I got a Yamaha HTR-5650 HT receiver. The receiver it replaced was a RCA STAV-3870 ( 5.1). For the RCA I had Sony 12" 3-way mains with dual Sony 4" centers(front and rear center) and sony 2-way 4"W with 1.5"T bookshelfs for the surround. For the RCA the sound was decent but nothing to brag about. I hooked up the Yamaha to the same speakers and pretty much realized that with a good receiver I can no longer get away with crappy speakers. Yes the Yamaha sounded much better but when I heard the later model at FRYs yesterday which has all of the same features as my 5650, I knew that something is missing.. SPEAKERS ARE MISSING!!! I know that Sony isn't the best and if I want better sound I may have to spend some money. The big question for me is, what matches up well with Yamaha? I think I want to buy a good set of surround speakers for it but also get some good mains for music as well. My question for those that either have Yamaha or just know, what is a good match for this receiver without having to spend a huge amount of cash for? I have been looking at some JBLs, BOSE, and infinity speakers but when I go to a place and hear them it is usually on a different receiver. What matches up well with the Yamahas? what is the best bang for the buck. I could skimp a little on the surround speakers and put up a little more for the *MAINS* but I want to stick with something better than "OK". I am looking to buy a complete 6.1 set of speakers and a good set of mains as well. Most bang for the buck. I do not want to spend $2k on speakers.
I bought a set of JBL's for my Yamaha 5650, and they sound great. I'm not a big Bose fan. I think they sound tinny for the price (just my opinion, not Bose bashing). Good option if you don't have the space for a set of big surround speakers. To showcase the sound of my system to friends, I pop in the Last of the Mohicans DVD. The opening musical score with the credits running is unbelievable.
I don't remember the exact model #'s (I can check at home if you'd like), but I got 2 large standing 3-way speakers for the front, a 3-way center channel, 2-way speakers for the back, and a 10 inch sub. If I was going to use a rear channel, I'd get a JBL 2 way center.
I know some people recommend using the same speakers all around for surround sound, but I also wanted large fronts for music.
whats the budget? you said not 2k but how about 1900 or 1000 or what. dont be so vague and youll get decent feedback
I wasn't trying to seem *vague*, I am simply looking for information. I was curious to know what matched up well with the Yamaha receivers. I heard from another source that BOSE and KLIPSCH don't seem to go well with Yamaha even though they make good speakers. I heard that JBL and top of line infinity sound really good. Im not that educated in the matter as you can see from my initial post, I had an RCA with Sony speakers before I bought this Yamaha. Obviously a good receiver with crappy speakers is a bad combination. Since you asked about my budget, all I can say is I am unsure at this point. I know I won't fork out $2k for speakers but I could very well spend up to $1k or even more. What I really want is to have a good surround system so that when I watch movies I get a better experience. I also enjoy music very much and want to be able to have quality sound. I think that music sounds like crap when the receiver is on any setting other than 6-channel stereo. The surround modes just don't do it for music in my opinion. I could also fork at some extra $$$ initially for the surround speakers and then wait a month to buy good mains. I just want to know what the Yamahas like. Especially from those that have them. Thanks for your reply..
I am interested in some of the JBL setups I have seen. I need to do some more searching on the matter too. Also, are the Yamaha speakers any good? I have seen some 6.1 Yamahas for pretty cheap which makes me question the quality of the speakers.
Talk to Wally at Underwood HiFi . . .a couple of months ago he was clearing out some AAD E Series speakers for a great price (my son bought a pair of towers for under $400) . . . these are some of the best sounding and well reviewed speakers in the $1000 range (their normal price). Wally is available thru his website . . .www.underwoodhifi.com. . . . You might also want to check-out Audiogon (and Videogon) . . . . there are some great deals on slightly used (and new) speakers . . .and there is lots of info on all sorts of equipment. Just a suggestion, besides the def tech (which are OK speakers) you can do much better than the other brands mentioned in this thread . . .JBL and Klipsh just don't sound good for the money . . Yamaha (like Sony) suck, and Bose is WAAAAAAAY overpriced. Good speakers make the system!!!
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