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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by newbie265, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. newbie265

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    Just wondered if anyone has comparred the quad22L floorstanders and surround/centre package against the MA silver s8's centre and sfxs?
    Have heard the MAs and was impressed but reading a review in what hi-fi award 2004 got me curious about the quads and they look fantastic.
    I have a denon 2900,will be geting a 3805 to partner it and have a pc plus 20-39 sub.Play lots of music dvds as well as films.
     
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    2 different speakers, both with good points. The Quads benefit from a bit more power and for my money, the treble is a little smoother (with the right amplifiaction) than the S8's. Still, for a solid all round performance that can be driven by almost anything the S8 is tough to beat. The build quality of both speakers is really good.
    Tough choice, only way to decide is to demo them....
     
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    Hi Newbie,
    I used to own the 22L's and found them a little Bass heavy, but also had the Monitor Audio S6's AV package with SFX out of the 2 i prefered the MA's.
    Just my opinion.

    John
     
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    Cheers guys ,I was happy at the demo with the MAs so will probably stick with them.Just one thing I've heard some people say the gold centre is a better option than the silver?
     
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    If buying the Silver Range i would stick with the Silver Centre as it will intergrate better than the Gold as they use different drivers.
    I actually asked the same question to my dealer and even though he could of made more money from me he advised not to.

    John
     
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    Second what recruit says, best to keep the front three the same.
     
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    ok cheers guys , just one more question ,I maybe moving in a year or so and have ny own dedicated room would this setup be too overpowering for a room say 11 feet by 10 ? current room is 12 by 23.
     
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    Quite possible yes, A lot depends on what type of walls, flooring etc but Floor standers in that size room I think would be too much.
    You must build an extension!!!!
     
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    Maybe you might be better going for the S6's considering the size of your room, may help with the bass as the S8's do generate quite alot more.

    John
     
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    If you still want to consider Quads, the 21L is not as Bassy as the 22L and the quality of the sound is still there. The 21L's I have do not sound overly bassy, and they are fairly close to a wall too.

    And the finish on them is fantastic!! Very WAF :D Best bet is to try and get a demo of both brands if possible.
     
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    I would agree with Kazman on that the 21L's are a better speaker as not so Bass heavy especially in a smaller room, and a very sweet sound.

    John
     
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    Only thing with the quads though is they don't do bi/dipoles,is that right?
     
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    Correct they don't :(

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    Nope, they don't do di-poles or bi-poles, I went for Mordaunt Short THX MS506 Dipoles instead, ok, so they do not match visually, but sound wise, they do pretty well, and with movies, you don't really notice any tonal difference.
     
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    Knowing Quad i bet they will introduce some if the demand is high enough ;)

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    Are you suggeting the s6's for the size of my current room or my next room?
    I was originally getting the s6s but thought the extra bass on teh s8s would be better for cd play unleess I use my pc plus for that as well?
     
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    Personally Newbie i would go for the S6's if you are going to keep them in a smaller room but obviously if you are going to move the kit into a larger room then the S8's would be worth considering.

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    Sorry I think I mislead you they will be in a larger room(our living room) at first 23 x12 ,I was just thinking ahead when we eventually move in a year or so and have my own dedicated room which wil be smaller.Do the s8s need to be well away from teh wall?
     
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    Ok Newbie they would be fine in a room that size but like any floorstander they are best situated away form the walls or else you could get some boom from the bass.

    John
     
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    Hi Newbie,
    As Recruit says keep them as far from the walls and corners as possible. You will find in a smaller room unless you have really deep pile carpet the S8's will boom. The S6's lack the extra bass driver and I think they have better control, if you have to use them close to a wall you could always use the port bungs? I always found blocking the bottom ports was good enough to 'Tame' the bass in a smaller room.
    The silver series is a seriously good which ever one you go for.
     
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    Ok thanks guys sorry for al the questions. :thumbsup:
    Just got to pop down to Sevenoaks now to order ,can't wait to see their faces when they hear the svs pc plus. :D
     
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    Let us know what they think about the SVS :)

    I had Kingsley from AV Land around my place when he delivered my Quads, and he was VERY impressed with the PCU, said he hadn't heard anything costing less than £2,000 that goes as deep that cleanly.
     
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    Sorry to complicate things but I would agree with the original advice you got, the Gold centre is a great choice even if using silver series - it's a belter. Yes they do use different drivers but all MA speakers provide almost exactly the same tonal presentation. If anyone could spot the tonal (not quality - that would be obvious) change durring a blind listening test I would be amazed.
    Secondly think hard about the AVR3805. It is good no doubt, but there are better. My concern with the amp is it starts to fall apart at high volumes - not as much power as the spec suggests???! (The old 3803 was better) The Arcam 250 is in my opinion unbeatable at this price point. As usual make sure you get some demonstrations.
     
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    Well that has put a spanner in the works anyone else agree about teh Arcam?, maybe it would be a better chioce for music dvds.
     
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    The only thing i can say on that one is to go demo the GR Centre and see for yourself or should i say hear for yourself, and don't forget it is a combination of things that make for a good sound the GR series deserve better amplification or should i say thrive on it, so is it worth spending that sort of money when useing a midrange amp, where as the Silver range will probably show there best with what you have already ;)

    John
     
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    The gold range would definately benefit from better amplification. The silver and gold series provide a similar tonal presentation but it is not the same. I have always been rather dissapointed by the performance of the gold series. Not that they are bad but the silver series are just so very good. With the amplification being talked about here I would really struggle to justify the extra for the golds.
    But it's up to you, good to hear all sides before taking the plunge :smashin:
     
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    Thanks for your input ,the 250 doesn't have preouts though to connect a cd player and is only 75 w per channel but I may try the avr300 as this has preouts and 100w per channel.
     

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