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It has been a while since I purchased some of the speakers in my home theater system, so I was wondering if I should invest in some new ones.

I currently have 7.1 setup with an Athena WS-60 for my center, 4 Sony SS-MF400H for the Front Left/Right and Surround Left/Right, 2 Athena WS-15 for the Back Left/Right and a Klipsche RW 12d for the sub. The receiver is a Pioneer VSX-92TXH in a roughly 14x14 room.

I would be looking for something mid-range like the Athena's used to be. I assume that puts me at spending around 200 to 400 per speaker. As such, is it worth upgrading, and if so, what should I be looking at?

For a nice added twist, my wife hates the size of the Sony's so something smaller and still quality wouldn't hurt (again like the Athenas used to be).

Thanks.
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I've been scouring the forum for some more info on what I should do without much results.

Any suggestions on what I should do here?

I am using the setup for 50/50 movie/video games usage. I am mainly looking for middle of the road speakers, which looking at other posts, puts me at ~$500 per pair I think.
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Originally Posted by volitan83 View Post

I've been scouring the forum for some more info on what I should do without much results.

Any suggestions on what I should do here?

I am using the setup for 50/50 movie/video games usage. I am mainly looking for middle of the road speakers, which looking at other posts, puts me at ~$500 per pair I think.

Changing depends on you and taste - there are better options than the Athena's and Sony

Look at HSU
http://www.hsuresearch.com/speakers.html

http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hybrid2pkg.html

Look at Focal
http://www.musicdirect.com/search.aspx?searchterm=focal%20chorus

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/brand/focal/results/1.html
Edited by zieglj01 - 9/26/13 at 5:32pm
post #4 of 5
A pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers costs $350. I suggest that you buy four of those for $700 plus a matching Wharfedale 10CC center speaker for around $200.

These will sound way way better than the Sony speakers.The improvement will be huge and dramatic. I suggest that you read the Stereophile review of them at their website.

Not only are the 10.1 speakers MUCH better-sounding than the Sony speakers, having the center speaker matched to the others also will be a major improvement.

Set this up as a 5.1 system and I think you will love it. You can try adding 2 of the other speakers later and see if that really adds anything.
Edited by commsysman - 9/26/13 at 4:06pm
post #5 of 5
The andrew jones designed pioneer speakers have a lot of high end engineering for a great price.

The next clear step up from them that I can think of are kef q100s at accessoriesforless. Kefdirect sometimes had them on sale too. I really can't stress enough what great value they are.
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