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orangedawg's Avatar orangedawg 04:54 PM 11-03-2006
So, would the sound of the CSi sound significantly different than the CS series? Should I stay with the CS series for R50's? Would I notice a difference in sound matching? Or are CSi differences more cosmetic? I know one website occasionally puts the CSi25 on sale for a good price. The CS1 can be had on a known auction site as well. Just looking for a good center speaker, preferably in cherry (but not necessary). I'm a noob so thanks for your help!

Sdiver2489's Avatar Sdiver2489 05:06 PM 11-03-2006
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So, would the sound of the CSi sound significantly different than the CS series? Should I stay with the CS series for R50's? Would I notice a difference in sound matching? Or are CSi differences more cosmetic? I know one website occasionally puts the CSi25 on sale for a good price. The CS1 can be had on a known auction site as well. Just looking for a good center speaker, preferably in cherry (but not necessary). I'm a noob so thanks for your help!

It would probably be best to get the C2. This will match the types of drivers in the R50's. The differences are not solely costmetic. The components inside the CSi/RTi series are a bit better than the C/R line. However, it would be better for you to match your speakers up front.
cneely8's Avatar cneely8 07:36 AM 11-05-2006
>So, would the sound of the CSi sound significantly different than the CS series? Should I stay with the CS series for R50's? Would I notice a difference in sound matching? Or are CSi differences more cosmetic? I know one website occasionally puts the CSi25 on sale for a good price. The CS1 can be had on a known auction site as well. Just looking for a good center speaker, preferably in cherry (but not necessary). I'm a noob so thanks for your help! <<br />
You should head to polkaudio.com and ask the same question in the forums there, TONS of polks folks, probably get more responses.
Ron Temple's Avatar Ron Temple 10:48 AM 11-05-2006
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So, would the sound of the CSi sound significantly different than the CS series? Should I stay with the CS series for R50's? Would I notice a difference in sound matching? Or are CSi differences more cosmetic? I know one website occasionally puts the CSi25 on sale for a good price. The CS1 can be had on a known auction site as well. Just looking for a good center speaker, preferably in cherry (but not necessary). I'm a noob so thanks for your help!

I tried both the CS1 and CSi3 as a center with R50s. I kept the CSi3, it's a better speaker than the CS1, though brighter than the R series. Dialog is crystal clear. I kept it a db or 2 below my fronts for a better blend of sound. The CS1 was very nice too. You won't go wrong with any of these choices.
WaldorfSalad's Avatar WaldorfSalad 11:03 AM 11-05-2006
Anyone know where I can get a pair of (preferably new) Polk R50 speakers in BLACK? All online places (such as Fry's Outpost, Amazon Marketplace and eBay) I've found R50s at only have them in Cherry.
Shuley's Avatar Shuley 07:04 AM 11-06-2006
I had the Polk Audio's LSi25 Towers,LSiC Center,LSi9 Rears and were fantastic,I had them in Ebony with it's shiny piano black casing.Quite the speaker set...till it all got stolen outta my house last week.I won't buy anything for a while but I've been thinking Kilschps Referance Speakers as replacements,Polks were great but I don't wanna buy them twice.
BigMikeATL's Avatar BigMikeATL 07:35 AM 11-06-2006
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Anyone know where I can get a pair of (preferably new) Polk R50 speakers in BLACK? All online places (such as Fry's Outpost, Amazon Marketplace and eBay) I've found R50s at only have them in Cherry.

Keep checking Fry's. In the past, they have always had black and never the cherry, so they're bound to be in stock again.

Personally, I love the Cherry finish. Looks very classy with the black grille covers and silver accents.
WaldorfSalad's Avatar WaldorfSalad 11:11 AM 11-06-2006
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Keep checking Fry's. In the past, they have always had black and never the cherry, so they're bound to be in stock again.

Personally, I love the Cherry finish. Looks very classy with the black grille covers and silver accents.

