Upgrading...what should be the next step

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  1. MandyHan

    MandyHan Stunt Coordinator

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    So I have two Yamaha floor speakers (777 model that retailed for 300 each), a $200 center channel, and some leftover home theater in a box speakers for surrounds. Oh yeah, and I have a 900 series Sony receiver from about 4 years ago.

    I think the floor speakers and center channel are sufficient, so I guess its the surrounds and receiver I am most concerned about. Am I going to be happier with a Yamaha receiver? I think between surround speakers and a receiver, I'd like to spend around 1000-1200.

    Lemme know what you think...thanks
     
  2. Arthur S

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    You didn't mention having a subwoofer. If you don't have a sub, that should be your first priority. If you do, what kind?
     
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    With the receiver being Sony, that would DEFINITELY be the very next thing I replaced.
     
  4. Brian_cyberbri

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    1000-1200 is a lot of money for an upgrade.

    I agree. Take that budget and get a nice sub ($400-600) and a nice receiver ($300-400, you can find good deals on refurbs). Maybe some smaller surround speakers as well in that budget.

    After that, the next $1000 could go towards new mains and center and you'd be set.
     
  5. MandyHan

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    I actually have a pretty decent yamaha sub that I was happy with. I have to pick it up in Michigan next week, so I'll find out from there if I'm still happy with it.

    I think the Sony Receiver is the next thing to go though.

    Can someone link me to good surround recommendations? I was looking at some Polks off Crutchfield, but I wonder since my floor speakers are so much bigger if it makes a difference.

    thanks
     
  6. Arthur S

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    Mandy

    Please take a look at these surround speakers. What I really like about them is that they can be switched from direct radiators to bipoles, to dipoles. This covers all the bases for surround applications. The company also has a 45 day return policy that is very generous.

    http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/s...item=c1s300ZZZ
     
  7. MandyHan

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    So the switch is on the speakers that I would switch if I was going from say watching a DVD to playing music?
     
  8. Arthur S

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    That is exactly right.
     
  9. Chuck Bogie

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    IMHO, see if you can buy some bookshelf speaks made with the same drivers as your floor speaks... Having the same general "sound" all the way around _really_ makes a difference (been there, done that...). I think that'd give you the biggest bang for your buck sonically... Next, I'd look toward a better AVR.
     
  10. MandyHan

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    I'll probably get the rear surrounds and floor speakers at the same time. Just curious, how crappy are Sony receivers. This one was about 500 and after getting it I heard it has quite of bit of distortion, but I bought it at the time because the other stuff I had (400 disc changer, dvd) were Sony as well.

    Is there anything wrong with getting Yamaha. I guess the others I'm looking at are Denon and HK.
     
  11. RichardH

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    Denon, HK, Yamaha, those are all fine brands for receivers, and a step up from your old Sony (model dependent of course). Of those three I like Denon. You might also give Onkyo a look, they have very solid receivers in the $300-$500 range.
     

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