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New rears

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by moomin papa, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. moomin papa

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    Hi guys, could do with a bit of help over some new rear speakers.

    Currently have Monitor Audio S8 at the front, Tannoy Eyeris centre and soon to have B&W ASW750 sub.

    The rears are not up to scratch and are a bit of a mismatch.

    Run 7.1 - not sure why as haven't even seen any DVDs which have 7.1! very few even have 6.1.

    Distance between all four rears isn't that large either - the widest pair are about two feet either side of a two seater sofa and the two centre rears directly behind each listener - speakers about 1 foot behind sofa - on high stands, so well above head height when seated.

    The outside rears are Acoustic Energy AE109 floorstanders and the centres are Tannoy p10s.

    So ideally want to replace all 4 rears to fit in better with the system, but probably not all at once due to budget - would rather get a great pair now and wait 12 months and buy another, rather than afford both now.

    What can you recommend - I am considering the Monitor Audio Gold 10s - or something around that price range - definitely no more. Or maybe a B&W - is it worth considering di/bi poles - if so which?

    I use the system for action films.

    Cheers for any help!
     
  2. moomin papa

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    Also, if I upgrade the rears - will the change be noticeable from what I already use?

    Thanks

    Nic
     
  3. Ian J

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    That is quite a mix n match speaker setup that you have. I used to have M&K fronts and Mission bipole rears and I thought that sounded OK until I changed them for M&K which tonally matched the fronts. The increase in performance on music DVDs and SACD's etc was tremendous but less so on films. The soundstage seemed more cohesive than before which I believe was down to matching up the rears to the fronts and whilst the sound itself from the rears was much better I have attibuted much of that to higher quality speakers being used anyway.

    Personally I believe that the biggest improvement in overall sound might be gained by swapping your centre speaker for a matching MA centre and if funds are tight to look at dropping down to 5.1 and only running one pair of more closely matching rears for the moment.
     

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