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Old 02-19-2009, 04:53 PM   #1
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Upgrading my Home Theater Audio

Hey I'm in the process of upgrading my home theater. We just picked up a 65" panasonic plasma to replace my 65" Mitsubishi Medallion Projection tv.
Now its time to upgrade the audio. Currently I have the standard 5.1 bose cube speakers and sub. I was just wondering what would be the best way to upgrade the sound? I have a 5 channel Sony receiver.

Ideally I would like to incorporate 2 large magneplanar speakers that I have in my home office and possibly add a powered subwoofer.

So basically my question is, can I just disconnect the front left/right speakers (leaving the bose cubes to be my center and surround channels) and replace with the magneplanar? I would then also add a sub via the receiver (there is one open rca "subwoofer" plug)

Could anyone also suggest a powered sub that would go well with this setup?

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Old 02-19-2009, 05:30 PM   #2
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If you really love them and want to use them for surround sound, you should buy the same type for center and rears.

I think Earthquake subs are the best for the money. I have two 15MKVs myself.


Check out BagEnd and others if you want more expensive than $3K subs.



You really should go with separates or a very very good receiver like a Marantz 8002 or similar. Separates start around $3.5K for entry level and go from there.

The new Marantz separates are quite nice at $5K for both.

I personally have a Marantz 7002 and a Cinenova Grande with I am very happy with ($6K)

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Sure you could but remember, in surround sound, most voices come from the center channel. Your front left and right are effect speakers for the most part. I would upgrade that at the same time.

As for subwoofers, what is your price range?

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Old 02-19-2009, 10:57 PM   #4
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thanks for the suggestions, I'll definitely look into these
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