We've moved recently into a larger home. I've now got an additional area designated as a "game room" but it is larger and much more open than the family room in my prior home where I had my home theater setup. The new home isn't particularly conducive to a surround sound set up, plus I find I am watching much less TV these days, so I am contemplating a strategic upgrade of my system over time to focus more on music vs. movies. I am sure I can be perfectly content with 2.1 for movies these days.
My current equipment is a Pioneer Elite VSX-03THX, Boston Acoustics CR95's for the fronts and the PV800 subwoofer (I do still have the CRC center channel and the rears - CR65's I think).
Music sources aside (CD, SACD, internet, iTunes, etc.), I am struggling with what approach to take when looking to upgrade components. I've always had an AVR (since there have been AVR's) or an all-in-one receiver so I've no experience with separates. I think I'd like to move that direction, so I'm not really looking at another AVR at this point.
Is there any value into looking at a 2 channel amp as a first step? Or should I be looking at speakers first? I am sure that this is a somewhat subjective question. However, given my "buy the AVR/speaker combo I think sounds the best within my budget" approach I've always taken with HT equipment, I'm not well-versed enough to know how subjective my questions are.
Am I happy with my current set-up? I was in my old home. Again, I don't have the ability really to put the surround sound back - I'm not loosing sleep over this one at all - and I have a little spare change to put towards incremental improvements in the 2.1 area if possible.
Thanks in advance.