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post #1 of 61
Thread Starter 
So I'm a complete newbie to Home Audio. I just about 2 weeks ago got my first receiver. Its a Pioneer VSX-820. I only got my fronts for now but am working toward 5.1

I bought Monitor 40's off newegg for the fronts, and was planning on buying a Sub next, and I had heard that BIC Acoustech H100 is pretty good and was saving up for that. But newegg has the Polk CS1 on sale for 70$ which seems like a pretty good deal. I had heard that its good to match your center with your fronts. Is that really that big of a deal? And if I end up upgrading my fronts eventually will that be bad?

Thanks!
post #2 of 61
The CS1 is the exact match for the monitor 40's up to the monitor 60's. I have these speakers for my 3.1 setup right now.

The CS2 is sometimes used also although the drivers are a little bigger. The advice I've been given and read everywhere is to try to match the front speakers.

If you do change later, the advice will surely be to match the center again.
post #3 of 61
Thread Starter 
so that seems like a pretty good deal, but if I jump on it i'll prolly be sitting on a 3.0 system for a while b/c I can't really spend much more for a while. Will that sound really weird?
post #4 of 61
A 3.0 system will sound very good since speakers are all matched. You won't get the low end bass you want though.

How long is a while? How long would you have to go without a sub?
post #5 of 61
Thread Starter 
prolly like 2 months
post #6 of 61
I think 2 months would not be too long.. new egg is always putting the CS1 on sale so if you miss it now to get a sub, it will come back.
post #7 of 61
Thread Starter 
for 70 bucks? that seems pretty good.

I ended up buying it. Looks like I'll be eating a lot more mac and cheese and ramen, but I'll have a better stereo
post #8 of 61
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Originally Posted by superxero044 View Post

for 70 bucks? that seems pretty good.

I ended up buying it. Looks like I'll be eating a lot more mac and cheese and ramen, but I'll have a better stereo

at least you have your priorities in order lol
post #9 of 61
Fronts + Subwoofer + Phantom Center > 3.0 system IMO
post #10 of 61
Thread Starter 
yeah but the thing is i'm prolly gonna invest a lot more in a sub than i did on the center. i couldn't have bought a sub right now anyways.
post #11 of 61
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Originally Posted by superxero044 View Post

So I'm a complete newbie to Home Audio. I just about 2 weeks ago got my first receiver. Its a Pioneer VSX-820. I only got my fronts for now but am working toward 5.1

I bought Monitor 40's off newegg for the fronts, and was planning on buying a Sub next, and I had heard that BIC Acoustech H100 is pretty good and was saving up for that. But newegg has the Polk CS1 on sale for 70$ which seems like a pretty good deal. I had heard that its good to match your center with your fronts. Is that really that big of a deal? And if I end up upgrading my fronts eventually will that be bad?

Thanks!

You normally want the center to be from the same manufacture and line as the fronts otherwise you could notice a very annoying difference in tone. Also you want to make sure you really invest in a good sub. I have the PSW125 and its not worth the money I spent. I highly suggest dropping 500ish on your sub as it will make your other speakers sound better since you can focus them on mid and highs (40Hz+ frequencies)

I would purchase the center first since its going to be much cheaper than a sub and then spend a very decent amount on your sub. I am running Monitor 40's and a CS1 in my bedroom and dont have a sub connected and while I dont have a huge amount of bass I dont need it. Save up and buy one really good subwoofer one time. Otherwise you will be stuck upgrading which will cost you twice as much. I highly suggest checking this thread out for what you can purchase within given price ranges.
post #12 of 61
Not to thread jack here, but does anyone know of a Canadian website or a U.S. site that has the CS1 and will ship to Canada? I've been looking for a CS1 and all I can seem to find is the one on Newegg.com.
post #13 of 61
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Originally Posted by KrazedOmega View Post

Not to thread jack here, but does anyone know of a Canadian website or a U.S. site that has the CS1 and will ship to Canada? I've been looking for a CS1 and all I can seem to find is the one on Newegg.com.

