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post #1 of 7 Old 12-13-2013, 02:36 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi, I'm planning to setup a new home theater system in my basement (25' X 15'). I'm a total beginner and this will be my first home theater. Here is the list of items i planning to buy based on reviews and price. I would really appreciate if someone could point me in the right path. I'll be connecting these to a Pyle HD projector and sony Blu-ray and some apple products.

 

Receiver: Yamaha RX-V673 7.2-Channel Network AV Receiver http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JF85WE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2L77EE7U53NWQ

 

Sub: BIC America F12 12-Inch 475-Watt Front Firing Powered Subwoofer http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015A8Y5M/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

 

Floor: Not sure which one to go with due to the size of the basement. There is a huge diffference in the price too.

Polk Audio TSi300 or 400 or 500

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Floorstanding-Speaker-Version/dp/B0018QPSDY/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1386972731&sr=1-1&keywords=polk+tsi500

 

Central speaker: Polk Audio TSi CS10 http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107CS10C/Polk-Audio-TSi-CS10-Cherry.html?cc=07

 

Side and rear speakers: I'll be happy if i could get recommendations for this. Previous house owners have left behind couple of Kenwood CRS 158 speakers. Will they be of any use?

 

Thanks a lot

Kannan

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What is your budget, and what do you plan to watch in this room (movies/tv/games)?
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Save some money and buy the Polk Monitor 70's. They sound identical to the TSi500's and a much better deal

-Polk Monitor 70's Series II, $170 per speaker, $340/pair http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290208
-Polk CS2 Center, $110, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290212

Use the Kenwoods as surrounds.

Use the money you save on a better subwoofer from a company like SVS, HSU, Outlaw, Rhytmic, etc.
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Nevermind, I suppose I can guess at your budget based on the price of the components you listed.

I don't know anything about those Polks, but if it were my money, I'd spend $1000 or so on a real HT projector (see Top Projectors) and get a set of the Andrew Jones-designed Pioneer speakers (see Top Speaker Packages). But, I'm more of a video guy than an audio guy, so you might have different priorities.

What do you plan to use for a screen?

Those Kenwood speakers might make good kindling for your fireplace (if they're even real wood).
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For pure home theater, I'd definitely recommend HSU http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/speakerpkg.html; In my opinion, much better than the polks.

Just FYI, don't think you have to go with floorstander, if that's why your were looking at those polks. You have to go with the speakers that produce the best sound quality at the frequencies they'll be playing given your budget. You'll be using the sub to play (usually 80hz and below) so get the best speakers within your budget that can play 60hz to 20khz without a sweat.

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For pure home theater, I'd definitely recommend HSU http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/speakerpkg.html; In my opinion, much better than the polks.

Just FYI, don't think you have to go with floorstander, if that's why your were looking at those polks. You have to go with the speakers that produce the best sound quality at the frequencies they'll be playing given your budget. You'll be using the sub to play (usually 80hz and below) so get the best speakers within your budget that can play 60hz to 20khz without a sweat.

+1, the low budget Polks are awful. The Tsi and Monitor lines are hideously bad. Polk isn't worth owning until you get to the Rti line where the tweeter and cabinet actually have some effort put into them. Hsu is far better. Infinity Primus is far better. I would also go with the Pioneer SP stuff over Polk, and it is much cheaper to boot.
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If you like the Polks, you should check out the Polk Ebay store and look to the RTI line. The RTI8's are great for HT and you'd be saving money while jumping up a quality notch. Also, based on your links, the RTI10's would be cheaper as well or even jump to the RTI12's which I think may still be on sale at Fry's, but you may have missed them.

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