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Been using a Polk RM7200 system for several years now, powered by various Onkyo amps, and I know satellite systems are frowned upon by the bigger boys, I generally can't notice the sound difference unless I hear two systems side-by-side.

With that said, I've recently purchased a Denon 2312 receiver, and I'm going to be giving the RM7200 set to my brother, so I'm in the market for a new 5.1 setup. I'm trying to avoid floorstanding speakers since they're less portable, and my car isn't well suited to moving around floor standing speakers. I live in an apartment, so it's nice to be able to move easily. Some of the recommendations I've seen on this forum are::

Martin Logan MLT2
DefTech ProCinema 60.6
DefTech ProCinema 600 Refurb
Klipsch HD500

Obviously, cheaper the better but if one is drastically better than the rest, then I wouldn't mind spending up to $500. My apartment is pretty small, room would probably be around 15'x15' , and probably a 50/50 mix of movies and music. I would rather not "downgrade" from the RM7200, but I know this is all subjective.

Also, there's someone on Craigslist down the road from me selling an older NIB Infinity TSS800 for ~$300.... not sure if that's a good deal or not.

I'm assuming that at this price range, they're all going to sound very similar? On paper, the DefTech's seem to have better frequency response than the other 3, with the satellites going well below 100Hz... although the midrange drivers on the MLT2 is an inch larger.. Any comments, suggestions, etc is appreciated.
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The ones you've listed are often mentioned as alternatives for people who are on a very strict budget. All will be compromises to a certain extent, but each has it's good qualities. Another one very similar to those would be the Energy Take Classic. The Klipsh HD500 has been upgraded to the HD600, so that might be an option as well. My choice would probably be the Premier Acoustic Monitor 4.2 system though. With that one you can also use the "make an offer" button and bid about 10%-15% less than it's advertised for. Often times they'll accept the offer.

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Also, there's someone on Craigslist down the road from me selling an older NIB Infinity TSS800 for ~$300.... not sure if that's a good deal or not.
I'm assuming that at this price range, they're all going to sound very similar? On paper, the DefTech's seem to have better frequency response than the other 3, with the satellites going well below 100Hz... although the midrange drivers on the MLT2 is an inch larger.. Any comments, suggestions, etc is appreciated.

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to hit 120 hz. I would look at the new Pioneer Phase 2 speakers, and they will fit in your car.

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Go Energy take classic if you can find em! My setup is in my sig and I love it.

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I think I have a better suggestion. Mission M30 bookshelf speakers. Not much larger than your satellite speakers at •W x H x D (in): 5.7 x 8.7 x 7.5 but the larger and deeper cabinet will give you more bass than sats that only go down to 120hz.

At $99 pair they're a bargain! Get 3 pairs, use one as a center and keep the other as a spare.
http://www.tsto.com/Mission_M30i_Bookshelf_Speakers_p/1039.htm

Reviews of the M30i speakers
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Or you can get this Mission center channel for $139.
http://www.tsto.com/Mission_MV_C_Center_Channel_Speaker_p/3455.htm

Then add a decent 10" powered sub to complete your system.
http://www.amazon.com/Pinnacle-Speakers-SUB-SONIX-10-Inch-Subwoofer/dp/B003IT70B2/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

I was going to suggest the Energy s10.3 sub for $199 but its not on sale right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882269026

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Just a question here, but how would the old Polk RM 7600 stack up against these newer systems?
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The RM7600 will be better than all the satellite speaker setups because they use bookshelf speakers with 5.25" woofer and 1" tweeter. All those satellites use 3" or 3.5" drivers in a much smaller cabinet. So you'll get a much fuller sound from the Polk RM7600 that little satellites.
http://www.polkaudio.com/products/rm7600

The Premeir Acoustics setup looks to be pretty good but I know nothing about them.

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i just wasnt sure about the newer technology and things that are out there. They have the ML sub/sat's, the Def Tech ProCinema stuff, and even Polk have the Blackstone TL 150, 250, and 350 sets... I just want to know what the difference would be other than size...
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Technology doesn't change that much with satellite speakers. I'd keep the RM7600s. Use the money saved on a better subwoofer.

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Ok. I wasnt sure if that ring tweeter in the TL350 set wouls be something special for a sub/sat system... I guess not. lol
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