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Nice looking setup climber07. Very nice. Those USMC plaques are a great touch.

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Definitely prefer the appearance of the 703 to the LSI-9 (top of the 15). You choose the cherry finish, how does that look in person ? I had the mahogany when I had the 9's, but then again I always preferred black or the darkest look available.

 

They have a real nice finish. Nice furniture quality cabinets. No complaints.

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hey guys..these are for sale ..if ur in the north east ..PA/MD/NJ..19804 area..
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Nice looking setup climber07. Very nice. Those USMC plaques are a great touch.


Thank you Stanley.
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Well I would still harass you about having physical media of any kind (besides LP's eek.gif). But....I will leave you alone after seeing the part about going digital with your movies biggrin.gif. I suggest using MakeMKV to get them to your hard drive and then possibly using handbrake to compress them.
Yeah I was like that at one time. Then I moved to a Antec P182 with Noctua fans on a fan controller and I got quiet and super efficient. Its not flashy but my wife likes it better eek.gif. And we all know what that means lol.

I too am looking at building a mini ITX AMD FM2 server but nothing that big.

Look at the Norco case on Newegg. Its 2U and a very good price with more than enough space for ya.

Thanks for the advice on video conversion. Most of my files are video TS folders at full quality with zero compression. I am very wary of compressing my DVDs and Blurays even though they take up a lot of room. I downloaded the makemkv and handbrake for a test run. Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by pioneertop View Post


hey guys..these are for sale ..if ur in the north east ..PA/MD/NJ..19804 area..

Mmm, they're in much nicer shape than the pair I bought last month. But I'm all tapped out on speakers until it's time for new subwoofer this summer.

What are you replacing them with?
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Anyone listen to either of these in-ceiling speakers?

Polk Audio - RC60i 6-1/2"
Polk Audio - RC80i 8"

My wife wants us to go in-ceiling for the surround speakers. plz let me know if you've heard them.
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Was wondering if one of you nice Polk folks could give me some advice smile.gif

I'm thinking about splurging on some 75Ts that are at a good price to replace my 10 year-old Hsu Ventriloquists. I'm assuming this would be a worthy upgrade (running these with a PSW10 I got because my Hsu STF-2 died).

So my questions is ... would the Polk 15C suffice as a new center to pair with the 75Ts? I would go with a 25C, but I think they are too big for my theater setup (the measure 20.98 cm vs the 20.5 cm my shelves appear to be).

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Zoma121 View Post


I'm thinking about splurging on some 75Ts that are at a good price to replace my 10 year-old Hsu Ventriloquists.

Not sure what you were planning on spending, but Newegg has them for $200 after coupon code for one more day.
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Originally Posted by U2Edge View Post

Not sure what you were planning on spending, but Newegg has them for $200 after coupon code for one more day.

Exactly where I was looking wink.gif
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Originally Posted by ProfD View Post

Anyone listen to either of these in-ceiling speakers?

Polk Audio - RC60i 6-1/2"
Polk Audio - RC80i 8"

My wife wants us to go in-ceiling for the surround speakers. plz let me know if you've heard them.

RC80is are good sounding speakers. They also provide quite a bit of bass. Honestly though, for the price, check these out. I put these in after listening to both. I have these in the living room downstairs with no sub:

Monoprice 8" kevlar in-ceiling speakers



...for 60 bucks "a pair" you cannot beat em. Most in-wall subs are 8 - 10 inches so you can probably get by without a sub, unless you are entertaining with music.
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Originally Posted by Zoma121 View Post

Exactly where I was looking wink.gif

I had my eyes on them for awhile -- they were $229/ea. the day before I pulled the trigger on the final pair of Monitor 70 II's that Polk had ($350 shipped for the pair). I saw the 65T's were listed as discontinued on Newegg. I wonder if the 75s are heading that direction as well.
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This is the inside of the monitor 70II. You can see the crossover along with 2 braces. I took a piece of mdf 5 3/4"w x 13 1/4l and cut it to fit on the top of the first brace you see. That brace is between the MTM and the low range. I glued and nailed the mdf in place then sealed the edges with 786. I added extra dampening material and buttoned them back up. Each box took about 20 minutes to modify. The sound now is WAY better than before. Mids are clear and bass is so much tighter. I listened with an onkyo 818 bi-amped blasting Skyworld from Two Steps From Hell. Awesome!
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They also list most of the RTI A series as discontinued,
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

