First post. I apologize in advance for the length. I’m a LTWFTW to the forums, so I’ve read a lot of info, but couldn’t quite nail this one down. I’ve put together my first HT, a low-cost setup for under $200, and while I'm happy about it given the price point, the sound is, unsurprisingly, underwhelming. I’d like to replace my “center” and mains with a budget of around $100 (don’t gasp). I could go to $200 (maybe a little more), but we’re saving to buy a house by EOY, so extra funds are limited. Sometime after we move, I'll upgrade all of the speakers, but I'd like to buy something now with reuse value that sounds decent.
Receiver: Pioneer VSX-1120-K
Sub: Logitech Z-5500 Sub
Mains: Old speakers from my Philips FWP78 (3-way 75W RMS, 6 Ohm, advised against here
Center: Pair of Insignia NSSP211 3” Bookshelves stacked (160W max, will be returned)
Surrounds: Pioneer S-H052S-K
The room is about 13x14. It’s actually about 25-30’ in one dimension, but the space for the HT is only on one end and the rest gets pretty much used as my daughter’s downstairs play area. Size will change with move.
I’d like to get a set of Polk Monitor 30s as the mains and a matching center (CS10?), since this seems to be the go-to suggestion around here for budget fronts, and though a little over budget the reuse value and price-performance seem ideal. The problem is my TV stand won’t house most centers. I can fit a center that’s either 20”x5.5” or 9.5”x7” (WxH) given the layout of components.
Are there suggestions on smallish centers that might fit in my budget, especially if I can find them used? Thoughts on the Bic DV32CLR
, Polk TL2
, Mordaunt Short Carnival 5
? What about mains? How important is it to match the center to the mains? Is it possible to get a center this size that will last through the next upgrade (new sub, new new mains, old new mains become surrounds)? Should I try going for bigger mains (Polk RTi10 like here
?) and try phantom until I upgrade to a better TV stand?