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liquidsun
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B&W 685 s2 vs Monitor Audio 100

Hi Guys, i would like to upgrade my old infinity primus 250 speakers with either B&W 685 s2 or MA 100. My current gear is Marantz pm7003 as main amp and Marantz NA8005 as source. The B&Ws will cost me around 700 euro while MAs around 900. Unfortunately i'm unable so hear any of the speakers. What would be your choice? Does anyone have experience with both of them?

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Choice

The B&Ws sound profile will be closer to you your Infinity Primus's. It will be forward, even a little bright. The Monitor Audio's will be more neutral. IMO, there is not comparison. The MAs are infinitely better but that is a personal preference. Obviously a lot of people like the more forward sound of B&W. If you really like the Primus's you may find that the MA 100s will seem a little laid back in comparison.

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Hi bierfeldt,

Hi bierfeldt,
Thanks for your replay, i forgot to mention that the room will only allow 20cm distance from the wall. Do you think that would be possible issue as they are rear ported?

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I am sorry, I didn’t see this

20cm will be a challenge with any rear ported speaker. You will want to insert a port bung. You might also want to check out the Focal Chorus line. They are front ported.

In the end, even front ported speakers may not do well if they are too close to the back wall.

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Thanks, i'm also considering

Thanks, i'm also considering KEF Q350, what do you think of them?

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I have not heard the Kef Q350

I have heard the Kef Q300 and was not a huge fan but that is my personal taste and is worth precisely what you paid for it.

I think that if you the Infinitys you will like the Kef's as they tend to be a bit forward. They will have a relatively long break in period so let them burn in for a couple weeks before you form an opinion. I say this because another user out here replaced his Primus's with the Kef Q line and loves them.

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