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I have purchased the following:

Onkyo NR 808

Polk Audio RTi A1 for rears
Polk Audio RTi CSi A4 for center
Polk Audio Pro 500 sub

I am thinking about buying Polk Audio RTi A3's for fronts.

I am not a big fan of floorstanding, which is why I went with the bookshelfs.

The only other option I was considering would be the floorstanding A5s.

It's a large living room with high ceiling.

Please let me know your thoughts,

Thanks,

Rohit.
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I don't know if this is what you are looking for....but I would suggest the front 3 speakers match as closely as possible so you get the same timbre across the front. I would (personally) try to match the rears to some degree but do not think the rear is as vitally important as the front.

So, with that said, I'd suggest you get some Polk main speakers or start anew with three across the front that you can live with.

Clearly getting the Polk fronts would be the easy way to finish up.

Disclaimer: I'm a big fan of larger speakers (floorstanding) and am not familar with the RTi A3's nor A5's.
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are the A3's going to require stands for support ? When the choice is front bookshelf speakers on stands, or floorstanding speakers - I would choose the floorstanders. If it were my choice, I would go with A7's or A9's, because you stated it is a big room with high ceilings. It takes a lot of "cone area" to push enough sound to fill a large volume room. Esthetics aside, large room = larger, or more, speakers.

After you are set up, you may find you need a second subwoofer as well.
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I don't know if this is what you are looking for....but I would suggest the front 3 speakers match as closely as possible so you get the same timbre across the front. I would (personally) try to match the rears to some degree but do not think the rear is as vitally important as the front.

So, with that said, I'd suggest you get some Polk main speakers or start anew with three across the front that you can live with.

Clearly getting the Polk fronts would be the easy way to finish up.

Disclaimer: I'm a big fan of larger speakers (floorstanding) and am not familar with the RTi A3's nor A5's.

Thanks. I would be staying in the same series, which is RTi from Polk. The A1 and A3's are bookshelfs. The A5 is floorstanding.
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are the A3's going to require stands for support ? When the choice is front bookshelf speakers on stands, or floorstanding speakers - I would choose the floorstanders. If it were my choice, I would go with A7's or A9's, because you stated it is a big room with high ceilings. It takes a lot of "cone area" to push enough sound to fill a large volume room. Esthetics aside, large room = larger, or more, speakers.

After you are set up, you may find you need a second subwoofer as well.

My plan is to wall mount all my speakers. Except perhaps the center. That I might place somewhere on my entertainment center.

A7 and A9 are a out of my budget. I could only go with either the bookshelf RTi A3s for the front or floorstanding RTi A5s.

Thanks,

Rohit.
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Well I guess if you plan to wall mount your speakers, towers would be out of consideration.

The Polk RTiA3's would be your best bet.

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Yup, that's what I am thinking right now. I guess my main question is around floorstanding vs bookshelf. Can someone give me a quick pro/cons on their thoughts? Other than the space issues, I was trying to see if I should *really* consider floorstanding.

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