Hi all. Currently I have this 5.1 setup:
Onkyo TX-NR708 7.2 Channel Receiver (HDMI 1.4a) (2010 or 2011 model)
Polk Audio Monitor 70 Series II pair ($400)
Polk Audio CS350-LS Center (unknown value)
Polk Audio Monitor 40 Series II pair for rears ($200-ish?)
Klipsch Subwoofer (cheap, small model from Costco years ago - forgot model - maybe $100 bucks)
This thread is not about pricing its about a total ballpark cost out of pocket and if its worth it. I don't full understand the forum rules for what can be said on pricing but I dont think this violates, my point is simply to figure out what to buy and if its worth it.
Considering an upgrade. I haven't done much research. Here is what I am considering, but I am very open:
** I CANNOT DO IN CEILING SPEAKERS ** - I am in a rental. Not gonna happen. I promise I'll upgrade when I can
$750 Marantz 6013 Refurb (or a Denon X4500H refurb/sale)
$820 Klipsch RP-6000F Front Tower Pair, Refurb
$520 Klipsch RP-504c Center Channel, Refurb
$400 Klipsch RP-500SA Atmos Upwards Pair, new
$400 Klipsch RP-140D Surround Pair, New
$780 HSU ULS-15 MK2 Subwoofer, Sale Price
TOTAL: ~$3700 ballpark
I would try to go refurb and used to keep cost down. I would want to sell my old gear to offset cost, but I don't know what I could expect on craigslist. Maybe $500 for all of it?
1. Is this worth it over my existing setup? Should I hear a night and day difference?
2. Is this a good sweet spot to maximize my bang for buck? I'll be annoyed if I learn that, hey, you could have spent $1000 more and it would have been a HUGE jump up.
3. I am open to other brands outside of Klipsch.
4. Can I run Atmos with front height channel speakers wall mounted? I'd do this instead of upward firing if recommended, as long as its still object based Atmos. Can I do both?
5. Thoughts on that HSU subwoofer? It seems overly pricey. Is there a better 80/20 buy?
My main thing is this: I want to ride the 80/20 rule, with a slight upward push into the high end (I'll absord a little of that dimishing return to eek out a hair or two more). But I'm trying to find the sweet spot in my spending here.
Why I am upgrading - I'm sick of ARC due to no 4K HDR passthrough on my receiver. My new rental home has a less ideal room setup for speaker placement and I want the better Room Correction software on the receiver. And I really want to add Dolby Atmos, even if I can only do upward firing. I also need to replace my Monitor 40s, they are way too big, I need smaller, discreet speakers in the new space to please the Mrs. and make the layout work. Hence my thoughts on the 140D speakers.
And finally, because this was an entry level setup like 10 years ago and I'm overdue. All this chatter here got my wheels turning, so screw it, lets do this.
Ok. Help me out, if you're willing
What do I buy?
If you need to see my room layout - it is here. This thread and all you enthusiasts here broke me. I wasn't going to upgrade everything. Now I am. LOL.