SeaNile
I'm having a house built and won't be in until about July/Aug so I have lots of time to shop and research my HT setup. We all have the upgrade bug and I am trying to build a great system yet something I can expand and upgrade without replacing every component while doing so. Currently I have a Yammy RX-V2500 receiver (130Wx7) and will only use 5.1 sound. Also have a Paadigm powered sub (upgrade possibility??), I am planning on getting the Emotiva pre/pro when it is available as well as the new Oppo Blu Ray player. Amp is an Emptiva XPA-5 (200Wx5) powering a newly purchased LCR JTR Triple 12LF's and B&W DM 603 rears. Do I need to add an EQ to the system? Also, it's not out of the realm for the upgrade bug to hit me quickly and move into the Seaton line of products including the subs or Catalysts.

I'm just curious, am I acquiring the correct components to upgrade in the future without starting from scratch?

--JK
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MikeDuke
Marks speakers are powered so you do not need to get any amps to power them.
You can still get the emotive pre as long as it has balanced inputs for the channels.  Your dvd player will be fine.  An eq can be helpful if your room is really funky but it is not "needed" for any of Marks products.  If you already got the JTR's then I guess you would sell them as well to get Marks speakers.   Marks subs kick butt.  If you were looking to upgrade, I would most definitely check out what he offers. 
Marks builds his speakers and integrate all the electronics himself.  With his speakers you don't have to think about "matching" a system or will this go with that.
It is all done for you.  The JTR's I am sure sound great, but the catalyst is another level up because of that fact I believe.  Any way, good luck with your room and keep us posted.


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Mark_Seaton
SeaNile wrote:
I'm having a house built and won't be in until about July/Aug so I have lots of time to shop and research my HT setup. We all have the upgrade bug and I am trying to build a great system yet something I can expand and upgrade without replacing every component while doing so. Currently I have a Yammy RX-V2500 receiver (130Wx7) and will only use 5.1 sound. Also have a Paadigm powered sub (upgrade possibility??), I am planning on getting the Emotiva pre/pro when it is available as well as the new Oppo Blu Ray player. Amp is an Emptiva XPA-5 (200Wx5) powering a newly purchased LCR JTR Triple 12LF's and B&W DM 603 rears. Do I need to add an EQ to the system? Also, it's not out of the realm for the upgrade bug to hit me quickly and move into the Seaton line of products including the subs or Catalysts.

I'm just curious, am I acquiring the correct components to upgrade in the future without starting from scratch?

--JK


Hi JK,

The Triple 12LF's should be a lot of fun, especially with the XPA-5 driving them.  While the amps offer great value, I would be a bit cautious of the Emotiva pre-processors, and let some others play with them to insure they don't omit some important/useful features which has happened in their past processors.  I personally really like the Integra/Onkyo pre-pro for the value it offers and have my own eye on the upcoming Outlaw pre-pro unless hundreds jump up to order Catalysts and I step up to the Denon.

I would keep an eye out for EQ solutions for the subwoofer(s).  It seems the auto-EQ systems are getting better in the bass range, and I expect that will continue, but for now I would still prefer to have an EQ you can "drive" yourself.  For the Catalysts there isn't much difference in what is desired other than it is that much easier if your pre-pro has balanced outputs, which many candidates do now include.

Welcome to the forum!
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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