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REL Quake vs MJ Acoustics 50

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by rupbert, Dec 30, 2003.

  1. rupbert

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    Sony 28FX66
    Sony STR-DB790
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    Tannoy R2's

    My room is 11' x 11', would like a sub that produces good LFE for movies, but one that is also tuneful with 2 channel stereo...

    REL Quake got good review in Home Cinema Choice, but on these forums it seems the MJ range is more favourable. My budget limit really is £350...

    I want the sub to match my cherry veneered R2's, so the MJ Acoustics Pro 50 in cherry would be £350. I am not aware of current Quake prices as they are not sold online, however in What Hi-Fi Nov 02, it was priced at £350.

    Prefer the look of the Quake as its smaller, yet the MJ would be much easier to buy (online).
     
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    I think the Quake in Cherry is about £70 more than having it in black - just bought mine yesterday, and i'm happy as larry :) but I never auditioned the MJ to compare so I can't really answer your question....maybe see if you can have a home demo and see which one you prefer in your environment?
     
  3. rupbert

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    Cheers Semi, has the quake made a difference to your movie experience?
     
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    personally yeah - my floorstanders create some nice bass anyway, but the sub adds a lot to which I never knew existed in the film...

    Its my very first sub, so i'm slowly tinkering with the controls to try and see if I can get more out of it...but so far i'm happy cause like I say, i'm now feeling deep bass which I didn't realise was missing in the first place but for you i'd definately try and see what is your flavour...i've seen many prefer the MJ range, but i've not heard any bad words against RELs
     
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    The REL quake easily outperforms the MJ IMO.
    It sounds faster and has much more impact.
    REL subs also come with a 10 year guarantee.

    However, I think you might need abigger sub with the floor standing Tannoys.
    Try to get a demo.
     
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    Rupbert a sub will make a big difference to your movie experience,but a center speaker is just as important.
     
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    The REL Quake only comes with a THREE year warranty.

    Have you even heard it?

    The MJ is widely regarded as the better subwoofer. I'd also advise that you spend an extra £50 and buy the MJ Ref 100 instead.
     
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    Thats a fair point bob, but then once I had a centre and sub, people would then say rear's are essential...
     
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    Ditto to all that. :)

    MuFu.
     
  10. rupbert

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    I agree also, but I want the cheery version, so it will cost £400 :eek:

    But I suppose its better to buy the best you can afford, in the long run it will be worth it...
     
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    Anyone know of an online dealer that does the ref 100? Tried several well known places and they only seem to stock the pro 50/150 and ref 1...
     
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    http://www.hifibitz.co.uk/product.asp?id=1741
    MJ Acoustics Reference 100 Active Subwoofer
    £349.90
    120watt DC-coupled Bi-Polar Amplifier
    Speaker and line level inputs with Gain Control Range 80dB
    Neutrik Speakon connector (Gold Plated) (High level 100k ohm)
    Unbalanced RCA (phono)(Gold Plated) (Low level 10k ohm)
    Sophisticated crossover circuit - variable increments between 30Hz and 120Hz
    Straight-through LFE Bypass filter switch
    Phase Control infinitely adjustable between 0º and 180º
    Frequency response 13hz to 120hz
    A.S.P. (Automatic Speaker Protection)
    D.A.M.P. (Digitally Accurate MicroProcessor)
    Specially designed cabinet structure, volume, and configuration made from inert 18 & 30mm MDF
    Digital Display with power output meter and frequency setting
    Switched fused IEC mains input socket
    200mm (8”) Ultra Long-throw Driver with heavy duty pressed chassis & magnet
    3 year manufacturers return to base warranty
    Dimensions (WxHxD ) 278mm X 332mm X 278mm
    Weight 10.5kg (23.1 lbs)
    Shown here in black satin
     
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    Cheers Sly, I don't know how on earth I missed that on HiFiBitz. I went through that site several times!!!

    Many thanks, now I need to clear my CC bill :D
     
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    not suprised if you could'nt find it on their site as they have put it under acoustic energy!:rolleyes:
     
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    Oh, does the ref 100 connect via a single rca (phono) lead? Looks like it has two on the back ?!?
     
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    LOL, nothing like helping a newbie find something eh? :)
     
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    lots of subs have 2 inputs but i dont know why!
    i am sure someone will tell us within the next couple of posts though!
     
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    It's proably that one phono input is labelled as +00dB and the other is a +12dB input.
     

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