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Hello!

I am new to the world of audiophile quality sound and need some advice on where to go next.

bio first:
I love movies and music. I love the experience and environment of cinema when done RIGHT. A lot of friends and family keep giving me a hard time saying I'm too picky about movie theatres or which room we watch stuff in; just because I am of the firm belief that audio quality matters just as much, if not more, than the visual quality. I also think that true audio quality is much more complex than visual quality these days.

In the recent past, I have had to sacrifice audio quality due to cost, but now that I am out of college and happily pulling in money; I am ready to release the audiophile within. I am still on a tight budget with bills and stuff but I am determined to make it work!


the situation:
With that said, I have been looking for a set of good floor standing speakers.

I am not overly sure of what I am doing so I don't want to go all out and spend thousands. I have, instead, been searching craigslist for the rare treasures it has. A couple of days ago, I came across a guy selling a pair of MB Quart QL C404s for $120. Good conditions, speakers look great and the wood doesn't look too bad (may need a coat of paint).

link:
http://tulsa.craigslist.org/ele/2653569522.html

I texted the guy and said hold them for me.

Anyone know anything about this set? good or bad? did I strike gold? Good price?

Obviously I am going to test the sound out this weekend before committing.


Also, the guy said the set is rated for 100-150 W input, anybody have any recommendations on a receiver to drive these? I seem to be liking Onkyo, Denon, and Pioneer but my budget isn't huge so I might try to find something used again.


Thanks for any advice in advance!!!

-Chris AIT (audiophile in training )
post #2 of 30

Onkyo has the biggest amps for the money.

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Thank you for the info! I was leaning toward Onkyo so I'm glad they are good bang for your buck systems. +1

anyone know anything about the speakers? or maybe just info about the company in general??
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Provided those speakers are in good condition (ie drivers in good shape, cabinet is solid) that's probably a decent buy. MB Quart has made both good and bad speakers, but I don't know anything about those particular ones. I'm assuming they're good if they're actually german manufactured though..
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I guess worst case scenario: I buy them, they don't sound great, but they will do for now at $120!

Thanks for the info, I believe the guy said the back says "Made in Germany" so hopefully that will result in quality.

+1 for the help.
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What's your budget on a receiver? You also might want to think about having to Timber match speakers if you are going to go to a 5.1 or 7.1 system. Buying from Craigslist is great and all, but don't forget about trying to match speakers later to the ones you have bought now. Using different brands or modles of speakers for the fronts center and rear will not sound near as good, and be really hard to get setup decent.

Also don't forget about factory refurbished speakers either. I have saved over 1000$ by buying my speakers as refurbs instead of new. A good company will also give you a good warrenty with them. I keep pushing Polk refurbished on people, but it's just to good of a deal no to mention them.

Here is the refurbished ebay store. http://stores.ebay.com/Polk-Audio-Direct If there is something you are wanting that's not on there, you can just call them and they will check if they have some but their not listed.
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Originally Posted by bevo View Post
Using different brands or modles of speakers for the fronts center and rear will not sound near as good, and be really hard to get setup decent.
It's these kind of situations that make audio setups much more complicated than video. +1 for pointing out a potentially bad situation.

I looked around and the MB Quarts would be hard to match in the future. And much more expensive for that matter. I did however find a review that said that model was pretty damn good.

I'm kind of torn between still buying the C404s on cl or a pair of Monitor 40 series II off ebay for $133 shipped.

With the MB Quarts, I will probably get better sound (power provided), but a harder time going to 5.1. I could always use them as 2.0 or 2.1 on a different setup and buy different speakers for a 5.1 setup later.

With the Monitor 40s, I get a reputable set of bookshelf speakers that can easily be added to for 5.1 setups.

What do you guys think? I'm thinking about leaning to the Monitor 40s..
post #8 of 30
I would get the MB Quarts over entry level polks.

A good stereo system is nice. You can always start a surround system later. Matching rears aren't that important either imo. A matching center is very important. I'd rather not use a center than use a non-matched one.
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I have an answer!

I'll get the MB Quarts for my living room setup and the Polk Monitor 40s for my computer setup. I think it's a genius idea. I might hold off on the monitor 40s until the next paycheck. The MB Quarts are on limited time so they come first!

As for a receiver, I'm still looking. I'm interested in building something like potentially and amp for the computer setup but we will see.

Edit: How much power do you think is required to get a good response from the Monitor 40s. The specs list a range from 20-125W but that is a large range. I was thinking I want them for a computer desk so maybe 40W/ch? I don't need them to be the loudest things in the world, I just want a good sound.
Edited by cmorin - 10/27/11 at 1:36pm
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The monitors would probably be alright on 50 watts at the minimum. And they would probably make pretty decent PC speakers, certainly better then any logitech or other PC brand. But, If you are going to go for Polks, try and hold out for at least the RTi line of speakers. That's where thier speakers start to get good. I have a 5.1 RTi A line and for the price I paid it sounds fantastic, and I only have 90 watts going to them.

For bookshelves the RTi a 3's would work really well on a budget. Right now they have some RTi4 speakers on there that would sound good, and could be moved to side or rear speakers if or when you got some larger floor standing speakers. You could go with any of the RTi or RTiA line and they would match those speakers perfect.

Really though, I'm just kind of biased toward polk, because of the price to quality ratio when you jump up to their better lines of speakers, and they have the best customer service I have ever dealt with.

Better speakers can be bought then Polk, but I can't really see anything being better in thier price range.

They also make some decent subs for the price. I had a psw111 I used for awhile and it was actually pretty good for no bigger then it was. Polks subs are all meant to be a very small footprint. If you are wanting a top of the line sub though, SVS audio is unbeatable unless you want to spend 10k on something, and then it's still really close to the competition.

SVS has some really good subs at decent prices and world class subs in the 1500$ range.

I have experience with other brands of speakers but I think for the price Polk is hard to beat, and SVS is just the best out there when it comes to subs.
Edited by bevo - 10/27/11 at 5:24pm
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