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MK S300 front LCR loudspeaker



 
 

The S300 is the finest loudspeaker MK has ever made.


Building on the strengths of the studios choice, the iconic S150, the new S300 provides even greater detail and insight into music and surround soundtracks. Designed for the highest fidelity mixing and post production facilities, it is equally suited for use in state of the art home cinema applications.  The 94db efficiency of the S300 means switching to this speaker system from a 90db efficient speaker ensures very high SPL levels can be achieved without the necessity for esoteric amplification. Wherever the highest performance is required the S300 is our speaker of choice.


Impedance: 4 Ohm

Frequency Response: 60 Hz - 22 kHz,+/- 3dB

Recommended Power: 25 - 500 Watts

Finish: Black Satin

Dimensions (HxWxD):.39.5 x 34.0 x 33.0 cm

Weight: 18.2 kg
 

 

MK MP S300



The MP300 is the flat on wall version of the Reference S300 monitors.


Intended for placement directly on the wall behind an acoustically transparent screen, the MP300 makes the installation of the highest quality, complete home cinemas quick and simple without the need for specialist building or cabinetry and without loosing floor space to large loudspeakers.  Providing the same remarkable openness and detailed three dimensional soundstage as the in room monitor, the MP300 makes it possible to enjoy the highest fidelity music and surround sound discretely in any environment.  The remarkable efficiency of this speaker ensures incredible sound pressure levels can be achieved with no distortion without the need for esoteric power amps. The result is one of the most practical, cost effective, high performance home theatre systems available.


Impedance: 4 Ohm

Frequency Response: 80 Hz - 22 kHz, +/-3dB

Recommended Power: 25 - 500 Watts

Finish: Back Satin or White Satin

Dimensions top (HxWxD): 39.5 x 34 x 16 cm

Dimensions bottom (HxWxD): 39,5 x 34 x 12 cm

Weight 18.2 kg

 

 

MK S 300 T tripolar surround speakers


Reproducing a seamless 360 degree sound field with conventional speakers requires the use of multiple side and rear speakers because of their limited dispersion characteristic. MK's patented Tripolar loudspeakers combine the localised sound of a conventional rear speaker combined with the open, diffused sound of a dipolar speaker. The result is the most detailed surround sound experience possible with fewer loudspeakers and with none of the hot spots or gaps in the soundstage found with traditional rear speakers.

The 300T is the finest surround sound speaker available. Suitable for use in production, mastering and the highest quality home cinema applications.


Impedance: 4 Ohm

Frequency Response: 80 Hz-22 kHz, +/-3dB

Recommended Power: 25 - 400 Watts

Finish: Black Satin or White Satin

Dimensions rear side (HxWxD): 34,5 x 34,5 x 18 cm

Dimensions front side (HxWxD): 34,5 x 22,5 x 18 cm

Weight: 12 kg

 
 
 
 

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They look cool but according to what I've read they are about three times the price of the S150 line with no real justification for an increase of that magnitude...
 

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Originally Posted by Scott_lb  /t/1524448/m-k-new-s300-line#post_24534167 They look cool but according to what I've read they are about three times the price of the S150 line with no real justification for an increase of that magnitude...
Ouch!

 


The venerable Miller & Kreisel loudspeaker brand is making a comeback. When a Danish company bought the brand in 2007, it was forced to take the name MK Sound.
 
But new products being released for the 40th anniversary will wear the M&K (as opposed to MK) badge.
 
These THX Ultra2–certified products include the S-300 monitor $3,500/each = $7,000 a pair !!!
 
MP-300 on-wall speaker $3,350/each
 
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S-300T on-wall tripole speaker $4,000/pair.
 
Well I am not sure how they decided to price these but that's a bit rich!!

 
 

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Originally Posted by Scott_lb  /t/1524448/m-k-new-s300-line/0_100#post_24534167


They look cool but according to what I've read they are about three times the price of the S150 line with no real justification for an increase of that magnitude...

They've been redesigned and are built extremely well. My review will be coming in a future issue (June?). They are very expensive, but they are a definite upgrade over the S150s.
 

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They've been redesigned and are built extremely well. My review will be coming in a future issue (June?). They are very expensive, but they are a definite upgrade over the S150s.

I have no doubt they are an upgrade over the 150's. Here's my point: the 150's also have very high build quality and are the exact model (in some cases the powered model) used to mix countless movie soundtracks. That speaker (non-powered) retailed for about $900 when I purchased them back in 2000 ($900 x 3 for the three fronts + $1,500 for the two rears + the sub at $1,900). I understand that prices increase and that there are likely improvements beyond what you see on the exterior. However, do the improvements really justify an increase from $900 to over $3,000 when the speaker was already considered one the best there is? Really? Isn't that kind of like BMW releasing a retooled version of the 3 series and charging $120k vs. $40k?
 

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This isn't a retooled S150, it's a completely new speaker. Using your own analogy, it would be comparing a 3-series to a 7-series. It's bigger, it can handle more power, and it's different. The cabinet structure is built like a tank with triple-layer construction, the drivers are new and improved, and the sound has the same accuracy as the S150s, but given the larger cabinet size, the midrange and bass is improved measurably.


All that being said, they are a lot more expensive than the S150s. In 2003, when I bought my speakers, they retailed for $1899 each (or maybe $1699...my memory is fuzzy), and at $3500 they are twice as expensive. The new surround speakers are VERY good as well and sound much better on multi-channel music versus the SS150s (again, they are larger as well). Like a 7-series BMW, these speakers are being marketed towards a more well-healed crowd. Also, the S300s will start showing up in mixing studios, guaranteed.
 

