Christmas upgrade advice needed

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  1. george.Legeza

    george.Legeza Stunt Coordinator

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    Hopefully you guys can help me out here since you were all pretty helpful with my last question. [​IMG]
    Christmas is coming and with Christmas comes money and presents, so here I am thinking about what to upgrade in my budget HT system. I previously had a cheap-o Sony 5.1 system that I'm no longer using. Right now I have a very simple, cheap 2.1 system:
    Technics SA-DX950 Receiver (I'm going to get rid of it sooner or later, but I don't think this is a major weak point, correct me if I'm wrong)
    Polk R20 Bookshelves (given to me as a present, they sound much better than the Sonys so I'm planning on keeping them for a while if only as rears)
    Aiwa TS-W150 Subwoofer (I don't like it very much at all, so it's something I want to replace as well)
    I listen to about 50% music and 50% movies, so I'm really not at all happy with my setup - but being a poor college student on a budget there's not a whole lot I can do about it right now. Since Christmas is coming up, though, I figure I can upgrade or add at least one component and that's what I need advice on...
    As reference I'll have about $400 for audio stuff once Christmas is over. Would it be wise to stick with Polks and get a center channel speaker and maybe a subwoofer or should I go right ahead and use that money to grab new mains and put the polks in the rear? I've been listening to music a lot lately so I'm seriously considering picking up new mains. I'm going to take a trip down to my local audio shop to check out prices, but what brands should I be looking at in the $400 price range?
    Oh, and if any of you happen to think I'd notice a bigger difference with a new receiver or a new subwoofer let me know. I'm a newb when it comes to this stuff so I'm just looking to learn as much as I can before I put down any money. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. Brian Fellmeth

    Brian Fellmeth Supporting Actor

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    You say 50/50 music HT which makes it difficult. If music is more important, I would go with a sub- something like an adire rava or a DIY shiva if you can swing that. Nothing ruins music like a bad sub. If HT is more important, you need to get surround going. I would get another pair of the polks giving you 4 identical speakers for front and rear. If the front pair are set up correctly, you will not need a center channel- the polks should be capable of imaging the center channel perfectly. The best HT I have ever heard had NO CENTER CHANNEL, yet dialog was precisly localized right between the main speakers in the center of the screen.
     
  3. george.Legeza

    george.Legeza Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks for the advice. Yeah, I know the fact that this system handles pretty much all of my audio makes things hard - unfortunately, since I'm on a serious budget I can't afford to have a seperate setup for music and HT and I don't even have the space in the room for an extra setup. [​IMG]
    Anyway, your advice would be to stick to using all Polks? Like I said, I'm happy with the R20s so I don't really have anything against continuing with Polk. Has anyone had any experience with the RTi28 or RTi38s? Those are the two speakers that I'm looking at right now if I end up with 4 Polks, I just have to find time to go down and audition them to see if the RTI38s are worth the extra $100.
     

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