This is what I've bought in the past 1 1/2 years.
Pioneer Elite 27 receiver(sold)
Onkyo 989 receiver(have)
Kenwood THX stereo amp(sold)
Proceed AMP 2(sold)
Parasound HCA 1500A(sold)
Cinepro 3K6II(keeping til the end of time)
2 x Bryston 4BTHX(sold one, selling other soon).
Harman Kardon AVR 20II(for DreamCast)
Klipsch (can't remember model #) bookshelf speakers(for DC)
Atl Tech 453C center speaker.
PSB Image 10S for rear surrounds
Citation 7.4 sub.
SVS 16-46 sub.
I have the system I want and it will take a lot for me to upgrade now. I am not really interested in HDTV right now.
In the last ten months i've bought -
B&K AVR-307 receiver
Sony S9000ES progressive scan dvd/SACD player
Sony CA80ES five disc cd changer (traded it in )
Sony M-333ES 400 cd mega changer
Sony SCD-C555ES multi channel SACD changer (should arrive today!)
Dish 6000 HD reciever
Mitsubishi WT-46807 HD ready tv
PSB Stratus Silveri main's (high gloss piano black finish)
PSB Stratus C6i center channel (high gloss black)
PSB Image 10S surround's
SVS 20-39PC sub
TSU 2000 Pronto
Lots of Monster cables,two Better cables TOSlink cables,one CAT cables custom silver coated coax cable (WBT locking rca's, very nice cable..)
about 100 dvd's
Damn? add that up! chaaaCHING! lol...
I live with a stronger variant of the "upgrade bug"
called the "Euphoric Upgrade Parasite." The parasite,
permanently burrowed into my brain, constantly pushes
me to by new and better electronics gear. When I get new
gear, I reward the parasite with a rush of endorphins, I
get rewarded by getting new stuff, and the cycle repeats.
Frankly, it is a "win-win" situation. Especially, after
I successfully infected my wife with the same Parasite.
But, I do have a nice system.
In the last 2 years I've replaced nearly every piece in my entire system twice (only once for the TV and DVDP)
I'm pretty happy with it as it sits, but I think I've hit on a very inexpensive ($200) way to get an analog direct path from my S9000ES DVDP to my amps, so that I can listen to SACD as it was intended.
Time to increase the software budget...
In the last year and a half I've picked up:
B&K Reference 30 pre/pro
B&K reference 7250 amp
Toshiba TW40x81 HDTV
Toshiba DST3000 HDTV box
Monster Power HTS-3500
B&W Nautilus 804s
B&W HTM2 center
B&W SCM surrounds
Toshiba sd6200 DVD player
Cal CLD-10 cd transport
2 Toshiba S-VHS vcrs
....oh and aboiut $1500 worth of Bettercables
I think I have serious issues, but I'm comfortable with that
O.K., I only listed my recent upgrades initially, and I wasn't going to do this, but here all my additions and upgrades since November 1999 broken down by category.
Main Systems (home theater and main stereo system in one room)
A/V Receiver: JVC RX-778V to JVC RX-888V to Sony STR-DB930 to Sony STR-V444ES
Stereo Amp: NAD C 350 to NAD C 370
Carousel CD Changer: Sony CDP-CE535 replaced by Sony CDP-CA80ES; added Denon DCM-370; Sony CDP-CA80ES replaced by Sony SCD-C555ES (on order)
CD Megachanger: JVC XL-MC222 replaced by two Sony CDP-CX333ES units (daisy-chained)
Cassette Deck: Pioneer CT-W606DR replaced by Sony TC-KA2ES
DVD Player: Sony DVP-S330 replaced by Sony DVP-C670D
Minidisc Deck: Sony MXD-D3 to Sony MDS-JB930 to Sony MDS-JA555ES
Laserdisc player: Pioneer CLD-D406 with Sony MOD-RF1 demodulator
VCR: JVC HR-S4600U
SACD Player: Sony SCD-777ES
CD Player: Ah! Njoe Tjoeb 4000
DVD-Audio Player: Technics DVD-A10
Home Theater Speakers: Energy e:XL package
Stereo Speakers: Totem Arro floorstanders
Second Stereo System
Stereo Amp: NAD C 350 (not the same one originally used in the main system)
Minidisc Deck: Sony MDS-JB920 and Sony MXD-D3 (not the same 'D3 originally used in the main system); Sony MDS-JB920 replaced by Sony MDS-JB930 (from the main system)
Carousel CD Changer: Sony CDP-CA80ES (not the same one used in the main system; sold)
Carousel SACD/CD Changer: Sony SCD-C333ES
Cassette Deck: Pioneer CT-WM77R (changer)
CD Players: Pioneer Elite PD-65, Sony CDP-XA5ES, and Sony CDP-X3000ES (the latter two are foreign models)
Speakers: Energy e:XL 16 bookshelf speakers replaced by Energy e:XL 25 floorstanders
I plan on buying:
Toshiba or Mits 47" RPT HDTV 16x9 TV (Next year probably Christmas unless I can get money money somehow)
Panny 91 (2003 unless a better DVD player comes out for that price range)
Dennon 3801 (2003/4 hopefully it will be cheeper then and who knows they may have a better one by then, heh)
I just hope that my current equipment lasts until I can upgrade!
