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post #31 of 49 Old 07-03-2012, 08:14 PM
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If you think the RTi is a better speaker, why are you recommending the CS2 center to go with the RTiA5 which isn't a timbre match. Shouldn't you be pushing for the CsiA4 or CSiA6 center?

I couldnt really tell a difference with my CSi3 and CS1. Also, was trying to keep it in his budget.

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I really want to thank everyone on your suggestions. Went to american tv today and listened to the polks that they had and he showed me the harmon kardon hkts 30 speakers with the yamaha reciver for $1100.00. Sounded ok, then went for the big guns and listened to the focal 814v tower speakers. Holy cow these are unreal! I am really want to thank everyone on thiere suggestions and different setups. Really don't know which way i am going to go but sure am thankfull for you guys. I guess from what i heard and saw bose wasn't really up to what i have been seeing. Any more ideas will be appreciated.

Have you thought about starting with less than adding on later? Something like the Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 SE and matching center. Pick up the S10.3 sub and a receiver. Then down the road add in the surrounds.

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fwiw, if you don't mind buying used there are a set of ascend acoustic cmt-340 fronts and center and a pair of htm-200 rears for sale for $500,( they are not the "se" version but not very much difference in sound and only $100 a speaker) on audiogon.make an offer might get them even cheaper. this would be great way to start for min. price then add a outlaw lfm ex-1 sub and a reciever of choice. this would give you a killer system for less than $1500 and you would be set for awhile. until you get bittin by the upgradeitis bug. "imo" these would sound better than any polk setup just my 2 cents

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Have you thought about starting with less than adding on later? Something like the Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 SE and matching center. Pick up the S10.3 sub and a receiver. Then down the road add in the surrounds.

Bingo. Get a very good pair of front mains, and a center for $1500 and upgrade to a very good sub ($800-1000) sub next, then surrounds, and then receiver last. I don't see a point of going into a higher end receiver. Just get the Onkyo TX-NR609. It has it all (room correction, networking). Plenty of good used Paradigm speakers in the market from repuitable owners. The Studio series are good. If you're patient, $1500 should be able to get you version 4 fronts/center. These sound good and are receiver compatible
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I say 709 so he can get preouts for use with external amps.

AVR: Onkyo 3009...Onkyo 609 (Old)
Amp: QSC GX5 (powering RTi A7s) & GX3 (powering CSi3)

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Polk Audio CSi3 (Center)...CS1 (Old)
Polk Audio RTi A7 (Fronts)...Monitor 60 (old)
Polk Audio OWM 5 (Surrounds)

Sub: SVS PC12-Plus...BIC America PL-200(Old)
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As a recent first time system builder... I wish you the best! I am very happy with my system, I bought the Denon 2112 with an infinity Primus setup. Cant compare to the Polks because I havent heard them, but I am very happy with my infinities.

What is your overall budget? that could help us steer you in the right direction. Below is a link to my initial system. I spent around $1300 on the receiver, sub, and speakers, but it may be able to be had for even less now.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1408997/i-built-my-first-5-1-system-and-you-can-too
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I think i am going to get the infinity primus:
PRIMUS P363X2=FRONT
INFINITY PC351 CENTER
P163-REARS
SUB-? ENERGY S10.3
RECEIVER=PROBALY ONE OF THE DENONS
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I think i am going to get the infinity primus:
PRIMUS P363X2=FRONT
INFINITY PC351 CENTER
P163-REARS
SUB-? ENERGY S10.3
RECEIVER=PROBALY ONE OF THE DENONS

That sounds good. You'll be real happy with those Infinitys. Sub is a good choice from reviews I've seen.

AVR: Onkyo 3009...Onkyo 609 (Old)
Amp: QSC GX5 (powering RTi A7s) & GX3 (powering CSi3)

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Polk Audio CSi3 (Center)...CS1 (Old)
Polk Audio RTi A7 (Fronts)...Monitor 60 (old)
Polk Audio OWM 5 (Surrounds)

Sub: SVS PC12-Plus...BIC America PL-200(Old)
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It will do the job, but personally i'd prefer to have a higher-end pair of floorstanders for movies than the lower end system your aiming for. If you must absolutely have the entire system now than no one is going to stop you:)
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No disrespect but i thought these were good. I really don't have to get all at the same time but am trying to get going and am anxious to get something. I have had these bose for a long time and i guess what i have been reading, i haven;t really heard anything yet. What would your recremdations be if you don't mind me asking. I will start with the front 3 and work my way back.
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I think i am going to get the infinity primus:
PRIMUS P363X2=FRONT

