I've been following this forum long enough to know that if I am being hosed in another category, you guys have the experience and know
how to get me pointed in the right direction.
I'm so out of the loop that I simply do not trust my thoughts on this. Was really hoping to get some sage advice and grounding on my situation.
Start with current setup:
5.0 speakers: DIY 2-ways, sealed (should be XO'd at 100-120hz)
0.1 sub: DIY 15" tumult with 2x18" PRs tuned to 18hz (and probably extends way way lower with room gain. Should probably be XO'd at around 60Hz).
Processor: Sherwood Newcastle AVP9080
5.0 Amp: Sherwood Newcastle AM9080
0.1 Amp: Crown K2 bridged (using sherwood to do system XO at fixed 80hz)
TV: Sharp aquos lc-5262u
Blue ray: Sony BDP-S350
HTPC: Intel Core Duo E8400 on Gigabyte P35-DS3L, 4GB, GeForce 8800 GTS, Win7N, 30GB SSD, 2x2TB WD Black as JBOD
Room: 12.5' W x 14' L. 2 viewers max 99% of the time
My thoughts on current gear:
5.0 Speakers sound great, but XO isn't ideal at all.
0.1 Sub is a beast that should be paired up with bigger speakers
processor is way out dated as far as technology goes. Functions well enough, though no HDMI hookups (I have to use digital coax in only).
0.1 sub is awesome, but it's only an amp
5.0 amp is probably a bit inefficient, but it is pretty solid and plenty of power for my smaller speakers
TV is adequate, though a punky modern vizio has far better image quality
I only use the Sony BR player when I want to use a BR (only about 20 disks compared to my 500+ DVD library)
HTPC works but no idea how much I am missing out on. I just use VLC as a player after ripping my library to Video_TS with dvdfab The JBOD is running out of room.
Thoughts on what I think I need to do but dont think I can do all that well within budget
I have an accrual budget of about $500/month and would probably cap at about $3k over the next 12 months
1) Although I gain nothing in performance, I think a 5 bay raid-5 NAS is in order and that should hold me over for years on space and sanity should a drive fail. Start with 3x3tb raid 5 and horizontally expand as needed to 5x 3TB WD Red.
2) I speculate that I am missing out a lot on my terrible HTPC and could gain by building a brand new one and do a lot of software things.
3) Eyeballing the Emotiva UMC-200. Would make connectivity way better. Solid room correction and XO management, and no more stone-age decoding