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post #46 of 57
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Originally Posted by warpdriver View Post

they are only more expensive because they include stands and grille. Otherwise they are identical to these

 

http://dynaudioprofessional.com/bm-series/monitors/bm5a-compact/ except have RCA unbal inputs

 

They haven't revised the BM5A-Compact yet to series II.

The regular BM5A are now in series II and should represent an improvement http://dynaudioprofessional.com/bm-series/monitors/bm5a-mkii/

 


Wow, $300 extra for stands and grills...hardcore. 

 

When I was shopping for the BM5A's, I was attracted to the compact version, but no one local carried it. So I just ended up going with the non-compact version, which as you pointed out is a series II. I didn't even realize the compact wasn't a series II as well.

post #47 of 57
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Originally Posted by FieldEffect View Post

 


Wow, $300 extra for stands and grills...hardcore. 

 

When I was shopping for the BM5A's, I was attracted to the compact version, but no one local carried it. So I just ended up going with the non-compact version, which as you pointed out is a series II. I didn't even realize the compact wasn't a series II as well.

To be fair, the MSRP for the BM5AMk2 is supposed to be $625 each, even though everybody sells it discounted to $499 each. The MC15 sells for $1299 with no discount for some reason.

post #48 of 57
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To be fair, the MSRP for the BM5AMk2 is supposed to be $625 each, even though everybody sells it discounted to $499 each. The MC15 sells for $1299 with no discount for some reason.

 


Ah, I guess it's just due to the MC15 having a smaller market share.

post #49 of 57
Thread Starter 

...and probably because the MC15 is usually sold mainly in "audio stores" rather than "music/pro" stores

post #50 of 57
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...and probably because the MC15 is usually sold mainly in "audio stores" rather than "music/pro" stores

Good point. I don't think there's an actual high-end audio shop within 75 miles of where I live.

post #51 of 57
Have you tried the CM1 in near field listening against the MC15? They look gorgeous.
post #52 of 57

Great thread, thanks everyone. I'm new to the forum, but perhaps someone can weigh in on a couple of options I'm considering for my desk - mostly listening sitting in front of my keyboard:

 

Option 1 - Dynaudio MC 15 (and possibly a low-end DAC like the Audioengine D1)

http://www.dynaudio.com/int/multimedia_sound/mc_15.php

 

Option 2 - Dynaudio DM 2/6 with a TEAC AH01-B (DAC+amp)

http://www.dynaudio.com/int/home_loudspeaker_systems/dm/dm_26.php

http://www.teac.com/consumer_electronics/reference_series/a-h01/

 

Both come in within $100 of each other. A few things I'm torn on: external amplification is a pro because if an amp fails you dont render the speaker useless. But I think the built-in bi-amping of the MC 15 may be better than what I'd get out of the TEAC and the passive 2/6 loudspeakers? It seems the MC 15 is a bit older, but perhaps the "nearfield" design is better for my situation. I'm assuming the MC 15 is shielded but the DM 2/6 isnt - should I be concerned with it less than a foot away from my macbook pro? The simplicity of the MC 15 is attractive.

 

Thanks tons for any thoughts!

post #53 of 57

Wow, it's been ages since I last posted on head-fi. I moved on from headphones to starting my car audio business, concentraiting on building subwoofer enclosures. However part and parcel of that is learning about 'basic' acoustics, and so i'm in the process of building my own speakers.

 

Knowing what i know now, I will probably never buy a pair of speakers again, much as though i love/loved the MC15's, I beleive I can build my own gear with better results for cheaper.

 

This is one of the top car audio engineers in the business and look what he's done.

 

ihttp://peteybox.com/home-audio/

post #54 of 57

Assuming you're still looking, I think option 1 is much better. Don't run your mind around in "what if something fails" circles of thought. If you ever have a problem with an active monitor, you can either repair it yourself or have it repaired.

 

While I really like the compact design of the MC 15, I think BM5A's are a much better bang for buck. So you might look at those, too.

