My HT has been limping along for years until a couple weeks ago when I convinced DH it really was okay to replace his ancient Altec Lansing with the blown woofer (woofer disconnected) that we were using for our center speaker with something smaller that would probably sound much better. (I believe what convinced him was the fact we had to use closed captioning for everything though neither of us is deaf.)
My mains are the Boston Acoustic CR6. I think I bought them back in 1997. I also bought their CR400 sub. At the time I also picked up a pair of CR8s that I use exclusively with my music system. (I keep my music system separate from the HT though they're in the same room. The CR8s are driven by my 32 year old Onkyo TX-2500 MkII.)
The CR6s are good little bookshelf speakers that still sound pretty great to us. I decided to try and find something fairly inexpensive that might mesh well with them without being able to hear them first. So just going by the specs of the BA center we don't
have, I bought an Atlantic Technology 2200 center. Hal and I both thought it sounded pretty darn good with the Boston Acoustics.
We got to enjoy them for a few days then the center cut out and it turns out my 20 year old Sony STR-D790, which had some other minor failures is pretty much kaput.. I'm replacing it with a Yamaha RX-v571, no where near the level of most of the receivers I see talked about around here but for us it ought to be head and shoulders above what we had. As soon as it gets here (it's somewhere between Toledo and northern Michigan on a UPS truck) I'm hoping I won't hit my head against a wall wishing I'd done this years ago!
It gets scarier.
For surround sound speakers we're using a pair of VERY ancient Lafayette Radio Electric corp XL-44s. Hal says he thinks they came off one of those radio/turntable in one set ups he may have had as a teenager.
I'm toying with the idea of hooking my CR8s in as the mains (though I hate the idea of retiring my Onkyo) and putting the CR6s in as surrounds. Or perhaps getting the matching Atlantic Technology 2200 mains as we liked the center so much. (that may take me a bit of time convincing Hal.) But first I need to hook up the Yamaha when it gets here and play with it for a bit.
I must say though, when we first set up the HT back in 1997 even with those old LREs in the rear, we played Air Force One as our first movie and were blown away. I'm looking forward to improving on that.
We did move the CR8s in as the mains and the CR6s out to the surrounds and the LREs to the rears. Sounds pretty cool hooked up to the v571.
Now I just have to get DH to figure out how to mount the CR6s onto the ceiling beams.Edited by lunarocket - 10/24/12 at 7:06pm