MK S150mkII 5.2 Speaker System Review

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    1. Phil Hinton

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      Thanks Phil for yet another well described and excellent review.
       
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      Fantastic review and rightly so.

      The MP150 on walls are much more room friendly and in white look great in a sitting room.

      The V12's are indeed fantastic subs and used in pairs are potent to say the least.

      I use the MP300/S300T sytem with MP150mk2 FH speakers mated with a pair of V12's. An amazing sounding sytem with both music and movies, especially Atmos.
       
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      Thanks for the comments. The MP150 review is coming soon and I have had 2 X12 subs delivered and waiting on S300/MP300's coming soon, hopefully.
       
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      Look forward to your thoughts on the 300's Phil. I personally find them stunning speakers and a big step up from the fantastic 150's.

      Mine have to be used in a sitting room as I don't have a bat cave, so the on Wall versions are a no brainer.

      The X12's mean business.
       
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      "Enough power to destroy an entire planet.."

      :laugh:

      I'd love a set of these. But I do wonder. In these days of domestic 6.1, 7.1, Atmos etc. is there any need for bi-pole - or even tri-pole - surround speakers?
       
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      There is def a place for tripole in object based audio.

      I use tripole in my Atmos sytem and will be installing a pair as TM height speakers. I've heard many Atmos systems with tripole and they work better than monopoles IMO.

      Pin point accuracy for object steering with a large enveloping spread of sound that allows the speakers to disappear.
       
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      It's also good to see MK SOUND getting the just praise they deserve as they've taken a bashing from many quarters about being inferior copies of the originals and from folk who have never heard them.
       
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      Depending on the seating positions, unless you have a commercial sized cinema room, you should avoid monopole designs, especially for the seating level surrounds. Reason being is that listeners are always closer to the surrounds than the front sound stage, so some diffuse effect is required to spread the sound evenly and to try and avoid localising the speakers position (yet still be able to place an object or effect within the mix). Both the MK S150T and the XTZ S5 were excellent at achieving this and blending the entire system together.
       
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      Great review Phil, very informative and well described.

      I totally get what Phil is saying about having the front 3 speakers as identical. Many moons ago, in a system I had which was an Arcam AV8 processor with matching P7 power amp, driving 5 indential Linn Komponent speakers, I was listening to plain vanilla dolby 5.1. Many systems later, I've now got 7.1 HD audio, with Focal 800 series special editions along the front and even though my focals absolutely destroy the previous Linn Komponent speakers in every area and they are also getting HD audio, they still can't create the same overall soundstage that 5 identical speakers getting just dolby 5.1 can create.

      I think some of us underestimate the benefits of identical speakers in a cinema set up...I mean, you wouldn't have 2 different speakers in a stereo pair - that would be absurd, yet so many people don't think twice about having different speakers in a cinema set up.

      I no longer have a dedicated room, more a living room environment now, but I'm seriously considering buying 3 centre speakers for my front 3. I was very close to buying 3 x Monitor Audio GX centre speakers on the recent half price sale. If these MK's or the XTZ's were a bit prettier looking, I would also be giving them serious thought.

      But yes, getting back to Phil's point about having the speakers the same, if your room allows, I think everyone should give it some serious thought, it might surprise some people the difference it makes IMV.
       
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      That's interesting that you're using tripoles as TM. Which way are you installing them? Side speakers pointing front to back in the room or towards the side walls?
       
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      Main driver will face down and side drivers to the front and rear.
       
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      Interesting and I'd like to hear how you get on with it. I have a set of bi-poles for side surrounds but I don't think they'd be as effective for TM's.
       
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      Soup, don't for get the MP 150/300, the later I know are available in white. Half price bargains are difficult to beat though.
       
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      I agree with you regarding the bipoles, but some very high end custom installers in the US are using bipoles as ceiling/surround speakers for Atmos systems in smaller rooms to great effect.

      I think the tripole will be more effective.
       
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      mmmm you have me thinking now. Get rid of my Apex 10's that were intended for TM and get another pair of Monitor Audio FX for the ceiling.
       
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      I would give it a go.

      I've heard tripole used in three different Atmos set ups and IMO it works brilliantly.
      Also give the Apex a go. Great speakers, you already own them and they can be easily ceiling mounted.
       
