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B & W or Monitor Audio Silver

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Brad Newton, Feb 26, 2003.

  1. Brad Newton

    Brad Newton Second Unit

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    Which one of these speakers would "mate" better with the Pioneer 45, maybe the Denon 3803? They would be mainly used for HT, in a fairly large room - 25' x 15'. I like the sound of the B&W 603 but they aren't shielded, which could be a necessity because of space (& wife). To me they sounded very comforting, very natural, not bright like Klisch. The Monitor Audio Silver series also sounded good and they are shielded.
    Would either one be a good choice?
    I also need ideas for a sub, maybe a Paradigm.
     
  2. Kevin*Harley

    Kevin*Harley Stunt Coordinator

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    Brad,
    I just spent 5-6 weeks auditioning speakers for my HT. I have the Denon 3803 and my room size is very similar to yours 25x17.
    I listened to many brands and narrowed it down to either the B&W ( CDM 1NT / CDM 7 NT) or Monitor Audio ( Sliver S8 ). Decided I really liked the mid-range with the floor standing speakers and found the MA more to my liking. The difference in price ( although not a variable in my decision process ) I put toward a better Sub. Another advantage is the Silver LCR is more compact that than CDM Center so my wife will be happier.
    Choosing a sub is a dilemma in itself. We both have a large room and a if you want the HT “sub” experience you are going to need a box that pushes a lot of air. Size was a big restraint for me, so I was limited. I chose the Velodyne HGS-15 because anything bigger than 19” was going to require limited placement. The HGS series had a great, clear sound for both music and movies, is fairly compact, aesthetically appealing (wife) and the 15 can move a lot of air at low frequencies. ( I also have a contact that got me a great price )

    Receiver: Denon 3803
    Fronts: MA Silver S8
    Center: MA LCR
    Surround: Infinity ES ( old speakers filling in until the next phase)
    Sub: Velodyle HGS-15

    Enjoy the process !!!

    If I can help further let me know.
     
  3. Brad Newton

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    Are you plased with the sound of the Monitors with the Denon? Is your setup used mostly for music or HT?

    Thanks for your input
     
  4. Kevin*Harley

    Kevin*Harley Stunt Coordinator

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    Unfortunately I don't have my system set up yet. I am in the painful process of waiting. I have the HGS-15 and MA LCR sitting in a box in my garage while I wait for the S8's and my Denon to arrive.
    I didn't listen to the MA on the 3803 but I did have a chance to autition them with the 3802 and they sounded great. I am assuming they will sound the same if not better.
    My use will be 70 % HT / 30 % Music.
    If I was going to invest in a system I wanted it to satisfy both very well. I auditioned speakers with music in mind. If they passed that test HT was next. If you find a speaker that can respoduce music/voice well, you will have an awesome HT system.

    Which Silvers did you listen to?
     

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