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post #31 of 57
Hey Mike,

When I first got into the home theater world I was thinking just like you. I thought I had to have a 5.1 system to satisfy my needs. I even came to this sight and a couple others looking for ideas/advice. I ended up taking the advice that has already been given to you...piece the system together. I started out with a pair of bookshelves, then later added a center and sub once I saved up enough money. I ended up sticking with a 3.1 system in my living room which was about the same size as your's and was very happy with the decision.

If you were to take this advice and piece a system together, Newegg seems to always have deals on Def Tech. Right now they have the studio monitor 350's for $180, which would be a very good starting point for a system.

If you want a 5.1 system for $400 or under it will definitely have its limits. Newegg has the Def Tech ProCinema 60 for $230 + an extra $30 off with promo code.
post #32 of 57
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Originally Posted by Brian Fineberg View Post

Your missing the point I believe. Since you want instant gratification your choices are obviously limited. You should peice the system together.
I agree with you buying the receiver you want up front. But you are making a mitsake by buying all at once for speakers. It is not a waste for a receiver if it is future proof.
You will want a better sub no doubt so you'll have to buy that. The surround speakers are not very important in the grand scheme of things. Buy a better 3.1 system then buy very cheap non matching surrounds if it makes you feel you are "using" your receiver. Then buy matching surrounds when you can.
Also you are not getting the full benefit if you gift cards with the scenarios you mentioned so you would be better off selling them
Just my two cents. Good luck. But you seem like your mind is made up regardless of the advice given here. smile.gif

Why is it a waste to buy all my speakers up front when speakers are usually the first thing someone replaces?

Many here have said that the sub that comes with both the MLT-2's and the Energy's is just fine for most people, so I don't see why I'll be replacing that right up front.

Please explain how I am not getting the full benefit of my gift cards in the scenarios I mentioned (Ignoring the fact that I already said that I applied them to my account, so I wouldn't be able to sell them anyway.)

It's difficult to tell, but that last line seems very rude. I wouldn't have posted if I wasn't open for ideas.
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Originally Posted by chrisu7582 View Post

I already gave you a very good 5.1 Polk system for $471.
4- Monitor 30's a CS1 Center and a PSW505 sub. It wasnt from Amazon so you disregarded it. If you can sell your gift cards, that would be a good option and be $22 over budget.

Actually I didn't disregard anything. I told you that I didn't *prefer* the option because it wasn't on Amazon and that takes $150 out of the budget. I looked and the CS1's ARE in fact on Amazon. There are two versions, though, a series I and a series II.

Seriously, you three seem to be hell bent on starting with 3.1's and building from there. What about the thousands of people who are satisfied owners of the MLT'2's and the Energy's? Are they all stupid because they actually enjoy the sound of them? I mean that seriously. If you do a search here for either of the two series, there are tons of happy owners. It's why I had asked about them. If anyone is disregarding anything, it's you three disregarding 5.1 setups that come in a package. So tell me, what is wrong with them? Why would I be so dissatisfied with them that you all seem intent on me purchasing the Polks or some other option? Yes, I did say that I think it's a waste to just go 3.1 when I'll be spending roughly the same amount of money for 5.1's (if I could sell my gift cards, which I can't.) but you guys equally think it's a waste to NOT go with the 3.1's but no one has explained why. I would like to know so I can try and understand it from your points of view.
post #33 of 57
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Originally Posted by murph101 View Post

Hey Mike,
When I first got into the home theater world I was thinking just like you. I thought I had to have a 5.1 system to satisfy my needs. I even came to this sight and a couple others looking for ideas/advice. I ended up taking the advice that has already been given to you...piece the system together. I started out with a pair of bookshelves, then later added a center and sub once I saved up enough money. I ended up sticking with a 3.1 system in my living room which was about the same size as your's and was very happy with the decision.
If you were to take this advice and piece a system together, Newegg seems to always have deals on Def Tech. Right now they have the studio monitor 350's for $180, which would be a very good starting point for a system.
If you want a 5.1 system for $400 or under it will definitely have its limits. Newegg has the Def Tech ProCinema 60 for $230 + an extra $30 off with promo code.

