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looking for best band for buck

 

I'd prefer something closer to $500, but willing to spend more $ if the improvement is worth it

 

looking for whole setup, not just speakers

post #2 of 17
The Yamaha EF series are a very balanced sounding pair of speakers (NS-555 and NS-777 are the floor standing models; the NS-333 are a bookshelf variant, and are roughly identical in terms of the HF/MF section). Alternately you might be able to still get your hands on a pair of Mirage OMDs from Vann's for a good price.

Amplification wise, Harman/Kardon and Yamaha are good places to start - but they aren't the last word.
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Magnepan MMGs. Absolutely no question. Grab a nice powerful vintage amp. Like an old Marantz or Pioneer.

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how big isi your room...and what gears do u have now to pair with?...yur music taste...more info and u get more relevant suggestions.

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I listen to pretty much everything, but maybe a slightly more listening to electronic and orchestral music
 

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MMGs are still the pick. Fantastic with Classical though some EDM fans could find them lacking. What kind of Electronic music? They're great for more slow and Ambient works but without a sub you might not like them for bass heavy stuff.

 

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I listen to pretty much everything, but maybe a slightly more listening to electronic and orchestral music
 

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If I was in the market, I would contact http://www.northcreekmusic.com/NorthCreekKits.html

 

I think "Mouser" has some Scan Speak kits as well.

Dr. John Moulton

Here at Noble, we craft some of the finest universal and custom in-ear monitors available today. 

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Looking for best band for buck

I'd prefer something closer to $500, but willing to spend more $ if the improvement is worth it

Looking for whole setup, not just speakers

I really know nothing about these Definitive Technology speakers, but with the current discount, you should be getting a good value

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-TechBargains&cm_mmc=AFC-TechBargains-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16882325015

 

Watch the website Techbargins for stuff on sale.

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looking for best band for buck

 

I'd prefer something closer to $500, but willing to spend more $ if the improvement is worth it

 

looking for whole setup, not just speakers

Are you just looking for a receiver and two tower speakers or a 5.1 speaker setup?

post #10 of 17

Good prices on Kef's older iQ line:

 

If you want to go cheaper, check out the Polk Monitor60s and Monitor70s at Newegg. 

 

If you are planning on adding a sub at some point (which would be worthwhile for EDM and other bass heavy music), an HT receiver can be a good choice over a 2 channel stereo receiver because of the bass management capabilities. If you strictly want a 2 channel receiver but need an optical input, the HK 3490 and Onkyo TX-8050 are good choices. 

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Magnepan MMGs. Absolutely no question. Grab a nice powerful vintage amp. Like an old Marantz or Pioneer.

 

Even including the cost of a good powered subwoofer?

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200 bucks for a vintage amp (just do some searching), 600 bucks for the MMGs and invest the rest in subs. I heard a system with 2 8" plain jane Polk subs and it sounded great. I never had a sub with my MMGs.

 

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Even including the cost of a good powered subwoofer?

post #13 of 17

Please consider your room first. As much as I like Magnepan diopole speakers, MMG included, they can be very disapointing if you are for any reason forced to use them with large flat surfaces behind them, the worst being glass windows and similar - in such a case, more conventional speaker will produce better result. KEF iQ series is a very good suggestion. If you can position MMGs

optimally and are willing to invest some in  room acoustic treatment, maybe adding sub(s) once finances permit - this is the route I would take.

 

If you have the chance or possibility to audition the candidates first , do yourself a favor and do so; do not forget to bring along few CDs you are familiar with.

post #14 of 17

I think the MMGs respond fairly well to even small rooms. The only thing I really found necessary as far as treatment went was a panel directly behind each speaker and then just back your chair up to the wall.

 

That's what I did anyway. I would definitely say they do work best with some room to breath though. 

 

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Please consider your room first. As much as I like Magnepan diopole speakers, MMG included, they can be very disapointing if you are for any reason forced to use them with large flat surfaces behind them, the worst being glass windows and similar - in such a case, more conventional speaker will produce better result. KEF iQ series is a very good suggestion. If you can position MMGs

optimally and are willing to invest some in  room acoustic treatment, maybe adding sub(s) once finances permit - this is the route I would take.

 

If you have the chance or possibility to audition the candidates first , do yourself a favor and do so; do not forget to bring along few CDs you are familiar with.

post #15 of 17

If you don't fear to thread off the beaten path a little, you could try the Tekton Design M-Lore sold direct at $649.

They are easy to drive and are not too fussy about placement compared to the MMGs.

If you want to get a vague idea of what the Lore can do (it's the model right above the M-Lore but the voicing is similar), check it out on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3SrtvUQb7c&feature=fvwrel

They'll definitely play much better than any KEF model in the iQ serie (and probably any KEF model period).

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