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I am the proud new owner of an AVR 590 and am loving it so far.
Just unboxed it last night and roughly setup the existing mediocre speakers I have, but what a difference a good receiver makes.
We just purchased a house of our own so its time to setup the mini man cave (upstairs) for now until I finish the basement.
I had a cheap samsung HTIB 5.1 for a while just to get off the ground and it was OK for a cheap starter.
I have some decent Sony 3 way towers hooked up in the front with the kit samsung center and surrounds which are capable
of maybe 15 watts before sounding like complete S%#*. I can hardly turn the Denon up to -6db before the center bottoms out.
Just added a Polk PSW10 the other day and coming from a passive sub I am satisfied with its performance for now, but I can
see myself needing an upgrade soon with this receiver. I have already ordered some new 12GA wire and banana jacks to rewire everything properly.
My next step (I think?) should be to get a set of matched front/center speakers to make everything come alive. I will then probably move the Sony towers to the rear for the mean time. Any good suggestions for a nice set of fronts to match with this setup?
That said, yes, getting a matching front soundstage is very important for HT. It's hard to make suggestions without some details like approximate budget, size of the room, etc. With an AVR 590 (btw -- where did you "unbox" it, this receiver is now about 5 years old! did you buy a refurb?) which doesn't have a ton of power, you'd probably want to get reasonable sensitive speakers so they can be driven to good levels without distorting or straining the receiver. Also if you are willing to shop used for better value, knowing your local craigslist metro area can be helpful.
Frankly for now I would disconnect the crap speakers and just run 2ch with the Sony towers until you get better gear. The HTIB speakers are probably garbage and you should just sell them with the whole HTIB set and direct the money towards your REAL setup
When I say unboxed I mean from the seller haha. I know it is an older receiver but for the money I paid it is great bang for the buck. The Polk was a CL score for $60 so Im not mad at that money spent, I know I can do much better but for starters it should do. The budget is not huge for right now (willing to spend several hundred on USED front speakers) and the room is roughly 18x14 the TV is a 50" LED LG. Usually the setup is only running PS4 or bluray hardly watch any TV in this room. From what I have been seeing out there, $300-400 should net me pretty decent front monitors.
Also you failed to mention your local craigslist metro area. That will help if you want someone else to scope out used deals.
For $60 the PSW10 will do fine as a temp fill-in. It would probably be the first in line for an upgrade when you do set up the basement. You could probably repurpose it in another setup (e.g. the living room) where deep, thundering bass isn't as important as the REAL setup.
That is the current size, the final setup will be more than likely double that, conservatively. I am in the Baltimore area. Another plus is, like you said, I can re-purpose the setup for another area which will be my garage. I am going to do audio in there as well when I am working and use an A/B channel for outdoor speakers on the patio.
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