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Hi, I posted last week about the 685s. I THOUGHT that was what I wanted.................This week I listened to the CM 5s
It seemed to me the sound stage Opened UP................I noticed a difference then the Salesman showed me a pair of Monitor Audio RX 6.
It too sounded good....................
Here is the confusion:
For the money investment I was getting (4) 685s and a center speaker HTM 62 ....now I want the CM5s IF I DO THAT....I'll have to keep using a 20 year old pair or PSB Alphas
as the rears.................My wife says , "I don't want a Pieced together system!"
What are my options for $2,000.00????? The Monitor RX 6 were nice too.
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The CM5s are excellent speakers and definitely better than the 685s. However, I think you're getting more speaker for the price with the Monitor Audio RX 6 tower. With the money left over you could get the matching center and have a very nice setup. I think your old PSBs would be fine for surround duty for now. You could get the matching surrounds later.

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THANK YOU....I got a fast response........................
Yes, I think if I was to go the RX 6 route it might be a good choice.
I have not been in the Look and Buy stage for over 20 years There are many choices.
I bought a new receiver two weeks ago. (Sony 2800 ES)....helps trim the remotes down (most of my stuff is Sony)
My Family Room is 13 ft. by 20 ft. with 9 ft. ceiling
I use one end as the TV Stereo side, and the Dining Room opens up behind the Couch on the other end.
I have been "cranking up" the old Alphas with an old Velodyne 10" Subwoofer.............I will be not spending more on a sub now.
The Stereo Shop here in Boise, Idaho has been friendly to talk with. They even offer a 100% discount within 12 months to upgrade. (if I pick
something 50% higher in value.....................That's a "hook" to keep spending...........
I am open to anything in the B&W or Monitor line right now. I do not want to buy from Amazon or anybody.
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I own the RX6 (upgraded from B&W 685) and couldn't be happier. You definitely get more speaker for your buck with the RX6. The CM5 are nice speakers, and will probably eke out a bit more detail when compared to RX6, which I found a bit more laid back when comparing the the CM8/9 range. FWIW I preferred the MA sound, and think the RX6 are a much better value compared to the CM5. If you're looking at the RX lineup, I find their centers are much better than the 6-series B&W centers, too.

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THANK YOU....I got a fast response........................
Yes, I think if I was to go the RX 6 route it might be a good choice.
I have not been in the Look and Buy stage for over 20 years There are many choices.
I bought a new receiver two weeks ago. (Sony 2800 ES)....helps trim the remotes down (most of my stuff is Sony)
My Family Room is 13 ft. by 20 ft. with 9 ft. ceiling
I use one end as the TV Stereo side, and the Dining Room opens up behind the Couch on the other end.
I have been "cranking up" the old Alphas with an old Velodyne 10" Subwoofer.............I will be not spending more on a sub now.
The Stereo Shop here in Boise, Idaho has been friendly to talk with. They even offer a 100% discount within 12 months to upgrade. (if I pick
something 50% higher in value.....................That's a "hook" to keep spending...........
I am open to anything in the B&W or Monitor line right now. I do not want to buy from Amazon or anybody.

I think you would be ok with book shelf speakers or towers in that medium size room as long as you have a good sub. I'm sure the Velodyne is decent but another sub would be useful. You mention that you're open to anything in the B&W and Monitor lines. Does this mean you are expanding your budget or is it still set at $2000?

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My budget can move.....if it is justified....but no more then $600.00
I mention the B&W line and the MA line, because that is what is available here locally to LOOK and to HEAR.
I am actually suprised at the helpful responses to my situation
I thought I had put "the kiss of death on it by mentioning SONY........
I am happy with that receiver

My wife likes "white" speakers........fits the decor I guess. If I decide to use my old PSB as the rear I will be "painting" them

My needs are FCR and maybe rears I would like to get everything for $2,000 to $2,600.
THANKS
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For $2600 you can get the whole Monitor Audio RX set including the RX 6 tower (front L/R), RX Center, and RX-1 for rear channels. I think the Silver RX-FX (surround) would put you just out of your new max budget that's why I listed the RX-1 book shelf as an alternate. IMHO, this would be a great upgrade.

