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I'm itching to spend my tax return so I have a few questions. tongue.gif

I currently have a Yamaha R-V703 AV receiver and I'm wondering how I can get better sound, It is paired with Bose 201's. They sound pretty good when its turned up but I feel like when I need to turn it down It gets very distorted.

I was thinking of getting an integrated amp but i'm not sure if its going to make a difference. This is what I was looking at.

Another question would be for the same price, it seems like I can get a pretty good receiver with all the bells and whistles.This is going directly to a computer which means I pretty much am only going to use 2.1.

Or should I get a new pair of speakers first before I replace the receiver?

Thanks,
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i think you should look at speakers (but I will note upfront I am no bose fan)

If you are in SEATTLE then i know for a fact (i am from up there) that there are a metric ton of vintage / used deals on speakers to be had on CL and or digging about at estate sales / thrifts

I for my part have some estate sale Klispch KG2.5 speakers hooked up to my Yammaha RX-V573 and it is amazing (I got the KG's for $50/Pr ) I also have some vintage JBL L1 speakers I got from estate also for $40/Pr)

and blah blah blah many more B&W DM302 $20, Monitor Audio Silver S1 (cosmetic issues..i fixed) $11.25



not sure how much you have to spend but a few ideas at a few price points that will (imho) beat on those 201's


Pioneer BS-LR21 (wow... $50 today anyways.. i have soo many bookshelf speakers and despite the fact my wife would hit me in the head I am tempted to get these for $50.... if these look good to you, get them sooner than later as they are $50 cause the are closeout items now.)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117405


Cambridge audio SX50 $250~
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2P213D7783


PSB Alpha B1 $300~
http://www.audioadvisor.com/PSB-Alpha-B1-Bookshelf-Speakers/productinfo/PBALB1/#.UyiIz4WB7y4


Wharedale Diamond 10.1 $350~
http://www.amazon.com/Wharfedale-DIA101-CHR-WHARFEDALE-DIAMOND-CHERRY/dp/B0079XG53W

Monitor Audio Sliver RX-1 $500~
http://www.audioadvisor.com/Monitor-Audio-Silver-RX-1-2-way-Compact-Loudspeakers/productinfo/MRSRX1/#.UyiJEYWB7y4
post #3 of 15
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I've been through craigslist too and there ARE plenty, just dont know what I'm looking for :/ The 201's are my dads back in the day, just saw them in storage. lol.

I was actually looking at powered monitors from guitarcenter, the mackies are about in my price range for the pair. but I know I cannot use the Receiver and my subwoofer for these. I just really dont know which way to go at this point.
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Take a look at these Cambridge S70 speakers
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/cambs70oak/cambridge-audio-s70-5-3-way-floorstanding-speakers-each-dark-oak/1.html

If can get get a pair of these Infinity Primus 363 towers I highly recommend them. They are often on sale for approx $200 at Frys
http://www.frys.com/product/6878376?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
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I actually need desk speakers. I dont think those would give me good speaker placement when I put it on my desk. Thanks!
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Would something like this do me any good? Found it on craigslist for about $130

http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/04/cambridge-audio-intros-dacmagic-upsampling-digital-to-analog-con/
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post #7 of 15
Accessories for less have a good range of receivers within your price range starting @ $99
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/category/avreceiver/home-audio/home-theater-receivers/1.html
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What you need is a sound card. You AMP luckily has 6 channel input on the back. Really if you wanted you just get a sound card, run all the channels from the sound card into the 6 channel input on the back and you receiver now has full 5.1 at its disposal. This is pretty much what I do, but I only run 4.1 and took the center out. The Creative Z sound card will let you set that all up in software, just mixes the center channel into the front channels. Then get new Front speakers and use the Bose for the rear.

The Soundcard will act as the DAC and DSP and your AMP should just act like a amp. I do this with my Sound Blaster Z card and my HTR-5790 AMP.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102054
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102048
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That DAC magic seems like a decent deal, just be aware it will only do stereo.

I'd also highly recommend upgrading your speakers before anything else. Upgrading to a real DAC should be a noticeable improvement, but nothing compared to new speakers. Here's some that are on my shortlist, just to give you some more ideas and stuff to research.

NHT SuperZero 2.1 $100 each
Micca MB42X $80 pair
Fluance SX6 $120 pair
Fluance XL7S $180 pair
Cambridge S30 $180 pair
Cambridge SX-60 $350 pair
Wharfedale 10.1 $350 pair
Monitor Audio BX-1, BX-2, RX-1 $380-500
DALI Zensor 1 $500 pair
Boston Acoustics A-25 or A-26 $150-200 pair
HSU Research B-1 MK2 $160 each
Paradigm Mini Monitor $600 pair
KEF Q300 $650 pair
EMP Tek E5Bi or E41 $225-300 pair
Home Theater Direct Level THREE $300 pair

As mentioned above, garage sales and especially estate sales are good places to look for used deals.
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post #10 of 15
As DrGrove wrote, speaker upgrade should come first.

The Pioneer 52s are amazing speakers for the price of $130 a piece.
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i7 920 GB EX58-UD4P SApphire Trixx 290 12GB Corsair 
CoolingMonitorKeyboardPower
H60 QniX 27" G910 G13 Corsair HX750 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Azza 1000 G700 Auzen Forte Sennheiser PC360 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
C2D E8400 GB  Radeon 5850 4GB Buffalo 
MonitorKeyboardCaseMouse
Toshiba 40rv525 Logi Wave NZXT Tempest SideWinder X8 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus P867EVO Rad 5770 8GB G-Skill Ripjaws 
CoolingMonitorOther
CM 212+ Dell U2312 Wacom INTUOS4 
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