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post #1 of 8 Old 12-15-2012, 06:01 PM - Thread Starter
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Anyone have any thoughts on either of these setups:

- DefTech 1000 fronts / 2000 center / 800 rears
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- Polk TL350 kit

It's in a basement with suspended ceiling about 18x13 used for tv and movies, really aiming for good to great dialog separation. Sub is an 8" mirage, small yes but it hits hard and doesn't sound like crap IMHO.

Also looking at a Bose am10 --- kidding :-)

But also was entertaining the MartinLogan MLT-2 kit but seems too good to be decent.


I'm coming from Polk Monitor 60 fronts (no center) and Bose 161 rears....
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Don't know anything about either but here is a review on the Polks

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/review-polk-audio-blackstone-tl350
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Thanks - thats a great write up…

i’d be curious to see what people on this forum think as well.
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Probably not many people on this forum have heard them. It's kind of like a HTIB type, plus they cost a little more than other sat systems.

I thought about a set but went with 5 NHT SuperZeros for $500 instead.

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Haven't heard the Polks so I can't give you a comparison, but I use PM1000 FL & FR, PC1000 center and PM800 surrounds along with a Supercube2000. I'm not an audiophile but to my ears this setup sounds amazing for TV, blu-rays, and surprisingly, music. Room is 14' x 14' (partly open) and high cathedral ceilings.

BTW I previously owned the MLT-1 setup. I know the MLT-2 offers a bigger sub but the two systems are pretty close. The MLT-1 sounded good, but the Def Techs just blow it away.
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Possumgirl, thanks for the feedback so you are using a 1000 center over the larger 2000, do you notice any vocal issues with them. I can't afford that sub, which is a great unit!


I didn't excpect some to have had both, rather just curious if anyone has had the polks....

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Haven't heard the Polks so I can't give you a comparison, but I use PM1000 FL & FR, PC1000 center and PM800 surrounds along with a Supercube2000. I'm not an audiophile but to my ears this setup sounds amazing for TV, blu-rays, and surprisingly, music. Room is 14' x 14' (partly open) and high cathedral ceilings.
BTW I previously owned the MLT-1 setup. I know the MLT-2 offers a bigger sub but the two systems are pretty close. The MLT-1 sounded good, but the Def Techs just blow it away.
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I didn't have space for the PC2000. The PC1000 seems to work out perfectly though. I never notice any disparity across the front soundstage.

BTW, I lucked out getting the sub way below retail or I wouldn't have it either. biggrin.gif
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I recently installed the TL-350 set in my store's demo room, and the set sounds fantastic paired with a DSWPRO440 sub. The 550 sub would provide a little more uumph on the lower end, but I'm trying to keep my demo accessible to those looking for a great cost effective setup. The highs are not quite as crystal clear as I'd hoped the ring radiator tweeters would provide, but it's still a good sounding set. If you cheat and turn up the highest frequencies in the receiver's eq, you can compensate pretty well.

I haven't heard the Def Techs, but I would imagine that if they're in the same price bracket, they're pretty comparable.

The Polks are very well made, but more of a hard plastic than aluminum or something. My favorite affordable satellite set is the KEF KHT3005, but it's about $1000 more at MSRP.

The Polks are pretty punchy little speakers by themselves, if you wanted to install a set for ambient music somewhere, but they certainly require a sub to sound good in a theater setup or for serious listening.

Good luck! And enjoy whatever you choose.
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