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post #1 of 11 Old 09-05-2011, 08:39 PM - Thread Starter
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I've been lurking here for a while, trying to digest all of the info on lower budget and bang-for-the-buck setups. Before I pull the trigger on the below L/R/Center speakers, I'd like to see if anyone here has an alternate setup I should consider given the spec's below.

Goal: bang-for-the buck 3.1 system, minimizing impact on the wallet while providing an improved movie watching experience (note: we currently do not have a speaker setup, just use the TV speakers, yes I know just about anything will be a step up!). A 5.1 system is not really possible at this time.

Room: L-shaped basement with the TV area being 11 x 14, TV will be along the 14' wall so listeners are ~10 feet away. (Other leg of the room is 12x26).

Media: TV/Movies 95%, games 5%.

From posts here, it seems folks are generally happy with Polks. And given their current price @ newegg, they seem to fit the goal quite nicely.

Polk Monitor 40s (for L/R) and CS1 Center for just under $200 total.

So the question is what other front speaker setup should I be considering for roughly the same price range?

(I have not decided on the receiver/amp and sub yet).

thanks!
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I use Yamaha NS-6590s with a NS-C125 center speaker total cost for 2.1 was under $200
I run these with a Yamaha HTR-5635 receiver and a YST SW-215 sub. Speakers are great looking and sounding and are acustic suspension type. center and sub are ported

I run 5.1 so my total cost for subs receiver and speakers was about $630. my setup is about 8 years old and still works flawlessly

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thanks, I'll look into those yamahas. Anyone else?
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any other inputs? thanks
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I use Yamaha NS-6590s with a NS-C125 center

I presume you meant NS-6490? I have a pair and can recommend them. I did a review (of sorts) of them. I found the tweeter to be bright compared to my Infinity speakers with the CMMD tweeters but other than that I was quite surprised at how well these inexpensive speakers sound.

If you have a bigger budget there are many better speakers out there. The 6490 sell for under $150 per pair and are a three way speaker.

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Thanks. So if I increased my budget to around $400 for the front 3, what ones should do you all recommend?
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Three Infinity P163s.

Ideally, you would mount all three P163s at the same level across the front. If for whatever reason you can't mount the P163 vertically you can get a PC251 center instead.
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The Infinity speakers would be a great choice. Polk Monitor speakers with a CS2 center is another. The Monitor 60s fit well in your revised budget. For bookshelf speakers the Monitor 40s.

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I would also look at getting 3 ea - of the Infinity Classia
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Infinity...68&st=INFINITY CLASSIA&cp=1&lp=1

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The Infinity speakers would be a great choice. Polk Monitor speakers with a CS2 center is another. The Monitor 60s fit well in your revised budget. For bookshelf speakers the Monitor 40s.

floor speakers won't work so that's why I was looking at the Monitor 40s to begin with. Will the CS2 mesh well with the 40s?
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Any opinions on the BIC America DV62si as compared to the M40's?
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