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Speakers For Mid-range Amps

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by HAILOS, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. HAILOS

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    Your opinions ????

    Thinking of getting Av Reciever, yamie 750, marantz 550, maybe yammmie 1500....or even the Marantz 7400 on offer ( very good price now !)
    So, what I'd like to know, is peoples different recommendations regarding speakers.
    On an initial short list, I've had mordaunt short prem plus, or wharfdale set in a similar budget,
    BUT :confused: for this level of Av reciever, am i right in now assuming that I'll need to increase the amount I spend on Speakers to utillise all the potential of them ?? Monitor bronze b2 ??
    Something good for both Music aswell as Movies.....
    Obviously, I don't see the point of spending money on a reciever when a set of speakers are not good enough for its potential...
    By the way, I'm concerned with floorstanders regarding placement limitations, with needing space at the rear for the bass ports ( on most)
    I do understand I need to audition, but hope the replies will help me short-list and give me somewhere to start..
    All opinions, good and bad, are invited !! :thumbsup:
    Many thanks
     
  2. Tejstar

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    I would have in mind a range of speakers i.e. sub/sat or floorstanders and expense first. Think about what will go in your room and then work your amp around that... obviously within your budget!
     
  3. HAILOS

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    Tejstar, thanks for replying...
    Oddly enough, that way of thinking had came to mind a bit more recently ,as it seemed that speakers could often be the limiting factor, ie very good speakers would sound good with a reasonable amp, but cheap speakers would still sound S**T with an expensive amp.
    Its all very well that we have reviews in Mags of how good/ bad recievers are, how much better model X is compared to model Y....but alot of the time there's absolutely no idea what type of kit they've been tested on, and what sort of matching kit would complement them.
    I may decide that I'll spend £600 on speakers, and for all I know I may well do just as well to get a budget reciever to get what i need from them...
    Anyway, out of interest, it would be nice to know the recommended speakers for the recievers previously mentioned, and if they did happen to be more than I'd be willing to spend ( ie MUCH more than the amp) then I'd take a step back and some more thought......one of the reasons for the post.....
     
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    I have a yammy 750. My speakers have an original list of, well, quite a lot. Maybe £2k. For the five. No sub at the moment. But I think I'm getting a much much better sound than someone who spends £2k on an amp and gets £350 speakers. I used to have a DSP A1, and at the volumes I listen at, I don't think the system has sounded better.

    Not that I wouldn't like a Z9, or even a yam 1500, but for the money I've spent on my current kit, I think it was close to optimal distribution of money on speakers to amp (10:3 - approximately).
     
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    I have to champion the Castle CC3 Compact Sub/Sat system. For a grand they are the quite superb!

    For under a grand ..
    Monitor Audio Radius A/V Package (£979)
    Kef KHT 2005.2 A/V Pakage (£800)
    Monitor B2 A/V Package (£650)
    Mission M30's A/V Package (£500)
     
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    It's a difficult balance. At the moment I'm using a Marantz SR7400 with a BK XLS200 sub, Mission 77 series fronts and centre and some ropey Logitech rears. The amp could certainly do justice to more expensive models (maybe not when it comes to a sub as far as providing a signal goes) but I'm also getting an excellent sound as it is. You certainly shouldn't rule out older models as that's how I got my Mission 771e's and 77C1 which sound as good now as they ever did :)
     
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    If you're looking at sub/sat systems then the MS Genies (£800) and Castle Compacts (£1000) should be top of your list.

    Otherwise, the Kef Qseries seem to be quite popular (I have these myself and are thoroughly recommended for the price) or how about the Wharfedale Diamond 9 series - 9.4's as fronts, 9cs as centre, and 9.1 as rears with the SW-250 sub (all for £1k) - very good value imo!
     
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    Has anyone heard the new Tannoy Arena sub sat system.. That's another £1k system..
     
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    Heard it at the Heathrow Hi-Fi show and tbh wasn't that impressed...
     
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    Hailos

    It's worth noting that if you were planning on stand mounting your speakers, then the amount of floor space required is going to be exactly the same as if you just had a floorstander in the first place. Lot's of people I've demo'd to really like the idea of a smaller speaker to save space until they realise they have to put it onto a stand!

    As far as speaker budget is concerned it's a pretty contentious issue. I've always stood by the fact that electronics get changed a lot more often than speakers, so I budget for a set of speakers that is perhaps superior to the kit I'm going to run them with, then when the upgrade bug bites, I know my speakers can stand the pace. I find that SWMBO is much more receptive to me changing things in the rack, then changing speakers (which are considered furniture) so I future proof :)

    Following on from earlier comments, I have always found the Kef's a little sterile at this price point (am I opening a can of worms or what). Though I haven't heard the Castle compacts, if they compare with other Castle speakers I've heard they would be an excellent system for the money.
     

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