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hi folks hope you can help me. I'm new to this whole thing. i am replacing a home theatre in a box. i bought a pioneer vsx-1127-k 7.2 165wpc. i also got 2 rti10s for fronts.

first, I'm wondering is should i biamp my fronts and setup a 5.1 system. or keep as a 7.1 system

second, I'm using all different speakers. i have 2 rear speakers that came with the first allin one system, as well as the centre is from this kit as well. the centre is very small and needs to be replaced soon. my 2 side speakers are 150w pioneer bookshelf speakers. and I'm using a 8" front powering sony sub.

what should i replace first?

thanks in advance as I'm a newb at this
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Definitely take that center out of the system until you can get the matching one

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CSi5-BLACK-Center-Channel-Polk-Audio-RTi-Series-Speaker-/360504632120?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item53efc02338

There is only a limited stock of these csi5 centers, so I would get that first. The sub is a very close second for needing replacement.


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Bi-amp'ing will do nothing to improve the sound! Agree, either replace the center with the correct Polk center or just remove it and run phantom!

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Bi-amp'ing will do nothing to improve the sound! Agree, either replace the center with the correct Polk center or just remove it and run phantom!

so what would the sound be like. would the speech come from the rti10s?
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Phantom center just distributes your dialogue from the center to your L/R speakers.
Best case scenario, you buy the matching center. But no center channel will likely be better than a crappy center!

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so biamping my rti10s would be better than a 7.1 surround?
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first, I'm wondering is should i biamp my fronts and setup a 5.1 system. or keep as a 7.1 system
Bi-amping is arguably of no value, but since you have the ability to try it out, try it out. If you like it, run 5.1 w/ bi-amped mains; otherwise, run 5.1 w/o bi-amped mains. When you get a chance to try out 7.1, try it out and, if you like it, run 7.1.
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+1 to suggestions that you replace your CC speaker with the correct one to match the RTi10s. Until you do, you can either:
- continue to use your existing CC speaker, if it sounds fine to you; or
- run without a CC speaker (in "phantom center" mode).

Once you've replaced the CC speaker, upgrade the sub.


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Bi-amping is arguably of no value.
Bi-amping has great value. But unless you've opened up the speakers and removed the passive crossovers you're not bi-amping, so there's nothing to be gained.
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I'm using a 8" front powering sony sub.

what should i replace first?
The sub. IMO you should not have bought floorstanders to begin with. Since you have you need at least a pair of twelve loaded subs, if not a pair of fifteen loaded subs, to add anything meaningful to what the RTi10s are capable of. Ditch the Sony, and if you ever feel the need for subs keep this in mind.

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Bi-amping has great value. But unless you've opened up the speakers and removed the passive crossovers you're not bi-amping, so there's nothing to be gained.
Exactly. smile.gif


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