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I have had my current setup for just over 10 years. For my birthday, my wife said I could look at upgrading my speakers. She had looked into some speaker systems for me and am wondering for some professional help.

My current system is

Fronts: Klipsch SB-1 Bookshelf
Center: Klipsch SC-1
Surrounds: Klipsch SS-1
Sub: M&K something
Receiver: Onkyo TX-SR608

 

My Klipsch speakers were discontinued in 2004, but have been quite happy with them.

 

Due to budgeting I am looking at spending between $500 and $600. My wife has looked into the following:

 

Definitive Technology ProCinema 400 system

Klipsch HDT-600 system

 

Would either of these be an upgrade to my current system? I know they are both sets of satellite speakers as opposed to bookshelf speakers.

 

Do you have other options?

 

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Going to satellites will not be an upgrade. Depending on your sub, that may be the best upgrade. A SVS PB-1000 perhaps. Or replace the front 3 with Klipsch reference series like RB-61 and RC-62. May have to buy those used to stay on budget.
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What's your goal in upgrading? Volume? Quality? Is there something your not happy with currently?

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i agree if you want to upgrade and have the room, upgrade to bigger speakers, or at least to something like the Def Tech 1000 system.
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Look at replacing the fronts >>> with the HTD Level Three
bookshelf and center speaker - they are nice for the price
http://www.htd.com/Products/level-three-speakers

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Look at replacing the fronts >>> with the HTD Level Three
bookshelf and center speaker - they are nice for the price
http://www.htd.com/Products/level-three-speakers

that would be an excellent choice.....
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I do not think you will get a substantial increase in sound by upgrading your speakers with your budget. Perhaps if you only upgrade the front left and right, but that is still iffy and you could harm your front stage if your center does not blend with your new speakers. SVS has some interesting new subwoofers within your budget that might be worth looking in to. These subs are actually able to play subsonic frequencies, unlike most in their price range. This is probably the way I would go.

http://www.svsound.com/subwoofers/sealed-box
http://www.svsound.com/subwoofers/ported-box

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Okay. So let's say I forget going with a 5.1 satellite system and upgrade at least my front L,R, and Center. What are good options for $500 to $700. They will probably need to be bookshelf as I don't have room in my setup for floor standing.

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Look at replacing the fronts >>> with the HTD Level Three
bookshelf and center speaker - they are nice for the price
http://www.htd.com/Products/level-three-speakers
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Never heard of these or seen any reviews on them. Will have to do some research.

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Going to satellites will not be an upgrade. Depending on your sub, that may be the best upgrade. A SVS PB-1000 perhaps. Or replace the front 3 with Klipsch reference series like RB-61 and RC-62. May have to buy those used to stay on budget.


Thoughts on the RB-41 series?

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Close to budget, and free shipping > and my preference over Klipsch and HTD

JBL Studio 530
http://www.audiogurus.com/speakers/bookshelf-speakers/jbl-studio-530bk.html

JBL 520 center
http://www.audiogurus.com/speakers/center-channel-speakers/jbl-studio-520cbk.html

I like hearing preferences. Thank you.

Anyone else?

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Never heard of these or seen any reviews on them. Will have to do some research.


HTD speakers are very good. yes, do the research.


also they have a 30 day risk free guarantee.
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Thoughts on the RB-41 series?

try to listen to them if possible, like at best buy. i know you have smaller klipsch speakers but not sure how they sound to their grown up siblings. it seems people either love or hate the klipsch sound because of the horn tweeter, they can sound somewhat harsh and forward. a lot of people do seem to like them for HT.
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I like hearing preferences. Thank you.

Anyone else

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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

Close to budget, and free shipping > and my preference over Klipsch and HTD

JBL Studio 530
http://www.audiogurus.com/speakers/bookshelf-speakers/jbl-studio-530bk.html

JBL 520 center
http://www.audiogurus.com/speakers/center-channel-speakers/jbl-studio-520cbk.html

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I like hearing preferences. Thank you.
Anyone else?

Skip the AudioGurus link - their seller ratings are weak
http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Audioholics

JBL is still my preference - however now, it would be past your budget

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With the exception of Amazon I find it quite useful to have PayPal in the middle of any online web transaction. I unreservedly endorse the JBL Studio 530 if it is within budget.

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You can get rb61ii new for 400 and a rc62ii for around 300 new I think. You could even get the smaller rc52ii to save a little if you had too. Call mike here at Avs and see what deal he can get you. That would be a monster upgrade to what you have now.

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Thoughts on Cambridge S30s for fronts and S50 for center? I didn't see any surrounds though.

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Thoughts on Cambridge S30s for fronts and S50 for center? I didn't see any surrounds though.

use another pair of s30's for the rears. you do not need bipole/dipoles for the rears anymore in the age of discreet channels, for what its worth dolby recommends direct radiating speakers now.

nothing wrong with dipole/bipoles, you just dont need to use them.
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