I've owned my home theater setup for quite a few years now and still very happy with it for movie watching. The setup consists of a yamaha receiver (htr-5860) and paradigm speakers (mini monitor fronts, cc370 center, adp 170 surrounds, pw2200 sub). I also love listening to music through this system. Most of my music has either been bought through itunes or cds that have now been ripped to my computer and I now listen through my appletv. I play music in stereo mode. I can't really complain about the clarity of the music, it sounds great. the biggest thing, from what i've read, that i am missing is stuff like imaging and separation. No matter how i set it up, most of the music and vocals seem to be coming from straight ahead. If i didn't know the center channel wasn't playing anything i would swear it was the only speaker that was on.
I've been looking into getting myself some nice towers to upgrade my music listening experience. I still plan to use the sub as I think it is a quality sub and could only help the situation. I have given myself a budget of 2000$ cdn + tx. room size is 15ft x 30ft.
As I see it I have 3 options:
1) just upgrade my fronts to best possible within my budget. I was looking at paradigm monitor 7s or higher or even going into studio series.
2) split my budget into upgrading my front speakers and getting a higher quality receiver.
3) keep my receiver and use it's pre-outs to connect to a new stereo amp. Which means I would be splitting my budget between a stereo amp and new fronts.
Any advice would be appreciated.