Hey Murph. Thanks for sharing your experiences. So you never actually went with the 5.1's? What changed your mind?

Contrary to what the other guys think, I'm not against the idea, but I want to know the justification behind it. Why can't I be happy with "decent" 5.1's instead of "good" 3.1's? There definitely seem to be a lot of people who like both the Energy's and the MLT2's.
post #34 of 57
Mike,

We are not pushing you to "buy" anything. You get what you want, but the main reason I went with the Polk 5.1 is the simple truth that is the best bang for your dollar right now. A Polk 5.1 for $471 that includes the PSW505 ( which is a great, great bottom dollar sub), will beat the 5.1 HTIB easily. I have heard the MLT-2 and I have heard the Polk system, so I think I have the right to say which one I like better. If you get the HTIB, sure, you will be very happy with it.

People that have the Energys are not stupid for saying they like it. I like my Toyota Tacoma, but Im not gonna argue with someone if they tell me that the Toyota Tundra has more power, will go faster, haul more, and rides more comfortably.

To each his own.

If you want to get the 5.1 Takes or the MLT-2, thats great and those are very nice HTIB. All we are trying to do is suggest speakers for you, you are the one thats going to have to pull the trigger and buy it. Good luck and Im sure no matter what you get, you will be happy with your purchase.
post #35 of 57
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Mike,
We are not pushing you to "buy" anything. You get what you want, but the main reason I went with the Polk 5.1 is the simple truth that is the best bang for your dollar right now. A Polk 5.1 for $471 that includes the PSW505 ( which is a great, great bottom dollar sub), will beat the 5.1 HTIB easily. I have heard the MLT-2 and I have heard the Polk system, so I think I have the right to say which one I like better. If you get the HTIB, sure, you will be very happy with it.
People that have the Energys are not stupid for saying they like it. I like my Toyota Tacoma, but Im not gonna argue with someone if they tell me that the Toyota Tundra has more power, will go faster, haul more, and rides more comfortably.
To each his own.
If you want to get the 5.1 Takes or the MLT-2, thats great and those are very nice HTIB. All we are trying to do is suggest speakers for you, you are the one thats going to have to pull the trigger and buy it. Good luck and Im sure no matter what you get, you will be happy with your purchase.

Thank you. That's more the answer I'm looking for. I definitely feel like the three of you were like, "RAWR! Sell your gift cards! Buy separates or you'll regret it forever!" And that made no sense to me considering how many people recommend the 5.1 sets, and not just in this thread.

I'm a system builder and IT guy by trade. I *never* buy the latest processor or the latest video card. In fact, when I build a new system, I usually go for the second or even third highest option. The reason for that is that the price to performance ratio doesn't scale well. The high-end items are always marked up so high that the performance gains you get aren't worth the asking price. You will never get the best bang for your buck with the latest and "greatest."

I'm trying to base my decision on the speakers with the same philosophy. What are the pros and cons of buying separates over the 5.1's?

5.1's:
Pros:
"Complete" speaker system
Relatively inexpensive
Can upgrade later for very little cost

Cons:
Quality isn't as good as separates

Separates:
Pros:
Superior quality

Cons:
Relatively expensive

Now to counteract the con of expense to getting separates, you buy them in stages. I get that. My problem is this - let's say I buy 5.1's and the sound quality is "okay" but I know I'll want to upgrade at some point. I didn't spend a great deal. I still have a complete system. I can swap out a single component at a time (the sub first, let's say) and still have a complete system that is better than it was initially for very little additional cost.

Now let's go the other way and go with 3.1's. I spent the same if not more than the 5.1's. I don't have a complete system. If I'm dissatisfied with the sound (Damn it, I really want to hear those fills! or something like that) then I'm just plain ol' out of luck until I can afford to buy another piece to the puzzle.

