I have a Yamaha RX-V473 receiver and a pair of Polk RTi8's. I know I want to get both a sub and a center, but I'm just wondering what people think would be better to get before the other. If it helps any, as far as subs go I'm looking at either Polk PSW505 $190 at Newegg or a mfr refurb Polk DSW pro 440WI for $243. The center I'm considering is mfr refurb CSi5 for $225. Thanks a lot!
I think it depends on your preferences and situation.
I think a 3.0 is a better build for a home theater setup (movies) and a 2.1 is better for listening (music). I opted to go with a 3.0 because I am more than satisfied with the bass I'm getting out of my TSi300 for now (especially when calibrated). I imagine the RTi8's would do even better in that regard.
I have..a pair of Polk RTi8's. I know I want to get both a sub and a center, but I'm just wondering what people think would be better to get before the other.
That depends on where you think the system shortcomings are. With your floorstanders a sub won't go so much lower to make much difference other than in output. If you can't get the low end output you want do subs first, two twelves. One twelve won't make a huge difference compared to four sixes, and you can't smooth room modes with one sub. Otherwise get a center first,
+1 on Yoda. Get a center unless you're willing to spend enough to get a much more expensive sub than what you are looking at or 2 nice ones. Either way you're talking somewhere in the $600-$1000 range.
I'm not a fan either. You are looking at budget subs when your speakers are a higher class. Wait until you can get a good 12" ID sub.
What makes them bad compared to the ones you think are good? Since the big boxes don't carry any of that, it's frustrating that there is no way to hear them so an explanation would be really helpful, thanks!
So no complaints about the CSi5 center to go with my RTi8's?
It's probably no worse than most horizontal centers, but it is flawed. The midbass drivers should be spaced as tightly as possible. Horizontally placed drivers will have comb filtering at the upper end of their bandwidth, with narrowed dispersion at the lower end, and the wider they're spaced the worse it is.