KEF or Dynaudio or Monitor Audio.......

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by TheSeer, May 25, 2003.

  1. TheSeer

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    Hello All,

    Hoping I can get some pointers from all the experts out there.


    I currently have a NAD C370 driving a pair of 12yr old Rega ELAs. I am reasonably happy with the sound but am looking to upgrade the whole system, starting with the speakers.

    I want stereo speakers that will represent a major improvement over the Rega ELAs and will also serve as the starting point for a surround system.

    This is where the confusion starts. talking to specialist dealers, I have alternatively been recommended Dynaudio Audience 72 / 82, Monitor Audio Silver series or KEF Q series. I haven't auditioned anything yet, but will start to do this.

    I want something that will be a substantial improvement over the Regas, particularly in the bass area. There should also be enough potential to make the most of an amplifier / front-end upgrade later on. Finally, the front pair should also serve as the starting point for adding a centre and rears later. But stereo playback will always be priority 1.

    Budget for front left / right is £1000 - £1500
    Budget for centre / rears £500 - £1000
    No subwoofer is required (at the moment)

    Any ideas, suggestions, guidance is greatefully received.

    Thx - TS
     
  2. Hawklord

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    After much research and auditioning(B&W, Dynaudio,Proac,Quad etc) I finally went for the Linn Ninka(£1048) floorstanders and the Trikan centre(£450).I have only had for a week now but I'm very satisfied with my purchase. They blow my previous speakers away(B&W 602 S's and LRC60) which were by no means lightweight.The performance both musically and with movie sountracks is awesome imo I'd definately audition some when you go to your local hifi dealer. It'd leave you enough money to get a some rears and a subwoofer (say a cht-10/15) which is a necessary piece of kit to get the best from movie playback imo.
     
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    I'm with Hawklord on this one, demo the Ninkas as they're awesome speakers, particularly in terms of bass. Give them time though, as they're not as 'immediate' as some other speakers. And they look great too.
     
  4. dunkyboy

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    Between KEF, Monitor Audio, and Dynaudio, I'd go for the Dyns any day. They just have a great balance of dynamic ability, tonal neutrality, bass power and tightness, and "rightness" to the sound that the others can't match. I would recommend the Contour 1.3 Mk. IIs at £1300, if you can still find them - they've recently been superceded and I don't have any experience of the new models (but I'm sure they're excellent as well). The Contours are absolutely fantastic speakers, though they do require very nice amplification to really sing.

    On the other hand, I would also recommend you take a look at ATC's SCM-12s at £999. Another fantastic speaker with dynamics and bass to die for. Or if you're feeling a bit adventurous (and don't already have a lot of money tied up in expensive power amps), give the Active 10s a try. 250 watts of built in ATC amplification and absolutely stunning speakers for £1260ish.

    Cheers,

    Dunc
     

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