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I am looking to upgrade from my current speakers, and I was wondering what people suggest. I am currently looking at the Dayton Audio B652's and the SUB-1200. My main questions are:
1. Would my existing amp be enough (E7/E9 combo)?
2. What else would I need for installation?
3. Would it be worth using bigger gauge wire (14AWG vs 16AWG)?
4. Are banana plugs worth it or should I use bare wire or should I upgrade the speakers to binding posts?
I am still a novice when it comes to audio, so any help would be appreciated. My main reason for wanting to upgrade is that I am just looking for more from my speakers...I was originally wow'ed by my Klipsch's, but now that I have HD650's and I am used to them, I find my speakers to be quite lacking. I would like to keep the cost below $300 if anyone has any other suggestions.
I also have an older (from like '04-05) Pioneer receiver that came with speakers and a subwoofer. I never got around to installing the surround and have lost the speakers, but I have the sub and the receiver still. The sub's P/N is S-FCRW861-S and I was wondering if that is better than the 1200 I am looking at getting. If I did use this sub, it has single component line-in input (at least I think that is what it is), so what would I need then if I did decide to use this as my sub but other bookshelf speakers?
And just for reference my receiver's P/N is VSX-D814.
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Your current DAC setup should be fine.

Since you are already have the receiver and purchasing the subwoofer, bookshelf and speaker wire, then the only thing needed is a subwoofer cable. Any RCA cable should do really, but a shielded cable is a plus.

16AWG will do. 14AWG isn't really needed for short runs.

Banana plugs can offer a more secure and convenient alternative to just bare wire. Not really needed, but it's up to you want to use them. Plus switching out speakers is a whole lot easier.

I wouldn't use that Pioneer sub, really cheap HTIB type of sub so probably a lot of boom.

As far as the sub you chose, you could get the SUB-1000 if you have a smallish room. The Pioneer BS21 are a few steps above the Daytons and will go on sale for $50. I think they are $60 at Newegg right now.
    
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