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+1 I've always thought the Silver/RX series was a sweet spot in the Monitor Audio line up.
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Hey....thanks Guys for the suggestions....
I would rather have the RX-1 as a rear then the FX anyway. (especially) if it keeps price within budget.
Our plans is to go and listen to both B&W and MA speakers, maybe this week.
I am hoping my wife will like either one. I can.........she wants book shelve because they are smaller, but I think she is open
to the discussion of towers.
We use 70% music & Pandora and 30% movies
I am not real happy with my subwoofer.....it seems to "Boom" a lot. I have it turned down.
Probably because I have not run the calibration stuff because I have only the two fronts. I'm waiting for the final decision and buying the reest
Thanks again for the help.................
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Have fun auditioning. I think that RX-1s all around or RX-2s for fronts would be a great arrangement also if you decide not to go with towers. Good luck.

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My budget can move.....if it is justified....but no more then $600.00
I mention the B&W line and the MA line, because that is what is available here locally to LOOK and to HEAR.
I am actually suprised at the helpful responses to my situation
I thought I had put "the kiss of death on it by mentioning SONY........
I am happy with that receiver

My wife likes "white" speakers........fits the decor I guess. If I decide to use my old PSB as the rear I will be "painting" them

My needs are FCR and maybe rears I would like to get everything for $2,000 to $2,600.
THANKS

LISTEN TO ME!!! get what you want, piece it together, and tell your wife that it all came together. ive noticed all the women in my house treat speakers as noise or decor, rather than a source of quality sound and enjoyment. and they always seem to think that you cant have speakers because they are too loud. there is a volume control, you know!

-speakers: cerwin vega vs120s, cerwin vega LS12s, cerwin vega at12s, jbl S36II, pok audio psw10, realistic mc1000, paradigm 7se MKII, sanyo sx600

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LISTEN TO ME!!! get what you want, piece it together, and tell your wife that it all came together. ive noticed all the women in my house treat speakers as noise or decor, rather than a source of quality sound and enjoyment. and they always seem to think that you cant have speakers because they are too loud. there is a volume control, you know!
To be fair your Cerwin Vegas have never been known to be a pretty or unobtrusive speaker. There are a whole host of speaker lines out there that have beautiful furniture grade finishes that will look great in any decor.

Dumb enough to spend lots of cash on this junk!
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To be fair your Cerwin Vegas have never been known to be a pretty or unobtrusive speaker. There are a whole host of speaker lines out there that have beautiful furniture grade finishes that will look great in any decor.

did i ever say they were?

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i am selling CM5's and a centre in the classifieds if you decide on the B&W, they are great speakers

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2. If you dont sleep with her, someone else will
3. If it dont fit, force it
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If the CM5s don't fit your budget consider the CM1s.
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OK....
I finally got off the bench and done something
My wife and I ordered the FOCAL 716 floor stand speakers
Focal 700 CC
Focal 705 Bookshelf
Let you know after we get them and set them up how it's working:)
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Focal are nice. I think you'll really enjoy them!

Dumb enough to spend lots of cash on this junk!
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OK....
I finally got off the bench and done something
My wife and I ordered the FOCAL 716 floor stand speakers
Focal 700 CC
Focal 705 Bookshelf
Let you know after we get them and set them up how it's working:)

Very nice! Enjoy!

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The CM5 sound better for music,but watching movies no difference.
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Last entry, probably on this thread

Just want everyone to know I an enjoying new speakers.
The front speakers are so clear.....I am appreciating my music.......I put on a movie and the dialog from our center speaker
is very clear......................We are happy
Thanks all for this forum and everyones imput................................Bob and Valerie
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Glad you´re satisfied with the Focal setup. I´m not surprised. wink.gif Happy listening!

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I got to this thread late but glad you found a purchase you enjoy!

I own BW but everything I've read in the past leads me to believe I'd also enjoy KEF, MA, and Focal speakers.

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