Speakers under £500 to suit my Cyrus kit ?

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I have a Cyrus system - 8vs2 amp, PSX R power supply with some old Wharfedale Diamonds. I am looking for some new speakers. Any ideas what I should audition ?
 
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For your budget I'd definitly demo the B&W 685's, QUAD 12L2's and the Monitor Audio RX1's or RX2's (for standmount speakers) as well as the likes of the Monitor Audio BX5's for floorstanders - That's if you want brand new!

The Cyrus 8VS2 is still a belting amp but it does have a forwardnes about it (i.e. the highs can be a bit crips at times...). Using a good copper based speaker cable (i.e. Chord Carnival Silverscreen) will help to tame this as would using a similar interconnect (Chord CrimsonPlus etc...)

Are you able to demo; also what music do you generally listen to and are you bothered re speaker style (i.e. standmount vs floorstander etc...)

The newer Monitor Audio ranges (BX and RX) have lost their sharpish upper end so pairing them with Cyrus gear actually works very well now. A lot of people would probably not go with this combo but having done a lot of demoing with Cyrus & M/A speakers over the last yuear or so and also very recently (still trying to suss out speakers for my new Cyrus set-up) they work very well together indeed
 
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I listen mainly to vocal based music. Do the Quads have a good midrange ? What about the Dynaudio 2/6 or would these be a mis match ?
 
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The QUADS are very good indeed, IMO a better fit than the Dynaudios... The latter are good speakers but the quads would suit the Cyrus soundstage more IMO
 
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The Epos speakers advertised are certainly a bargain, but i would not be tempted unless able to audition. There is a Quad dealer near me so i may try the 12L2 out for size. Hopefully they will tame the Cyruses sharpness. Has anybody any other suggestions re speakers i should try out ?
 
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Excitable Boy said:
WILLDEWHURST said:
I listen mainly to vocal based music.

I would also try to audition the KEF Q300s - I find them great on vocals.

The KEF's are good speakers but IMO KEF and Cyrus just done work well together; both are a little bit forward and will prove to be painful at times; more so with vocal music etc...

QUAD speakers would be an ideal move to calm this down; however, and if you can find them, some B&W CM5's would fit the bill very well also
 

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hifilover1979 said:
The KEF's are good speakers but IMO KEF and Cyrus just done work well together; both are a little bit forward and will prove to be painful at times; more so with vocal music etc...

Pop in some time - I'll happily prove that wrong for you :)
 
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FrankHarveyHiFi said:
hifilover1979 said:
The KEF's are good speakers but IMO KEF and Cyrus just done work well together; both are a little bit forward and will prove to be painful at times; more so with vocal music etc...

Pop in some time - I'll happily prove that wrong for you :)

Having heard a lot of speakers recently, includung numerous Kef speakers & with Cyrus separates; it's a sound that I didn't gel with one bit... So no thanks

And as I'd said; IMO...!
 
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I have decided to audition the Quad 12L2 against the MA RX1 next week, with a view to buying one of the two. Does anybody know the relative strength and weaknesses of these, when combined with my cyrus amp ?
 
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IMHO both speakers will work very well indeed; the RX1's will be a bit more open at the top end but both have a great soundstage and plenty of oomph when driven.

Make sure that they're on decent stands and also, if possible, run in. New speakers don't sound their best until they've had a few hours through them

Speaker cable is important so no silver coated cables, copper only (again, if possible)!
 

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