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post #15751 of 34776
Blessed with two Tsi300 speakers on CL. $110 for the pair. Sound great. Now I am on my unstoppable course to HT greatness smile.gif. I saw on Polks site the CS1, CS10 for center channel. Will the CS20 work also? CS2 II?
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I was going to order my CS2 today, but I completely forgot I told my dad I was going to fix his laptop. Found out it needed a new hard drive and OS. So, I will have to wait on the CS2 once again. It's been practically impossible for me to get a CS2 eek.gif Something always comes up.
post #15753 of 34776
Is there anything other than the old CSM and CSi25 that will match T15's? Yes, I know they're super cheap speakers, but I live in an apartment and I am happy with them. The CSM seems impossible to find, and the CSi25 I have only found used on eBay.

Is there anything that would match up that is readily available - new?
post #15754 of 34776
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Originally Posted by mix1983 View Post

Is there anything other than the old CSM and CSi25 that will match T15's? Yes, I know they're super cheap speakers, but I live in an apartment and I am happy with them. The CSM seems impossible to find, and the CSi25 I have only found used on eBay.
Is there anything that would match up that is readily available - new?

Polk recommends the CSR. I would go with the cs20 or csia4. never skimp on a center.

most of them are listed here:

http://www.polkaudio.com/products/home-theater/center-channel


the monitor centers are not listed there I think.
post #15755 of 34776
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Originally Posted by likemovies View Post

Blessed with two Tsi300 speakers on CL. $110 for the pair. Sound great. Now I am on my unstoppable course to HT greatness smile.gif. I saw on Polks site the CS1, CS10 for center channel. Will the CS20 work also? CS2 II?

With Tsi's you definitely should stay within the Tsi line. The Tsi's have a brighter tweeter than the Monitor line, which includes the CS2. A CS10 should be adequate, as your 200's have two 5-1/2" drivers. You can find them on Amazon for around $100. If you had the Tsi500's or even the 400's I would definitely recommend a CS20 over the CS10 in order to match timbre.
post #15756 of 34776
I just bought the Polk Audio RM6750 Black 5.1 @ newegg for $169.99.

Anyone know what kind of subwoofer cable I need to buy with this speaker system? The sub appears to only have a left and right audio input.
post #15757 of 34776
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Originally Posted by ProfD View Post

I just bought the Polk Audio RM6750 Black 5.1 @ newegg for $169.99.
Anyone know what kind of subwoofer cable I need to buy with this speaker system? The sub appears to only have a left and right audio input.


Looking at the back of the sub it looks like you just use a standard rca cable from the sub out on your receiver. You can use a splitter to plug into both left and right channels on the sub.
If you want it to look good you can get a sub cable from monoprice but a cheapo rca cable will work.
post #15758 of 34776
Will the sub sound better if I use the splitter to plug in both channels?
post #15759 of 34776
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Originally Posted by ProfD View Post

Will the sub sound better if I use the splitter to plug in both channels?

I'm not really familiar with that sub but you can probably just use the left input on the sub. Using both left and right will not improve the sound. It will just kick up the signal by 6db making the auto on feature work easier. I would use both with a y- splitter.
post #15760 of 34776
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

I'm not really familiar with that sub but you can probably just use the left input on the sub. Using both left and right will not improve the sound. It will just kick up the signal by 6db making the auto on feature work easier. I would use both with a y- splitter.

Thank you !!!
post #15761 of 34776
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

With Tsi's you definitely should stay within the Tsi line. The Tsi's have a brighter tweeter than the Monitor line, which includes the CS2. A CS10 should be adequate, as your 200's have two 5-1/2" drivers. You can find them on Amazon for around $100. If you had the Tsi500's or even the 400's I would definitely recommend a CS20 over the CS10 in order to match timbre.

I would listen to Rob here. The man has owned just about every Monitor series speaker and a couple of the TSi's as well lol.
post #15762 of 34776
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

With Tsi's you definitely should stay within the Tsi line. The Tsi's have a brighter tweeter than the Monitor line, which includes the CS2. A CS10 should be adequate, as your 200's have two 5-1/2" drivers. You can find them on Amazon for around $100. If you had the Tsi500's or even the 400's I would definitely recommend a CS20 over the CS10 in order to match timbre.

