The obvious contender must be the Q Acoustics 1000S, which you can find for around £180.
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I read that the 1000s wasn't pacy enough for music, cant remember what publication that was in.
What sort of benefits would i get from upgrading speaker cable, im using average quality OFC cable and have already biamped. I dont think i can afford to get QED cable terminated with their air lock terminations, so would just cable make a difference?
Im also wondering about upgrading interconnects, I have an IXOS coax digital between my SACD and receiver, which seems to make a huge difference between itself and the 5.1 outputs, but im not sure if thats down to the decoding power of my SACD compared with my receiver.
I, only yesterday, bought a B-Tech component video cable, feels like its good quality, to send between my SACD and LCD, would a P.Scan player make a (noticable) difference to picture quality?
Also now ive got this lot I was looking at getting some sort of surge protection for mains supply and aerial coax. Any advice there?
Not sure if that was us, but have to say whenever I've heard the 1000S in complete QAcou systems it's sounded pretty good to me. The next most affordable star subwoofer is the Mordaunt-Short MS309i, at about £230, but then you're up into the Wharfedale Diamond SW150 and MJ Acoustics Pro 50 Mk2, at about £300 a pop.
Yes, better cables should bring you a bit more bass definition and detail, but I'd live with the system for a while before you start recabling it.
Yes, the receiver decoding and processing is probably better than that in the Sony player, hence the better movie and stereo sound I assume you're getting. But of course you need the 5.1-channel analogue for multichannel SACD sound.
You've already got one, if memory serves. Isn't the RDR-GX300 a progressive scan player?
Well, this might be a good place to start. But I'd try to have a demonstration before spending the money, to make sure you're convinced it makes a difference.
I hae changed my mind about the rear speakers, I have purchased some Q acoustics 1050s to be used as fronts which will send my 1030s to the back. As subs go, I have a REL Q150 e on its way to me.
nearly forgot about the centre there, obviously the Q acou 1000c.
Will this system sound an good in a mid sized room?
With those bigger fronts, you should be fine.
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I take it from the equipment you have listed that you room is quite small?
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victorian terrace. enough room to swing a cat.
is that a problem? the room measures something like 16x16 feet from memory.
Surely you could have gone for a larger tv in a room of that size?
It was an insurance replacement for my old 1. didnt get much choice in the matter. and the flat i was in at the time would have been overwhelmed by anything much bigger.
Took delivery of the 1050s on Friday, spent ages switching my system around. I love the results.
As it now stands, my system is;
Sony STR-DB930 QS receiver
Sony DVP-NS900V QS SACD/DVD player
Sony RDR-GX300 DVD recorder
Sony KDL-32S2530 lcd
Sony VGF-AP1L Atrac3 player
Technics SL-BD22 turntable
Q Acoustics 1050 stereo speakers (cherry)
Q Acoustics 1030 stereo speakers (cherry)
Soundstyle XS105 equipment rack
GJ Scart for DVDr
GJ RCAs for SACD
B-Tech component for DVD
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