I am new to these forums and not a real audiophile, and hope to glean some experience from you all here. To see if my old AR 1 speakers are useless dinosaurs as the salesman described them...
After over 12 years I am updating my equipment and I currently have a bit of hodge podge and my old ONKYO amplifier is giviing up the ghost, the old center B&W speaker has been attacked by tiny hands, with old battered JBL rears and so I have decided to upgrade.
The main question is the speakers, I need a 5.1 integrated set and have 95% settled on the B&W CM9 with matching centers and rears from the series.
My old front speakers ae in excellent condition and are AR 1's circa 1999, with built in Sunfire subwoofers. I was told by a salesman that these were old and outdated and would be outclassed by the CM 9's. I wanted to hear some other opinions, has speaker technology moved forward a lot in 12 years ?
We listened to the new setup and liked it a lot and so I will probably have to change the AR 1's as they run on US power and I have to use a couple of hefty power converters to go down to 110v as I live in HK today (240v). Do they have any second hand value or are they dinosaurs ?
I need to replace the amplifier and as we listen 70% tv / movies and 30% stereo I have opted for the Yamaha 3020 efter comparing it to a Rotel and Pioneer which both sounded flat by comparison and it seems to have good reviews..
thanks for any comments and opinions...