Position forgiving / nearfield inexpensive bookshelf speakers

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    I am in the middle of doing a fair few changes in my room, and the Missions really dont fit it with the plan because they are too reliant on positioning. Basically, one of the speakers will need to be in a corner, and I reckon the sound will not be very good if I do that.

    I was considering selling the speakers and amp, but wanted to know if there was a pair of inexpensive speakers that could either be used on a desk, either side of a PC monitor, or on the stands, ones which would be more forgiving of being in a sub-optimal position in the room.

    Or if theres any other suggestions, I'll be glad to hear of them.

    If I got computer speakers, I was thinking of these Altec Lansing MX5021...

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    paul,
    you may want to try a pair of small sealed box (infinite baffle) speakers such as the linn kans or old mission 700le's maybe one of the ls3/5a clones would do as well. i have a pair of the old missions which i used stuffed into room corners up near the ceiling! and they sounded far better than they had any right to. but you'll probably need to try a few in your room.
    cheers


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    Paul,

    I know you had an issue with your folks about noise before now, so I through I'd give you a bit of a word of warning. I had the Altec 221s (the low end Altec's) and ended up selling them on after about a month. This was mainly due to the fact that when the sub was on the floor, the bass being transferred into the downstairs rooms was pretty epic :eek:

    In the end SWMBO got fed up of the booming and I got fed up of her telling me about it ;) So just be careful with the levels if you get them.
     
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    Thanks for those suggestions Julian, I take it they are all discontinued products now... there doesnt really seem to be any sealed speakers on the new market these days, at least not cheapish ones anyway.

    Good point about the sub rick, they could end up being even worse for that. I suppose any decent forgiving speaker would be alright, but I suspect it would have to have less bass than what the Missions have got.

    I'll try the Missions properly in a corner position, but I cant see them being too hot.
     
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    paul,
    yup, the vogue is pretty much for ported speakers nowadays so 2nd hand is the only practical option if price is a consideration nowadays. i think mj accoustics were doing some little speakers when i went there may want to look into them.
    cheers


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    quad 11s?:D

    seriously, jbl control 1s are great fun.
     
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    Nooooooooo. Altecs should look like this:
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    They are a teeny little bit too big I feel :p
     
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    I see Linn still have the "Kan" loudspeaker on their website, and one place I just looked advertised it for £259. Would this be a good buy for my system?

    I have read on PFM that its a bit unforgiving though - wouldnt want that....
     
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    Not sealed but very forgiving are Rega Kytes. They're lovely in small rooms
     
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    I would like some of those.... but I suspect they wont be easy to find.

    What about those Rega Ara's?
     
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    You need to compromise on the size of your monitor :)
     
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    There was a man on PFM saying his shop still had some brand new kytes. If you leave it with me for a while I'll try and remember who it was. They do come up on Ebay, usually between £70 and £100

    The shop is called PJ Hifi in guildford, and the the pfmer who said they had them was Daytona who I think works there. Could be worth a shot
     
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    Do you reckon the Rega speakers would go well with a Rotel amp?
     
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    Yes cause they are sweet as a nut in the treble and mid. Did you get my edit the shop is called PJ Hifi in Guildford
     
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    Thanks for the link :)
     
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    I was thinking of going to Guildford this weekend to see what PJ Hi-fi had in stock. Maybe I'll check them out for you:)
     
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    I am seriously considering those speakers.....

    My mate has a pair of Ela's and if they sound anywhere near as good as those, then I'd be interested - although not the last word in bass impact, they do boogey very well and are pretty unfussed about the room they are in.
     
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