Opinions on upgrade.

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by David Strozier, Dec 5, 2003.

  1. David Strozier

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    Ok I currently have :
    Toshiba 50H82
    Panasonic RP62
    Technics SA-DX930
    Bose Accoustimass -6 (dont laugh, i've had it for about 6yrs)
    Hughes HIRD-E86

    I need a new reciever and cannot decide on which would be better for me. I do not want to spend over $500. I only have 5.1 surround right now and am not sure if I will ever upgrade to 6.1 or even 7.1! well to get to my point I have been looking at the Yamaha HTR-5590. I love all the features it has except I am not sure how it will work with me only having 5.1 when it is a 6.1 receiver. I mean will I lose any sound from my current setup if I am playing a 5.1 DVD on the Yamaha 6.1 and using my 5.1 setup? I am making any sense? I subscribe to Sound & Vision Magazine and try to read what is a good buy and what is not. Another factor is that I need a receiver with a cooling fan or at lest one that does not get hot enough to fry an egg on. I am really suprised how long my Techincs has lasted beceause it is kept inside of a A/V Cabinet. I also need opinions on floor speakers. I would like to get a good pair for when ever I play music, I just dont like the way my setup plays music. Or better yet if I could afford to get rid of the Bose and get a whole new suround setup!

    Alright guys, just give me your opinions, please!

    Dave
     
  2. John S

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    If you change speakers this also means changing your sub.

    Now that would be a tall order for $500....

    If you want a dramatic overall improvement, I do think you need to start over from scratch here.....

    Here are the recent products I have picked up, that I am installing at my borther-in-laws house tomorrow night.


    Onkyo SR501 6.1 reciever $180
    AR 12" powered sub $120
    6 Yamaha 8" Woof 3ways - $225
    (I actually had the speakers lay'n around for a couple of years but I believe that is the price for 6 current model of the same thing)

    A JBL NSP1 5.1 speaker package for under $200 would be considered better, but I would try to do the 6.1 now if I were you. I'd rather have the Yamaha's as I find I don't like sats at all with 6" and smaller drivers is all. And I don't care all to much for the sound of center channel specific speakers either. I really like to use the same all the way around.

    That does come close to your budget, I will know how it all sounds tomorrow night after I install it.

    A JBL NSP1 5.1 speaker package for under $200 would also be very good though.

    Many here will have totally different opinions for you though...
     
  3. David Strozier

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    I meant tower speakers not a complete surround set, like i said i only need a new receiver but need to know if a 6.1 receiver would play a 5.1 setup which is what i have. I mean will it try to play an "extra" sound that is not there like in the middle rear when i dont have one. or will it be able to play it in 5.1 properly,......sorry for the confusion

    Dave
     
  4. John Brill

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    Hi David,

    On most AVR's, including the Yamaha you are looking at, you can specify you have only 5 speakers and a sub attached to it. It will play 5.1 DVD's great without loss of sound!

    I have the Yamaha RX-V540 which is 6.1 but I only have it as a 5.1 for now (I do have the matching 6th center rear speaker but haven't gotten around to running the speaker wire yet :b )

    JB
     

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