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Denon AVR-486 HTIB upgrade options

I'm not sure how old my system is - probably circa 2007. I'm using the 7.1 system as 5.1 and my Vizio tv does the input switching (no HDMI on the Denon). I'm debating an upgrade but my current system isn't offensive to me so I don't know if it is worth spending money on. I've got the setup in my basement rec room that is approximately 20'x20' and use mainly for streaming content and movies with a little streaming audio mixed in (70%, 25%, 5%). I wouldn't mind a little bigger sound and easy of use going between the inputs.

I've only got 4 HDMI inputs (Blu-Ray, Roku, chromecast & Xbox one) and TV content is an OTA antenna.

I've looked at some of the new HTIB like the Onkyo HT-S580 and the Yamaha Yht-4950U (Both sub $500 systems) but don't know if I would see/hear any substantial difference. I've also considered just upgrading speakers to the Klipsch 5.1 reference (also sub $500) or just my receiver (I haven't done much research here).

Can anyone help me with some direction? I'd like to keep things under $600 if I upgrade and get a better understanding of what component(s) are the most important if I consider an upgrade.

Thank for any advice you can give.

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I think you are ready to move away from HTIB setups and into separate receiver and speakers. Since you already have gear you like I would start by upgrading the center channel and subwoofer and see if you notice a difference. If you like the change then add speakers as budget allows. Once you have the Center, sub, and fronts in place, then look to upgrade the receiver before upgrading the surrounds.

for $500-$600 you can find a very good center and sub, even put together a decent 3.1 setup that you can fill in with your existing speakers.
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Center Channel and Sub are the most important speakers. Also, an AVR with room correction does wonders. This is a slippery slope. If you are happy with what you have now, then you should stick with it until you "HAVE" to upgrade. However, again, Center and Sub is going to give you 80% of your Audio satisfaction.
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You only live once applies to home theatre too.

Music, more music.
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Center Channel and Sub are the most important speakers. Also, an AVR with room correction does wonders. This is a slippery slope. If you are happy with what you have now, then you should stick with it until you "HAVE" to upgrade. However, again, Center and Sub is going to give you 80% of your Audio satisfaction.
I have to agree here. when in doubt don't change anything. There have been several occasions when I wanted to make an upgrade and I go back to my system to listen critically and i ended up not changing anything. I have avoided a lot of lateral changes this way.

If you have gear you like but want to improve the overall sound doing a few incremental changes like playing with the settings on the receiver or adjusting speaker angles is a good place to start and doesn't cost anything. then change a component at a time and see if you can hear the improvements. This way you can bank roll your purchases and avoid further debt. In my case Iv'e only done two AVR and one TV upgrade the past 20 years. I am finally at a point where a speaker upgrade makes sense me and I will be starting with the center speaker.
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