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Help me spend $500 on speaker upgrades, please.

post #1 of 5
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I just received $480 today for my birthday, and I did't expect to get anywhere near that much. So, I have decided to spend it all on speakers for my surround sound system:D

I am upgrading from a cheap HTiB (Sony STR-K790 http://www.docs.sony.com/release/HTDDW790.pdf). A couple weeks ago I bought an Onkyo TX-NR515 receiver, and last night I ordered a Klipsch RW-12d subwoofer.
So, now all I need is a Center, Left & Right Fronts, and a pair of satellites. But I don't really know how I should spend my money.
I was thinking ~$300 for the L&R Fronts, ~$100 for the Center, and ~$100 for the pair of rear speakers. Does that sound about right? If not, what do you think is the best way to spend the $500 on the speakers I need.

Should I spend all the money on just the fronts and center, and just use 2 (or 4) of the satellites from my Sony STR-K790 until I can afford to spend more?

How do I ensure that I am pairing speakers together properly (Noob)?

I also would really appreciate your recommendations for speakers that are a good value for my price range.

Information about my situation:

- Room = 10' x 20' (TV is on the wide wall)

- I am only interested in getting the best possible performance for my money. I do not care at all what they look like, or if they are big and bulky. I don't want to spend any extra money on a speaker because it looks cool, or is compact. If they perform, I'll find a place for them in my room.

- Uses: 70% Videos, 20% Music, 10% Games

Parts I already own:
- Receiver = Onkyo TX-NR515
- Subwoofer = Klipsch RW-12d

Right now I am looking at getting a pair of Polk 75Ts for $360 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-TechBargains&cm_mmc=AFC-TechBargains-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16882290272. Would that be overkill?

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 5
At $500 I would seriously consider 5 NHT Superzeros.
post #3 of 5
See this review of the Andrew Jones Pioneer speakers: http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/speakers/floorstanding/pioneer-sp-pk52fs

Apparently, you can pick up the 5.0 set for about $330 from Newegg through 5/1.
post #4 of 5
+1 At their price point the Pioneer speakers can't be beat.

Or another option ... use your current LR mains as surrounds and only purchase a new front three LCR with the $500. Some obvious options:

Cambridge Audio S30 pair with S50 center ($440)

HTD Level 2 Towers with Level 2 center ($530)
(only if you want towers, I think the Level 3 option below sounds better)

HTD Level 3 bookshelf pair with Level 3 center ($500)

Arx A1b bookshelf pair with Arx A2c center ($510)

IMO any of those would be an improvement over the Pioneers, and perhaps a more noticeable upgrade overall.

Note - none of those prices include tax or shipping.
Edited by sdg4vfx - 4/30/13 at 1:28am
post #5 of 5
+1 on the Pioneers, or for a little more the HSU 3.0 setup for $499
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