Room size = 5m x 3m, relatively modest listening volume levels....are the PM1s worth the extra dosh?
They're only better if you prefer them.
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If I was shallow, then I'd say I prefer the looks of the PM1s
If I was being even more unhelpful, I'd say "Get both".......display the PM1s and listen to the LS50s.
Ah ha, so you'd think the LS50s would be better sounding? >)
In terms of overall sound quality I'd say that they are equally good but different. The PM1's have a smoother, more natural, more even, midrange. They also have noticeably large amounts of distortion in the bass at generous but not too loud volumes. So large, that for my taste in music, which is mostly rock and pop, that I would never be happy owning a pair of PM1's. When you consider the cost of the LS50's vs PM1's the LS50's are clear winners for sound quality per pound spent - unless you can find a pair of very cheap 2nd hand PM1's.
So, with half-time approaching it's 2-0 the LS50s....
What's the rest of your system?
Sonos Connect -> Audiolab 8200DQ with 8200P biwired to (old, and therefore on the upgrade list) Ruark Prelude II / Grado RS2i for the twilight hours. Also have a B&K XLS200 which might take care of the bass distortion lindsayt mentioned?
It's you're own and only pair of ears which can decide..I don't post here much but...IME.. it would depend on the size of your room , what amp, source cabling your using atm. I've been there..Listen, demo and demo ti'll you find the right one for you.
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I think you need to try for yourself.......but the PM1s would have to go some to make the difference in cost worthwhile.
Thanks Cno. So it really looks as though the LS50s are in the preference list unless one has surplus cash to spend on looks/oneupmanship... Have seen good deals on the 5x bundle for the LS50s (google it) - anyone in? Would need 4 people for a (£400) stereo pair each..
It'd only properly take care of it if you filtered out the signal going to the PM1's below 200hz and got the subwoofer to take care of frequencies from there downwards. Otherwise you'd still have the bass distortion of the PM1's overlaid on top of whatever sound the subwoofer was producing. If you set the subwwoofer to overlap the bass frequencies of the PM1's to try to drown out the bass distortion, you'd likely have a very bass heavy tonal balance.
isn't £400 the standard price per speaker.
I've only seen bundles of 5 at £1999; unless you've seen something better?
ps your original post was of great interest as at somepoint we all run out of budgetted funds;the the LS50 might be in our price range and the question is how much more do we need to spend to get a noticeably 'better' sound.
I know we all have preferences, and amp choice, room size etc all have an influence on what 'better' actually means.
Moosey, since when did sound quality in hi-fi bear any significant relationship to sound quality in the real world?
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