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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by cR4cKF0x 5TevE, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. cR4cKF0x 5TevE

    cR4cKF0x 5TevE
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    I'm considering the following change to my system:

    Replace KEF Q35 fronts, Q15 rears, and Q95c centre with the following:

    B&W DM602 S3 for fronts (or DM602.5 S3)
    B&W DM601 S3 for rears
    B&W LCR60 for centre

    and keeping my new (and very wonderful) BK XLS 200.

    Any thoughts on how good the above would be with a NAD T770 receiver in a smallish (4.5m x 3.75m max) room with laminate flooring.
     
  2. Member 231429

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    Why don't you go with the updated Q series ?

    You would get the benefit of the Q2ds rear speakers for surround.
     
  3. cR4cKF0x 5TevE

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    I guess Q7's might be a little bit too much for my room.

    So would the Q4's for fronts, Q6c centre, and Q1's for rears do the job?
     
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    Or Q5 for fronts, Q9c for centre and Q1 for rears is another option...
     
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    I have a similar sized room and use the above combo (although use Q-compacts as rears) and they sound great. The Q4's have just got better as time has gone on. The Kef's are quite warm so should suit your room which has laminate flooring.

    However, the B&W's are meant to be very good also, although I've had no experience of these.
     
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    The Q7's definately need a bit of room
     
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    Will probably demo both the Kefs and the B&W's, especially since the girlfriend likes the light oak finish on the B&Ws.
    What's my best bet for decent service and a (possible) part exchange for my current KEFs: Sevenoaks (Cheltenham) or Audio Excellence (Worcester)?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Can't help with the speakers, but I can recommend Sevenoaks in Cheltenham.

    I bought my system from them over 12 years ago and most of the same staff are there. Tony (blond guy) still remembers my setup and is helpful at recommending things which would fit in with it...

    The staff there appear to actually be interested to work with you to get the best out of your system. From the look of the shop, though, their stock range might not be the greatest.

    Audio T in Cheltenham (opposite the Odeon in Winchcombe Street) might be worth a look, I think they have a slightly different range in stock (and perhaps a little more depth). I've bought a couple of bits from them but they seem a little more keen just to 'impress' with their opinions rather than listen and guide.

    Just my opnions, mind.
     
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    Have been to Sevenoaks and listened to the new Kefs. To be honest, I wasn't that impressed: even the guys in the store felt that moving to Q4s, Q6c and Q1s would be, at best, a sideways move and may even result in a slight lowering of performance!?

    So, I had a (very short) listen to a set of Monitor Audio silver series (S6, S LCR and S1) which seemed a lot brighter and generally sounded better. The guys there were very keen to push the Monitors: should I be wary or are these genuinely good speakers?
     
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    Why not try and get down to the Bristol Show in a couple of weeks time as there will be loads of different makes to see and hear
     
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    Yes, i was at the Sevenoak's at Swiss Cottage and the chaps there were SUPER keen to offload their monitor audios (Silvers). Does anyone know how objective their advice is in relation to the MAs?
     
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    Hmmm....the plot thickens.

    Anyway, I'm going to arrange a home listen to the Kefs through a local independent who has offered to lend me some of his demo Q4s and a Q6c.

    I will give them a good going over at home and make a decision on the Kefs after that.
     
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    I think that much of the Kef range is quite lacklustre in it's presentation. Until you move further up the range they sound distinctly mediocre IMO. The Montor Audio's are pitched in at a competitive price point and as such sell very well. I think the sound of a set of S6's compare to B&W's 603 is more detailed and precise. The 603's I find quite bass heavy, and they lack the clarity in the mid range offered by the MA's.

    Some do not like the sound of the MA's, the CCAM drivers may sound harsh to some people. I think the Kef's are a tad sterile but it may be a sound that you like, don't let a saleperson railroad you into buying speakers they like.

    I have auditioned the B&W range against MA, Kef and Quad and would place MA and Quad at the top of the honours list. The S6's can sound bassy if not positioned correctly, strangly the S8's with the extra bass driver are much more refined. The Quads are very musically minded, and so easy to listen to with most sources. The B&W's don't really get my attention until you look at the 7 series. I'm afraid unless I was looking to spend a lot of money Kef's wouldn't appear on my shopping list. Just my 2c.
     

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