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Hello,

I currently have two Polk Monitor 50's, a CS10 for my center and I have the PSW505 for my sub.

I have 7.1 set up, however for my L/R surround and rear surround, I am using some Yamaha's. I can't remember the model, but that's irrelevant as I want to replace them.

Any ideas on what some good replacements would be?

I don't want to spend tons of $ on them as I heard they don't make a HUGE difference.

I want to stay under 500$ for them if I can.

Thanks in advance!
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I have 7.1 set up, however for my L/R surround and rear surround, I am using some Yamaha's. I can't remember the model, but that's irrelevant as I want to replace them.

Yamaha has some pretty decent speakers, so perhaps it does matter. Are they from an HTIB? What don't you like about them?

I'm compelled to ask because $500 could get you a much better subwoofer or a better center, either of which may make a more significant improvement to your system than new surround speakers.
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Any ideas on what some good replacements would be?

I suppose the best match would be some Polk Audio speakers. If you could accommodate the Monitor 30, then these are still going for a decent price. The R150 isn't quite as good a speaker and isn't as good of a bargain, but it is smaller and easier to wall-mount (just takes a single screw and can rest against the wall). If either of those would be too large for you, then the OWM3 might be more to your liking (also comes in white).
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I don't want to spend tons of $ on them as I heard they don't make a HUGE difference.

For $500 you could upgrade all four surrounds AND your center (to the CS2 or CS20). If you're happy with your center but dissatisfied with your surrounds, then you'll only need to spend a couple hundred bucks (with the recommendations above). Before pulling the trigger on anything, however, it would be nice to know what surround speakers you have now, as well as their placement--maybe for one or both reasons, you won't need to upgrade them after all.
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You can get 5 Mirage Nanosats for $170 at the moment. There's a thread about it on Slickdeals, and you might want to try searching on Ebay. I have the Nanosat's big brother the OMD-5 for surrounds, and they do a fantastic job. The omnipolar speakers sound great and very fit for surrounds. If you don't mind crossing over your surrounds at 120hz and need small speakers to hang, these should work well.

Another option would be to upgrade your front stage and move the M50s to surround duty.
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Another option would be to upgrade your front stage and move the M50s to surround duty.

I like this idea. Depending on NewEgg's promos, it wouldn't be hard to get the Monitor 70s and a CS2 with the $500. It seems that the Monitor 70s are routinely lowered to much more reasonable prices. The CS2 dips pretty low, as well. That would end up being a bigger improvement in sound, as mentioned previously. That package delivers some serious bang-for-the-buck!

I went from Monitor 50s to Monitor 70s and they made a tremendous difference. I'm planning on setting up the Monitor 50s as my surrounds and upgrading from the CS1 that I currently have to the CS2 Series II (considering the promo price tag, I'm upset that I haven't pulled the trigger yet). I'm a big fan of the Monitor 70s. At this price point, they're magnificent. They've just been set up in a 2.0 configuration and used for music and movies. It'll be fun hearing the Monitor 70/CS2/Monitor 50 5.0 system.

A third Monitor 70 as the center channel would look pretty cool (I'm imagining it lying horizontally on a TV stand under my projection screen; mmmmm).
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Hey guys,

I'm really sorry, I messed up!

I do have the CS2 Series II for my center and Monitor60's for my L/R...

Sorry for saying the wrong ones. I recently installed the CS10 and M50's in my dad's house.

I'll see if I can get the Yamaha models numbers tonight when I get home.

I have the L/R surrounds mounted on the wall, to the left and right of the main listening position. The two rear surrounds are mounted directly behind the main listening position.
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The Polk Model 50 is the perfect front speaker in the Polk series; it goes down to below 50 Hz and you don't want front speakers to go any lower if you are going to have a subwoofer in the system. Be sure you keep those in the front!

The PSW505 is not a very good subwoofer; you have a serious problem there.

My recommendation would be to buy an NHT B10D subwoofer for $499, which will give your system the bass quality and quantity that you need.

I would get Polk Monitor 30 speakers for rear/surround duty; they are not expensive and will complement the rest of the system well.


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Hello,
I currently have two Polk Monitor 50's, a CS10 for my center and I have the PSW505 for my sub.
I have 7.1 set up, however for my L/R surround and rear surround, I am using some Yamaha's. I can't remember the model, but that's irrelevant as I want to replace them.
Any ideas on what some good replacements would be?
I don't want to spend tons of $ on them as I heard they don't make a HUGE difference.
I want to stay under 500$ for them if I can.
Thanks in advance!
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The Polk Model 50 is the perfect front speaker in the Polk series; it goes down to below 50 Hz and you don't want front speakers to go any lower if you are going to have a subwoofer in the system. Be sure you keep those in the front!
The PSW505 is not a very good subwoofer; you have a serious problem there.
My recommendation would be to buy an NHT B10D subwoofer for $499, which will give your system the bass quality and quantity that you need.
I would get Polk Monitor 30 speakers for rear/surround duty; they are not expensive and will complement the rest of the system well.

Okay, I'll look at the NHT B10D...

Sucks that that sub is no good... :/ I'm going to send it back and get that NHT B10D.

I'll order me some of the Monitor 30's as well.... 4 of them.
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