I am completely confused about what the best course of action is. My dad ( yeah, I'm 17 ) has KEF 104s that he says I could use ( maybe, he likes them ). They're from the 80s as I recall and I read a bit about foam mold or some other difficulties/degradation of the sound. I also can purchase Energy Connoisseur C9 Speakers for 550 (2002, 1300 new ) or Polk RTA-11 Speakers (1992, 1200 new ) for 250. I was under the impression that age didn't matter very much with speakers but it appears I may have been mistaken.
Last year I bought a Z5500 set ( 5.1 ) which has a miniature receiver built in. It accepts 5.1 via optical and decodes DTS/DD. I know I should get a proper receiver ( I'm eying the onkyo 606s if they go down a bit once the new models flood the market ) but I doubt I'd notice as much of a difference as upgrading my speakers in the meantime. The speakers are all connected via speaker wire to the sub ( which connects to the console ) and I believe that it powers 60W per channel at 8 ohms ( new to this ).
I have 820 dollars that I can spend ( before I'm broke and have to work for money at the rate of 100 dollars a month ). To benefit from blu ray's new HD audio formats I'd have to get a ps3 as well ( I use a computer with a blu ray drive atm ). Would I really notice a huge difference between DTS and DTS-HD? How much would 5 decent speakers, a sub and a receiver ( w/o HD audio support with but HDMI support ) cost? Is it wise, or even possible to run 3rd party speakers off of my current logitech system?
Thanks for your help!