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Found a nice local hifi dealer to let me spend some time listening to the following with my little M-CR603,

Dynaudio dm2/6 and Excite X12

Kef R100 and Ls50.

Shame I cannot test the Neat Iotas with my little Marantz but hopefully one of the above will provide me with a decent sound :-) 

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I'd be interested to know which of the speakers I've selected to demo do you think will be ok with the little Marantz. I keep hearing that the Ls50 and Dynaudios are hard to drive but surely at moderate volumes they would be ok? I will post a review of my experience when I've had my demo (if anyone is interested). 

 

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Boring answer - you'll have to decide and see which ones 'click' with the Marantz.

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and another boring answer from me: even if you usually use tone controls, make sure you audition the speakers with the tone-controls flat, and pick the pair which most closely matches your sonic tastes.

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I would have thought the R100s would be better than the LS50s which maybe too revealing of your 603.

 

How about the Q Acoustics Concept 20

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Do post your experience of the demo, always interesting.

I recently purchased some ex-demo speakers and was surprised at just how different they sounded at home. The dealer said they would be better as his demo room is wooden flooring over a cellar and boy was he right. Better that way round! Positioning and the amount of  toe in made another huge difference so only use the dealer demo as a rough guide.

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Yes I have to agree about demo rooms, I have come to the conclusion that home demo is really the only way to test hifi.

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Agreed. I've never had a dealer demo that has given me an accurate picture yet, especially with speakers.  Home demo is the only way.

 

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I'm home auditing some Kef Q100's with my CR603 at the moment and I'm disappointed in the quality at home compared to how they sounded in the demo room. I think it might be a positioning thing. I haven't got any stands and there's not enough shelf space for them, so I'm using a clunking great pair of 1970's Solavox speakers (44 x 25 x 20cm) as stands. Not ideal of course, but can I put the overpowering bass rumble when I play at any appreciable volume down to this? Any ideas on improvised speaker stands? I will buy some when I've decided on the speakers, but if I end up sticking with my Dali Zensor 1's, there's no need.

 

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paddyb wrote:

 I haven't got any stands and there's not enough shelf space for them, so I'm using a clunking great pair of 1970's Solavox speakers (44 x 25 x 20cm) as stands. Not ideal of course, but can I put the overpowering bass rumble when I play at any appreciable volume down to this?

Absolutely yes.  The worst thing to put speakers on are large hollow boxes.

Do you have a couple of wooden stools? Is there a charity shop nearby where you can buy a couple of sturdy wooden stools for a small sum? (Remove any cushioned seats from them and substitute a couple of £5 granite chopping boards and Blu-Tack them to the tops of the stools.)

Anything but large, hollow wooden boxes.

 

 

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paddyb wrote:

I'm home auditing some Kef Q100's with my CR603 at the moment and I'm disappointed in the quality at home compared to how they sounded in the demo room. I think it might be a positioning thing. I haven't got any stands and there's not enough shelf space for them, so I'm using a clunking great pair of 1970's Solavox speakers (44 x 25 x 20cm) as stands. Not ideal of course, but can I put the overpowering bass rumble when I play at any appreciable volume down to this? Any ideas on improvised speaker stands? I will buy some when I've decided on the speakers, but if I end up sticking with my Dali Zensor 1's, there's no need.

 

 

I have bouight this one for my Dali zensor 1 http://www.thomann.de/gb/isoacoustics_iso_l8r155.htm  you can buy this instead, cheaper but i don't think it's as good as the iso's http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_takustik_isopad.htm  or mabye those real speaker stand in a more traditional way http://store.atacama-audio.co.uk/c/speaker-stands_nexus

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gasolin wrote:

I have bouight this one for my Dali zensor 1 http://www.thomann.de/gb/isoacoustics_iso_l8r155.htm  you can buy this instead, cheaper but i don't think it's as good as the iso's http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_takustik_isopad.htm  or mabye those real speaker stand in a more traditional way http://store.atacama-audio.co.uk/c/speaker-stands_nexus

Thanks. The middle option would be worth trying, but I need to return the speakers by the weekend, so there's not time to order them. That gives me an idea though, how about some foam or cushions underneath them as a buffer between the speakers and the old boxes?

 

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In all such places where they sell studio,recording equipments they usually have some speaker foam to put under your speaker, so if you have a shop near your place, you might want to visit them, and mabye angle det up so the bass dosn't get effected by som table,bookshelf

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chebby wrote:

paddyb wrote:

 I haven't got any stands and there's not enough shelf space for them, so I'm using a clunking great pair of 1970's Solavox speakers (44 x 25 x 20cm) as stands. Not ideal of course, but can I put the overpowering bass rumble when I play at any appreciable volume down to this?

Absolutely yes.  The worst thing to put speakers on are large hollow boxes.

Do you have a couple of wooden stools? Is there a charity shop nearby where you can buy a couple of sturdy wooden stools for a small sum? (Remove any cushioned seats from them and substitute a couple of £5 granite chopping boards and Blu-Tack them to the tops of the stools.)

Anything but large, hollow wooden boxes.

Here is an Idea from Ikea...

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/24286205/

... two will only cost £16 from your local branch.

They are made from birch ply (strong) and have flat tops.  Just need a few bits of Blu-Tack to stop the speakers moving around. (Another £1 for a pack.)

Once you have decided on the final choice of speakers, then you can save up for 'proper' speaker stands, but the Ikea stools have got to be infinitely better than having your demo speakers wobbling around on foam/cushions on top of big hollow speaker cabinets!

(And you can use the stools afterwards. Stick your pot plants on them maybe.)

 

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