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I am looking to purchase some home theater speakers. I think I will choose between the Polk Monitor 2 70's, a CS2 center, and Monitor 2 40's for rear or the Infinity Primus P362, Primus PC251 center and Primus P162 surrounds. The Infinity setup would cost moreMy room is 20 X 12 X 8 with wood floor and an area rug. The speakers would be about 7-8 feet from my listening area. This setup will only be used for Movies/TV. I currently have a Harmon Kardon AVR525 connected to Polk RM3600 5.1 system. All of this goes to my new Panasonic 55"GT30. I am also researching sub woofers as well. Which would you go for? Thanks.
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I've heard both the M70's and P362's and I prefer the Infinity's. The Polk's are much nicer looking though. They are both about equal technically but I much prefer the sound signature of the P362's.

M70's = brighter upper mid and lower treble and less bass
P362's = mid-focused with better bass extension

These comments are just in comparison to each each other. So, I guess you just need to pick between between highs or lows. Polk's are much better looking though.
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I would also suggest a bookshelf/sub combo if it means getting a better sub and fronts and space is an issue. If space and budget isn't an issue then those are both good options.
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I purchased that exact same Polk setup with 2 rw-12d klipsch subs and a pioneer 1121K receiver from newegg over the last month (waited for the sales on various components). Its an awesome theatre setup for the price - ok for music. My room that I have this set up in is about the same size as yours with a wood floor. I have not heard the infinity speakers so I cannot comment on them. It seems the consensus is that the polk monitors are a great value for the price - and I agree.
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The subwoofer needs to be a substantial part of your budget if you watch movies.

I suggest that you consider the Polk Monitor 40s or 60s for the front and the Monitor 30s for rear or satellite speakers and get the CS2 and a very good subwoofer. That will be a well-balanced system. The 40s have a bit more bass than the 30s, but the 30s are quite adequate for the rear or satellite speakers of the system.

You definitely want a good subwoofer, so there is no reason to get the Model 70 or comparable front speaker.

I don't know about the Infinity speakers you are talking about, but in general I would suggest that you not get real large front speakers; they should definitely be rated to go down to 50 HZ though.

The Polk PSW505 is around $300 and will probably be good for your room. The sub should have at least a 12-inch driver and 350 watts of RMS amplifier power for your room IMO.





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I would also suggest a bookshelf/sub combo if it means getting a better sub and fronts and space is an issue. If space and budget isn't an issue then those are both good options.

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I am thinking of going Outlaw, epik, or HSU for the sub. Just trying to figure out my main speakers.
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I am thinking of going Outlaw, epik, or HSU for the sub. Just trying to figure out my main speakers.

Budget?
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I am probably going with the outlaw LFM EX or epic legend in subs.
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So I guess the polk speakers are preferred?
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So I guess the polk speakers are preferred?

My reccomendation is for the Infinity bookshelf speakers - since you
sit close. Your new sub will take care of the low end.
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Thanks I just ordered the P163's and a PC351. Will see how that does for the front 3. If the 163's don't cut it I will move them to surrounds and get the 363's for the fronts.
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So far I am enjoying the sound the P163's put out. Sounds much better than the polk satellite speakers that they replaced. Hopefully I can find a good deal on the p363's next.
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Since you bought them, what I was going to say is kind of moot. However, that room is starting to get into the medium size. Which wall are the speakers on? (12 or 20 foot) Two smaller good subs would be better than one bigger mediocre one in your case. Are you 7-8 feet away from the 55" TV? Back off a little!

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I would take NHT, Infinity, & Pioneer over Polk.
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Thanks I just ordered the P163's and a PC351. Will see how that does for the front 3. If the 163's don't cut it I will move them to surrounds and get the 363's for the fronts.

That was a very good course of action. I did the same thing a few years ago when I bought my Swan Diva's. I ordered three pairs of bookshelves from three different companies and kept the one's I liked the best. Sent the other two back.

I replaced some Polk RTi's which I thought were very bright in my room and to my ears. But the Ebony models were about the best looking (and feeling to the touch) speakers I've seen. Cherry's looked/felt like formica . For the price, Polk Monitors are a great value but I think you choose the better speaker. Not crazy about the looks with the grill going over the top but...

I also have a set of Infinity Beta 20's a c250 and OWS-1's in another room. Love the very smooth mid-range. And the bass output of the 20's is phenominal for a bookshelf.

Fry's had the P362's for $199 a pair once or twice quite a while ago but haven't seen that price recently. Keep your eye's on their add's as they will go quickly at that price.
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I would take NHT, Infinity, & Pioneer over Polk.

Having heard all these speakers I have to disagree.

NHT, Polk, Infinity, Pioneer. in that order. That's also basically the order of their cost.
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Fry's had the P362's for $199 a pair once or twice quite a while ago but haven't seen that price recently. Keep your eye's on their add's as they will go quickly at that price.

I don't have access to fry's where I live. The nearest one looks to be about 9 hours drive one way. From their website it seems that they don't ship floorstanding speakers.
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I don't have access to fry's where I live. The nearest one looks to be about 9 hours drive one way. From their website it seems that they don't ship floorstanding speakers.

Crutchfield does - and free shipping
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_108P362...nfinity+primus

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Having heard all these speakers I have to disagree.

NHT, Polk, Infinity, Pioneer. in that order. That's also basically the order of their cost.

I would have to disagree on the Polk over Infinty. I have had the Monitor 70 II and the Infinity 362's side by side along with the Polk CS2 center and Infinity 351 Center.

The Infinity's are more well rounded and have the mid range and bottom. The CS2 vs the 351 center is no contest. The 351 kicks the snot out of the CS2. Not even close.

WmAx posted a series of great and low cost tweaks on the 362's that take them up a notch also.

An audiophile likes to talk about how much they spent and how good it sounds.

A DIY'er likes to talk about how little they spent and how good it sounds.

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I don't have access to fry's where I live. The nearest one looks to be about 9 hours drive one way. From their website it seems that they don't ship floorstanding speakers.

Well, I haven't seen them at that price for quite a while anyway. And even then I think it was an in-store price only. The Infinity Primus series is a very good group of speakers but don't over-pay for them. Keep an eye on Crutchfield and the other usual discount sites.
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WmAx posted a series of great and low cost tweaks on the 362's that take them up a notch also.

Could you please link that thread. I can't seem to find it.
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Here is the link...

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Thanks. Do you think that would help improve the 163's and 351 as well? I already like them quite alot.
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How about BOSE, they make one of the best speakers.

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Why even post in this thread that type of junk.
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Why even post in this thread that type of junk.

It was a joke, buddy calm down.

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This review rated the PC350 just above the TSi CS10, and it only edges it out due to the additional features, both get 3 out of 4 stars for performance

http://center-speaker-review.toptenreviews.com/

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