In 2008 I bought a good entry level home cinema system comprising of:
Q Acoustics 1010i 5.1 Package
I have the front left, right and centre speakers connected withChord's Carnival Silver Screen cable and the rears connected with generic speaker cable. The subwoofer is connected with good QED cable.
The system is used 20% for gaming, 30% movies (Blu-Ray) and 50% music.
I have a budget of around £400 - £500 to spend and I am wanting to change two things:
1) The sound quality of the system on the whole, I feel it's lacking in terms of stereo performance when playing albums.
2) The AV Receiver is getting old in terms of latest technology such as not being able to decode Dolby HD from my blu-rays, doesnt have HDMI audio and doesn't feature any network capabilities.
I understand im not going to get great Hi-Fi performance from an AV amp as I know that is unrealistic however with my budget I am looking to improve the above areas. I do not mind shopping second hand either.
My current thoughts were:
A) Upgrade the Q Acoustic fronts to the 2020i L + R and the 2000 C and buy a Onyko 515 (All second hand) then move the 1010i's from the front to the rear. This comes to around £450.
Put all my money into some really good fronts (L + R), and use my apple airport for wireless audio, finally ignoring the Dolby True HD codec. At the moment it uses PCM from Blu-rays.
Any suggestions or thoughts?