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Is a Pioneer AX5AI good enough to run M&K 850s

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by d.waters, Apr 19, 2005.

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    Having decided on my next speakers (3 x M&K 850 and 4 x M&K K4), I would now like to decide which amps to look at. I was interested in the Pioneer AX5AI or its successor and would like to know if anyone has heard or used this amp with these speakers.

    Also, what should I compare it with?

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    I have the same speakers with a TAG AV32r and Tag 100x5r amp in theory 100w per channel but likely to be in the the region od 125w.

    They sound great, but they do need a bit of time to run in.

    I demoned the speakers with a Rotel Integrated Amp/processer and they great, so no reason to assume that the Pioneer should be up to the job.

    Simon
     
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    Thanks for the reply Simon, but did you mean the Pioneer should or should not be able to manage the 850s?

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    Can anyone suggest any amps I should be looking at to go well with the 850s. I was originally going to go for a Pioneer AX5AI (or its successor when that comes out). I've also seen that the AX10AI has now come down to around £2000, or am I barking up the wrong tree with the Pioneer? (I have a Pioner 1014 in my bedroom, which I am happy with, tempting me to look at its bg brothers).

    The amp I would like to change is a Denon AVC A11SR. I simply want to get something more current!

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    As the 1014 is pretty much just the ax3 try that out first (unless you are seelling it to buy the rest) If it sounds godd through that then i should think it should be good from the bigger brothers. Pioneers are know for there slightly dodgy figures wrt power but it might not be an issue.

    I know that a few people in the speaker forum have m&k's so ask in there for matching amp.
     
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    Hi Dave
    Thing is with pioneer equipment m&k can sound harsh due to there receivers being on the bright side. I also think the ax5i may struggle at high volumes with 7.1.I think your best bet is to buy second hand and try and get hold of a high current receiver or seperates that will give the speakers the power they deserve.So no i dont think the ax5i would be up to it.
    Cheers Gonzo. :)
     
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    Gazbarber - thanks for that suggestion. I hadn't thought about that - will give it a try. I am keeping the 1014 as it's in my bedroom system. It operates a Def Tech Pro 80 system at the moment, but when I upgrade my main speakers, I will swap these for my M&K K series setup.

    Thanks Gonzo - I have had doubts about the AX5AI, which is why I started this thread. I also moved on to think about the AX10, but I think I might be better moving away from Pioneer amplification altogether.

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    Just to add, after fine tuning my AX5ai, I can state that this thing can LOUD without any problems whatsoever and I would say it sounds better the louder it goes. However, yes, it is bright and forward sounding compared to other amps, notably Denon which has a smoother, warm sound. After extended run in, the extra detail my ax5ai exhibits over i-link is superb. CD's sound new again as I am hearing things not heard before. :lesson:

    Having demoed the M & K's fairly recently, I cannot help but think that they would sound awesome with the Pioneer if set up correcty.

    Pete.
     
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    Having spoken to my local dealers a few suggestions to look at include:

    Rotel RSX-1067 receiver
    Arcam DVR-300 receiver
    Something out of the new Onkyo range, when it appears.

    Also, a couple of the power/pre-amp combinations in a similar price bracket from Rotel or Arcam.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    And I was thinking of using the 1014 as a pre amp, and add an external power amp to at least drive the front speakers.
     

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