Upgrade JBL 7.1 Setup to Energy RC-70 Setup?

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by ffactoryxx, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. ffactoryxx

    ffactoryxx Auditioning

    Jan 3, 2011
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    So basically I have the following setup in my basement right now.
    Its a about a 20x12' room with my TV one of the 12' walls with my speakers on either side. The floor is Tile on a slab with a big area rug over it. Its a nice Rectangular area'
    Currently have a setup I built back in 2002
    Fronts- JBL S-310
    Center - JBL S-Center
    Surround - JBL N26's
    7.1 Surrounds - JBL 24's
    Sub - Sony SW40
    Receiver - Onkyo RC360
    TV - Mitsubishi 65" DLP
    I have been toying with upgrading the sounds system in my Home/Theater - Game Room and moving the current to my Living room.
    I guess the real question is will I hear significant differences with the following over what i currently have.
    Looked at
    Fronts - Energy RC-70
    Center - Energy LCR
    Surrounds - RC - 10
    (potential RC-10's for 7.1 if I decide to go that way)
    Right there I would be looking at around $1100 to overhall just the speakers. The sub can be the last to upgrade as I am in a townhouse and keep my base moderately mid level anyway.
    So few questions....
    1. Would that upgrade be worth it and how significant of a difference will I hear?
    2. Would my receiver be powerful enough to handle these speakers?
    3. Would there be cheaper options that would still be a huge upgrade but cheaper than the energy route. i have seen Polks, Energy V6.2, etc.
    4. Is my space to small for Badboys like Energy, etc.
    Thanks in advance. Just trying to flesh out my thoughts here.
  2. schan1269

    schan1269 HTF Expert
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    Jul 4, 2012
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    1. The RC70 achieve a slightly better low end, but the lowest crossover in Onkyo is 40hz, so it doesn't matter.
    2. The RC70 are 1db more efficient, so they'll take 1/3rd less power than the JBL you have now.
    3. Where do we begin???
    4. You could fit Klipschorn if you had $4000 per speaker.

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