Do you think a CS1 would work?

edit: I found one for $35. That and a CS2 ii.
post #15763 of 34776
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Originally Posted by likemovies View Post

Do you think a CS1 would work?

No... maybe only if you are using something like M30's as your mains. The CS1 is a terribly weak speaker.

If you truly like movies do yourself a favor and get the best center you can afford.
post #15764 of 34776
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

No... maybe only if you are using something like M30's as your mains. The CS1 is a terribly weak speaker.
If you truly like movies do yourself a favor and get the best center you can afford.

But I definitely would not get the CS20, is that correct?
post #15765 of 34776
If you can afford the CS20 you would certainly not regret it. That is a very fine speaker. I suppose what I meant was that you don't really need a CS20, however it is definitely better than anything cheaper. If you follow the "typical" progression, you would eventually move up to larger front speakers and move your Tsi300's to the surround position. In that case, you would already have the best center in the Tsi family to match your new fronts (assuming you move up to Tsi400, Tsi500, or even M70's).

Unless you use your system either primarily for music or mostly for music, your center and sub should be the best speakers in your setup.
post #15766 of 34776
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

The NR414 has most of the features I'm looking for. Not too picky. Amazon has them for like 245 dollars. I have the NR3009 for my home theater so the downstairs AVR will simply push the in-ceiling speakers and connect to the internet for Pandora...
80 - 100 WPC
1080P
Network ready

I have a set of Polk RCi85 inwalls I use to run as surrounds . They certainly held there own. Lots of love for the Monoprice inwalls. A entire thread exists with lots of positive reviews.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/991046/monoprice-in-wall-in-ceiling-speakers/0_40
post #15767 of 34776
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Originally Posted by ProfD View Post

Will the sub sound better if I use the splitter to plug in both channels?

When one uses a splitter it sums the feed and offers a ~ few db's. This can also be achieved with a bump in the gain.

Sorry XStanleyX just noticed you replied.
Edited by BIG INJUN CHIEF - 1/3/13 at 3:11pm
post #15768 of 34776
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Originally Posted by BIG INJUN CHIEF View Post

I have a set of Polk RCi85 inwalls I use to run as surrounds . They certainly held there own. Lots of love for the Monoprice inwalls. A entire thread exists with lots of positive reviews.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/991046/monoprice-in-wall-in-ceiling-speakers/0_40

Thanks man, I'll check 'em out now.

:edit: Those are definitely something I'm going to take a look at installing. You can't really beat those prices and the reviews sound pretty good too.
Edited by climber07 - 1/3/13 at 2:58pm
post #15769 of 34776
http://knoxville.craigslist.org/ele/3514304783.html

can anyone tell what these speakers are? they appear to be real wood at least, for 30 bucks.
post #15770 of 34776
http://knoxville.craigslist.org/ele/3512092069.html

going high on the price here, but decent setup.
post #15771 of 34776
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Originally Posted by 3rdHerd View Post

http://knoxville.craigslist.org/ele/3514304783.html
can anyone tell what these speakers are? they appear to be real wood at least, for 30 bucks.

Those look like something that might have been made by Technics or Kenwood back in the 80's. Doubt very much they are real wood. It sure has got a itty bitty mid range speaker.
Edited by XStanleyX - 1/3/13 at 4:28pm
post #15772 of 34776
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Those look like something that might have been made by Techniques or Kenwood back in the 80's. Doubt very much they are real wood. It sure has got a itty bitty mid range speaker.

Either Technics SB series speakers or some Fishers...20 bucks if they work..
post #15773 of 34776
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Originally Posted by 3rdHerd View Post

I forgot who was looking for the monitors on sale, but the 'new monitor' is on sale at newegg
has anyone compared the new monitor series with the monitor2 series? they seem acoustically similar if not exact. the main difference looked cosmetic.
did the math today. in three months I have spent just at $1500 and got:
HK AVR 2600
Monitor 60ii fronts
Rti A4 Center
PSW505 Sub
Samsung 42 inch LED TV
Sharp RP-113 Turntable (never opened box circa 1984)
TCC TC-760LC Phono Preamp
clean power strip
plus all cables and wires to run it.
Now saving for the last piece, fxi a6 surrounds smile.gif

