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Building New System, help me find my price range!

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hello folks. So this last year I finally bit on my first "real" stereo system after years of just rolling with my Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers. This year I upgraded to a Yamaha RX-V567 and a Klipsch HD500 5.1 system. My intent was to start here and then sloooooowly swap out pieces of the 5.1 system to have a truly awesome system in my living room, and then have the HD500 system to move to an eventual man cave.

Obviously the HD500 was an absolute night and day difference after having the ProMedia system previously. My main question here is, how much do I need to spend to have that same night and day experience again and truly make it worth my while to upgrade over what I have now?

While I love Klipsch, I am starting to understand the whole ear fatigue/excessive high frequency thing. While great for movies, it can be tough for loud music. I was eyeing up the Polk cs20 as my first upgrade, to be followed up with the polk tsi400 series.

Will these give me another noticeable night and day improvement over what I have now, or do I need to spend significantly more to really get what I'm looking for? All help is appreciated, thanks!
post #2 of 6
Seems to me only you can decide your price range.

You can have some killer sound by buying a handful of Heresy's at (guessing) $400 a pair with a subwoofer.

You can have some killer sound by buying a handful of LaScalas at (guessing) $800 a pair with a subwoofer

You can have some killer sound by buying some Khorns at (guessing) $2,000 a pair with or without a subwoofer

You can have some stunningly killer sound by buying some Jubilee's at $7,000 a pair with or without a subwoofer

You can walk all over the Jubilee's with some MWM's at $2,500 a pair

What number made you smile and what number made you faint?

In my opinion, with Klipsch, it only gets better as you go bigger.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply. I guess my max price range over the next couple years would be about $2000 for a complete system overhaul (including a new sub). My question though is am I going to hear a huge audible difference if I "only" spring for $300 or $400 a piece speakers, or is it going to be a nominal difference in this price range.

I obviously want to spend as little as possible, but I also want to be sure I'm making a sizeable upgrade...does that make sense? Maybe a better way to phrase the question is "what's the minimum Klipsch or Polk line I go with and still hear a huge difference in sound?"
post #4 of 6
I'm a fan-boy of Klipsch so discount my comments accordingly.

What's your room size? Are you ok with large speakers? How much impact & realism do you want?

Given what I'm reading, here's what I'd probably do (presuming you are willing to put up with large boxes and/or have the floor space)

I'd get a pair or trio of LaScalas. I think you would be floored when you hear them. Down the road, you can buy another pair for the rears.

Realize, a LaScala is basically 2x2x3 in dimensions so it's not tiny.

Here's another thought.... where are you geographically? Maybe there is someone near you that has some Cornwalls, LaScalas, Khorns....that you could hear. Once you hear them, you will understand FAR better than 10 pages of me typing.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Well, unless there's a significantly better place to buy speakers than amazon, the lascalas are going for $3000 a piece, which is $1000 more for one speaker than I was looking to drop on the whole system, so I think those are out

Right now my living room is pretty small (10' x 12' or so). I know room makes a big difference, but we don't plan on being in our house more than another year, so I'm not factoring that in too much, I'm mostly looking at how much "bang" i can get for around a $2000 system upgrade as it compares to the system I have now. I'm in the Minneapolis area, but there don't tend to be many great demo retail environments around here that I'm aware of.
post #6 of 6
hmm.... you might consider looking into the used markets..... you can sometimes get surprising deals there.
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