Originally Posted by speedbump
I currently have MC300s for my L-C-R. I've been using them happily for about 6 years. I am now upgrading other parts of my HT--new sub, receiver, TV. I assumed that it is also time to upgrade my speakers.
Since I upgraded my receiver, I was able to calibrate using Audyssey (functionality that my old receiver lacked). I have done some critical listening and I am still impressed at how good the old MC300s sound. I'm wondering how much better my system would sound if I upgraded to something newer and more expensive.
I'm just not sure what (if anything) I am missing. To my ear, they don't appear to be lacking in mids or treble.I could spend $1500 on a new front sound stage and be blown away by the difference or it's possible that it might not sound significantly better. I can stand in a showroom to hear some others but of course don't know how that will translate to my room. Don't know if I need to trial some ID speakers?
So those of you who had CSW MC300s and upgraded, how much did you spend, what did you get, and was it worth it? Did you notice a significant improvement? I'm looking to learn from your experience.
You are wise to question whether auditions of showroom speakers will necessarily provide the selfsame sound experience in one's own listening environment. A myriad circumstances will affect how speakers sound in one locale or another.
We are so pleased with these CSW speakers that we had our newest trio of L-R-C MC300IWs installed on Wednesday. While we waited for the new speakers, we were using inexpensive Infinity computer speakers. In spite of the small Infinitys, they were a clear improvement over the built-in Sony LCD TV speakers. We added a CSW P205 subwoofer to the MC300IWs and are overjoyed with the magnificent sound. Because we have surround sound in our lower level family room, we have no need for it in this part of the house. The Infinity pair are back with the iMac where they should be.
We used 12 gauge Belden 5000UE cable from Blue Jeans Cable to connect the speakers in wall. To improve sound quality fiberglas batting was installed in the cavity between the wall studs behind the speakers. The wiring connects to a speaker wall plate. Cables terminated with banana plugs connect from the wall plate to the left and right speaker terminals of a Yamaha RX-V367 AV receiver. The center speaker connect has banana plugs on one end only; the other end is simply stripped wire for connection to the receiver's center speaker spring clips.
Since 2004 we have been using L-C-R MC300IWs with four S300 surrounds in our main AV location in the family room elsewhere in the house and have felt absolutely no inclination to upgrade. One CSW P1000 provides stentorian bass for that room. Our Pioneer VSX-84TXSi drives that 7.1 system.
Reproduction of brass instrument attack is one of several characteristics I listen for in speaker systems. I also listen for high frequency extension in order for good reproduction of cymbals, brushes, piccolo, snare drum. The MC300IWs, like its MC300 counterpart, accomplishes this quite well. One could of course undergo financial hemorrhage to gain relatively minuscule increments of audio improvement. For me and my wife we hear no compelling need to do so.