Originally Posted by todd7764
Look time lurker here guys- hello!
I am in the process of upgrading my a/v systems and have arrived at a bit of an impasse. My current system consists of:
Pioneer VSX 1120k receiver
Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray
Sony BDP-S6500 Blu-ray
LG 55EG9100 OLED TV
Def Tech BP8B
Def Tech Procenter 1000
BIC PL200 subwoofer
I just ordered a Hsu VTF15H Mk 2 subwoofer to upgrade my sub.
I will be ordering either a Yamaha rx-a2040 or Marantz sr7009 receiver.
I have a 5.1 surround configuration in a large room. Use is about 75/25 home theater/music. I will be eventually adding speakers for an Atmos configuration.
I can't decide on speakers. First, I considered ordering the Fluance Signature series. Then I was thinking of ordering Tekton Lore speakers (and moving the Def Tech BP8Bs to surround duty), but I learned from reading here and a couple of other forums that they may not be as good as they initially appeared. Now, I'm looking at Emptek Impression R55ti, R56ci, R5bi surround package or Chane A5rx-c, A2rx-c, A1rx-c package. I was also considering Klipsch RF-260's. Or, I could just stick with my current Def Tech speakers, at least until I hear what they sound like with the new receiver and sub.
If I do upgrade the speakers, I need to keep the cost less than $1400.
What would you do?
I think your current speakers are at least as good as the others you mentioned, and MUCH better than the Klipsch or Fluance speakers. Your new subwoofer will be a major upgrade, of course.
My advice is to keep the speakers you have, except get a pair of the Def Tech Studio Monitor 45 speakers to replace the Fluance surrounds.
Your real main problem is that your receiver does not have the kind of power supply to drive your low-impedance speakers. This restricts dynamics and makes the sound dull, flat, and uninvolving. A better receiver will make those speakers perform much much better!
I suggest that you get the NAD T758 receiver, which in my experience is better-sounding than the Marantz and MUCH better than the Yamaha (ugh) or Pioneer. Your speakers, by the way, really must be considered 4 ohm speakers, since they have that impedance at several frequencies. The Yamaha won't even begin to drive 4 ohm speakers due to its inadequate power supply design. Look at the published impedance curves for your speakers if you don't think they are 4 ohm speakers.
The NAD is designed for low-impedance speakers, and has large current reserves for excellent dynamics, which makes it by far the best choice for those speakers. Its superior drive will make them come alive. Once you hear how good those speakers sound with the NAD receiver, you may even decide that Atmos is not going to add much.