Upgrade bug strikes again...decisions, decisions...

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by ScottH, Jan 3, 2002.

  1. ScottH

    ScottH Producer

    Jan 2, 2001
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    Scott Hanson
    Well, the upgrade bug has been getting at me lately (damn this board [​IMG] ) and I was wondering what everyone else thought about which direction I should head (should I convince the old wifey)...
    I currently have:
    Marantz SR-8000 Receiver
    Panny RP91 DVD
    Norh 5.1 Wood mains
    Norh 4.0 Wood center/rear
    SVS 39PC Sub
    Pioneer Elite PRO-710 TV
    RCA Directv Dolby Digital receiver
    Two options I've come up with are:
    1) Upgrading the Norh 5.1 Mains/4.0 Center channel to Norh 7.0 Marble (all three) (estimated cost - $3,000)
    2) Upgrading the Norh 5.1 Mains/4.0 Center channel to Norh SM 6.9 (all three) AND getting some sort of amp to hook up with my Marantz SR-8000 (such as the Rotel 1095?) (estimated cost - $3,300)
    As you can probably tell, I'm VERY BIG on Norh speakers. I couldn't imagine getting any other type in that price point. What does everyone think? Am I totally headed in the wrong direction here? Should I not bother upgrading the speakers at all? I've been thinking about going to separates for months now, which is why I'm liking that second option, but I don't think I'm ready to replace the Marantz receiver just yet (with a pre/pro). This would also probably be my last upgrade of ANY KIND for a very long time (I know some of you are saying "yeah right"), so I need to make this one count. I would like to keep it around that $3,000 price range. Does anyone have any OTHER suggestions given that price range?
  2. jeff lam

    jeff lam Screenwriter

    Jun 4, 2001
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    Jeff Lam
    Looks good to me, you don't need anything else.

    Hold off until better stuff becomes more redily avalible.
  3. Marty M

    Marty M Cinematographer

    Dec 6, 1998
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    When I got the upgrade bug about 1-1/2 years ago, I purchased some speaker cables for my main speakers. I was able to hear a great difference in sound. This upgrade only set me back $225.
  4. Scott-C

    Scott-C Supporting Actor

    Jul 23, 2001
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    Since you were thinking of going to separates and are pretty happy with your current speakers, with your budget you could have lots of fun demo'ing amps. I don't think a 6-channel Cinepro amp is too far out of your budget, but I'm sure there are a lot of other amps that might be worth checking out as well.

    Just an option...

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