Regards the 'bunged' KEFs, to be perfectly frank, I have yet to hear a pair of any bunged speaker that sounds 'right'. Having to use the bung seems to totally destroy all integration like it was obvious the speaker was not really designed to work that way and it shows itself as a very noticeable compromise.
I would generally agree, but the R Series have a two part bung, and when the centre bit is removed, the bass is tamed just enough to restore the balance by taming the boominess.
I do understand what you mean but I just feel if there is 'boominess' it's the wrong speaker for the room to start with, bungs or no bungs.
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What about the smaller Dali Helicon 400 mk2 speakers? They should have a similar mid-range and treble sound that you already like but with less bass that would suit a smaller room. Just an idea.
......and a brilliantly simple one it is too.
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All I can tell you is that I have heard the entire range, in a variety of room sizes, and they are very adaptable......but at this stage, it is only a suggestion.for a dem list.
I bow to your greater knowledge, I've only heard two. I agree they are definetly worth and audition though.
Im downsizing my music room where my kit consists of Dali 800mk2s. I dont want to give up any quality of music listening but i will no longer have the breathing space for these speakers. Im looking for options, I havnt got a lot to spend and my budget will be what my Dalis are worth.
The new room size is about 12 by 15ft and the speakers will be pointed across the smaller dimension.
Any ideas guys
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Wow - some great suggestions here. I can see me spending lots or time in music shops. LOe the idea of just trying the old speakers in the new room just to double check. and to be honest they look better than the telly any day.
Ive seriously thought about using the vienna Acoustics Schonbergs i use in my second system.
Once again many thanks for your suggestions
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What is your second system and what size of room is it in?.............if necessary, we can come up with suggestions for that.
I think it's sensible to try what you already own.
Let us know how things sound.
Whatever you do with speakers, downsizing your room will almost certainly downsize your sound quality - smaller time delays with the sound reflections off the walls. I moved from a solid old house with big rooms to a more modern house with smaller rooms, and more particularly, lower ceilings. That made quite a difference to the sound quality of my equipment. I do not think changing my speakers could compensate significantly. (Sitting on the floor surrounded by sofas does help.)
Personally, I am happy to live with the change. There are compensations - no stairs, greatly reduced fuel bills, nice place with a river five minutes walk away. If I were you, I would not change my speakers just yet. Try them for a while; think about other changes in the room to make it less aound reflective, eg, thick curtains.
Andrew - Alas you may be right I was looking at the new house yesterday and thought maybe ill buy some small Dali wall mounts (£200 ish) and leave my main system where it is. (my second home is a mon to Fri work base)
Cno my second system is Acoustic Vienna Schonbergs with matching sub, and NAD amp and CD player. It is a great sounding system and the speakers are far too good for a second system. Unfortunately they are also situated in a room 27ft x 36ft with a solid wooden floor and very little soft furnishings - the room sounds bloody awful.
There is no doubt that these speakers would come into their own with your (much) better system......have you ever tried it?
IME. If speakers are in a different league to the rest of the system, all they do is show it up; and combine that with poor room acoustics, and you have the road to hell.
I strongly suspect you will have an "in house" solution......you should be able to sell the Dalis (if necessary), get suitable speakers for your second system for between £600-1000, and pocket the difference.
If you're looking for a system that reminds you of all the good times listening to music, then even with a room 15/12 reasonably furnished and depending on budget, I would highly recommend the Neat Momentum 4i and Exposure 3010 integrated amplifier. Awesome! If you do experience any bass resonance, then I would listen to the NEW Neat Motive SX1 or 2, and possible the NEW (curved) ATC SCM11 or 19 for a more linear, dryer and less emotive sound based on past experiences.
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Here is an update. Well i just couldnt get rid of my Dalis, neither did I want to split up my second system (as my wife suggested) My wife has absoutely zilch interest in anything that makes noise, telly or otherwise. However, on this point, we both watched 'The baord that Rocked' last week and had the speakers in full flow. Good film with fantastic music, this made her question whether it was wise to remove to speakers form the TV.
Anyway gettign to the point, Ive bought some Mission 751s for my second home - ill just rig a small amp to it like a NAD or similar. then when I get to my main home I can enjoy the Dalis in the rightful place.
Good job......thx for getting back, as it's good to see what you finally decided upon.
I was going to say, why don't you just move the Dalis and see how you get on with them before making any decisions? Seems like too good a speaker to keep for TV duty.
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