Which one is this. I use a Elac 5.0 system with Wharfedale sub and can let you know depending on the model
So..as it stands I have a Harman AVR 240 with a 5.1 hkts Harman theatre system speakers and subwoofer. And I use it mainly for music...and it's working brilliantly. I am not sure if I need to get to an endless loop of chasing better and better speakers 2.0 or otherwise.
Totally agree, this HiFi journey is very complex and gets expensive as you try to move ahead...unless the upgrade or update really benefits you and you will use all those features / functions, then it makes sense to upgrade / update the system logically within budgetIf you're happy with your chaste setup, don't even think of saying cheers to the chase. The chase will chase you till end.
So, for full disclosure, its a 7.1 system - AVR 240. However, two speakers are vibrating at high volumes so I took them out. Arranged the rest of them in 5.1 system. Two fronts, center, surround. Took out 2 rear surrounds. I run it in 5.1 setup with Logic 7 processing, which is a mode native to the Harman AVRs. Harman AVR's are known for being muscly - high current capability and have gigantic transformers and heatsinks. So do both my AVRs from 2005 and 2002 respectively from Harman Kardon.If the usage is Music listening then a good pair of speakers and a stereo amp will sound much better than a 5.1 setup. Do you run your 5.1 setup in stereo mode or in parallel stereo mode?
You will experience that with most satellite speakers due to their plastic enclosures.I'm not perfectly happy - the speakers are unrepairable and vibrate sometimes at very high volumes or unclear track quality - however they are alright for my use and I'm generally pleased with the sound. Possibly I don't know better - this is one of the better systems that I have heard. Maybe as I go on in my journey I'll be less pleased with this. But for now its okay.....
so, wooden(ish) 5.1 sound better than plasticy 5.1s? I find that denon and Onkyo have woodenish 5.1 speakers while Harman has these excellent plasticky home theatre speakers.You will experience that with most satellite speakers due to their plastic enclosures.
One option you can explore is to upgrade your front channel speakers to efficient bookshelves and move the current HK ones to the unused channel to bring your setup back to 7.1. The fronts are the ones that would be used mostly for Stereo listening and will bring about an improvement.
Yes these are cinema 5 speakers. I use them with Wharfedale sub in my second setup. The speakers are excellent. However given that you already have satellite speakers you can skip these
Ha ha ha haaaaa you hit the Bull's eye.Keep using the system till it is no longer usable.
Then make baby steps into this rabbit hole. Slowly empty your bank balance, jeopardize your marriage, and fight a futile battle here with others like the most of us on how great your choice of speakers/ amp/ avr was, or how you've heard new instruments in a song that wasn't existing (heard) in the track till you listened to this new pair of speakers with the new amp with brand new capacitors.
Then you upgrade again, then again, then again. Venture into DIY, 'Contribute' to our classifieds section, lose good friends here over the quality of cables and bass traps.
You learn, unlearn, then learn, and unlearn. Finally you'll give up and settle for a system. One day you'll disappear from here.
After 10 years of your disappearance, someone will reply to your decade old post suggesting new set of speakers . And we will promptly remind them that the beloved OP is on vacation.
Welcome to HiFiVision, my friend. Enjoy your stay
PS: I apologise if the post offended anyone. It was just a rant.