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post #1 of 8 Old 10-09-2011, 01:06 AM - Thread Starter
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Browsing online forums I see lots brand names tossed around and it doesn't help my confidence in these speakers knowing there are so many choices! I came here looking for some assurance, and I know I'm at the best site for that!

So I'm getting a good deal on the Definitive Technology ProCinema 1000 for ~$1300. My concern with these speakers is the fact that they're about 10 years old. Should I be weary of buying this old of speakers? Are there other 5.1 options for a better deal that I may be overlooking? 1300 is my price ceiling and I've done the typical google searches and research already, just looking for extra recommendations. Thanks
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I was (and perhaps still am) in the same place you are and it seems like the best bang for your buck is buying the speakers separately. From my research, the subwoofers that come with the 5.1 systems seem to be subpar. You can get alot more sub for your money (and often cheaper) if you go with companies like SVS, HSU, Velodyne or Epik. As for the speakers, Polk audio seems to have some really great value speakers. Here is a setup to consider:

Sub: 12" Epik Legend -- $500
L/R: Polk RTi A1 -- $218/pair
Center: Polk CSI A4 -- $195
Surrounds: Polk FXI A4 -- $360/pair
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Total Price: $1273

For the same price as the 10yr old ProCinema 1000's, you're getting a larger and much better sub. You're also getting much larger and more numerous drivers for your L/R/C & Surrounds. Also, everything is new and under manf warranty.

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I was just browsing other posts on this forum and it looks like I'm not the only one who is advising Polk + a good sub. Have a look at the few posts in this thread
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You may want to also, check into HSU
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Browsing online forums I see lots brand names tossed around and it doesn't help my confidence in these speakers knowing there are so many choices! I came here looking for some assurance, and I know I'm at the best site for that!

So I'm getting a good deal on the Definitive Technology ProCinema 1000 for ~$1300. My concern with these speakers is the fact that they're about 10 years old. Should I be weary of buying this old of speakers? Are there other 5.1 options for a better deal that I may be overlooking? 1300 is my price ceiling and I've done the typical google searches and research already, just looking for extra recommendations. Thanks

The procinema 1000 speakers are not 10 years old. You maybe confusing them with the 100 series. But the age of the design really means very little as long as it works well.

Search eBay and you can get some great deals on DeF Techs. Use the money you saved and get a hsu or svs sub
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If you have an Amex card, Vanns has a good discount on ProMonitor 1000 speakers and the ProCenter 1000 for $176 each, using promo code amexaudio. That leaves you money for a very good 12" sub as already recommended previously. At $509 + shipping, the HSU VTF-2 MK3 would be a good choice. While that might seem a hefty chunk to pay in relation to your other speaker costs, keep in mind that with a sub you are purchasing the speaker and the built in amp.

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If you go with the pro monitor 1000, I would suggest you look at getting the pro center 2000 over the 1000. It uses the same drivers as the PM1000 and will give you a better timber match across the front.
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If you go with the pro monitor 1000, I would suggest you look at getting the pro center 2000 over the 1000. It uses the same drivers as the PM1000 and will give you a better timber match across the front.

+1 IF you can still afford to buy a decent sub.

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Welcome. Within the speaker forum there is a large thread dedicated to just Def Techs and hopefully some of those folks can help you out or will see your post. I can't comment on this system, but I have Def Tech's in my theater and they sound incredible.
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