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You can see the relationship in the speaker's nomenclature. The 265-RT belongs to the RTi family of speakers and the 265-LS to the LSi family.

From the Polk Audio product web page:

265-RT Features:
  • Vanishing Series RT speakers are timbre-matched to Polk RTi speakers to insure utterly seamless blending from speaker to speaker in systems that combine traditional and built-in speakers.
I am now thinking about putting my side surrounds in the ceiling and then rear surrounds back behind me. Any suggestions on which ones to get that won't break the bank. I will keep my Csi5 center and the Rti8 front speakers. Also will I get great sound out of the ceiling speakers if my ceilings are 10' tall?
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I am now thinking about putting my side surrounds in the ceiling and then rear surrounds back behind me. Any suggestions on which ones to get that won't break the bank. I will keep my Csi5 center and the Rti8 front speakers. Also will I get great sound out of the ceiling speakers if my ceilings are 10' tall?
it depends on what experience you are looking for. good and great are not found in ceiling.
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Morning all,

I've been researching upgrading my home theater system here in a year or so and wanted to bounce some ideas/questions off of some of you.

Here's my current 5.1 system::
- Fronts: RTI6s
- Center: CSI5
- Surrounds: FXI5s
- Subwoofer: PSW404
- Receiver: Yamaha RXV471 (output 105 watts)

I'll be looking to go to the following 7.1 system:
- Fronts: LSIM703s
- Center: LSIM704c
- Surrounds: FXIA6s
- Rears: FXIA6s
- Subwoofer: DSWPRO550
- Receiver: Yamaha RX2040 (output 140 watts)

The room is about 15' x 20'. I'll primarily be using it for home theater use so not worried about setting it up for just music. I'm not necessarily looking to jump into Dolby Atmos so don't need to worry about ceiling speakers or anything either. Here are some of the questions I have::

1 - I've read that the 703s (fronts) and the 704 (center) is timbre matched....but the 703s have a 6.5" woofer and the 704 has a 5.25" woofer...would they make a good match or should I bump the center up to the LSIM706 model?

2 - Besides an AV receiver unit I've never bought a dedicated amplifier....any idea if the Yamaha 2040 will put out enough juice to meet the potential of these speakers? I'm guessing that when I get the setup if they sound 'weak' that will answer the question for me but figured I'd ask here off the bat.

3 - While I've seen glowing reviews (and love my own) for Polk speakers...I've also seen that (many?/some?) don't care as much for Polk subwoofers. Should I look elsewhere for a sub? Or maybe make a 7.2 system and get a second 550?

4 - Anyone here have any thoughts on me putting the FXIA6s as my surrounds/backs vs. perhaps going with the RTIA3s? I'm thinking that since I'm focused on home theatre the dedicated surround (FXIA6s) will work better.

I'm not in a rush just yet to get anything...Like I said earlier these purchases are at least (if not more) a year out. Technology changes (i.e. HDCP 2.2) and new models come out so things change. I guess I'm just looking to see if I'm on the right 'track' in researching the new system.

Thanks in advance for your comments/help.
1) they play very nice with each other. Get the larger one if you sit far away from the center or need a higher crossover.

2) this depends on how loud you play. my 2030 drives the 703 and 705 pretty well, we just need more power sometimes to deal with a room mode.

3) I have a 660 pro, I think a PSA or SVS would leave it in the dust. I have rythmic in the other room so I can't speak to the other brands but there my LVR12 has more extension and output and at retail prices would be cheaper then the 660.

4) keep the fx5 there won't be enough difference for you to notice on a surround. for surround back I think a bipole/dipole speaker vs bookshelf has a lot to do with preference and the location of the speakers.

rtia vs lsim the rtia will for the most part play louder but the lsim look so much nicer and there is a sound quality difference. I doubt you would notice it in a movie that much.
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You might save some money by going with RtiA9's and a good external amp, rather than investing a boatload in Lsi's. Some may disagree here. Okay, some WILL disagree, but I found the Lsi's (at least the ones I have) are a bit weak when used for HT, though they are indeed superior for music, especially "soft" quiet music.
Not including the center, I believe the RTI A9's and LSiM 703's will put you out the same amount, right?

I have both the A7's and 705's, and irregardless of HT or music, room size seems to dictate the best match. In my 15x22 high-ceiling living room, the 705's shine...the A7's perform miraculously in my smaller den.
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I am now thinking about putting my side surrounds in the ceiling and then rear surrounds back behind me. Any suggestions on which ones to get that won't break the bank. I will keep my Csi5 center and the Rti8 front speakers. Also will I get great sound out of the ceiling speakers if my ceilings are 10' tall?
I used to have my side surrounds in-ceiling and rear surrounds behind the MLP, just as you are contemplating doing. It worked just fine for me. Be aware, however, that you will have to make some changes if and when you want to expand to a multi-dimensional (Atmos or Auro or DTS:X) system since you will then absolutely want the surrounds to be all on the listener-level plane in order to create separation from the top-level speakers.

As far as the sound level is concerned, your AVR's REQ should adjust for the ceiling height, and you could always bump the level up a few dB if you find it advantageous.

I can personally recommend the 80F/X-RT for surround duty. They are a timbre match for your RTi8 fronts and are currently available at Polk's eBay store for about $240 a pair. Polk has also just announced a new line of in-ceiling speakers, the "V Series," which look promising. You can read about them here, but I don't know when they will hit the retail market.

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