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Kef R500 and Monitor Audio RX6

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Has anyone compared these two speakers if so what were your findings

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RE: Kef R500 and Monitor Audio RX6

Sorry I have only heard rx6 but I would imagine the r500 would be superior as they are the next level up with the rx6 being more comparable to q500.

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RE: Kef R500 and Monitor Audio RX6

I auditioned the RX6s against the Q500s and bought the Q500s.  I would expect the R500s to be better still.

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RE: Kef R500 and Monitor Audio RX6

Also how do the B&W CM8s compare with the MA RX6

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RE: Kef R500 and Monitor Audio RX6

Lo Fi wrote:
Also how do the B&W CM8s compare with the MA RX6

 

What amp are you using?

 

I believe MAs need some careful matching to avoid problems. If you do a search on this forum you will no doubt find some posts about it.

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RE: Kef R500 and Monitor Audio RX6

great! the same, i am still thinking what to choose: ma rx6 or kef r500. 

first i thought to pair rx6 with marantz sr7007, then i thought to still buy the marantz but to pair with r500. but, i'm not sure how it sounds with kef. Is it fine marantz with kef or do i have to change for example to pioneer - sc lx 56. I want to add a subwoofer too, but as far as i know the mcacc from pioneer does not EQ the subwoofer. So, is it worth to spend EUR 500 more for the Kef (that's the difference here in Italy between these speakers, both black piano)

help, I`m sinking

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RE: Kef R500 and Monitor Audio RX6

Can you hear them with your amp? Thats the best way, home demo is even better. I assume you have the right size room to place these speakers? Rooms and placement are a big factor.

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yes, the room is not small - 7,20 meters X 4,50 meters. But i don't have any place where to hear the kef with marantz. Is it fine to pair them or it is something to avoid ? Also, does it worth the money these r500 ?

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Sorry I don't know the Marantz 7007 thats an AV receiver? The only Marantz I heard is the Pearl Lite, that may work with the Kefs but speakers are down to personal preference so its impotant to try before buying or to be able to exchange it they don't work out.

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RE: Kef R500 and Monitor Audio RX6

marantz sr7007 is an AV Receiver, with 2 channels active it reached 125 watts, 8 ohms, as from lab measurements. 

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RE: Kef R500 and Monitor Audio RX6

BigH wrote:

Lo Fi wrote:
Also how do the B&W CM8s compare with the MA RX6

 

What amp are you using?

 

I believe MAs need some careful matching to avoid problems. If you do a search on this forum you will no doubt find some posts about it.

I have an Arcam A19 with the RX6s and still finding some recordings too sibilant.

I have a laminate floor which probably does not help, source is an Audiolab 8200CDP

Trying to find out if CM8s or R500s are smoother

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RE: Kef R500 and Monitor Audio RX6

Lo Fi wrote:

BigH wrote:

Lo Fi wrote:
Also how do the B&W CM8s compare with the MA RX6

 

What amp are you using?

 

I believe MAs need some careful matching to avoid problems. If you do a search on this forum you will no doubt find some posts about it.

I have an Arcam A19 with the RX6s and still finding some recordings too sibilant. I have a laminate floor which probably does not help, source is an Audiolab 8200CDP Trying to find out if CM8s or R500s are smoother

 

I have read a few reports of slight problems with the A19 high notes. I have not heard the RX6s I avoided them because of the metal tweeters and reports of harshness by some users. I think the Kefs would be better. Best to buy a rug for your laminate or have a carpet instead.

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traianescu wrote:

marantz sr7007 is an AV Receiver, with 2 channels active it reached 125 watts, 8 ohms, as from lab measurements. 

 

That does not mean much. There was a debate a few weeks ago about receivers v amps and many believed that amps were better for sound quality, if you only need 2 channel why have a 7.1?  

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RE: Kef R500 and Monitor Audio RX6

Lo Fi wrote:

BigH wrote:

Lo Fi wrote:
Also how do the B&W CM8s compare with the MA RX6

 

What amp are you using?

 

I believe MAs need some careful matching to avoid problems. If you do a search on this forum you will no doubt find some posts about it.

I have an Arcam A19 with the RX6s and still finding some recordings too sibilant. I have a laminate floor which probably does not help, source is an Audiolab 8200CDP Trying to find out if CM8s or R500s are smoother

MAs can be system sensitive. Given you have laminate flooring you have three basic choices: 1) Change the Audiolab to something a little smoother like Arcam CD37 or 2) Look for warmer speakers such as the Kefs or Dynaudio. Or 3) Both.

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RE: Kef R500 and Monitor Audio RX6

a thought to choose an av receveiver because i need to downmix the sounds from 5.1 to 2.1, for example when i'm watching a movie from bluray. Also, it's easier for my wife when watching TV, with hdmi cec activated, she will use only one remote to turn on the tv, switch channels, up/down the volume with the same remote, etc. I'm unsure how easy could be with an universal remote, like Logitech Harmony. Plus, i am not able to listen in my own house the speakers, so i don't know if i need something like audyssey to correct the sound or will be fine in pure/direct mode. The only good stereo amp (2.1) with some room correction is Harman Kardon 990, rated 150 watts, but it cost a lot more than i thought to spend. It is like 1600/1700 euro and i want to stop to 1000 euro banging head against wall

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RE: Kef R500 and Monitor Audio RX6

Really need to keep the Audiolab as I use the onboard DAC for TV and Blu Ray Player etc.
But obviously could change speakers but are Kef R500s or B&W CM8s smoother at the top end.
Big H I do have a rug between speakers and seating.

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