Originally Posted by deano86
Why spend $700 on front tower speakers you already have? Get rid of those Polks... at least on the base layer and go with the still easily available (Ebay anyway) Energy CB-5 small speakers which are from the same series as your CF-70s and are wall mountable, if needed.. Any of those speakers do not require an Emotiva amp for power... I assume your receiver can power 9 channels? If so, then just use your existing Niles amp for 2 channels somewhere.. Use that extra money that is burning a hole in your pocket for an upgrade at sub instead.
I already have TWO EW-100 Subs. I think they do the job. Especially with the Front stage I am currently using. I do not think Upgrading the sub is necessary at this time.
I agree the POLK need to go but the CB-5 look much like the polk. I want to go with something more like RC-R but They are hard to find.
Any suggestions on a speaker in that style that will pair well (klipsch perhaps)? I want something that when I wall mount is very movie theater like. I do not want make it look like bookshelf speakers mounted to a wall. The R-CR and Klipsch Series Reference surround mount flush to the wall.
As for the AMPs, I read that the 3060 while it can power 9 channels, it struggles to sound good at high volume levels when using a large number of speakers. Hence people are recommending using an Amp for for the front stage or more. Personally If I can get an emotiva upa 500 for under $350 I will do it. Just to power my front stage. So the Surround and Presence speakers are getting full juice from the 3060.
As for X.X.4 Height / front-rear presence are new to me. I just got the 3060 a few weeks ago and the Front Presence I had hooked up but never used (which is what the Niles amp was for, to power the front presence with my onkyo 809 which was only a 7 channel amp, I mis-read and through I could do 9 channels with the pre-outs but I was wrong). Anyways not even sure I am getting anything out of them. YAPO says they are there and working and I hear them during the test, but I am not sure what content would be good to really hear the difference. Personally I think they are just getting drowned out by the front stage as like I said they do not pair well with the CF70 and LC LCR even know someone suggested them 5 years ago to be with the CF-70's and CC-10 (which I upgrade to the LC-LCR on a fantastic deal).
Personally I like the sound of them, in the 5 years I have had them, the opportunities I get to turn them up really loud and watch tv and movies, I am impressed, only problem is the surround and the spacing of the surrounds. they need to be RE-DONE they are too FOward to where I sit, but even when I take a beanbag chair and pop it in the sweet spot my surrounds do not impress me. I am bringing in a speaker wire guy to re-reun all my surrounds and install Rear presence for me. Need to figure out what speakers I am going to get for that as they MUST be ceiling mounted.
I should post pics and start a post in the speaker setup forum for people to help me there. But that is another story.