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I just purchased 2 Polk Monitor 60s for my fronts and a Polk CS2 for the center. I am planning on buying a BIC PL-200 for my sub (hence the 60s instead of the 70s) but am looking for some advice on my sides and rears.

Here is the layout of my room:



So the sides and rears will be nested inside columns which makes me nervous about buying anything rear-ported.

Any suggestions for side/rear speakers that will match my setup, somewhere in the $250 or less per pair range?

My AVR is a Yamaha VX-765.

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I just purchased 2 Polk Monitor 60s for my fronts and a Polk CS2 for the center. I am planning on buying a BIC PL-200 for my sub (hence the 60s instead of the 70s) but am looking for some advice on my sides and rears.

Here is the layout of my room:



So the sides and rears will be nested inside columns which makes me nervous about buying anything rear-ported.

Any suggestions for side/rear speakers that will match my setup, somewhere in the $250 or less per pair range?

My AVR is a Yamaha VX-765.

Thanks!

Based on your diagram I think you are too close to the back wall for rear speakers.
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+1 ^
concentrate on a good 5.1 setup
look for "sealed enclosure" (also known as acoustic suspension) speakers or, at the least, front ported speakers for your "side" surrounds.
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based on your diagram i think you are too close to the back wall for rear speakers.

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I would consider some good bipole speakers for your surrounds. I think it would help with distributing sound around that room. Lots of good options out there.
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Heres a few idea's for the reasr surrounds as they would work out for your situation...

These would have a "wide" effect on the rear...
http://www.amazon.com/Definitive-Tec...2729229&sr=1-3

These would have more of an effect towards the listening area...
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...38/energy-cr10

These would have to be mounted upside down (as they reccomend above 6ft)...
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...d5-gloss-black
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Forget about rear speakers, waste of money...your seating area is to
close to the rear wall as noted.

These Polks, I've had in the past sould rather nice:
http://www.crutchfield.com/s_107FXIA...round+speakers

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Forget about rear speakers, waste of money...your seating area is to
close to the rear wall as noted.

These Polks, I've had in the past sould rather nice:
http://www.crutchfield.com/s_107FXIA...round+speakers

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Yeah, but he said that the surrounds would be nested inside columns. How about mounting them there and aiming them towards the ceiling or towards the rear wall, to avoid the sound from being localized.

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Monitor 40s could work well i suppose
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Yeah, but he said that the surrounds would be nested inside columns. How about mounting them there and aiming them towards the ceiling or towards the rear wall, to avoid the sound from being localized.

True, maybe these would do, around $300.......

http://www.thrillingaudio.com/Produc...UFIT+IW7+Three

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If these speakers are going to be mounted in a recessed column in the wall, then you should understand something rather important. Most speakers are designed to be mounted on a flat wall. A recess will alter the sound about the same as if you got an in-wall speaker done, or depending on the shape of the recess, it could amplify standing waves like a bull horn. Bottom line, mounting the surround in a recess may "look good" but I have major reservations about the effect on it's sound.
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Thanks for the replies. I am open to moving the seats, they are really just representations of an approximate size for Bekline recliners. The platform they sit on it 6 feet deep, so there is some room to move forward, plus I could move the front seats closer to the screen.

I was kind of thinking of a setup like this thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...3&postcount=84

And the rears for that setup as depicted here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...4#post14049244


Any idea how those Definitive Technology BP1.2X would match with the Polk 60s and CS2 I have in the front?

I have read that the Monitor 40s need to be at least 6 inches from the wall, which is what led me away from them.

Again, thanks for all the replies!
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And the rears for that setup as depicted here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...4#post14049244

Ok, so this isn't a recessed column but rather a protruding column as shown in the link you provided? That would change things a bit. You should consult people who have swapped multiple speakers in column installs. I've read at least one major thread where the guy tried more than one speaker. I would treat this like an in-wall type install and look for speakers designed for this. Some do exist. The ones I've researched are a bit pricey.
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