Originally Posted by meech
I'm looking for feedback on whether I should purchase the Polk TC265i or LC265i & whether or not to upgrade my current receiver (if so, what receiver would be a nice fit - budget is $700) or is mine suitable. In addition, should I get rid of the NHT sub & go with a Polk (if so, what do you recommend);
- H/K AVR 525
In my honest opinion, I don't think you will find anything that significantly outperforms the AVR 525 at $700. The 525 has DTS ES, DD EX, multiple optical and coax digital outs and 7.1 channels. About the only thing it is missing is DVI/HDMI video connections.
If power is a consideration, consider this: with my AVR 525, I am driving a 4 ohm LSiC and four (4) x 4 ohm LSi15s without a problem at decent sound levels. Not recommended, I know, but so far so good.
The AVR 525 is a worthy receiver.
In following up with Larry's comments, I would be very happy to match my LSi's up with a beefy amp, using the HK as a pre. I'm just waiting on the cash. Until then, I can live with what I have.
If you go with the LSi equivelants, I agree with Larry's assessment: get yourself a powerful amp. But if you go with the RTi equivelants, I don't think an amp upgrade is totally necessary, although a more powerful amp will make the speakers sound better.
Ultimately what I am saying is that if you have a $700 budget to upgrade the AVR 525, don't bother.