I bought a Sony HTIB back in 2004, the HT-DDW760:
I'm not exactly an audiophile, and I've always been reasonably satisfied with the sound of the speakers. My usage is:
Movies with surround sound - 85%
Music - 10%
Games - 5%
My room is about 14x16, carpeted, and I share a wall with another homeowner so I don't need/want earth-shattering volume or bass.
Anyways, I just bought a new receiver, the Yamaha rx-v575 and I'm wondering if I would notice much better sound if I upgraded the speakers? It sounds decent to me, but movie dialogue seems a bit muddy and low at times and means I have to crank up the volume to hear it all (lacking clarity?). It's worth noting that the speakers are connected via very thin speaker wire (18 gauge I think).
My budget would be $300-$500, but I would rather stay below $400 if possible. I know I have to listen to systems in store to find what I like, but it's hard to gauge if there will be an appreciable improvement over my current set-up once I get them home and in the room, at that price point.
Things I'm considering (these systems are on sale at Best Buy Canada currently for under $400):
1. Polk Audio TL250 5.0 speaker system (and keep the old Sony Subwoofer)
2. Polk Audio TL1600 5.1 speaker system (with sub)
3. Just staying with my current setup
Any suggestions/recommendations/feedback help would be most appreciated!
P.S. I've included some details about my current speakers below in case they are too old/cheap for people to have heard of! lol
- Front/center speakers:
- 3-3/16" full-range driver
- 4-1/16"W x 5-15/16"H x 5-1/16"D (8-15/16"W x 4-1/16"H x 5-1/16"D for center)
- Rear speakers:
- 3-3/16" full-range driver
- 4-1/16"W x 5-15/16"H x 5-1/16"D
- Powered subwoofer:
- 7-7/8" driver
- built-in 100-watt amplifier
- 10-11/16"W x 12-13/16"H x 17-1/8"D
Satellite Speakers: The speaker system consists of two SS-MSP760 front satellite speakers, two SS-MSP760S rear satellite speakers, and a matching SS-CNP760 center channel speaker. Each speaker has a 3.15" full-range driver. The rear-mounted spring clip terminals on each speaker will accept bare wire and pin connectors. Each enclosure is covered by a non-removable gray cloth grille. Speaker wire is included.
Mounting: The M5 threaded female inserts on the back of the satellite speakers allow them to be mounted using optional brackets or stands. If you do not wish to mount the speakers on the wall or stand, you can place them on any flat surface using the supplied self-adhesive foot pads.
Subwoofer Driver and Enclosure: The SA-WMSP76 has an 7-7/8" front-firing woofer powered by a 100-watt amplifier. For extended bass response, the woofer is loaded in a bass-reflex enclosure with a front-firing port. A subwoofer cable is included.
Subwoofer Controls: A front-mounted level control on the front of the subwoofer allows you to match the output of the subwoofer to the rest of your system. The power button is located next to the level control.
Video-shielded: The front satellites, center channel speaker and subwoofer are video-shielded, allowing them to be placed near your television without causing picture distortion. The rear satellites are not video shielded.
- Power Output (28-200Hz, 6 ohms, <0.8 total harmonic distortion): 75 watts
- Power Output (100 Hz, 6 ohms, 10% THD): 80 watts