Mordaunt Short MS 300

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Bochi, May 30, 2014.

  1. Bochi

    Bochi New Member

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    I've been putting together a vintage system for my attic den. On a low budget, I'm using a Rotel 820BX-2 amplifier and a Rotel RCD965BX CD player.

    For speakers, I picked up a pair of Mordaunt Short MS 300s, mainly because they were local and cheap, with their own stands included, and a good name. But I can find virtually nothing about these speakers on the Net.

    They are a 1980s 3-way design with the tweeter between mid-range and bass drivers. On first impressions the mid- and treble is sweet and clear, sitting a little forward of the bass, which I think lacks punch.

    But that may be more to do with the amp than the speakers. Does anybody else have thoughts or experience of these vintage Mordaunt Shorts?
     

     

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  2. boza

    boza Super Member

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    I used to own a 820Bx and if jts ok for the watts it has it is a good punchy soundin amp so long as it isnt being pushed to hard with incesitive speakers
     
  3. Bochi

    Bochi New Member

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    That's what I thought should be the case when I bought the amp.

    I have no specs for the MS 300s. But this is the MS 300 Gold edition - http://secure.hifido.co.jp/KW/G2/P0/A1/E/160-10/S4/C14-79426-01431-00/ - which looks identical. It has a spec of 89dB and 8 ohms which ought to be sensitive enough for the 820BX.

    I should add there's nothing intrinsically wrong with the bass. It's clean and refined but very polite and "behind" the mid/treble range.
     
  4. Mister Pig

    Mister Pig Pigamus Maximus

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    I have not owned the earlier Mordaunt Short speakers like yours, but I did own a pair of MS 30i. They were a great speaker in terms of sound quality for short cash. They did so many things nicely in the midrange and top end. I would suspect your 300 are a very good sounding speaker, but not going to be a speaker for club type music. Going to have to add a sub if you want that big and powerful bottom end. But for vocals and acoustic instruments, I imagine they are going to be great. Its a shame the company was sold, Mourdant Short was one of my favorite British speaker manufacturers.

    Regards
    Mister Pig
     
  5. boza

    boza Super Member

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    I agree with mister pig as the rotel is only a 20watt per channel amp yo may need to add a sub to fill in that bottom end or it will be a case of haveing to get a amp with a bit more grunt. Have you got them up close to a wall as this may help a little as the rotel is a little lean in the bottom end
     
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  6. Bochi

    Bochi New Member

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    Just listened to Cecile McClorin Salvant's jazz trio album WomanChild, and you're right. Lovely sound, great clarity, right there in the room with me.
     

     

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