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Monitor Audio or B&W

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by unclej, Dec 6, 2003.

  1. unclej

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    Hi ,


    Im looking for a home theatre system, its between Monitor Audio Silver Series or B&W 600/601/602 series.
    Which one is better..

    Thanks.......
     
  2. Hawklord

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    I've owned B&W 602 series 3 speakers in the past and was very happy with their performance. They coped with everything I threw at them as well as looking gorgeous in sorrento finnish.They need a good amp to drive them though but I'm sure they'll not disapoint when you audition them. I have never listened to the Monitor Audio's so can't really comment on them although they seem to be highly rated on these forums.
    The best thing to do is go and have a listen to both makes as well as a few more (like Kef, Mission for example) at a local dealers preferably with music and dvd's that your familiar with. Try and get a similar sounding set up (amp and source wise) so you'll get to hear them under similar operating conditions as your home set up. Have a listen to as many makes as you can and find the ones that sound best to your ear for the money. Speaker choice is very subjective - what sounds good to me may not be the same for you and vice versa. The make of components you wish to use with them will also affect your choice as some bits of kit may sound better driving speakers you have chosen (to your ear) over others.

    happy hunting:D
     
  3. Ridcully

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    As mentioned above the best thing to do is get a demo.

    I have

    F : 603 S3
    C : CC6 S2
    R : 601 S2
    SW : 675

    and think it sounds great but until you compare against another set you never really know.
     
  4. Matt F

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    I'd say audition both but it's worth bearing in mind that Monitor Audio offer bipole/dipole rear speakers which may be an advantage if you require a more diffuse sound from the rear.

    Matt.
     
  5. MuFu

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    B&W have the DS6 S3.

    MuFu.
     
  6. Matt F

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    Of course - I'd forgotten about those - my mistake - they are £500 mind!

    Just checked - they offer dipole or monopole and the Monitor Audio's offer dipole or bipole. Take your choice and pay your money!

    Matt.
     
  7. MuFu

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    Tis true, not to mention rather ugly. :D

    MuFu.
     
  8. unclej

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    Thanks Guys....

    Decided to narrow my search to B&W 601 S3 for the 2 front and
    600's for the rear, center will be LCR60 S3.
    I listened to Monitor Audio's Silver 4i, they were pretty good , but to my ears they sounded alittle boxy. I think the B&W had better sound stage...What do you guys think....
     
  9. shawkins002

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    I have this set up - very pleased. I'm currently doing without a sub because my walls are seemingly made of paper, but they go down low enough to annoy the neighbours still.

    You should be chuffed mate. Hope they work out for you.
     
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    Personally, I bought MA's after a demo of all of the brands that sevenoaks supply within this price range.

    But everyones ears are different.

    By the way, the silver 4i is from the old range I believe. If so, try and audition the new silver series, they're much nicer IMO.
     
  11. MuFu

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    I used to have the same set up as shawkins002, except with a REL Q100E and the LCR600. Very nice... especially for a first system.

    Having said that, if I were to buy again I'd probably get Kef Qs (maybe 3 pairs of Q1s) as I have since auditioned them and prefer their sound to that of the B&Ws.

    MuFu.
     

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