Question New speaker recommendations please

MaryWhitehouse

Active Member
Evening all,

My MA BX2’s have moved into my AV setup so I’m starting to look for replacements.
My room is around 5m square with high ceiling. Acoustically behaves quite well with no obvious problems.
Sources and amp staying the same. Those being BDP-LX71 playing cd’s (50% of the time), vinyl 25% and streaming from Apple Music via Airport Express 25%. Amp is an elderly but lovely Pioneer VSA-E08 which was running the BX2’s as bi-amp.
Music is a mix from The Darkness to Jamiroquai and Fleetwood Mac. So quite varied.
I’m open to most ideas. I’m considering bookshelves, floorstanders, maybe a sub to support smaller speakers? I enjoyed the BX2’s in this room and could drive them hard but if I had a criticism it was the bass was a little lacking.
Budget I hope is £500 and I’m very happy to consider secondhand if it can get to Aberdeenshire! Obviously at the moment I can’t demo anything :(
 

password1

Well-known Member
bookshelf or floorstanders?

any colour or finish preferences?

space constraints?

music type?

av setup means surround so are you looking for stereo or 5.2 or 5.1 setup?
 

MaryWhitehouse

Active Member
Hi

Answered most of those already except finish, which isn’t too important

Thanks
 

MaryWhitehouse

Active Member
What recommends those?

If stand mounted I’ve got Atacama stands already to give them a fighting chance.
 

Paul7777x

Distinguished Member
As pw says the Missions are a steal.

Here’s a good review,


And available here for a very good discount

 

MaryWhitehouse

Active Member
Thanks. Is it worth the extra for something like the KEF Q350? Richer have them 20% off at the moment.
 

Paul7777x

Distinguished Member
The price of those Mission bad boys will also allow you to be able to afford one of these first class subs.

 

MaryWhitehouse

Active Member
Excellent point. Missed out on a second hand one last week.
 

Paul7777x

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Thanks. Is it worth the extra for something like the KEF Q350? Richer have them 20% off at the moment.
20% off with a trade in of old speakers. And they really don’t care how old or broken.

Best to go and hear them both now that RS is open. And by appt’ only so little risk.

£400 with the discount so that would not leave you with enough for a proper sub with your £500.
 

MaryWhitehouse

Active Member
Unfortunately not open in Scotland and 200 miles away anyway lol. Think they’d still warrant sub reinforcement? I don’t need over the top thumping bass. Just enough.
 

password1

Well-known Member
Richersounds offer free delivery

those kefs are probably not £500 speakers..20% to make.them sound like its a better deal. they're almost double the price of the missions but i doubt they're double the performance.

the bk xls 200 is only about £90 extra.
 

MaryWhitehouse

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I’m really looking for a step up from the BX2’s and I’d guess the Missions are at a similar level.
 

Paul7777x

Distinguished Member
Richersounds offer free delivery

those kefs are probably not £500 speakers..20% to make.them sound like its a better deal. they're almost double the price of the missions but i doubt they're double the performance.

the bk xls 200 is only about £90 extra.
The Missions are £400 speakers.

personally, I’d go for the QX2s and the sub.

Near enough a full range, good quality set up then.

Subs are best used as modest additions to bass, to extend the frequency range another 30 or so Hz, flat, not whacking it up and wobbling furniture.

And as you’re using an AV receiver, you’ll be able to separate the sub from the standmounts at around 70-80Hz giving the speakers more power and control from the amp as it’s less stressed, not having to stretch the Missions or Qs down to low bass levels.

Having said all that, the Missions are relatively large, for a standmount and may provide most of the bass you need, as might the Qs.

No need to buy a Gemini straight away of course, you could give the new speakers a week or three to get the feel of them before deciding on a sub.
 

Paul7777x

Distinguished Member
Ps, as you are ok with used then these should be considered. A huge bargain if white isn’t an issue.

Even less need for a sub with these.

half price and genuinely regarded as something special.


 

MaryWhitehouse

Active Member
Thanks I’ll have a look at them. White’s not a problem. Never thought of Cambridge for speakers.
 

MaryWhitehouse

Active Member
The mission lx range is the level of the ma bronze. the qx is a higher level equivalent to ma silvers.
I’d disagree with that. The lx are well below bronze and ax between bronze and silver.
 

3rdignis

Active Member
Black only at the moment.
£461.50 all in from Europe unless I'm missing something obvious.
 

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