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post #301 of 39032 Old 05-16-2006, 10:58 PM
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Energy S12.3 Sub or Velodyne Sub (which one?)????

If I am running a Outlaw 7700 as my amp for my Polk LSi set-up, can I run a Denon 2807 as my preamp????

Opinions appreicated on the first question.....Expert Advice appreiciated on the second question......Thanks!


I have only heard a SVS sub with the LSi's and it was awesome. Excellent with movies and music.
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Which SVS sub would you recommend? I know nothing about them, kinda new to this.
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Which SVS sub would you recommend? I know nothing about them, kinda new to this.

That depends on budget, and room size. I would e-mail SVS and ask what sub they think would work best for you. They will not over sell you something you don't need. Tell then your listening habbits (% of Music-Movies, Room Size, Openings in Room)

www.svsound.com

E-Mail Erik and ask him Tell him I sent you. LOL erik@svsound.com
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jkg123 - Velodyne Sub
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. . .no more that $300.00

I heard Onkyo's but am new at this . . .

Check out these AV recievers.

Denon AVR 1506 usa.denon.com/ProductDetails/243.asp

Onkyo SR573 http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=...s=Receiver&p=i

Onkyo SR503 http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=...s=Receiver&p=i

And since your on a budget, check out Bizrate for best prices.
http://www.bizrate.com/receivers/pro..._prerd--1.html
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This is my first post here but I have been lurking for a while.
lot's of good info here.

this is my 7.1 set up in my 15x18 bedroom.
Hitachi 51f710 RPTV
Onkyo 503 receiver
Onkyo 5 disc p-scan dvd
Polk M-40 fronts
Polk CS-1 center
JBL E-10 rears
JBL E-10 surrounds
Velodyne VRP-1200 sub

99% Movie's 1% Music
80% DVD's 20% tv program's

Over all a pretty cool set up for late night viewing!!!!!
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jkg123 - Velodyne Sub

the svs/velodyne thing has metastasized...
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Need help with the SUB:
I am setting up a first level entry home theatre package, this is what I have

Main: Polk R30s
Center: Will buy Polk CSi25...or Csi3
Rear: Polk R15s
Receiver: HKAVR-240

Now the question remains for the Sub, I was considering to get polk PSW10, but after researching, it doesn't impress me much, and also the size is too big for my living room. I need help to select a Sub for around $200-250. I have heard good reviews about dayton,SVS and X-sub. Can anybody help me with Sub selection?(will prefer small in size than PSW10)
Much appreciated...
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I would say that if you can swing it, save and step up to the $400 price point. I did this spring, $399 Mirage S-12, and it's FAR superior to the $150 one I had before. WAY better. I've seen traditional advice on the forum to be: If you are going to stay < $300, then just stick with $150. The next real imporvement in performance comes at around $400, and the next around $650-$700 or so. (gross generalization)
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Size and price have always affected my perception of a speaker's performance. Tiny, affordable speakers that punch way above their weight impress me most of all. On a whim, I bought a pair of M10's, and these things rock! It is just amazing to hear that quantity/quality of sound coming from such little boxes. What's more, they have real binding-posts instead of clips and are nicely finished.
A sub is needed for serious listening, but the bass they can do on their own is pretty hard to believe.
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Need help with the SUB:
I am setting up a first level entry home theatre package, this is what I have

Main: Polk R30s
Center: Will buy Polk CSi25...or Csi3
Rear: Polk R15s
Receiver: HKAVR-240

Now the question remains for the Sub, I was considering to get polk PSW10, but after researching, it doesn't impress me much, and also the size is too big for my living room. I need help to select a Sub for around $200-250. I have heard good reviews about dayton,SVS and X-sub. Can anybody help me with Sub selection?(will prefer small in size than PSW10)
Much appreciated...

I have 2 budget subs used with my budget Polk setups (2 different rooms).

I have the Dayton 10in downfiring sub, and really, it sounds fantastic. I know people say you have to spend X amount of dollars to really get a good sub, but, this sub is fantastic for my purposes. Now Partsexpress sells the front firing, and I honestly could not tell you if the performance is the same as the downfiring sub, but I don`t imagine there would be much difference.

I also have a Athena ASP4000 sub for a little more in the other room. I thought it was too boomy at 1st, but turns out I needed to fiddle with the settings, and now I also like this sub.

