This is what its all about - Demo, Demo Demo
I would never call the RS1 boomy, you say the CM1 were boomy too - what listening environment was it?
You do know that the speakers won't sound the same when you get them set-up at home?
I learnt the hard way - I demoed RS1 at home - they sounded fantastic and so I purchased them! The Neat Motive 3 sounded to boomy at home so had to take them back!
Any decent hi fi dealer will let you take the demo speakers home to try - if they don't find a dealer who will allow this.
Thats the main reason why the Dynaudios X12 are here! After demo half a dozen speakers when those babys step a foot in my home my wife said: this are the ones, and how could I not agree...
The ATC SCM11 were not demo in my home, maybe thats why i didn't bought them...
My System everyday pull out of me a BIG smile, and 10 kg of stress... Thats how much I love my System!
Rega RP3 / Goldring 1012gx # Synology DS213 > QED Performance USB > Rega DAC > QED Performance RCA > Rega Brio R > Supra Classic 2x4mm > Dynaudio Excite X12 and some times BK XLS200 MK II
SBT > G&BL teflon line RCA > NAD 3020i > Supra Classic 2x4mm > Monitor Audio RS1
The demo was not ideal as their demo room was out of action due to a water leak, so it was set up in main part of store, room was about 12 feet across, so some boomest was maybe due to fairly close walls, this is one reason why I choose the RS1s to demo because they will be fairly close to a wall, but the demo was about 3 feet from a wall. The R1s just seemed boxed in, even turning the volumn did not seem to help much. The CM1s were better. As for boomy this is with intruments like double bass, as in Jazz or a lot of vocals seem to have on their albums, also Genesis Trick of the tail. The Rega amp did not seem to much power had to turn it upto about 11 o'clock to get a decent level, tried at at 12 o'clock and it sounded strained. The problem with dealers they don't carry that much stock, this one had no Kefs (said they are boomy and not detailed), no Neat, no Dynaudios.
First post from me and I was hoping people could recommend some speakers for my new system! I picked up a rega brio r yesterday and alsi have an rp6 on order. The brio has already made a massive difference in sound to my current setup but I can hear my Cambridge audio speakers struggling to keep up.
I have a medium sized room and listen to the likes of Radiohead and massive attack. The recent what HiFi recommends the tannoy dc6 but I've also heard good things about the KEF LS50s.... an obvious price difference between the two so would be keen to know if people think it's worth the extra cash....
Any views much appreciated!
Regardless of what anyone recommends (they are all worthy choices) you need to dem different speakers to see which ones sound the best to you.
Leema Pulse MKII-S; Naim CD5i MKII; Denon TU-260L MKII; MA RS6 speakers; Pro-ject Xpression 1; loads of different cables...
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I agree with all the contents about demoes. When I first heard the RP6 the dealer had them on with some e very high end speakers so I had that sound in mind when I went back. The RS1s were very nice and very musical but just not as powerful as I remembered the original sound. The R100s immediately sounded wider and had more bass but when the LS50s came on I smiled straight away and knew they were the ones!
The whole experience taught me that you have to have a listen first and it is a very subjective thing....
Finally the LS50s are great at home but best if you can give them space away from walls. Probably obvious but worth pointing out!
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