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I just bought two Polk Audio TSI500 speakers and was wondering if I should keep building off those speakers by eventually getting a receiver, sub, center speaker and the bookshelf rear speakers or should I return the polk speakers and invest in the Energy Take 5.1 classic home theater speakers and a receiver. I am new to this and want to keep the cost low. I guess my questions are:

1. Is it worth the extra money to build my own with the TSI 500 speakers?

2. Is the sound quality very different between the huge polk speakers and the smaller Energy Take speakers?

3. Which one is more cost effective?

4. What receivers do you recommend for either system and remember I'm trying to keep the price point as low as possible.

5. What would you do?

6. Are there any other budget conscious alternatives?

Thanks. Any feedback would be great since I am very new to this. I did get the TSI500 speakers at a great deal ($99 each) at Fry's for the floor models so I don't know if that would make a difference.

Lastly, could I combine the polk audio TSI speakers with the energy take 5.1 speakers to build a 7.1 system and buy a 7.1 receiver and if so what budget conscious receiver do you recommend?
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1. If you've got room for tower speakers vs small satellites by all means go with the tower speakers.

2. yes, big difference as the towers do a much better job of filling up the room than sats.

3. Depends on your budget. If you can afford the Polk system then it would be most cost effective.

4. Any entry/mid level Denon, Onkyo, Yamaha, Pioneer AV receiver that has some type of room correction

5. I would get towers over sats every time.

6. Pioneer Andre Jones speakers, Infinity P363 towers, Fry's sells some JBL towers also..

7. yes, you could use the Energy sats as surrounds but I'd probably want a larger sub than the 8" Energy sub. The Energy center will not work with the Polk towers, you need to buy a Polk center.

You never did mention the size of your room. What are the dimensions?

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Since you live near Fry's they have the Onkyo NR616 THX Select receiver on sale for $349 this week. It is a 7.1 receiver in case you want to expand to more than 5.1.

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Thanks for the reply. The room is a two car garage that is dry walled, carpeted and turned into a play room for kids / movie room.
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I have found the following receivers at $208 for the pioneer and $190 for the Harman Kardon and wanted to see if those are good prices and more importantly good receivers? They are open box receivers at best buy.


http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-60-7-2-Channel-Network-Receiver/dp/B007X6RV5Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1373253020&sr=1-1&keywords=vsx60

http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-AVR-1700-Network-Connected/dp/B009HB2USI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1373252765&sr=1-1&keywords=Avr1700

What do you guys think?
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I have found the following receivers at $208 for the pioneer and $190 for the Harman Kardon and wanted to see if those are good prices and more importantly good receivers? They are open box receivers at best buy.


http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-60-7-2-Channel-Network-Receiver/dp/B007X6RV5Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1373253020&sr=1-1&keywords=vsx60

http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-AVR-1700-Network-Connected/dp/B009HB2USI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1373252765&sr=1-1&keywords=Avr1700

What do you guys think?

What features do you need in a receiver?

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The Bic F12 is supposed to be a little better for the same money.
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M/ref=pd_cp_e_0

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You will want the CS20 center to match the Tsi500's
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I have found the following receivers at $208 for the pioneer and $190 for the Harman Kardon and wanted to see if those are good prices and more importantly good receivers? They are open box receivers at best buy.


http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-60-7-2-Channel-Network-Receiver/dp/B007X6RV5Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1373253020&sr=1-1&keywords=vsx60

http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-AVR-1700-Network-Connected/dp/B009HB2USI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1373252765&sr=1-1&keywords=Avr1700

What do you guys think?

neither...they will not give your 500's any real power.

I would go with a mid-range 7.2 receiver...
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