[Edit: Through this process of trying to understand some elemental aspects of speakers, I've learned that some of the speakers that I had grown interested in are rear-ported and won't work in my situation, so I've shifted my search to front-ported and sealed speakers. Such a shame, too, because I was all set to order Philharmonic AA monitors and center channel speaker.
This new discussion begins on post #38. I am looking for a pair of bookshelf speakers and a center channel speaker, trying to keep the cost under $500, if at all possible. Attached below is a photo of our bookcases and television.]
In our 19'x13' living room, we have a Samsung PN51F5300 plasma television hooked up to a 2006 Pioneer VSX-516 7.1 receiver with a pair of Sony SS-MB350H
speaker, purchased in 2005, along with Pioneer S-HF11C
center speaker. We also have a pedestrian DVD player and a CD player, but those are beside the point at present.
I want to upgrade to a better-sounding system but have budget constraints (well, practically everyone does to some level). Let's just say fairly entry-level budget restraints.
I've considered that replacing our Sony speakers with a pair of ELAC B6 would make the most initial difference. I have to admit that my frugal soul likes the $90 price of the highly-rated Pioneer SP-BS22 speakers as opposed to the $270 ELAC B6, but I don't intend to upgrade the speakers again for at least another 10 years.
What do you think? New speakers for under $300 and a $400-$500 receiver later, or the reverse? We use the system mostly for viewing Netflix and Amazon Prime, but I would like to listen to more music via CD's or through our iPads or iPhones (I would need to get a Bluetooth receiver for our current Pioneer receiver).
Any insight is appreciated. I'm an older neophyte about this stuff, but I do like as good a sound as I can afford.