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Speakers around 200 quid

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by e365user, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. e365user

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    Hi everybody!
    I am planning to set up a home theatre.
    So far i got old flat screen sony tv and a pioneer 575.
    I more or less decided on the amp, it would be a pioneer 714(which could be bought for just under 200) or something similiar.
    However i have little idea about speakers.
    The cheap version seems to be tannoy FX5.1. However i willl mostly use the system for playing back cds and mp3's, therefore i need a good sound quality. Also got little confidence in those tiny speakers. I have found an alternative : ELAC CINEMA ONE ESP MK2 5.1 HOME CINEMA SPEAKER SYSTEM(200 pound). Are they better than tannoy fx?
    How about higher priced model, in particular warfedale (unfortunatelly no subwoofer)http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/2060 and devon : http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/1746 .
    Are those more expensive moddels considerably better than tannoy fx and elac cinema one?
    Ideally i dont want to spend more than 200 quid on speakers unless the quality increase is substantial.
     
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    Forgot to tell that i also got two 4 year old warfedale speakers(cost only 80 quid at the time).
    From this forum i understood that rear speakers could be of a lower quality than front and center ones. Is it a good idea to put them into the a 3.1 system with better speakers(to form a 5.1 system)?
    thanks
     
  3. Stuart.Ainslie

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    I've just bought a set of Tannoy FX5.1's..
    First time with a dedicated AV amp and speakers after recently upgrading from a tv with a 5.1 decoder built in.

    Well happy with the sound of the speakers and got a good deal on them too - Bennetts Electrical were selling for £128 and then went to Richer who price busted to £118 !

    Did consider the Elac system too but went for the Tannoy's
     
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    Can you comment on the music quality?

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    Well happy with the sound of the speakers and got a good deal on them too - Bennetts Electrical were selling for £128 and then went to Richer who price busted to £118 !
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    Thats what bothers me. For 118 you get speakers and all cables (which surely cost 20 quid) so the price of sepakers is below 100 pounds.
     
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    Have anybody used the wharfedale or denon speakers in the first post?
     
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    Haven't really used them that much on music but do sound pretty good to me - just got rid of a Denon / Bose hi-fi set up in favour of the AV kit, so can't be that bad....

    With regards to the price, the speakers were originally sold for around £400 but are being replaced by EFX 5.1's, so the few places that do still have stock are selling off for a budget price. I think it is wrong to dismiss them due to the low price that you obtain them for at the moment - they sound far better than any of the other sub £200 speaker systems that I could find and have been rated pretty highly in the speaker reviews.

    The cables, I dumped, and used QED Kontour untra-flat instead - I don't think the supplied stuff is that bad but wanted super flat stuff to run under the carpet.

    I'm no AV expert but I think a few other users of this forum may agree that they are not a bad set of speakers, especially at that price...

     
  7. Mango Bob

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    Tannoy FX1s started at more than £650! What-hifi (of course!) said they were great speakers at that price over a year ago. They're one of the best "cheap" sets of speakers you can buy...didn't know they were being replaced - but that's inevitable really.

    Slightly more expensive are Canton's great CD1s (EUR299 if you buy from europe) - do a quick search and you'll find plenty of info. I heard these and was very tempted, but not at UK retail of £480 - buy 'em abroad!
     
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    Thanks for replies!
    Can you compare them to mission m3s? I found them only for 210 with delivery(link somewhere on this forum)? On the picture they seem to be nicer than tannoys. How about the music quality?


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    Slightly more expensive are Canton's great CD1s (EUR299 if you buy from europe) - do a quick search and you'll find plenty of info. I heard these and was very tempted, but not at UK retail of £480 - buy 'em abroad!

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    I already did however there is a problem they are 50W speakers and i am planning to buy a 100w amp.
     
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    Sorry, no experience of Missions - whereabouts are you?

    As always, don't buy without listening to them if you can. If music's important you may want to buy larger bookshelf of floorstanders as few sub/sat systems are great with music.
     
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    Well, at my town we only got 1 serius hifi shop but it sells stuff way to expensive, so i thought to buy online.
     
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    Anybody can give any advice on what speakers to choose?
     
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    Hi there, have a look at this:
    http://www.unbeatable.co.uk/CatalogueItem_21653.html

    This'll give you a great starting point instantly, Yamaha RXV-350 and Yamaha speakers bundled for £170 - cheap as chips. Do a search for "Yamaha AV50" here there's quite a few threads about it now...supposed to sound great with an upgraded sub. Be warned though, you'll soon be contemplating expensive upgrades like the rest of us!
     

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