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My home cinema setup currently consists of a Yamaha 673 receiver and Q7000 speakers (5.1). It is perfect for watching films, but really disappoints when I listen to music. It sounds OK using the DSP modes to give surround effects to it, but 2.1 stereo just doesn't do it for me. So, what I was thinking of doing was to add another set of proper speakers for music listening, but there are two options here. The receiver has a second room feature, so I could use that and effectively have a pure stereo setup separate from the home cinema one, or I integrate the new speakers into the home cinema and go from 5.1 to 7.1. I'm thinking the former is the best option?

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I feel the same. I listen

I feel the same. I listen using "all channel stereo" mode

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How about having a stereo

How about having a stereo amplifier drive the front 2 speakers?

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That could be a future option

That could be a future option, too, I guess. I've just splashed out a lot more money than I thought I would on some floorstanders, though!

As an aside, I'd like to point out how it's nearly impossible to use this forum on an iPad, given What Hifi's undying love for all things Apple flavoured...

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simonali wrote:

simonali wrote:

That could be a future option, too, I guess. I've just splashed out a lot more money than I thought I would on some floorstanders, though!

As an aside, I'd like to point out how it's nearly impossible to use this forum on an iPad, given What Hifi's undying love for all things Apple flavoured...

Two new speakers for Hi Fi is going to cost as well. A lot of budget amplifiers should do the job. Worth a demo.

You can disable rich text on your ipad by clicking the little triangle in the top right corner of the box where you're typing. Sometimes I have to toggle between enabling and disabling rich text.

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7.1 or 5.1+2

simonali wrote:

That could be a future option, too, I guess. I've just splashed out a lot more money than I thought I would on some floorstanders, though!

So what floorstanders did you get? and do they improve your music listening?

After much reading and research, I kept my systems separate (albiet sharing the same room), it's less of a compromise. 

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Focal 726's. They're on order, as the store didn't keep them in stock. The waiting is starting to give me cold feet, though, as they have a four figure price tag and I'm starting to think the money should be spent elsewhere. For example, a lot of my records, CDs and DVDs are in boxes on the floor!

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Focal 726's & Yamaha 673

simonali wrote:

 

Focal 726's. They're on order, as the store didn't keep them in stock. The waiting is starting to give me cold feet, though, as they have a four figure price tag and I'm starting to think the money should be spent elsewhere. For example, a lot of my records, CDs and DVDs are in boxes on the floor!

I've not heard the focals myself, so hopefully other Focal owners may give you some advice. I was a liitle surprised that you jumped to a £1k+ floorstander to match with your current kit. I'll be looking soon at floorstanders around that price point, and although I already have a hifi amp and similar specced (to you) av amp, I'll be looking to get a circa £1K amp - to get the most out of the floorstanders. Were you able to hear the 726's in store with a similar av amp?

I'm sure the 726's will be a giant step up from what you have, but I suspect you will be wanting a separate hifi amp in the future to get the most out of them, and those boxes may be there for a while yet  Smile 

We need some Focal owner replies please.

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Agreed. The Focals will

Agreed. The Focals will demand a better amp than the Yamaha. They can only reveal as much as the amp is capable of.

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You are all correct, of

You are all correct, of course and have made my cold feet like blocks of ice!

I purchased them from Richer Sounds and now want to cancel the order. Anyone know if this will be a problem? Obviously their 14 day refund policy doesn't apply here, as I did not order them via the website, but in store...

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Speak to Richer Sounds. They

Speak to Richer Sounds. They're usually quite reasonable.

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