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post #1 of 17 Old 12-09-2012, 11:51 AM - Thread Starter
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just starting out some research on possible upgrades from this set that i purchased a few years ago. i think they sound good enough, but never that impressed with the sound for music.

just purchased a Yamaha RX-V871 (still debating whether to keep it or not, but thats a separate thread of course) open box for a decent deal and thinking bout complementing them with a new set of 5.1. in an apt, living room prob 11-12 ft x 15-20 ft (including ktichen space), with about 9-10ft ceilings.

think would like to stick with a somewhat smaller sized set around $4-500. used mostly for the usual, tv, movies, music streamed from pc/pandora.

so any good recommendations on some sets to look at to start??

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How much did you get the receiver for? You didnt leave much of a budget to upgrade the speakers. I would start out with these SM350's for new fronts

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882325059

and this Klipsch sub to replace the anemic DT 8" "sub"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780078&Tpk=klipsch%20rw

You can upgrade the center later, and keep the surrounds
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got it for $466 after tax at best buy. i wasnt necessarily planning on a speaker upgrade at that time, but if there is a reasonable set i think i would go for it.
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I added my recommendations to the above post
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May be able to stretch for a center now as well, considering been doing a lot more TV/movie watching think it would be worth while. Stick with another def tech center I'm guessing? Have not mixed sets before so new to me.

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Yeah something like a procenter 1000 or 2000 should work.
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If you get the sm350s, I recommend searching craigslist for a used c/l/r 2002 since it has the same tweeter and drivers.
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If you have the room - get another pair of the SM350, and use one
as a center channel.

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are there any real disadvantages to my non audiophile ear using the SM350 as a center channel? should work nicely if they are all the same model correct?
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None. In fact, using the same speaker will keep the sound balanced across the front.
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None. In fact, using the same speaker will keep the sound balanced across the front.
I agree smile.gif
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as it turns out, i dont think i have the room right now for the 350s. having a setup with the procenter 1000/2000 and either 2 fronts of promonitor 800 or 1000 paired with it should still work out fine right?
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The dt 350 are about as small as a desktop/bookshelf speaker is. Smaller satellite speakers will have sonic limitations.

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
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How about the Cambridge Audio S30? Slightly smaller than the dt 350's and better sounding than most satellites.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_779S30N/Cambridge-Audio-S30-Noir.html

There is a matching center called the S50.
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Hey bettadaze, got a question to you about your current speakers (pro cinema 60). Were they plenty for your living room? Any positives or negatives that you could share?

Currently they are on sale on the newegg and I am considering buying them as an entry 5.1 system for my home theater.

My room is bit larger than yours, 18'x24' (living+dining) do you think these speakers would be ok for this space?

Thank you!

P.S. my apologies for getting this off topic a bit.
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Hey bettadaze, got a question to you about your current speakers (pro cinema 60). Were they plenty for your living room? Any positives or negatives that you could share?
Currently they are on sale on the newegg and I am considering buying them as an entry 5.1 system for my home theater.
My room is bit larger than yours, 18'x24' (living+dining) do you think these speakers would be ok for this space?
Thank you!
P.S. my apologies for getting this off topic a bit.

not that im even sure i have them setup in the most efficient manner, but i still think they feel a little under powered for the size of the room. i find the sub sufficient since i do not get as much of an opportunity to listen to music (loud enough to care for the extra bass) or watch too many hd movies these days. basically finding myself wanted to step up since I just got the new receiver.

just got a Denon 2312 open box as well, so playing around with that, to see which one I want to keep.
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Alright, thanks so much for the input!
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