Originally Posted by Gamecock24
So I’m considering upgrading to a 5.1.4 ATMOS setup. My system is mainly HT based for movie and TV but I’m getting back into music more. Currently I have a Denon X3000 with MA Silver 6 towers and Silver Center as LCR with 4 Polk 8” in ceiling speakers for front height and surrounds, these 4 will become my ATMOS channels. Of course I’ll have to upgrade my AVR also to get ATMOS but that’s for a different thread.
My initial thought is to just get some MA Silver bookshelf speakers and call it a day. But after looking the new Silver series speakers I’m considering upgrading my towers to a Silver 8/300 or even silver 10/500 and move the 6’s to the surrounds. I mention the older generation since they can still be bought new at a slightly lower cost then the new generation Silver series. And to make this even more expensive I’ve also considered the Gold 300. I read someone’s post about the Gold 300’s saying they are power hungry so I’d need to do separates most likely with these. That piano ebony is just beautiful and since I’m getting back into music more I think they would be the best for stereo listening.
Here are the questions.
Is using my Silver 6 tower speakers for rear surrounds a waste? If so then the bookshelf speakers would be the way to go.
If tower speakers for rear surround are a good idea and not a waste which set of the above mentioned towers would integrate best for me?
Would the Silver 10/500 out play my small silver center which I can’t upgrade due to size limitations or would the Silver 300 be better suited? How would the Gold 300’s pair with the silver center and silver 6 towers during movie time?
Depending on what I do with my speakers will help me decide on receiver and maybe even an amp. Though I’m not sure which I need to decide on first, I’m guessing deciding on speakers is the best move since then I’d know how much power I’ll need.
I hope this makes sense and TIA!
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Sounds to me like you’ve got money burning a hole in your pocket
The most mutually beneficial solution is to just give it to me. I’ll make a few bucks and you won’t have it to bother you or your pocket.
If you’d rather be selfish, just get the silver bookshelves and call it a day. I started with rosenut RX8s and RX center. Over the next few years, I was able to buy a couple pair of matching RX1s. Whenever I bought a pair, I would put them in as mains and move the RX8s to surround duty for a week or so to test them out. Sure they sounded good as surrounds, but crossed to subs around 80 there wasn’t much of a difference. Theoretically more dynamic, but nothing obviously noticeable to me. Definitely not anything that would push me to get a new lcr to keep them there. So, personally I don’t think using towers as surrounds is going to give you whatever improvement you’re seeking. But they would be fine as surrounds even if you got a new lcr. Only caveat being if you listen to much music in surround sound.
Now if you want different speakers for music, then that’s something else. My RX8s have been my daily speakers for >5yrs (don’t remember when I actually bought them). During that time I’ve gotten to hear some gold and platinum towers, though not in my own room. While both were good, there were more similarities than differences between them and the RX8s. MA obviously shares a house sound between their lines, just with more refinement as you move up I guess. Again though, I had to pay attention to hear differences with familiar material, ymmv.
I really wanted to be floored by the gold and plats and assumed I would be because of a bunch of reading I’d done about ribbon tweeters. But while present, the differences were subtle and wouldn’t be worth the price of admission to me. I still think their bubinga on the golds was their nicest finish.
I’ve looked for a great, more affordable alternative. The Ascend Acoustic Sierra Towers w/RAAL ribbon tweeters seem to fit the bill. I haven’t had a chance to hear them yet nor is it quite time to buy, but they are first on my list to audition when I’m ready. Measurements and reviews are overwhelmingly positive so they pique my interest. The Philharmonic BMR did too, though it’s now in the same price range as the raal towers and sold by Salk. May try them as a diy project if a kit materializes.
I’d definitely try to audition the speakers yourself to see if the improvement you’re looking for exists within them. But your ears will let you know that.
Hope you’re doing well, it’s been a while. How those end tables working out for ya?
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