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10 10 July 12, 2018 at 09:33 PM
I'm currently using these Onkyo Devices:
  • AV Receiver (HT-R550)
  • Front Speakers (SKF-550F)
  • Center Speaker (SKC-550C)
  • Surround Speakers (SKM-550S)
  • Surround Back Speakers (SKB-550)
  • Powered Subwoofer (SKW-550)

It's like 12 years old and want a 4K compatible Receiver.
I may or may not keep the speakers depending on if they're still relevant to what I'm looking at.

I'm looking at this equipment:
  1. Onkyo TX-NR686 Receiver
  2. 2x Klipsch R-26F for front L/R Speakers
  3. Klipsch R-25C Center Speaker
  4. Klipsch R-12SW Sub
  5. 4x Klipsch R-14S for Sides and Rear

I can get all that for roughly $1,400. Not sure if I should get the surround speakers or the bookshelf speakers. I purchased 100ft of 14 Gauge speaker wire. Also not sure if these separate speakers are much better than what I currently use. I'm not very savvy with audio equipment. Use is for mostly movies and games. The room the'll be in is 14x12. I prefer new equipment and to stay under $1500. Also not sure of anything I may need or overlooked.

Thanks for the help!

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I'm currently using these Onkyo Devices:
  • AV Receiver (HT-R550)
  • Front Speakers (SKF-550F)
  • Center Speaker (SKC-550C)
  • Surround Speakers (SKM-550S)
  • Surround Back Speakers (SKB-550)
  • Powered Subwoofer (SKW-550)

It's like 12 years old and want a 4K compatible Receiver.
I may or may not keep the speakers depending on if they're still relevant to what I'm looking at.

I'm looking at this equipment:
  1. Onkyo TX-NR686 Receiver
  2. 2x Klipsch R-26F for front L/R Speakers
  3. Klipsch R-25C Center Speaker
  4. Klipsch R-12SW Sub
  5. 4x Klipsch R-14S for Sides and Rear

I can get all that for roughly $1,400. Not sure if I should get the surround speakers or the bookshelf speakers. I purchased 100ft of 14 Gauge speaker wire. Also not sure if these separate speakers are much better than what I currently use. I'm not very savvy with audio equipment. Use is for mostly movies and games. The room the'll be in is 14x12. I prefer new equipment and to stay under $1500. Also not sure of anything I may need or overlooked.

Thanks for the help!
Depends on your room size (yours is fairly small at 14x12), budget and how much of an audiophile you are.

The L\Rs are the most important speakers to get right in a setup. The R-26F are ok low to mid-price range tower speakers for small to medium sized rooms imo (see below review). Can't speak to how they sound relative to your current speakers. It really comes down to your budget. You can do a lot better than those speakers imo, but you need to spend a fair amount more (something on the order of 700-900 a pair as opposed to 350 a pair imo). That may or may not be worth it to you, esp considering the small room size. And of course upgrading the L/R will incur additional costs in the other speakers if you want to match them.

The receiver is probably a bit pricey relative to you speaker setup and room size imo. I prefer Denon receivers myself, but that is me. You can get a decent 4k, 7.1 receiver for less than the street price of the one you are looking at depending on the model\power\options you really need for your room. Also, used receivers of older models can usually be had on the cheap via Ebay or Craigslist and that is a good way to save some money as receivers usually last a very long time if well maintained\not abused imo and buying a 1 or 2 year old model is no big deal.

I am not a fan of book shelf speakers unless your primary concern is space\aesthetics. Sound generally is not as good, though some are pretty good for the size (see the Energy Take 5.1 series for a small setup with decent sound). It is all relative though. Depending on what your current speakers sound like, you might be better off just sticking with them. The receiver is the main thing you need to upgrade. My 2 cents.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sJNEqPpvvg
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Depends on your room size (yours is fairly small at 14x12), budget and how much of an audiophile you are.

The L\Rs are the most important speakers to get right in a setup. The R-26F are ok low to mid-price range tower speakers for small to medium sized rooms imo (see below review). Can't speak to how they sound relative to your current speakers. It really comes down to your budget. You can do a lot better than those speakers imo, but you need to spend a fair amount more (something on the order of 700-900 a pair as opposed to 350 a pair imo). That may or may not be worth it to you, esp considering the small room size. And of course upgrading the L/R will incur additional costs in the other speakers if you want to match them.

The receiver is probably a bit pricey relative to you speaker setup and room size imo. I prefer Denon receivers myself, but that is me. You can get a decent 4k, 7.1 receiver for less than the street price of the one you are looking at depending on the model\power\options you really need for your room. Also, used receivers of older models can usually be had on the cheap via Ebay or Craigslist and that is a good way to save some money as receivers usually last a very long time if well maintained\not abused imo and buying a 1 or 2 year old model is no big deal.

I am not a fan of book shelf speakers unless your primary concern is space\aesthetics. Sound generally is not as good, though some are pretty good for the size (see the Energy Take 5.1 series for a small setup with decent sound). It is all relative though. Depending on what your current speakers sound like, you might be better off just sticking with them. The receiver is the main thing you need to upgrade. My 2 cents.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sJNEqPpvvg
thanks for the feedback man, I appreciate it
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I would start with just the receiver upgrade as already mentioned. You might also think about upgrading to a more powerful subwoofer, your current one is pretty weak, its amazing how much impact that upgrade can have on your sound system. Check SVS, HSU research, monoprice monolith, and others. Your sub does not need to match your main speakers.
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Since he mentioned the R-26F and I am looking between the 26F and 26FA, is there any difference between the two other than the addition of the ATMOS speaker internally? I have the R-14SA (pair for my ATMOS) and while it its 3/4" vs the 1" built in to the 26FA, I'm not sure its worth the cost difference.

Lowest I've seen for the R-26FA currently is $422.10/ea shipped VS $155/ea shipped for the R-26F.
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Also, please don't get an Onkyo receiver. Would strongly recommend sticking with Denon or Yamaha. I've had 2 Onkyo's burn up and seen countless others have similar issues.
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Concur with Receiver brand recommendations, especially with the news that TCL is taking over Pioneer and Onkyo outside of Japan. Time will tell if TCL can make a good product, their TV's are showing promise but I wouldnt be the early adopter in this case, plenty of good deals on Denon or Yamaha.
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