The Polk web site does not show Cherry as a choice of finish for the R50s. Is the Cherry light or dark in color? Also, whats that about silver accents? Can you post or PM me a photo of your R50s in Cherry?
BigMikeATL's Avatar BigMikeATL 11:22 AM 11-06-2006
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The Polk web site does not show Cherry as a choice of finish for the R50s. Is the Cherry light or dark in color? Also, whats that about silver accents? Can you post or PM me a photo of your R50s in Cherry?

I have the RTi8's, though my assumption was that the cherry for the R50 was the same. I didn't know they made R50's in anything BUT black.
louthewiz's Avatar louthewiz 11:01 PM 11-06-2006
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I have the RTi8's, though my assumption was that the cherry for the R50 was the same. I didn't know they made R50's in anything BUT black.

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smiley777's Avatar smiley777 11:52 PM 11-09-2006
another polker checking in.
rti8 front
csi 5 center
polk rm20 sub
polk rm 20 surround.
I am thinking to upgrade my sub. I do 50/50 music/movies.
i heard a lot about svs and hsu. what u guys think?
buddahead's Avatar buddahead 05:00 AM 11-10-2006
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another polker checking in.
rti8 front
csi 5 center
polk rm20 sub
polk rm 20 surround.
I am thinking to upgrade my sub. I do 50/50 music/movies.
i heard a lot about svs and hsu. what u guys think?

Hi I also have all polks.I bought the SVS 20-39+ SUB.It was the best money I ever spent on a upgrade.The difference in a real sub is amazing,Even the wife said wow.It will turn a good system into a great system.Movie's will come alive once you get a SVS.No boomy sound just perfect musical low end that one feels in their chest.The best upgrade one can do IMHO.THANKS BUDDA
Sherardp's Avatar Sherardp 11:34 PM 11-28-2006
polk owner here and Im very happy with my setup. Just installed a pair of rti6. sony strg800 avr and sb12 svs sub in the bedroom to accompany the 60 xbr. the living room setup includes :

Panasonic 61" DLP
Polk RTi12 (fronts)
Polk CSi5 (center)
Polk FXi3 (side surround)
Polk Rti4s (rear surround)
SVS PB12/PLus 2 (subwoofer)
Sony 7100es AVR
Outlaw M2200 x 2 (bi-amped fronts)
Monster 3500 MKII Power Conditioner
Toshiba HDA1 HD DVDp
Sony SA-CDp
Sony Hi-Fi SVCR
Xbox 360
Sony Digital Cable Receiver
Audioquest/Monster Cables
cneely8's Avatar cneely8 06:20 AM 11-29-2006
>I am thinking to upgrade my sub. I do 50/50 music/movies.
i heard a lot about svs and hsu. what u guys think? <<br />
I think you can't go wrong with either one (based on overwhelming positive feedback for both). HSU has some sales going on right now. Check out the sub forum on avs for more info on both these manufacturers. Me? I went with dual Mirage S-12's, because I could only afford one at a time, and my budget didn't allow me to get a SVS or HSU when I bought the first one. When buying the second, advice from many sub experts (one HSU employee) and testers and such was to buy the same brand rather than mismatch my subs by adding an HSU VTF-3. I am not displeased.
HD MM's Avatar HD MM 11:25 AM 11-29-2006
Just purchased the Polk SurroundBar to use with my 42" Hitachi Plasma. As a great promotional deal, I also received a free 10" Polk Sub.

Only one drawback so far....... The Polk SurroundBar is sitting patiently in front of my Plasma, waiting for my new Harmon Kardon Receiver to arrive. It is in route to be delivered tomorrow! Can't wait to fire up these speakers.
mceagle's Avatar mceagle 02:35 PM 11-29-2006
Greetings! I'm in the process of transitioning my system to Polks - Currently-
CSi5 x1
R-15 x 4 (Front & Rear Effect)
FXi5 x 2 (just purchased from acousticsounddesigncom and WOW what a difference - Replacing a pair of R-15's)
My mains are a/d/s 1290's - Looking for Santa to bring a pair of RTi12 or LSi25 (I don't know if I've been that good.
My current M&K Subwoofer will be replaced by Polk's PSW1000 - I may move the M&K to the rear. Just a sidebar, acoustic sound design has some great pricing
louthewiz's Avatar louthewiz 03:04 PM 11-29-2006
That sounds like a nice setup..
pahc8d's Avatar pahc8d 05:23 PM 12-01-2006
Here is my polk setup.

