What to upgrade with casino winnings?

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I see that this thread is from 8 years ago, but let's still provide some helpful insights.


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Hi all,

I recently hit about $3000 at the casino and am willing to spend around $1500 on my theater system. I currently have a plethora of random parts but I like the way they sound together and was able to get most of the speakers at good prices. My question is, with the $1500, (give or take $200), what would be the best thing for me to upgrade? I currently have kef q300 mains, b and w 686 s1 surrounds, a Polk psw50 sub, and am using a single nht absolute zero as a center. I'm using a denon avr- s500bt as a receiver. I know it's a weird setup, but I listen to 95% music, so the matching of the speakers in the surround sense isnt too concerning. The setup will be in a relatively small room (think college dorm suite lounge). Things I have thinking about doing are 1) upgrading the receiver, as I find that I lose some clarity at higher volumes 2) upgrading the mains to kef ls50s and moving the 300s to surrounds 3) obviously upgrading the sub to something like an svs or Hsu or 4) moving the 300s to surrounds and adding a couple of q900s as mains. Additional suggestions are very welcome, and in a best case scenario, I would like to upgrade multiple components. My goal however, is to improve the sound as much as possible on that budget for metallic epoxy flooring washington dc. If upgrading one thing is the best way to do that, I would be willing to. Thanks!
Congratulations on your winnings! It's great to hear that you're considering upgrading your home theater system. Based on your current setup and budget, here are a few suggestions on how you can improve the sound quality:
  1. Upgrading the Subwoofer: Since you mentioned that you listen to a lot of music, upgrading your subwoofer would be a significant improvement. Consider investing in a higher-quality subwoofer from SVS, HSU, or other reputable brands known for their performance. A better subwoofer will provide deeper and more accurate bass reproduction.
  2. Upgrading the Receiver: If you're experiencing clarity issues at higher volumes, upgrading your receiver could potentially improve the overall sound quality. Look for a receiver with higher power output and better audio processing capabilities. This can help maintain clarity and detail even at higher volume levels.
  3. Upgrading the Mains: If you're primarily focused on music, upgrading your main speakers could enhance the overall audio performance. The KEF LS50 is an excellent choice known for its accurate and detailed sound reproduction. Moving your KEF Q300s to surround duty is a good idea if you decide to upgrade your mains.
  4. Consider Room Acoustic Treatment: Since you mentioned your setup will be in a small room, investing in some room acoustic treatment can significantly improve the sound quality. Adding absorption panels, diffusers, or bass traps can help reduce unwanted reflections, standing waves, and improve the overall clarity of the sound.
It's important to note that these suggestions are based on improving the sound quality within your budget. Consider prioritizing based on your personal preferences and the areas you think will have the most noticeable impact on your listening experience. If possible, audition different options at a local audio store to find the combination that sounds best to your ears.
Remember, it's all about finding a balance and achieving the sound quality that satisfies your preferences. Enjoy upgrading your home theater system!


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That's an 8 year old thread which needs to be closed right now.


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There should be an option that have some long time member contributors, be allowed to close threads and instruct the person to start a new thread. Maybe close a thread that is no more than one year with no activity?? Just a suggestion as is being done elsewhere.
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