As has already been stated, the Centre is the most important one in AV....
I would say it's the sub.
You might have a point.....f**k the dialogue and give me EXPLOSIONS!
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As already mentioned do not go for the Arcam AVR 500. I had two before I gave up with them.The 600 does sound awesome, really brilliant with music,just make sure it has a warranty. Also seriously consider the Anthem MRX 700. This receiver is great with music but it's room EQ will give it the edge over most. I replaced my ARCAM AVR 500 with the Anthem MRX 300 and found in my room that once I ran the EQ movies and music sounded the best they have ever done.
Invest as much £ in a sub. Top quality bass does not come cheap. Do not let the sub be the weak link in what looks like is going to be a very good system.
You should consider MA Apex for the rears and def stick to the PL centre.
This is purely my opinion based on my personal experience.
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I have purchased a PLC350 and a PLW15 and I am going to order some apex's for the rears, then hopfully once i have moved to a detached house i will buy some PL300's and use my 100's as rears!
That just leaves me with a amplifier to buy.
What I am wondering is, because I use MKV Files from my mac mini media centre and plan to plug that straight into my receiver.
the audio on the MKV files is often in FLAC As when I rip them using Make MKV I convert the DTS-HD or whatever audio track into FLAC. Will most receivers be okay with this or will it cause a problem? Quite a technical question I know!
A demo is the only way.....but it needs to be good, so don't be tempted to skimp!
Sorry, can't help you there.
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i found the answer on another forum anyway so i have figured that one out
the PLC350 has arrived today and i cant believe how huge it is!
It was a bargain though i got it used for £1200 on ebay which i am happy with!
You certainly did. It's one of the best out there.....It's hard to fully describe how stunning it can sound.
Yup, I hope you have room for it - but it's why it will sound so good.
Wow, I'm not surprised!
Please keep us informed how this all goes, as it has amazing potential.
I will do,
okay tonight i have done something that people may not agree with but I don't want to take the risk with an arcam they're just too buggy from what i have read.
I have bought a primare receiver on ebay, at £1300 i think it’s a good price;
and if i don't like it i will re sell it and buy something different!
I cannot believe how huge the PLC300 is i have just been unboxing it and it took two of us just to lift it out!
What type of speaker cable should I use? particularly for the rears as i will need quite a long length! I'm currently using QED silver for my front speakers which seems okay and so will probably just use that for the centre etc
but it's a little bulky for the rear ones I'm thinking?
Well, I suspect you've done well (again)...and who can blame you for avoiding possible trouble.
My advice for speaker cable would be to avoid silver plated copper, which can exaggerate the treble. Something like Van Damme UP LC-OFC would be fine for the rears, and I would also suggest that you consider something like Atlas Hyper 2 for the fronts.
Enjoy your new toys
I use Van Damme UP LC-OFC with my set up.
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Thanks for the responses guys
The final thing that I am pondering is the rear speakers.
What would be best, between say;
- A pair of apex A10's
- some cheaper bookshelf speakers like the monitor audio RX1's or GX50's
- wall mounting some MA GXFX speakers
What would be best? or does it not really matter with there being little audio coming from the rear?
I have a pair of Apex A10's. They're good for the surrounds and in my master plan they'll either become speakers 6 & 7 of a 7.1 system or height speakers when I finally take the plunge with Platinum floorstanders for the fronts.
Hey guys, back again,
The primare spa22 arrived last week but was unfortunatly faulty and didn’t work on arrival (The irony after wanting one of them over a AVR600!)
So it's going back and should be getting a refund next week
In the mean time a AVR600 popped up for sale less than 15 miles away from me so I am going to pay for/collect that tomorrow.
I now have, PL100 fronts, PLC350 centre, PL15 sub, and Apex A10 rears
So looking to be a good system even though I have no amplifier yet...! My question is, when setting up the AVR600 tomorrow night, in the settings would the A10's be classed as small or large speakers?
Thanks for all the help so far its been really usful and I will get some photos etc. up of everything once its all in!
Is the amp from a dealer and do you know its history?.....and does it have the remainder of the 5 year warrenty and the 3D board fitted?
IMO. The AVR600 is a wonderful match with the Platinums, so look forward to what you think.
Going by the book, all speakers that are not "full range" (20 Hz - 20 kHz) should be set to small, with the sub picking up the deep bass.....so all your speakers are small.
I have my front Kef Refs set to large as I prefer the way it sounds, but this isn't strictly correct.
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