thinking M-S 908/905C/903S/309W, which amp?

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  1. jatkinson

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    I'm moving home soon into a flat, so I've decided to update all my AV stuff. I want quality sound but also considering I'm moving into a flat, I don't want to be upsetting my neighbours all the time with booming noise!

    Looking around then I think I like the Mordaunt-Short 908, 905C, 903S, 309W combination for my home cinema speaker setup (any reasons why not?)

    So can you suggest which amp (say sub £500) would suit these speakers best, bearing in mind that my main requirement is for home cinema but I do also listen to music too from my HTPC.

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  2. jatkinson

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    Nothing at all? Maybe the budget too low or the speakers not recommended? Any thoughts?
     
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    I'd recommend a Denon AVR-2805, you might pick one up for £500 if you haggle with the dealer, especially if you were to buy the speakers from them. The 2805 is an excellent piece of kit. I also own an MS309W, which I like very much too.
     
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    Yam 757 would be within your budget and match the speakers nicely.
     
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    I'm planning on buying the Avant 900 speakers too (906,905C and 903s), and I have a Marantz SR5500. I think they should be a good combo :D
     
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    As Greg said, the Marantz goes well with the MS speakers, but for £250 you should listen to the Cambridge Audio 540R as well.

    The MS 900s takes a while to run in, but are beautiful speakers. Maybe just a word of caution, the 908s appear to like a big space to work in.
     
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    Hi

    Thanks for the advice everyone, very helpful... maybe the 906s are better suited for me then?

    Cheers.
     
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    Combined with the 309W, I would say yes. The 908s on their own produce quite a lot of bass(Tight, controlled and deep) and combined with the 309W needs careful placement and experimentation to keep bass under control especially in a smallish room.

    I have mine in an area that is 5 meters(16.5 feet) long and 6 meters(20 feet) wide and it took me a while to find the correct spot for each speaker, but I just love their sound!
     
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    Ok... so I went for the 906's instead of the 908's and I'm getting the 905c, 903's and 309w in the next week or so...

    looking at amps I'm about set to purchase the Denon 2805 for about £520 but can also get the 3805 for about £780.... so my next question is.. should I find another couple of hundred and go for the 3805 or will the 2805 do a good enough job with the MS speakers?

    Cheers
     
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    The 2805 should be fine with the MS, the extra power is always handy but for the extra £260 i don't think your gaining much.
     
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    I run 902's, 905,903's and a 309.
    I use the Yamaha 557 amp and it gives a slightly "bright" sound, which is exellent for fast dance type music, but not so good for warmer stuff, IMO.
    The Yamaha is supposed to be fairly warm, so it suggests that the MS tend to be bright, possibly because of the ally cone.
    Don't know if that helps any, just my tuppence worth.
    I do like MS though :smashin:
     
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    I don't think that the Yammies is considered as "warm". It appears that the general consensus is that they tend to be on the "bright" side. Until run in, the Mordaunt-Short are a tad on the bright side, but settles into a neutral sound afterwards.
     
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    The yammies are considered more neutral than they used to be, although they can be bright when they need to be (i.e. in films where the effects are ment to be spectacular), older yammies used to be considered bright as pioneer are today, but they wern't good with music back in the day either ...

    The MS are bright, so a marantz would be a better mix, but the yamaha should be fine.
     
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    Odd, a lot of people consider the Yammy's to be warm and 'dark'. The THX option takes a bit of the 'edginess' off soundtracks. Put a Yammy next to a pioneer and see what bright really is :)
     
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    Any more thoughts on the Denon amps?
     
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    It's interesting how everyone has different views on the Yams :smashin:
    Maybe it's indicative of a versatile sound??
    Anyway, my point was that MS and 557 give a slightly bright sound, which may or may not suit jatkinson's taste in music.
    I'd definitely recommend it for film.
     

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