Complete 5.1 system Samsung vs separate amp+speakers

Aranc

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Alright, I currently have a 5.1 surround system from samsung, namely the http://www.samsung.com/nl/consumer/tv-audio/audio-video/home-entertainment-system/HT-E6500/XN

Its been doing its job really well and I love it's sound, but I want something better.

Now, Ive been wanting to replace that one in the long run for a reasonably high end seperate amplifier and speakers (like the Dali Zensor series). But since Im just a uni student, I cant afford
that in one go. So my idea is to first buy an amplifier like the Onkyo TX-NR535 and some cheaper surround speakers and then slowly upgrade them all to what I really want.

So here is my point/question. Ill have a lot more freedom and upgradability if I choose a cheap set like the Jamo S 426 HCS 3, which will set me back around 300 euros. The thing is, will this sound better than my current set? Or should I just accept that I will have to 'suffer' a bit worse audio quality until I upgrade all my speakers. Or will this be better since the speakers are obviously a lot bigger? (not saying that bigger is better but hey in this case Im not sure)

Thanks a lot in advance
Ricardo
 

ssddx

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upgrading from a HTIB based set to a separate receiver and speakers is certainly the way to go if you want more (and better) speaker choices as well as better support for multiple inputs (like pc, consoles, etcetera)

another option: instead of buying a cheap set of speakers and then replacing them, you could always buy a partial set from the speaker vendor of your choice. for instance you can start out buying just two front speakers (2.0) then buy more as you can afford. or start with a 2.1 or 3.1 depending on your budget. in this way you can put more money towards what you really want instead of wasting it on a product you will only get rid of. keep in mind if you do this route i would buy it only a few years at most so the speakers you want are still available on the market.

if that is not an option, you could go with your original plan. do double check that the receiver you plan on purchasing is rated to handle the speaker power of the models you want to buy (watts per channel at ohm impedence level for the speakers). generally receivers can handle speakers at 6&8ohm impedance loads (some at 4) and have listed maximum watts per channel (wpc) for each available ohm rating you can use as a go-by. i cannot say if the jamos are going to be better than what you have now however jamo generally gets a thumbs up in terms of how they sound for the money and i would think they should be fine. as always - listening in person is the only way to know for sure if you prefer them over what you have now.
 

ssddx

Glorious
Moderator
upgrading from a HTIB based set to a separate receiver and speakers is certainly the way to go if you want more (and better) speaker choices as well as better support for multiple inputs (like pc, consoles, etcetera)

another option: instead of buying a cheap set of speakers and then replacing them, you could always buy a partial set from the speaker vendor of your choice. for instance you can start out buying just two front speakers (2.0) then buy more as you can afford. or start with a 2.1 or 3.1 depending on your budget. in this way you can put more money towards what you really want instead of wasting it on a product you will only get rid of. keep in mind if you do this route i would buy it only a few years at most so the speakers you want are still available on the market.

if that is not an option, you could go with your original plan. do double check that the receiver you plan on purchasing is rated to handle the speaker power of the models you want to buy (watts per channel at ohm impedence level for the speakers). generally receivers can handle speakers at 6&8ohm impedance loads (some at 4) and have listed maximum watts per channel (wpc) for each available ohm rating you can use as a go-by. i cannot say if the jamos are going to be better than what you have now however jamo generally gets a thumbs up in terms of how they sound for the money and i would think they should be fine. as always - listening in person is the only way to know for sure if you prefer them over what you have now.
 
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