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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by wah, Aug 3, 2001.

  1. wah

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    Just bought my first receiver (Sony STRDB940) and now need to get my first set of speakers. I saw the following in Richer Sounds and hope you guys can give me your thoughts on them, all comments appreciated.

    Eltax Liberty 5+ + Eltax Monitor 3 + Eltax Symphony Centre £219

    Mission 702E+Mission 70DS+Mission 70C1 £249

    Eltax Silverado (Speaker Package) £199

    Eltax Hollywood (Speaker Package) £149

    Gale Moviestar (Speaker Package) £119

    I also want to get a Subwoofer with the speakers and only have a limited budget of £500.

    Thanks.
     
  2. russraff

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    Okay, here goes:

    The Eltax Liberty's are actually very good for the money and they look good too. The Liberty's better sound quality is worth more than the discrepancy in pricing between the other Eltax packages you mention. I must admit, though, RS shouldn't be mixing the centre and front speakers like that; they should both be from either Symphony or Liberty ranges. Don't buy the mission package &#8211; personal taste and all that, but the 70's just weren't that good to my ears. You can forget the Gale stuff too. <br />Now, subwoofers, eh? I have recently heard a very good sub, probably the first decent sub I've heard full stop (Paradigm Servo 15), and I have learnt my lesson: Don't mess around with poor subs &#8211; they aren't worth it. I used to have a Strata III and before that a PS1000. Neither really cut it, and had I saved the money, I could have bought 2 Servo 15's! What I'm failing to say is buy the best speakers you can afford at the moment and wait until you can buy a decent sub. If I were you, I would get the upgraded version of the Eltax Liberty package called, unsurprisingly, &#8220;Eltax Liberty&#8221; (worth £450). It is reviewed on this site in the hardware reviews section under speaker packages. If you can't wait, then the only sub in your price bracket that I have heard worth buying is the PS1000 (£200), which you could buy alongside the Eltax system (provided the fronts match).

    Hope this helps - Russell
     
  3. tan1415

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    Hi,

    is richersound your only source?<br />They don't have a large choice, but they are pretty cheap. What's your budget?<br />I think you have a couple of possibilitys. Buy 5 small speakers and let it be supported by a sub.(ala Kef KHT2005 and the mission70AV)<br />Or go for 5 speakers with 2 floorstanders as fronts(ala QAV55 from Kef etc)

    A sub is one of the most expensive(good ones anyway) speakers you'll buy.<br />And unless you are buying small speakers(read not-floorstanders) than it's not really essential. Good floorstanders can produce an impressive amount of bass by themselves.<br />You can buy 5 speakers now and later when you have the money buy a subwoofer as an upgrade to your system.

    Anyway i strongly recommend that the front three speakers are from the same manufacturer or even better the same line. This way the sound from the front will be as harmonius and equal as possible.<br />And considering that 90% of all the dialogue comes from your center speaker..don't underestimate it's importance and certainly don't use it as the closing post of your entertainement setup.<br />Rears IMO is less important. Preferably thay should be from the same company/line as the front3 and be Di/bipoles. But using your old fullrange speakers can be a budgetry option. Later you can decide to buy better rears.

    About the sets you're interested in:<br />The Eltax Libertys has had good reviews and are cheap.But the think i like about Eltax are their dipole reaspeakers. I am not sure of they are suitable for DD and DTS, but they are cheap and if they are as good as the missions bipoles a great buy as a rearspeakerset.

    I don't really know the Mission 702.But the old 700 series are famous. I love the Mission 701.<br />And of course their dipole rears are worldclass.<br />I think using 701s as your fronts with a sub as support is a solid setup is space is a premium.

    Another brand you should consider is Kef cresta series. They are all shielded, a big bonus and necessary if you place the speakers close to your TV. They are great too.

    Speakers you should consider that are not part of the RS range and little higher end are sets based on the B&W603s and the KefQ55.<br />With these as your fronts you won't need any subwoofer.Later on you can add a sub, but beware these twoo will outperform most budget subs.

    Anyway hope this little info will help you out. Enjoy buying and auditioning your speakers.

    Daniel

    PS: Maybe this is important bit of fact. I have change my receivers a couple of time. While my Speakers stays the same. Right now i am considering upgrading my setup with a Rel Q100 Subwoofer. My setup is from Kef Q50/Q10 and ref 100.
     
  4. wah

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    Thanks for your advice, I am leaning more towards the eltax's (Liberty) as I done a search on this forum for all the speakers on the list and they came up with more favourable opinions than the Mission packages. I have also seen some good posts for the Paradigm PDR10 sub so might consider this. I'll bear in mind your comments when I go to check them out.

    As it's might first setup, I thought I'd limit myself to a small budget and then upgrade in a couple of years (something to look forward to!) and more importantly, keeps the wife happy <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
     

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