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should I stick… or go small?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hello

I currently have the following speakers:

- 2 Polk Monitor Series 2 model60 (towers)
- Matching Center CS2
- Bose 161 rears

Denon 1910 AVR
no sub…


I can swap out the Bose rears with a pair of DefTech 800’s that I no longer use if that helps or not…


Over the holiday’s I bought a set of Energy RC-Micro sats (no sub woofer) and they are still in the box…


Past few weeks I have been looking for a decent low cost sub that can play somewhat high (I know thats not a good thing for a sub, but since the sats are SMALL I figure it would fill in nicely )

BUT now I am thinking that maybe I keep the my pollks and buy a 12” sub to go with them like the Polk PSW505 (on sale for about $190) which I think would match up perfectly with my towers (not so much the sats)

I wanted to go the sat route as I figured
-the energy RC-Micros are very high end for the price and SMALL
- They would offer better vocals in TV shows and movies
- and I don’t really “like” (don’t hate) the look of towers (yeah I know i know…)

If I go with the small etas - I was going to either buy the Pioneer 8”
sub that seems to be a great unit for its size, or the 10” energy power10 (a lower end energy model)

So any good suggestions on what I do - stay or go small?

thanks in advance,
John
post #2 of 10
I suggest that you get a pair of the Polk R150 speakers for the rear channels, and add a PSW505 subwoofer. You should be able to get both for $300 total.

There is certainly nothing wrong with the Monitor 60 speakers except that they need a good subwoofer; they really only have solid bass down to 50 or 60 Hz, so you need a good 12-inch sub that will give you plenty of low bass between 30 and 60 Hz.

Don't mess with anything smaller than a 12-inch sub; a waste of money.

I would just return or sell the rest of the stuff, and go with an all-Polk speaker system. Bose and Energy do not impress me at all; not something I would recommend to anyone.

If you really want better-sounding clearer vocals and dialog in movies etc., then at some point you might want to consider upgrading to a Polk TL2 center speaker; that would be helpful there..
Edited by commsysman - 2/6/13 at 5:12pm
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info... Isn't the TL2 a "HTiB" speaker? (granted the energy set I have isn't far from that either)

Is the 505 too boomy.
post #4 of 10
Not sure what the tl2 speaker is, but it is not the matching center for the Polk m series (cs1,2, 20)!
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

I suggest that you get a pair of the Polk R150 speakers for the rear channels, and add a PSW505 subwoofer. You should be able to get both for $300 total.

There is certainly nothing wrong with the Monitor 60 speakers except that they need a good subwoofer; they really only have solid bass down to 50 or 60 Hz, so you need a good 12-inch sub that will give you plenty of low bass between 30 and 60 Hz.

Don't mess with anything smaller than a 12-inch sub; a waste of money.

I would just return or sell the rest of the stuff, and go with an all-Polk speaker system. Bose and Energy do not impress me at all; not something I would recommend to anyone.

If you really want better-sounding clearer vocals and dialog in movies etc., then at some point you might want to consider upgrading to a Polk TL2 center speaker; that would be helpful there..
The tl2 matches the Blackstones. Please stop recommending it as a match for the monitors or other Polk speakers. If u like tinny then sound from your center that's fine, most don't.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post


If you really want better-sounding clearer vocals and dialog in movies etc., then at some point you might want to consider upgrading to a Polk TL2 center speaker; that would be helpful there..
The tl2 matches the Blackstones. Please stop recommending it as a match for the monitors or other Polk speakers. If u like tinny then sound from your center that's fine, most don't.
X2!!!! The guy has no business recommending budget speakers he is way out of his element.

To the OP- Polk Monitor 35's the speakers that are the closest match to your Monitor 60's and Cs2, are on sale for $120 at newegg right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290268

The Polk PSW505 is the best subwoofer you can get under $200 so go for that
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by johnner1999 View Post

I wanted to go the sat route as I figured
-the energy RC-Micros are very high end for the price and SMALL
- They would offer better vocals in TV shows and movies
- and I don’t really “like” (don’t hate) the look of towers (yeah I know i know…)

If I go with the small etas - I was going to either buy the Pioneer 8”
sub that seems to be a great unit for its size, or the 10” energy power10 (a lower end energy model)

So any good suggestions on what I do - stay or go small?

thanks in advance,
John

Big or small is up to you - small can sound nice - however, the sound is still small

A good sub to look at is the JBL Studio 150P sub
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882665157

The review and measurements are good
http://www.avhub.com.au/images/stories/australian-hifi/reviews/2011-05_to_12/2011-11/jbl_sub150p_subwoofer_review_lores.pdf
post #8 of 10
I just got the synergy klipsch 10 inch sub for 170 dollars. Not sure how that stacks up against the Polk psw505, bic 12 or jbl... But it really was an improvement over the Martin Logan dynamo sub it replaced at my house!
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
is the PSW505 - more boomy or tight? It will be for movies mostly... I think I'll stick with my towers...
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by johnner1999 View Post

Past few weeks I have been looking for a decent low cost sub that can play somewhat high (I know thats not a good thing for a sub, but since the sats are SMALL I figure it would fill in nicely )

And that's definitely the problem since all budget subs are a compromise in some (usually more than one) way. The Micros need to be crossed over at 150hz.

I think that JBL sub that zieglj01 recommended could be your best bet for under $200, although I do think you'd be better of going with different surround speakers than the Micros. Something bigger.
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