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Post time 2017-6-25 06:01:00 | Show all posts |Read mode
So, I am looking to spend about $200-$300 (preferably closer to $200) on upgrading my 5.1 system. My current setup is :
Receiver - Denon AVR 1513 (75 Watt Channels)
Speakers - Boston mcs 160 5.1 system
My main focus is action and drama movies/tv shows if that makes a difference.    Any suggestions what the best way to spend my money would be?
               
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Post time 2017-6-25 07:48:00 | Show all posts

                       
                        You should start with FL/FR then add the rest later.  Chane makes some really good speakers at very affordable prices.  The speakers have great detail & clarity and can get pretty loud without breaking a sweat.  Some have reported that the soundstage is wide and you can get by without the center. I Personally prefer having a center so YMMV.
https://www.chanemusiccinema.com/lou...dspeakers/A1.4
They won't gouge you on the center when you're ready to add it.
               
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Post time 2017-6-25 10:03:00 | Show all posts

                       
                       
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                                        Originally Posted by First Last
                                       
                                So, I am looking to spend about $200-$300 (preferably closer to $200) on upgrading my 5.1 system. My current setup is :
Receiver - Denon AVR 1513 (75 Watt Channels)
Speakers - Boston mcs 160 5.1 system
My main focus is action and drama movies/tv shows if that makes a difference.    Any suggestions what the best way to spend my money would be?
                       
               
I'd replace the Center first and then the subwoofer.
Here's a $150 center channel.
http://philharmonicaudio.com/aa.html#cc
When money allows buy this subwoofer for $199.
https://emotiva.com/products/subwoofers/basx-s8
When you have $240 or so get these two for the front left and right.
http://philharmonicaudio.com/aa.html
               
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Post time 2017-6-25 10:14:00 | Show all posts

                       
                       
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                                        Originally Posted by First Last
                                       
                                So, I am looking to spend about $200-$300 (preferably closer to $200) on upgrading my 5.1 system. My current setup is :
Receiver - Denon AVR 1513 (75 Watt Channels)
Speakers - Boston mcs 160 5.1 system
My main focus is action and drama movies/tv shows if that makes a difference.    Any suggestions what the best way to spend my money would be?
                       
               
In that case, just replace the center speaker.  If you don't do any action movies, you don't even need to change out the subwoofer.  The center will make the biggest difference for your usage.
The Chane A2.4 center is a good choice, and so would the Emotiva C1 for around the same price.
https://www.chanemusiccinema.com/lou...dspeakers/A2.4
https://emotiva.com/products/speakers/airmotiv-c1
Later on you can upgrade the L/R speakers too, about $200-300 would be good.
               
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Post time 2017-6-25 10:25:00 | Show all posts

                       
                       
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                                        Originally Posted by First Last
                                       
                                So, I am looking to spend about $200-$300 (preferably closer to $200) on upgrading my 5.1 system. My current setup is :
Receiver - Denon AVR 1513 (75 Watt Channels)
Speakers - Boston mcs 160 5.1 system
My main focus is action and drama movies/tv shows if that makes a difference.    Any suggestions what the best way to spend my money would be?
                       
               
If $200-$300 is the total budget, meaning you don't plan to spend more later on, you'd probably have to make a sacrifice somewhere. If it was me, I'd reuse the Boston sub there, and reuse the little satellites as surrounds. So you would need a front three.  Ideally for movies you'd upgrade your sub, but not sure how to fit it in that budget + add new speakers.  
So as for some options:
Pair of Sony Cores - $120 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-cor...FdRWDQodweIG1A)
Then for a center either go with:
Either another set of Sony Cores ($120), just use one as a center if you can fit it, other as a spare or sell it. Or 6.1 if your receiver allows it.
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Sony Core center ($120), but supposedly it's only so-so, so probably best using a bookshelf if you can.
If you try them at Best Buy, you could test both options, just return the loser.
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Philharmonic AAs as has been mentioned would also be good, and have more bass than the Sonys. They would go above $300 however for left/right/center -- probably about $370 w/ shipping.
http://philharmonicaudio.com/aa.html
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Cambridge SX 50 + SX 70 ($300) = http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/cambsx50bla/cambridge-audio-sx50-5.25-2-way-bookshelf-speakers-black-pair/1.html
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...r-black/1.html
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list your CL area, and folks here can look for decent used options for you.
               
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Post time 2017-6-25 10:55:00 | Show all posts

                       
                        As stated and a no-brainer -- the Sony Core bookshelf, and on sale for $118 -- the sale will not last -- 2 pair is under $250
               
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 Author| Post time 2017-6-25 11:04:00 | Show all posts

                       
                        My CL area is Lansing.
I plan on upgrading piece by piece every couple months.  Not a total budget of $200-300.   I tested out these bestbuy(dot)com/site/polk-audio-signature-passive-2-way-bookshelf-speaker-pair-black-washed-walnut/5507264.p?skuId=5507264[/url] in store and thought they were pretty good.  How do the Sony Cores stand up to those?  I was between getting some speakers, or possibly some floor standing speakers x2 because I don't have any, or are those kind of a waste?
               
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Post time 2017-6-25 11:14:00 | Show all posts

                       
                       
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                                        Originally Posted by First Last
                                       
                                My CL area is Lansing.
I plan on upgrading piece by piece every couple months.  Not a total budget of $200-300.   I tested out these bestbuy(dot)com/site/polk-audio-signature-passive-2-way-bookshelf-speaker-pair-black-washed-walnut/5507264.p?skuId=5507264[/url] in store and thought they were pretty good.  How do the Sony Cores stand up to those?  I was between getting some speakers, or possibly some floor standing speakers x2 because I don't have any, or are those kind of a waste?
                       
               
My favorite speakers on the regular Best Buy floor is the Sony Core series
From Lansing Craiglist -- I would go after the Mirage 360 speakers, $60 -- pretty much a no-brainer
https://lansing.craigslist.org/ele/6181229740.html
               
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Post time 2017-6-25 11:34:00 | Show all posts

                       
                       
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                                        Originally Posted by First Last
                                       
                                So, I am looking to spend about $200-$300 (preferably closer to $200) on upgrading my 5.1 system. My current setup is :
Receiver - Denon AVR 1513 (75 Watt Channels)
Speakers - Boston mcs 160 5.1 system
My main focus is action and drama movies/tv shows if that makes a difference.    Any suggestions what the best way to spend my money would be?
                       
               
https://lansing.craigslist.org/ele/6089215281.html
               
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Post time 2017-6-25 11:47:00 | Show all posts

                       
                       
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                                        Originally Posted by gajCA
                                       
                                https://lansing.craigslist.org/ele/6089215281.html
                       
               
This ^^^!  Pretty good deal for $300 and appear to be in excellent condition, though you could offer the seller $250, see if he bites.  I don't think you can do better for the money quite honestly.
               
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