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Speaker Upgrade Advice

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by gusf1, Nov 22, 2003.

  1. gusf1

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    Hi,

    I have been using my dad's old Celestion speakers (around 26 years old I believe...!) for a few years which used to be paired with an amazing old Amstrong amp until that broke a few months ago, which is when I upgraded to the following bits of kit:

    Marantz sr4300
    Marantz dv4100
    Wharfedale Loudpanel PPS1 system (I know, WAF..)
    2 x Celestion 15XR
    Mission M7C1

    I am happy with my system, kind of anyway. I can't help thinking that a new set of speakers would complement the room (WAF again) and also the system a little better than the Celestions?

    Something like the Wharfedale Diamond 8.3 or Mission M73/4i

    I was just wondering if any of you knowledgeable lot would recommend upgrading at all, and if so which sub-£200 speakers you would recommend?

    I know it's all subjective and depends what I like and what it sounds like to me, but I have hardly any experience in matching bits of kit to best effect... I mean has speaker technology really not progressed in 25 years or what? :) :)

    Maybe just a nice sub would be a better addition - but the flat is too small for disturbing neighbours :(

    thanks in advance for any advice or help!

    gus

    Edit: Forgot to mention - I think magnetically-shielded speakers would be a good idea too as they are currently quite close to the TV, no problems yet though. Would this affect a plasma (later down the line...)?
     
  2. gusf1

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    Anybody have the Mission M33 or M34s? From what I've read they replace M73/M74, but I've yet to read a proper review of them

    I'm also thinking maybe the Tannoy Mercury mX3-Ms might do the trick at £150...

    Any advice at all would be great here - thanks!
     
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    Mission m34 sound great,lots of power and great clarity:;i highly recomend dem.Best price ive seen is on www.qed-uk.com at £233.Eventually u should aim to get the matching m3c and m3ds surround bitz.That way u wil achieve a more even tonal balance.


    zoolander:D
     
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    Thanks zoolander, I may opt for the m34s although they go for a bit more than I was wanting to spend... unless I drop a couple of people off the christmas list :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    The room is not the biggest, with speakers max 3m away from the ideal seating position so maybe the m33s would do. At nearly 100 bucks cheaper too. I know what you're saying about matching rear surrounds for even tone but my loudpanels haven't been up long, so won't be changing them for a while. Just upgraded not long ago, it's all still new to me and sounds great so far! Ignorance is bliss I guess...! :) :laugh:

    Anyway if anybody can recommend Mission m33s, Wharfedale Diamond 8.3s or Tannoy Mercury mX3-Ms above any of the other two I will probably go with these - all within the original price bracket which will mean everybody still gets a christmas present :)

    Cheers!

    gus
     
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    i'd go with the smaller m30 as your fronts and a Yamaha Ystsw005 subwoofer retail prices should be less than £200
     
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    I think I will leave a subwoofer until I live in a flat with more sound insulation - and then get a "proper" one, I've heard there is not much merit in buying a subwoofer for that price if you have good mains.

    Thanks for the advice though, I will definitely be upgrading as I have caught the bug, I think I will probably opt for m34s in the end... or possibly the Diamond 8.3s or Tannoy mx-4s BUT I will need to find a place to listen to them first

    Getting there... :)
     
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    I've got the Diamond 8.4's (£230 ish ) from QED which do sound great seem to have plenty of weight / bass with having the extra bass driver unfortunatly they are packed away in there boxes until we move to a bigger house in Australia in the new year (they are/were cheaoer here buy the way than in Oz).

    Grahm
     

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