Question MA Bronze 1's or Dali Zensor 1's or Dali Spektor 2's?

rh-keith

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Currently have Minx 21's for LCR, Minx 11's for rears, MA Pro-65 for Atmos and a BK P12 sub, all driven by a Denon 2300 AVR. Looking for something fuller up front but limited to compact bookshelf size for WAF.

So far have come across bronze 1's, zensor 1's and spektor 2's that are somewhat compact. Use will be predominantly movies/tv, not any music. For centers, there doesn't seem to be anything compact other than the Dali Zensor Pico Vokal. The Dali Spektor/Zensor and MA Bronze center are all the same size.

Unfortunately I don't have the luxury of been able to demo them where I'm based. Of the MA and the Dali's which would pair up best with the BK P12 sub and Denon 2300 for movies? Room is 4m x 5m and MLP is 3m from front speakers.
 
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gstadt

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Currently have Minx 21's for L, R, & C and Minx 11's for rears and BK P12 sub. What would be a recommended upgrade for the fronts but still "small" for a bit more fuller sound / oomph? Use would be 80% movies, 20% tv and not used for music.

MA Bronze 2's and center while awesome would be too large to pass WAF. Are Bronze 1's deemed an upgrade over Minx 21's? Also can a Bronze 1 but used as a center, or just leave the Minx 21 there?
Monitor Audio Apex A40s are based on the previous MA silver range and would be an upgrade
 

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rh-keith

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Thread title and first post updated.
 

rh-keith

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Which would pair best with my BK P12 and Denon 2300?

Room is 4m wide x 5m long and MLP is 3m from front speakers/screen.
 

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Being rear ported the MA Speakers will require some space between them and the rear wall.

Joe
 

tenohfive

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I can offer very little technical knowledge on this front - but I've got MA B1's as my fronts (currently - awaiting B2's to shift them backwards) in my HC setup, and Spektor 2's for the living room TV - predominantly used for music or dross TV watching.

The B1's are sharper in the higher end, less warm, but very responsive and bang on for home cinema use.
The Spektor 2's seem a touch deeper, more rounded, not warm but more in the middle ground. Musically I prefer them, but I've not really bothered watching anything meaningful to rate them for film use. They're a really well balanced speaker mind and what little TV content I've put through them has come over well.

I'd take either one in a heartbeat. If you listen to much music through them, the Spektor 2's would get my vote everything else being equal. If just TV/film, MA's.
 

rh-keith

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Being rear ported the MA Speakers will require some space between them and the rear wall.

Joe

How much space do they need?

Where I plan to put them I can give them between 10cm and 40cm from the rear of speaker to a solid wall. Where being 40cm would have the front of the speaker on the front edge of the unit.
 
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Gasp3621

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How much space do they need?

Where I plan to put them I can give them between 10cm and 40cm from the rear of speaker to a solid wall. Where being 40cm would have the front of the speaker on the front edge of the unit.

Shame you can´t jump to Bronze 2 right away as the price difference is basically nothing. Bronze 1 - 229£, Bronze 2 - 279£, Bronze Centre - 159£.

Better option would be MA Silver 1 which are smaller than B2s, but slightly larger than B1s. For 249£ and 199£ the Silver serie is MUCH better buy than Bronzes or most budget speakers! There is two colours available for both mains and center at this site. Click on the "View 1 other option":
Monitor Audio Silver 1 Black Oak Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) - Bookshelf Speakers - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

Monitor Audio Silver Centre Rosenut Centre Speaker (Single) - Centre Speakers - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

Generally 20-30cm is recommended from rear walls, but if you put them on top of av-cabinet have them so that the speaker front sits on the front edge of av-cabinet or slightly over. Some isolation pads under speakers would be good idea to decouple them from the av-cabinet, but up to you. Fisual Round adhesive is popular choice and for the center channel i would think about two rubber wedges (angled door stoppers). Old school trick to get decoupling plus angling the speaker upwards!

Hopefully you have wide enough cabinet so you can place the speakers more apart each other. If not, think about speaker stands as there is lot of different heights available if your projector screen limits height wise.

Gibbsys system shows you the idea (Fisual pads under speakers).


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rh-keith

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Trigger pulled this morning on Bronze 1 pair and Bronze center in black. RS gave a v good price as repeat customer.
 

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