B&W Leisure Monitor Range 5.1 system

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  1. Jeff_Fitz

    Jeff_Fitz Stunt Coordinator

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    I am looking for a 5.1 system for my family room. It will be used 75% for Home Theater and 25% for music and will likely be mated with a Denon AVR-1803. I am trying to balance cost, performance, size, and looks. My budget for the speakers likely tops out around $1500 Canadian.

    I am currently considering the B&W Leisure Monitor Range. The system would be made up of:
    Fronts - LM1's
    Rears - LM1's
    Center - VM1
    Sub - AS1

    This is a great looking setup that is not too big for my needs (just). The MSRP is $1675 Canadian and my local dealer said he is able to offer 10% off on B&W (haven't pressed yet to see if I can do any better).

    I was looking for thoughts on the expected performance of this setup (they were not available for a demo when I was at the dealer). I am a bit worried about using the VM1 as a center - it only has a single driver.

    Anyone out there using a similar setup?

    FYI - Another system I am considering is the Energy Encore system, but I will have trouble getting it for $1500 Canadian as the MSRP is $2000.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated,

    Jeff
     
  2. Jim_F

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    I'm using a pair of LM1s and an AS1 in my bedroom system for music only. Considering the size, price and looks, they're really dandy little speakers.

    The AS1 is a clean sounding sub, but it won't ever rumble with the big boys.

    I think you've hit upon a very nice sounding array of speakers. If you decide that you need more bass later, you could upgrade the sub or add some type of shaker.
     
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    I accidentaly ran into an Energy Encore demo at a local store and I was amazed by the sound and clarity those speakers put out. If I am correct the price was around $1100 US. I would have probably purchased it however I would just want the speakers since im planning on getting an SVS sub.
     
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    Thanks for the thoughts guys.

    Jim:
    The AS1 seems a little underpowered, but its relatively inexpensive. The price is roughly the same as the Energy S8.2, Mirage LF100, and the new PSB SubZero. I wonder if I would be better off with one of those.

    Anyone else out there with comments on the B&W Leisure Monitor Range?

    Jeff
     

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