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The Best of the Best

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Nic Rhodes, Mar 10, 2002.

  1. Nic Rhodes

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    I am interested in what people think are the BEST speaker system for multi channel use. I don't mean what you have but what you would aspire to given your lottery win.

    I have a KEF Ref / THX system but I know there are better out these but unfortunately not in my budgets. This is for my dreams, not interested in the best value, just the creme de la creme

    A few for the list

    Tag F1
    B and W
    Snell
    M and K

    Any others?
     
  2. russraff

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    A full Meridian digital speaker system would be okay. This would be 7x DSP8000 full range speakers, controlled via the 800 series controller and DVD player. I would probably have a couple of Velodyne HGS-18 Subs just in case the Meridian's cant go deep enough.

    Or if I wanted the authentic "jesus! I'm sitting in the Odeon" effect, the JBL Synthesis Ultra system looks good. A mere snip at $109,500! :eek:
    JBL Synthesis Ultra

    Or lastly, if you live in a house the size of Kent, a 7 piece set of Tannoy Kingdom speakers. I don't think a sub would be necessary with these.

    I can dream...

    Russell
     
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    i would not go to that kind of extreme: i think that an m&k s5000 package with a couple of mx5000 subs would be enough!
     
  4. Nic Rhodes

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    I have heard the Meridian kit but not the JBL. The Meridian with the latest 800 series DVD A player sounded very good. Nice to see that the mark three now adds DTS;)

    What about stuff people have actually heard in demos at shops? You know when you walk in willy nilly and the assistant takes you into the hallowd room and plays mega system X.
     
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    I heard a full Martin Logan Prodigy system, powered by about 20k worth of Naim amplification and CD player. Fair enough, this is stereo, but wow it sounded good. Actually, I bought the album that the shop assistant was demoing (this was in Lintone Audio in Gateshead) because it sounded so good. When I got the album home, I couldn't find the track the assistant was playing. It was there, but the Martin Logan sounded so much better it was like a different track! Next door was a full Meridian DSP6000 speaker setup with top spec 500 series controller and (then) Sony 7700 DVD player. Thing is, the Meridians were nearly as good as the Martin Logan setup.
    I can also remember (and this is how I became interested in Audio) going to some hifi show when I was younger and listening to the largest speakers I have ever seen. They were so clear. Looking back, I think that these were Tannoy Westminster speakers. God they are good speakers.

    Russell
     
  6. Jase

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    I´d be looking at M&K and either the powered S150P across the fronts or even the 250´s (can be used for surrounds as well).

    The Tag gear I would imagine is awesome (havent heard them!!) or the very high end B&W´s (not heard them either, just ever so slightly out of my price range;) )
     
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    Hmmm.. interesting stuff there Ramius!!

    even if they do look a little odd, probably sound amazing though!!
     
  9. Nic Rhodes

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    Ramius

    Just the sort of stuff I was hoping to shake out of people! Thanks:)
     
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    I would go for Wilson, 4 Cubs, Watch center and 2 Watch dogs. :D

    Or maybe the Dynaudio Air active speakers, network connected and configurable... :devil:
     
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    Speakers like these are a complete waste on a Home Cinema Set up. There isn't good enough source material available for muliti channel stuff for speakers like these (yet).

    Remember you should be spending a least as much (ideally much more) on the amplification, and then more again on the source. Sources of this quality do not exist yet to justify Wilson Speakers (for example). They would just show up the deficiencys of DD or DTS.
     
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    I heard it in the Lisbon audio show, but with watt puppies as fronts, Meridien 800 AV and DVD, and a truck full of Plinius 250 amps... No deficiencies at all... :D
     
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    5 x B&W Nautilus.
     
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    Signature:devil:

    And a brace of the rumoured Nautilus Subs :D :D :D
     
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    No Mr Potato,

    NAUTILUS! :)

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    Sorry Mark, please accept my humble apologies. :D

    Steve
     
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    That's quite all right my old china!
    great jpg of the glass.
     
  19. Jase

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    B&W Nautilus, quite possibly some of the most bizarre looking speakers ever made!!
     
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    7 Nautilus.

    Just not the weird ones shown earlier.

    The 800 series nautilus would do just fine.

    Regards
     
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    I actually got to listen to a pair of the B&W Nautilus a few years ago at the B&W factory in Worthing. Part of my degree course was to go and visit a company and do a report on them, and seeing as B&W was local we decided that they would be a good company to visit (I did a degree in Electronic Engineering so it was relevant - honest.:D)

    Anyway the Nautilus were absolutely stunning, the sound quality was out of this world and I have never heard better since. The only small niggle that I had with them, apart from the £35,000 asking price for a pair, was any problems with the recording were really emphasised by the speakers, so they may not be the best for home cinema at the moment, until the sound quality becomes significantly better.

    But hey if I did have the money to buy these beasts, and believe me they are beasts of a speaker, I would definitely buy a pair, but for stereo use only.
     
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    Though I've never heard them, I might just go for a set of Dunlavys. The fact that Gary Reber chose them for his WSR Holosonic lab adds weight to the fact that they are billed as 'The most accurate speaker in the world'
    Reber uses SC-V's for mains and surrounds (plus a smaller centre speaker) together with a pair of Dunlavy TSW-V Subs.

    www.dunlavyaudio.com

    Eric
     
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    Eric, dont forget the SM-I height channel ;)

    Steve
     
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    boston speakers are the best. i wouldnt change em...:D

    chucky
     

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