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Help setting up my surround sound

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hello, I am very new to this and have never researched or hd a surround sound system. I just purchased the Polk audio TSI500 speakers for $100 each (bought 2) at Fry's. now I need some rear speakers, a subwoofer, a center speaker and also a receiver. Which one of these is the most important and also based on my TSI500 front speakers what are your recommendations. I would like to keep the price point as low as possible. I would be okay with a beginner or should I say first time surround sound system. I believe I got a good deal for those speakers from what people have said. Of you could please be specific in what I should look for in the speakers, subs and receivers. Like I did earlier price is a major factor.
Thanks
post #2 of 15
Polk makes matching TSi series centers and bookshelves to fill out your front towers.
http://www.polkaudio.com/products/series/tsi

You want to try and stick to the same speaker all around so as to have the same sonic signature.

Since you didn't specify a budget, or what your needs are, it would be hard to suggest a receiver for you.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I will do that. My budget for receiver is $200-300. Also what subwoofer would you recommend?
post #4 of 15
Depends on your budget. Under 300 dollars, the Klipsch rw-12 can sometime be found fir 279.00 from new egg. If the budget is 500 dollars, the svs has a 10 inch sub that is excellent. In the other direction, if you only have 200 to dedicate to a sub, bic or Polk nay decent budget subs.
post #5 of 15
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post #6 of 15
Don't get a Polk sub, they pretty much stink. The BIC's are quite a bit better. But for the money the Klipsch RW12D is the front runner right now.

Any sub will go with your towers. A sub is a sub. You don't need the same brand as your other speakers.

No real difference between front and down firing as far as sound goes. Down firing is better if you have curious little fingers that like to poke at speakers. Some people will try and tell you there's a difference in sound but the numbers don't support their conclusions.
post #7 of 15

No real difference. It's really whether or not you want to see your driver move. I would say go fo either the Bic America F-12 or the Bic v1020. I have owned the Bic F12 and it's a very good starter sub.

I would NOT go with the 10 inch Bic because it's non-returnable.
post #8 of 15
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No real difference. It's really whether or not you want to see your driver move. I would say go fo either the Bic America F-12 or the Bic v1020. I have owned the Bic F12 and it's a very good starter sub.

[QUOTE]I would NOT go with the 10 inch Bic because it's non-returnable.[/QUOTE]

Then why did you suggest the V1020 if you would NOT get tthe 10" BIC confused.gif
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post


Then why did you suggest the V1020 if you would NOT get tthe 10" BIC confused.gif

Since you asked so nicely...

I was only viewing the links at first and I was definitely against the Polk subs. I am familiar with Bic Subs as I owned one as you can see from my post. Then I went into the links and saw that the 10 inch Bic was non returnable. So if you use a little logic, that would leave the Bic F12. I just didn't edit my post...which I have the right NOT to do the last time I checked.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I may go with the BIC F12. As for receivers go what should I be looking for in particular? Is it the watts, ohms or anything else.

So far I'm looking at this set up:

- Polk Audio TSI 500 for front left & right (already bought and trying to match everything else to it)

- will probably get the Polk Audio TSI 100 bookshelf speakers for the rear. (are there any other similar speakers for cheaper)

- will probably get Polk Audio CS 10 for the center channel. (are there any other similar speakers for cheaper)

- the BIC F12 subwoofer are there any other similar subsfor cheaper)

- Receiver is undecided. What recommendations do you have? Trying to keep price point low so if I can find something in $200 range it would be great.

Any deals anyone is aware of for Fourth of July.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
I actually noticed the following sub at Costco as well and wondering if it is a good one.

http://t.costco.com/JBL-By-Harman-CSS11-10%22-Powered-Subwoofer-150-Watts.product.100000063.html
post #12 of 15
I would also suggest looking at the BIC PL-200 http://www.amazon.com/BIC-PL-200-Acoustech-Platinum-Series/dp/B001W3FXAQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372656382&sr=8-1&keywords=bic+pl-200

Generally speaking, the Klipsch RW-12D and the BIC PL-200 are considered the best "budget" subwoofers on these forums. If you want a "decent" sub woofer for not a lot of money, these two get the lions share of suggestions. The BIC F-12 is also quite popular for budget reasons as well, but the RW-12D and PL-200 are likely to outperform it considerably (also outperform the cheaper Polk subs as well).
post #13 of 15
Don't cheap out on your receiver, you won't have enough power to push anything. Get one that's last years model and refurbished too, I believe that would be the best bang for your buck.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by foody24 View Post

Thanks, I may go with the BIC F12. As for receivers go what should I be looking for in particular? Is it the watts, ohms or anything else.

So far I'm looking at this set up:

- Polk Audio TSI 500 for front left & right (already bought and trying to match everything else to it)

- will probably get the Polk Audio TSI 100 bookshelf speakers for the rear. (are there any other similar speakers for cheaper)

- will probably get Polk Audio CS 10 for the center channel. (are there any other similar speakers for cheaper)

- the BIC F12 subwoofer are there any other similar subsfor cheaper)

- Receiver is undecided. What recommendations do you have? Trying to keep price point low so if I can find something in $200 range it would be great.

Any deals anyone is aware of for Fourth of July.

If you truly got the TSi500's for $100 each then I would get two more and use them as surrounds. That's one heck of a deal.

A $200 limit is going to get you a very entry level receiver. Spend at least $299 and catch one of Fry's recievers on sale. Recently they had the Yamaha RX-V675 and Denon E400 for $299 each. They currently have the E400 on sale for $299 right now.

The Bic F12 is probably the best you can get for $200.
Edited by afrogt - 7/1/13 at 6:46am
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks afrogt. I wish I could get two more of the tsi500's but they were the last two available. They were making room for the new series so those were the only two left. I think all the workers there were hoping no one snatches them up because they kept coming up to the salesperson and saying "awe, they were sold". I will look into the $299 receivers on sale at frys as I guess that is one of the more important parts of the surround sound.
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