Good post here comparing the B and T series monitors against the 2 series: I had a linear tracking technics SL2 back in the 80's...

http://www.avsforum.com/t/618137/calling-all-polkies-official-polk-thread/15360#post_22713378
post #15774 of 34776
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Originally Posted by myoda View Post

Good post here comparing the B and T series monitors against the 2 series: I had a linear tracking technics SL2 back in the 80's...
http://www.avsforum.com/t/618137/calling-all-polkies-official-polk-thread/15360#post_22713378

Thanks Yoda, that was pretty much as I expected smile.gif I hadn't noticed one of the drivers was moved. That is the only real change unless there is something in the crossovers or other internal materials.

I opened up the turntable and found a completely degraded belt, it melts onto your fingers smile.gif a bit of cleaning, and a new belt already on the way... The arm moves, and it power on as it should, so I'm hoping for the best.
post #15775 of 34776
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Originally Posted by likemovies View Post

But I definitely would not get the CS20, is that correct?

It sounds like you've already gotten good advice on which center to accommodate your mains.

My recommendation.....either CS2 or CS20. Forget you ever heard of a CS1 or CS10!

I did a demo of a CS10 side by side with a CS20. The CS20 was smooth and full of detail, put the sound right in your lap and comfortably. The CS10 sounded like it was straining to keep up and could never get the job done right. Comparatively, it sounded hollow and weak, kinda like a V8 losing two spark plugs.

The CS1 or 10 may look like a good deal $$ wise, but performance wise.....yech
post #15776 of 34776
Fry's Electronics has the following sales:

Fry's Electronics is having the following sales:

TOWERS:
Polk Audio RTi12 $747 pair.
Infinity P363 $234 pair.
Sony SS-F6000 $117 pair.

Center Channel:
Polk Audio CSi5 $199.95

Bookshelf:
Polk Audio RTi4 $129.95 pair.
Polk Audio RTi6 $199.95 pair.

Subs:
Polk Audio PSW10 $99.99 each.
post #15777 of 34776
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

Comparatively, it sounded hollow and weak, kinda like a V8 losing two spark plugs.
The CS1 or 10 may look like a good deal $$ wise, but performance wise.....yech

II drive an old chevy truck, and it misses sometimes, chugs sometimes. I only need it for moving stuff around for my garden. but if I needed it for anything other than moving poop, I woudn't have bought it. think of the cs1 the same way, if you want it for moving poop, your good to go.

get the cs2 or 20. or do what I did, get the rtia4 knowing tha eventually you would upgrade speakers and at least had the better center already. Keep in mind that almost all the voice in home theater comes through the center, and it locates the sound stage image as well.
post #15778 of 34776
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

Fry's Electronics has the following sales:
Fry's Electronics is having the following sales:
TOWERS:
Polk Audio RTi12 $747 pair.
Infinity P363 $234 pair.
Sony SS-F6000 $117 pair.
Center Channel:
Polk Audio CSi5 $199.95
Bookshelf:
Polk Audio RTi4 $129.95 pair.
Polk Audio RTi6 $199.95 pair.
Subs:
Polk Audio PSW10 $99.99 each.

What are the diff between the RTI12 and A9?

Thx
post #15779 of 34776
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Originally Posted by bad1550 View Post

What are the diff between the RTI12 and A9?
Thx

The cabinet. The sound will be on par with each other. They both have the same specs. I almost bought a pair but decided to swing with the LSi15's at $500 each. Those RTi12's are a great bargain.
post #15780 of 34776
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

The CS1 or 10 may look like a good deal $$ wise, but performance wise.....yech

I agree on the CS1, however the CS10 is adequate in some applications. We tend to think that everyone here has their Polks installed a large living room or home theater, and not consider those in a small office, dorm room, den or bedroom. In those cases - and especially if used only for ambient music or TV viewing, the CS10 and a pair of bookshelf speakers are often most appropriate.

The CS1 though seems to fall flat regardless. I even had two of them stood on end in the rear corners for a while, but even there, a pair of M30's worked better.
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