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      I too agree that having identical front speakers is extremely beneficial and worth the effort if you can accommodate it.

      I once owned KEF's THX speaker packager (The old TDM series from around 1999/2000) and it remains to this day the best home cinema experience I've heard.

      Unfortunately, I moved to a smaller house with a female who likes real wood furniture and they had to go.

      Now I'm free to do what I like, and knowing that KEF discontinued the TDM series over 10 years ago, if I was looking to rediscover a dedicated cinema room then these MK's would be top of my wanted list.

      The only thing that would be of concern for my slight OCD tendancies, is the fact that the driver array does not lend itself well to a symmetrical layout with the centre speaker. I really want the tweeter sit above or below the bass drivers... though I accept that it would defeat the objective of a controlled vertical dispersion pattern.
      It's actually one reason why the old KEF TDM series were (IMO) better.... they too used a 5 driver array per cabinet, but the tweeters were dead centre in each speaker with 2x mid drivers symmetrically placed above and below.
       
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      ...I think theres a contradiction in there somewhere :p
       
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      I'm surprised about the KK's not being in stock for review. They seem to be quickly becoming a novelty item :(

      Great review though and i'm looking forward to reading about the MP's.
       
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      Rumours abound about whats happening with the KKs but I would like to see them reviewed.

      Phil - One other suggestion would be that like MKS, PMC also have a rich vein of studio heritage, so a review of one of their speaker combinations would be an interesting substitute eg Twenty Series 23/C/21 or Twenty 24/C/22. Despite Ed Selley's interesting first impressions of the Twenty sub, I'm not convinced it will have the cinematic chops, but what the hey, why not (I have heard one at Bristol and for music it was excellent in a stereo system).

      EDIT I just happen to have both the MKS and the first PMC combo mentioned but not operating at once.
       
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      They do have grills so that you can't see the drivers!!
       
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      A thorough review by Phil, though of course all the reviews in the world count for nothing if you don't like them yourself, so buyers are still going to have to demo as always. Glad to see that higher crossovers were tried too as so many people just stick to 'THX' 80Hz as if it is some kind of audio 'law'. For the MP150s even higher crossovers might be of benefit due to the lower cabinet volume.

      I do agree regarding the comments about matching LCR. I've previously had many combinations over the years of LCR and it was only when I bought a set of matching PMC speakers that it all fell into place. I then thought I'd upgrade when some better models came up for sale, but I had to keep using the cheaper centre and it all went to pot again until I finally found a matching used PMC centre for sale.

      When I bought my MKs (MP150 and S150T) I already knew that I would be committing to buying the full matching LCR, though I did run a phantom centre for a while until I saved up for the extra MP150 to put in the centre. I'm glad I did though as even without the latest 'must have' Atmos I get a very wide surround field with sounds coming from places where there are no speakers. IMHO this is due to the matching LCR and surrounds.
       
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      Strange as lsound have them down as in stock, and I thought Russell would have made his KK setup at home available for any review like he did for HCC.

      Excellent review again Phil.
       
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      Great Review Phil, Many Thanks :smashin: everything you said in the review is correct.
      I would be lost with out Mine. These are in a small living Room plus they don't look out of place :D
       
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      Big MK fan (have heard the 150's a number of times) but sadly these are well out of my budget :(
       
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      The world without men would be a world full of fat happy women wearing comfy shoes...A world without women would be fat happy men with this sound system and a 4k projector.
       
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      very true

      I have this sound system (and 300`s) and a 4k projector and I`m fat and happy :D

      I still maintain the MK`s to be the best AV speaker I`ve heard and please remember I heard them before becoming a dealer before anyone charges in :D

      and Phil nailed it perfectly when he said

      " S150mkII is the perfect example of home cinema speakers designed to fulfil the role properly"

      a good honest and informative review :smashin:
       
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      Thanks for the review, very helpful.
       
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      Great review there Phil. So loving my MP150mkII On Walls and 2 V12s. Simply a stunning set up. I am running my 7.2.4 set up with the M4Ts (all in white) on the wall and IW85s in the ceiling and these all work really really well together in case the 150 tripoles are too large for some homes. The white ones are nice and living room friendly.
       

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