Both of the above can be had for approx. $150-180 shipped.
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the svs/velodyne thing has metastasized...

actually i never look into the SVS subs, but after going over thier website, lookin at pictures and spec . . . wow. . .i might be more inclined to buy an svs vs. velodyne. but then theres the ELF subs from Bag End to consider too.
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>actually i never look into the SVS subs, but after going over thier website, lookin at pictures and spec . . . wow. . .i might be more inclined to buy an svs vs. velodyne. but then theres the ELF subs from Bag End to consider too.

I went through the sub search a few months back. Here's what I learned on the sub forum (gross paraphrase for brevity).

If you are going to spend $300, don't bother, stick with the cheap $150 dayton. $400 or so is the differentiation point where quality improves dramatically. Around $700-800 it improves again. My budget was stuck around the $400 point. At that price point there are only 3 subs worth the money- SVS $400 or so offering, HSU $400 or so offering, and the Mirage S-12, $800 but marked down at Vanns.com for $400. At $800 it was overpriced, at $400 it was a steal. All perform basically the same, with their own pros and cons that aren't much different from each other. Search the sub forum and you can find all that info. I went with the Mirage, because the HSU was like $450 or something, and the SVS was on backorder. I've had the Mirage for 3 months now, and love it. I have Polk rti12's, csi3 center, rti4 rears, and my open floor plan ends up being about 3600 cubic feet. I run the Mirage 10 db hot (compared to calibrated levels) and only at 50% power. When I'm playing around and I turn the knob all the way up, it's overpowering. Check out the sub forum, you'll see the same info I just told you.
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I am just new to HT and after much reaserch I have decided on my first system

Fronts-Polk Monitor 60
Center-Polk CS1
Rears-Polk RM6801/RM101

Receiver Pioneer VSX-1016

I have not decided on the sub, been looking very hard at getting a lower end SVS sub (around-$400) but not sure if I should spend that amount there or would it be more beneifical to get the Polk PSW10 and put that money in a different place. I will mostly be using them for movie and TV watching. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Hi redwing3139! Welcome to this crazy hobby and fun forum...or is ist it fun hobby and crazy forum? .. . Anyway nice setup you got going. As far as the subs go the polk should do just fine for movies IMHO. I'd save the extra money .
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thanks for the advice
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You would be saving $$ if you get the svs now so you won't want to buy one later. get the best sub you can afford especially for HT
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Ironmike is right on, the SVS PB10 is the way to go, and don't bother with Polk subs.
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I just purchased my first Polk speakers and set them up a few hours ago...

Front - Monitor 50
Center - CS1
Rear - Monitor 30
Sub - SVS PB10 (On its way, crappy Panasonic HTiB one until it arrives)
Onkyo 504

Overall, I really like them... Once I tweak the receiver a bit and get the PB10 installed, then I should be content for a good while. I was planning on going with Athena B1.2s and C1.2s, but I heard rather poor reviews of the center channel so I decided to go with the Polks. I could listen to them and buy them locally and I am a bit impatient, plus I think there is quite a bit of Athena fan boy talk on here that perhaps led me to believe they would be better than they would be

I got a decent deal at Circuit City, so I am content. They aren't insane speakers, but they are great for my budget, ears, and are leap years beyond my Panasonic HTiB that I had been using for a few years.
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I just purchased my first Polk speakers and set them up a few hours ago...

Front - Monitor 50
Center - CS1
Rear - Monitor 30
Sub - SVS PB10 (On its way, crappy Panasonic HTiB one until it arrives)
Onkyo 504

Overall, I really like them... Once I tweak the receiver a bit and get the PB10 installed, then I should be content for a good while. I was planning on going with Athena B1.2s and C1.2s, but I heard rather poor reviews of the center channel so I decided to go with the Polks. I could listen to them and buy them locally and I am a bit impatient, plus I think there is quite a bit of Athena fan boy talk on here that perhaps led me to believe they would be better than they would be

I got a decent deal at Circuit City, so I am content. They aren't insane speakers, but they are great for my budget, ears, and are leap years beyond my Panasonic HTiB that I had been using for a few years.

While I count myself among those Athena "fanboys", I like Polk a lot also. As mentioned above, the tiny M10's I recently bought are much better than they have any right to be and make a very satisfactory 2-channel system with a sub. I think you will be very happy with your setup.
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Hi All,

I have a 50px500 and am having a media/family room built in the next couple of months. So I'm looking to step things up in the audio dept. So due to limited SQ footage, an odd layout and most importantly, of course the naggin' wife story we've all heard a million times, I'm forced to go with in-ceiling speakers. Been trying to do some research for in-ceiling speakers with not much luck! Is it because they really suck that bad for HT use? I've seen some good reviews on the Polk site (of course) and on crutchfield for Polk's LC80i's and wanted to see anyone could corroborate.

