I have been lurking on the forums here for a couple of weeks as I patiently waited for my pair of
RTI A9's to arrive, and so far I am really enjoying them, and glad I joined the club.
I am a total newbie when it comes to home stereo systems, as I primarily listened to music via
my modest headphone system, (pc, DAC, tube amp, SS amp).
I would appreciate any feedback and suggestions for my next upgrade to my current system
consisting of a pair of RTI A9's and just recently acquired Pioneer SC-1222-k AVR (120W per channel). (http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...vers/SC-1222-K)
I primarily purchased the AVR for the convenience of switching between multiple sources, network stream capabilities, and the full set of pre-outs for connecting an external amp in the future.
I finally decided to start a home stereo system because I've always wanted a nice stereo system, and listening through headphones can get a little uncomfortable on hot summer days. Plus, I wanted my TV viewing experience to be a little better than the stock tv speakers.
My primary concern is for music listening, although the system is setup in the living room and connected
to the TV. Hence, the reason I do not have a center channel speakers or surround speakers.
(Although the ongoing Fry's sale price of $99 for the CSI5 center speaker actually made me consider purchasing
a center speaker for the first time.)
I am considering several options to upgrade my current system would appreciate any suggestions:
1. Add a subwoofer- I've been reading up on the $500-$600 subwoofers from SVS, HSU, PSA, etc. It seems that adding a subwoofer would allow more power to be used by the RTI A9's and therefore improve SQ. I live in a condo with poor soundproofing, so I am not looking for any wall shaking bass output.
2. Add an external amplifier- The consensus on the forums here seem to indicate that an external amplifier
such as the Parasound 2250 ($1300) would greatly improve sound quality. Cheaper alternative would be one of the Emotiva amplifiers or used Rotel, B& K, Adcom, or Parasound amplifiers.
3. Acoustical treatments- I do not think that my current listening space is an ideal acoustical environment, as it consists of 40'(l)x 15'(w) x 8'(h) living room, dining area, kitchen with hardwood floors, tile(kitchen), and drywall. I have been researching acoustical treatments, and seems that sound quality could be improved with some acoustical panels on the back and front walls, as well as some rugs, drapes to replace blinds, and bass traps. $500-$800.
I have a hunch that I might eventually need to do all three options, but I would like some suggestions on which step would most improve my music listening experience.