Originally Posted by Brian323
Hello again Dan!
Well, I am still looking somewhat. I was going to pull the plug and get this set up here.
- Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Monitor Series Powered Subwoofer ($120)
- Polk Audio R150 Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeakers (PAIR) for the REAR ($140)
- HSU Horn Book Shelf Speaker (PAIR) for the FRONTS ($393.44)
- Skpping the Center channel.
All will be hooked to Pioneer K-1121 reciever.
However, I decided to check on the forum before I place the order and on another thread a poster mentioned that the Arx A1b has better sound stage than the HSU's. My main concern is about the soundstage and imaging.
Do you still suggest I get the HSU's?
My budget went up about $150. (you know how i gets lol) So now I have about $700 spending budgest for the whole 5.1 system.
You can't go wrong with either the Arx or HSU bookshelfs. Both are well regarded in this price range. You'll be happy either way.
I will, however, caution against using mismatched speakers for the surrounds, even to save some scratch. You really should stay within the same speaker range. It'll sound better overall.
I'd consider saving up rather than blowing the money on the Polk sub... the Arx also have a surprising amount of mid-bass for their size.
Another option is to take the money you were going to spend on the Polk speakers and sub (not great for the money), combine the two prices... add just a little bit more... and get two pairs of A1b's to start (for front and side surrounds).
Here's yet another pathway, this time to 7.1. Get the two sets of Arx A1b's now, then get the A2c for the center... then lastly get the Arx A5 towers later and switch them to the front duties and use the four pairs of A1b's as the side and back surrounds.
Somewhere in there get an SVS, Outlaw Audio, HSU, or Rythmik sub to round out the low end.
It'll be like spreading Christmas over a longer period of time and having something to look forward to as you build up your budget. Then you'll arrive at one kick butt, better-than-budget theater system.
Another, cheaper option for bookshelf wall mounts (similar to the Pinpoints):http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X9O8SI/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p147_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0GA9AJGVMJJSABN192Q0&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846Edited by Dan Hitchman - 4/22/13 at 7:03pm