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Hi guys, first post so I apologize if this has been covered. I've been doing a lot of research and I just can't tell what I need to do.
I have a Denon 1312 receiver with the Boston Acoustics MCS 160 5.1 speaker system. I just added a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable and am wanting some better sound for when I'm listening to records. For movies, this has proven to be a decent system so far, but I feel it lacks a more rounded sound when I play it for music only.
I was thinking of moving the front speakers to the rear surrounds and take advantage of the expandable 7.1 of the receiver and replacing them with a quality bookshelf speaker.
What speaker would that receiver be able to handle. I don't have unlimited funds, but I'm willing to spend a little more to get something that is going to last me a while (prob $100-$400) max right now, I may be able to save for longer though. I also don't mind cruising for used stuff, just don't know what to look for.
I have a powered sub so I'm mainly looking for something with very tight and clean (not overpowering) bass, and very good highs.
Thanks to those who will take the time to respond!
 

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If your budget is 100 dollars, don't bother. If your budget is 400 dollars, maybe...bit as cel4145 points out, you will need to replace your front 3 speakers! 400 is not a large budget for a front stage.
 

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Hi guys, first post so I apologize if this has been covered. I've been doing a lot of research and I just can't tell what I need to do.
I have a Denon 1312 receiver with the Boston Acoustics MCS 160 5.1 speaker system. I just added a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable and am wanting some better sound for when I'm listening to records. For movies, this has proven to be a decent system so far, but I feel it lacks a more rounded sound when I play it for music only.
The Boston Reflection series would be a major step up - from what you have
Boston RS260 - sold each
http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...on-series-bookshelf-speaker-each-black/1.html

http://www.crutchfield.com.edgesuit...ucts/2009/36/065/x065RS260-o_HOgrilleoff.jpeg

Buy a third one, and use as a center (cheaper than buying the center and would be even better)

However, this is the center for your info - RS244c
http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...on-series-center-channel-speaker-black/1.html

Here is a short subjective review of the RS260 bookshelf speakers - post #7
http://www.hometheatershack.com/for...shased-boston-acoustics-rs260.html#post890785
 

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I had no idea about the center having to match.
There is an ad on craigslist for a two Polk monitor 40 bookshelfs and one polk cs1 center channel speaker, and a polk psw 10" 50 watt sub all for $300. I don't need the sub, but are the other speakers halfway decent? I can probably get them for less.
If I was to save and stretch my budget somewhat, what would you guys recommend I look for?
 

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The Boston Reflection series would be a major step up - from what you have
Boston RS260 - sold each
http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...on-series-bookshelf-speaker-each-black/1.html

http://www.crutchfield.com.edgesuit...ucts/2009/36/065/x065RS260-o_HOgrilleoff.jpeg

Buy a third one, and use as a center (cheaper than buying the center and would be even better)

However, this is the center for your info - RS244c
http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...on-series-center-channel-speaker-black/1.html

Here is a short subjective review of the RS260 bookshelf speakers - post #7
http://www.hometheatershack.com/for...shased-boston-acoustics-rs260.html#post890785
I must have been typing while this was posted... I'll take a look at those, thanks!
 

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I'm leaning towards those Bostons. Just how important is it that I get the same center speaker vs. leaving the existing Boston sattelite version since they are both Boston? I understand that the absolute best sound will be by matching, but for just listening to music, wouldn't I be able to adust the level and get it to balance out?
The reason I ask this is because the space I have for the center speaker is very limited and I think a large bookshelf speaker there will not fly with my wife, it was hard enough getting her to OK the one I have now.
If it is a really bad idea then I will just find a way, maybe...
 

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I'm leaning towards those Bostons. Just how important is it that I get the same center speaker vs. leaving the existing Boston sattelite version since they are both Boston?
See the speaker faq I linked to.
 

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I'm leaning towards those Bostons. Just how important is it that I get the same center speaker vs. leaving the existing Boston sattelite version since they are both Boston? I understand that the absolute best sound will be by matching, but for just listening to music, wouldn't I be able to adust the level and get it to balance out?
When listening to music - go 2 channel - cut the center and surrounds off

The Boston RS260 will throw a good central image, plus a big wide sound-stage,
the little Bostons sats, will not keep up with music.

For Movies/Tv the surrounds will be OK - and test it with your small center channel.
Also, test with-out your center in phantom mode - then go with what sounds best.
 

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Sounds good guys, I did see the faq, I just wanted to make sure since I wasn't sure if what I had was a close enough match or not. I'll try to swing the third speaker if I can, I would hate to regret it since accessories4less has a minimum of two in order to purchase them at such a good price.
 

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Sounds good guys, I did see the faq, I just wanted to make sure since I wasn't sure if what I had was a close enough match or not. I'll try to swing the third speaker if I can, I would hate to regret it since accessories4less has a minimum of two in order to purchase them at such a good price.
Like the FAQ says, you need to find an owners thread for the Bostons and see if anyone there knows. Only someone who has listened to them together can really tell you that with certainty. Although, obviously the drivers and tweeters would be different (much different class of speaker), so the answer is probably not.
 

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Sounds good guys, I did see the faq, I just wanted to make sure since I wasn't sure if what I had was a close enough match or not. I'll try to swing the third speaker if I can, I would hate to regret it since accessories4less has a minimum of two in order to purchase them at such a good price.
The tweeters will not match - the dimple dome is a completely different design, and was even
used in their flagship series.

2 options - go ahead and get the bookshelf speakers and start with that big music upgrade, and
and let your wife hear how good they sound, even with her music. Then call AC4L when you decide
to buy the center piece - and tell them you bought the bookshelves from them, and you have your
receipt - they will work with you.

Also remember, they do have the horizontal center with the same tweeter and woofer make-up, as
the RS260 speakers.

Your call
 
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