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Hi all,
I would need suggestion from you. Here is my problem, I have an Yamaha receiver that i bought like 8 years ago with the 5 speakers and the sub. It was an entry level kit and it fit perfectly my needs, but lately one of my rear speaker start to do "scratchy noise" (not sure if it's the proper term), i mean the speaker is bad. I can't find another speaker like this one, Yamaha doesn't make them anymore and anyway they do not sell the separately.
I need some small speaker due to my setup config, 4 inch wide max.

I was thinking about buying 2 new speakers and put them in the front, and use my 2 front yamaha that are still good as my rear. I was looking at the Polk audio RM7 but can't find them anymore, crutchfield were selling them for $59 each but only 1 left :mad:
I was also concern about replacing only the 2 front speakers without replacing the central?

Any suggestion, i didn't want to pay lot of cash to replace my speakers, the RM7 was a good option for me at $120 for both...

Let me know what you think guys.

The other option that i was thinking, Bestbuy are selling the Precision Acoustics HD25 5.1 kit for 299 instead of 780, but was wondering if it would worth it because of my receiver isn't that recent and it was an entry level and not an high end.... :confused: my receiver is yamaha htr-5830


Here is a link of my actual kit : http://www.yamaha.ca/av/Hometheatre/YHT160S.jsp

thanks for your help.
MaTT
 

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I would replace the front L & R speakers and move one of the old ones to the rear. You can always upgrade the centre speaker later if you feel the need (and if my personal experience is any indication, you will end up upgrading it!). It's nice to have a sonically matched front soundstage.
 

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I would replace the full set of surround speakers and upgrade the receiver later. Couldn't find out much about the Precision Acoustics HD25 but they appear to be a BB house brand, which pretty much means low quality. They are probably worth $299 and look like a modest upgrade from the current set. If $299 is all you budget allows, go for them.

The Yamaha htr-5830 is a decent receiver. As long as it is working well, I see no problem putting a good set of speakers on it.

You can always upgrade the centre speaker later if you feel the need
Chances are you will want to upgrade soon due to sonic differences. The other problem with piecemeal upgrades is that manufacturer specs and models change so waiting too long can require another upgrade.
 

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Chances are you will want to upgrade soon due to sonic differences. The other problem with piecemeal upgrades is that manufacturer specs and models change so waiting too long can require another upgrade.
Good point. I had to search eBay & local classifieds for weeks before finding a centre that matched my towers.

I would avoid the Precision Acoustics brand unless you can listen to them in-store before purchasing (not likely at Best Buy).

For $300 there are likely better systems at both BB & FS. The Klipsch HD 300 would be a good choice. For $100-200 more, your options are much better. The Energy Take Classic for $500, for example. Or $410 for two x Energy RC-Mini bookshelf + one centre channel.

I'm open to new brands, but I'd be wary of a speaker brand nobody's heard of or worse - never heard in person.
 

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I agree on auditioning and looking for better speakers. Try finding some stores that allow auditioning. Take along a favourite CD or DVD with good sound. You should be able to get 25% off or better on most speaker systems this week. There are lots of existing threads on recommended speakers. Canadian speakers companies often provide the best value for domestic buyers.
 

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Replacing the 3 front speakers is still a good option. Surrounds do not need to match perfectly and almost any sub can be used. If you want to gradually upgrade to much better speakers, that might be a good first step. OTOH, sets can provide better value for the money.
 

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I think that for that price nothing can go wrong . One thing is hard to see for me at least is how a 2.5inch driver can be better than a 5.25 , can someone explain this to me ???
 

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Though we all like shopping.....

Did you try swapping speakers between your rear channels? Should make sure it's a speaker issue (and not an amp channel issue) before you go shopping.

Would be a shame for you to get some nice shiny speakers home and have them also "scratching".

BTW, Visions has some super prices on Monitor series Polks right now. not the best, but certainly an upgrade from HTIB speakers.
 

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yes, i swapped them and the "scratching" noise moved to the front. And there is no Visions here in Quebec.
Ok, still not sure what i'll do, any of you have a pair of small speaker, not to expensive, to suggest??? (like the RM7 of polk audio... ) I would have like to buy those but there are discontinued and crutchfield only have 1 left
 

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how a 2.5inch driver can be better than a 5.25
Smaller speakers are better for high frequencies, larger speakers for low frequencies. That's why many speaker enclosures have 2 or 3 speakers of different sizes.
 

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yes, i swapped them and the "scratching" noise moved to the front. And there is no Visions here in Quebec.
Ok, still not sure what i'll do, any of you have a pair of small speaker, not to expensive, to suggest??? (like the RM7 of polk audio... ) I would have like to buy those but there are discontinued and crutchfield only have 1 left
You can check Newegg dot ca for polks i`m getting my polks from them at a great price , also if you dont want to spend much money you also have truth the brick in MTL they carry the polk Tsi 200 . his are cthe cheapest solutions in mtl compared to FS or BB all the rest like centre Hifi , filion electronic , Dumolin etc are asking more between 200$ and 400$ on the same speaker , the only good thing you can audition there for several speakers .
 

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You should check kijji .Lots of good used speakers at good prices.I picked up a whole set of Paradigms including sub for 250. great speakers. I could not afford to buy this kind of quality new. Good luck!
 
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