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How much of an upgrade is Klipsch HD-600?

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I currently have this setup. Used only for movies. It was my first home theatre and so now I'm looking for something better. I don't have a huge budget and I'm not looking for anything too fancy.
I saw the HD-600 setup listed for $500 on bestbuy and amazon. I want to know how much of an upgrade is it over my current system in terms of sound quality and bass? I will use the same Yamaha receiver.
Also the HD-1000 was listed for the same ~$500 price. How much better is it compared to 600?
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I would recommend that you check out the Martin-Logan MLT-2 setup.

It is very good for only $400 or so (MUCH better IMO than the Kilpsch setup).

I practically want to throw up when I read the Klipsch description of the 600 system; they have the unbelievable gall to describe a 2.5-inch speaker as a WOOFER!

That is like calling a Fiat 500 a limousine.

The MLT-2 system has 4.5-inch main speakers; not quite a woofer, but at least bigger than the speaker in a Motel 6 clock radio. It also has a fair subwoofer; much better than the Klipsch or Take systems.
Edited by commsysman - 1/12/13 at 2:16pm
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

I would recommend that you check out the Martin-Logan MLT-2 setup.

It is very good for only $400 or so (MUCH better IMO than the Kilpsch setup).

I practically want to throw up when I read the Klipsch description of the 600 system; they have the unbelievable gall to describe a 2.5-inch speaker as a WOOFER!

That is like calling a Fiat 500 a limousine.

The MLT-2 system has 4.5-inch main speakers; not quite a woofer, but at least bigger than the speaker in a Motel 6 clock radio. It also has a fair subwoofer; much better than the Klipsch or Take systems.
Are the MLT-2 going to be a noticeable improvement over my current setup? I don't have the advantage of testing them out before buying since I'll be ordering them from abroad.
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The speakers in your current Yamaha setup are not good at all. They use a 2.75" full range driver. No seperate woofer & tweeter. Plus the speaker has a low sensitivity of 83db. the MLT-2 will sound much louder and better at the same volume. Newegg currently has the MLT-2 on sale for $275 with a promo code.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882981013

If you have $500 to spend and can get larger speakers than what you currently own I'd recommend you get some bookshelf speakers instead of satellites. Here are some suggestions.

1. 3 pair RBH AC51 silver. 5.25" woofer and 1" tweeter. Use one of the speakers as a center, lay sideways if necessary. $79/pr
http://www.ebay.com/itm/RBH-MODEL-AC51SILVER-2-WAY-BOOKSHIP-SPEAKER-PAIR-/290841412268?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item43b77fc2ac
http://www.rbhsound.com/ac51.php

This will leave you over $200 for a subwoofer. Get the Bic F12 for $200.
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358093166&sr=8-1&keywords=bic+f12

2. Two pair of Bic DV62si @ $115/pr
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-DV62si-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00006JPDI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1358093385&sr=1-1&keywords=bic+speakers+bookshelf
One DV52CLRS center @ $103ea
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-AMERICA-DV-52CLRB-Channel-DV52CLRB/dp/B00009WBYJ/ref=pd_sim_e_6

Total $333 for 5 speakers, add the Bic F12 and total cost $530.

3. Pioneer C22 center ($97) and two pair BS-22 speakers ($89/pr).
http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-C22-Designed-Channel-Speaker/dp/B008NCD2EI/ref=sr_du_5_map?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1358095740&sr=1-5
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3381565&csid=_61

I think Amazon and Best Buy will match the price of the BS-22 at TigerDirect. Add in the F12 subwoofer and the complete setup will be under $500.
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The speakers in your current Yamaha setup are not good at all. They use a 2.75" full range driver. No seperate woofer & tweeter. Plus the speaker has a low sensitivity of 83db. the MLT-2 will sound much louder and better at the same volume. Newegg currently has the MLT-2 on sale for $275 with a promo code.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882981013

If you have $500 to spend and can get larger speakers than what you currently own I'd recommend you get some bookshelf speakers instead of satellites. Here are some suggestions.

1. 3 pair RBH AC51 silver. 5.25" woofer and 1" tweeter. Use one of the speakers as a center, lay sideways if necessary. $79/pr
http://www.ebay.com/itm/RBH-MODEL-AC51SILVER-2-WAY-BOOKSHIP-SPEAKER-PAIR-/290841412268?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item43b77fc2ac
http://www.rbhsound.com/ac51.php

This will leave you over $200 for a subwoofer. Get the Bic F12 for $200.
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358093166&sr=8-1&keywords=bic+f12

2. Two pair of Bic DV62si @ $115/pr
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-DV62si-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00006JPDI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1358093385&sr=1-1&keywords=bic+speakers+bookshelf
One DV52CLRS center @ $103ea
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-AMERICA-DV-52CLRB-Channel-DV52CLRB/dp/B00009WBYJ/ref=pd_sim_e_6

Total $333 for 5 speakers, add the Bic F12 and total cost $530.

3. Pioneer C22 center ($97) and two pair BS-22 speakers ($89/pr).
http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-C22-Designed-Channel-Speaker/dp/B008NCD2EI/ref=sr_du_5_map?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1358095740&sr=1-5
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3381565&csid=_61

I think Amazon and Best Buy will match the price of the BS-22 at TigerDirect. Add in the F12 subwoofer and the complete setup will be under $500.

Thank's for the response. However since I have to ship these from USA (to Pakistan) I'll have to order 1 complete system rather than 3 different pair of speakers in 3 separate boxes (shipping cost for that would kill me and chances of loss is high) so my only choice is one complete 5.1 system. The MLT-2 you suggested look great. I have another option of Polk Audio RM705. Between these two which do you think is a better value? These are both under $300.
And are these a good match for my receiver?
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