Re Evaluating My Speaker Requirements

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  1. digisocialist

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    After some consideration I'm now re evaluating the speakers for my home theatre. I would like your suggestions on ranges/models to consider.

    The room is relatively small 12ftx9ftx6.5ft (approx). It will not be accoustically sound proofed. Taking the following considerations into account, can anyone recommend some options to me:
    Considering Yamaha 14000 or Denon 2805 AV
    Don't yet know what DVD to get
    Speaker Cable is heavy duty mains cable (nothing flash)

    For sometime now I have been stuck on the B&W 600s3's. It has bee pointed out to me however that whilst these are good speakers (and I agree) they're probably too much for my needs. As I was considering parting with £1200 for x2Fx2Rx1C and a subwoofer, I am perhaps going way over for what I need.

    Whilst I can still accomodate a grand in my budget (without going over my original estimations) I reckon making a substantial saving in this area will allow me to include other 'nice to have's which were not on my list.

    So, any suggestions for small satelites / bookshelf speakers would be appreciatied. I'm looking for good surround sound, needs to be sharp and punchy for film and have warmth for pure stereo. In terms of style and size, I like Castle Richmond 3i, B&W 600s3, Monitor Audio R90's...but if I'm honest I think all of these would be overdoing it for the room. So to be more realistic, what could I get for around £500 (+ / - £200) which would be worthy of the Denon/Yammy Amp, Look great and give me the balance of sound I desire?
     
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    Hi digisocialist,

    If i were you i would try and get the best you can afford, it makes sense so that the upgrade bug does not hit too soon, with ref to all the speakers you have mentioned they are all capable and have good reviews from different magazines and i would also include the MA Bronze Range as they would be closer to your £500 - £700 also the AE Evo Range are about that price aswell.
    Like i said try and invest in something that will last and even if you upgrade the amp later the speakers will still do the source equipment Justice, if a little bit more is spent it will be worth it. ;)
    I would also Dem the speakers 1st just to see what you prefer

    John
     
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    Thanks recruit. My original intention was to go with B&W for the very reason you suggest i.e. limit upgrade necessity. I'm still keen but wanted to know if a smaller/cheaper set would be more sensbile. I must admit, I have demo'd the 600s3's and loved em', albeit they aren't the smallest speakers you can get for the application I want. How do the Castle Richmond 3i compare to B&W, does anyone know? I like the look of the Castle and they're priced similarly to the B&W.
     
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    I think you would be quite suprised at the Sound that Sub Sat Packages can produce i mean i have M&K speaker's and they are tiny compared to the B&W's albeit the Subs but the sonic picture they create is massive, i have seen the Castles but not heard them but they do have a good reputation i would try and get a dem.

    John
     
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    How about the Castle Compacts - very small and very musical
     
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    Just in case you're interested, i have a pair of Mission m73s, with the matching m7c2 in beech for disposal cos of upgradeitis setting in! perfect condition, were £350 all in, accept half price. let me know via e mail at [email protected]
     
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    icehockeyboy - thanks for the offer but I'm looking for small compact speakers like the one's listed in the thread - I believe the M73's are towers.

    Ian J - Can you give me a model number for the Castle Compacts. Sounds like an option.
     
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    I listened to the compact in a shop, the dealer made me a nice free demo (I bought him my stereo :cool: ). I was sooo impressed. They are tiny, but they produce a big sound. I own a couple of Richmond 3i, and although they are a bit better, you can live with the Compact (but the subwoofer is a must!). My dealer's opinion is that they lack a bit mid/upper-bass for male deep voices, in comparison to the Richmond's. And you can get nice veneers! What else can you ask for? Small size, nice looks and musical sound... For a fair price.
     

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