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Old 04-06-2013, 03:47 PM - Thread Starter
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I've been forced to keep a 3.1 setup for a while now because I've had sectional couches that didn't allow me to put rear speakers. I'm going 5.1 now since I've got more space-friendly couches and I would like to relegate my old front speakers, Polk Monitor50's, to be rear speakers and get new front speakers. However, my center speaker is the Polk CS2 and I have not had a problem with it at any point.

1. Am I "forbidden" from mismatching my center channel with higher model/different brand front speakers?
2. Is my plan, overall, fine? Do you recommend me do something else with my Monitor50's, or is relegating them to the rear my best option?
3. I'd like to get the two new front speakers for ~$300-400 total, any recommendations? Are there any speaker pairs that frequently go on sale?
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Get some more Polk towers up front if you like the sound of your current speakers. The center should match well with them.

Newegg puts the Monitor series on sale all the time.

The Monitor 75t is on sale for $199 each right now so right in your price range.

The Monitor 65t is on sale for $129 each until tomorrow.

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+1 If you want to keep your Polk center then get new Polk LR mains.

Another option would be to get 3 new speakers up front (LCR), and use your old center as a (center) rear for a 6.1 setup. Most receivers will accommodate that. It's not a common setup but I've run it before and it sounded quite good - kind of bourgeois 7.1 ; )
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