Speaker Upgrade Pattern

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Lew Crippen, Jul 3, 2002.

  1. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    I’d like opinions as to the best way to upgrade my HT speakers. A little background first:

    I have lived for the last seven years in the Asia/Pacific region, the last three in Sydney. Knowing that I would return to the States, spending money on a powered subwoofer, which would work on 220–240 volts made little sense and finding a dual voltage model proved difficult. My wife’s preference, especially living in an apartment having only one main living area, limited the size of speakers which I could purchase and keep a harmonious household.

    So I have 5 Jamo A 310 speakers and a small, passive subwoofer. As we have recently returned to the States, and are about to move into a house with a room which will allow me considerable more freedom in speaker size and placement, I plan to upgrade my speakers.

    I don’t really wish to spend the money to replace (what is after all serviceable) all at once. So I’d like advice on which speakers I should change first.

    My plan was (1) subwoofer, (2) center, (3) mains, and (4) surrounds. On the other hand, as I’d like to get a subwoofer on the order of a Hsu or SVS (and yes, I’ve followed the debates and expect that I’ll have further questions), I can easily see that replacing the subwoofer first might cause a major imbalance to my system.

    Your comments will be appreciated.


    Thanks,

    Lew
     
  2. Roberto Carlo

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  3. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Roberto,

    The imbalance about which I was concerned was the potential for a reasonably good subwoofer to just overpower the other speakers. Your suggestion of properly calibrating the subwoofer is most helpful.


    Thanks,

    Lew
     
  4. Larry Vale

    Larry Vale Auditioning

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    I'd pop for the sub as well. If set up correctly you might find you'll be spending money on a new furniture before replacing the rest. Especially if your primary use is movies!

    Larry
     

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