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hello,

my birthday is coming up this month, and this is one of the very few times i can get something for myself without really having to 'budget' for it. my question is... what is the best thing to upgrade in my current setup?

current:
receiver: onkyo tx-sr504
speakers: polk cs1 (center), monitor 60 (l/r), monitor 30 (surround), psw10 (sub)
blu-ray: sony
tv: samsung dlp

i am not planning to upgrade my tv as it is over my self imposed limit of $500. based on research, these are the things i could upgrade:
receiver: denon AVR-1913
subwoofer: hsu vtf-2
blu-ray: oppo bdp-103

what would give me the best (noticeable) bang for the buck? any alternatives that i didnt go over?

thanks!
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I come down on the side of the subwoofer, unless that is your current receiver has no room correction built in.

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thats exactly why i want to upgrade my receiver... mainly for the room correction (Audyssey MultEQ). My current receiver has no room correction.
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In that case I'd most likely lean towards the receiver. The exception would be if I felt that bass was really lacking and needed a big step up... And that lack would have to be a result of a truly undersized sub, not room modes that led to big nulls where I sit. If you have no measuring equipment, which is likely, then ask yourself: When walking around, does bass get a lot better in some areas than it is where you sit? If so, you've got positioning problems, not a sub size problem. Room correction can not do much about nulls created by low frequency inteference.

It's about addressing what you yourself perceive to be the biggest deficiency in your sound system.

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thats exactly why i want to upgrade my receiver... mainly for the room correction (Audyssey MultEQ). My current receiver has no room correction.

It would be nice if you could step it up to a receiver with Audyssey MultEQ XT. You'd be able to EQ your sub with it also. I know this is a refurb with a one year warranty but you can add a year for $25 or 3 years for $35. There have been a lot of happy customers here in the forums with this site:

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR2113CI/DENON-AVR-2113CI-7.1ch-Networking-Receiver-w/AirPlay-3D-Ready/1.html

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In that case I'd most likely lean towards the receiver. The exception would be if I felt that bass was really lacking and needed a big step up... And that lack would have to be a result of a truly undersized sub, not room modes that led to big nulls where I sit. If you have no measuring equipment, which is likely, then ask yourself: When walking around, does bass get a lot better in some areas than it is where you sit? If so, you've got positioning problems, not a sub size problem. Room correction can not do much about nulls created by low frequency inteference.

It's about addressing what you yourself perceive to be the biggest deficiency in your sound system.

That depends on your definition of "room correction". If it includes room treatments, you can certainly fix nulls with "room correction". wink.gif

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That depends on your definition of "room correction". If it includes room treatments, you can certainly fix nulls with "room correction". wink.gif

True enough, but the context here was about [automated] room correction [software] after all.

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hello,

my birthday is coming up this month, and this is one of the very few times i can get something for myself without really having to 'budget' for it. my question is... what is the best thing to upgrade in my current setup?

current:
receiver: onkyo tx-sr504
speakers: polk cs1 (center), monitor 60 (l/r), monitor 30 (surround), psw10 (sub)
blu-ray: sony
tv: samsung dlp

i am not planning to upgrade my tv as it is over my self imposed limit of $500. based on research, these are the things i could upgrade:
receiver: denon AVR-1913
subwoofer: hsu vtf-2
blu-ray: oppo bdp-103

what would give me the best (noticeable) bang for the buck? any alternatives that i didnt go over?

thanks!

That's a tough call. But I think I would upgrade the receiver first.... Next time you have $500 to $600 to upgrade I would suggest a new sub be it a HSU VTF2.4 or Outlaw Audio LFM-1 Plus or EX or SVS PB1000.

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Another vote for receiver. Happy birthday!
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