Originally Posted by supersteve1938
What about the following set up?
PSB Image T5 Towers
PSB Image C5 Centre Channel Speaker
PSB Image B6 Bookshelf Speakers
SB12-NSD Powered Box Sub, 12" NSD Woofer
For my surround speakers should I be looking at a bookshelf type speakers or the "V" shaped ones. I think they are called bipolar Speakers???
Do the surround speakers need to be the same company as the fronts? I am defiantly getting two fronts and one center from the same company but was just wondering if it matter as much for the rears.
I could get these rears instead maybe??
SSS-01 Surround Speakers
Thanks for the help.
Very good speakers IMO. I have the Image T5 for my fronts and the Image C5 for my center in my living room set up. I have also had the Image B6 in the past and really liked them. I also think you have a good subwoofer with the PB12-NSD. That looks like a very good system.
The surrounds don't have to be from the same company as the fronts. If you are into listening to multi-channel music then you might want them to be but they don't need to be.
The "V' shaped speakers you speak of are often bipole/dipole speakers which can be used in either mode. The bipole mode is usually used when the speakers are placed behind your listening position and gives directional sound. The dipole mode is used when they are set to the side of your listening position and then they produce diffused wraparound sound. Of course you don't have to use them that way if you don't want to. The FXIA4 speakers in the Polk system you were looking at are this type of speaker.
You can use either bookshelf or bipole/dipole for your surrounds depending on what you like better. Bookshelf are directional.
By the way, I also have a Polk system that is very similar to the Polk system you listed above, the only difference is that I have the RTi-a7s instead of the a9s, the rest is the same. I like this system quit a bit. You will find that some people in these forums don't like Polk very much, but that doesn't mean that they are bad, it just means some people don't like them.
It's kind of funny, I have personal experience with both the PSB system and the Polk system you have been looking at and I like them both. Are the PSBs better? In my opinion, yes they are, but the Polks are good and I enjoy them. The key however, is that you buy a system you like. It makes no sense for you to buy speakers that we might like, we won't be listening to them. Demo different speakers and buy the one's that make you happy. And enjoy the journey to a great HT.
Edited by Hopinater - 11/26/13 at 8:28pm