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Thanks for the responses. So in a room like mine, 23x12x7, sitting 12ft from the front sound stage, do you think the RTiA1 would suffice especially running with a SVS PB2000 to carry the lower frequencies? My other question would be if I did the RTiA1, is it preferable to do the CSiA4 or would getting the CSiA6 still be the best option to go since the center carries so much of the load? Again, this is about 95% for HT use. Thanks!
Sorry, but I think I forgot the question. Are you talking about using the A1's as mains or as surrounds? In the first case, I would say NO WAY... I wouldn't use A1's as mains anywhere other than a bedroom. For mains you probably don't want anything smaller than the A3's IMO... and you are right in that you want as much center as possible.

The A1's make sweet surrounds, unless you have large towers for mains (A9's), then you'll want to go with A3's for surrounds. In general, you want your largest speakers up front, and smaller speakers at the sides and rears.

So, for example, IMO any of these configurations would be good, depending on room size and material:
A1 mains, A4 center, A1 or OWM3 surrounds
A3 mains, A4 center, A1 surrounds
A5 mains, A4 or A6 center, A1 or A3 surrounds
A7 or A9 mains, A6 center, A3 surrounds

Don't expect "big" sound from the smaller two systems, maybe even the third, regardless of what sub you're using.
It really comes down to how much AIR the drivers can move. A small diameter driver doesn't move much air.

I hope that helps.

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^Looks great fastninja. I hope it sounds even sweeter.
Why thank you sir! Yes, they sound as sweet as the measly 150 wpc will make those A9's sound!
I needed a bump in the sound quality to match the OLED hanging on the wall...
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Sorry, but I think I forgot the question. Are you talking about using the A1's as mains or as surrounds? In the first case, I would say NO WAY... I wouldn't use A1's as mains anywhere other than a bedroom. For mains you probably don't want anything smaller than the A3's IMO... and you are right in that you want as much center as possible.

The A1's make sweet surrounds, unless you have large towers for mains (A9's), then you'll want to go with A3's for surrounds. In general, you want your largest speakers up front, and smaller speakers at the sides and rears.

So, for example, IMO any of these configurations would be good, depending on room size and material:
A1 mains, A4 center, A1 or OWM3 surrounds
A3 mains, A4 center, A1 surrounds
A5 mains, A4 or A6 center, A1 or A3 surrounds
A7 or A9 mains, A6 center, A3 surrounds

Don't expect "big" sound from the smaller two systems, maybe even the third, regardless of what sub you're using.
It really comes down to how much AIR the drivers can move. A small diameter driver doesn't move much air.

I hope that helps.
I can't do towers for my fronts so I need bookshelves. I have a pretty capable sub, the PB 2000, so I don't think towers is really all that necessary. I was considering either the RTiA1 or RTiA3 with the CSiA6. What are your thoughts on this?

Also, I should throw this out there: I can snag a pair of RTi4s for $118 right now, along with the CSi5 for $145. Both in new condition. So, the fronts and center channel for a total of $263. Not sure how good of a deal that it on these speakers, and I know they aren't the newer RTi series, so not sure what I'd be missing here.
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