Congrats Simon! Hope you'll have fun setting them up, running them in and experimenting!
It's an interesting, if somewhat odd mix of big floorstanders together with Apex, but it just might suit you! Personally, I come from owning big floorstanders and haven't looked back. There are moments I miss that fullness in pure 2-channel stereo for music, but since I only listen to music multichannel (5.2) nowadays that happens so rarely. In my opinion Apex kill many other bigger sized speakers for multichannel as they play so well together as a team with no one speaker drawing attention over the other. I always had problems in the past making big and small speakers play well together, integrated as 'one' unit, which is exactly what you wanna look for with multichannel playback. There is a reason studio mixers use sub/sat systems instead of full-sized ones. Compared to RX6 I'd say the A10's miss a tad midrage and bass weight of course, but the latter is easily accomodated for by the inclusion of a well-integrated subwoofer. Besides, smaller "satellite" speakers like the A10 can offer other advantages bigger speakers can't. Having that said, Apex isn't the end-all sub/sat system either, but it sure is a darn capable one! Next weekend I'll hook mine up to a high-end NuForce pre/pro with a hugely powerful amplifer and it'll be interesting to see just how much Apex are gonna bloom with that baby in charge (as I know they will).
What receiver/amp are you using with these?
Current A/V equipment:
NUFORCE AVP-18 (processor/DAC) | NUFORCE MCH-300SEC7 (multichannel amplifier) | MONITOR AUDIO APEX (5.2 speaker system) | SAMSUNG LE-52B755 (tv) | DENON DBT-3313UD (disc transport) | NAIM UNITISERVE (music server) | SUPRA (cabling) | LOGITECH HARMONY 900 (universal remote) | NORDOST PULSAR POINTS (isolation feet)
At the moment I have a Pioneer LX55. Only had it a year or so so I'm not looking at changing that. Look forward to hearing how you get on wiht the new set up. I bet it will sound amazing!
Samsung UE46ES8000 | Monitor Audio Apex 7.1 with Monitor Audio Silver RX8 | Pioneer VSX-LX55 | Pioneer BDP-LX55 | Sky+ HD | Apple MAC Mini 1TB | Apple TV| Sonos Soundbar | Wii | Ear Plugs for the wife |
From mindless wanderer to aspiring owner, the happiness of this camper lies in the form of in-delivery apex sattelites and center partnered with bk elec xls200 df sub and Yamaha a3020 receiver.
The Yamaha over the pioneer lx86 was a difficult decision ultimately based on the current price and possibly the somewhat easier partnering capabilities. Performance and sound wise I could have gone for either..
The only other alternative in the end was examining to replace the fronts with kef ls50, though the size difference and inabilily to audition how they blend together made me refrain from it
Thanks for all the feedback this far, it's been immensely valuable to me. Perhaps i'll even get to share a photo or two in the near future.
Monitor Audio Apex 5.0 | BK xls200 sub | Yamaha a3020
Hope you have many a happy hour listening to your new system, please post some pictures soon.
AV System - Panasonic 42VT30 ¦ MA Apex 5.1- 4xA10 1xA40+ AW-12 Sub ¦ Van Damme UP LCOFC Speaker Cable ¦ Pioneer SC-LX85 ¦ OPPO 95 ¦ Mark Grant G1500HD Precision audio cable ¦ Sky+ HD(1TB) ¦ Chord Active HDMI ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Belkin PF50 mains conditioner.
Bedroom - Sony KDL-40W2000 + Archos 7 streaming from Windows Home Server 2011, Altec Lansing inAir 5000.
Dining Room - Sonos S5.
Music - HP Proliant Server running WHS 2011 ¦ streaming FLAC to Sonos ZP90 and OPPO 95 via SC-LX85.
Hi Fi - Cyrus 8 XPd QX amp ¦ Cyrus PSX-R power supply acting as Pre Amp ¦ Quad 909 Power Amp ¦ Speakers - Spendor A3 ¦ Logitech Squeezebox Touch upgrade by Fidelity Audio ¦ power supply upgrade by Mains Cables R Us ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Power Plant Premier mains regenerator.
Controlled by – iPad2 and Harmony 1100.
Next weekend I'll hook mine up to a high-end NuForce pre/pro with a hugely powerful amplifer and it'll be interesting to see just how much Apex are gonna bloom with that baby in charge (as I know they will).
Apex speakers should be fine
As you know one of the amplifiers i use with A10's and A40's is a Plinius Odean multi channel power amplifier
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft
Musicraft (Derby), Specialist Hi-Fi/AV & Multimedia Dealer
good accurate audio monitoring and good sound reproduction to all
Wouldn't want my Apex to be only "fine" - they need to ROCK! HA!
I can't imagine them doing anything other than just that with your mighty Plinius Odean. That seems an incredible amplifier, and very stylish too. Although for my needs it's much too bulky. What pre/pro are you using with it? The Audiolab or Marantz?
