Originally Posted by tnaik4
I really wanted the PSAs , but once i found M&K and read about them, rhey have glowing reviews and most consider them reference for home cinema, so i thought they should be at least on par with the PSAs,and i do have also 2 strong Amps to drive them so that shouldnt be a problem.
My biggest problem with shipping isnt the cost, its the risk of something getting damaged while shipping, if i recieve it damaged or not working i cant even return it.
I did fiund a good deal on 2 used PSA mt110s for the price of one, shipping them +customs will cost me around $1500 , i might get them and wait later if i can get a used mt210 and use S150s as surrounds.
I just hope i didnt make a huge mistake getting these , everyone raves about them though. Are the PSA's really drastically better than the S150 ?
It depends on how you define better. One factor that determines if a speaker is good is the measured response. The M&K's may have a good measured response just as the PSA do, but that does not put them on the same level for movies. As far as glowing reviews, look up any speaker, literally almost any speaker, and you will find "glowing" reviews. That's what reviewers do, they glow in order to get product sent to them for review. It's the nature of the beast, and probably the absolute worst way to choose a component to purchase. Objective, factual data is more important. One of the most important attributes of a home theater speaker is the ability to provide clean, clear, uncompressed dynamics without distortion, so sensitivity is *very* important here. With a low sensitivity speaker like the M&K, it takes *A LOT* of power to try and drive them near reference levels. Even with enough amp to provide the power, speakers start to distort and compress with a lot of power applied.
So a *HUGE* benefit of the PSA over typical low sensitivity speakers is that the M&K speakers you bought require 4x as much power to drive as the PSA110's, and ten times as much power as the 210's. Although this won't make a difference at -15 or -20 from reference, as you approach -10 and higher, low sensitivity speakers just won't be clean and clear anymore. So again, yes, the M&K may be pretty good speakers, but they are not in the same ballpark as the high efficiency PSA for movies. If you have the budget for either and the cost difference is only $500 for a purchase that will be the heart of your system for many years to come......
As far as receiving a damaged speaker in shipping, I have never seen any company anywhere that offers better service and takes better care of the customer than PSA. Although I don't speak for PSA, based on their track record I would be shocked if Tom didn't have a replacement in the mail the next day if anything was received damaged.
I started with 88/89 dB sensitive speakers, and ones that measure quite well. I upgraded to high efficiency speakers and they are just better for home theater. Read through the PSA thread. Although all threads tend to be filled with fans that love what they own, I have yet to see anyone upgrade to PSA from low sensitivity speakers and not be blown away by the upgrade and happy with them long term with no plans on changing. The few that do usually climb up the ladder to JTR or DIY.
Again, the M&K's may very well be better than average, but two 5" woofers cannot compete with a 10" driver like that used in the PSA, so the PSA will also have stronger output with lower distortion down to crossover. This is evident in the earlier roll off of the M&K's which begins above 80 Hz.