Way ahead of myself, but...

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  1. Nathan_W

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    I just got a new TV and DVD player and have it hooked up to a modest (especially by the standard here) shelf type system. I'll eventually get a receiver and mains, but what next? A sub or a center? I'll be using it for somewhere around 65/35 or 70/30 in favor of music.

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    I would recommend a sub, especially if your mains are bookshelves.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I'll buy bookshelves for mains.
     
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    Nathan,

    While I'm not sure what type of "shelf system" you may have, I am willing to bet that a center channel will not gain you anything. A subwoofer might help but not necessarily. I had a shelf system once and added a subwoofer to it and it did not add much to the experience. Also, for the amount of cash you'll have to put down for a decent subwoofer you might consider saving a little cash and get a HTiB. Something from Kenwood would most likely be a huge upgrade and not cost too much more than a sub.

    Dan Hine
     
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    I'd get the sub, for sure. Especially if you're not one of those audiophile snobs, and will run it for music - a good musical sub should blend in nicely with music, which is still your primary interest.

    The HTIB idea is a good one too. I guess it depends on your wants, and how quickly (or slowly) you think you may upgrade in the future.

    Martin.
     
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    I think you'll find that home theater is a wonderful, albeit pricey, hobby. You obviously have lots of options ahead of you concerning future purchases. Here is what I usually suggest.

    Everyone is into a quick fix these days and will quickly recommend a HTiB or some other package deal. I think that to yield the very best performance/price ratio that one should build their setup piece by piece over time. The first step is the biggest requiring the purchase of a receiver AND some bookshelf mains. If the bookshelf mains are in the $300/pr range you will have some very excellent imaging, a wealth of options, and a stereo setup that will beat the pants of of any HTiB, with good reason. Of course you will only have 2 speakesr, but they are quality and a good start.

    In an ABSOLUTE pinch, you could get a new receiver, use the speakers from the bookshelf setup as your mains for a short while and then upgrade. This is the cheapest intial option. Of course you'd have to be very careful about volume and what not but it can be done, I did it a long time ago.

    So, assuming you bought a receiver and a set of bookshelf mains your next upgrade would have to be a center channel. At this point, you now have a good quality 3 channel setup with those 2 bookshelf speakers from before pulling surround duty.

    See where this is going? Using this approach you can build a quality setup fairly quickly and it will definitely yield terrific results. You could go with the entry level B&W, Paradigm, PSB, Axiom or a host of others.

    Personally, I would add a sub before replacing the surround speakers as a sub will add more impact but that is personal choice. I built my setup using these methods. Oh, if you can use Ebay to upgrade. I sold my Sony Str-DE445 for $150 and picked up a Denon avr-681 (functionally equivalent to the 1601) for $200. Thus the Denon was a $50 upgrade!

    One last thing. My process is long and requires lots of dedication BUT if you know you will not be content with a HTiB then why bother with the intial outlay of cash? While a quality 2 ch. setup won't completely beat a HTiB, it will come closer than you think AND you did mention that your setup is primarily going to be used for music.

    Good luck with whatever you choose.
     
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    Thanks everyone for more replies.
    I think I'd rather get pretty good quality (budget, for the high-enders here) [​IMG] , so s..l..o..w..l..y piece-by-piece looks like my plan.
    By the way, anyone know where to get brands like Denon, Paradigm, etc in Hawaii? Shipping's an arm and a leg for anything!
     

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