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post #1 of 5 Old 01-22-2013, 01:26 PM - Thread Starter
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So I have a pair of RTi4's for my front speakers and am debating whether to buy the center channel (CSi3) or my subwoofer first (PSW505, BIC F12, or Klipsch RW12D). I've read various things about how the center channel is very important, whereas others feel it's not entirely neccesary. I will be using the system for both movies and music. I have a fireplace that I have to work around and not exactly sure where the center channel would go.

So, do you recommend a 2.1 or a 3.0 to start off? Any thoughts? Thanks!
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Run 2.0 and ask yourself if what you feel is missing is dialog position or massive explosions / bass music.
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Run 2.0 and ask yourself if what you feel is missing is dialog position or massive explosions / bass music.

I'm going to have to agree here, unless you have an audio store where you can check out both types of set-ups and make an informed decision.

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RTi4s are spec'd to 60Hz @ -3dB. For movies, you're missing out on a lot of content in the 20-60Hz range. Even for some (a lot of? most?) music, there's content below 60Hz you're missing out on.

I'd get a sub. smile.gif

If your budget limit is ~$300, get the RW-12d. If you can swing a couple hundred more, get the SVS PB-1000. How either of those subs will perform in your space depends on how big that space actually is.
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Actually, after crossing about $300, you usually do better dividing your budget and going for multiple subs.
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