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post #16621 of 35289
Finally rockin' a center channel (CSR). Definitely a big improvement in dialogue. Also had my TV calibrated today. Now I need to think about rears. So here's a question:

Should I get just a set of speakers for the rears, or dipoles? My couch is against the wall behind me, so there is no way to have speakers behind me, unless they're literally above the couch.

What I've done for now is I have a pair of cheap speakers on each side (total of 4 rear speakers), they are out as far as they can go and on the wall behind my couch. One speaker faces forward (toward the TV) and one faces the listening area (me). They are wired in parallel, but the speaker that faces the TV is wired in phase while the speaker that faces me is out of phase. This seems to make it much harder for my ear to know where there sound is coming from. When I had just one speaker on each side, I could tell and it was very distracting.

I hope this makes sense, I'll try to add a photo as well.

But yeah, what should I do about rears?

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post #16622 of 35289
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

So, if you already have the room (based on the monitor 50), then it seems real estate is not a problem to add floorstanding speakers. However, that will lead to the eternally present question: what is your is budget?.

You can evaluate A5's or A7's as surrounds. Some will tell you that it is overkill! But when you run all those speakers on 5 channel stereo.........wow, it is a really nice experience!

Unfortunately due to low funds I have wait a bit , but want have all the info when I'm ready

Thanks
post #16623 of 35289
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Originally Posted by bad1550 View Post

Unfortunately due to low funds I have wait a bit , but want have all the info when I'm ready

Thanks

That's all right. I think you are doing the right thing on looking for all information available/advice for your future speakers. So, when the time is right, you can make an informed purchase.

I'm kind in the same boat. I mean, hopefully in the near future I'll be able to upgrade my surround speakers.

Cheers!
post #16624 of 35289
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

You can evaluate A5's or A7's as surrounds. Some will tell you that it is overkill! But when you run all those speakers on 5 channel stereo.........wow, it is a really nice experience!

I started with M50's and then upgraded to M60's and moved the 50's to surround. When I later upgraded to M70's I left the 50's at surround and was going to store the M60's in the basement. But then I figured I'd try the M60's at surround and WOW what a difference that made! Needless to say it's the M50's now in the basement.

When I later upgraded to Rti's I basically did the same thing all over again. Now with A9's up front and A7's at surround I have them all crossed at 40Hz and they deliver some nice punch on the low notes.
post #16625 of 35289
Can you pair a cs25 with m30s as fronts? A cs15? Both? Neither?
post #16626 of 35289
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Originally Posted by crcostel View Post

Can you pair a cs25 with m30s as fronts? A cs15? Both? Neither?

 Either one should be a good timbre match.

post #16627 of 35289

Free beer at my place tonight. Closing time in 5 minutes.

post #16628 of 35289
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Free beer at my place tonight. Closing time in 5 minutes.

Save me one, haha!
post #16629 of 35289
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Originally Posted by MNaudioguy View Post


Save me one, haha!

 

Still on the prowl for speakers and AVR I see. So many choices.

post #16630 of 35289
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Still on the prowl for speakers and AVR I see. So many choices.

yes, i wish that weren't the case though. Stu never got back to me with his LSiC so it brought me back to square 1. I am kind of looking at the def tech 8060st 5.1 system as you can see smile.gif Unless you got a better 5.1 recommendation for 2k, lol. How has your weekend treated you so far?
post #16631 of 35289

The weekend has been good. Music, movies and an occasional beer. Helped my old employer get set up with a wireless router and a iPad. He's totally clueless about PC gear. Too bad about the CC. Crap happens. Just my opinion but I think you're headed down the wrong path with any speaker with a built in powered sub if planning to add a "real " sub. The Pioneer would not be my choice either. Already tried one and took it back. Something with Audyssey XT will be better with a sub. Take your time and decide for yourself of course. There are a zillion opinions in the forums.


Edited by XStanleyX - 1/26/13 at 10:25pm
post #16632 of 35289
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

 Either one should be a good timbre match.

