What is the weak link in my setup?

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  1. Boka

    Boka Stunt Coordinator

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    Current setup is:
    JBL S-310's (main)
    JBL S-Center II
    JBL S-36 II's (surround)
    Pioneer VSX-D508 100W x 5 receiver

    What do you think the weakest link is ?
    Best upgrade for $300 or so ?
    I'm already looking at adding a sub so leave that out.

    Thanks
     
  2. Dustin B

    Dustin B Producer

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    By far the receiver. But you'd have to spend more than $300 to make a large improvement. Although the Pioneer 810 can be had around $300 now a days I believe and it would be a reasonable step up. There are also a few Denon, Onkyo, Harman Kardon and Yamaha receivers in the price range you could consider that would be a step up.
     
  3. Geoff S

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    You could get a nice two channel amp to drive your main speakers, and leave the receiver some headroom to drive the rest.

    You can still keep the amp and use it on other receivers, or pre/pros long after that Pioneer is gone.
     
  4. DanaA

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    I agree with Geoff that a nice two channel amp would be a nice improvement, assuming you have preouts on your receiver. For instance, on Ubid.com today, an Audio Source 80 watts/channel amp is at $109. I, however, don't have any personal experience with Audio Source, but believe I've heard some positive comments on HTF.
     
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    The 811S can be had for as low as $280 + shipping on yahoo shopping. the 711 can be had for even less. either would be a step up, and the 811S would give the equipment to move on up to 6.1 or 7.1 when you want to.
     
  6. Dustin B

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    Oops, I meant 811. The 508 does not have preouts for anything but the sub. So a seperate amp isn't an option.
     
  7. Geoff S

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    Then since a separate amp isn't possible with that old Pioneer, then by far I agree the weakest link is that, and you should upgrade it before anything else.

    If you can save up a little more than $300 (say $400-$600) a toally decent 6.1 receiver can be had.
     
  8. Boka

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    thanks for all the ideas.

    Assuming I had 400 or 500 tops (funny how it always goes up) to blow, what receiver would be my best bet. I'm interested in quality more than loudness, 95% of the time it would be used for movies, don't care too much about video switching, etc...

    Thanks
     

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