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Hello all,

I'm trying to gradually upgrade and have a question about mixing different speakers (front v. surrounds).

To be specific, I originally started out with this Onkyo HTiB: HT-S4100

This year, I finally upgraded my receiver to a Yamaha RX-V375, so the old Onkyo receiver is gone.

I also purchased a pair of Pioneer SP-BS22LR bookshelf speakers for my turntable and have been enjoying them. These setups are currently in two different rooms. I'm tempted to replace my current front speakers with the Pioneers, but I really don't know how well they would mesh. Any thoughts?

I would go ahead and purchase 2 more Pioneers to make a matching set, but my rear surrounds are ceiling mounted due to an unusual space. I don't see any good way to ceiling mount a pair of bookshelf speakers of this size.

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I suggest that you get a Pair of PSB Image B6 speakers for the front, and a pair of the PSB CW-88R speakers for the ceiling.

The PSB Image CLR1 is a good center speaker.

That will be a huge upgrade in sound quality (and quantity) for your system.

Saturday Audio has 20% discounts on the PSB speakers, and they carry a full factory warranty.

The Pioneer speakers are very good, except that they do not have enough low-frequency extension to function well as your front main speakers.
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I suggest that you get a Pair of PSB Image B6 speakers for the front, and a pair of the PSB CW-88R speakers for the ceiling.

The PSB Image CLR1 is a good center speaker.

That will be a huge upgrade in sound quality (and quantity) for your system.

The Pioneer speakers are very good, except that they do not have enough low-frequency extension to function well as your front main speakers.

Thanks for the input.

The PSBs look amazing, but are way out of my price range. The whole Pioneer setup is appealing due to the low price.

I noticed they sell them as a package with a sub/center speaker, and I already have a pair, which is what got me thinking in this direction: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/Speakers/Home+Theater+Speakers/SP-PK22BS

When you say the Pioneers don't have enough LFE, is this an absolute or only relative to better options? How would they stack up in this regard to my current Onkyos, for instance?
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I have no idea what the Onkyos are or what they do.

The Dayton B652 speakers are quite good, and only $40 per pair at Parts Express.

You could buy two pairs and use them as front, left and center and have one left over...lol.

I used a pair of them to replace some much more expensive Boston Audio speakers in my den, where they are connected to my TV and a Cambridge Audio amplifier.
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Just keep your surrounds and replace your front 3.

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Just keep your surrounds and replace your front 3.

This was my thinking. Thought I'd most likely replace the sub as well.

I was worried that the sound wouldn't match however, and that it might result in some wonky things happening. I suppose since the surrounds are mostly used for ambient sounds that it wouldn't be a huge deal as long as everything was calibrated properly.
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