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post #1 of 8 Old 02-22-2013, 04:38 AM - Thread Starter
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Long story short:

I am probably looking for three front speakers for approx $600 - $800.
What is the best that I can get? What is recommended by AVS posters?

Slightly longer story:

A few months ago I put a second 5.1 home theater setup in my house,
I set up a media room / kids room in my basement.

I was trying to save money on the second setup so I bought the Polk RM6750 speaker system (partially because of the 3.5" drivers in comparison to most other 2.5" drivers on small 5.1 speaker setups).

I had a series of bad experiences with the subwoofer in the RM6750 system, and eventually Polk generously sent me a warranty PSW110 sub which I am very happy with (it retails for more than I paid for the entire RM6750 5.1 system).

Anyway, a few months later I have part of my tax refund (that I haven't gotten back yet) burning a hole in my pocket and I got excited about buying a better speaker system (even though I really like the 5 polk surround speakers).

I was looking at the Polk 75T's on newegg combined with the Polk 25C and maybe the Polk 45B rears.
But I missed the presidents day sale and now they have gone up a lot in price....

My budget of $600 - $800 is kind of arbitrary, but I figured it was reasonable.

Do I need to buy new rear speakers, or can I live with the RM6750 rears?
Do I need a better subwoofer?
What are some good 3 front speakers? Or 3.1 front system? Or 5.1 system for my budget?

Looking forward to hearing from you !!! I really like the sound of the Polk RM6750 small speakers...

Thank you !!!
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Live with the rears and sub for now.......................concentrate on the front 3

2 popular options............

Ascend 170CBM-SE........can put three up front or put 170's as L/R and get a 340-SE for center for $800 or less.......

Arx A1b..........can put three up front ( or get A2b for center with A1b's as L/R.......also for $700 or less, but A2b's are being revamped as we speak, so delivery date is unknown)

I have both the 170SE and A1b ........both excellent speakers for the money..
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Thanks!

I just noticed that the Polk 75T's and 25C went down in price again at newgg. I can get a pair of the Polk towers and the center for $579.85 delivered to my door.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290272
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290274

Are the Ascend bookshelf speakers or the Arx bookshelf speakers better than these?
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Yes, at least the ascends, which I have heard frequently, is better than the Polk m line!
Edit...should add that it is the cmt340 that I have heard!

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: JBL130, JBL120C and Klipsch synergy sub
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Difficult to say, as I have not heard any polk products ( My father-in-law had some small Polk floorstanders 20 years ago and they sounded nice...from memory).........

They would fit with the rest of your current speakers, though.........

Both Ascend and Arx have 30 day home trial periods..........if you don't like them, you can return them for full refund MINUS SHIPPING COSTS ( less than $100 for both sets)........

Could look in the Polk speaker forum to see what other owners think ( sticky at top of Speaker page )......
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Thank you I will ask them.
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If you don't require a horizontal center channel speaker, you could get 3 pr of Def Tech SM350 for under 600 dollars shipped and use one of the "odd" pair as a vertical center channel. They do make a center speaker for the Def Tech SM 350/450, but it is hard to find and not cheap (Clr2002, I think which Amazon has for 335 pr so). Good speaker, I have a pair of the SM450s in a bedroom 2.1 set up!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882325059

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
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Live with the rears and sub for now.......................concentrate on the front 3

2 popular options............

Ascend 170CBM-SE........can put three up front or put 170's as L/R and get a 340-SE for center for $800 or less.......

Arx A1b..........can put three up front ( or get A2b for center with A1b's as L/R.......also for $700 or less, but A2b's are being revamped as we speak, so delivery date is unknown)

I have both the 170SE and A1b ........both excellent speakers for the money..

I am now looking at both the Ascend 340-SE and the Arx A1b/A2b line. Since you have both, do you have any new thoughts about which is better?

It is hard to choose... and I don't think that I have the time to demo both of them unfortunately.
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