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Some receiver's do it better than other's. My current Kenwood can, but sucks at it. Every 5.1 set up on it sounds like crap. Downright amazing for a 2 or 2.1.

EDIT: I have found that when looking for a budget 5.1 receiver the one's that offer built in "auto tuning" via mic tend to have the most settings to play with even if the "auto tune" function itself is horrible. My finger's are crossed on this Yamaha

Edit: Harman has some great stuff's.. Sorry you don't like yours frown.gif

I've had my experience with Yamaha's, and outside of the HTiB receivers, they sound GREAT. the last model I had did a pretty good job at speaker balancing and I loved it.

Have you thought of doing decorative acoustic paneling? It could allow you more freedom to crank the volume and add some art into the room, and you can do it yourself for rather cheap: Video Tutorial

thinking on the setup of speakers you have, the monoprice speakers are probably not the best to go with for front L/R, being as you get so much of your sound, and they will suffer when playing music. i currently use Polk T15 book shelf speakers and they are wonderful and cheap for my stereo channel. They would add about $50 to your overall cost but have a wonderful tone. They lack in the lows, as do all book shelf speakers but a 2.1 stereo or even a 2.2 if you plan to stay bookshelf will remedy that rather easily.

Last thing I've thought about is normalization. See if your receiver has it you are interested in has it, or your individual components in the systems. It reduces the low/high range and is very helpful in movies with a wide sound range.

Edit: I'm not an HK fan. Decent stuff but often overpriced for what it is. Also some fixed spelling issues:-p
Edited by Perrfekt - 2/16/13 at 5:26am
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I've had my experience with Yamaha's, and outside of the HTiB receivers, they sound GREAT. the last model I had did a pretty good job at speaker balancing and I loved it.

Have you thought of doing decorative acoustic paneling? It could allow you more freedom to crank the volume and add some art into the room, and you can do it yourself for rather cheap: Video Tutorial

thinking on the setup of speakers you have, the monoprice speakers are probably not the best to go with for front L/R, being as you get so much of your sound, and they will suffer when playing music. i currently use Polk T15 book shelf speakers and they are wonderful and cheap for my stereo channel. They would add about $50 to your overall cost but have a wonderful tone. They lack in the lows, as do all book shelf speakers but a 2.1 stereo or even a 2.2 if you plan to stay bookshelf will remedy that rather easily.

Last thing I've thought about is normalization. See if your receiver has it you are interested in has it, or your individual components in the systems. It reduces the low/high range and is very helpful in movies with a wide sound range.

Edit: I'm not an HK fan. Decent stuff but often overpriced for what it is. Also some fixed spelling issues:-p

The really funny thing is last night I found the Yamaha Receiver as part of a HTiB set up....but I am really worried about the speakers they send with it lol.

A thought of acoustic paneling entered my mind for a split second.. then I realized I have to pass that Idea past the Proper Authority (Wife) so I dropped it. However your comment might have given me a tactical advantage in that area. It also brings up the fact that we have solid hardwood floors thought the entire apartment). I'm thinking that some Acoustic Paneling along with a well insulated rug might keep the neighbors at bay.

As far as the monoprice speaker's performance as a 2.1 set up I'm not horribly worried about it. They came highly recommended from head-fi.org and a few Audio/Visual Forums. I am looking at those P/A speaker's as a possible replacement for the monoprice speaker's all the way around.

My main concern is the Receiver, center and sub selection. later I'll post some other set up's I have come up with.

Here is something else I found at monoprice... I love them. So much great re branded stuff at a fraction of the price.

MonoPrice Hi-Fi 5.1 Speaker System. I did a quick search on them and found that this system is a re-brand of this Energy 5.1 set up. There are TON's of epic review's on the internet on both system's.

The only thing that worries me is their performance in 2.1 mode. But a quick fix would be to get the Onkyo receiver I linked a few post's back and use the Zone 2 for a nice 2.1 set up and switch between 2.1 and 5.1 for music and movies.... A bit complicated though... I hate working out budget appartment system's lol

EDIT: I put HK in the same box as Bose. Great to buy second hand but prefer not to pay "new in box" price.
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Well yamaha's have scenes you can setup for specific tasks. want to use your dvd player for a cd player as well? set scene1 for movies and scene2 for music. they can use the same inputs but save you from manually changing configurations all the time from stereo to surround etc.

Edit: As far as acoustic paneling, she can pick fabric and you can make them decorative to her liking. thumb.gif
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