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Upgrage my L and R speakers on my Onkyo 5.1 kit or get Separate active bookshelf speakers to run alongside?

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Title of the thread basically says it all. I've got an Onkyo HT-R290 and whatever 5.1 kit is was that came with it. I've been looking to upgrade my music listening experience for a while and was looking at the audioengine a5+ until it struck me that it might be a good idea to just swap out the left and right channel on my 5.1 and use that instead.

Any opinions?

Also I guess of note is I've got an Aune T1 from the latest massdrop on its way that I could use as a dac/preamp.

Polk Audio RTi A3 I see recommended. Would those be of better value than some active speakers, or will me cheap receiver ruin them?
Edited by SeeThruHead - 4/9/14 at 2:39am
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Title of the thread basically says it all. I've got an Onkyo HT-R290 and whatever 5.1 kit is was that came with it. I've been looking to upgrade my music listening experience for a while and was looking at the audioengine a5+ until it struck me that it might be a good idea to just swap out the left and right channel on my 5.1 and use that instead.

Any opinions?

Also I guess of note is I've got an Aune T1 from the latest massdrop on its way that I could use as a dac/preamp.

Polk Audio RTi A3 I see recommended. Would those be of better value than some active speakers, or will me cheap receiver ruin them?

Polk used to make good speakers in the 70's and 80's but that was a long time ago. Polk has an online business model and builds their speakers in China to be light as possible (shipping weight) and cheap bracing.

Chane speakers are affordable and measure well

http://chanemusiccinema.com/chane-arx-loudspeakers
Edited by bumblebee1980 - 4/9/14 at 8:35pm
    
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Would it be possible to purchase two of those and a simple 2 channel amp that I can connect to the RCA out of my Aune T1? I think I would need a power amp? I'm not sure how that differs from a headphone amp but I am just starting my research into it. If anyone has some advice I would be glad to hear it.
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yes. the line out on the Aune T1 is fixed so you need a integrated amplifier or power amplifier and a preamplifier.

http://www.chanemusiccinema.com/chane-arx-loudspeakers/A2rx-c
(you can rotate the ribbon tweeter with a screwdriver so it's MTM config like the Polk Ti series)

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

be sure to check out

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/
    
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http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/two-channel-audio/69421-official-1-000-speaker-evaluation-home-audition-event-results.html

the Arx line isn't the prettiest but they sound pretty good for the money. I have been recommending the A1 standmount for years so I wasn't shocked when the A5 towers won the shootout.

edit: fixed
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Coul. I power them from the headphone out of the aune t1 to a listenAble levels? Would be cheaper than getting an amp for that.
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Coul. I power them from the headphone out of the aune t1 to a listenAble levels? Would be cheaper than getting an amp for that.

no dear.. the Aune T1 can't drive speakers.

let me make it easy for you

    
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For whatever reason I thought it would be possible to adapt it. I suppose I should just upgrade the passive speakers hooked up to my receiver with these.
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the Aune T1 and Emotiva Mini-X A100 are going to sound better than a Onyko receiver but I understand you have a budget.

make sure the Onkyo receiver has enough power

the A1 standmounts have a sensitivity of 85 db SPL/1 watt @ 1 meter so not very efficient.

1 watt = 85 dB SPL
2 watt = 88 dB SPL
4 watt = 91 dB SPL
8 watt = 94 dB SPL
16 watt = 97 dB SPL

etc.
    
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and don't mix-match your speakers in 5.1

the Left, Center and Right channel speakers must match. it's okay to use the Polk or Onkyo speakers as surround or rear channel speakers.
    
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