Originally Posted by LowellG
You my friend have caught the upgrade bug, it's both good and bad, but can be very expensive. I am pulling this from what I said above.
The one thing I wish somebody told me are maybe they did and I didn't listed was stop upgrading your towers and upgrade you subs. Once I went to 2 PSA XS30s over my SVS PB12 it made a huge difference. I probably could have skipped 2 sets of speaker upgrades looking for the right combo.
And I will also ask you the same questions. What are you hoping to gain, what's missing or what are you looking to achieve?
The upgrade bug runs deep in my veins. I have it with cars, firearms, guitars, tv's, ...anything really. Fortunately, I've stopped a few of the bigger ones above (if only momentarily)...I really just rotate them throughout the years now that i think about it haha.
What i'm missing is simple...more... more. more. more (Billy Idol says so). I really want an enveloping soundstage that is very full, balanced, loud, and makes a hell of an impact while watching movies...immersion. I'm trying to stay grounded in reality here, and my wallet helps immensely in that regard, because I am well aware of how quickly things get out of control.
I dipped my toes in last winter with my current setup. I think I've had it long enough to know I want more. The original plan ended up being 3.2 until I bought a new house. Well, I have the new house and now it's time for the ol' upgrade lol. Oh, i have the upgrade bug with houses too...
I never thought about the sub upgrade. I assumed the Daytons would be good to go through at least the next phase (5.2). If I ever felt the need to go to 7.x I'd deal with a new AVR and whatever else I needed at that time. Again, keep in mind i'm trying to do all this while playing the budget game too. Which is a challenge. With cars it was the Rule of Three (Fast, Reliable, Cheap; you only get to pick 2). With HTS it seems similar...
back on track here...(I tend to ramble)...
I will need to make a purchase, regardless, to go from 3.2 to 5.x. I have a feeling I'll be most satisfied with 8080ST's for L/R vs doing a SM65 L/R. The center still worries me a bit (using the SM65) but it will have to do for now. I'll demo what I can, when I have the time. There's a BBY Magnolia fairly close for the 8080's.
What did you find improved most with the SW upgrade? I assume it wasn't just bass...I was actually looking at the PB12 before going with the dual Dayton 12's. But here you are telling me to pass on even the PB's and go higher...making me spend even more. THAT'S WHAT YOU SAID! haha. No really though I am interested in hearing about the overall improvement upgrading the sub(s) made.
wow. enough. if you're still reading. congratulations. I have nothing to give you but my condolences.