Hi johnnyquest1426, the P363 is back on sale (100 a piece) til tomorrow if you're close to a Fry's.
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Since home theatre use is your main goal, I wouldn't bother with floorstanding main/front speakers. Just go for a good used set of Paradigm Studio 20 (version 4) bookshelf speakers and a CC-590 (version 4) center. There are other options but Paradigm is very reputable and not scarce in the used market. I personally use Dynaudios, but i'm more geared towards 2 channel and surround music. Paradigm is the way I would go for primarily H/T use and occasional music
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AcuDefTechGuy,

I am on fence of getting either of two fronts you recommend, what will be better option, I haven't owned HT ever, just watching TV of speakers, I am planning to buy decent receiver and use will be TV, Movie, Music and Games, I am newb and read though great reviews on both A jones pioneer series and Infinity Primus P363, right now both in 5.1 set up are going almost same in price, size wise also almost come same. I have just not heard them in person neither could I as any of them are not available in my area
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Hey JonnyQuest, this is Hodgy, jk.

Your original choice of the Monitor line is a good one. Run off just the AVR, they sound "okay". Juiced up with lots of power from an external amp, they sound great.

I have no experience with Infinity so I can't compare. The RTi and RTiA lines are awesome (also need power) but that may seem to stress your budget. If you want the Monitors, you can purchase with confidence knowing that need extra power to sound great.

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After all of the reading here and everyones different setups, I am asking for input for what i am setting up. Here is what i was thinking of doing.
POLK MONITOR 70'S FRONT
CS2 CENTER CHANNEL
ENERGY S10.3 SUBWOFFER
YAMAHA RX-V673 RECEIVER
POLK MONITOR 30'S BACK OR BOSTON ACCOUSTICS A23 OR A25 REARS
If anyone has any more suggestions i would really appriciate it.Room size for home theater is 15x14, I am getting rid of my old bose lifestyle 12 series
I am brand new to this because i have owned this bose for 10 years.My whole rec room is 1000 sq. ft but were we watch home theater is what the dimmensions i said earlier.

If you can get the Primus 362's from Fry's when they are blowing them out for $200 / pair plus the 351c center channel (really nice center) much better that the CS2 in my direct comparison (especially better off axis).

Take the money saved vs the Polks and get into an Onkyo TX-R709 receiver. You will have gained SQ and a better receiver in the bargain.

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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Thanks for all suggestion and did end up with:
POLK MONITOR 70;S FRONT
CS2-CENTER
ENERGY S10.3 SUB
Now i wanted to go with monitor 40's for rear but height restrictions might be an issue. Any sugesstions on a good rear satellite to go with this?
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Nice! I went with the same sub, but Monitor 60's and a CS1. I hope to get it hooked up tonight! I went with the Denon 2113CI receiver. I have some older Phase Technology bookshelf speakers I use in the rear. IMO, the rears do not matter as much as the fronts. I would look for something in the polk line that fits your size requirements. How small do they need to be? If they need to be real small, I use the HTD middies as side surrounds in my theater and they look and sound really nice.

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Thanks for all suggestion and did end up with:
POLK MONITOR 70;S FRONT
CS2-CENTER
ENERGY S10.3 SUB
Now i wanted to go with monitor 40's for rear but height restrictions might be an issue. Any suggestions on a good rear satellite to go with this?

Im using Polk OWM5 speakers as surrounds. They are pretty good and not all that big. They don't stick too far out from the wall.

AVR: Onkyo 3009...Onkyo 609 (Old)
Amp: QSC GX5 (powering RTi A7s) & GX3 (powering CSi3)

Speakers:
Polk Audio CSi3 (Center)...CS1 (Old)
Polk Audio RTi A7 (Fronts)...Monitor 60 (old)
Polk Audio OWM 5 (Surrounds)

Sub: SVS PC12-Plus...BIC America PL-200(Old)
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You'll love the Monitor 70's! I upgraded from the Monitor 60's and there is a HUGE difference listening to music in 2 channel, not even close how more more depth the low end has over the 60's.

Here's mine:
M70's front
CS2 center
M30's surrounds and rears
Two PSW505 subs
Yamaha RX-V663 receiver 95w x7

I recommend the 30's for surrounds, i don't really see needing anything much bigger than those and you'd be surprised how big they are anyways. OWM's are also a good choice if you want smaller but they didn't match the looks and I am very anal about that so I went with the 30's. I also figured by going 30's i could use them as my computer speakers down the road when I move the M60's to the surrounds.

My plan is since I already have the receiver with pre-outs I will be going with a 5 channel amp when funds allow and then the M70's will really open up. Only issue I have is my receiver only has 2 hdmi ports so keep that in mind when purchasing receiver. My subs are great for music but the next sub is going to be DIY and very large.

This is an addiction that never ends. Keeping a budget is a great way to keep your money. Enjoy!
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