RTi6 mains
CSi3 center
RM101 surrounds
SVS PB12 sub

I have a condo, with about a 12x24 living room that has oak floors and 10' ceilings. I wanted good sound for both movies and music. I chose Polk after listening to them in the store, and I liked the crisp highs and uncolored sound they produce. The SVS sub I researched here on AVS Forum. It's huge but I love the sound it produces. The 101s sit right on the end tables next to my sofa (which is right against the wall) and they're great. I connected everything to a Yamaha HTR-5860 receiver. IMO, the Yahama is a great sub-$500 receiver.

Movies and music all sound excellent, from "LOTR" and "Dave Matthews in Central Park" in Dolby surround to rock and classical CDs in 2-channel stereo.

When I first got the system, I had to crank it up and see what it would do. I put on a Diana Krall Live DVD with some hot upright bass, and I was jamming until my neighbors knocked on my door. They didn't mind the music, but the bass they said was rattling their bed. Seriously! Okay, so I dialed back the sub. Polk subs are okay, but I prefer my SVS.
WaldorfSalad's Avatar WaldorfSalad 06:00 PM 12-01-2006
To anyone that has the Monitor 50/60/70s....are those strange looking silver colored plastic feet removable?
fronn's Avatar fronn 11:35 AM 12-08-2006
Well, I just got mine setup last night (my first "real" HT system)...

RTi6 fronts
CSi3 center
FXi3 surrounds
Bic H100 sub and an Onkyo Sr504 (don't need so much bass or power where I'm currently at, so it's working out fine).

Sounds fantastic to me, but this is more or less my starting place in the HT audio world... so I've no real base for comparison.
sizz's Avatar sizz 06:47 PM 12-12-2006
"Polkster's" - I need help. I am now using my Large Canton Karat 60 3 way speakers as my front two channels powered by a NAD Amplifier. Frrq: 22-30,000 Hz; 150 Watts Music Power.
I am getting a Yamaha HT-5960 this month. I want to get a Polk Center Channel Speaker and two Rear Surround/Bookshelf speakers to hand on my rear wall. The Canton's are rated 4 ohms. Any suggestions on which Polk Speakers would be a match? Not looking to spend a lot of money, but I do want a good HDTV/Movie Sound. I already have a 10" sub. Appreciate any suggestions, etc....... Or another brand??????
sabex's Avatar sabex 04:39 AM 12-13-2006
I have pretty much decided on the Polk Surroundbar for my next HT. However I am very much an audio noob but i have managed to gather that I would need a subwoofer and a A/V receiver to make it all work.

Give my inexperience, can anyone recommend quality subwoofer and receiver that will work with this unit? I am purchasing this for TV and movie sound, if that helps.
I really don't want to spend hours tweaking sounds to get the right effect so if anyone can recommend ways to reduce the need for that, I will be very grateful.

My first choice was the Yamaha YSP because it eliminates the 'idiot quotient' as all the items are in one box, and it self calibrates. However, I don't believe it will work in my room.
Thanks
HD MM's Avatar HD MM 06:24 AM 12-13-2006
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I have pretty much decided on the Polk Surroundbar for my next HT. However I am very much an audio noob but i have managed to gather that I would need a subwoofer and a A/V receiver to make it all work.

Indeed you need a receiver and sub to fully utilize this speaker. Make sure you run the Sub through the front left and right channels as described in the instruction manuel.

