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Hey guys,

I have a dedicated home theater room (13.1" X 18.6"). I need advice on whether to upgrade my sound system or not.

My current setup:
Samsung PN63C8000 63-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV, Black
Onkyo-SR605 receiver
KEF KHT-3005 system
PS3 (blu-ray, games)

My problem:
That TV is new, and has 3D capabilities, but the Onkyo won't pass 3D (only has HDMI 1.3). I don't use 3D too much, but it's annoying to have to bypass my system and just use TV speakers.

I thought I'd get a new receiver to pass HDMI 1.4a, but maybe jsut upgrade the whole system.

What's the best could I get for about $1k-$1.5K?

Are 2 of those KEF's ok to use as my rear's if I replace the front 3? Is that sub still adaquate if I get better fronts/center?

Should I just leave it alone (saying that I can't get much of an upgade for my budget)?

I'm not 'unhappy' with my current setup, but if I could upgrade and really notice a difference, i'd like to.

I've read people on this board saying you're better off treating the room than changing equipment. I just have two rows of seats (back row on a carpeted riser). I know I need to paint it, but didn't really look beond that.

what's the best use of my money?
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Is the ps3 a fatty or is it slim? If a fatty do this:

Start with the basics.

1. Get a new receiver that has HDMI pass through with lossless codecs
2. Get a dedicated 3D Blu ray player that has Dolby HD and DTS HD (can't remember the actual name ATM)
3. Sub
4. Speakers.
5. Configure room to optimize set-up.

Truthfully there are a million different options in that price range, just research and find the best deals (craigslist, ebay, here, amazon) and get what you can for your dollar.
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Truthfully, "a million" smells a little bit hyperbolic.
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The PS3 is a slim...

by your sequence, you're saying it is worth upgrading receivers just to get the HDMI 1.4a pass-thru, and that upgrading the sub in that KEF system is neccessary?

If I do upgrade the receiver: can I buy a $1k speaker package that will be noticably better than those KEF's? Or should I just stick with those current speakers and only replace the receiver.

I'd hate to spend $1k on speakers and not notice anything atl all....

I appreciate the help. thanks.
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Originally Posted by jmichaelf View Post

Truthfully, "a million" smells a little bit hyperbolic.

Of course it was. I like to exaggerate, but I stand behind my statement there is actually a lot you can get for that money.
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The PS3 is a slim...

by your sequence, you're saying it is worth upgrading receivers just to get the HDMI 1.4a pass-thru, and that upgrading the sub in that KEF system is neccessary?

If I do upgrade the receiver: can I buy a $1k speaker package that will be noticably better than those KEF's? Or should I just stick with those current speakers and only replace the receiver.

I'd hate to spend $1k on speakers and not notice anything atl all....

I appreciate the help. thanks.

If you are hapy with the speakers than by all means stick with them, I would. And a dual bass set-up would make it even more enjoyable.

New list:

1. Receiver one with HDMI 1.4a pass through and all current lossless codecs
2. Powered sub
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Here I did a little searching...

1. Similar receiver with updated specs: http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR609...dp_ob_title_ce

2. Powered sub: http://www.epiksubwoofers.com/legend.html

I just did some light searching and for around 1300 you can do a nice upgrade (dual legends as opposed to a single). But again you can prolly find that stuff for a bit cheaper with a little research.
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Don't forget to sell your present 605 on Ebay...

The 605 is currently selling for $125-$150(same basic price as its sister, the Integra DTR 5.8).

There are plenty of people out there that don't care about 3D that only need 2 HDMI and upconversion for a Wii.

Also, instead of dumping the speakers...do 7.1 and just get a pair of iQ KEF for the front.

KEF KHT and iQ match up well.
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