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I finished my HT last november. I have a nice projector (sony hw30) and a pretty decent sub (definitive technology supercube I), but i want to start upgrading the rest of my equipment. I want to upgrade the sound 1st so i'm debating what will get me the most bang for my buck, receiver or speakers. I currently have a pioneer vsx 1020k. I haven't had any problems with it but i know it is under powered. I picked up a set of polk speakers on craigslist. They work fine but i know there is much better out there. The Polks are RT800i with matching center. So should i upgrade the brains first (receiver) or the speakers?


My room is 11x22x10, a little over 2000 cubic feet. I don't mind buying used but don't really want to spend more than $800 bucks on a good receiver/ set of front speakers.

What is the best upgrade path?

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I finished my HT last november. I have a nice projector (sony hw30) and a pretty decent sub (definitive technology supercube I), but i want to start upgrading the rest of my equipment. I want to upgrade the sound 1st so i'm debating what will get me the most bang for my buck, receiver or speakers. I currently have a pioneer vsx 1020k. I haven't had any problems with it but i know it is under powered. I picked up a set of polk speakers on craigslist. They work fine but i know there is much better out there. The Polks are RT800i with matching center. So should i upgrade the brains first (receiver) or the speakers?


My room is 11x22x10, a little over 2000 cubic feet. I don't mind buying used but don't really want to spend more than $800 bucks on a good receiver/ set of front speakers.

What is the best upgrade path?

In your case I think the Pioneer, while it might be a little underpowered, is still capable of HD audio and has calibration software and HDMI inputs. Therefore, its a very servicable receiver. So I would go with new speakers. JMO.

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I agree about the receiver.

I don't know those Polk but their web site implies it was high-end (Our best non-powered floor standing loudspeaker. Real wood. Real high performance.) and retailed for around $900 and sold for around $600. You might not do much better with an $800 budget.

The sub (definitive technology supercube 1) is not a fantastic HT sub. A quick web search says its output drops just below 30 Hz in spite of the 13 Hz claim on their web page. I'd be tempted to start there.

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Agreeing with everyone that your receiver and speakers are fine based on your upgrade budget. How about some monitor 30's for surround channels, and a new sub to replace that puny deftech.
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