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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by makas, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. makas

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    need some help ladies and gents with speaker selection. Having owned a lowely Sharp all in one surround system for the last 18 months i have started building a new surround system ready for my new house. Based on reviews from here and elsewhere i went for the Denon AVC 1sr and DVD A1 combo. They look great although cant play them yet as i dont have any speakers :oops:

    I am not overly technically minded and am finding choosing speakers very difficult. I have arranged to go into my local specialist for a listen to a few sets hooked up to the Panasonic x10i ( closest they had) system, but as he pointed out you need to have an idea of what your looking for and i dont...
    can anyone recommend a full set for the 1200 to 2000 mark - I would want to see a noticable difference in performance to go towards the £2000 mark and i dont mind looking for ex demo or high quality 2nd hand so this can be taken into account with the price.

    What would people recommend taking a look at. I am thinking floorstanders for the front as i am also going to use the system for music too. The other issues will be the centre. I have a plasma tv which will be mounted on the wall. I dont really want the centre sat on its own sticking out a mile so would probably create a whole in the chimney breast for it to sit in ( the lounge has two and this one is disused). Will this affect the sound?? If so are there any skinny ones that match standard speakers for sound? The rest im not to fussy as long as not overly bulky, dont want the lounge to appear full of speakers. The lounge is 29 x 20 ft but the Cinema system will be at one end so home cinema applications 15 x 20.

    Many thanks

    Mark A
     
  2. Tejstar

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    Welcome ot the forums :thumbsup:

    Consider the Acoustic Energy Aelites, Kef Q7 setup, B&W's and Quads. I'm sure I've missed some out, but some other forumites can let you know the rest!

    Out of the above I'd probably go for the Quads --> 21L's as fronts, the L series centre & sub and 11L's as rears - an awesome combo!
     
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    I would recommend reading a couple of reviews of speaker configurations, then going to the dealers and getting a demo of them.

    Everyones ears are different and some may like one brand and not another, yet you might like that brand. See where I am going?

    You need to get some reviews and go from there.

    Fish
     
  4. Ian J

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    Your biggest problem will be the non protruding centre which will limit what you can buy. You can either go the lifestyle route with something like B&W VM series or Anthony Gallo spherical speakers which won't give you the best sound quality or perhaps you could try the inwall route.

    As THX Wannabe says, everyone's tastes are different. If your taste is along the clinical monitor style route (as opposed to a more coloured hifi sound) you may like to try out M&K.

    Obviously by my signature you can see that I like the M&K sound as do quite a few others around here. For my money I would buy either two pairs of second hand M&K S85 speakers or a single pair of S85 with a pair of M&K K4 tripole speakers for the rears. M&K make a superb inwall speaker which should match any other M&K speaker quite well and I would round it all off with a decent subwoofer and £300 change from the £2,000
     
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    Maybe consider the Monitor Audio Radius as well. Click here

    They do a slimline sentre, the R225 which you could wall mount. You could then go for either the R270's as fronts (or if you want to wall mount them, then the 225's as fronts too). For the rears you could go for the R90's. Avoid the R360 sub though and go for something along the lines of MJ Acoustic Ref 100!
     

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