I guess it boils down to this: What is better - to have a slightly inferior yet "full" sound, or to have superior sound but missing half of the experience? I just see myself being very dissatisfied with just fronts, center, and sub. I don't know for sure, maybe I will be satisfied *enough* until I can afford the surrounds, but it just feels like I'm gimping the system right out of the gate doing it that way. Do you understand what I mean?
post #36 of 57
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I guess it boils down to this: What is better - to have a slightly inferior yet "full" sound, or to have superior sound but missing half of the experience? I just see myself being very dissatisfied with just fronts, center, and sub.
IMO, you'll be more dissatisfied with an inferior 5.1 system the first time you wonder why the subwoofer sounds anemic or your hear chuffing from its port, or when you get tired of the shrillness of the cheap tweeters.

IMO, the best way to start is with two good mains and a sub. Add a matching center speaker, then add surrounds. And, aside from the sub, buy gently-used. smile.gif
post #37 of 57
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Originally Posted by eljaycanuck View Post

IMO, you'll be more dissatisfied with an inferior 5.1 system the first time you wonder why the subwoofer sounds anemic or your hear chuffing from its port, or when you get tired of the shrillness of the cheap tweeters.
IMO, the best way to start is with two good mains and a sub. Add a matching center speaker, then add surrounds. And, aside from the sub, buy gently-used. smile.gif

You make a good point, but we're not talking about the Onkyo 5500's here. There are degrees of inferior. I'm talking "good" as opposed to "great" sounding speakers, which, from what everyone says, the MLT's and the Energy's are.
post #38 of 57
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Originally Posted by DJLittleMike View Post

I'm a system builder and IT guy by trade. I *never* buy the latest processor or the latest video card. In fact, when I build a new system, I usually go for the second or even third highest option. The reason for that is that the price to performance ratio doesn't scale well. The high-end items are always marked up so high that the performance gains you get aren't worth the asking price. You will never get the best bang for your buck with the latest and "greatest."

I do the same thing when it comes to building a computer. Computer components tend to drop in price 1/3 to 1/2 in 18 months as newer, better components are developed and released. Given your "build" choice philosophy and interest in the Denon 1913, look at the Onkyo TX-NR809. Onkyo came out with a new model this year to replace that one, so it's heavily discounted. See if it has the features you want.

However, I would also point out that your purchasing philosophy, while it does work somewhat for receivers when it comes to features, doesn't work for speakers and subs. Speakers and sub technology does not change nearly very rapidly. So I agree with everyone else. Better to spend less on the receiver and put more money into the speakers and sub and avoid HTIB small satellite speakers sets.
post #39 of 57
Hello Mike,
I'm not sure if you have purchased your system yet, but I thought I would share this with you: my brother had the energy take classic 5.1 system for a few years. His HT room is a little bigger than your area. I always thought they were nice little speakers, certainly nicer than what I had at the time. I remember watching a movie at his house and I thought it sounded pretty good. Basically, the Energy Take Classic setup he had turned me toward energy speakers and I had to have some too. I wanted to get the Take Classics but I didn't for two reasons: I didn't want to get the same stuff he had (it's one of those weird things I have not wanting to steal his stuff) and I wanted to really upgrade and not half-a** it. Everyone here has provided some really good advice, it's just different ways to getting you to your ultimate goal. In short, if you want the Energy or MLT 2s, and if you are the guy who is able to enjoy the setup for a year or two without getting the upgrade bug, I'd say go for it. I don't think you will be dissatisfied with either one. My brother had his for two years and he got every red cent out of it and then some. Good luck with your purchase.
post #40 of 57
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Hey Murph. Thanks for sharing your experiences. So you never actually went with the 5.1's? What changed your mind?
Contrary to what the other guys think, I'm not against the idea, but I want to know the justification behind it. Why can't I be happy with "decent" 5.1's instead of "good" 3.1's? There definitely seem to be a lot of people who like both the Energy's and the MLT2's.

