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£5000 Speaker Recommendations

Discussion in 'audio' started by PhilDick, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. h.g.

    h.g. pfm Member

    As Cliff says, that is a lot of money for the standard 6.5" midwoofer and 1" tweeter with a passive crossover. Was there a reason he didn't opt for "proper" speakers with the benefits of a separate woofer/s and midrange given he had the budget?
  2. PhilDick

    PhilDick pfm Member

    I'm not sure that more drive units give a better sound. As you probably know ATC's use a transmission line to enhance the bass. The Transmission line on the 20 24 is 3m long, so you can imagine where the money has been spent.
  3. Bluedroog

    Bluedroog pfm Member

    I demoed the 22s and left with mixed feelings, they did many things wonderfully, in fact they did most things wonderfully; the top end sparkles, plenty of detail and they sound very agile however the transmission line just didn’t work for me, it made the frequencies feel disjointed somehow. I’d like to hear them again in a better room and I have heard other longer transmission lines I did like. I think really transmission lines are not suited to small speakers so I expect the 24s to sound better.

    I’ve just got my self a pair of Event Opals and they did everything the 22s did well, had non of the flaws and show them a clean pair of heels in terms of bass extension and power, I’m very happy and so glad I didn’t go for the 22s now and for pretty much the same price plus I can sell my power amp now.
  4. h.g.

    h.g. pfm Member

    I guess they are only better with respect to things like smoother directivity, lower distortion, higher SPL, wider frequency range and the like. Things that are possibly not important to some.

    I assume the price charged follows from what the brand will bear and PMC do seem to be considered a strong brand.

    I would expect there to be a noticeable difference in bass and midrange sound quality between a competent transmission line loaded 6.5" midwoofer and a competent bass reflex loaded 2 x 8" woofers plus 5" midrange.
  5. darrenyeats

    darrenyeats pfm Member

  6. Thetiminator

    Thetiminator Painfully virile

    Either go for something active or split the budget and change the amp and speakers. The amp will be killing the sound...
  7. Patcam

    Patcam pfm Member

  8. Dozey

    Dozey Air guitar member

    Goldenear Triton 1's will be difficult to beat.
  9. PhilDick

    PhilDick pfm Member

  10. PhilDick

    PhilDick pfm Member

    Heard the PMCs last night. Very good. A definate step up from the Operas. Mind the operas are superb on my rig.
  11. PhilDick

    PhilDick pfm Member

    It isn't actually. Considering that this is a 5.1 setup he would have to spend £10000 to better it.
  12. PhilDick

    PhilDick pfm Member

    It's interesting how we in the two channel hifi world look down our noses at AV amps. I have a £500 Marantz in the back room. I tried it with my hifi speakers and it was poor. I think we all realize that cheap ones are crap.

    However, when you start spending serious money they really start to come into their own. There is not much between my Naim setup (nac82, nap250) with my new Operas (dad's old speakers) and his AVCA1HDA with his new PMC's. On a detail level his setup shades it.
  13. Cjm75

    Cjm75 pfm Member

  14. PhilDick

    PhilDick pfm Member

  15. Alex ProAcLover

    Alex ProAcLover New Member

    ProAc Response d 40. Used ones should fit into given price.
  16. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

  17. Rocketride

    Rocketride pfm Member

    +1 ;)
  18. YNWOAN

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    Yes, presumably. ATC certainly don't use transmission line loading for the bass (but, as you say, PMC do) - very different sounding brands in my experience.
  19. PhilDick

    PhilDick pfm Member

    He's very happy with the 24s.

    However he was astonished how good his old Opera's are on my rig. Mind you so was I. They have such fabulous tight deep bass, and a lovely overall balance.
  20. PhilDick

    PhilDick pfm Member


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