Replacement for Monitor Audio 202s

peterfreeth

Novice Member
Back in the 90s I had a Marantz CD67SE, an Aura VA100II and a pair of Monitor Audio MA202s. I loved the relaxed power, the smooth detail, and sadly it all had to go. Thanks to a mid life crisis, I am rebuilding this system. However, reading reviews, it seems that another CD67SE would be pointless and I should get a CD6007.

I have the Aura amp again thanks to eBay. Now for the speakers. What should I use as a substitute for the MA202s? I'm looking for floor standing but not huge, smooth, detailed, balanced sound so not bright or forward, and not boomy or overly bassy. Q3050is? Fyne? B&W? I've read the WHF2020 awards. I can't say that any of their picks really grab me. Maybe it's just unfamiliarity with the 'new' brands. Should I stick with Monitor Audio? Tannoy? (I have E11s and Mercury Golds which I like very much). I'm looking for first hand experience rather than what the reviews say.

For no particular reason, I really don't like the 'upside down' arrangement of Mission, now copied by other manufacturers. And I can't mentally get past Wharfedale's cheap and nasty past.

Budget? £600 to £1000 I guess.

I am even considering making my own.

p.s. anyone of thinking of selling a pair of MA202s, let me know!
 

gibbsy

Moderator
Back in the 90s I had a Marantz CD67SE, an Aura VA100II and a pair of Monitor Audio MA202s. I loved the relaxed power, the smooth detail, and sadly it all had to go. Thanks to a mid life crisis, I am rebuilding this system. However, reading reviews, it seems that another CD67SE would be pointless and I should get a CD6007.

I have the Aura amp again thanks to eBay. Now for the speakers. What should I use as a substitute for the MA202s? I'm looking for floor standing but not huge, smooth, detailed, balanced sound so not bright or forward, and not boomy or overly bassy. Q3050is? Fyne? B&W? I've read the WHF2020 awards. I can't say that any of their picks really grab me. Maybe it's just unfamiliarity with the 'new' brands. Should I stick with Monitor Audio? Tannoy? (I have E11s and Mercury Golds which I like very much). I'm looking for first hand experience rather than what the reviews say.

For no particular reason, I really don't like the 'upside down' arrangement of Mission, now copied by other manufacturers. And I can't mentally get past Wharfedale's cheap and nasty past.

Budget? £600 to £1000 I guess.

I am even considering making my own.
Welcome to the Forum.

I would spend the bigger part of the budget on speakers, they are perhaps the most important part of any audio set up swiftly followed by the room they are in. If you would consider the used market then are a few members on here who can ferret out some bargains.

As for the CDP I would keep an eye on the prices of the Marantz cd6006 which are currently around £50 cheaper than the cd6007 and the cd6006 is a stella performer.

I've had to edit part of your post in order to stay within Forum rules. You can post a 'wanted' ad in the classified section.


@Ugg10
 

peterfreeth

Novice Member
Thank you!

Richer have the 6 and 7 at the same price, presumably Marantz have forced the pricing to stop the unsold 6 stock affecting 7 sales, thanks to the pandemic.

My budget was just for the speakers. I agree, used is a good option.
 

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