Originally Posted by mjwise
Ever consider upgrading the speakers? I actually have an old panasonic mini system (SC-AK57) in storage that is reminiscient of that aiwa and the center and surround speakers that came with it were pretty marginal.
I'd also be leery of what those speakers' actual impedance is. Some mini systems' speakers (my panasonic included) used some funky low impedance designs that are ok with the amps they were paired with but could be troublesome with a standard amp.
I absolutely consider upgrading the speakers--daily, I think. It's not in the budget at the moment, and I'm also having trouble finding a place to hear the speakers I really want to hear, the new Klipsch Reference bookshelves and centers. Their highly efficient design and reputation for home cinema sound makes me want to check them out, but I can't seem to find too many local dealers, never mind any with them actually in stock or set up for listening.
I'm actually quite pleased with the sound of my speakers, and though I know it could be better (I have heard other speakers that I liked, though not those Klipsch ones yet), I'd really like my next speaker purchase (and perhaps subwoofer too) to be the last one for a long time. Let receivers and sources and displays evolve, and maybe I'll put my money into them if I want--but I'm looking for what I like to call 20-year speakers. I'll know them when I find them, and if they're a good fit for my budget, then I'll definitely upgrade.
The only speakers I've actually heard that really grabbed me were Polk LSi9s, but they are inefficient and 4-ohm speakers, so perhaps not the best match for my little Class D Panasonic that could. I have toyed with the idea of building Hypex Class D amps into a three channel amp for Polk LSis across the front soundstage, but I'd have to make them with high-level inputs since my Panasonic doesn't have preouts, and all of a sudden we're spending a lot of time and money and violating my "Bang for the Buck"!
So that's a long answer to your short question. I have poked around a bunch of threads to get people's impressions of what speakers are a good match with my receiver for movie watching, but I won't buy anything I can't hear first, one way or the other. And I have no immediate urgency to upgrade my existing speakers at the moment, and likely won't unless I make funds available for new speakers or something happens to my current set.