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M&K 550 THX as front speakers?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by ddlooping, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. ddlooping

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    Hi all. :)

    This might be a really stupid question, but I won't know until you answer it. :D

    How would a pair of M&K surround 550 THX Select speakers (coupled with a decent sub >> MS309 or BK XLS200) fare as main front L/R speakers?
    Are they comparable to the M&K S85s?
    Would they be a downgrade from Mission 774s?

    They would be used with a Denon AVC-A11SR and DVD3800 (70% movies / 30% music).

    Thanks in advance. ;)
     
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    M&K are more geared for movies, so I guess in that respect they'd be better for you. I would imagine the 774's would be nicer for music, being a floorstander.
     
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    Thanks Tom. :)

    I'm aware of M&K's reputation for being better for movies than music.
    I'm looking specifically for opinions about the M&K 550 quality (or lack of) as main speakers. ;)
     
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    Whilst the M&K sound is music to many people's ears the speakers that you are referring to are dedicated rear speakers and were never designed to be used as the main stereo pair
     
  5. ddlooping

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    Ian, in what way do you think their sound would differ from speakers designed as front ones?
    As far as I know they are not dipole or tripole.
     
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    As far as I can see they are monopole speakers but with the tweeter off axis. They were designed as rear speakers to accompany the 750 fronts and although I have no idea what they would sound like as fronts themselves I assume that if they sounded OK like that, M&K would have sold them as fronts.

    I don't suppose you will have the opportunity of testing them out ?
     
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    No, unfortunately. But it gave me an idea though.
    I'm gonna try my K4s as front, lol. :D
    I might be reading this wrong, but it does look to me the "angled tweeter / Phase-Focused crossover" combination would also be a benefit for straight-stereo playback.
     
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    550 vs S85. Anyone would like to share his/her opinion? :)

    Is one better than the other in terms of drivers, cross-overs, build-quality, power-handling...?

    Also, how much would a pair of 550 be on the second-hand market?
     
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    Well, I looked at the 750, and they seem identical to the 550, albeit with two woofers instead of one.
    So if the 750 can be used as front speakers, I don't see why the 550 couldn't. :)
    Barry, from M&K, told me they sometime try their tripoles as fronts, with very interesting results. ;)

    In any case, I'm now in possession of a pair of 550 and should get a BK XLS200 tomorrow.
    I'll let you know my first impressions. ;)
     

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