Try ebay. The CS1 is discontinued but newegg just sells the leftovers. The CS10 is the newer version. A CS2 is the same as the CS1 with bigger drivers so if you can find one of those i would jump on it, i used to have one and for 100 bucks it was a great deal.
post #14 of 61
Thread Starter 
yeah not to change the subject completely but I've been looking around for surrounds (although it'll be a while before i can get them. form my room it will be tough to place surrounds. can you put them to your left and right and have a similar affect? my couch is against a wall.
post #15 of 61
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Originally Posted by superxero044 View Post

yeah not to change the subject completely but I've been looking around for surrounds (although it'll be a while before i can get them. form my room it will be tough to place surrounds. can you put them to your left and right and have a similar affect? my couch is against a wall.

Yeah, it won't be ideal but alot of people do that for the same reason you are: no room. Should be fine.
post #16 of 61
Thread Starter 
And I think i'm gonna go w/ monitor 30's unless people have different recommendation. I would prolly get 40's but they're HUGE for surrounds
post #17 of 61
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Originally Posted by superxero044 View Post

And I think i'm gonna go w/ monitor 30's unless people have different recommendation. I would prolly get 40's but they're HUGE for surrounds

30s are fine.
post #18 of 61
Thread Starter 
any recommendations if I wanted to go smaller than 30s for a similar price?
post #19 of 61
Well from Polk I think that's the smallest Monitor series speaker they make. Don't go too small, granted surrounds play minimal sound but the 30s are really good surrounds, especially for around 100 a pair from newegg.
post #20 of 61
Thread Starter 
cool.

I just have no idea what i'm going to set them on when I get them. I already had to sacrifice my end table to put my receiver on.
post #21 of 61
You could get some cheap 20 dollar wall mounts.
post #22 of 61
you could get the smaller RM 6751 satellite speaker but it won't have the fullness of the Monitor 30. The sat only has 3.5" driver vs a 5.25" driver in the Monitor 30.
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-RM6...4163118&sr=8-2
post #23 of 61
The Monitor 30's have built in keyhole mounts so you could just mount them straight to the wall with no bracket.
post #24 of 61
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

The Monitor 30's have built in keyhole mounts so you could just mount them straight to the wall with no bracket.

That involve screwing something into the wall tho? I live in an apartment
post #25 of 61
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Originally Posted by superxero044 View Post

That involve screwing something into the wall tho? I live in an apartment

All you need is to put a nail into the wall similar to hanging a picture frame. Most apartments allow you to do that provided you putty it over when you move out. I have done worse in apartments before lol...
post #26 of 61
Its perfectly ok to put a screw into the wall at an apartment complex. I use a Drywall anchor if you can't find a stud.

Then just put some putty over the hole and you are golden, They will be repainting the place after you go
post #27 of 61
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by crazyrob425 View Post

Its perfectly ok to put a screw into the wall at an apartment complex. I use a Drywall anchor if you can't find a stud.

Then just put some putty over the hole and you are golden, They will be repainting the place after you go

Cool. The places I lived at in college would take from your deposit for anything. (and then not fix it). I am getting more and more excited for when I complete this setup. CS1 Is coming on thursday
post #28 of 61
Thread Starter 
sorry for the bump but now that I have my center channel, I have a 3.0 system - the monitor 40's and CS1. Should I set the center channel to small or large?
post #29 of 61
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Originally Posted by superxero044 View Post

sorry for the bump but now that I have my center channel, I have a 3.0 system - the monitor 40's and CS1. Should I set the center channel to small or large?

If you have a sub set everything to small. If you dont have a sub set everyting to large.
post #30 of 61
Thread Starter 
Yeah I don't have a sub yet. Just wasn't sure about the center channel. Seems to sound better on large. Thanks
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