Got $300 to spend on speakers or receiver, what to do?

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  1. ArmenK

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    Im a home theater newbie so I need some advice. I currently have a Kenwood VR-405 hooked up to four Acoustic Research AR206HO bookshelf speakers, an Acoustic Research C225PS Center channel, and a JBL PB10 Subwoofer. My system is mostly used for watching DVDs and sometimes listening to CDs. I have about $300 to upgrade the system, so I am assuming upgrading the main speakers would make the biggest difference, but If I didm would I have to get a new center channel to match? Please make some recommendation on what to upgrade to make the biggest difference in sound quality and some recommendation on speakers/receivers.
    Thanks alot[​IMG]
     
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    After reading around a bit, another option I have is DIY speakers... what do you guys think?
     
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    no opinions out there?
     
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    Check out http://www.speakercity.com
    they have a ton of DIY kits.
    If you're inclined, DIY will save a lot of money and sound great!
     
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    what kind of woodworking tools would I need for these kinds of projects? could i get some kind of wood shop to cut the boards for me?
     
  7. Brian Fellmeth

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    You need a table saw (or radial arm saw), a router and a circle jig. Having boards cut professionally would chew up a good portion of the DIY savings. Any friends or relatives with these tools ? I would add that DIY is a bad idea if the sole motivation is to save money. You have to enjoy the process.
     
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    I agree with Brian on the tools and have to enjoy it part.
    Also check out http://www.adireaudio.com. A pair of Kit81 would fit your budget. A pair of Kit281 would go slightly over budget (and I don't think your kenwood could drive the 281).
    If you know some one with the tools, it can be a rewarding experience for you both.
     

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