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Help with speaker setup please....

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by whoever, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. whoever

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    I currently have the following:

    Marantz SR4300 receiver.
    Lecson DVD-900

    Mordaunt Short 905C center speaker.
    A pair of Mordaunt Short MS10's for the fronts.
    A pair of bipolar MS's for the rear (cant remember the model, but pre the 903's).
    No sub as I live in a flat and didn't want to annoy the neighbours.

    I started by buying the MS 304, but when I got it home it was in graphite rather than the black that I wanted. So after returning the speaker and finding out you couldn't get it in black any more I decided to opt for the 903 instead.

    The setup sounds OK but not fantastic. I think my rooms too small and the center is over powering for the rest of the setup. The misses would also like smaller speaker. So what do you think I should do ?
    1. Sell the MS904's and bipolars and get a whole new system like the Kef 2005.2, or Canton CD-1
    2. Try and see if someone will swap a 304 with my 903?
    3. Any other suggestions ???
     
  2. whoever

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    OK so I think I'm opting towards a whole matching set of speakers.
    Are the Kef 2005.2's much better than the Canton-CD1's ?
    I prefer the look of the Kef's so I guess I'm trying to justify their cost.
     
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    Have you tried turning the centre speaker down as it may just be too loud compared to the others.
     
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    Hmm - hadn't thought of that. I'll have to give that a go. Unfortunately its all in the loft at the moment as I'm trying to sell my flat and it was part of the "declutter" session.
     
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    one speaker should only overpower the others if they don't match tonally or are at the wrong volumes.
    Get an spl meter and you will see a huge difference,I'd wait until it is all set up correctly before you write them off.
    I take it these are bookshelf speakers?
    I have the kef 2005.2 and I would rather bigger speakers that have more clout but they serve their purpose well. However I find you really need to run the eggs loud to get the best out of them so if neighbours are a problem they may not suit.
    If I had the room I would definately go with bigger speakers rather than satelites, but the kids and the wife mean that this probably never going to happen.
     
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    Yes the MS10's are bookshelf speakers. Also the TV is in the corner so the left, right and center speakers are all very close together which can't be helping things :(

    Thanks for your advice I think I'll wait until I move house and see whether I can get a better size/shape lounge. If I get a big enough lounge (he dreams) I might even be able to swap the book shelf speakers for some floorstanders :D
     

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