Originally Posted by bronxpiper
Hello fellow MA owners! I need some thoughts and advice. I have a 5.1 RS system-RS6's, RSLCR and RSFX with a Hsu sub. System is powered by a Marantz Sr 6005. I have a small room, 12x17, but it is open towards the rear. We are 90% HT/10% music.
I recently puchased an Emotiva XPA5 to bring out more detail in the speakers, but honestly, I cannot hear any discernably difference between the Marantz and the Emotiva driving the speakers.
So, I think that if anything, a speaker upgrade is my next step. So here's my questions:
1. With used GS priced close to new RX, which speaker would be more of an upgrade? I know the RX are similar in specs to the RS, so I am assuming that my Marantz could drive them just as well. Not so sure about the GS.
2. Since we use the system for mainly HT, would a monitor such as the RX2, be a better choice over a the RX6?
3. I think that the RSLCR is probably the weak link in the system. Is the RX or GS center any better?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice that you guys might have!!!
Would have been surprised if the XPA5 makes any difference, given the size of the room, as the Marantz packs quite a punch already. I'd be surprised if you get anywhere near the max power output of the Marantz.
Anyway - on the speakers:
1. I'd say the RX are much closer to the GS, as the RX have inherited the drivers from the GS series.
2. I've a similar room size as yourself, with one side open to the right, and use RX2, RX Centre, and RXFX driven by a 1912 Denon (UK Model). I rarely go above -15db on 5.1 movies or 2.0 stereo, as it is more than loud enough for me
. The RX2 already produces quite some bass, which is the reason why I didn't bother to find space for the RX6 floorstanders. Given your HT preference and that you have the HSU sub, I would always choose the RX2, as it is a great speaker.
3. can't say if the RX is GS center are better to listen to than the RS, as I haven't heard the RS (or GS for that matter). However, it seems to be a bit of a consensus on this forum to match the front speakers for that coherent soundstage - so if you are not happy with the RS center and want to upgrade, you might want to replace the front left & right with same speakers (or at least same series). I'd however also try to find out why you think the RS center is a weak link, and what you expect to improve by upgrading the center (to keep a firm grip on the good old expectation bias...)