what's the best set up for a small living room for movies and music ? (energy take classic 5.1 VS Polk Combo?) - AVS Forum
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i'm thinking of getting a energy take classic 5.1 for my small opened living room(17ft W, 11L 7ft 8inch tall).
is the combination of polk 2x RTi8 tower speaker, 2x 2x Rti4 sourround speakers, 1x Csi3 center, 1x PSW404 powered sub good?
or i should get two pairs of Polk Monitor 30's and the CS1 center and PSW 505 as sub woofer.
which is better the energy take classic or the polk combo or there's a better option??
which receiver should i get?

My budget is around 700

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I would get the Polks because of the size or your room. Much larger speaker and cabinet which will sound better and fuller than the tiny Take satellites.

If you've got room for the Rti8 setup definitely get those over the Monitor 30s or Take Classics. If you have room for tower or bookshelf speakers I see no reason at all to consider the Energy Take Classics. I would take the Monitor 30 over the Take Classics too. Bigger size, bigger sound. and the little 8" Energy sub can't compare to the 12" PSW505.

Don't know anything about the PSW-404, is that even available new or are you getting it used?

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i'm getting it used and if i get the Rti8s, Rti4s and Csi3 and the PSW505 which receiver should i get?
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btw bigger sound = better sound of quality ?
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yes, depending on the quality of the speakers.

If you have something like Onkyo HTIB speakers then yes perhaps a higher quality small speaker will sound better. But if both the large and small speakers are of equal quality then you'll get fuller sound from the larger speaker. Little satellites can only go down to about 110hz which means a subwoofer has to handle those frequencies, and then the bass is easier to localize.

I've had Energy Takes, plus bookshelf and tower speakers. My Takes sat in the closet boxed up for years after I replaced them with bookshelf speakers. Amazingly they sold in 4 hours once I posted them on Craigslist. Some people have to go with small speakers to please the significant other. Go with either the bookshelf or tower speakers, they will do a much better job of filling the room.

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how to chose a receiver for my set up?
can you tell me what's the proper way to choose a receiver for different kind of speakers?
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The first thing to do is provide a budget. how much do you want to spend?
Most standard AVRs will work with Sub/satellite, bookshelf or tower speakers.

Provide this info:

1. Budget
2. Size of room
3. Use for receiver? Movies, Music, Gaming, what %?
4. What devices will you be connecting?
5. Do you need networking, music streaming from smartphones, iPad, etc?
6. How many speakers will you connect? 5.1? 7.1? More?

I've used my 8-9 year old Harman Kardon AVR 325 with satellite, bookshelf and tower speakers. As long as the AVR is decent it can work with all of those. Something with adjustable crossovers would be nice. Nowadays its more about what features you want than anything.

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my budget is about 200-350 and the size of the room is 17ft W, 11L 7ft 8inch tall I will use it for 60% of music most hip hop music and 40% movies
i would perfer the AVR that allows me to upgrape in the future and provides HDMI inputs and outputs. THX
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The Polk Combo will result in a much better sound over all with better sound response accross the full spectrum of sound.

I started with the Polk RM6750 5.1 set similar to the Energy Takes 5.1 and noticed a huge improvement when I just added RTi4's and CSi3 center to the front 3 speakers
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