Mordaunt-Short MS30i Floorstanding Speakers

MS30i

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Gabe   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 10, 2001]
Strength:

Imaging, openness, transparency

Weakness:

Bass extension

I have had these speakers for several years. The imaging they are capable of always amazes me. Nick Drake's Pionk Moon sounds like he is in the room with you. And they are very natural sounding. Since they are bookshelfs, they don't have the super low extension you really need for a top line main system, but I ahve found an excellent use for them: Home recording stuido monitors. They easily blow away anything sold in the home studio market, even Tannoys I think. Incredibly good with vocals.

Similar Products Used: Gallo, PSB Alpha, Mirage, etc.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Rory Duncan   Audiophile [Nov 07, 1999]
Strength:

Everything

Weakness:

er...

Mine are the MS30iclassics (£600 new, but got mine for £200). They sound absolutely gorgeous with my Pioneer PDS505precision cd player, Arcam 8p power amp and Rotel Rc870bx pre amp. I'm using Nordost Blue heaven speaker cable (single wired only, as it doesn't make that much difference). Imaging is lovely thanks to the gold-anodised metal dome tweeter. I'm sure that the performance would be improved if I removed the protective grill on the tweeter also. Bass is excellent and punchy thanks to the plastic-based cone and solid phase-plug. Someone commented that the standard 30is had a weak bass below 50hz but thats definetly not true with the classics- I've got mine below 25hz! Mine are on Atacama se24 stands but I'd recommend shorter stands. These are also bass-reflex compared to the infinite-baffle 30is.
If you want this deal, I got them at work where they're flogging them for £190 now!
bargain and they thrash the Tannot R2s and Mission705s!
Works phone number is
01473 610801 and they're brand spanking new!
But hurry, only 2 pairs left!

Similar Products Used: JMLab Micron Car(rot!), Ms30i(not classics like mine), Wharfedale valdus500
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
QuangX Nguyen   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 03, 2001]
Strength:

Detail,very clean , best treble , bass deep

Weakness:

the bass no more power

I bought the pair of speaker 2 year ago , but now I still be amazine about the sound . When I listen the diva voice , the clean and honey sound make my mind lost of everything around . It 's a best speaker for vocal under 1k USD .

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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Steve Smith   an Audiophile [Sep 12, 1997]

I agree wholeheartly with John Hoffman's review from August 6: theMS 30i's reproduce music splendidly from top to bottom. The bass does
not do much below 50Hz, but this should be fine with most types of
music. The MS 30i's are designed to be placed only 4" to 16" from the rear
wall. This feature makes the speakers very popular with any
non-audiophile you may live with who wants to use the living room for
other activities. (I personally feel that then main purpose of a home
is to keep the elements from from harming my stereo and music
collection, my wife does not agree.) For most speakers, close
placement to a rear wall will cause the bass to boom and the soundstage
to collapse, but the 30i's present a wide, deep and tunefull soundstage
at this position.
The construction quality is excellent; for appearance, the MS 30i's
clearly win over Fried, Near, Energy, Linn and Mirage products in the
under $1000 price range! My MS 30i speakers are placed on inexpensive
Taget speaker stands; usually 12" from the rear wall. Equipment used to
listen to the MS 30i's include Lazarus Class A and McIntosh 240 power
amps;Musical Design SP-2b and McIntosh MX110 preamps; Arcam Alpha 5+
and NAD 512 CD-players; a Harmon Kardon T65c turntable with At 440ML and
Sumiko Blue Point. Near 50ml speakers were used as reference speakers.
Interconnects and speaker wire used included low to mid priced LAT, MIT,
Tara and Monster.
In conclusion, I feel that the MS 30i's are outstanding speakers
in the $1000 and under range. Definately a 5 star recommendation!


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5
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John Hoffman   an Audiophile [Aug 06, 1997]

The Mourdant Short MS 30i's are stunning over achievers for costing only $500 a pair. Normally most people will use these speakers with equipement that falls into the lower price ranges of audio equipment. However these speakers deserve first class electronics. I have found the sound of them to be very nuetral from top to bottom. The midrange is some of the best I have heard on any bookshelf speaker. The top end is very natural sounding, but does not contain the highest degree of resolution that more expensive speakers have. The bass is adequate for these small speakers, but the must be loaded against the rear wall to achieve any satisfying bass. Also, the MS30i's have the capability of being bi wired, and you should take advantaqge of this option. The equipnment I used to listen to them were Quicksilver 90 watt mono blocks and a Quicksilver preamp. The speaker wire was a double run of Audioquest Cobalt 2. Interconnects were from Cascade Technology. And a very outdated Nakamichi CD player was used for the source. All in all I found the sound to be very satisfying, indeed they made music.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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Murphree Hyde   an Audio Enthusiast [May 05, 1999]

I have to agree with all of the below writers. I have owned the MS30i's for over a year and am continually amazed that they are only $550 speakers. I presently have been auditioning a pair of Magnapan MMG's for the last week. Although the Maggies do some nice things and are quite refined from top to bottom, I found myself getting bored. Finally, I put back in the MS30i's and BAM!!! Back came the dynamics,transperancy, openess and detail that I am so used to. And the mid base just smoked the poor Maggies. It was not even a contest. I am not referring to the depth of base, which the Maggies do suprisingly well, but in slam, speed and musical envolvement, the MS30i's won out hands down (thats a good cone driver for you). After hearing the MS30i's also beat out such speakers as the JM Labs Micron Carat (which is a very fine speaker), the NEAR 15M, and the Maggies, I have just concluded that I cannot afford a speaker that can beat the MS30i's at this point. One exception was my friends B&W 805's. The MS30i's just could not beat the accuracy, dynamics and top to bottom neutrality of those fine speakers that cost three times as much. I will give them the 5th star for the value.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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Jason   an Audio Enthusiast [Nov 14, 1997]

I had my 30i's for about a year and I'm still amazed at the sound thatI get for $500. The bass is tight, but does not have the fullest extension
down past 50Hz. The mids are the most impressive about this speaker. I
often compare it with > $1K speakers and I will not let my speakers go.
The mids are just done right, with a lot of detail and great imaging. The
highs are also of high quality.
My system is comprised of the following:
- Conrad-Johnson PV7
- Golden Tube SE-40
- Harmon Kardon CD player (don't know model)
- Kimber PBJ interconnects, Kimber 4vs Bi-wire


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5
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