System all set up in the new house. The room isn't ideal, but has pretty good acoustics (surprisingly). Being on the second floor, I was worried about the floor shaking with the bass. Turns out it's not boomy at all. Had to mount the surrounds on the back wall. Not what I wanted to do at all. They sound good there though. Next step is to get a custom Salamander Designs TV stand and mount the TV on the wall. Then the center can go right below it where it belongs... cool.gif

Also got the office set up. My wife wants me to put up a "Man Cave" sign... LOL biggrin.gif

Very nice room, I loved it the first time you showed it before you took it over.....DANG spanky, that's a monster PC!!

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Finally decided to bite the bullet and join the polk club..

Welcome to the club, we like to tell fish stories here so make sure you're wearing your hip waders biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by PretzelFisch View Post

They also list most of the RTI A series as discontinued,

If you look on Polk's main web site pretty much all of the RTI stuff is listed as vintage now with the exception of the RTI A7. I had a discussion with Polk's Baltimore office this morning about the new, "Hello Kitty, heart logo and what seems to be the new emphasis of the company. Since the original company was taken over it seems to me they are focusing more on profit than the enthusiast. Now they want to go after the "kiddie" market as they see more profit in that than going after the "audioholic", or "professional". Most of my Polk purchases have been from the Polk Direct eBay store where you can buy, brand new, vintage or refurbished equipment at very reasonable prices, especially if you wait for the sales. In my opinion Polk's vintage equipment is/was better anyway. A pair of the original Monitor 7s can still command $300 on the used market and they came out in the 70s. One of the problems the current Polk company is fighting is the disappearance of the good stereo/hi fi shops. Most speaker/AVR companies are having to go mass market (think Best Buy, Walmart) or internet in order to stay alive. This creates a new problem as there is no one left to educate the younger generation as to what good sound is. The younger generation thinks an iPod, with low fidelity mp3s, and ear buds jammed in your ears, is good sound.
Edited by macfan - 3/13/13 at 9:27pm
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

Thanks for the advice on video conversion. Most of my files are video TS folders at full quality with zero compression. I am very wary of compressing my DVDs and Blurays even though they take up a lot of room. I downloaded the makemkv and handbrake for a test run. Thanks again.

MakeMKV does DVD and blu-ray. Its also nice in that it lets you select which soundtracks you want from all of the ones available so you can just copy the movie and the Loss-less ones off a blu-ray if you want.
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Originally Posted by Jaykuul View Post

lol thx.

Would you change the PSW100 sub I have, for the PSW505?


I'm not looking to sell what I have and change it, except perhaps the LS FX's, My new new LR layout, will have the the sectional completely across the rear wall facing the tv.
Not sure what I should use for surrounds with the room change. Make sense to add more surrounds for 7.1?

If anyone needs more info on room size and placement to answer this for me, let me know.
QUICK FYI, 14x20 room, new Sharp 80 LED TV on far wall, full sectional across directly against the 20' back wall.
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If anyone needs more info on room size and placement to answer this for me, let me know.
QUICK FYI, 14x20 room, new Sharp 80 LED TV on far wall, full sectional across directly against the 20' back wall.

 

In a room that size it would be nice if you could add a 2nd one but since it's an older sub chances are slim. If you feel you are lacking the bass you want I would go for a better sub than the 505 and plan on adding a 2nd one in the future, Dual 505's would help with nulls and voids in the room but again if you can I'd step it up with a better sub. Depends on how bass hungry you are. I doubt switching to a 505 will do it for you and pairing different subs is not recommended. Not impossible but you'll get the best performance with a pair of the same subs.

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Thanks.

I was looking at the Hsu VTF-1 MK2, $500 shipped is probably above my budget but, wife may go for it if I promise it will kick ass?
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Originally Posted by Jaykuul View Post

Thanks.

