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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Irf, Nov 13, 2003.

  1. Irf

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    HI all,

    I'm looking to replace my speaker set from a cheapo Richer Sounds set to something more lovely. AT the moment I have just £1000 to spend on the set of five (I already have a Velodyne sub). Oh, and it needs to be wife-friendly.

    At one point I was considering the Anthony Gallo Micros.....

    I'm siting in a 16'x16' room, with a 11' hight ceiling. Of course I'll audition, but just to give you an idea.

    Suggestions please?

    Thanks,

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    Ahh,
    How do the Radius speakers (with the radius sub) compare to the Mark 2 KEF eggs? Have you compared them?
    Cheers.
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    Jim,

    I assume that you are referring to the Kef KHT 2005.2. If yes then I have compared them and frankly there is no comparison.

    The Monitor Audio Radius sound way, way better.

    The Radius sub is slightly weak, though. But still better than the kef eggs.

    I do not mean to insult anyone who has the Kef's, but to my ears, the Radius were just too good... with a variety of amps auditioned.
     
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  6. Irf

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    Thanks guys for your comments.

    I have had a look at the MA site, and while the Radius set does look nice to me it's gonna be bigger than required.

    I recall that the Gallos were mighty popular on these forums a few months back - are they out of fashion now or what? They appeared to be lovely and tiny, and came in nice colours. I came inch-close to auditioning them locally but something cam up and I had to cancel. Anyone care to voice an opinion on these?

    What I'm looking for are nice small speakers that kick out a good (but not necessarily perfect in every way) sound......:rolleyes:

    Any more ideas?

    Irf.
     
  7. Ian J

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    Much of the hype was artificially created. By all means have a demo but do bear in mind that What Hifi gave them their lowest ever rating of just two stars. They are very dependant on partnering amplifier and I have heard them sound dreadful more than once when driven by Tag and Linn amps.

    For the sort of money that you are talking about have a listen to the M&K K series as the front three plus a pair of the rather excellent K4 surrounds (which I have) will be difficult to beat.
     
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    OK, thanks Ian. Looking at Hifibitz I can get the two fronts (K5s) and the two surrounds (K4s), but where can I get a matched M & K centre? I guess all I want is a single K5? They seem to be sold in pairs....

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    Ideally you would use another M&K K5 as centre speaker. I'm afraid that it looks like you will have to email or telephone to see if they will split a pair for you.

    After all you just want what is sold as the K5 speaker package without the sub.
     
  10. Irf

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    I called Hifibitz, and unfortunately got through to a very unhelpful lady. She didn't want to hear the details of what I wanted to set up at home after I mentioned possibly splitting a pair of K5s or selling me just the set of 5 from their AV package.

    I tried to explain that I already had a sub that I wanted to keep, but she just kept repeating that packages could not be split.

    Not impressed with Hifibitz customer service and politeness.

    Will have to try other places now.....

    On the other hand, is there anyone out there who might be interested in buying with me and splitting?

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  11. Ian J

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    That's a shame but Hifibitz's loss will be Shootandshow's gain as they sell them singly at £149 (plus Vat) each. Their website is at http://www.shootandshow.com

    For those that have never heard of the company they are part of NexNix who are forum sponsors
     
  12. Irf

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    WOW! :clap:

    That's really great Ian - thanks very much. As you say Hifibitz's loss.....

    Weird, because as both are official suppliers how could one be willing to split and the other not?

    Anyway I can get what I want for £1021inc I think, so that's on the list now.

    Cheers,

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  13. Irf

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    Hi all,

    Thanks very much for all your help and suggestions so far. I'm retracting my comment about the Radius units being too big, because I've seen some and they look acceptable. In any case the sizes on paper are almost the same!

    So I've now got to choose between:

    Monitor Audio
    Radius 90 x 4
    Radius 180 x 1
    Total cost £650

    M & K
    K5 x 3
    K4 x 2
    Total cost £1021

    What I'll be looking for is a clear difference in movie sound between these sets (when coupled with my Velo CHT-10 sub). Without the M & K coming out clearly on top I will be going for the Radius set.

    Any opinions anyone on these two setups?

    Cheers,

    Irf.
     
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    We have a 180 as a centre and 2 x 90's as surrounds.
    They are very very good indeed. I was particularly impressed with the 180 which replaced a Dynaudio Audience 42c, as our amp is not powerful enough to drive the 42c. As my wife is the movie buff she chose them because they were small but potent.
    We tried the KEF 2005.2 eggs but were rejected once we heard the Radius'.

    In the new year We will be adding 2 more 90's as rears.
     
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    OK, I'm arranging a demo of both sets for Saturday! :clap:

    Just one more bit of help please..... does anyone have any recommendations as to which movies I should take along? I just wondered if there were well-known 'demo favourites' for displaying the qualities of speakers under test.

    I may not have everything you suggest, but I've got a reasonable collection ranging from the LOTR movies through to many sci-fi, Disney and action movies.

    Thanks again....

    (Excited) Irf.
     
  16. Ian J

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    There is a sticky thread in DVD Talk devoted to that subject and it can be found here
     
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    Cool, thanks Ian. Just visited that link and it seems I have quite a few of the movies recommended!

    Will let you know how I get on.....

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