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I've been bit by the upgrade bug (again)! Anybody else?


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#1 of 41 OFFLINE   KeithH

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Posted October 18 2001 - 12:09 PM

Hello, my name is Keith, and I am an audioholic. Posted Image

I've been bit by the upgrade bug in the past few days. My latest acquisitions:

Sony SCD-C555ES multi-channel SACD changer (set to arrive on Tuesday). Will be used as a CD changer (and occasionally for stereo SACDs) in my main stereo system, and of course, for multi-channel SACDs in my home theater.

Energy e:XL 25 floorstanding speakers for my second stereo system. I'm loving these speakers. I got the rosewood finish, so they look as good as they sound.

Energy Active Crossover Network for my main stereo system. Allows me to connect my Energy e:XL-S10 10" subwoofer (from the home theater) to my stereo integrated amp and dial in the crossover. I love having the subwoofer for music now.

I guess this rash of upgrading was bound to happen. Prior to these acquisitions, I bought a pair of Totem Arro floorstanding speakers in August and a Sony MDS-JA555ES minidisc player in June. Both of these were for the main stereo system. Before that, it had been awhile since I had bought anything. So, I had been adding things here and there until I went nuts this week. Amazingly, I can't think of anything I want now. I will upgrade speaker cables and interconnects someday, but I have no desire to do so right now.

Anyone else have upgrade stories to share?

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#2 of 41 OFFLINE   Sean_B

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Posted October 18 2001 - 12:22 PM

Hi, I'm Sean and I'm have upgraditis Posted Image

I just ordered a pair of Paradigm studio 40's for my mains replacing Studio 20's. $721 shipped from tsto.com

Bought J-50's from e-bay. $152.50 shipped.

Bought adjustable (up to 45" in heighth)rear speaker stands from furniture works (400a/h)for my studio 20's. $99.00 shipped.

On order. Audioquest Type 4 speaker wire. $72.00 shipped.

Will buy in the next month or two: Either a Denon 5800/4802 or external 5 channel amp.

Will buy X-box if I can get my hands on one without a bundle.

STOP THE MADNESS!!!!


#3 of 41 OFFLINE   Don Whitley

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Posted October 18 2001 - 01:31 PM

I've been bitten, yet again. My new cinepro 2k6III will arrive tomorrow. The electrician will come Saturday to install a dedicated 30 amp power source. My wife may file for a divorce on Monday; and Tuesday her attorney will have a slightly used cinepro 2k6III. Oh well.... Posted Image

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Posted October 18 2001 - 01:53 PM

I'm itchin for the Outlaw 950 after i saw the specs on it. And I just bought a new receiver a month ago! Of course i neeed a six channel amp too(or a 5 channel and a monoblock). Does it ever end!

#5 of 41 OFFLINE   Sean-D

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Posted October 18 2001 - 01:54 PM

You think that you guy's have got it bad?

I just bought a $3000 dollar preamp/processor 4 months ago and I'm already looking to upgrade! I need some serious help. Any rehab facilities you could recommend would be greatly appericiated.
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#6 of 41 OFFLINE   Tom J. Davis

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Posted October 18 2001 - 02:11 PM

I thought I was finally cured when I bought my 53" HDTV a year ago, but I'm already reading avs forum daily to try and decide which front projection I want to go with.

Sigh, it never goes away. Posted Image

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Posted October 18 2001 - 02:22 PM

All of you people that are getting bitten that would like to do good for others should set up a fund for the poor people that can not upgrade even if they wanted too, heh.

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Posted October 18 2001 - 02:30 PM

I seem to be upgrading at least once a month, last month I bough a Denon 3802 & Polk RT55s...I'm purchasing a SVS 20-39 next week!!!!
(Holding my head)
Can someone please STOP THE MADNESS?!!!!!

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#9 of 41 OFFLINE   Scott-C

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Posted October 18 2001 - 02:38 PM

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I thought I was finally cured when I bought my 53" HDTV a year ago, but I'm already reading avs forum daily to try and decide which front projection I want to go with.

Ah, I can relate...Bought a 65" RPTV in February; took me all of a couple months to start dreaming of a front projector, which has led me to begin planning a dedicated HT room in my next home (which is probably 1 to 2 years away!). Also planning to upgrade most of the rest of my system to separates.

I have a very patient wife but I think I'm going to drive her to the insane asylum!

Not planning to upgrade immediately, however, as I'm taking my time and considering my options. However, it's killing me!

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Posted October 18 2001 - 02:39 PM

Well, the cure is learn enough so that you won't be sastified unless you are looking at something that is out of your budget. It will work (and is for me), at least until you manage to get that item almost into your budget.

My most recent additions are the Tempest Sonosub I built (it's a little over 4 months old now). And most recently I added an ExpressVu 5100 Sat receiver to replace my 4700 (anybody want to buy the 4700). God I love my PVR (well it does have a few annoyances, but they are minor compared to the benefits). I'm just not sure what's gonna happen when these things become common place. If nobody's watching commercials somethings gonna have to change.

