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#209603 - 05/27/08 10:10 PM M3s for stereo. What to buy next?
Major Shake Offline
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I have a pair of M3 tis, a relatively recent Yamaha RX-396 Receiver and a room that's about 12'x18'.

What should I buy to improve this setup?

I was considering a sub, but I live in an apartment with neighbors below. Also, I'm not much of a fan of bass-heavy music, I'm just after fullness and overall sound.

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#209604 - 05/27/08 10:28 PM Re: M3s for stereo. What to buy next? [Re: Major Shake]
fredk Offline
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What are you doing with the system? Music Movies?

If properly set up, a good sub dosn't give you heavy bass. I listened to the M22s with an EP350 and I really liked the bass for music. It was not heavy at all. After level matching you can always adjust the bass to your taste.
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#209605 - 05/27/08 10:30 PM Re: M3s for stereo. What to buy next? [Re: fredk]
Major Shake Offline
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It's a system for music, primarily, though at some point I may join the rest of the world and connect a TV through it.

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#209608 - 05/27/08 10:36 PM Re: M3s for stereo. What to buy next? [Re: Major Shake]
fredk Offline
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Definately add the sub. It will fill out the bottom end on the M3s.

Of course, you could always just go for the M80s...
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#209617 - 05/27/08 11:32 PM Re: M3s for stereo. What to buy next? [Re: Major Shake]
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Major, welcome. You should also consider adding a pair of QS surrounds. Even for music, surround sound adds significantly to the listening experience. Modes such as DPLII and Neo:6 can be applied to CDs and other 2-channel source materials to send the ambience which originally came from a direction other than the front to the surrounds where it belongs, and makes listening a little more realistic.
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#209643 - 05/28/08 05:21 AM Re: M3s for stereo. What to buy next? [Re: JohnK]
jakewash Offline
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Welcome to the boards Major.

I would suggest adding floorstanding speakers as the mains and then using the M3s as surrounds. The fuller overall sound of a floorstander is much better, IMO, than any bookshelf even with a sub. I would recommend the M60 or M80s. You will also most likely find the detail from the M60/M80 easier to hear than from the M3's, at least it was for me.

My next upgrade selection would be to then go with adding a sub as the next best upgrade and then simply adding surrounds as the last upgrade to make.
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#209696 - 05/28/08 11:50 AM Re: M3s for stereo. What to buy next? [Re: jakewash]
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No, I'd add the sub before changing out your mains.
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#209717 - 05/28/08 02:35 PM Re: M3s for stereo. What to buy next? [Re: Ken.C]
Hutzal Offline
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I would recommend surrounds before the sub, everyone has their tastes I guess. The M3s put out decent bass, you won't know you're missing anything. If you get the QS series surrounds it really will make your system envelope you in movies.

I like Jakewash's Idea of upgrading your mains to floor standers and using your M3s as surrounds. A good use of your current resources.


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#209757 - 05/28/08 06:45 PM Re: M3s for stereo. What to buy next? [Re: Hutzal]
fredk Offline
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Confused yet?
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