Originally Posted by adubree86
So I built my system about 7 years ago on a bit of a budget. I’m currently running a 5.1 system. Receiver Onkyo RX-V373. (2) Bic DV-64 towers, (1) DV-62CLR and (2) DV-62sib and a Klipsch Sub-10. Was considering an upgrade. Didn’t know if I’d be better off sticking with my current speakers and just upgrading the receiver or if I should look into upgrading everything. Was looking into Klipsch or Paradigm speakers. I know the Klipsch will be much brighter than what I’m used to but I’ve auditioned them and they don’t seem to bother me. And are the newer paradigms worth the $$? System used for 90% movies/sports/tv and 10% music.
First, check your receiver settings. If you're using default AccuEQ settings, turn it off and just start over by manually setting all 5 speakers on "small" and at 80Hz crossover. Often times those auto-calibration tools screw things up more than anything.
If still unhappy, I'd upgrade the center first: Chane A2.4, Ascend 340SE, Emotiva C1, HTD Level 3 center ... these are all around $250-300.
See how it sounds after that...the center does 70-80% of the HT output so this is what you're actually hearing during your HT/TV usage.
After that, see if you're still missing the "immersive" effect, or if you want a FULLER, DEEPER sound.
If it's the first, then upgrade the front L/R to whatever matches the center you chose (Chane A1.5, Ascend 170SE, Emotiva B1, HTD Level 3 books.
If it's the second, upgrade the sub.