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Upgrading...what should be the next step


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#1 of 11 MandyHan

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Posted August 18 2006 - 03:44 AM

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 of 11 Arthur S

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Posted August 18 2006 - 03:46 AM

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?

#3 of 11 John Garcia

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Posted August 18 2006 - 04:00 AM

With the receiver being Sony, that would DEFINITELY be the very next thing I replaced.
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#4 of 11 Brian_cyberbri

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Posted August 18 2006 - 10:21 AM

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 of 11 MandyHan

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Posted August 23 2006 - 03:24 AM

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 of 11 Arthur S

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Posted August 23 2006 - 04:12 AM

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.cambridge....item=c1s300ZZZ

#7 of 11 MandyHan

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Posted August 23 2006 - 05:00 AM

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

#8 of 11 Arthur S

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Posted August 23 2006 - 05:34 AM

That is exactly right.

#9 of 11 Chuck Bogie

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Posted August 23 2006 - 08:13 AM

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 of 11 MandyHan

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Posted August 25 2006 - 02:22 AM

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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

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 of 11 RichardH

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Posted August 25 2006 - 09:20 AM

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.