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Introducing... my new "balanced" speaker set-up

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by cmcg55, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. cmcg55

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    OK, I was initally was planning on 3 x M&K 750s and the 4 x M&K K-4s for rears and surrounds, but actually much preferred the M&K S-550 monopoles for rears and surrounds (also preferred them over the S-55 tripoles too). Could be just a personal taste thing, also felt confirmed the theory that di/tripoles are better in some types of rooms, while the monos are better than others - the more space/less clutter you have, the more the monos come into their own. If space (lack of) & clutter are limiting factors... then that's di/tripole land (and although I didn't buy them, I'd say you wouldn't go far wrong with the Surround 55s - I could still hear cracking power and sharpness from a very economically sized box even if I didn't get to hear the tripole effects in what would have been a better environment to show them off (the demo room was one of the better ones I've been in, very "clean", no frills (i.e lacking the soft-porn lighting and ubiquotous Laura Ashley sofa so many seem to feature).

    Anyway, I had decided instead to go with the S-550s on the surrounds and rears to partner the three 750s at the front (demo'd them a couple of days ago, and loved 'em to death), but... ahhh, you know how it is! These things are never that simple and are known to change (even in the relatively short distance between the demo room and the till). That doesn't really fully explain (at least, yet) why I am now the proud father to "The 750 Heptuplets".

    Yeah, that's right... seven 750s. LOL!

    (Actually, it's triplets and quads if you want to be precise... the LCR units are the horizontally-profiled versions... same speaker, different camber on the case)

    Oh yeah... here's the part that makes me feel bad for all you guys stuck with UK prices (no, seriously... "have a nice day" gets irritating, but it beats "assume the position") and extremely glad I did this before my final return to the UK. Wanna know the price? Get this:

    I told the dealer that I would take seven (I don't think I was drunk at the time), but if I did, I needed a discount. However, I didn't expect much, because (a) M&K don't sell online to my knowledge, only through physical dealers, so you can't even pull the price-match card, (b) haggling over new (as opposed to s/h goods) isn't commonplace over here - stuff's cheap anyway, so no-one really bothers, and (c) in a single market with 400 million souls, if one guy doesn't like the price, there's 10 guys who'll live with it. In short - haggling isn't common, and it's tough to do well. So, I figured if I got $50/unit off the price of a new 750 (normally $375 pre-tax), I'd be doing well). As it turned out, even though I TOLD him I was willing to pay that... he came back and gave me them $75 off each box instead!

    Eh? :confused: We need more sales guys like this!!

    Total Price after sales tax added: $2,262.75, which means at today's rate of exchange (with a very weak dollar), the grand total for seven M&K 750s came to about £1,250. LOL... even though I don't get my paws on them until Saturday, I was half-expecting the shoplifter scanner alarm thing to go off when I left the store :clap:
     
  2. Ian J

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    Welcome to the M&K club but I do wish you hadn't mentioned the prices as that is under half of the £2,625 that you would be expected to pay over here.
     

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