Hey folks, I posted a version of this over in the Klipsch thread earlier today, but I thought I'd open it up to all brands and get as many opinions as possible. Here goes:
I've got a very, very modest audio-only set-up that I'm looking to upgrade a bit with new speakers. Here's what I'm currently running:
Harmon Kardon 3485 Stereo Receiver
Crappy Sony 5-disc changer
Music Hall Audio MMF 2.2
I've got somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 to spend, and I've had my eye on the Klipsch RB-61. Couple things I'm curious about, though: First of all, will I notice a substantial difference between the SB-1 and the RB-61? Second, how substantial is the difference between the 61 and the 51? I don't have a sub, and I'm not sure I'll be getting one any time soon, if that makes a difference. Also (and this might be a question for another forum), is there another component that would get me a larger boost in sound quality than the speakers? I listen to a lot of vinyl and I sometimes wonder if the phono pre in the HK receiver just isn't really cutting it.
I listen to mostly rock (classic, indie, some noise), with a good deal of old country/folk thrown in as well, and I split time pretty evenly between vinyl and CDs, possibly leaning more toward vinyl.
Now, I've only mentioned Klipsch so far but I'm very much open to any and all suggestions. The only caveat being that I'm not willing to buy used -- I realize this might be foolish, but I'm never comfortable buying something used when I don't know how to fix it myself.
Anyway, sorry for the rambling post -- anny advice would be greatly appreciated.