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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by arn, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. arn

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    I have at the moment a Yamaha RX-V350 with the Nsp100 surround and subwoofer package, but i have the upgrade bug now and i want to upgrade my speakers or subwoofer. Which would you recommend i upgrade first the speakers or the sub? (product recommendations more than welcome)

    Thanks

    P.S I already have decent cable and interconnects :)
     
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    Oh by the way my budget at the moment is £200 but i could raise this if i waited a month :smashin:
     
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    It really depends what you plan to do with your system. I would certainly recommend waiting for your budget to rise and getting the best product you can in each category otherwise you'll end up taking leap-frog equipment bounds and it works out far more expensive in the long run!

    If music is a priority then I would leave the rear speakers as they are (if the amp can decode seven channels then use some of the spares to add the extra rear speakers) and upgrade the stereo pair as much as you can - £200 would get you a very nice pair of speakers and you could save some money by looking in the second hand market. A better all-round bet would be to split your budget between the front 3 to give a better front soundstage. I don't think upgrading all of your speakers in one go would be a sensible use of funds.

    At a later stage you should definitely replace the sub but you really need to allocate at least £300 for that alone, there are loads of threads in the Subwoofers section for that. :)
     
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    well in regard to the sub i may get the Velodyne CHT-8R Subwoofer on the power buy, but its the rear surround i am missing out on really, dont hear much there. I don't listen to music at all so it's 100% movies for me :rolleyes:
     
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    It's only the CHT-8 in the power buy and not the newer CHT-8R, either would be an excellent choice.

    Have you got an SPL meter? They're invaluable when it comes to setting your equipment up and rather than jumping headlong into buying new speakers it might be worth trying to get what you already have right. You may also be surprised at how little there is in the rear channels - it should be a discreet envelope rather than hearing crashes from all around you. The maxim with surround sound in my opinion is definitely less is more. :)
     
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    Well i only have a yamaha rxv350 and the only thing i can change in there is the db level on each speaker no delay or anything, so would a spl meter be justified?
     
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    I'm surprised there's no delay, but an SPL meter would definitely be a worthwhile investment IMO, you just use it to set the individual channel volumes so that they're all the same volume. :)
     
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    same volume for the sweet spot or same volume in general?
     
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    You have to do it for the sweet spot, obviously if you sit in front of one of your speakers it's going to seem louder than the others! :)
     
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    yeah should have known better, BUT i have £200 burning a hole in my pocket and wanted to spend :(
    don't you hate it when you follow the sensible people :D
     
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    Can't do that, going to follow your original advice and upgrade 1 step at a time in my budget.

    Many Thanks for the advice John anyway very much appreciated :thumbsup:
     

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