Just wrote this review after going to a friend's homehttp://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/in...?topic=43565.0
- Marantz SR 8001, with an Atoll 100w power amp for the front.
- Cambridge Audio CD player
- Oppo 981 DVD player played through the HDMI to the amp
- lots of v impressive cabling - help me here, bros, can't remember the wires' brands!
- Sharp 37" TV
- MS sub
- Monitor Audio RS series setup, RS 6 fronts, LCR centre and RS1 mounted on walls at the side.
We went through a series of DVDS, music and used his system in stereo and multi-channel.
well built, simple operation, well designed, decent and ergonomic remote
pure direct mode; video off mode; bi-amp capability
toroidal transformer, copper chasis, gold plated connectors
Monitor Audio Rs series:
Too many magazine reviews on these already but most of the good points are true
well built, smart looking design features, plinth included, two ports, one front and one back. Can be biwired.
The treble is sweet in this combination, especially with the CA CD player. The soundstage is slight behind the speakers, with decent depth and 3D dimension. Bass is rhythmic but the speakers need space, and would not be at their best within 1m of walls. The boundary reinforcement is too strong if they get too close to walls, so flat dwellers beware.
With music, there is a certain air to the sound, with a delicacy that can border on aggression if the recording is already bright. This is the part it gives in to the GS tweeter (the RS tweeter is derived from the GR one)
A full-bodied experience envelops you, if the speakers are toed in slightly, with a seperation angle from the listener of about 45 degree in HT. place them too wide and there will be a gap in the soundstage.
Compared to the more prominent bass and expressive treble the mid can be slightly recessed, so partner them well, and avoid steely amps or excessively bright sources, cables and amps.
In the right system, vocals are smooth and the mid will feature just as well as the lows and highs.
The SR 8001, Oppo and MA RS make a good team, with good steering, bass thump and excitement. The MS sub was a little slow and a better sub would have been more suitable. But even with the RS 6 alone, the RS6 underpinned the bass with great gusto. Fear of disturbing the neighbours prevented us from exploiting the system further.
Quieter scences were also well handled and the centre held the voices onto the screen well. Voices and effects were well seperated.
A point is the excellant Audessey calibration which did a fine job of making the whole sum of speakers better than you would expect. Even when the placement of speakers was not ideal (eg the centre was 2 feet above the main speakers) the calibration enabled voices to emerge from the middle of the screen. Well done.
As a 50/50 mix system, this is a hard to beat trio. Of course the nice cables played a role, and the power amp added an extra dimension and oopphm. But in a typical modest size dwelling, it was very impressive.
An amp which will not embarass itself in stereo, but can be upgraded and sound better with good powe amps
Good setup calibration
Enough power for most local dwellings.
Good movie steering.
Sweet tweeter with good extension and air.
RS6 can overpower a modest size room.
Placement is crucial to avoid bass bloom. Don't place too close to walls.
Good for both movies and music.
Pairs well with the SR 8001.
Good integration between the fronts, centre and rears.
Using a better amp can bring out more from the RS6. Will not embarass itself with better partners.