What replacement for my all in one system (£1500ish to spend on speakers)

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  1. GaryBritton

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    Hi guys,
    I'm currently the owner of a DTS Digitheatre all in one system which is showing it's age and I need to upgrade.

    I've seen the latest issue of Home Cinema Choice and the KEF IQ50/IQ10/IQ60 + sub looks good as does the Pioneer S-V810A set.

    I'm looking to spend about £1500 on a 5.1 speaker setup and I'd like some opinions/ recommendations on what to demo.

    I haven't decided on AVR but something around the £1000 type mark is where I'm looking.

    Gary
     
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    What is the intended use?

    Films and/or movies.... can you ahve larger speakers or does stylish blending in stuff matter?

    And is the budget:

    £1500 speakers
    £1000 Receiver

    Just want to clarify before i head off suggesting :)
     
  3. GaryBritton

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    It's purely for movies.

    Larger speakers have been agreed by SWMBO and I have plenty of room at the front for floor standers however the surrounds would have to be bookshelf style to fit in behind the sofa.

    The budget is £1500 speakers and £1000 AVR (not that she knows that yet :devil:)

    Suggest away mate.
     
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    Great, well... one option that may win you things for the more expensive amp award:

    Online Store - Audio T

    Cracking speakers, excellent with music anyway not that this is an issue mind...

    Or sticking with the same brand but something a little bigger:

    Fronts: (£599)
    Focal J M Lab Chorus 714 V (Pair) - £599.00 : Audio Destination, Devon's Audio Specialist

    Centre: (£242)
    Focal J M Lab Chorus CC 700V - £242.10 : Audio Destination, Devon's Audio Specialist

    Rears: (£359)
    Focal J M Lab Chorus SR 700 V (Pair) - £359.10 : Audio Destination, Devon's Audio Specialist

    Subwoofer:
    Plenty to choose from but the only one that keeps you in budget and is excellent is:
    XLS200 - £282

    But either of these will likely bring improvements at a slightly increased cost... to be honest you could save a little from your AV Amp budget and buy something like the Yamaha DSP-AX863SE which in my opinion takes some beating under £1K then put the extra toward:

    XLS300/PR - £380

    or

    Monolith-DF - £420 (She could use this as a table too....)

    Or even an alternative (very much movie based) excellent system:

    Online Store - Audio T

    You have a very healthy budget and i'd recommend popping in to a decent local store and seeing what they have on offer... in the long term this may be beneficial, but the above systems are certainly something to get you going!
     
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    D'oh!

    I meant music of course... i was just testing to see how clearly people read my posts!
    :oops:
     
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    Thanks Scott_Mac.

    Plenty of things to look at and cast an ear over.
     
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    On the speaker side based on your original Kef option I would also look at the Monitor Audio speakers. The Silver range is just in reach at around your budget level.

    For an amp I would look at the Yamaha range. The RX-V1900 or the RX-V3900 are very capable amps. The Onkyo SR876 is a great amp for movies as well.
     
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    If you want just standmounts then I'd look at the B&W 685 set but buy them separate and sack the 608 sub.
     
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    How about this suggestion, take a trip down to the show in Bristol in two weekends, the 20th to the 22nd. Lots of systems on display there.

    If you can't wait, then how about buying off some of the power buys. For instance,

    The XTZ 99.25's or 26's for the fronts and Center - If you choose the most expensive finish then the three speakers come to £780 inc delivery.

    Then for the rears get the 93WMT's which are £155 per pair inc delivery.

    For the sub, well, you can get the XTZ 99W12.16 for £320.

    Total cost: - £1255

    you might want to buy stands as well, or, you can try some cabinets like I have in my system, see my signature. They sound amazing for movies. Check out some of the XTZ reviews on this forum, everyone who has them is impressed.

    For the rears, another option is to buy some m&k surrounds, tripole or dipole, other people with the XTZ 99.25's as fronts recommend them. They keep coming up in the classifieds on this forum, so keep checking!!

    There are some great receivers out there. You can get the Onkyo 906 for about £1200, the 876 for around £1000. Other brands are the Pioneer SCLX71 for around the £1000, the Yamaha 3900 for around the £1200 or another great receiver is the Marantz SR8002 for around the £1000 mark as well.

    any of these will really give great sound in movies. Again check the classifieds some great bargains come up.
     
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    i am buying a yamaha 3900 but looking at the iQ90, iQ30 and iQ60c and a monolith sub which is going to set me back £3000 for the whole lot hoping its going to sound good as i own a A2 rel strata III and KEF Q35,Q15,Q95c.

    I am hoping the the speakers are going to be better than what i have but can not seem to find anyone on here to help me on that.
     
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    I'd second Reaper's advice on XTZ's - superb speakers for the money.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the help, plenty of options to look at.

    I'm a bit of a Pioneer completist, would you recommend any of their AVR products and speakers?
     
  14. reaper12

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    They get great reviews on other forums, I think you would be very happy with any of the Pioneer models from the SCLX51 to the SCLX81, the first is under budget the last is £400 over budget.

    Still recommend you go with the XTZ speakers :thumbsup:
     
  15. GaryBritton

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    Doh! Should have read the post more carefully.

    Looks like a romantic weekend away with SWMBO to Bristol on 21/22 is on the cards. :D
     
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