So I made one mistake by buying a receiver based on specs and price without really researching it and now I am suffering from buyers remorse. But now that I have already purchased the receiver, I want to set it up that I feel kinda better about the whole thing. It has pretty much every feature that anyone could ask for. And at the price point, no receiver came close to offering as much. The present setup I have is as follows:
Harman/Kardon AVR - 171 ( http://eu.harmankardon.com/harman-kardon-product-detail_eu/hk-avr-171.html )
Onkyo D-3R floor standing speakers ( http://audio-database.com/ONKYO/speaker/d-3r-e.html )
Conrad HTS 322C Centre Speaker (No info available online in english but this what it says at the bottom of the speaker: 20 watts Max 40 watts, Peak Frequency Response 100 hz - 22000 hz, 8 ohms)
Klipsch Quintet II surround speakers ( http://www.klipsch.com/quintet-ii-home-theater-system/details )
Sony BDP S360 Blu-Ray Player
HD 1080i Set Top Box
Apple TV 3.0
I use the system for everything, but most of the time I watch movies. I chose the receiver because of it's bluetooth feature which allows me to stream music from my cell phone and MacBook Pro. The Apple TV does the same thing but I can stream video wirelessly as well. Which adds on to the buyers remorse because I could have gotten a better receiver and bluetooth would not have been a deal breaker like it was at the time.
I thought of selling it but I am getting no where as close as I paid for it. I live in Pakistan and the market for used goods here is terrible. The value goes down by at least 30% and then I won't have the funds to get a better receiver. So I thought that maybe if I upgrade the speakers, it will help. Before I jumped into buying speakers, I decided to do some research and that just confused me more than I was. I did not want to make the same mistake I made with the receiver. However, these are the following choices that I narrowed it down to:
KEF Q700 front, KEF Q-200 Center, KEF Q-400 Sub
Focal Chorus 714 Front, Focal Chorus CC-700 Center, Focal Chorus Sub-300 Sub
Klipsch RF-82 II Reference Series Front, Klipsch RC-62 II Center, Klipsch SW-112 Sub
In terms of cost, the klipsch are costing me more than the first two options but I started looking into klipsch since I already had the surrounds of klipsch. Other options also included polk audio and paradigm. I am looking for the best match with my receiver. The size of the room is 16X14 made of concrete which has a bed.
My budget is capped at $2500 for fronts, centre and sub.
Another question for any harman experts here is: The default auto setting for audio is usually always set to Harman NSP which is it's internal sound processing. However, when I watch anything on HD, it changes automatically to Dolby Digital. I understand the source signal gives me that, but if I switch the setting to anything else than the bass dies from my front speakers which are pretty good at bass reproduction. How can I change the setting to such that the bass is directed to the front full range speakers? I have the crossover set at LARGE for the front speakers, and 80 hz for centre and rear.
If you have read all of what I wrote, I sincerely thank you and I hope to find some peace of mind by some solid advice by the experts here. It will at least help me sleep better at night.