Hey Mike,

What changed my mind was going out and auditioning different brands and systems. I found out that the compact systems just didn't cut it for me. There were some that sounded decent, but auditioning made me realize that you will get what you pay for. I purchased my 3.1 system from a audio/video shop a little over an hour away from where I live. The guys there were a great source of information and educated me on a lot of things that I was not aware of. One of the first things they mentioned was that I might not need surrounds in a room that size. When I first set the 3.1 system up, I thought I was going to buy 2 surrounds to complete it. But once I started tweaking it and playing with the different sound field options on my receiver, I realized that I didn't really need them. I spent a little more than I initially planned to, and was glad I did. The sound from my Paradigms was better than I would have imagined.
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Yes, I would prefer getting them all at once. I figure I can always upgrade later, but I'd rather have a full set.
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This is why most of us who are suggesting the piece together approach are doing so. We all get the "upgrade bug" at some point, but the good thing about a good set of speakers that you really enjoy listening to is that they can last years. This is why I think getting a nice set of bookshelves would be the best option. If you are already talking about upgrading down the road, the best bang for your buck is piecing it together.

I would suggest listening to a couple of these systems before you buy. If they satisfy your needs, then pull the trigger!
post #41 of 57
If I came off as a pushy used car salesman that was not my intent. tongue.gif I was only offering other options, a different viewpoint. I wasn't implying that you would regret your decision. My viewpoint comes from hours of reading through the Audio section on AVS, which in some respects has shown me the light, and on the other hand has turned me off from HTIB. You have to consider that there are some hardcore HT enthusiasts here (I'm not one of them), so to many of them HTIB is blasphemy. I'm not as hardcore, but still want a nice sounding system. Since my budget is a little higher that opens up options beyond HTIB. If I was restricted to or only willing to spend $300-400 I would probably be pleased with a HTIB.

Your situation is somewhat unique in that you have Amazon gift cards, which have already been applied to your account, plus your desire for 5.1 now and a $300-400 budget. I've done a lot of reading on this forum and realistically the option to look beyond HTIB starts at $500-600, which is beyond your budget and circumstances.

If you have the opportunity see if you can go to a local B&B or dedicated HT store and demo speakers similar to what you are looking at and listen to see if you prefer a same price 5.1 setup or a same price 3.1 setup. You may find you want 5.1 no matter what or that 3.1 is enough, which could open that option.

In the end only you know what you want. We are just offering different options based on personal experience and research.
post #42 of 57
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Thanks, everyone. You've all given me a lot to think about.

cel4145 - I don't trust Onkyo this year. Too many problems with the HDMI boards on the 2012 units. I'm going with the Denon. They're of a comparable price anyway.

GiTcHaSuM - Thank you. And yes, I can totally picture keeping the same set for a year or two, honestly. I've had this TV for 2 years and never added HT, so I don't see that as a problem.

murph101 - Honestly I think PC Richard's and Best Buy are the only places near me that have audio equipment you can listen to in store. I still may take a peek at their selection, but after dealing with them for a TV, I don't trust them at all. They aren't trained. I had one of their reps honestly tell me that a 720p TV they had was 1080 even though it said max resolution was 720p. He told me if he put played something 1080 on it, that it would play. He didn't understand the concept of downsampling. *smh* Worst people for audio/video. Plus I think the Pioneer speakers they have there are the only thing worth buying.

p3Orion - I have poured over this site for hours and hours myself. It's how I came up with the MLT or Energy options. My budget for this setup sucks, so I'm trying to get the best bang for my buck and it's tough. The 3.1 option will probably run me about the same as 5.1, so logic says get the full set over the "gimped" set, but what you say makes sense. It's really a matter of are the 5.1 sets THAT much lower in quality that I wouldn't be satisfied with them? I thought I may just like them and keep them. At least for a year or two.