GH My Home
I want to replace my current Sony 845 receiver with a Denon 3802 and replace my current Sony Speakers with Klipsch's speakers and an SVS sub. I have not had my current stuff for even a year. In June 2000 I purchased a Sony 48" projection tv and in July 2001 I purchased a Toshiba 65H80 HD ready set. I also replaced my Sony B50 SAT receiver to the Toshiba DST-3000, I did not have the Sony receiver for more than 3 months. I have to wait till Jan 2002 to do all this but I see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is only getting brighter.
I'm planning some upgrades as well:
-Replacing my Yamaha RXV496 receiver with the new Yamaha RXV1200 as I want DPLII and DTS-ES. I evaluated in-house the Marantz SR6200 and the Denon 3802 but neither seemed to sound as pleasing to my ears as the Yammie.
-Replacing my Paradigm Monitor 3's (mains) with Paradigm Reference Studio 40's or 60's.
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Hmmm, I think I've got a remission underway in my case of this darn bug....
Haven't bought anything since my panny RP91 in June. (replaced my panny a120 DVD)
But a cooling off period was in order as in the prior 18 months I bought:
1. Klipsch THX Home Cinema Speakers
2. Toshiba TP61H95 61" HDTV capable RPTV
3. Technics AX6 receiver with shac500 dd/dts decoder outboard. (SOLD)
4. Onkyo Integra DTR-7 Receiver (THX select)
5. Panny A120 DVD
6. Panny SVHS deck
7. Panny 110 disk cd changer
8. Klipsch La Scala Mains
9. NAD 7130 stereo receiver (FREE) now powering my mains via their main in jacks connected to the pre-outs on the fronts
10. Starchoice (cdn) DBS receiver, with separate HDTV decoder
11. Bang and Olafson Cd player (another freebie now working in the Bedroom system
12. A new (fully rennovated vintage train station) home on 17 acres complete with a 24 by 40 foot living room/dining room that now houses the main HT equipment. (The last upgrade cost over $250 K cdn... that one hurt!)
Now... when I get some cashflow going in my business again, I'm fully expecting the bug to come roaring back in and will probably be looking for the following:
1. A really nice 2 channel amp to replace the NAD receiver on main channel duties to drive the la scala's
2. An SVS sub to plumb the bass depths that the Klipsch THX sub can't ... It doesn't play much below 25 hz, but it sure has nice output in the 30 to 80 hz range.
Lyle (Card Carrying member of hometheateraholics anonymous)
Keith, my SCD-C555ES was on my porch when i got home from work today!!! Just took it outta the box... I won't hook it up till tommorrow morning.. I'm Head'n out to eat. Only thing i did was plug it in quickly to watch the door open & close, lol..
Chip, my 'C555ES just came today from OneCall. It wasn't supposed to arrive until tomorrow, but what a nice surprise! I'm at work right now and it's sitting here in my office. I hope to get out early to set it up, which will require some rearranging. Should be fun. Hope yours is working out well.
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My upgrade bug was biting me last year more so than this year, mainly since I've pretty much upgraded everything that I can--I wouldn't get much improvement with further upgrades (except megabuck ones), and I'm a poor underpaid slob anyway.
Last year's upgrades: Mitsubishi 46805 46" HDTV, Outlaw 1050 (from Yamaha 795), SVS sub + amp, Sony DVP-S9000ES, Pronto, and 12 gauge speaker wire.
This year's upgrades: JVC S-VHS VCR (old VCR died), ISF calibration, SilverCat interconnects for SACD, Sony MXD-D3 CD/MD deck. That's about it. This year I sprung for a digital camcorder and a trip to Alaska, instead of HT upgrades.
The Outlaw 950 has me drooling though, but I'll probably pass at this point since I'd need an amp and that would blow the budget big time. The 1050 works great in my room anyway. When I'm in a bigger house then I'll get a 950 + amp.