Originally Posted by kevinlg
I currently have a set of Yamaha NS-P40BL speakers and they're quite blah in my opinion, I like the powered sub because it creates enough of a boom for where I live lol
My receiver is a sony str-dh540 which powers a cable box, xbox one, xbox 360, and goes all to my Sony HW40ES, at the time I thought this receiver would be enough and it was but like always, I want more!
It's all wired with crap stock 16 gauge wire that came with it, I have a ton of 12 gauge wire waiting to be used for my next set of speakers
SO MY QUESTION IS, can I really get a better sound with this receiver, new wires, and new speakers(which you guys will help me choose of course) or is this the best I will get out of this receiver and I should save for another one?
I think you nailed the issue when you said the speakers sound blah. Speakers are the most important component and if they are not of good quality, it doesn't really matter what is driving them. My suggestion to you is to find the local audio stores in the area and go listen. The longer you look, the more speakers you listen to, the better the choice you will make. When you do find something you like and can afford, buy a pair and take them home. If they sound good with the Sony, then you are home free. If not, come back for more advice.
Take a look at the latest Pioneer bookshelf (NS-22?) speakers. They are the current "best bang for a cheap buck". They periodically go on sale for 1/2 price!
Subwoofers ... to get something good is a minimum of $500-600 (SVS, HSU, Rhythmic are good choices) There are some adequate subs at lower cost, but that is still a $300 investment (look around the sub forum for recommendations, BIC, etc ... ).
I would suggest you find and invest in a nice pair of speakers for now, with the idea of saving to fill out the set as more funds become available. Invest in a center channel next, one that is specifically designed to match the front pair. If you want, you can use the Yamaha sub and a pair of the speakers for surrounds until you are able to replace those, but don't use the Yamaha center channel (it'll interfere with the new speakers), just run the new speakers in "no center channel" mode on the receiver until you can get the matching center.
I'm sure others will have further suggestions .. but there is no substitute for actually listening to the speakers before you buy ... in my experience the happiness of the buyer with his new speakers is directly related to the effort made in selecting them.
The usual questions that will be asked are:
What is your budget?
What size is the room (including any adjoining open spaces)?
What are your listening habits (How much HT, how much music and what type, how loud, bass-head)?
How do you have the speakers set up in the room and where do you sit relative to them (positioning often makes a big difference and pics of the room would help)?