reference centres and an Q9c on there at the moment.

    If you could advise of your budget it would make it much easier to help you.
     
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    Hello again Dfour (many thanks for your tips on my other thread a while back!). Not sure what my budget is really, im hoping to pick up some of the parts second hand!

    At the moment, I think I might go for the following, any help on these would be much appreciated!

    Q4's as fronts
    Q1's as rears
    Q6c as the centre speaker
    and then a PSW2000 sub

    That setup sound ok? Q1's might be substituted by the Q3's if i can find some!
     
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    very nice:D See if your budget could stretch to getting the Q9c (watch the ebay one)
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=14996&item=5709693176&rd=1
    If you must get a Kef sub get the 2500 as I have been told its much better. I have only heard a 2500 so cant tell you if its true. Also look at the BK XLS200
    http://www.bkelec.com/new/Special_Offers/sp5.htm
    Stonking sub and quite small or the Mordaunt Short 309. Also a good sub.

    The rears are not so important to be the same as the fronts so you could use Kef eggs if you could find 2. Check the classified forum and ebay etc. Kef also do bi-poles:
    http://www.kef.com/products/qseries/qseries2Ds.htm
    worth looking out for. If you have the room you could always go for 2 Q3's or 2 more Q4's :devil:
     
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    Thanks for the help! I think the PSW2000 would be more than enough at the moment (dont want the neighbours complaining), the PSW2500 is about £130 dearer as well.. thanks for the tips though!

    As for the rears - do you think that KEF eggs would actually be up for the job, or would it be too much of a difference from the big speakers at the front?
     
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    i would go for the 2500psw , i run 4 of these with my Reference 203's at the front and a 204c centre at the rear i use kht5005's. The 2000 is a good sub but its worth the extra for the 2500 as it has more low volume depth.

    Hope this helps
     
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    You can get the PSW2500 for £249 from Hi Spek at the moment (check most AV mags for the details). PRC were also doing the KEF PSW2500 for £239 :D For that price, it is a bargain :D
     
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    The PSW2500 is definitely a great sub for that money and would match your other Kefs brilliantly.

    Check the Budget Sub Test Results thread for a fairly comprehensive test of it.
     
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    it all depends on the budget , i was going to buy a PSW5000 but with my room setup and demo found that the 2500 was better in multiples. If those prices are correct then yes real bargin !!!!!
     
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    Hey guys thanks for the tips.

    I think the PSW2500 might just be a bit too large (both in terms of amount of bass produced - i dont want to shake the walls, i just want a nice amount that works well, as well as too large dimensionally!).

    So is the PSW2000 a good honest subwoofer? Bearing in mind im upgrading from the Yamaha subwoofer that came in Richer Sounds £80 speaker package :)
     
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    looking at my current price list the 2000 has been outed , they start with the 1000.2. But i would honestly say you would be very happy with low volumes the 2500 gives , phase adjust is a must , quality sound .. at very very low volumes. Have a look at one its worth the money
     
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    the kef 2500 isnt that big and if your worried about the neighbours and walls dont play it that load!!! :D Really get the 2500 . Forget the 2000 you will not regret it. It is always worth having something in reserve than running flat out. If your worried about your neighbours buy a paving slad for about £1.50 and mount the sub on that. It will stop alot of the bass being transfered to the floor and walls.

    I do recommend you read the testing subs thread that eviljohn2 put up. It makes good reading. If you want something smaller seriously look at the XLS200 from BKelectrics. Dont worry that is not Kef. Branding isnt everything with subs and it has no effect on the main sound having a different branded sub. If it did no one would have a SVS :devil:
     
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    A lot of people don't consider how beneficial a sub can be at low volume too. If you only listen quietly they can fill out the bottom of the frequency range without going too deep and annoying your neighbours, particularly important if you only have smaller speakers because they'll tail off drastically with a drop in power.
     
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    John,

    I couldnt agree more :)
     
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    Thanks guys. However, I might not be able to stretch to the 2500, the cheapest I can find it is £300 delivered (cant pick up as im in n.ireland), wheras I can get the 2000 for £179 delivered.. :(
     
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    How about striking a deal on the BK that's floating around the classifieds?
     
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    2000 is a bad buy
     
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    Ok.... so its not good in any way?

    Im not going to be able to stretch to any more than £200 really for a sub... :(
     
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    if you need some serious KEF advice please feel free to pm me
     
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    Good advice as he won it so its pure profit for him :devil: If you cant afford over £200 then Wait till you can. You really wont regret it.
     
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    Thanks for the tips :)

    Im going to wait then and get the PSW2500 in dark apple :)

    Have just paid for some KEF Q3's for my pair or rears as well, I trust this will make a good combination :)
     
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    you will be thrilled :)
     
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    Thanks for all the help, my setup will look like this then - i trust everything will sound ok together etc?

    Fronts - Q4's
    Centre - Q6c
    Rears - Q3
    Sub - PSW2500

    Combined with the Yamaha AX750.

    Hope that will do the trick!
     
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    that will sound great, enjoy the sound :clap:
     

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