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#276030 - 2018-05-14 19:04 DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World?
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I’ve been contemplating buying a pair of the DSP5500 as DSP5200 seem to be a bit thin on the ground at the moment.

What is the wider concensus of thought on these speakers?

Do they represent a good buy at for example £1300 or less (upgraded 24/96) or would it be considered a risky purchase due to the age of the units (original ones, not smiley faced)?

Thanks for any thoughts.


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#276032 - 2018-05-14 20:34 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Hi

Make sure you hear them before you buy, and don't assume that any bass heavy overhang you hear is down to poor placement or set up; they do sound very bass heavy, unlike the DSP5000 or DSP6000 from the same design era.

If you like the sound, that's great, but if you are ambivalent though, don't assume you can tame them at home by more careful positioning etc. I have heard them at two different dealers, once in a domestic set up, and perhaps foolishly pulled the trigger and bought a pair anyway, thinking I knew better on the set up front!

I much prefer DSP5000's or DSP6000s, having lived with all three for lengthy periods.

Cheers
George

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#276033 - 2018-05-15 01:36 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Mr Meridian]
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The 5500s are great speakers. You can use the boundary and corner settings to help tame the bass (I did this before getting a processor with room correction).

I am fortunate to have all 3 of the older ones mentioned (6000s, 5500s and 5000s). They are all excellent and represent terrific value on the used market. Listen and decide before you buy if you can- this is good advice.


Theater: G68, G98DH, DSP6k, DSP55kC, SW1600x2, DSP55k, Plasma, (Zone 2)
Living room: DSP5k, DSP52kC, SW1600, G68, Sooloos MC600 (Zone 1)
Bedroom: M80
office: SACD, 861v4, DSP6k (Zone 3)
Storage: P350Ws, G55s, M33s, DSP33s, DSP5k, 501, 518, 561
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#276036 - 2018-05-15 07:04 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Jdb-si]
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Would you say from your experience they better the 5000 sonically or would you perhaps feel they are just aimed at a different market, AV users vs pure audio only?.

Thanks for any comments. I’m not a lover of being overwelmed with incredibly thunderous low frequency to be honest but love a natural and honest bass sound.


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#276037 - 2018-05-15 07:04 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Mr Meridian]
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Mr Meridian,

Thanks George for the advice, appreciated.


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#276038 - 2018-05-15 07:08 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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You are welcome to come and hear mine if you want, I am in Harrogate. I have had the 5000's as well and much prefer the realism of the 5500's

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#276041 - 2018-05-15 10:35 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: StuWils]
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StuWils,

That was a very kind gesture, would you recommend them wholeheartedly then perhaps?


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#276042 - 2018-05-15 11:39 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Lest I cause offence to advocates of the 5500, my comments above are, of course, purely personal opinion, and not an absolute assertion of it's capability!

Cheers

George

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#276043 - 2018-05-15 12:02 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Mr Meridian]
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Even though I have yet to hear a pair, I feel you have a similar sound that your ears tolerate like myself.

I personally cannot really get on with bass that obliterates everything else it it’s path (sort of like JBL used to be renowned for in the past) my partner on the other hand absolutely loves bass with the bass control knob on full (she equates bass with quality).

I always run over to her amp and press the tone defeat button (but she would notice straight away - Audiolab 8000a amplifier, which I personally like on flat response). Maybe I’m slightly moving away from my topic but I feel people have different perceptions of what sounds right to them?

I used to own DSP5000s a couple of years ago and really liked the sound, but at the time I had a neighbour with bionic hearing who I remember stood outside the block of flats wondering were the noise (speakers were only on 1/8 full volume and you could easily hold a conversation). I had to get rid of them which I regret to keep the neighbourly peace (he never knew it was me and thought it was coming from 100 metres away which I found hilarious at the time. I remember leaning out of my window and the chap saying from below do you think that noise is coming from across the street (ain’t got a clue I said and quickly turned it off !).

Sound must certainly carry in mysterious ways, what we do for an easier life!. And I’m not one for loud music myself but like clarity as we all do.

I must stress that the speakers where on a volume that you can easily have a conversation with before anyone thinks must have been on loud not even on number two, thankfully my current neighbours accept that occasionally playing your stereo on normal levels is entirely acceptable!


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#276044 - 2018-05-15 15:12 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Speakers are a very personal item and no offense should be taken by others opinions, you have to live with your own ears after all. I used to have 2 systems to satisfy my needs a pair of linn isobariks to cater for my sense of scale and a pair of electrostatics to cater for my imaging requirements.

When I upgraded from 5000's to 5500's I only needed one system, can’t say more than that really.

In the past I have owned:

lS35A
Quad 57
Epos ES14
Rogers Export Monitors
Linn Isobariks
M2's
M20's
D600's
Magneplanar 1.4's

I wont be moving the 5500's on for some time.

Rgds
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#276058 - 2018-05-15 23:49 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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There are other things to consider like the 5000s are certainly easier to move around. The 5500s are very heavy. However, the 5000s have the load resistor issue, whereas the 5500s seem to be very robust (my pair are 20 years old this year).

As I said, they are all excellent, and represent tremendous value given current prices. Hard for me to say one if 'better' than the other.

If you do not want heavy bass, the DSP33s image really well and may be worth thinking about. Everyone will have his/her own opinion, so best to listen and decide for yourself.


Theater: G68, G98DH, DSP6k, DSP55kC, SW1600x2, DSP55k, Plasma, (Zone 2)
Living room: DSP5k, DSP52kC, SW1600, G68, Sooloos MC600 (Zone 1)
Bedroom: M80
office: SACD, 861v4, DSP6k (Zone 3)
Storage: P350Ws, G55s, M33s, DSP33s, DSP5k, 501, 518, 561
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#276060 - 2018-05-16 06:22 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Jdb-si]
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A trip to Harrogate with some of your own listening material sounds like a good idea?

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