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post #1 of 8 Old 02-29-2012, 02:29 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello all, I am looking for suggestions for good but reasonably priced speakers that I can mount in my ceiling. I just today picked up my new TV (Samsung un55d7900) and will be using a Marantz S5001 receiver, a Polk audio soundbar 50, a Polk audio PSW 111 subwoofer as well as Xbox 360, and a Samsung 3d bluray and a iPod dock all controlled by a harmony 900. With Verizon fios.
Let me say that I am not a huge audiophile ( as long as the grateful dead and pink Floyd sound respectable I am happy) and I do not watch a ton of movies. But since I am having work done on this room and the wires are being run through the walls I figured I would add some speakers to compliment the rest of the components. I was thinking two rear speakers since I already have the sound bar that will sit under the television. I would need these speakers to be as discrete as possible as per request from my wife as the setup is in our main living room. The room is rectangular and 13 ft wide by 20 ft long and the couch sits about 14 ft from where the television will be mounted on the wall. Any suggestions will be very much appreciated. I am new here so I hope I posted in the right section. Thank you. Jim.
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For best results, you will want to timbre match your new speakers to your Polk SurroundBar. Do you know which series of Polk speakers timbre match to that?
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I do not. By "timbre" I assume you mean pair up?
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Well, sort of correct. Timbre matching means the way the speaker sounds overall and how well it blends seamlessly with your other speakers. Primarily, it is how a speaker reproduces sound from the mid to high frequencies. Most of the time, having the same tweeters across all your speakers gets you close, but the easiest way to timbre match is to use the same "series" of speaker from one manufacturer.

So, the question remains is what series of Polk speakers is the SurroundBar 500 matched to? Is it the RTi's or LSI's for example? Now, to be completely honest, for gaming and movies it's not entirely required to timbre match your surrounds as these speakers produce mainly ambient and special effects sounds. However, it's critical your rear channels are timbre matched when listening to multi-channel music playback via SACD, DVD-A, or other high fidelity formats.

Does that make sense? You might have to call Polk Audio and ask what series of in-walls are timbre matched to your SurroundBar.
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There is a lot to be said about matching speakers, but you've said you are not an adiophile and you have a soundbar which can only be so powerful. Depending on your needs and exactly what you are looking for - I think monoprice has some really good speakers for their price. I don't know exactly how they'd work out with a soundbar and use in surround, but I have several pair in different rooms for general listening, 2 channel audio. I'm not rocking the house down with parties, but they deliver excellent results for what I wanted and for their cost.
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I'd run wires for the L-C-R anyway, to futureproof. Your next wife may appreciate better sound.

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Well, sort of correct. Timbre matching means the way the speaker sounds overall and how well it blends seamlessly with your other speakers. Primarily, it is how a speaker reproduces sound from the mid to high frequencies. Most of the time, having the same tweeters across all your speakers gets you close, but the easiest way to timbre match is to use the same "series" of speaker from one manufacturer.

So, the question remains is what series of Polk speakers is the SurroundBar 500 matched to? Is it the RTi's or LSI's for example? Now, to be completely honest, for gaming and movies it's not entirely required to timbre match your surrounds as these speakers produce mainly ambient and special effects sounds. However, it's critical your rear channels are timbre matched when listening to multi-channel music playback via SACD, DVD-A, or other high fidelity formats.

Does that make sense? You might have to call Polk Audio and ask what series of in-walls are timbre matched to your SurroundBar.

That is what I would too. Give Polk a call or shoot them an email and see what they say. Their in-ceiling speakers are a decent value and performance.
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Another thing to think about with in ceiling speakers is the direction the sound will come from. A lot of them are "down firing" and aren't adjustable. There are others that give you more flexibility of where to direct the sound by using "swiveling tweeters" or something along that line.
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