Originally Posted by boatdude
I'm hoping for some recommendations on where to go with the HT. I have a set of VR950's for the fronts matched to a VR920 center, but no rear or side surrounds. I am currently running a Denon 3806, but was considering moving to an Onkyo 806 and going with 7.1 instead of 5.1.
Any thoughts on what I should consider for surrounds. The budget isn't so huge for them, maybe $300 for the group.
Thanks for the help.
I strongly suggest the Boston Micro130x's, same tweeters, same Boston sound and on sale at Boston for $175 off MSRP ($75 each)
so that hit's your $300 right on the nose.
As for the receiver upgrade, I suggest getting a Onkyo 805 (that's right an 805 NOT an 806). While the 806 has Audyssey Dynamic EQ, it dosen't have Multieq "XT", it only has 6 Audyssey calibration points compared to 8 on the 805, it uses only two compared to three DSP chips, it's remote is stripped down, and it weighs 13.4 lb's less. About the only upside to the 806 I can see is the additional HDMI ports.
I have an 805 and granted it took Onkyo a while to work out the bugs but, with the latest firmwares it Rocks (mine is in Michigan getting updated right now).
While my 805 is away for upgrades I am using an Onkyo 576 that I picked up for my Mom. It will be just fine for Mom but, I would return it if it was for me. The lack of 8 Audyssey calibration points, individual speaker x-over control, stripped down remote and other stuff just don't cut it for me.
The only thing about my 805 I don't like is that I got a Black unit instead of a Silver one.