Thanks, I saw that the 35b's are the same inside as the 30 ii's, figured the 15c is the same as a CS1. I was just worried a 25c would overwhelm the m30 fronts.
post #16633 of 35289
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

The weekend has been good. Music, movies and an occasional beer. Helped my old employer get set up with a wireless router and a iPad. He's totally clueless about PC gear. Too bad about the CC. Crap happens. Just my opinion but I think you're headed down the wrong path with any speaker with a built in powered sub if planning to add a "real " sub. The Pioneer would not be my choice either. Already tried one and took it back. Something with Audyssey XT will be better with a sub. Take your time and decide for yourself of course. There are a zillion opinions in the forums.

I dont think a powered sub is necessarily a bad idea provided you dont assume you dont need a REAL sub as well. I only mention that as I know a couple guys running the Def Tech's that are VERY happy with them both for HT and 2 channel music.

With that said I dont like the Polk LSi 25's at all, but how def tech utilizes the powered subs are better and would work quite well for him.

Getting the powered sub to augment in with the real sub isnt that hard either, as shown by the guys I know running them.

The main guy at the Polk forums doing it is currently running a SC-68 with his def techs and has never been happier... he used a SC-07 for a long time IIRC.
post #16634 of 35289
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Originally Posted by bellafinis View Post

I have owned polk since the early 90s
in 2001 I became a dealer custom install I love the new polk line
if you guys are looking to buy any polk speakers I can get them to you club members cheaper than anywhere else
I am not trying to advertise I just love to see how much you guys love them
were all just audiophiles on the search for the best sound...we can afford.
thanks
chris
Shipping included?
post #16635 of 35289
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

I dont think a powered sub is necessarily a bad idea provided you dont assume you dont need a REAL sub as well. I only mention that as I know a couple guys running the Def Tech's that are VERY happy with them both for HT and 2 channel music.

With that said I dont like the Polk LSi 25's at all, but how def tech utilizes the powered subs are better and would work quite well for him.

Getting the powered sub to augment in with the real sub isnt that hard either, as shown by the guys I know running them.

The main guy at the Polk forums doing it is currently running a SC-68 with his def techs and has never been happier... he used a SC-07 for a long time IIRC.

If you go into the subwoofer forum you'll see it's recommended not to mix two different powered subs for the best results. I've tried it and it just does not work as well as two matched powered subs. I like MN and would just like to see him get the best results. Just a recommendation. We all row our own boat.
Edited by XStanleyX - 1/27/13 at 9:32am
post #16636 of 35289
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

If you go into the subwoofer forum you'll see it's recommended not to mix two different powered subs for the best results. I've tried it and it just does not work as well as two matched powered subs. I like MN and would just like to see him get the best results. Just a recommendation.

Stanley and Enders you are both awesome! I really appreciate you looking out for my best interests! I am slightly bummed my LSi system is looking like it wont work out. I really wanted to be a part of the Polk community. However, this Def Tech deal seems like a pretty good one and they have gotten good reviews.

I hope you both are having good weekends so far. I haven't pulled the trigger on anything yet so swaying me, trying to get me to spend more, etc. is still on the table smile.gif
post #16637 of 35289
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Originally Posted by MNaudioguy View Post

Stanley and Enders you are both awesome! I really appreciate you looking out for my best interests! I am slightly bummed my LSi system is looking like it wont work out. I really wanted to be a part of the Polk community. However, this Def Tech deal seems like a pretty good one and they have gotten good reviews.

I hope you both are having good weekends so far. I haven't pulled the trigger on anything yet so swaying me, trying to get me to spend more, etc. is still on the table smile.gif

You don't have to own Polk to hang with us. You're a very likeable guy and easy going. Don't take my recommendations like I'm telling you how to dress. After you make your choice I'm 100% with you whatever it is. Unless it's Bose.
post #16638 of 35289
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

You don't have to own Polk to hang with us. You're a very likeable guy and easy going. Don't take my recommendations like I'm telling you how to dress. After you make your choice I'm 100% with you whatever it is. Unless it's Bose.

