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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 05:37 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey, guys.

I've been meaning to upgrade my home theater system for a long, long time now, but I've always had other things to buy that took higher priority. I've been rocking a 70" plasma TV that supports 1080i at best and two fifteen-year-old floorstanding speakers that sound pretty impressive for their age.

It's not exactly an impressive set-up, but it's done a great job over the past few years.

The other day, however, I received a new projector as a gift, and so I figured I might as well upgrade my sound system as well.

That said, I only have a little experience in this area, so I'd love to get some advice from you all.

I'm looking to get a 5.1-channel system, though I may just start with 2.1 and build it up over time. A friend recommended that I just go with a "home theater in a box" deal, but from what I've seen, they seem to be pretty disappointing.

I started out with an initial budget of $500 in mind, but that seems to be pretty low-end and, honestly, somewhat unreasonable. I would like to keep costs down as much as possible, but I also don't want to have to sacrifice too much quality. Go figure, right?

I'm completely open to suggestions, but here are some things that I found intriguing:

  1. Receiver: ONKYO TX-NR515 7.2-Channel Network 3D Ready A/V Receiver ($299)
  2. Front Left/Right Speakers: Klipsch WF-35 Icon-W Series ($269 x2 = $538)

Unfortunately, I'm already way over my budget, and I'm still missing a bunch of speakers and a subwoofer!

What do you guys think?

Thanks.

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Buy a new reciever before spending more money on speakers, if the ones you have still work you could buy something more expensive and put the speaker upgrade on hold. And remember, a can of spraypaint, jar of Laquer and some sandpaper does wonders.

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Buy a new reciever before spending more money on speakers, if the ones you have still work you could buy something more expensive and put the speaker upgrade on hold. And remember, a can of spraypaint, jar of Laquer and some sandpaper does wonders.

Hey, thanks for the reply.

I'm more than aware that I could add onto my system over time, as I mentioned in my post -- but what I'm really looking for is suggestions for the speakers and receiver.

I will, however, purchase the receiver first per your recommendation.

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Best ballin' on a budget set of speakers:

Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Speaker System

Read the review here



Also, always budget more money for speakers than you do a receiver. As long as you aren't trying to drive 4 ohm loads, you'll always get more performance for your dollar with speakers than w/ amps. Unless your amp is clipping, you get into diminishing returns in sound in a big time hurry, so much so that in a blind test even highly trained ears can't distinguish a $5,000 amp from a $500 one.

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Best ballin' on a budget set of speakers:

Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Speaker System

Read the review here

Wow, that whole speaker set is pretty intriguing. I'll definitely consider getting them, thanks for the recommendation!

Your review link doesn't work for me, though.

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Wow, that whole speaker set is pretty intriguing. I'll definitely consider getting them, thanks for the recommendation!

Your review link doesn't work for me, though.

http://www.hometheater.com/content/pioneer-sp-bs22-lr-speaker-system


Also if you don't mind buying used, Denon receivers that are a year or two old do not hold their value well at all and can be had very cheap on eBay. Start looking at something like a Denon 1912 and see if it has the features you need.

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Actually, it just wasn't working on Chrome. Maybe Adblock was, ah, blocking it. Works fine in Firefox, thanks again.

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Does anyone else have some feedback on good speakers or receivers, or suggestions in general? smile.gif

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