That's a good question for everyone:

How long until you upgrade before you feel a purchase is justified? As in, let's say I go with the 5.1's - if I kept them for a year or two and then started swapping out stuff, probably starting with the sub, would that make my purchase a good idea? You guys say that speaker technology doesn't really change, so let's say I keep whatever I buy for a year or two before spending more money on it. Would I be better with a 3.1 setup that's good or a 5.1 setup that's decent given the same upgrade timeframe?

Also, what other separates are in that price range to build a 3.1 setup "for now"? The Polk were listed earlier in the thread.
post #43 of 57
You're welcome. Generally speaking, I think only you would be able to really answer when an upgrade it justifiable...but having said that, I'll try to provide you with a few scenarios that may help.

Let's say you were to pull the trigger on a good 3.1 set up and later decide its time to add surrounds. You add some additional bookshelf or bi/dipole speakers (whichever floats your boat), and then you don't have any additional speakers sitting around collecting dust and ultimately trying to sell. It took me almost 6 months to sell my old set, not saying that's how long it would take, but just throwing it out there.

Let's say you get the Take Classic 5.1 set, and then after a year you upgrade the front L & R channels. After that you decide to upgrade the subwoofer (you may want to do this one first though - if you go this route). Then you could say to yourself I need a bigger/better/kick-a** center channel. Now you have three extra speakers (if you're not using the take satellites for 7.1) and the subwoofer to get rid of.

Now those scenarios are just to help you get an idea of what would/could be down the road. The last thing you need are additional options (and I hate to do this to ya cuz I know how overwhelming speaker choices can be) but if the L & R channels are good enough, you may not need the center at the start and be able to get a pair of really good bookshelves (sorry if this has been brought up before...don't remember) for a 2.1 system and get by with the phantom center. This way could be the best way to go if you're concerned with having too many speakers around the house and/or not wanting to just buy speakers now and within a year or two just spending more $$$ to replace them with something better.

As I stated before, if you will keep whichever satellites for a while and don't mind paying a "renters fee" ( I have done that myself) then buying the system you really want, then go with 5.1 and upgrade how/when you see fit when finances allow it. If you are one of those guys that doesn't like the idea of paying said "renters fee" and would want to piece together the best system you can over time, then start with 3.1 (or maybe even 2.1). It seems that all you need to do is find out what you would rather do. As I stated before, I think everyone has provided a lot of great information for you. I hope this helps and happy speaker hunting.
post #44 of 57
I'll explain my situation. So far I've purchased a Denon 1712 and am awaiting delivery of a pair of Ascend CBM-170s. Right away I plan on using them for movies, video games, music to hear how well the sound fills my room, how much I like 2.0. Within the next 6 months, maybe less maybe more, I would like to add a sub and then a center channel. My room is small enough that I think 3.1 will still be very immersive. I'm in no hurry and will be on the lookout for sales on subs and centers I'm considering, possibly B stock. I could see myself waiting until next Christmas to get what I want, hopefully at discounted prices. I've just scratched the surface on subwoofer research, which is a whole other ball of wax. Down the rabbit hole I go!
post #45 of 57
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Originally Posted by chrisu7582 View Post

I have heard Energy speakers, I just have not heard that specific set ( The Energy Take 5.1) Yes, Energy does make really good speakers.
I'll tell you what, I have been roaming around looking for something other than a HTIB.
If you can set your budget at $500 and you want a 5.1, take a look at this.
Mains and surrounds
$89 x2= $178
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PAIR-Monitor-30-CHERRY-Bookshelf-Speakers-Polk-Audio-/360480527248?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item53ee505390
Center Channel
$69
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CS1-CHERRY-Center-Channel-Speaker-Polk-Audio-/390298326713?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item5adf97d6b9
Sub
$224
http://www.ebay.com/itm/POLK-AUDIO-PSW505-12-POWERED-SUBWOOFER-BLACK-SUB-NEW-/370646283960?_trksid=p3284.m263&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BUA%252BP%252BFICS%252BUFI%252BIIUM%26otn%3D7%26pmod%3D300810784832%26ps%3D54
Total $471
This would blow any HTIB (under $500)out of the water.
Also, these would be sweet and right at a $500 budget. (thanks to Stanley for pointing these out)
$247 each. Total= $494
You can get these in Cherry or Black
http://www.ebay.com/itm/EA-RTi10-Cherry-Tower-Loudspeaker-Speaker-Polk-Audio-/390490964414?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item5aeb1341be

