Best speakers for Marantz set up

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Earlier this year I purchased the Marantz CM6003 amp and the CD6003. I am currently using them with a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 speakers. They sound great together but I wonder if I were to invest in a better pair of speakers would the system sound a lot better. Has anyone out there got the Marantz seperates with other speakers and how do they sound. I was thinking of speakers by the likes of Mordaunt Short or Boston from about £200 - £300. I find that with the Diamonds the sound is clear but can be bass heavy on some discs. So, comments please on Marantz owners and their speakers,

Thanks for any info.
 
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Siralex here, I should have said the Marantz PM6003 amp!
 

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I prefer the Dali Lektor 2 speakers (which I own) to the 9.1's. Another pair of speakers worth considering are the Monitor Audio BX2. You could also audition the Quad 11L classics, or Epos epic 1 speakers. All of these should sound better than the 9.1's, by how much. you will need to decide if you audition. Hope this helps :)
 

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Some months ago I upgraded from Wharfedale 9.1 to Dali Ikon 1 (ebay for 250 pound) and I am still impressed how this small speaker sounds. The sound is very entertaining, that is the word and very suitable for small rooms where your front speakers have to be far from each other like it is my case. I believe you can still find the ikon 1 in ebay for around 250 pound. The only issue with ikon 1s is that they are not as punchy as other speakers but I have a subwoofer so, problem solved. In the past I tried to replace the Wharfedale 9.1. with B&W 685 and they did not work for me so, it is important that the speakers match your tastes and the rest of your system, it is not just about purchasing speakers which cost more than the ones you have because you could be deceipt. For me the upgrade to the 685 was not an upgrade and did not work however the ikon 1s have made my system sing.
 
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If you can wait, the EB1 are the best partner I know for the PM6003. Clear, dynamic, punch and bass very controlled. A little brilliant, so.
 
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:) Thanks all for the response. No doubt I am going to listen to the reccomended speakers with my set up. But one jumps out as a possible solution, the Monitor Audio Bronze BX2. I want to hear that one first. I already listened to the Dali Zensor 1 with another system but found it wanting in the bass. So, over the coming months I will listen to and assess speakers and hopefully get the right ones. The dark horse is the EB1's..... we have to order them online so wont be able to listen before buying. But from the reviews I have read they are highly rated.
 

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Unless you can spend a bit more I think the MA BX2 would be a good buy.

I have RX1s but they are £ 425 new and they are just a bit better than the BX2
 

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Bassheavy ? Is this not a question of acoustics ? You can try to pull those speakers from the backwall first. And i mean a lot, to start with (2 - 3 ').
 

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If you are thinking of paying out as much as the EB1s cost, I would strongly reccomend listening to MA RX1s & RX2s neither are more expensive than the EB1s and you can get a demo easily and not have to wait for delivery. The MAs are also more sensitive and easier to drive.
 
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:) Firstly, thanks to all on their comments. And I did mention about bass heavy, but that is only with some discs. For example the new Blondie album though good sound is a tad bass heavy. I took the advice of Rethep and pulled the speakers out quite a bit to test and found that the sound did open up a little. I have compromised here, I didn't pull them out as far as 3ft but just over 1 ft. Slight improvement on the sound. Yet my Deep Purple albums sound great either way. I still think I will upgrade my Diamonds in the coming months and the speakers mentioned in this thread will surely help me. If I hear something a bit more expensive than I intend spending then I will most probably stretch to that. Will this amplifier (PM6003) be alright with speakers costing over £400? It is a beautiful smmoth sounding amp. Before it I had a NAD and the Marantz is a better sounding amp. So, I now look forward to a new pair of loudspeakers. Happy listening all!
 

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Dont see anything wrong with using the Marantz with speakers over £ 400, I have seen on the forum people using £ 1500 speakers with the Marantz M-CR603
 
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Is there a hi-fi show at Heathrow this year, I am sure we had one last year in September. If so I can view and hear some speakers there!
 

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