Originally Posted by steveknj
Actually a few questions as I'm not a speaker expert:
My current setup is I have a 5.1 setup with matching Onkyo SKF-100s in the front, SKM-100 in the rear and SKC-100 center, with a SKW-100 Sub. I bought these as a set around 10 years ago, refurb from Onkyo. These are "old school" wooden case speakers, the fronts are about 16" x 7" the rears 8" x 5" and the center is 15 x 9. So my first question, does size matter? I see most new speakers in my price range are much smaller. Would I still get a richer, fuller sound? I have nothing against going smaller, just don't want to sacrifice anything. Second, is that I see a lot of speakers seem to be made of some type of plastic. Again, wood is old school and always seems to have a good sound to them, but would can/would plastic speakers sound as good? And third, what would you all suggest. Should I go for a set of 5.1? Should I just buy speakers and keep the sub I have?, or should I buy separates? I know I don't have a big budget so just looking for best bang for the buck.
I should mention these will be hooked up to a Denon S920-W AVR. I also don't mind refurbs from reputable dealers like accessories4less (which is where I go the Denon.
Pretty much the only speakers with plastic cabinets are outdoor speaker; most speakers of any quality are MDF with a veneer, most commonly vinyl but sometimes wood.
You can continue to use your current sub if you wish; 150 watts with an 8" woofer should hit its 30hz specification which isn't that bad.
To achieve significantly better than that would run $450 or so.
These Polk RTiA3s are on steep discount at the moment with real wood veneer in two color choices; $10/box returns if not happy within 60 days; $240/pair with 6.5" woofer
Matching center with raised tweeter and dual 6.5" woofer is $240.
Your receiver is fine.
When the time comes upgrade the sub next as you won't see a real wood veneer speaker for the current pricing of the soon to disappear RTiAs anytime soon.
Or, if you are pretty happy with your front three speakers now, buy one of these now.
PORTED SUBWOOFERS $600 AND BELOW, DELIVERED
*THE LARGER PORTED SUBS DELIVER AT LEAST 40% MORE SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL
THAN THE SAME BRAND'S SEALED VERSION WITH SAME SIZE WOOFER AND AMP
*IF LOOKING AT LARGER/MORE EXPENSIVE SUBWOOFERS ADD PSA TO THE LIST OF BRANDS
*IF YOU ARE NOT AN ACTION MOVIE FAN A SUBWOOFER WITH 22-30HZ EXTENSION WOULD BE FINE
*FOR MUSIC A 30HZ SUB IS A FINE CHOICE
*BEFORE BUYING MAKE A CARDBOARD CUTOUT OF THE SIZE OF THE SUB TO MAKE SURE IT IS NOT TOO LARGE FOR YOU
Specs are from the manufacturer unless noted otherwise.
120watts =13w15h16d= 29 lbs 10" [29hz] $250 MARTIN LOGAN DYNAMO 500, limited time offer
200watts =13w14h15d= 27 lbs 8" [29hz] $270 KEF C4 Accessories 4 Less Price
350watts =15w16h17d= 40 lbs 10" [30hz] $399 RSL SPEEDWOOFER 10S, (extension from Sound & Vision review)
200watts =14w15h15d= 32 lbs 10" [25hz] $450 ELAC DEBUT 2.0 SUB3010, (extension from Sound & Vision review)
NOTE: THIS SUB HAS PHONE APP EQ FOR THE SUB
250watts =15w19h17d= 42 lbs 10" [25hz] $455 HSU VTF 1 MK3 (extension from Audioholics review)
300watts =15w19h20d= 46 lbs 10" [18hz] $499 SVS PB1000, (extension from Sound & Vision Review)
500watts =15w19h20d= 72 lbs 10" [20hz] $500 MONOPRICE MONOLITH THX 10"
300watts =16w22h21d= 69 lbs* 12" [19hz] $569 RHYTHMIK LV12F
350watts =15w21h22d= 62 lbs 12" [18hz] $607 HSU VTF2 MK5, (extension from Audioholics review)
* = shipping weight
SEALED SUBWOOFERS $650 AND BELOW, DELIVERED
300watts =12w13h13d= 27 lbs 10" [24hz] $399 MARTIN LOGAN DYNAMO 700W, limited time offer
NOTE: WIRELESS TRANSMITTER INCLUDED
300watts =13w14h16d= 27 lbs 12" [23hz] $499 SVS SB1000, (extension from Sound & Vision)
300watts =14w14h16d= 58 lbs* 12" [18hz] $539 RHYTHMIK L12
500watts =14w15h17d= 35 lbs 12" [19hz] $649 SVS SB2000 outlet, (extension from Sound & Vision)
* = shipping weight