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Gaming with - Cambridge Audio AVR + 5.1 Speakers

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Hi Peoples,

In my pursuit to find a new 5.1 or 7.1 sound system. I decided on the Cambridge Audio - MINX S325 Speaker set and the Cambridge Audio - Azur 351R AV Receiver.




I have decent headphones already, the Sennheiser HD800s & Ultrasone Signature DJ's powered by a Bursons Audio DAC. I use my headphones a lot at night or when my missus is home but during the day I do like to use speakers. (less people around to upset) biggrin.gif

So the most notable requirements for me were:

Must be suitable for FPS and Racing games

Gaming 80%, Music 10%, Movies 10%,

Suit a Room size of 10 x 11 feet

Its a tough one but i think a 5.1 speaker kit like this could be good. Im still breaking them in now and adjusting settings.I have a Youtube video of the unboxing. Its pretty long and I talk a bit too much but you may enjoy it. In a weeks time I will make another with gameplay and my final thoughts.


Thanks to Ken at http://sbhifi.com.au/ for helping me with the system.
Edited by hatlesschimp - 8/26/13 at 11:03am
post #2 of 7
I've read snippets here and there that some PC games, including popular ones like BF3, only support up to 5.1 surround. Might be a reason to avoid 7.1 unless you can use can mute two of the speakers, which you probably can, so nvm...

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Edited by cuad - 8/20/13 at 12:58pm
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I think your right. 5.1 is the cut off.
post #4 of 7
I personally like Definitive Tech Bi-polar speakers for Gaming and other stuff where immersion is key. They do an excellentjob at ccreating an "invisible" source, or Creating a very open and wide sound stage.

If you have a receiver that supports doing so, I find that 5.1/5.2 with a pair of speakers functioning as Front Wide or High works a lot better for FPS and similar games than does 7.1/7.2. The rear surround channels are almost always just mirrored regular surround channels, so having the decoder "create" the high/wide sounds is a good deal more enveloping IMHO.
   
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I'm no huge audiophile by any means, but as far as mainstream products. Denon makes some great receiver/amp units. Most have a few HDMI inputs and like 1 or 2 other types of inputs in the ~400-600 range. Once you get above the 700 range you start to get every type of input for every selectable source. They have great HDMI support and either do 3D natively or do 3D pass through. Not sure how that works but it supposedly works. The HDMI pass through on my Receiver that is around 7 years old works better than I could ask.

As far as speakers go I have no previous knowledge of cambridge audio, but unless those are individual speakers that are hooked up via a standard wire then they should work fine. I personally like JBL speakers and honestly they may not be the top speaker company but they make quality products that sound great. Bose is always a good option and they still make some great speakers. If you really want good sound you honestly have to match the system to your room. There are many different types of speakers(as far as how they project the sound). One type may work better in your room over another type to get the ideal sound. You may also have to mix and match speaker types for different positions. I wish I could find the article I read a couple months ago that talked about this exact thing. All I can say from here is good luck with whatever you choose. There will be many opinions and just as many options.
post #6 of 7
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Done a ring around to the various stores listed in my first post an decided on the following.

Cambridge Audio - MINX S325 5.1 Speaker System.
http://www.synergyaudio.com/Cambridge-Audio/Speaker-Systems/Cambridge-Audio-MINX-S325-5-1-Speaker-System/424/productview.aspx

Cambridge Audio - Azur 351R AV receiver.
http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/azur-351r-av-receiver

It looks like this combo will suit me well. It comes with the smaller sub and larger one but I think the 300watt sub will be fine for my 11 by 10 foot room.
Edited by hatlesschimp - 8/21/13 at 8:11pm
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I was getting a cheaper deal originally because the Minx speaker set were the last of the old discontinued Min20 satelite speakers in stock. but after some evaluation time I opted for the newer and better version 2 with the updated bmr drivers that give a more full and rich sound and provide more of a crossover between them and subwoofer at lower range. Im yet to listen to the system but the reviews say the old min20 were great and the new min21 are pure awesomeness! thumb.gif
I had the choice of scratch proof black or white and choose the black because it matched the Azur 351r AVR. I even got one of the Min21 speakers grilles changed to horizontal for the centre. The rest will be vertical. Now I've got to figure out how to mount and position them.

So all up I got from Steve Bennett HIFI in Geelong.

Cambridge Audio - Azur 351r AV Receiver = $919 Aud
Cambridge Audio - MINX S325v2 5.1 Speaker Set = $1799 Aud
Edited by hatlesschimp - 8/21/13 at 8:31pm
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