There seems to be more and more of these in-ceilings/in-wall options hitting the market as of late, but not many quality reviews? Anyone have any suggestions/opinions? If i did go with the Polks, any thoughts on what center i should use? And most importantly, which tuner would work well for these puppies with 4ohms?

Background Info:
I'll mostly be watching movies/HD TV with some gamming(upcoming PS3) The room will be a rectangle (18X14) with 3 walls. The only long wall will have a fireplace and windows on either side, the back short wall will have a double windows and French doors ot to the screened poarch and the front short wall is where the Panny's going in a custom built in. I know what you're thinking, not much of a true "media room", with all these windows, but it's the best i could get the boss to sign off on. To make matters worse, it's a half cathedral ceiling. So that means it basically looks like the bottom part of a capital "A". Makes sense? between a tray and a cathedral.

PLEASE help me make the best of what I have to work with!!

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I am enjoying my M10's enough to start thinking about moving higher up the Polk line. The M10's serve my needs well enough, however, that I wonder just what I would gain and how far up the line I would have to go to get it. All but the very largest and most expensive Polk towers require a sub, and if I am going to use a sub anyhow, I might as well stay with bookshelves. More solidly built speakers will play louder without distortion, but I don't play the M10's at more than a small fraction of what they are capable of. Cosmetic improvements such as real wood cabinets don't interest me.
Things I do care about include improvements in midrange clarity, stereo imaging, and overall "naturalness" of sound.
Thoughts?
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Curious to know if those that bought the R series (for cheap from outpost/frys) in the recent year are satisfied with their purchase.
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I bought the R30s/R15s/CSi25 from Outpost and couldn't be happier.

My theater definitely wows all of my friends.
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I have R50's as mains, 2 R15's connected in series as center, and 2 R30's as surrounds. I tried the R30's as mains and they sounded good, but the R50's are definitely better. The system sounds fantastic IMHO, but I certainly would not call myself an audiophile with a highly discerning ear, as some appear to have.

I was originally thinking of some higher end speakers but the outpost.com specials just floored me and I couldn't pass them up.

2 R50's for $193
2 R30's for $124
2 R15's for $69
TOTAL was a mere $386 DELIVERED

I figured even if I just use them for a year, then upgrade and give these to my kids for their starter system I'm way ahead. But I think they sound so good that I will probably keep them for a while.
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Ive got a pair of R20s and love them for the price I got them for. They really impress.

In the next month, I will have four LSis 15s, an LSiC and perhaps a pair of LSiFX speakers as well. They won me over in auditions verses Boston, JBL, Definitive Technology, and Mirage.
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Ive got a pair of R20s and love them for the price I got them for. They really impress.

In the next month, I will have four LSis 15s, an LSiC and perhaps a pair of LSiFX speakers as well. They won me over in auditions verses Boston, JBL, Definitive Technology, and Mirage.

The LSi's are way more expensive than other Polk speakers, though. Right?
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Curious to know if those that bought the R series (for cheap from outpost/frys) in the recent year are satisfied with their purchase.

Hell yes! If you come on here a lot you will hear many negative things about these speakers, but, there was a thread recently on here that asked what speaker did you not like and why. Nearly every single hi end speaker was named.

These are fantastic speakers. The fact they are a bargain, just make them that much sweeter to listen to.
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no polkies out there with the lc80i's? REALLY?
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The LSi's are way more expensive than other Polk speakers, though. Right?

I'm not sure if there was innuendo in your question, but I'll answer the question straight: I'd say, no, the LSi series aren't WAY more expensive than other Polk speakers.

But "WAY more expensive" is relative to your budget or buying power, right?

Example: LSi15 is $800 each at Fry's. The lower model RTi12 is $700. $100 dolloar difference right? Sure, $100 is a lot of money (especially per speaker before tax), but its still less than 15%. Against a $1500 loudspeaker, $100 is less significant (although not quite negligible).

Now compare the LSi15 to Monitor series speakers (say, $300 each), and yes, we are talking WAY more because the buying power/budget (whatever you want to call it) is much lower. In this case, we could have bought two Monitors for the price of one LSi.
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