Upgrade-itis.....

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  1. True-Blue

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    Having ordered an AVR350 and DV139 I'm seriously considering a speaker upgrade to make the most of my new toys sonic ability.

    But I have a problem..... and she's the wife:rolleyes:

    My current speaker system is Monitor Audio R270 Fronts, R180 centre and rears and RSW12 Sub. The Mrs likes the way these look and doesn't like large (normal) speakers.

    Whatever happens, the sub stays - it's very good for the money.

    My thought's are replace the front's with something better from the MA' range in the same piano black (hoping she doesn't notice:rotfl:) for better stereo performance.

    Or replace everything except the subwoofer for increased all round performance.

    Anyone got any suggestions that will significantly improve the Sound Quality but still retain good wife acceptance factor ??
     
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    The following package would meet both requirements and would definitely be a significant improvement in sound quality and not just an incremental one.

    Fronts: PMC GB1
    Centre: PMC DB1+M-C
    Rears: PMC DB1+
     
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    Found the website but can't find pricing ?

    can the front's be used close to a wall without bass booming ?


    many thanks.
     
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    Normal retail prices are as follows:

    PMC GB1: £1145/pair
    PMC DB1+M-C: £345
    PMC DB1+: £675/pair

    Yes.
     
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    I've made some 'mock ups' blue peter stylie, but the rears and centre definitely won't pass the wife test purely on size :rolleyes:

    Anything 'smaller' that will give me a decent improvement on the radius kit ??

    Many thanks.
     
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    If you can't get the diminutive DB1+M-C Centre Channel pass the Missus there's not really much hope for you.

    PMC Wafers would be another wall mounted discrete option. I use a pair as rears as I do not have room at the back.

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    There is a scanned copy of the Hi-Fi Choice review of the larger Wafer 2s here:

    http://crustyloafer.smugmug.com/photos/91937727-O.jpg
     
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    Hi Crusty,

    The problem with the Centre speaker is the Depth more than anything else about 9"according to the website, and the same holds true for the rears.

    If she had her way we'd have no speakers !!

    The flat pmc's look very interesting, especially as they can be recessed into stud walls but the price per pair is a bit rich for me and I'd need 5 - thanks for your pm by the way. :)
     
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    You could always buy proper big speakers and then get a new wife:devil:
     
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    True-Blue. I have a minty fresh pair of maple PMC GB1's in the classifieds if you're are after a bargain to start you off! :smashin:

    PMC GB1's for sale
     
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    Hi there, yes I saw them, but my I've laid solid oak floors so I'd need either oak or black - I think Maple would look odd against the oak :confused:

    But colour aside that still doesn't get me past the centre/rear speaker problem ?? thanks for the coment though, had sort of thought about it.
     
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    Have you thought about some Monitor Audio GS10's a GSLCR centre and GSFX rears. These come in piano black or oak and will sound good with your kit.

    The only issue with the GS10's would be that you will have to stand mount them and as a result they will be nearly as big as floorstanders, they might appear smaller though. They will however sound considerably better than the Radius and they will allow you to bi-amp them.

    You can make things look quite neat if your careful, maybe the wife wont mind so much then. If you take a look at my system pics I have tried my best to keep things looking tidy.
     
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    I wondered if I'd be able to get away with upgrading to better Monitor audio left and right floor standers without changing the rest - mainly for improved stereo performance, without unbalancing the AV performance too much ?
     
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    I highly reccomend the B&W XT series for good sounds and high WAF.

    http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/display.aspx?infid=811

    You can get them in silver or blank. IMHO B&W makes the finest speakers when looks as well as sonics are important. With other speakers you get more of one or the other.
     
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    Just upgrading the fronts will work but could make the centre sound a little unbalanced. You might find that it sounds better just running it in stereo simply because the fronts are much better.

    I guess you could try it and get a centre if you feel its justified.

    The rears are less important and you could probably get away with using the Radius for now.
     

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