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post #1 of 15 Old 04-16-2008, 08:26 PM - Thread Starter
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I am slowly upgrading my HT system from an Onkyo HTiB. First I bought an Onkyo 805, then an SVS PB12-NSD. Next up are front channels. I am planning on spending in the range of $1000 for new fronts, but that won't be for a few more months.

Amazon has the Polk Monitor 50's for 100 bucks a piece. That's cheap enough that I'm thinking about buying them now until I can afford something better (yes, I have a problem with delayed gratification). My question is, would the Polk's be a worthwhile upgrade from my Onkyo speakers (from the HT-S770 HTib)? I don't mind spending the money on them, as I can always use them elsewhere once I buy something new. I just would like to know if it is going to be a noticeable difference.

I am going to go audition them in the next few days, I just wanted to hear from opinions from you fine people. Thanks.
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They will be a big upgrade from the HTiB. I first upgraded my Samsung HTiB with the Monitor 50's and noticed the great improvement and have since moved them to side surrounds with my upgrade to Monitor 70's. It wil also be worthwhile to pick up a CS1 center for $100 or less. The Onkyo center will not do very well alongside the 50's. PM me if you want to get the CS1 for the or less price.

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When you do spend about $1k a pair, I'd recommend you spend them on these. In kit form with cabinets included they should be just about that much. They are amazzzing.
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When you do spend about $1k a pair, I'd recommend you spend them on these. In kit form with cabinets included they should be just about that much. They are amazzzing.

No video shielding and $1500 per pair....................NOT.
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While there better they're Polk's bottom-of-the-line entry speaker. I would suggest making the initial purchase now.

If you want to spend about $1k look at the 5T's from Aperion Audio. I just bought the 6T's and I'm quite happy.


http://www.aperionaudio.com/product/...07,28,247.aspx
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the M50's would be a great addition. When you upgrade they can be surrounds or a great gift for another "HT challanged" family member. I did this with Polk R50's and then passed them on to my son who is very pleased with their performance in his modest HT setup.

This will give you more time to fully research your final L-R speakers prior to spending the "big bucks"
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No video shielding and $1500 per pair....................NOT.

Video shielding is a moot point these days, with few people using CRTs anymore. Triad has stopped video shielding all speakers, although (for free) we will build shielded versions upon request.

I'd be more concerned with the anemic 84 dB sensitivity of that speaker. It may sound awesome, but low sensitivity coupled with modest power handling relegates it to very small venues at modest output levels. For those applications, it may very well be awesome.

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Listen to Mr. Scarpelli, I have some older B&W that are only 87 db efficient and they take a lot of power to get decent volume out of. I have them running on a 200 watt x2 amp and it's great but most will not have that kind of power available.
To the OP, if you just have to have some better speakers now and 200 is your limit, watch your local Craigslist. You can buy some decent used speakers for that money and I'll bet they will outperform those polk any day. I have a pair of Klipsch KG-4s i got for 100 bucks that sound incredible. They don't have a very high output though. And they are UGLY. The B&Ws I mentioned were 75 bucks and they just plain rock. I'd put that pair against some of the modern $1,000 speakers. Just my 2 cents
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To the OP, if you just have to have some better speakers now and 200 is your limit, watch your local Craigslist. You can buy some decent used speakers for that money and I'll bet they will outperform those polk any day.

Good advice, and also keep in mind the great used deals when you're ready to plunk down 1k down the road for better speakers. Check audiogon.com as well as other sites that feature used audio gear. I've seen some intriguing buys right here on the used gear for sale forums.
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I had no chance to set them up as of yet, but I tested them each one by one, and one speaker can make it unbearably loud in my small room of about 12x14x9. I doubt there is a lot of bookshelves that can exceed its dynamics and power, I doubt there is a lot of anything at $1k that could match it in sound quality. $1k is for a kit with cabinets, I assembled them myself, only took about 3 days for 5 speakers
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That is a really low price for the Monitor 50s, and they are nice sounding speakers. I would grab them.

Edit: Hmm. That price is only for used. I would never buy used speakers without seeing and hearing them first (or at least not without a 100% money back guarantee, including shipping both ways.)
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M50's sold by Amazon are $130 now and they don't mention free shipping on this item.
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Mon...8465441&sr=8-2

they are still $100 each from Frys.com, but shipping to my zip was +/- $44 each
http://shop1.outpost.com/product/5569410

Just to stir the pot a little, another $100 impulse buy could be JBL Venue 6" towers from B&H Photo/Video with free shipping, or size up to the 8" towers for about $150 each
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Series_6_.html
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Amazon sold out of the 50's when the price hit $99. You can still buy them for the $99 and free shipping but it says a 1-2 month re-stocking time. Knowing Amazon, they will have them back in a week or two though I'm sure.

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I just purchased a set Of Klipsch Fortes on Ebay for 314 bucks. I had not heard them and I was taking a bit of a chance but I know I can get that much out of them if I don't keep them. I don't advocate blindly buying any speaker you see but doing some research and buying what you know a little something about. As far as return shipping if you don't like them.... well that just don't happen, not on audiogon not on ebay. There is always risk in doing this but you could do some research and go through a lot of their feedback. If your not comfortable dealing with that person, don't.
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