Originally Posted by chemical360
Excellent information here. Yeah i am at the beginning. I started out many years ago when i was 18 with a receiver and a set of JBL fronts. Then i got into music and havent looked back till now, 16 years later. My story is short but the AV game is nothing like I left it.
So yeah, i appreciate all your help. Your posts alone saved me thousands. And my wife will thank you too.
So just to be clear, your assessment is receiver, a quality set of speakers (my addiction as well) , i am using cheap as yamaha because my wife was laid off when i started this project. Then a sub?
What is your take on 7.1? Worth it or just another waste?
Also no power conditioning huh? You dont think there is a benefit to stable power?
First wanted to address the power conditioning issue. Every state and city have their building codes so unless something is seriously messed up with you're wiring, power conditioning wouldn't do anything. Even if it were, the power conditioners you see marketed wouldn't do much good. Electronic equipment are designed to accept power in pretty much anyway possible, regardless of whether it's "clean or not." Remember, what matters is not what goes in; what matters is what comes out.
Power conditioners wouldn't change what comes out so it's completely useless. They do look nice though, I'll give them that much.
I agree with MJPearce in that 7.1 is more of a luxury than a necessity, even in large rooms. The money spent on the extra equipment required to run the two extra speakers would be better spent on upgrading existing components.
Since you already have a receiver, is there any features you want that's missing from it? I see that it's got HDMI (4in/1out) and can play back all the latest audio codecs. Is there a particular reason you absolutely need to replace it? New receivers come out every year and prices will just keep dropping. If you aren't missing anything, I suggest you keep your current receiver and upgrade it when you need pre outs or some other feature.
Honestly, the largest noticeable upgrade you could possibly have right now would be to get a full set of speakers, by far. Do some research on what types of speakers you like. Do plenty of reading and auditioning at stores and ask if any forum members who live around you will let you audition their setup. Do you prefer the pro audio route with JBL, Tannoy, JTR, etc. or the more conventional approach with conventional type speakers like Ascend Acoustics, B&W, Energy, SVS, etc.? Find out what you like first. There are pros and cons to everything and one of the most important things I learned about speakers recently is compromise. There is no one perfect speaker. Each and every speaker is designed with tradeoffs (laws of physics). It's up to the listener to decide which ones he's willing to tolerate. One thing though is that since you're going full HT and disregarding music, you might prefer the pro audio sound. They're better suited for HT with better dynamics and controlled directivity (fancy word for controlling where the sound goes, aka in a focused beam instead of everywhere). Ask around on the DIY and speaker forum here on AVS and you'll receive tons of help.