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Speakers the Pro's Use

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Rob Sinden, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. Rob Sinden

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    I picked M&K speakers and subs after previously using many other combinations because they sounded better in my living room - but the fact they are used by most of the world's top film makers made an audition of them in the first place a no brainer.

    With the money spent on making say a Star Wars episode, it makes sense to me that the production team would want to use the very best audio components for the mixing of the sound track and they chose M&K's.

    From what I understand, stereo recordings are often tested on some crappy speakers to see how things will sound when played back on a cheap car radio or similar.

    Surely this doesn't hold true with film soundtracks? - What do you know.

    By the way, one dealer who that is willing to give dems at refrence levels is Pounds in north London. They are also THX approved and ISF certificated which is part of the reason I bought my system from them!
     
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    Samsaid - Do they have a full M&K THX system running and do they have the new 5100 sub in yet?
     
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    Most major studios are not tied to one manufacturer with Lucasfilm using speakers from at least three different companies that I know of (and possibly more)

    Whilst they do use M&K speakers they won't be the type that you have as they are more likely to be the professional models and active as well, not the domestic passives that you have.
     
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    There are other pro makes that are 'big' as well, perhaps even bigger. I use Genelecas do many studions. It is worth noting that they often use actives and that the better / cheaper M and K are the pro models not the domestic ones as Ian J has pointed out.

    you will find every studio has a raft of different monitors for monitoring. I thought Lucas and co favoured BlueSky at the moment....
     
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    Taken from www.abluesky.com
    Not that I'm biased towards Blue Sky or anything :devil:

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    Didn't the guy who founded BlueSky used to work for M&K :D
     
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    Yes, but he left them as he knew he could do better :devil: :rotfl: :devil:

    <puts on his flame proof jacket!!!> :suicide:

    Mark.
     
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    That often happens as I understand that the fellow that founded Orb speakers used to work for Gallo and left for the same reasons.

    <borrows Mark's flame proof jacket!!!> :suicide:
     
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    Now Now Lads :nono: We all know who invented the Sub Sat speaker systems don't we :devil:
     
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    It was Bose, wasn't it? ;)
     
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    Ladies please ;)

    BlueSky formation meant that M and K took a serious hit IMO, not convinved they have done anything significant since then. Not really a problem as their kit is pretty decent but it is just the competition is now much stronger and MUCH cheaper. The pros are happy to change quickly as well, hence Genelecs, BlueSkies and others being widely used.
     
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    Using similar speakers at home to those that were used to master the films is a question that arises quite often but oddly enough people never seem to have quite the same concerns over using the same subwoofer that the studios use.

    Blue Sky used to be mentioned much more last year but their much hyped connection with Lucasfilm was as part of a 5.1 system which I assume included a Blue Sky subwoofer, but that part was always curiously overlooked.

    There are other loudspeaker manufacturers much closer to home that also have a good studio predigree including PMC and B&W
     
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    and the integration of their sub to the sats was one of their greatest strengths
     
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    :eek:..... :D
     
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    Ah the masters!!!
    Often copied, but never bettered :devil:

    <puts on spare flame proof jacket as IanJ has pinched his other one> :suicide:

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    Interesting subs and even more interesting news items that you linked to.

    We need some Kleiss guinea pigs here
     
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    Skywalker is still using M&K heavily and recently installed a new suite to use for episode three, how many other speaker manufacturers are used in Dolby, DTS, Pixar, Dreamworks, Universal, Sony, ETC ETC
     

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