Originally Posted by zieglj01
For mainly movies, the surrounds can be different from the front channels .... and the HSU sub is decent/nice
If moving the 400s to surround, were there a front 3 you'd recommend?
Originally Posted by Zorba922
Denon X2500 --- google it, less than half of MSRP since it's last year's model. Don't spend much more, the receiver makes little difference compared to the LCR.
I'd repurpose your 400s for surround duty and start with a new center speaker (the center does 70-80% of the output and 98% of the dialogue).
Here are some proven-performer horizontal centers in the $250-300 range, which most people are quite happy with:
* Emotiva C1 or (if space and budget permit) C2
* Chane A2.4
* Ascend 340SE
You MAY be fine keeping your 400s for L/R with any of the above 3 centers, though...try that first, and if your ears object or if your eyes desire visual uniformity, then add the "matching" bookshelves for L/R.
Thanks for the recommendations. My reasoning on the ideal of X3600H was to get Audyssey MultiEQ XT32, 11 channel possibility, & Atmos Height Virt. The X2500H, still a great receiver, I'd lose all 3 of those.
I mean, my AVR-891 still does great work, just fed up not having 4k capability. If Frys was still doing their receiver deals, I'd already have it. $600 is the ceiling for a receiver.
As for the speakers, you think I could POSSIBLY mix in a new center and keep the 400s? Thought the tone or timbre of all the fronts needed to match. I doubt anything still available today would match those 400s.
I was also kind of looking to get larger, floorstanding speakers, mostly for aesthetics. A few 5" or 6" drivers was my thought. Then finding a center to match. If the center is really the most crucial for HT, then maybe finding the better one there and then finding matching floorstanders might be better. Even if keeping the 400s as surround, I'm still OK with spending $1k up front.
Thank you again!!