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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by General Skanky, Sep 14, 2001.

  1. General Skanky

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    Go to and see what you think of these...... <a href="http://www.superfi.co.uk/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=779" target="_blank">http://www.superfi.co.uk/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=779</a>

    Linn have a good rep. Now I've never heard, seen or touched them, ever. So here is the question.<br />Are they worth the money at that price? Anyone know?<br />I'm just dreaming about plonking them in as main stereo speakers to replace my KEF Q15's, purely as I like the look of them!!!!!!! Bad I know. My only real concern is the match to my model 100 centre. I'm sort of looking at the other KEF speakers available, but what a price! Nearly half. And they look good too.

    They'll end up on slabs, run in, bi wired etc, so they'll get the best, but it'll be AV and not hifi. I must admit to being firstly struck by their looks!

    I did ask a few months back 'Do you Style?', and I don't at the mo being all black. <br />Also, it'll free up my speaker stands to go back to my hifi rig as I've decided my wooden DIY ones aren't as good as the metal Partington ones in the AV room!

    So let me know. I'm hoping for lots of back up here. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> Be nice.
     
  2. paiger

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    They look lovely mate. Mind you the Ruark Preludes look better. It's all down to taste at eh end of the day. Oh yeah, and how much cash you have. I luvs my preludes, prologues are just tooooo much.

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  3. GaryG

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    General

    As you know I'm a big KEF fan, I auditioned a number of Linn speakers and have to say that they were not for me, I suspect that if you like the 'KEF' sound you may not like the 'Linn' sound. That's not to say they aren't damn fine speakers, just that the tonal balance may not be to your taste. On the other hand if you only want to use them for 'home-cinema' what the hell, they look fantastic and at that price are a steal!
     
  4. riddler

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    If you like your KEF's so much audition the q55 and 65 models.<br />I have 65 as fronts wouldnt swap them for anything at a similar price.<br />Infact im very tempted to try and buy 4 q drivers and build some rears in the same layout as my mission bipoles.
     
  5. riddler

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    oh try<br /><a href="http://www.audioreview.com/reviews/Speaker/product_8789.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.audioreview.com/reviews/Speaker/product_8789.shtml</a>

    if you havnt already.<br />saw a set of factory seconds at an online dealers the other day for £350 i think
     
  6. Nic Rhodes

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    The AV5140 ere available for £1k locally, new model £2.4k. My mate is trying to decide whether to got the much reduced Linn route or a Kef Ref. If the ref are finishing as seems to be the case, the 1-2 and 2-2 may well be discounted and be a brilliant match for the lovely 100.

    Though you were going to blow your cash on a CRT?
     
  7. Noel

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    General,

    I've got Keosas (even in the same finish!) as the fronts in my AV system. They're bi-amped by Linn amps and I think they're fantastic. At £300 they're an absolute steal, although they need a bit of running in. Get a demo at a Linn dealer if you're unsure of buying without trying!

    Good luck!
     
  8. Noel

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    Should also point out that they replaced a pair of B&W DM603's. I much prefer the Keosa's.
     
  9. General Skanky

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    Well.......

    Firstly, on looks, I've not been one for Ruark. Sorry.

    Second, I do like the KEF sound, but as in a thread elsewhere by Nic, the only real alternative is the Ref 1. But they are expensive. The Q range (having popped into Sevenoaks Ipswich today to see), 'cosmetically' aren't in the same league. The Proacs next to them showed up their quality of finish a mile off. I know Proac cost lots though, but I'm just saying.<br />The KEF Q 35 and 65 are available at <a href="http://www.unilet.net" target="_blank">www.unilet.net</a> in their Blue Muder sale. £189 and £389. Not bad, factory seconds.

    Nic, I want it all at the moment. I'm like a little boy in a sweet shop with money! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

    To give you an idea, here is my 'planned - ish' shopping list as it stands at the moment.

    2 x DIY subs. (£500+ or so).<br />Poss these Linn or similair main speakers.(£300).<br />Poss upgrade Pioneer 515 to S Video + tray illumination. (£200).<br />Tweaks and things to current stuff, ie, reels of Belden 1505A cable etc. (£300+ let's say).<br />A Projector and screen. £?????????????? <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <br />And that's to start with.

    So at the moment I'm having to do what I can when the opportunity arises. I stumbled across the Linns and liked them straight away. So what the hell? I'm now ploughing through the likes of HiFi World and HiFi News etc for DIY projects as mentioned, but to be honest at £300, the Linns are very attractive! I had a good look at Castle speakers today, finish, size etc and came to the conclusion that the Linns are going to be hard to beat as they stand.

    So, I'm going with Noel at the moment. Linn had a stuffy rep in the past, but the more I discover they are a force to be reckoned with. Now, how do I explain to the wife about more 'new' speakers?<br /> <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">
     
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    Are you thinking of making a speaker cable with that Cat 5 stuff, a la Kimber 8TC?
     
  11. Nic Rhodes

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  12. General Skanky

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    On the speaker cable front I'm heading in the direction of a high quality, single core, copper reel of something like mains cable if I can find a good one. TNT's site is good, but I'll not go into the braiding thing, just too boring to do. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

    Belden 1505a is available for £120 or so from RS for 152m. I intend to buy a whole reel as it'll do it all, interconnects, audio and video. A life time's investment. Considering you can pay £50+ for a good quality pair of interconnects at 1m, I'll have good value to make up what I want, how I want etc.

    Also to give you an idea of other things I have planned, I'll be buying a reel of shielded mains cable from RS, as per TNT, same principal but mains orientated. Many things spin in my head. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

    [ 15-09-2001: Message edited by: General Skanky ]</p>
     
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    .........A Question.<br />Is it possible to 'paint' over the finish as found on KEF Q15's? I'd love to change them from black to anything!<br />I want to keep it simple, so no stripping and re-veneer etc. Far too lazy for that. <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
     
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    Nic

    If you can get Belden 1585A I'd be interested. I tried making a braided Cat 5 cable with standard stuff and wasn't overly impressed with the quality, informed opinion in the US is that 1585A is the cable to use due to it's Teflon insulator, not that easy to get in the UK and I can't be bothered to import it.

    BTW, I got my DAX back, I'll email you in a couple of days about the difference, you better get ready to raid the piggy bank! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
     
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    Using modern primers there isnt ANYTHING that cant be painted on nowadays.<br />Pastel blue n berry speakers sir ?
     

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