Originally Posted by Anodyne
The Onkyo NR609 only has Audyssey 2EQ whereas you can get an equally priced Denon with MultEQ XT which is far and away better than the 2EQ.
Since you're in a 500sqft apartment, I'd focus on upgrading the fronts and center and build up from there. That's what I did and I couldn't be happier. For $500, you can get a couple of Polk Monitor 60's and a Polk CS1 from NewEgg and still have money left over to get a decent sub. I picked up a 15 year old Klipsch KSW-100 sub off of Craigslist for $40 that would do wonders in a 500sqft apartment. You can do something similar and then upgrade the sub later if need be. The Onkyo you currently have will do just fine for your space. If you add a Blu-ray player in to the mix later, then you'd probably want to look at upgrading to a newer receiver with HDMI and the latest processing.
I will look into that; thanks.
What is the exact model number on those Polks? Also, that center looks a bit too bulky for my tatse (I have limited space).
Originally Posted by lespurgeon
2 quality front speakers for stereo music and to use as HT mains (phantom center). Keep the HTIB ones in surround with the sub for HT use, but not for stereo listening. Then the receiver.
What do you mean by "phantom center"?