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Hey everyone,

Are these speakers good for the price?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290206&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL071012&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL071012-_-EMC-071012-Index-_-HomeAudioSpeakers-_-82290206-L0I

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290034&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL071012&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL071012-_-EMC-071012-Index-_-HomeAudioSpeakers-_-82290034-L0H

Just built my first HTPC and am trying to get some decent speakers to go along with my Denon. Can't afford much right now but if these speakers and sub are usually worth the $299 and $249 price tags then these sales are very worth my money. Thanks for any help and guidance!

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what receiver/amplifier? i recommend the psw505 over that sub. 2x the price but 5x better.
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what receiver/amplifier? i recommend the psw505 over that sub. 2x the price but 5x better.

Ok, what about the speakers? Also, if I can't afford 2x the price right now is that sub decent or should i just grab the speakers and hold off for the psw505?

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Ok, what about the speakers? Also, if I can't afford 2x the price right now is that sub decent or should i just grab the speakers and hold off for the psw505?

It depends, what receiver (model) are you using? I think it is pointless if you go with towers to get that sub, it really doesn't do much. Get the towers first and see if you want more bass. That sub doesn't hit low at all though.
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It depends, what receiver (model) are you using? I think it is pointless if you go with towers to get that sub, it really doesn't do much. Get the towers first and see if you want more bass. That sub doesn't hit low at all though.

Just a cheap little Denon AVR-1712

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Been there done that with that Polk subwoofer. Too be frank, it is a POS. Save up and buy something better later and use the towers for now.

How large is your room?
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do you have surrounds or a center?
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Been there done that with that Polk subwoofer. Too be frank, it is a POS. Save up and buy something better later and use the towers for now.
How large is your room?

Cool. So you think those towers are a good buy at that price? We've been surviving with TV speakers... ugh. Room is ~450 sq. ft. maybe a little less.

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do you have surrounds or a center?

Do not have surrounds or center. Having to go a few pieces at a time. I figured the two towers would be a good first purchase.

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Cool. So you think those towers are a good buy at that price? We've been surviving with TV speakers... ugh. Room is ~450 sq. ft. maybe a little less.
Do not have surrounds or center. Having to go a few pieces at a time. I figured the two towers would be a good first purchase.

Definitely don't buy that sub. Note that these speakers are not really that price they say. They are pretty much consistently 149.99. That is their normal price. They will be amazing compared to tv speaker though, probably just average-decent sound quality wise. There are no towers in that price range that compare. A solid buy to start off a home theatre.

you could also look at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=rti+a3
which your receiver will power better as they do not require as much power, and they will be clearer and better quality, but don't go quite as low, so you would need a sub in the near future with them.
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Cool. So you think those towers are a good buy at that price? We've been surviving with TV speakers... ugh. Room is ~450 sq. ft. maybe a little less.
Do not have surrounds or center. Having to go a few pieces at a time. I figured the two towers would be a good first purchase.

Polk is a good budget brand with their lower priced Monitor series. Will be huge upgrade over stock TV speakers.

I would actually consider these if it was my money:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117403

Then buy the matching center next, then a subwoofer, then buy your surrounds.
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Polk is a good budget brand with their lower priced Monitor series. Will be huge upgrade over stock TV speakers.
I would actually consider these if it was my money:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117403
Then buy the matching center next, then a subwoofer, then buy your surrounds.

Agh! Now I have to make a choice! NOOO! haha Anyone else second this recommendation or the Polk recommendation from earlier?

Edit: I just realized that would be $129 for a pair where as the Polk will be $129 a piece... Huge savings if I get the Pioneer... Are they comparable to those Polk speakers?

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Agh! Now I have to make a choice! NOOO! haha Anyone else second this recommendation or the Polk recommendation from earlier?
Edit: I just realized that would be $129 for a pair where as the Polk will be $129 a piece... Huge savings if I get the Pioneer... Are they comparable to those Polk speakers?

i have never seen or heard those pioneer, but they are not sensitive at all( 87db) don't handle much power (130W) and have 3 woofers and no mid. Guarantee they are much worse the the polks.

but like i said earlier i would buy http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=rti+a3 over the towers, they towers will be "muddier" compared to these bookshelfs with what you are powering it with.
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Agh! Now I have to make a choice! NOOO! haha Anyone else second this recommendation or the Polk recommendation from earlier?
Edit: I just realized that would be $129 for a pair where as the Polk will be $129 a piece... Huge savings if I get the Pioneer... Are they comparable to those Polk speakers?

I can't speak from experience because I don't have them yet, but I just ordered a 5.0 Pioneer setup from Newegg for $230 shipped with those towers after a lot of research. It is usually said that if you add a decent sub (~$200) to the Pioneers you will have a great entry-level system for about $400. Most people that have heard both side-by-side will recommend the Pioneers due to price and quality (NOT all, but most).

I read as much as I could on forums and reviews about both the Pioneer and Polk lines and ended up with the Pioneers.

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Meh. Now what I hoped would be a simple decision... has become otherwise... lol Of course.

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Edit: I just realized that would be $129 for a pair where as the Polk will be $129 a piece... Huge savings if I get the Pioneer... Are they comparable to those Polk speakers?

Some people like them better than the Polks. You can learn about them in the this thread.

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I don't own the Pioneer's but I recommended them to you because I recommended them to my neighbor and helped set them up and was very impressed. Really good value for the money, and on your tight budget, would allow you to get the matching center channel and give you more money down the road for a subwoofer which is very important.

What size is your room, and how far back do you sit from the speakers?
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I don't own the Pioneer's but I recommended them to you because I recommended them to my neighbor and helped set them up and was very impressed. Really good value for the money, and on your tight budget, would allow you to get the matching center channel and give you more money down the road for a subwoofer which is very important.
What size is your room, and how far back do you sit from the speakers?

Room is around 450 sqft but we sit about 10 feet back from the tv where the speakers would be.

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Room is around 450 sqft but we sit about 10 feet back from the tv where the speakers would be.

The Pioneer's should be fine unless you have some crazy expectations of playing them really, really, loud smile.gif
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Right now you can get Polk m60s for 99 dollars apiece. I believe those to be better speakers than the Pioneer, but both would fit the bill as a good, budget system!

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Right now you can get Polk m60s for 99 dollars apiece. I believe those to be better speakers than the Pioneer, but both would fit the bill as a good, budget system!

Says you just as I almost settled on getting the Pioneers...

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+1 for the Polk's

I cannot comment on the Pioneer speakers, but I got the Polk M50's from Newegg a few months ago and love them.

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