I appreciate I can still be a part of the group and the support!! Bose, what is this Bose you speak of smile.gif
post #16639 of 35289
Stanley it's all good. Different strokes for different folks. It only matters how it sounds to you in the end.

I wouldn't run those def techs full range either way but maybe cross em over at like 40hz or whatever the lowest the AVR he gets will go.

So to an extent we agree as how I would set them up DOESN'T include running the LFE to em, just the left and right channel audio.

At the end of the day MN will have to choose and hopefully he can get his ears on whatever he buys beforehand.

Either way as with all things audio YMMV.
post #16640 of 35289
I'm sort of set on the LSi-15's refurbed but there is a PSB image T6 that interests me a little.
I'm sort of set on the polk line & know I will enjoy talkking about how they sound,
with the new Emotiva stuff next to the denon & Alons I have now.
post #16641 of 35289
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Originally Posted by AVNut57 View Post

I'm sort of set on the LSi-15's refurbed but there is a PSB image T6 that interests me a little.
I'm sort of set on the polk line & know I will enjoy talkking about how they sound,
with the new Emotiva stuff next to the denon & Alons I have now.

If you're set on getting the perfect center channel timbre match for the LSi's you're in for a tough time finding one. Something to consider.
post #16642 of 35289
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

If you're set on getting the perfect center channel timbre match for the LSi's you're in for a tough time finding one.

I was about to say just that smile.gif The matching center is going to be a tough one to find. All i have to say is if a guy name Stu in Polk forums tries to sell it to you, dont get your hopes up. He checks/answers his email once a month and I still am not convinced he really owns one, haha
post #16643 of 35289
I'm running the CS2 CC with my LSi15's and don't hear anything lacking when watching movies but having not heard the LSiC I don't know what I'm missing. So in my case ignorance is bliss so to speak.
post #16644 of 35289
2 channel stereo only! listen to music & ocassionally live from darlyls house.
Thanks to the folks here i have a new denon 1913 setup with cheap pioneers in a small room! thnks guys.
no center needed!
post #16645 of 35289
I'm interested in the LSi-15's?
post #16646 of 35289
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Originally Posted by AVNut57 View Post

2 channel stereo only! listen to music & ocassionally live from darlyls house.
Thanks to the folks here i have a new denon 1913 setup with cheap pioneers in a small room! thnks guys.
no center needed!

That sure makes the choice easier. For what Polk ebay charges for the LSi15's it will be very tough to find a better speaker. smile.gif
post #16647 of 35289
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Originally Posted by bellafinis View Post

I have owned polk since the early 90s
in 2001 I became a dealer custom install I love the new polk line
if you guys are looking to buy any polk speakers I can get them to you club members cheaper than anywhere else
I am not trying to advertise I just love to see how much you guys love them
were all just audiophiles on the search for the best sound...we can afford.
thanks
chris

Sorry about the dead post bellafinis/& the thread, I'm a bit new to forums! can you help with the LSi-15's? Thanks!
post #16648 of 35289
I don't believe I asked you how they sound? I remember posting about the higher end but not settling on that one model!
I posted previously about having a small 3-way tower Alon1 & wanting a bigger speaker for my larger room?
post #16649 of 35289
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Originally Posted by AVNut57 View Post

I don't believe I asked you how they sound? I remember posting about the higher end but not settling on that one model!
I posted previously about having a small 3-way tower Alon1 & wanting a bigger speaker for my larger room?

If you want better sounding speakers you'll just have to spend more. It's all about your budget.
post #16650 of 35289
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

I'm running the CS2 CC with my LSi15's and don't hear anything lacking when watching movies but having not heard the LSiC I don't know what I'm missing. So in my case ignorance is bliss so to speak.
This is what I was questioning you on. Can you possibly tell me how the sound?
I've had Meitner mon-block 80wattper for so many years I got used to them, then a Cyrus 40wpcnl, then a new Denon! They sound so similar that I got a new DAC
& tube pre, & I think I've come as far as I can with these speakers which I'l say require no eq & are just a bit bright & forward.
Hopefully that will help you?
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