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I know that the best way to decide would be to audition both of these but that is not possible for me so I'm hoping for some insight. The Polks are on sale right now for $149 ea so they would run me about $50 more for the pair (unless I could grab the Pioneers on Tiger Direct before they sell out again at $200 pr). I've read that the Pioneers are pretty laid back/neutral sounding. Are the Polks similar in that regard? I've read very very good things about the Pioneers but they appear to be significantly less efficient than the Polks. By the way, my use will be 90% HT/TV and 10% music. Either will be paired with a center, bookshelves and a sub for a 5.1 system so please keep in mind the matching bookshelves and centers and which would provide the best overall system. The sub will probably be the PA-150. The room is 22x17x7.5 and is carpeted. Thanks!
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I bought a pair of those Pioneers when they were on sale at BB just to see what all the hoopla was about. I preferred the 70's
when I had them. All was not lost though. I returned one and kept one to use as a rear center. My son prefers the 70's also
and now has them. I'm not using it as a rear center any longer and it is sitting in a corner all by it's lonesome self. Bit of a waste.
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You do not say what receiver or amplifier you are going to drive them with.

The Pioneer speakers have low sensitivity, which is a bad match for most lower-priced receivers. They require too much power on peaks.

The Polks are likely to work better for you.

I suggest the Monitor 60, because with that subwoofer you will not be asking the main speakers to go below 50 hz, which the 60s will do nicely.
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You do not say what receiver or amplifier you are going to drive them with.
The Pioneer speakers have low sensitivity, which is a bad match for most lower-priced receivers. They require too much power on peaks.
The Polks are likely to work better for you.
I suggest the Monitor 60, because with that subwoofer you will not be asking the main speakers to go below 50 hz, which the 60s will do nicely.

I'm not sure exactly which AVR I will end up with but I'm leaning towards the Yamaha v673 or similar.

Also, in reading some reviews on the 60s, some found them to be too bright/harsh. This is a concern for me as I don't like bright speakers.
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I think Klipsch speakers sound bright/ harsh. My son loves them. Different ears/ different opinions. Just the way it is til you get to hear them for yourself.

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I think Klipsch speakers sound bright/ harsh. My son loves them. Different ears/ different opinions.

I can appreciate that, however Klipsch seem to be generally regarded as being on the brighter end given the horn tweeters. I certainly understand that no one can tell me whether I will like the Polks or whether I will think they are bright but I guess my question would be whether Polk Monitors are generally regarded as being slightly on the bright side.
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I can appreciate that, however Klipsch seem to be generally regarded as being on the brighter end given the horn tweeters. I certainly understand that no one can tell me whether I will like the Polks or whether I will think they are bright but I guess my question would be whether Polk Monitors are generally regarded as being slightly on the bright side.

Yes, I would call them being on the bright side compared to other speakers I have experience with. The Pioneer's did not sound bright to me.

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Yes, I would call them being on the bright side compared to other speakers I have experience with. The Pioneer's did not sound bright to me.

Crap, that complicates things. What brands are known for being less bright that would offer a decent budget floorstanding speaker?
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Crap, that complicates things. What brands are known for being less bright that would offer a decent budget floorstanding speaker?

The Pioneers are not bright - also they are not hard to drive - I have owned them.

A real good speaker with good detail and definition, and is not forward, sharp or edgy,
is the HTD Level Two.
http://www.htd.com/Products/level-two-speakers/Level-TWO-Tower-Speakers

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