Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Thunder, Sep 21, 2005.
After a new front three to replace my Missions. Max budget would be 3k, any suggestions
M&K S-150's as the front 3 if Home Cinema is you're preference
John, how much are the M&Ks?
RRP is £875 each
Yep pretty expensive but i would also consider the ST tilt stands to go with them which would whack another approx £300 per speaker.. ..the Pro versions can be had cheaper and some people say they sound slightly better but i have heard them and could not tell the difference as to me they sounded exactly the same as my S-150's...
Sell your amps and put the addtional funds into some actives, Genelecs?
I also am a fan of passive Kef Ref's, but in owning some it is overly predicatable that i would say that.
Genelecs certainly seem to be the flavour of the month for alot of people now, still not managed to listen to any yet though.
I've heard two different Genelecs and they are fine speakers well worth the buzz that's been created if actives is what you want. Perhaps a little more laid back than M&K
Cheers Ian - I suppose though that is what i like about the M&K's and they are certainly not laid back, i will still have to listen to some Genelecs as there is so much talk about them recently..
Are they for a movies only based system or music as well?
Do you have any aesthetic constraints to adhere to?
What will your listening distance be?
The last one is important.
Having owned M&K S-150's | have to disagree with that Ian, with the metal tweeter they (in my opinion anyway) verge on bright to sometimes harsh but certainly not laid back.
Thanks but Ive heard M&Ks on the end of Tag before and found it too forward for my ears . I'm not really a believer in the whole THX 80hz cut off. Ive always found larger speakers more pleasant to listen to, my 783s are cut at 40hz and the 752s at 50hz as I generally find that when subs try to do upper bass things start to sound lumpy and less agile (just my opinion of course) So floor standers would be better for me I do listen to music about 40% of the time
I have the Steely Dan "Two against Nature" DVD which I can't play on my Denon M&K combination as the sound is so harsh that it grates my teeth but it sounded fine when my M&K's were swapped for the Genelecs.
Anyway, to ensure that I don't get into trouble with the moderators for taking this thread Off Topic I would like to recommend that Thunder have a listen to the PMC range as they would be high on my list to audition carefully with his sort of budget
1.) Movies and music but mainly movies
2.) Not really its all in a dedicated room
3.) around 4m
IMO Genelecs are excellent for both films and music. They won't win any beauty contests though, especially the larger designs. But you're in a dedicated environment, so that is a moot point.
The distance you are listening from will mean you need to look at the larger models of any manufacturers range, but for the Genelec range I would start with a minimum of the 8050s (2 way design, 8" woofer, 1" tweeter, 150W per driver, 38 Hz - 20 kHz ± 2 dB, 120dB peak per pair @ 1m).
As Ian has said, also look at PMC's range - again, I would suggest the bigger models and prefereably active.
Yes i have read elsewhere that the Tag & M&K don't go to well together shame really as they are very good speakers.
Ref to the 80hz Xover i have always found it to work quite well in my room and so i feel the complete opposite, i have had floorstanders too in my room but always found the 80hz to be the best point in regards to intergration.
I think Godfather has bought or is buying some of the Big PMC studio type speakers which look pretty cool and i presume will sound excellent too although they are on the expensive side well above 3K!!
Any opinions on ATC?
ATC - Awesome speakers! Should definitely be on your audition list along with PMC,Genelec,M&K etc
I demo'd the Active-10s and found them very boring. You may draw a different conclusion, of course.
Boring? The very last thing I'd have said!
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