Thanks for the recommendations to the OP. I needed a small 2nd setup and was just able find a similar Polk 5.1 on Newegg at a reasonable price. Note I went for the smaller sub for this setup for specific reasons - in lower level of small cottage and didn't want son shaking house with video games. wink.gif

2 x Polk Audio Monitor30 Series II Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker (Black) Pair $84.99 ea
Polk Audio PSW Series PSW10 Black 10-inch Powered Subwoofer Each $99.99
Polk Audio CS2 Series II Center Channel Speaker (Black) Each $149.99
Subtotal $419.96
Promo Codes (supplied with above items) -$70.00
Order Total $349.96
post #46 of 57
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GiTcHaSuM - Thanks. So it sounds like my choices are basically whether or not I want to deal with "renter's fee" and selling speakers when I upgrade if I want to get rid of them, or buy little at a time, some really good ones that I don't really intend to upgrade (at least not for a while) That makes sense. Personally I don't mind paying a "renter's fee" if I have decent enough sound, that's good enough for me. Tough decision, but a personal one, I understand.

p3orion - Makes sense. For me, I finally want to pull the trigger and set something up. I think that's one of the reasons I want to go 5.1 right away. I figure if I'm going to spend the money to do this, let's get it all out of the way so I can enjoy it and not worry about having to upgrade stuff down the line.

nhlakes - Sounds like a really good deal! Hell, at $350. I may just get that exact setup! Then I'll have a kickass 3.1 to start out with and only have to add another set of Monitor30's for surrounds, right?

By the way, what could I use to mount those to my ceiling? I know Monoprice usually has rockbottom prices for that sort of stuff. 16g speaker wire? Mounts? Connectors?
post #47 of 57
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GiTcHaSuM - Thanks. So it sounds like my choices are basically whether or not I want to deal with "renter's fee" and selling speakers when I upgrade if I want to get rid of them, or buy little at a time, some really good ones that I don't really intend to upgrade (at least not for a while) That makes sense. Personally I don't mind paying a "renter's fee" if I have decent enough sound, that's good enough for me. Tough decision, but a personal one, I understand.
p3orion - Makes sense. For me, I finally want to pull the trigger and set something up. I think that's one of the reasons I want to go 5.1 right away. I figure if I'm going to spend the money to do this, let's get it all out of the way so I can enjoy it and not worry about having to upgrade stuff down the line.
nhlakes - Sounds like a really good deal! Hell, at $350. I may just get that exact setup! Then I'll have a kickass 3.1 to start out with and only have to add another set of Monitor30's for surrounds, right?
By the way, what could I use to mount those to my ceiling? I know Monoprice usually has rockbottom prices for that sort of stuff. 16g speaker wire? Mounts? Connectors?

Mike, Those monitor 30's are $84 for a pair. He has 2 pair on there. This is a complete 5.1 system for $350. Pretty close to the same setup I mention except I chose a bigger sub and he chose the better center, the CS2 instead of the CS1.

Really nice setup, but like he said, the bass will be lacking (which is what he wanted for his son)
post #48 of 57
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Originally Posted by chrisu7582 View Post

Mike, Those monitor 30's are $84 for a pair. He has 2 pair on there. This is a complete 5.1 system for $350. Pretty close to the same setup I mention except I chose a bigger sub and he chose the better center, the CS2 instead of the CS1.
Really nice setup, but like he said, the bass will be lacking (which is what he wanted for his son)

Oh my mistake. Actually that center looks huge.