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Makes sense and understood - but still too rich for my blood. All I know is that when I watch a blu-ray on my system all I can think to myself is, "Holy crap - I cannot believe how good these speakers sound!" It's nice to see that M&K is moving on (although without Ken) and continues to up the ante. If I had to replace my own 150s and was going to spend a similar amount that they retailed for then I'd likely look at Ken's line - I just can't see myself affording $16k for a set of 5.1 speakers ($3,500 x 3 + $2,000 + $3,000 for the sub). If I were going to spend that kind of money I'd likely go with something from B&W. And, which speaker model did you buy in 2003? Curious
 

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Originally Posted by Scott_lb  /t/1524448/m-k-new-s300-line#post_24535089


Makes sense and understood - but still too rich for my blood- I just can't see myself affording $16k for a set of 5.1 speakers ($3,500 x 3 + $2,000 + $3,000 for the sub). If I were going to spend that kind of money I'd likely go with something from B&W.

Me too
too bad they jacked up the price it would be nice if they showed how they are built to me they look like expensive black boxes
 

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S150s (three) and four SS150s. Through some industry contacts I didn't have to pay retail (thankfully), but I believe the retail price for a 5.1 system from M&K (3 S150s and 2 SS150s plus MK350 sub) was around $7500--(maybe $1500 each for the S150s, $1500 for a pair of SS150s and $1500 for the sub???). I could go through some files to dig up some invoices, but I'm pretty sure it was in that price range.
 

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I purchased them via accommodation as well back in 2000. The price for all five speakers + sub + stands/brackets was somewhere around $7,000. I do think they are worth it if I needed to pay full price. I was not financially in a position to do so at the time but could (and would) do so now.
 

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Originally Posted by Dave Vaughn  /t/1524448/m-k-new-s300-line/0_100#post_24534925


They've been redesigned and are built extremely well. My review will be coming in a future issue (June?). They are very expensive, but they are a definite upgrade over the S150s.

Will your review have polar measurements?


I hope nobody would consider spending $3500 on a loudspeaker without seeing at the very least axial and horizontal off-axis measurements!
 

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Hey everyone. I'm going to start purchasing my speakers,and was wondering if you all could help me out. Budget 1500. This is only for a l/c/r 85% for movies. I will be adding a sub later. I just bought a pioneer elite sc-61. Suggestions?
 

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Originally Posted by metropol951  /t/1524448/m-k-new-s300-line#post_24538292


Hey everyone. I'm going to start purchasing my speakers,and was wondering if you all could help me out. Budget 1500. This is only for a l/c/r 85% for movies. I will be adding a sub later. I just bought a pioneer elite sc-61. Suggestions?

I think you posted in the wrong place. The M&K speakers start at more than that for just one.
 

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Hey everyone. I'm going to start purchasing my speakers,and was wondering if you all could help me out. Budget 1500. This is only for a l/c/r 85% for movies. I will be adding a sub later. I just bought a pioneer elite sc-61. Suggestions?

Unless you are willing to buy used, M&K will exceed your budget.


You can get a used set of S-150's for your LCR for around $1500. If you want a new set, it will cost between 2-3 times that. New set of 950's will exceed your budget as well and those are hard to find used. I think even a new set of 750's probably goes for around $1800.


Seriously speaking, I have some M&K's (750's which I bought used) and they are great. Love the brand, their mystique and heritage........but no way I would've paid the new prices for them. Their price/performance ratio (when buying new) just isn't that good in this day and age.
 

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Hey everyone. I'm going to start purchasing my speakers,and was wondering if you all could help me out. Budget 1500. This is only for a l/c/r 85% for movies. I will be adding a sub later. I just bought a pioneer elite sc-61. Suggestions?

Why not go for the Klipsch THX U2 speakers(kl-525)? I guess you can say they are in the same league then the M&K S-150's.
 

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Originally Posted by DS-21  /t/1524448/m-k-new-s300-line/0_100#post_24538256


Will your review have polar measurements?


I hope nobody would consider spending $3500 on a loudspeaker without seeing at the very least axial and horizontal off-axis measurements!

Measurements are done by another person and I have no input into what's measured.
 

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Thanks for that back pic. Looks like these will work with the old mounts and new ones. Somthing that I really did not like when they did there version of the S-150s.
 

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I have a space in living room that is limited, and instead of getting a "60" inch screen i want to put there a 65 or 75 inch screen. Or a 60 inch screen and an automatic screen for the times i wish projection, but for that i need space for the speakers.

On the photo attached the right, left and center channels are above the screen, this was an option for me, but will i loose anything, specially using M&K S300 Series?

Is it more correct to put them below the screen? Because in this case i since it involves a tv i cannot put them behind the screen.

Also want to install Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D, should i use "S300 TRIPOLE" on the ceiling?

I don't have space for side speakers, so the ceiling will have 2 speakers and make a 7.1 or 7.2 configuration, haven't decided it i should use 1x X12 Sub or 2x X12.
 

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Quote:Originally Posted by Scott_lb 

They look cool but according to what I've read they are about three times the price of the S150 line with no real justification for an increase of that magnitude...


They've been redesigned and are built extremely well. My review will be coming in a future issue (June?). They are very expensive, but they are a definite upgrade over the S150s.
I enjoyed your review in S&V and thought you would have an opinion on this question. My entertainment cabinet has a hole for a center channel speaker that is 14 inches high. The S300 is 15.5 inches tall so it would not fit standing up. But it is 13.4 inches wide so if I turned it on its side it would just fit. How do you think an S300 would sound on its side with the tweeters on top? Would there still be a "wall of sound" across the front, and would sounds moving across the front soundstage still sound right? Thanks, John
 

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I'd send an email to M&K and see what they have to say...I think it may sound a bit off, but I've never tested it to be 100% sure.
 
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