The new MKloudspeaker website looks good, full of useful information.
Great spot Steve.
It's about time , i was begining to think that MK were going bust again. Nice to see it's UK orientated i just hope it get's updated a bit more than once in a blue moon. Maybe we will see some info about the upcoming new products as well regarding this piece of info i found.
Here is all the exciting MK Sound news for 2011:
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I should be catching up with MK next week at CEDIA EXPO in the US - will report back!
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Look forward to that thanks.
Jees! You do have a tough job Clare! But I guess someones got to do it!? . . . If you ever need anyone to carry your note pad???
I will be very excited to hear your report on any MK developments, given how good their speakers are for home cinema they don't seem to get nearly the exposure that might be expected!
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Steve, have you got a link to the new site? Maybe it's because I'm using my phone, but all I get up is the old mksoundsystem.com site in google?
We’re pleased to see there’s still such a lot of interest in MK.
The US website is aimed more towards Studios as such a large amount of MK’s business is with Hollywood. After 20 years representing the brand in the UK we thought it’s about time that we got our own UK site together. This site is aimed at the home cinema enthusiast who is looking to get the very best performance from their home cinema.
The site will be updated regularly but initially we’re looking to add as much information as possible regarding the best way to design and set up a home cinema. The vast majority of systems that we see are incorrectly designed and or calibrated which means viewers simply don’t get to hear their films at their best.
I’m pleased to hear Claire will be visiting MK in the USA. I hope you’ll get a chance to hear the new twin driver subs from MK. I heard a prototype in Denmark recently and they sounded superb. They are due into us next year when we’ll be submitting them to What HiFi with the new MK150 Mk2’s for review.
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Rob, I'm probably being lazy, as the information is probably on your new site, but what are the differences, both technically and in audible performance, between the S150 Mk2 and the old S150, and the is the MX350 sub still the same as the existing MX350 Mk2?
Just got home and had chance to look over you new site Rob, very nice.
I have to say though, there is some 'unusual' advice in the Home Cinema Design section. For example, it states that all MK speakers can be placed on their side for use as a centre channel? On the slightly older S150's that I have, the manual that comes with it specifically states that the S150's should not be placed on their side as this destroys the vertical dispersion characteristics that have been designed into them? Has this changed then on the new Mk2 versions?
Also, the advice seems to advocate putting the speakers 2/3 of the way up the front wall. Is this just for larger cinema rooms where the are two or more tiered rows of seats? As surely for a single row, you don't advocate intentionally installing them above ear height?
You guys are the experts on cinema set-up though, so I'm not questioning your advice, just checking my own understanding!
Also, one quick question. In a 20ft x 15ft cinema room, at what viewing distance would you site a single four seater sofa for seating? (Just thinking of my future cinema room if I finally get the nod from the better half for a basement extension!)
The 150Mk2 use new drivers and a completely new crossover design.
Given that the old speaker was such a hit with so many Studios the Mk2's obviously build on the strengths of the original speaker but sonically they really are much more detailed and transparent.
The new drive units were first seen in the LCR950's which you should try and audition as I think you'll find these superior to your Mk1 150's in many ways. As you know MK don’t update models often and we're confident that these new speakers once again make MK the best speaker to use for serious cinema enthusiasts.
Certainly Disney and several other Hollywood Studios have already upgraded to the new models.
As far as the different MX350 subs models, the differences are much more subtle. I think you’ll see the real change to their twin driver subs coming early next year with a range of new models.
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As a rule I always design projection systems with the screen closer to the floor than most people have installed. If there’s just one row of seats then I’d typically place the listener 3.5M from the screen with the screen around 500mm off the floor. In this set up and depending on the type of seating used, then I’d often prefer to have the front LCR’s a little above the centre of the screen.
With an 85” screen the difference between mid-way and 2/3rds is only 8” so it’s not a big variation.
You absolutely write about S150’s. These are one of the only big selling front LCR’s from MK that absolutely should not be placed on their side due to their unusual dispersion pattern.
What I think you’ll find interesting is the link to the test of a wide range of centre channels with the tweeter placed between to mid-range drive units. It shows that centre speakers designed in this way will always perform better if placed upright. Because MK places the tweeter at one end of their LCR’s (except the S150’s and a few very rare models) placing them on their side won’t compromise their performance in the same way.
My main point is that three identical speakers all placed in the upright position is by far the best option for a home cinema.
With regards the 20 x 15” room you are hoping to have for a cinema I’d start by placing the seating about 14” from the front wall. Pushing the sofa back against the end wall as is often done will have lots of detrimental effects.
It’s the worst place for bass in a room, it will really compromise surround channel quality and you’ll be hearing far too much reflected sound and not enough direct sound from the front speakers – plus SPL from the front speakers will be too low for reference level listening from most speakers.
hi rob,would the new mk mps150's be much of a upgrade to my mk 950's in a small room? iv got some seymour acoustically transparent material so im thinking of making my own screen and upgrading to the on wall mk's if they will be a improvement to what i have already.cheers:)
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The 950 speakers that you have actually use the new better drive units found in the active and passive 150’s – they really are excellent quality. Because of the depth of the new crossover that partners these new drivers in the in room speakers, the in wall and the flat on wall 150’s can’t yet accommodate these new drivers.
If you changed to the flat MP150’s you’d have a system with better off axis response and amazing dynamics and power handling due to the stacked tweeters. If you sit further back in your room to get some distance between you and your projection screen then you may prefer the extra headroom of the MP150’s but in terms of resolution I don’t think you’d hear much difference.
Thanks very much for the reply - its hard to believe that its possible to get any more detailed and transparent than the current S150's, so the MK2'smust be amazing!
What av processors and amplifiers do you usually specifiy/recommend for the S150's? How does that kind of set-up compare to the active versions of the S150's - are these now also in a Mk2 version?
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