Originally Posted by dynfan
I agree completely with Bill with the buy a better bookshelf for the same money versus trying to buy a tower. I have a decent size dedicated home theater (15 x 23) and I use bookshelves for Front L R and a quality sub. Performance is QUITE amazing and I have never longed for Towers with my setup.
I would also like to clarify what you are trying to buy for $200 and when you think you can save more to buy "other speakers" to complete a setup? If you are trying to get good results on a modest budget over time than I suggest you buy a quality set of bookshelves for as close to your price cap as possible and then start saving for a sub. Then add surrounds and a center LAST.
I say this because you can get VERY good results WITHOUT a center speaker even for HT. My setup does not currently use a center and I often have quests ask me if my center is behind my screen. they are shocked when I tell them I do not have one.
Hope this info. is helping you learn more about where to spend your hard earned $$$.
I believe you but I don't understand. All the dialog comes through the center, right? I haven't had a good center in a while but say that someone drops a glass and it shatters, which speakers do you hear that through? I'm ready to get the best I can get for my money and save for later but when I listen on that tiny center I have it sounds like a tin can. Will bookshelf speakers compensate?
btw, I went and listened to some polk speakers(CS10) at bestbuy. I don't mean to be trolling but I didn't like them. They sound what I believe is called "muddy." They had more base but it didn't sound clear. The Klipsch they had was too bright. The cheaper Pioneer ($99) sounded better than all of them to me. I guess I don't have a discerning ear yet because I picked the cheaper ones. They were playing music through them. I don't know if that matters. No offense to anyone. I know many like the polks. I want to. They're everywhere new and used and good deals.
Samsung 51" PN51E450A, Pioneer VSX-918V, Polk Tsi300, Polk CS 2 series ii center, Energy S10.3.