While I'm on the subject, given my room setup, where/how should I place the center and sub? The fronts and surrounds would go in the 4 corners, obviously, but what about the rest?
post #49 of 57
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Originally Posted by DJLittleMike View Post

Oh my mistake. Actually that center looks huge.
While I'm on the subject, given my room setup, where/how should I place the center and sub? The fronts and surrounds would go in the 4 corners, obviously, but what about the rest?

Sub crawl! Try placing it in different spots and see which sounds best to you biggrin.gif

Seeing how you are asking these questions I can tell you are about to start a very long and incredibly fun adventure:D Next year you'll probably be posting about how you decided to build a dedicated room lol
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Sub crawl! Try placing it in different spots and see which sounds best to you biggrin.gif
Seeing how you are asking these questions I can tell you are about to start a very long and incredibly fun adventure:D Next year you'll probably be posting about how you decided to build a dedicated room lol

I'd agree with this, like so many people here I started off small and in my case with bose frown.gif oh god how much I hate bose now, and how much money I've spend on amazing speakers!! What I can say is if you spend good money on great speakers you will keep them for a long long time. but what ever direction you go with it will be a fun time!
also for the sub placement if you have a cord long enough put the sub where you sit the most and craw around the room looking for the deepest area of bass and place the sub in that area. its fun and it looks dumb but you will be much happier with your placement.
post #51 of 57
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LOL That sounds like fun.

Okay, so the sale on the Polks ends today, so I have to decide today if I want to pull the trigger on them (great price, though.) My problem is the center channel. It looks huge. I don't have a lot of room in the living room (see diagram and discussion earlier) so what is the best place for the center channel? Or should I just skip the center for now, get two pairs of the bookshelves and a sub that I can crawl around putting in different places? LOL
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Originally Posted by DJLittleMike View Post

LOL That sounds like fun.
Okay, so the sale on the Polks ends today, so I have to decide today if I want to pull the trigger on them (great price, though.) My problem is the center channel. It looks huge. I don't have a lot of room in the living room (see diagram and discussion earlier) so what is the best place for the center channel? Or should I just skip the center for now, get two pairs of the bookshelves and a sub that I can crawl around putting in different places? LOL

personally I think you will grow to like the center speaker and it might be a bit bigger but its not going to be huge like the one I have, I think you will find a happy home for it in your setup, but would agree the polks would be the better way to go over the MLT-2 speakers, So if you pull the trigger tonight enjoy them!
post #53 of 57
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Screw it. I'm going to do it. These are great sales and I don't think I'm going to find a better deal on good speakers. My wallet will hate me, but my ears will thank me wink.gif
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Oh, one question - the PSW10 - it's rated at 50w RMS 100w peak. Would I just have the receiver send less juice to the sub? The 1913 is 95w@ 8 ohm/125w @ 6 ohm
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Originally Posted by DJLittleMike View Post

Oh, one question - the PSW10 - it's rated at 50w RMS 100w peak. Would I just have the receiver send less juice to the sub? The 1913 is 95w@ 8 ohm/125w @ 6 ohm

The PSW10 is a powered sub, it doesn't take any juice from the receiver at all. It has its own amp albeit a pretty weak one. The receiver only sends an audio signal to the subwoofer, that's it, no power.
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The PSW10 is a powered sub, it doesn't take any juice from the receiver at all. It has its own amp albeit a pretty weak one. The receiver only sends an audio signal to the subwoofer, that's it, no power.

*smh* Boy, I'm dumb. Thank you. I should have realized that.
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The 5.1 Polks that I ordered from Newegg arrived within 5 days. It may be a while until I listen to them unless I get bored and temporarily swap out my Onix Rocket ELT 5.1 system that I have here at home.

OP, did you ever order your speakers?
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