What amplifier below £1500 works best with the LS50 according to you? I currently still use a Cyrus 6XP.
The R series has worked on almost any amplifier we've tried them on, but I would say that the LS50's will be a little more fussy because of their slightly different presentation. They seem to sound great on a Naim Nait XS, the Leema Elements amplifier, various Cyrus integrateds, and on the end of an Audiolab 8200CDQ/8200P combination too. A 6xp will work fine, but adding a power amp at a later date will definitely benefit.
You will be using 5 LS50's en 1 subwoofer?
Yes, it'll be five LS50's used as satellites, and a single subwoofer.
What did you do with the spare ls50 ?
Still got it all wrapped up. Chances are, with the impending delivery of the Ken Kreisel speakers, I'll be wanting those as soon as I hear them (I have missed my M&K's!), so these will either be sold as a 6.0 system, split down to stereo pairs, or sold as a 5.1 as there is someone interested in my single one as a centre.
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
i asked the kef guys about it as an idea and they recommended the ls50's as front speakers only.....
im picking a pair up soon, was thinking about getting three more..
Who are you asking?
The LS50's will work well as rears as well. They're a pretty wide dispersion, and in the mixing studios they use direct firing speakers all round, so with the LS50's all round you're hearing it more like they were when they were mixing the movie.
Would be interested in the single speaker David if it became available.
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Just a quick question: How does the R300 stack up against DB1is? Heard so many good noises about the R300s it'll seem criminal not to hear them.
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The R300's reach deeper with regards to bass, which is helped by its cabinet volume and dedicated bass driver. They're larger in scale which is to be expected really as they are a larger speaker than the DB1i's. Even though detail levels are probably similar, they're smoother too, but some may prefer the brighter sound of the DB1i's. They're much better built than the DB1i's, allowing them to sound cleaner which helps towards them 'disappearing'. The difference in cabinet construction is pretty substantial - boxy isn't the sort of label you could attach to the R300's.
The DB1i's excel at lower level listening. They're a great little speaker, and they'd certainly work a little better in smaller rooms. Even though there are many benefits to the R300's, I'd still recommend people to try the DB1i as they are a good little speaker, and fairly easy to drive too.
Thanks David. I have said many times DB1is are one of my favourite sub-1k standmounters (even though they've just crept over that threshold). It's just whether they'll sound fine a foot from the rear wall, like the DB1s,...
Really I'm to discover which speakers have the virtues of the RS6s, yet eliminate the negatives of the MAs - DB1is certainly tick those boxes, as does Totem Arros.
I think you'd like the R300's based on the sort of level of bass you're used to, although the R300's will sound cleaner, and you should find the R300's more seamless at its crossover points, particularly midrange to treble. Using the outer bungs, they should be fine a foot from the wall - I had mine closer. The DB1i's HF will be more like the MA's though. It'll be interesting to see how you view them after a demo.
Yup, based on comments I've read here they do seem to come close to "my sound". I also work on the unscientific basis that if the RS6s sound fine 12" from the wall then a standmount should also. In addition the Leema's bass is so tight, and fairly leanish, should cover all aspects... I hope.
Thanks again, David.
Which is the best speaker of these two? I can get those for the same price. Do I get audiophile sound compare to my wharfedales 155? I see this as a long time investment.
Pioneer 656 mark Wharfedale diamond 155
Depends.......probably not the answer you were looking for.
If you are looking for a slightly more detailed, cleaner, neutral and controlled sound.....the LS50s would be my pick.
Wheras, if you want more scale in a bigger room, and a slightly more forgiving sound.......it would be the R300s.
I can't compare them with the 155s as I haven't heard them.
Also IMO. they ideally need an amp that's more in line with the cost of them
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