Originally Posted by Kragg-O
Hey guys, I have a chance to make an upgrade, and I'd like your opinion.
We're finishing the basement and moving the TV to a 13x25 room. It's used primarily for movies and games.
I currently have a 5.0 setup with Monitor 40s for the fronts, a CS2 center, and old hand-me-down rears. I'm thinking of a couple options for the front:
1) Upgrade to Monitor 60s
2) RTi8s (newegg has a good price right now) - would they sound ok with the CS2?
3) Keep the Monitor 40s and add a sub (PSW505 vs BIC F12?)
I also need to change the rears. WAF has ruled out moving the M40s to the back (they'd be hanging from the wall in the middle of a ~25' deep room), so I need something more discreet like OWM3s. Would OWM5s be worth the extra $100 for rear channels?
Originally Posted by RobLee
Best thing you could do is go for the Rti8's if you can swing it and pick up a pair of Fxi4's for surrounds. The CS2 will stick out like a sore thumb for the time being, but eventually you will want to pick up a Csi5 for the center.
Then all that's left is what to do with your old Monitors... and quandary many of us here have faced.
Good luck in whatever you end up doing!
I agree with Rob, but I infer from your post that the budget is tight so if moving up (even incrementally) to the RTi series is not in the cards and you want a complete setup now, here's where I think you can get the best bang for your buck at current prices:
FL/R: Monitor60 ($130 ea. @ newegg .com)
Sr L/R: OWM5 ($170 the pair @Polk Audio eBay store)
SW: PSW505 ($190 @Polk Audio eBay store)
The above combination gives you a complete, more than decent 5.1 setup for around $625 total (including tax and shipping).
I think you should get the OWM5 for surrounds if you can swing the additional $100 over the OWM3. I have both speakers and the OWM3 would work as surrounds, but the bigger OWM5 is going to give you a significantly better rear sound stage. Both are very small and provide a number of flexible placement options.
For movies and games, I would strongly recommend adding the powered SW, and at under $200 you're not going to do much better than the PSW505.