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Hi Guys,

Bear with the long post as I've been scanning the Forums for several weeks now trying to come up with a plan for my entertainment system and wanted to get you all the pertinent info before asking your advice. My current equipment:

Receiver: Harman/Kardon AVS 230
Sub: 10" Athena AS-P400

I'm currently in an apartment with a living room stretching 23' long and 12' wide. The 23' wall has the Entertainment Unit centered on it. There's a kitchen that is open to one of the 12' walls.

WAF says my center channel needs to fit in the cabinet, so maximum dimensions will be a tight 4.73" h x 20" w. WAF also says there's slim to no chance I'll be able to set up rear satellites because running wires along a floor board is apparently unpleasing to the eye (her words). Final stipulation is to try and keep my current purchase under $300.

My original thought was to purchase L/C/R with plans to move those to rears in a year when we buy our own place ( where I can run wires) and build out my system with some floorstanding fronts and a larger center. I started looking around and was initially drawn the the Polk Blackstone TL2's. The Center Channel fits the space and I've seen some good reviews.

However, after reading the threads and learning more about other speaker lines I've run across 3 sets that look like a steal of a deal and would both provide me with what I need (including a center that will fit) and give me the option to win the wife over and set up satellites:

Definitive Technology Pro Cinema 60.6, $235:
http://www.amazon.com/Definitive-Technology-Cinema-60-6-System/dp/B001GOK9GE/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=BWZCPGYKQQC1&coliid=I3ENNUK35T1CPK

Polk Audio RM95, $239
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-5-Channel-Theater-System/dp/B000ZKNW9G/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=BWZCPGYKQQC1&coliid=I2SOO0XQEYD00K

Martin Logan MLT-1, $280
http://www.amazon.com/Martin-Logan-MLT-1-Speaker-System/dp/B003MRDHJY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=BWZCPGYKQQC1&coliid=I33TCRE8EF7DM5

OR do I break the bank and scoop up one of these deals:

Polk Audio TL2's, $362:
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-TL250-Speaker-5-pack/dp/B0043M667W/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=BWZCPGYKQQC1&coliid=I1BOIFY461FD5F

MartinLogan MLT-2, $380:
http://www.amazon.com/MartinLogan-MLT-2-Theater-System-Black/dp/B0049P2000/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=BWZCPGYKQQC1&coliid=I1C3EQT5UUGAK5

THANK YOU for your help!!
post #2 of 5
The MLT-2 comes on sale for $299 quite often at Newegg.com. You should check there before buying from Amazon. It'll probably be on sale within the next 2 weeks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882981013

You could run dual subs with your Athena if you buy the MLT-2 package

I've read good things about the Polk TL-250 dont know how they actually sound.
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The MLT-2 comes on sale for $299 quite often at Newegg.com. You should check there before buying from Amazon. It'll probably be on sale within the next 2 weeks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882981013
You could run dual subs with your Athena if you buy the MLT-2 package
I've read good things about the Polk TL-250 dont know how they actually sound.

Thanks for the input Afro, I used a lot of your advice from your posts for my search. That was one of my big reservations in the TL's - It's next to impossible to track them down to go listen to them. I called 10 different stores in the Chicagoland area trying to find them and no one carries them to demo.

I like the dual subs idea; If I ran with that would I need to be concerned about cancellation problems, especially because they're different brands? Or is it just a matter of placement?
post #4 of 5
Placement.

You'll need a Y cable with your HK 230 since it only has a single subwoofer output.

http://www.amazon.com/RCA-AH25-Y-Adaptor-Cable/dp/B00005T3G9/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1349381077&sr=8-2&keywords=Y+adapter+cable
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

Placement.
You'll need a Y cable with your HK 230 since it only has a single subwoofer output.
http://www.amazon.com/RCA-AH25-Y-Adaptor-Cable/dp/B00005T3G9/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1349381077&sr=8-2&keywords=Y+adapter+cable

Easy enough. Sounds like a weekend of me with a bottle of scotch moving the subs around the room. Thanks again Afro.

Does anyone like the Polk Audio RM95's? I know they have smaller woofers but do they do anything for a fuller sound having the angled woofer set on the satellites?
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