Random Questions: Recommend me some speakers please


beedub
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6810 posts since 7/3/07

6 May 2011 19:48
There may already be a thread for this but I can't find it.

I have a Sony hi-fi/ stereo/ seperates system (whatever it's called) and I got rid of the speakers I had for it when I redecorated because they were massive and I want some new/ better ones. Now I don't know much about audio equipment so I don't really know what I should be looking for, how much to spend etc. Can anyone please point me in the right direction or recommend me something?

Also, will a wireless set-up have a massive negative imapct on the sound quality?
parkus.
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160 posts since 17/8/09

7 May 2011 09:59
Best for your money would be a set of active monitor speakers. Generally used for home studios. 40 or 60 watt for about £100-150.
Hello World
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12100 posts since 7/3/05

7 May 2011 10:55
http://www.whathifi.com/review/wharfedale-diamond-91

http://www.whathifi.com/review/mordaunt-short-avant-902i

http://www.whathifi.com/review/mission-mx1


http://www.whathifi.com/review/b%2526w-685 (I have these, good for small room)
DuffMan
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14285 posts since 21/2/07

7 May 2011 11:25
parkus. wrote: Best for your money would be a set of active monitor speakers. Generally used for home studios. 40 or 60 watt for about £100-150.

Not true, the whole monitor obsession is silly, they're good for production + mixing NOT for home listening.
timmbo
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3416 posts since 9/2/10

7 May 2011 18:07

i got dems. barbaric sound for the price, if your stereo can power them.
beedub
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6810 posts since 7/3/07

7 May 2011 19:09
Thanks for the help, I think I'm going to look into those Wharfedales, seem to have had a load of positive reviews and very reasonable price-wise.
eazypz
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3010 posts since 16/4/10

7 May 2011 19:19
Wharfedales can be had here for cheap: http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/2197

Only thing with them though is that they look dated.

I would go for these personally: http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/product_id/5694
Come in black and white and do look really nice in the flesh.

They are also award winning speakers: http://www.whathifi.com/review/Q-Acoustics-2010/

I've got the older version of said speakers and they are brilliant and I've just got the new ones for a customer who is over the moon.
beedub
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6810 posts since 7/3/07

7 May 2011 19:43
Nice one, I'll look into those too, although I thought the Wharfedales looked alright in the Walnut finish.
eazypz
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3010 posts since 16/4/10

7 May 2011 20:37
Yeah, just depends on the rest of your decor really! Either way, both really good speakers.
parkus.
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160 posts since 17/8/09

8 May 2011 16:10
DuffMan wrote:
parkus. wrote: Best for your money would be a set of active monitor speakers. Generally used for home studios. 40 or 60 watt for about £100-150.

Not true, the whole monitor obsession is silly, they're good for production + mixing NOT for home listening.

How come? The only problem I have found with monitors is that the don't have much low end, but most are meant to have a sub hooked up.
Sixtwo
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450 posts since 1/5/10

8 May 2011 16:37
Short version:

Monitors have as flat a sound signature as possible for mixing purposes to give a (close to) true representation of sound and particularly levels at a very close range and direct angle.

Purpose built home Hi-Hi speakers are designed to be warmer and have more of a curved response for longer distances and wider listening angles.
Sixtwo
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450 posts since 1/5/10

8 May 2011 16:50
That said, most the entry level monitors and Wharfedale types are not really monitors at all and have a much easier signature. They're just playing on the fact that "pro-sumers" want to buy monitors because they think they sound better.
DuffMan
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14285 posts since 21/2/07

8 May 2011 16:50
They're also really draining to listen to and make lots of music sound a bit harsh/flat
parkus.
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160 posts since 17/8/09

8 May 2011 18:05
Fair play, makes sense. I use them for laptop/decks so obviously I'm stood right infront, thus a wider listening angle isn't necessary. Quite different to a home stereo which is more than likely sat in the corner of a room and the listener is elsewhere.
chinaski
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336 posts since 15/7/10

16 May 2011 17:52
I've just brought a pair of bowers and wilkins 600 series speakers off ebay… Can anyone recommend me a good amp that would work with them? Preferably one I could pick up second hand for under £100…
chinaski
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336 posts since 15/7/10

17 May 2011 10:28
anyone?
Homer
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23926 posts since 8/5/03

2 Nov 2011 14:03
This any good?

http://www.johnlewis.com/231301832/Product.aspx

Seems to do alot for the money
Davinho
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2222 posts since 2/12/08

27 Nov 2011 19:56
After some good portable speakers for my Ipod/laptop. Can anyone recommend anything decent for £100-150?
DuffMan
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14285 posts since 21/2/07

27 Nov 2011 20:13
How portable?

Audioengine 2/5
Davinho
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2222 posts since 2/12/08

27 Nov 2011 20:18
Just so I can move them from one room to another fairly easily, not for the bus or anything.

I'll have a look, cheers