Finally started upgrades of my AV system with swap out of 25 year old front B&W CDM1 speakers for B&W 805D3.
Also replaced the Pioneer SC-LX85 (2011 vintage) AV receiver for the infinitely better Arcam AV850, which with the DIRAC room correction has significantly improved the sound quality of films and music - explosions, gunshots and breaking glass now have much better sound impact and ‘decay’ and it’s an overall more cinematic immersive experience.
Future upgrade plans include upgrading the centre B&W CDM CSE for a B&W HTM2D3, the REL sub for a B&W DB3D and also looking at a replacement for the rear B&W CDM1 speakers (on Kudos S100 stands).
And yes, before folks point out that the centre speaker isn’t in the centre, I do know that, however given restrictions on the room layout, this is the format we’re working with now. It does work well though, and at no stage have we noticed that the sound placement isn’t real and doesn’t work (it shouldn’t work but it does!) - in fact we’ve been back to watch many of our favourites over again (e.g. pod race in Phantom Menace, Car chase in the Matrix 2 (4K), Pacific Rim (4K), 2001 - a Space Odyssey (4K), take-off sequence in Apollo 13 (4K)) - watching up to 2 films a night!
TV remains the same (LG OLED55E6V) as it’s the last of the 3D compatible TVs - 2016 vintage - we have quite a few 3D BluRays.
The Humax FreeView and Apple TV STBs are also staying (for now). The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control does a great job of tying it all together - to muddle the words from ‘Lord of the Rings’ - “One remote to rule them all”!
Looking forward to this journey!