Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by mhuk05, Feb 17, 2005.
Do Mordaunt Short 914's "match" MS902/ 905/ 906's in terms of sound?
A closer match would be the Avant 906 or 904, but I would imagine the 914 would be fine.
I guess I really meant, if i have a 905 center and 902 or 903 rears, what is the "best" front speakers: 902, 904, 906 or 914.
Or does it really make no difference? (ie does one scream out "No, don't use those!"??)
i'd say some of it comes down to personal preferance. i use a pair of 902's as rears and find they're a nice capable speaker. but i would think having them or the 904 (the floorstanding version of the 902) as main fronts may need help from a sub for lfe movie fun.
i use a set of 906's as fronts but, never listened to the 914 so cant realy give an opinion to how they compare. the only info i can give reguarding my choice is i listened to a pair of 906's in my local rs and even, tho it wasn't a perfect 'audition' (as it was the main showroom of a busy shop), i found that the little extra bass and better mid range, realy reflected my personal taste.
in reality i'm pleasured with my choice as the 906's allow i/ movie watching when the kids are in bed without use of a sub, without missing all the lfe effects, ii/ perform nicely in 'pure direct' 2ch music, iii/ blend seamlessly with the 905 and 902's that make the rest of my system, iv/ even tho they are 20-25cm away from a wall dont give uncontrolable 'booming' bass (as was the case with other speakers i listened to and was a mayor concer due to limited placement options). i also found they give better performance than the rated 45hz, mine give bass as low as 37hz according to the 309w setup disc .
if your buying from rs they will allow you to home test each of the speakers you mentioned to find the perfect setup (if it exists in the ms range) to suit your needs.
btw i'm no expert and all the above is purely opinion based on how i found my ideal ms setup, in the hope it may help you find yours . others here are way more knowledgeable in this field.
Cheers, great reply & just what I was interested in hearing. I will have a sub in the system, just not sure which one yet...
I started with the 904s, which were very good, but I wanted more bass, so upgraded straight away to the 906, which I think are excellent.
if it helps, i chose the ms309w, price v's quality was amazing, size was ideal (both literal and power), has good reviews in the press and on these forums, has the bonus of a notch filter (which helped to cure any booming with cross-over overlap in fronts and sub).
in reality i can't compare it to anything else as my purchase was based on purely reviews in the press and comments on these forums and wanting to own a same brand system. but cant fault it any, it's fast, responsive and delivers the goods when pushed in lfe "yes darling the earth did move for me too" was my wifes responce (well after 18 years of marrage it was nice to hear that line at least once ....).
again i'm no expert but i'd say for the price it's well worth a listen too.
one thing, if you do home test a pair of 906's be sure to run them in some before judging them. the voice coils are very tight and realy do take more than the recomended 30 hours to give a fair report of their potentional.
hope this helps
The 2 subs I am considering is the MS309 and the Velodyne CHT10. Is the general opinion here that the best choice for fronts are the 904 or 906 (and not the 914 - I saw on the MS website that they are part of the Classic series and not the Avant range)?
Does £108 delivered (from Germany) for a pair of MS903's sound a good deal?
The cheapest I've seen an MS309 is £215 inc from Peter Tyson- anyone seen it cheaper?
Regarding the sub, I would'nt dismiss the BK XLS200. I was all set to go for the matching 309, but after reading endless good stuff about the XLS200, I went for it, and... Awesome piece of kit!
But that's £270? There's an SVS for £335.... gulp. Don't really want to spend more then £200 on a sub if possible.
You say you don't really want to - does this mean you can't afford to? If you can afford to spend that big extra, it is worth doing so when it comes to subs. There can be a huge gap in performance between a £200 and £300 sub. Having said that, the two subs you are looking at will be fine. I just think spending that bit extra may hold off the upgaditus in the future.
If I could have afforded it at the time, and had the space to accomodate it, I would have went for the £350 Velodyne CHT-10(R). Seems like an excellent sub.
You could try the 908's they have an extra build in (sub) woofer to give even more bass. I think the 914 are THX certified although they look pretty identical to the 904's.
For the sub thoiugh i think a third party company may be better, although MS make decent subs i doubt they could compeat with the others mentioned
I can afford it but ....
And they take Paypal!
The prices are for >each< speaker ? ( 69 euro ) cant speak German, also if its each then times 2 the price that makes em £ 94 a pair,
But then if you use the same conversion for the 302's that makes em £ 121 a pair, rarther expensive , confusing to say the least,,
Click on the UK flag for a UK version.
69 euros each (MS903)
69 + 69 + 20 = 158 euros
at 1euro = 69p I make that £109
Yes, most of the other MS stuff is more expensive in Germany, but I'm still trawling through google.de
Add on delivery and currancy convertion, and warranty doubts i think the saving would be small. your probably better off walking into richer sounds and picking some up.
Well if your in need of some 903's, wowieee, to good to be true, given that price only a couple of days ago I would have placed my order in Germany for sure,,
Cannot say enough good things about these loverly speakers,,
Good luck with your googleing,,but stay clear of the 302/309's cus they are much more expensive then in the UK as you say,,
gazbarber , me thinks the delivery is in the price and the conversion is as said. warranty should'nt be an issue, should it ?
£150 from RS or £108 delivered from De (no conversion costs as you can pay by Paypal). That's £42 off (28%).
Fair enough thats a decent saving, although you will be charged by pay pal to change the currancy. It'll probably be less than a bank or credit card would charge though.
The MS914's are much bigger than the 904's. I prefer the sound of the 914's to the 906 or 904, the 906 was a bit too in yer face for my liking. The MS914 is a cracking speaker for the money.
The jewel in the crown of the 900 series is that centre though, for £120 it is a true bargain!! The 905C is a great speaker, and I'm shocked it is so cheap!!
I used to have a Marantz SR7400 powering a pair of MS914's, an MS905C and a pair of MS506 THX rears. Was a lovely setup
You have to listen carefully to both the 914 and 906 - I've got the opposite opinion from Kazman on this one, I found the 906 much clearer than the 914
My 906s were a little bright until they ran in but mellowed out nicely - the 914s were a bit warmer when I listened to them but weren't quite as capable. When you run some music with a lot happening in a lot of frequencies you really start to notice the extra detail from the mid-bass driver.
Cheers for the advice.
The 903's came in at £111 delivered price.
Ive never heard that the 914 are THX cert before?
No, the 506 (dipole?) rears are THX.
You are quite right the 500 series is THX non of the others are. the 502 looks like the 908, the 504 is the centre which looks like the 905c and the 506 are the dipole rears which look like the 903s.
When it boils down to it, the 506 doesn't look much like a 903 .
indeed, think of the 903's being Jack, and the 506's as the big GIANT at the top of the beanstalk
When you can only offord >jack< let the little ones have there fun,,please
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