Speaker set for £750 - plz post opinions!

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  1. Raider89

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    I currently own a Sony S725-D DVD player, and i've decided to plump for an amp and speakers. I've got around £1100 to spend on an amp and speakers (excluding cabling).

    I'm almost certain on buying the Yamamha A5 for £350, which leaves me with £750 for speakers. My initial thoughts are on a set of Missions:

    Fronts: Mission 702e Floor Standers £200
    Rears: Mission 701 Stand mounts £160
    Centre: Mission 77c1 £200
    Stands for rear speakers £50
    Sub-woofer: Yamaha YST-SW90 £150
    Total: £760

    Can anyone agree with this setup, or suggest anything else?
    By the way, the system is purely for movies, so i don't care about how the speakers/amp play music cds. My room is quite small too if that helps.Thanks!
     
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    Yeah that setup looks good. Although I would advise using the 70c1 or c2 instead of the 77c1 because the drivers on the 70c1 and c2 will match with the rest of the system.

    [This message has been edited by DTSFan2000 (edited 12-11-2000).]
     
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    Ta for the reply, someone else suggested i scrap the subwoofer and spend the money on better fronts and rears, which would not only make up for bass, but give better performance all round:
    Fronts: 773e £400
    Rears: 771e £200
    Centre: 77c £200
    Stands: £50
    Total: £850

    It would blow the budget a bit, but it would give me a matching 77series system. Would this still give good bass? I could then add a subwoofer later when i have £400 or so to spend on a decent sized one.
    ta again!
     
  4. Alan_W

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    vickers-hifi.co.uk have the Mission 7 for £650 which would save a bit. You would still need a sub at some point, but you would certainly get more bass from the 773e fronts.

    They also do the Mission 7+ which has the 774 fronts. Haven't heard them myself but should have more bass again.
     
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    I've talked to my local hifi shop and they reckon that a KEF line up would be better. For £699:
    Fronts: Q35.2 Floorstanders
    Rears: Q85 rears
    Centre: Q95C
    Stands for rears: £50
    Total: £750.
    This fits nicely into my budget although they reccomended that i should spend £150 extra to get the Sony STR-DB940 amp.
    This would bring me to £1250 + cables.
    Would this setup be better?

     
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    Best bet would be to actually let your own ears be the judge. Try and demo a few.

    My recommendation would be tha Tannoy R series.

    R2 - fronts
    R1 - rears
    RC - centre

    Should come under 600 quid, leaving enough change for a sub. [​IMG]
     
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    Speakers are a very personal and subjective choice. Audition them!!
     
  8. Ramius

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    I have a KEF Q35/95/15 set up. (IMO excellent) You can buy this set up now for £500 mail order.
    However the Q35's are the same as the Q15's except they have a larger enclosure giving them a better bass response (I think there is only 10 Hz in it.) Apart from that I'm sure they're the same. So I suggest if you like the KEF's, go for a Q15/95/15 set up. Superfi are doing the Q15's for £100 a pair. I'm sure you can get the Q95 for about £160-£180. I think the Yam A5 can be had for £300 or even less. With all speakers set to small (even the Q35's should be set to small IMO) you can use the £400-£450 you have left over for your sub.
    Just an idea.

    Cheers.

    [This message has been edited by Ramius (edited 14-11-2000).]
     
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    ****
    I rang my main hifi shop today and the guy i've bought all my stuff from reckons that the the KEFS and Missions will both be too light without a subwoofer.

    He reccomended what i feared, the B&W setup.
    i.e.:
    Fronts: 603s2 £550
    Centre: CC6 £200
    Rears: 601s2 £200 + stands (£50)
    Amp: Yamaha DSP-A5
    Total: £1350

    This ****s up my budget, but i heard the B&W setup in the shop last Saturday and boy did it sound good. The bass on the 603's will be enough without a sub, which is what i want really.
    Dang [​IMG]
     
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    Have you heard a setup WITH subwoofer?
    And did you audition the speakers with your amp of choice (A5)?

    Don't let the dealer blind you. I am not saying the B&W are bad, but a sub is a "must" for an AV setup.
    You could go for a 'light' setup now and add the sub later as suggested though if you like the B&Ws go for it, but don't blame us if you still want a sub then ... [​IMG]
     
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    Reiner the plan was that i didn't want to spend £200 on a cheap sub and regret it later. So what i plan to do is buy a system with reasonale bass then add a proper £400-500 sub when i've got more money.

    I've given up on the B&W's because its out of my budget. For £700 i can get the KEF Q35.5's, Q15.5 rears, and the excellent Q95.5C centre. The saving over the B&W's allows me to buy the better Sony amp too.
    The total with speaker stands is then just £1250, £100 cheaper than the B&W

    And thats £100 towards a REL [​IMG]
     
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    I've been doing some looking myself for stuff like this, and after doing a trawl through a couple of Hi-Fi shops, they reccomended the Yam rather than the Sony, unless you are desparate for a radio too.

    And as an incentive have a look at this: DSP-A5 for £219 !!!
    http://www.letsbuyit.com/en_GB/subcategory.jhtml?catid=50&subcatid=6164

    I am dropping heavy hints to the wife at the moment...

     
  13. Reiner

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    I would say you are on the right track then .... [​IMG]
     
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    Darn it, i'm back on the B&W idea now, but i'll just have to listen to them. I'm having a listening session at my Hifi shop a week Saturday, so i'll soon see which is best [​IMG]
     
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    My advice in a shorter version than I previously wrote above.
    2 pairs of the original KEF Q15's for front and rear. £100 a pair + Q95 centre, total about £370. Yam A5 not more than £300.
    This leaves you with plently of your budget left over for your sub. ;-)

    Worth an audition before parting with loads of your cash on other options.

    Cheers.
     
  17. General Skanky

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    I'd go with the Q15 route. I bought a pair for £99.99 from Superfi. Delivered next day.
    As long as you get a sub in there the KEF'S won't let you down.
    Have fun. [​IMG]

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