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Give my inexperience, can anyone recommend quality subwoofer and receiver that will work with this unit? I am purchasing this for TV and movie sound, if that helps.

Read my post above, , I just purchased a Surroundbar and received a free 10" Polk Sub. I opted for the AVR-140 Harmon Kardon Receiver. They sound amazing together. I am extremely happy with my purchase.

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I really don't want to spend hours tweaking sounds to get the right effect so if anyone can recommend ways to reduce the need for that, I will be very grateful.

If you plan on running your TV, DVD or Sat/Cable Box through your receiver, I recommend purchasing digital cables. Ie. a Digital Coax or Digital Optical to allow for Dolby Digital sound. These cables can be bought at Monoprice.com for a very reasonable price.

Installation is a breeze. The surroundbar comes with a color coded speaker wire harness to allow for a quick connection. Proper calibration (at least on my receiver) was also simple. Just read through the instructions to achieve maximum sound quality. Good luck......
Schwingding's Avatar Schwingding 07:09 AM 12-13-2006
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To anyone that has the Monitor 50/60/70s....are those strange looking silver colored plastic feet removable?

Yes, but they provide huge amounts of stability to those towers. They'll fall over without them.
Schwingding's Avatar Schwingding 07:13 AM 12-13-2006
Polk owner here, too. Very satisfied since properly powering them, somewhat satisfied before that.

My stuff
Panasonic PX60U 50" plasma
Yamaha 5990 AVR
5 Outlaw 2200 monblocks
DUAL SVS PB12/2 subs
Denon 2910 DVD/SACD/DVD-A
DirecTV HR10-250 DVR
Polk RTi10 mains
Polk CSi5 center
Polk RTi8 surrounds
Polk SC80 rear surrounds
Samsung BDP1000 blu-ray player
cappi's Avatar cappi 04:12 PM 12-13-2006
hi, im planning to get the r50 or the rti8 as fronts
r50s with r15s surrond OR
rti8s with ?? surrounds

because of budget, i will most likely go with the r50 with r15. now would the BIC h100 sub and onkyo sr504 work with them? o i need better sub and receiver. my room is 16'x24x8'

is that the best i could do with $1000for 5.1 with receiver

thanks
sabex's Avatar sabex 04:21 PM 12-13-2006
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If you plan on running your TV, DVD or Sat/Cable Box through your receiver, I recommend purchasing digital cables.

I researched the Harman KArdon you bought and it does not appear to support HDMI inputs. is that correct?
I am hoping to be able plug the HDMI outputs from my DVD player and HD satellites into the receiver so that I just have a single cable running to my TV. I am currently leaning towards the Pioneer VSX-1016TXV for that reasonn.

I appreciate your input as it seems I am on the right track!
HD MM's Avatar HD MM 11:31 AM 12-14-2006
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I researched the Harman KArdon you bought and it does not appear to support HDMI inputs. is that correct?
I am hoping to be able plug the HDMI outputs from my DVD player and HD satellites into the receiver so that I just have a single cable running to my TV. I am currently leaning towards the Pioneer VSX-1016TXV for that reasonn.

I appreciate your input as it seems I am on the right track!

No prob. You are correct in your research. There is no HDMI input on this model. I prefer a direct video connection of my equipment instead of passing through a receiver then routing it to my tv. I only route my equipments audio through the receiver. But I do see what you are trying to accomplish by having only 1 cable running to the TV. Let me know your results.....
WaldorfSalad's Avatar WaldorfSalad 12:28 PM 12-14-2006
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Yes, but they provide huge amounts of stability to those towers. They'll fall over without them.

No offense but I don't see how that can be as the apexes of the feet are in directly line (vertically) with the left and right edges of the speaker cabinets. I would have thopught that, if anything, the speaker would be less likely to fall over without the feet.
andy sullivan's Avatar andy sullivan 06:05 PM 12-14-2006
I could use some advice please. I have RT600's up front and a Polk center channel that I bought at the same time. I don't know the model number. What do you recommend for rears for me?
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