Well I have them delivered set them up, calibrated them and wow.... AMAZING!
Compared to the Kef eggs and Kef floorstanders i used to own these speakers are worlds apart. I've actually gone for Silver RX8 in piano gloss black for the front left and right. A40 centre and A10's for the surrounds in a 7.1 setup. Managed to get the RX8's for £35 more than I'd been quoted on the RX6's due to dealer quoting wrong price but honouring it!!
I was worried these wouldn't blend in and the RX8's might have too much bass but I was wrong. The whole system now sounds amazing. Great on both music and movies. The sound stage is much bigger and this might be a daft thing to say but I've found the satellites seem to disappear now and there's just a greater sense of sound around you. Not sure that even explains what I'm trying to say.
Anyway, Even the wife commented how good it sounded and for me that's the best review I can get
I was just being diplomatic Apex speakers will love the extra qualiy of power being fed to them.
Reently I've been using Audiolab's 8200AP and Anthem's MRX500 with the Odean power amplifier.
Anyone have any demo experience with the Onkyo TX-NR5010 and the Apex or any other speaker system? I heard it is some major piece of kit with thx ultra2 built in combined with Audyssey XT32. Yo RickyDeg did you ever demo this receiver? Not sure how it would compare to my Denon AVR A100 or to a Denon 4311. I guess a demo is in order
Monitor Audio Apex 7.2 (5.2 plus 2x height speakers), Denon AVR A-100 with Audyssey Multeq XT32, OPPO BDP-95 3D Bluray Player, Samsung 46" 3D LED 7 Series TV, PS3, Buffalo Wireless Network Bridge, LaCie Cinema Classic HD, Thompson Sky Box, Apple TV, Ellion Media Player, Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote
Yes, I had it on loan for 2 weeks in November last year, but found it very similar performance wise to testing th 5009; great with multichannel movies but not so much fun with pure music, in my case anyway. I think you already read my little review of that one from last summer? It's definitelyy worth a demo for you though! Why wait!
Hey again guys
Just to let you all know I've recieved my next at-home demo set of electronics mentioned earlier. The separates duo is hooked up to the Apex package as we speak; NuForce brand-new all-digital AVP-18 processor with their acclaimed high-end MCH-300SEC7 multichannel amplifier (7x190 of true wattage, 8 Ohm!). Sadly I couldn't get hold of a black version of the amplifier, but since all electronics are tucked away in my a/v cabinet with closed doors, what does it matter? Besides, if I do descide to keep these I wouldn't fork out this kind of investment for aesthetics, but for sheer performance! It's gonna take a while to break this duo in though (the amplifier in particular, it seems) as both NuForce themselves and several owners I have spoken to emphasize between 80-200 hours of continuous play before the units sound as they should. Let me just say that after 24 hours hooked up to Apex it's promising... but there should be way more here, performance-wise, and hopefully there will be! I'll report back after break in is completed. Let me say this though: I'm strangely not missing Audyssey and Dynamic EQ as much I have done in the past testing all those other solutions. I know... it's weird.
PS! Sadly one of my AW-12's is still in the shop, I'm hoping to get it back repaired next week. Good thing I still have my 2nd one!
They certainly look nice and compact.
Hope these are finally what you are looking for in terms of performance and you can move on from the Audyssey obsession
I know you will keep us posted, happy listening.
YES! It's easy to get hooked on that system, if it tickles ones fancy, that's for sure. I still love Audyssey, don't get me wrong, and I may go back to it. But I can say this early on in the game; the Auto EQ system in the AVP-18 seem to work well and the engrossing feeling that Audyssey's Dynamic EQ always provided seem to still be here, although a bit differently. This morning (I have "The Hobbit" on a loop in my blu-ray player now during burn in) I just noticed how much bigger and more natural my A40 sounds with voices in particular 'hanging' in the air a lot more than before. Also, it blends in even better with the front A10's now. Plus the level of spatiality of the entire soundstage show a lot of promise. Not just due to the Auto EQ of course, but a combination of everything I reckon. I will be listening and experimenting VERY closely these next few weeks... The processor does exhibit a few minor (reported) bugs, but nothing serious. It's still on it's very first initial firmware, so that's likely why.
Hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer, Michael, and of course your a/v kit!
Hello,In first step English is not my native language that’s why i can do a lot of mistakes in writing.
I recently buy a 3.1 combo apex with aw12 subwoofer
I am looking for a good AVR which matching fine with apex. Use 70% film 30% music
What do you thing of these receivers?
Denon X4000 or 4520 (not too much?)
I've not heard the Aventage RX-A2030, AVR-X4000 and the AVR-4520 however based of my experience these models should be a safe bet as Yamaha and Denon AV amplifiers pair well with Apex speakers.
Btw, Anthem's MRX300 and MRX500 AV receivers are also worth serious consideration.
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