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Originally Posted by leelance View Post

Great thread, thanks everyone. I'm new to the forum, but perhaps someone can weigh in on a couple of options I'm considering for my desk - mostly listening sitting in front of my keyboard:

 

Option 1 - Dynaudio MC 15 (and possibly a low-end DAC like the Audioengine D1)

http://www.dynaudio.com/int/multimedia_sound/mc_15.php

 

Option 2 - Dynaudio DM 2/6 with a TEAC AH01-B (DAC+amp)

http://www.dynaudio.com/int/home_loudspeaker_systems/dm/dm_26.php

http://www.teac.com/consumer_electronics/reference_series/a-h01/

 

Both come in within $100 of each other. A few things I'm torn on: external amplification is a pro because if an amp fails you dont render the speaker useless. But I think the built-in bi-amping of the MC 15 may be better than what I'd get out of the TEAC and the passive 2/6 loudspeakers? It seems the MC 15 is a bit older, but perhaps the "nearfield" design is better for my situation. I'm assuming the MC 15 is shielded but the DM 2/6 isnt - should I be concerned with it less than a foot away from my macbook pro? The simplicity of the MC 15 is attractive.

 

Thanks tons for any thoughts!

 

 

post #55 of 57
Hey guys,

I've a pair of Yamaha hs80m monitors, room is slightly treated with panels and a couple of bass traps to remove ringing etc, I think they sound great if sitting in the triangle but I know very well these are monitors and I don't use them for that reason. I listen to music, watch movies and play games. I love high quality sound and came across these. How would the dynaudio mc15 compare to the yams for hifi near field listening? The speakers will be 0.75m away from me, and 0.5m away from the back wall, and symmetrical. Connected to a musical fidelity m1a dac.

Different league? Or a sidestep?

Thanks for your advice.

Edit -

Ended up going for the Mc-15's and my god, they are so musical. Much more nicer to listen to. No horrible 10khz spike as the hs80m's had. Lovely Sound. Took a while to grow acustomed to their signature tho, couple days. Tried listening to the Yams again, the Yams sound so neutral in comparison, which is great for monitoring I guess and Yams do have a much broader and deeper bass response but with the right room treatment and placement the Mc'15's can pump out a clean and powerfull low end. Mc15's are just more Hifi and better suited for Multimedia use. I don't like the 130hz spike on the Dynaudio, not sure if its my room but I eq'd it out, dropping that particular frequency by 5db as to remove a blur, the audio cleared right up and is punchy. Still blame my room with its wooden floors.
Edited by fluidz - 11/2/14 at 9:44am
post #56 of 57

Did the MC 15s - awesome. Really. A bit thinner on the low end than I'd hoped but I remedied that with the Sub 250 MC. Yowzer. I personally have not heard a better near field setup. Not that I've heard a lot, but this is really amazing. Seems Dynaudio has dropped the MC15 totally? That's a shame. I guess they didn't sell well enough.

post #57 of 57

I have them too, for music and movies, nothing serious like production or monitoring. For critical listening I always grab my headphones.

 

I have moved to a few different places since owning them, and it's clear that acoustics play a large part in their bass response. As it is now, I'm very happy with the quality and quantity of their even sounding bass, though in the past there was definitely a bit too little in the lowest octaves. I don't know if there's a 130 Hz spike, but it could be your room. As they are now, they're about 20 cm from the wall, with a curtain between speakers and wall. In the past my desk was free-standing, but the bass is much better now that the speakers are close to the wall. It's not boomy at all, but it does appear to be reinforced by the reflection.

 

Mids and highs are very smooth, realistic and non-fatiguing. You can easily listen for hours. This I found to be the case regardless of placement/room acoustics.

 

Overall I'm happy with them, though I'm not sure they're worth their initial asking price of € 1000. To be honest, I don't have much experience with other speakers to judge this. The acoustics have to in your favour though to enjoy these, obviously, but this can be difficult when you place them on a desk. Mine are now sitting on the provided little steel stands and sound (and look) great this way.

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