Not sure if this is100% in the right forum, but here it goes anyway...
A few weeks ago I was having a few drinks and listening to my 12 year old set of Cambridge Soundworks Megaworks 210d 2.1 speakers when I decided that I was going to finally upgrade to a pair of Swans M200 MKIII self powered speakers. I had been doing research on and off for months but holding off on the Swans because of budget constraints, but the last beer convinced me that I deserved the Swans - and if I needed more bass, I would add a subwoofer.
Well, the Swans arrived this week and they are truely magnificent speakers to behold. I hooked them up to my PC next to my existing CSW 2.1 setup and starting listening, expectations high...
Well, truth be told, I was actually quite disappointed with the M200 MkIII's. They're not bad sounding speakers, but the old megaworks system just had so much more clarity and detail. The Swans certainly beat out the MC50 satellites in terms of fullness and soundstage, but the they seemed hollow and distant, and the bass was no where near as tight and punchy as the CSW's 8" sealed sub. These differences were most apparent in classical music recordings surprisingly. Just to set everything equal, I used the same PC, same source and same placement...I even moved the Swans all over the place, which helped a bit, but the Megaworks' sateltiees seemed to sound good from just about anywhere.
Anyway....I wanted to like the Swans, especially after reading so many glowing reviews, but it was just too hard to justify keeping them only for the increased power and fullness of sound...the detail and forward presence was lacking compared to the CSWs...it almost like hearing music play from speakers inside a box with one end open. The funny thing is, if I didn't A/B the two speakers right next to each other, I probably would think the Swans were great!
So, after that back story, here I am, still wanting up upgrade my CSW Megaworks 210d to produce similar sound, but just louder, more solid and full, similar to the Swans, but with the detail.
I'm thinking about creating a new 2.1 system with some mixed components. I'd like to use the Cambridge Soundworks MC300's as my L/R main satellites( about 50-75 used each)....I'm thinking this would be a vast improvement over my already detailed mc50 sats.
I also really like the sealed 8" sub that came with the megaworks, but would like something that hits lower and harder, but stays tight and musical. I'm thinking about the Dayton Sub-1200 to stay in budget, but I'm wondering if I would be asking too much of this budget sub....need opinions please - how well would the blend in with the mc300's?
I also picked up a used Pioneer 100w x7 receiver that I intend to power the mc300's