Originally Posted by karlsaudio
People poo poo CV. I have not heard any since the late 80s. Great party speakers! Will you have a sub? If not, Polk Monitor 60s and a CS2 center would fit your budget. Check Newegg.
cerwin vega do not make a good home theater speaker because they are engineered to be loud and bass heavy, not necessarily accurate.
as far as polk speakers are concerned and if you decide not to use a sub,
monitor 60's do hold their own when it comes to bass and so does the CS2, the CS2 is one of the few
center channels i have seen that is full range, depending on the room you may be able to get it down to 45hz (i am able to). for music a bass response to 50 hz will cover most all things well enough. for HT, i would recommend a minimum of 40-30hz to get good LFE. you may get decent LFE from the 60's but you could get better from the 70's. right now i'm running the 70's subless and i feel no need to add a sub for movies. i have owned quite a few decent subwoofers in my time and these perform excellently without a sub and have great dynamic range. there are also a few things that you need to consider when making a decision. the CS2 is BIG i mean very very big for a center channel. if you're planning on placing the center in front of the TV it will impose on the screen because of its height, you also can't place a TV on top of it because the back of the cabinet is sloped. if your tv is mounted on the wall....well this doesn't matter. whatever you do, do not slack on the three front channels and especially the center channel because about 80% of the sound including explosions, gunfire, cars etc etc come from the center
i cannot stress this enough, large L/R towers are great but if you have a small wimpy center it will drag your entire systems performance down. if your tv is mounted on the wall i would actually recommend using a tower as a center. why? because the horizontal MTM design of most center channels causes serious nulls in the HF response for any viewer sitting off axis. the MTM design used on centers are more for aesthetic reasons then sound quality reasons. the only time an MTM design is useful is when it is vertical because it greatly increases the horizontal dispersion giving you a better stereo image and better off axis response while canceling higher frequencies vertically reducing floor and ceiling reflections which degrades imaging. another idea for a center channel (once again providing it will not be in the way of your tv) is a monitor 40, it would be around the same price as the CS2 (for two of them) and it can be set vertically, it has a much larger cabinet then the CS1 and can sit vertically without looking stupid (the CS centers cannot be set vertically due to the bevel on the rear of the cabinet, they are not very stable) and the other 40 could be used in the future in a 6.1 setup.
keep in mind this post is pertaining only to polk audio speakers because it seems it will fit your budget better, they often go for a steal on newegg. this post is also assuming you plan not to use a sub because at that budget i highly doubt you will be able to.
also, stay away from the $90 dollar PSW10 on newegg just because it looks nice and is cheap, polk makes awful subwoofers. i actually own a PSW10 and it sounds so terrible i don't even bother using it.