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Hi,

Could anyone advice with which of the following bookshelf speakers should i go for a 5.1 system (the center speaker will be similar to the satellites):

Cambridge Audio S30;
Cambridge Audio SL30;
Q ACOUSTICS Q2010i;
Q ACOUSTICS Q2020i;
Tannoy Mercury V1;
Tannoy Mercury F1;
KEF C3;
KEF C1;

Speakers will be used for music and movies. I have read some very good reviews on the Cambridge Audio S30 as well as on the Q Acoustics speakers and cannot decide which ones should i go with.

Thanks for the advice.
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I suggest that you look into the Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1's with the Nrt tweeter. I have a pair of these in my 2 channel setup and they sound great. They are the absolute best in the $2,000.00 and under price range, IMHO of course smile.gif
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Thanks for the suggestion, but these speakers are way out of my budget, I am looking for best bookshelf speakers in the limit of 300$ per pair.
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fwiw, just curious are you from the u.k. being that the list of speakers you listed are more common in the u.k although the cambridge audio s-30's are well recieved in north america and own a pair myself.they are great speakers for their price with a very good deep end and great mids. the only draw back they have and pretty much any speaker in this budget if pushed to extreme volumes they will start to distort.but at normal to fairly loud ( where you have to speak loudly to over come the music) they are great. a few other suggestions would be the energy rc-10 ( probualy the best bang for your buck inthis price range but only problem i see is the matching center channel is getting harder to find ) $220 at vanns and the psb alpha b-1 $299 at the audioadvisor

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fwiw, just curious are you from the u.k. being that the list of speakers you listed are more common in the u.k although the cambridge audio s-30's are well recieved in north america and own a pair myself.they are great speakers for their price with a very good deep end and great mids. the only draw back they have and pretty much any speaker in this budget if pushed to extreme volumes they will start to distort.but at normal to fairly loud ( where you have to speak loudly to over come the music) they are great. a few other suggestions would be the energy rc-10 ( probualy the best bang for your buck inthis price range but only problem i see is the matching center channel is getting harder to find ) $220 at vanns and the psb alpha b-1 $299 at the audioadvisor
You are perfectly right about the UK, that's what is available here, within my budget of course. So I will have to buy the speakers here as shipping fom US will double the price. I guess Cambridge S30 would be the best choice here, right?
By the way, if you are aware of the speakers on the UK market, could you recommend a good subwoofer in the price range 500-600$? (from the models/brands available in UK). And thanks for the advice.
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you don't have to use that sub, those speakers are $250 and I thought your budget was $300 or less for speakers?
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How does a pair of upgraded Sirocco S30 speakers fair against the Audioengine A5? Anyone tried? How is the mid range on the Sirocco? This pair goes for $500. It's not the regular Cambridge S30 I'm talking about.

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you don't have to use that sub, those speakers are $250 and I thought your budget was $300 or less for speakers?
Yea the budget is up to 300$ (per pair), and the cheapest I have found in UK are 1249 Pounds = 2020$, which is 400$ per one single speaker, one pair would be 800$, so its way out of my budget. By the way, I would much appreciate if you could send me the link of the UK store (or other European store) where you found such a great price of 250$ per pair of Paradigm MilleniaOne speakers. Thanks.
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how big is your room and do you live in a home or an apartment

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My bad didn't see the per pair limit. Their $250 each in Canada but you can buy a set of 5 speakers for just under $1000 here, pretty pricey in the UK.
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how big is your room and do you live in a home or an apartment
The room size is about 1800-2000 cubic feet, and I live in an apartment (don't care about the neighbors if that would limit the choice)
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My bad didn't see the per pair limit. Their $250 each in Canada but you can buy a set of 5 speakers for just under $1000 here, pretty pricey in the UK.
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While I have been making the research on what components to buy for my 5.1 system and seeing the prices in US/Canada, I have started to think maybe to move there:)
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