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Upgrade from pioneer 52s

I currently have 5.1 surround with 4 pioneer 52s I was looking at upgrading to something with a richer tone, I like the 52s but they sound flat for lack of a better description. I'm looking at going to 7.2.4, so I intend to repurpose the front speakers to surround duty. I was looking at q acoustics 3050 for my front speakers. Recommendations are welcome budget is about 1200 for front 3.
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I currently have 5.1 surround with 4 pioneer 52s I was looking at upgrading to something with a richer tone, I like the 52s but they sound flat for lack of a better description. I'm looking at going to 7.2.4, so I intend to repurpose the front speakers to surround duty. I was looking at q acoustics 3050 for my front speakers. Recommendations are welcome budget is about 1200 for front 3.
Where are you based?

I think you could go with a pair Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 SEs + the CMT-340 SE center at your budget (with room to spare), and be perfectly happy.

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Dallas Texas area, lots of stores around to test speakers out, I'd just like a starting point, so I'm not wondering aimlessly.
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Dallas Texas area, lots of stores around to test speakers out, I'd just like a starting point, so I'm not wondering aimlessly.
I'd look at the Ascends, then. Or if you're not averse to bookshelf speakers, the HSU HB-1 + HC-1 3.0 speaker package will net you less than half of your budget for the satin black finish (and still well under if you go for the rosenut finish). You could even do the HSU 7.0 package for less than your budget!

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I currently have 5.1 surround with 4 pioneer 52s I was looking at upgrading to something with a richer tone, I like the 52s but they sound flat for lack of a better description. I'm looking at going to 7.2.4, so I intend to repurpose the front speakers to surround duty. I was looking at q acoustics 3050 for my front speakers. Recommendations are welcome budget is about 1200 for front 3.
If looking for towers, then Emotiva T2 + C1 center = $1200 exactly. Less if you go with the allegedly "factory renewed" versions, or if you go with the T1 or TZero models.

Also, being in Dallas you should go check out HTD speakers, probably less than an hour's drive from where you are...google them.

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Htd level 3's look pretty nice, that may just do the trick. I have to go listen to them now. It might be a little above the budget but it a loose figure to start with.
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I ended up getting pioneer elite speakers, I ran across a really good deal on some used speakers. Definitely better than what I had, we'll see how long i keep them.
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I ended up getting pioneer elite speakers, I ran across a really good deal on some used speakers. Definitely better than what I had, we'll see how long i keep them.
Good luck!

btw, if you decide to get a sub later, you're also within easy driving distance of one of the best internet-direct brands, Rythmik Audio.

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