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What would you upgrade first?

Poll Results: Receiver or Center

 
  • 25% (1)
    Receiver
  • 75% (3)
    Center
4 Total Votes  
post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Would you upgrade your center channel to match your L/R (the center currently is a quality center, just not timbre matched)? Or would you upgrade your receiver to take advantage of the new lossless DD and DTS blu-ray formats?
post #2 of 13
^^^

center channel...
post #3 of 13
center channel
post #4 of 13
DAC and power cable.

Just kidding, center channel
post #5 of 13
Quote:
DAC and power cable.
Shame on you.
post #6 of 13
^^^

mcnarus, i will personally whack him upside the head for that... biggrin.gif
post #7 of 13
Wow, this is a tough room :-)

Good thing I didn't say cable risers....
post #8 of 13
well, cable risers are a different story...

i keed, i keed... biggrin.gif
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Jrlane View Post

Would you upgrade your center channel to match your L/R (the center currently is a quality center, just not timbre matched)? Or would you upgrade your receiver to take advantage of the new lossless DD and DTS blu-ray formats?

Lossless DD & DTA aren't going to give you a significant improvement in sound quality unless they are mixed and mastered differently than the other tracks on the disc.

What a new receiver might provide you with that can potentially give you a significant improvement in sound quality is built software like Audyssey XT32 that optimizes the equalization of your system for better sound quality.

Perhaps your current receiver has this feature? I find a lot people who have it but don't use it.

Otherwise doing manually what Audyssey does for you automatically can also give you better matching of your center channel speaker.

How about some make and model information?

Speakers?

Receiver?

What is the room like?
post #10 of 13
I just upgraded my Center from a decent Energy that matched my old fronts to the proper match for my Mordaunt-Short's and there was a very appreciable difference.
The sound field is a ton more cohesive when listening to my surround music discs. I haven't done too much movie watching since I bought it but I'm sure performance has increased there as well.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Yamaha rx-v1400. Has ypao but I lost the mic. I have a spl meter that I have done manual eq with. Fronts are paradigm S6 v2. Center is av123 x-cs encore. Rears are HTD level 3 towers.
post #12 of 13
My vote is for matching the center.

Have you tried running your speakers with a phantom center (no center--just 4.1)? If the overall SQ of your front sound stage is better than with the av123, even if maybe the dialogue is a little harder to hear, than imagine what your system will sound like with the front speakers all matched.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Jrlane View Post

Yamaha rx-v1400. Has ypao but I lost the mic

YPAO replacement mics seem to be readily available:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-YAMAHA-WB929200-PARAMETRIC-MICROPHONE-EMX251-/190481567509

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