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Questions on upgrading my home theater

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by DoninTX, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. DoninTX

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    I’m in the “mental discussion phase” of upgrading my TV. I’m considering an LG 86” Nanocell. Since my current TV is not a 4K, I’ll have to also upgrade my A/V receiver. I currently have an older 5.1 Klipsch speaker setup using RF3s for the front speakers, a RC3 for the center, RS3s for the surrounds, and a KSW15 for the subwoofer (I’ll keep these speakers as is for the home theater.). Since my room isn’t really conducive for anything more than a 5.1 setup, I’m looking at an Onkyo SR393 receiver. I was enticed by that receiver because of the literature about the “Vocal Enhancer for Clear Dialog” and the ease of installation. My question is, will the Onkyo SR393 drive the speakers? A second question relates to the HDMI setup, as both the TV and receiver have the new version of HDMI 2.1. Would upgraded HDMI cables be warranted, as I have read in other discussions that the older ones are all that is necessary for now? Lastly, is it possible and would it benefit my home theater if I ran Ethernet hardwire straight from the router to the home theater, and if so, how would one do that? One of my constraints is that I don’t want to spend too much on upgrading the receiver, but if there is a better recommendation, please advise. Thanks for the help.
     
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    Welcome to the Forum, Donin!

    Klipsch speakers are an easy drive for any receiver.

    It’s simply a matter of running an Ethernet cable between the router and the receiver. However, that’s not an option with that particular Onkyo receiver because it doesn’t have an RJ45 receptacle.

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    Don't be swayed by the marketing nonsense from Onkyo (and everyone else). Most of the gimmicks should be turned off and instead setup your speakers either with the provided MIC (assuming it comes with one) or use a sound meter. Proper setup and proper location will get you much more bang for your buck.

    Also, you don't 'need' to get a 5.x receiver just because you only have 5.x speakers. You don't have to use all of the channels. While there's nothing wrong with getting the one you mentioned, there's no reason to limit yourself only to it.
     
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    Also, although Onkyo's marketing metions Dolby Atmos capability on this receiver, it is an inferior 3.1.2 configuration (front Left/Center/Right, sub, left/right height).
     
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    I decided to opt for the Onkyo TX-NR595 in order to have the ability to hardwire the router to receiver with an Ethernet cable. Not sure if that alleviates the Dolby Atmos issue you mentioned.
     
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    Much better choice - that is a 7.2 receiver with 5.1.2 Atmos capability, which will allow you to try upfiring Atmos-enabled speakers if you so desire.
     

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