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Cheap bassy speakers

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Am looking to replace the Mission 760 speakers (not me, my parents!) and they want something a little more bassy, but still a bookshelf speaker.

Its quite a large room and is running off a system I cobbled together cheaply:

Pionner amp (mid 70's)

Revolver Turntable

Sharp Tuner (70's)

Marantz CD50

So far I've seen Klipsch KSB 1.1 and Mordaunt Short MS20i, but have never heard either.

Budget is low (the whole system cost less than £100!), so probably about £30-£40 (plus postage)

Are either of the two suggested any good, or other suggestions?

Thanks

Andrew

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Hi

I am very familiar with the Mordaunt Short MS 'i' range and the bass on offer isn't what I'd call gratuitous or over-bassy. It is mostly taut and well-controlled. So IMHO the 20i may not partner well with that Pioneer amp. I fear such a combo will create that tinny sound so dreaded by all audiophiles! The gold anodised tweeters of the MS 'i' range can be gratingly forward especiallyif paired with a Jap amp. :shock:

I'd look at some 2nd hand Wharfedale Diamonds bookshelves instead.The 8s are nice, warm and bassy and likelyto be a better match for that Pioneer.

CheerSS

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I don't know the speakers you mention so cannot comment.

I can vouch for the Tannoy Mercury M2 as a good speaker. It is big and should fulfill the bassy requirement. Also, they were very popular so should be easy to find. I see a pair on Ebay for just £16 at the moment.

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Cheap and bassy?

Check out 70s vintage Kefs, like the Cadenza with the oval bass resonator...

Excellent warm sound - I had a pair for years as the rear of a Hafler network. Ebay should have plenty, and they will be cheap...

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on the off-chance you see a pair come up, some of EPI's big old standmounts from the 1970s might also fit the bill - very big woofer and therefore very deep bass (turned them down in the end cause the bass was too much for my room), you can adjust how much treble they put out, and they often seem to go cheap (the pair I saw was about £40 delivered). That said, you'd need a pretty sturdy shelf ;)

Jon

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May I belatedly commend Tannoy's 609 dual concentrics - I have a pair teamed with my old Sakai receiver at work and they are the perfect foil for the occasionally brash but rewarding antics of vintage Japanese kit. I paid £50 for a mint, boxedpair, you may well find them for less...

churz, eofs

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hifikrazy wrote:

earl of sodbury wrote:
I paid £50 for a mint, boxedpair, you may well find them for less...

churz, eofs

Doubt it mate!! Pairs of 603s go for as much or more ;) Sounds like a steal that - what mug sold you them for so little?! ;) heh heh.

A Very Nice Man sold 'em to me in the certain knowledge they would go to a Caring Home (well, workplace...) :*::^:)

They are certainly worth seeking-out - an unsung hifi bargain IMHO!

churz indeed! eofs

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