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Old 15th May 2005, 11:29 AM   #1
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Hi

I am just starting to dabble in the high end audio market and have recently purchased a second hand Audiolab 8000a. Could someone suggest what sort of floor standing speaker upgrades would be suitabe for the amp.

I don't have a huge budget, so I may be looking to buy second hand for now. If anyone has any ideas for old or new speakers I would appreciate your input.

Also a rough guide to buying speaker cable and interconnects would be helpful to me.

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Old 15th May 2005, 11:39 AM   #2
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my dad used to have an 8000a, quality amp for the price. its quite a lean sounding amp, so look for speakers that have a warm sound with a decent amount of bass to balance out the sound of the amp. maybe something from the quad range, eg 11l's or 22l's? My dad used it with a pair of mission 782's and they sounded really nice, but the audiolab never really used them to their full potential so were probably overkill for that amp.
Dont get any of the cheaper mission floorstanders- such as the m73's- they are horrible boomy things that sound harsh at even moderate listening levels.
Google "cat5 speaker cable"- computer network cable works really well for speaker cable, use a couple of runs braided together and it beats pretty much any budget speaker cable hands down.
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Old 16th May 2005, 11:09 AM   #3
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Hi

Thanks for the reply, I will have a shop a about and see what I can find in what you have recommended.

What Impedance would suggest best suits the audiolab 8000a, most of the sources I have read from suggest 8 ohms, is this your understanding.

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Old 16th May 2005, 03:03 PM   #4
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Go secound hand again , ang buy a pair of ProAc´s "Response 1S" for sweetness and transparecy, Vandersteen 1C for bigger, warmer 3D sound.
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Old 16th May 2005, 04:15 PM   #5
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Dave,

Audiolabs will drive lower than 8ohms quite happily, but stay away from Scintillas

Give us a budget or we're shooting in the dark!

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Old 16th May 2005, 09:12 PM   #6
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Hi

And thanks for the responses to my questions. I will probably be looking at a second hand purchase with a budget of around £200-300.

I currently have a pair of 15-year-old JVC SX911 speakers, which cost me £600 at the time. Am I likely to notice any real difference by upgrading these speakers considering my budget? These speakers have a nice top end but the base is not very punchy.

I mainly listen to acoustic music with a lot of percussion, such as Davy Spilane and a band called Baka-Beyond. I hear you saying who!! However I also play rock music now and a gain such as AC/DC and Hendrix etc.

Also has anyone dabbled in using CAT5 networking cable for making up speaker cables. I can get miles of this stuff from work. If anyone has tried it I would be interested to hear.

Once again thanks for your input

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Old 16th May 2005, 09:12 PM   #7
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Hi again,

It may be useful for you to know that I am looking to get a Marantz CD67se or a CD6000, once again second hand, sob sob!

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Old 16th May 2005, 09:28 PM   #8
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Hey Dave, I think I've mixed both of them at one or another of the festivals.

To match that amp, and for your taste in music, I'd look for an old pair of Tannoys. With your budget, you should be able to get a pair of Cheviots or Devons, or with a bit more money, a set of Lancasters.
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Speakers I've heard and liked in a marantz/audiolab setup;

Epos ES11 - coherant and classy, not the last word in bass depth tho..

Mission 752 - fast and transparent; maybe a bit lean for some

Musical Fidelity MC4 - everything sounds good on these, even bad recordings. Maybe a bit too nice, and tubby down below...

Any of these should cost 250 pounds or less used and would beat any new 500 pounders.

Kef reference ones would be a lot of speaker for the cash if you could get for 300-350.
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Old 16th May 2005, 10:29 PM   #10
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Hi pinkmouse

So maybe i should keep a hold of the old JVC's till i can talk her in doors around to buying some better ones. Never realy been a big fan of Tannoy stuff. Or should I change my tastes in music

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