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I currently have a pair of AV40s. I do have an old Sony STR-DE505. I'm not sure how good that it is but I'm thinking of using it with a pair of bookshelves to replace my AV-40. I'm not sure if its worth it. I'm considering picking up this pair of speakers from best buy to try out.

Edit: I'm considering just spending the extra money on the Polk Monitor 40.
Edited by BababooeyHTJ - 11/18/12 at 12:26pm
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Actually in my sig there are peeps who have owned both the AV40s and the humble Dayton B652 + T-Amp and the latter offers better SQ/$$ but those Polks at that price looks a no brainer drool.gif

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I currently have a pair of AV40s. I do have an old Sony STR-DE505. I'm not sure how good that it is but I'm thinking of using it with a pair of bookshelves to replace my AV-40. I'm not sure if its worth it. I'm considering picking up this pair of speakers from best buy to try out.
Edit: I'm considering just spending the extra money on the Polk Monitor 40.

NO NO NO NO NO!!!!! Stay far away from them! It is just the Monitor series that is garbage. The sound quality is good but they are not reliable and can be blown easily. Not even kidding, I have seen cheapo speakers live longer then the Monitors. What is your budget?

Without knowing your budget these are my recomendations for bookshelf speakers :

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Bookshelf-Speakers-Black/dp/B000V2UBS8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1353316933&sr=8-4&keywords=Polk+Audio+RTI

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-TSi200-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B0018QRO9A/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1353316933&sr=8-10&keywords=Polk+Audio+RTI

http://www.amazon.com/Definitive-Technology-StudioMonitor-Speakers-Black/dp/B000TD6REQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1353317091&sr=1-1&keywords=definitive+technology (I personaly want a set of the 450's. They just sound amazing.)

Polk and DefTech have an almost identical sound and is one of the most pleasant imo. Is there better? Most certainly. I just really enjoy the nice balance that they offer across the sound range and find it to be the most comfortable to listen to at all volume levels. I have blasted both with them being powered by a 120w per/ch Onkyo and Denon and never found myself cringing from pain. I also have never seen a speaker take the absolute abuse that the Polk RTi series can handle. To give you an example, I worked at Circuit City MANY years back and trust me every speaker that came through that store we put through the paces. I'd burn them in and then let the system rip. Never managed to blow a set of RTi's but blew many full sets of Monitors.

Infinity also makes good bookshelfs for the price and a lot of people here like the Audiogenes.

Your receiver isn't bad but could be upgraded as well. I'd personaly save up a little cash or try and sell it to try and pick up a Denon, Yamaha, or Onkyo. Denon and Onkyo are personal favorites of mine. Easy to use, perform incredibly well and last forever. My Onkyo is 30 years old.

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR616-7-2-Channel-Certified-Receiver/dp/B0077V88W2/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1353317902&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=onkyo+receiver - That is an INSANE deal. Can't find much for that same price that could compare to the quality of that receiver.

Edit : Btw, the Monitor series was created because Circuit City refused to pay for the RTi's anymore and wanted a cheaper speaker. They were originaly made as a cheap speaker just for Circuit City right before they fell apart.
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