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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by moshea, Mar 26, 2002.

  1. moshea

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    Hi,

    Having just recently moved I decided to upgrade my av kit.

    I bought a Denon 3802 to replace my Yamaha DSP2070.

    My current speakers are
    Kef Q35.1's (main)
    Gale Centre 1
    Mission 73's (surround)
    Sony SW1-01 Subwoofer

    Our new sitting room is a lot bigger (25 ft by 15 ft), and even with the old amp, I found that just having the TV in the center of a wall, rather than in a corner made a huge difference.

    The previous owners left behind a Philips 46" IDTV RP Television, which is recessed into a custom built unit. Above the the TV there is a shelf for the center speaker of only 200mm * 480mm (which is why I'm currently using the Gale rather than the Mission 75c I was using).

    At the right and left of the unit (about 5 feet either side of the TV) there are presses with grill style doors to take Floorstanding speakers (up to about 800 mm i think).

    I'm delighted with my new amp, but can help but feel that it is being held back somewhat by these speakers. At a minimum I think I should buy a new center, something which matches the Q35's a bit better (I dont think the 75c was ever a particularly good match but didnt really notice in the smaller room).

    I find that the sound is fine when watching movies, but feels that it lacks something when I'm listening to music. So I'm also considering just replacing all the speakers with a set (maybe something like the Mission Cinema 8 pack).

    So given a budget of 1000 to 1500, what would you suggest I do with regards upgrading some/all of my speakers to get the best from my system.

    Thanks,
    Michael
     
  2. Ian J

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    Most floorstanders like space behind them to give of their best and don't like being confined so make sure that anything you buy isn't rear ported.
     
  3. mjn

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    that was nice of them.....
     
  4. Jase

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    Hi

    If you´re looking to keep the Kef Q35´s then consider the Kef Model 100 centre (much better than the Q95 centre) a pair (or 2 pairs if you want 7.1) of Q15´s for surround duties and a Rel subwoofer.

    Or if you want to change the lot have a look at the M&K K series sub/sat system.

    The Kefs are available at discounted prices now as they have been replaced by newer models (you could look at those as well).

    cheers
     
  5. moshea

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    Hi,

    I've seen some good reviews for different sub/sat systems, but can't shake the feeling that a sub/sat system isnt the best approach for a big room.

    Are sub/sat systems typically used in smaller rooms or can they cope in bigger rooms as well ?

    Generally, will a sub/sat system be outperformed by a floorstanding setup or an equivalent price?

    Michael
     
  6. moshea

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    I agree that the cabinets aren't a good idea .... but domestic bliss means that they're there to stay..

    By rear-ported, does this mean that there are holes in the back of the speaker box or something else?

    Michael
     
  7. Jase

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    Depends on the sub/sat system.

    Some of the cheaper systems may struggle to fill a large room with sound but any of the kit I´ve mentioned will be more than enough for your room. Most people wont be running their systems at maximum anyway (you might get the odd (deaf!!) one).

    All M&K speaker systems are in effect sat/sub, even their very high end systems.

    THX systems are all sat/sub as well.

    The floorstanders vs Sat/Sub is a subjective argument, some will say floorstanders (with a sub as well) will outperform a sat/sub package, others will say the opposite.

    You really need to demo different equipment (in your own home if possible) and go with what you think is best.
     
  8. Ian J

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    Yes
     
  9. Lowrider

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    My room is similar size of yours, and I use monitor size speakers with good subwoofers.

    Floorstanders are always worst than monitor size of the same price, and harder to place, as long as you have a good subwoofer...
     

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