Well, back to dreaming about new speakers and pre/pro/amps. Hopefully I can afford some new ones soon, this dreaming is starting to affect my school work Posted Image

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Posted October 18 2001 - 02:42 PM

Well, let's see... most recently bought stuff:
- Sherwood Newcastle R-956 A/V Receiver
- Mirage OM-R2 Speakers (upgraded my center Rear speakers)
- Toshiba SD-6109c DVD/Receiver (bought 2, returned 1 due to shipping damage)
- Denon 375RD Stereo Receiver (for ourdoor system)
- Parasound P/PH100 Phono Preamp (preparing for the Outlaw 950)
- Sony SAT-HD100 HDTV Receiver (bought 2, sold 1)
- Winegard HD8200 OTA HD Antenna
- Winegard AP8275 Antenna Preamp
- Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Analog Tuner (I don't even know if I am going to use or sell this piece?)
- Energy RVSS Surround Speakers (Upgraded bedroom to 7.1)

Buying in the next week or so:
- Pioneer SD-643HD5 HD RPTV
- Sony SCD-e555ES SACD Player

I had planned on buying a Cal Audio CL-2500 MCA amp but just decided that I would never use its' full potential and it only came with a 2 year warranty... then again, I'm gonna go "look" at it again on Saturday. Posted Image

Other than these purchases, I am in a holding pattern, with some surplus equipment, just waiting to get my Outlaw 950... hopefully, in a few weeks. Posted Image Then I can decide what to sell, and what to keep. YES, I AM very ILL! 12 steps just won't be enough for me. Posted Image


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#12 of 41 OFFLINE   KeithH

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Posted October 18 2001 - 02:49 PM

Glad I am not alone. Posted Image The thing is, my girlfriend and I are talking more and more about settling down. It's something we both want. However, she has a hard time understanding why I have no problem spending $800 on an SACD changer, but I have reservations about spending a couple hundred bucks on new curtains for my bedroom. Yes, my priorities are out of whack. Posted Image

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Posted October 18 2001 - 03:07 PM

I'm in the boat too.....

sold my Klipsch KV-3......bought the Klipsch Academy
sold my Denon 1601, Adcom gfa-555, and NAD 1600......bought the Denon 4800 and Poa-5200
bought a pair of Klipsch KG 1.5's for rear surrounds for 6.1 sound
sold Klipsch KSW-12.....bought SVS 16-46pc......coming next week

Now after all this.......I really do think I am done for a while Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

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#14 of 41 OFFLINE   Tina_H_V

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Posted October 18 2001 - 03:10 PM

No problem, Keith.

How about a woman's perspective on this entire issue here, shall we....? Posted Image

August: Yamaha DDP-1 Dolby Digital Processor. (featuring AC-3 RF input for AC-3 laserdiscs; more on why later).

September: an entire new speaker system, featuring floorstanding tower speakers for the front-end stereo channels; larger-than-ever bookshelf speakers for the side surround channels: and a new center channel speaker. New speaker wiring of a higher gague also included on all five speakers.

I even finally added a Dolby Digital wall display at last to go with my DTS wall display. What uniformity. Posted Image

And that is only the beginning.

Coming up next:

Onkyo TX-DS797 Home Theater Receiver (the Yamaha DDP-1 was picked up for running the AC-3 lasers through the Onkyo's multi-channel inputs.)

A new 32" color stereo television: as long as it has three-line digital comb filer and component video inputs, with a flat-as-necessary screen, that's all that matters.

And that is not to mention the fact that I shall look next summer to not only bring in a brand new DVD player, the Pioneer DV-440 an early favorite, but also a higher-ended laserdisc player with an AC-3 RF output plug as well. (eg. Pioneer ELITE 59, 79 or 99 or a CLD-D704)

Yes, I've got the fever now myself!!!!! Posted Image I am about to truly get more serious about home theater than ever before.

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Posted October 18 2001 - 03:14 PM

Oh, and by the way...

...I WILL BE MOVING TO 6.1 FORMATTING ONCE THE ONKYO TX-DS797 ARRIVES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!!!!!!

That I truly look forward to. Posted Image

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#16 of 41 OFFLINE   KeithH

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Posted October 18 2001 - 03:39 PM

Tina, a woman's perspective is always welcome here. I don't see much of it, unfortunately. Posted Image The more replies I see on this thread, the better I feel. Some people here have some real laundry lists of upgrades. Posted Image

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#17 of 41 OFFLINE   Thomas_Berg

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Posted October 18 2001 - 05:31 PM

i'm a poor college kid with no income and some $$ for spending in the bank (not much). here's what's new:

August: Onkyo 595, computer, SVS 25-31PC
last week: Sony SCD-CE775
early November: Tosh SD5700 or Panny RP91
next August (already planning!): probably a nice 32" TV (~$700) and likely JBL NSP1 package
August after that (that's a ways off!): Paradigm or PSB towers + center

i think i'm the worst here, since i have no regular income!! Posted Image admittedly the worst!

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#18 of 41 OFFLINE   Paul E V

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Posted October 18 2001 - 08:29 PM

My last purchase was awhile ago (I believe February) when I bought my second Pioneer DV-F727 ---- I've only got two things left to buy --- a big screen HDTV and a DVD recorder


OK 2 more things --- I need to replace my BA Sub and my Sony SAVs

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Posted October 19 2001 - 01:14 AM

Felt light headed, and then when I came to I had a RX-V1, and a new audio cabinet.


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Posted October 19 2001 - 01:24 AM

I thought I was bad,just this week I have bought,Star Wars TPM,dts demo disc #4,a dts hat and a dts lapen pin... Posted Image

Actually,the cure for my sickness is a new tv...possibly 2.I just cannot decide between a fp or rp set up.Wish I could really afford to get a rp for all my regular tv viewing and fp (lcd/dlp)just for movies..but that would be hard to justify.So then I thought,how about a nice used crt fp and use it for everything but then since it is used the bulbs would still burn out too fast and I cannot afford to change expensive bulbs that often.So then I though,how abut continue using my current tv and get either a fp/rp just for movies and night time use when the light is easier to control and when we are watching more that just cartoons and the christopher lowell show....

I guess it will come down to what I get the best deal on when I have all the $$$ together




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