I was looking at the Hsu VTF-1 MK2, $500 shipped is probably above my budget but, wife may go for it if I promise it will kick ass?

 

I would go into the subwoofer forum and ask for opinions giving your room size and max budget. The $500 price line is a tough one. On sale at $300 each I would probably go with a Klipsch RW-12d and add a second one later. Dual subs will really make a difference for your room size. That is if you can get it past the wife. You'll get some opinions in the sub forum but be prepared for them to try and up your budget. It usually happens.

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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

On sale at $300 each I would probably go with a Klipsch ... and add a second one later. Dual subs will really make a difference for your room size.
+1 ... twin subs really even out the bass peaks and dead spots found in most larger rooms.

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That is if you can get it past the wife.
My solution to that: wife's recliner is positioned between the two subs. Let's say she really notices the LFE.
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Well I got the green light for anything within reason, I can always upgrade to duals if needed.

Think I'll stay away from the Polk model and maybe post a thread in the sub forum. Either way, from what I can gather from research, looking at these 2 models;

http://www.svsound.com/subwoofers/ported-box/pb-1000#.UUIRRTdY1ik
http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-1mk2.html
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Can anyone recommend a better tweeter that will fit the monitor 70s? I starter noticing a really sharp chirping / scratching like noise emitting from my left front one. I called Polk Audio. They want me to switch the tweeters from left to right and see if the problem persist. If the issue still there they want me to send the tweeter to them and in two weeks I will get another one.

Two weeks is a long turn around time. I was wondering if there is anything better I can use.
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

Can anyone recommend a better tweeter that will fit the monitor 70s? I starter noticing a really sharp chirping / scratching like noise emitting from my left front one. I called Polk Audio. They want me to switch the tweeters from left to right and see if the problem persist. If the issue still there they want me to send the tweeter to them and in two weeks I will get another one.

Two weeks is a long turn around time. I was wondering if there is anything better I can use.

I haven't heard of any and I've been looking for a year. Without modifying I think we're hooped. Look at my post about modifying the boxes. It's easy and makes the 70's sound way better.
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HELP A N00B!!

hi avs community, brand new to this audio thing but been looking on this forum and others for past 4 months or so when i decided it was time to get my first home theater system. gradually my budget went from a $100 sound bar to maybe $1000 for speakers/receiver separately.

i been waiting for the polk monitor 75t to go on sale at newegg and jumped on them for $200 each. my ideal speaker system would be:

polk monitor 75t fronts
polk 25c center
polk 45b surround
polk psw505 subwoofer

i read the timbre are the same for the 25C and the CS2 or CS20. which woudl you guys recommend?

now since i decided on the speakers and subwoofer already, i'm having trouble deciding what receiver to get to power these and i'd love for any advice or recommendations based on what you've heard or own

the system will be mainly for movies, i'd say 80% movies and 20% music, maybe even 90% movies. i plan on putting it in the living room which is an L shape , with the tv and front speakers in the axis of the "L" facing the longer direction.

i been researching the 2012 models of denon, yamaha, pioneer, and onkyo. the things i hear about onkyo is that their customer service isn't that great and some of them have HDMI issues. i'm looking for a receiver with standy pass-through, which denon and i believe yamaha have, and also airplay which most do. i'm looking to spend from 250-400 on a receiver. i really only need a 5.1 receiver but if a 7.1 comes at a decent price i'd go for that as well, for example the Onkyo TX-NR515, but i heard this has issues.

for the denon i was lookin at the the 1713 or the 1913 and the yamaha the 573 or 673. any help? TIA
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Well, I went ahead and ordered the black 75Ts biggrin.gif

Now I just have to find a good deal on a decent center...
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Originally Posted by jtwong View Post

HELP A N00B!!

hi avs community, brand new to this audio thing but been looking on this forum and others for past 4 months or so when i decided it was time to get my first home theater system. gradually my budget went from a $100 sound bar to maybe $1000 for speakers/receiver separately.

i been waiting for the polk monitor 75t to go on sale at newegg and jumped on them for $200 each. my ideal speaker system would be:

polk monitor 75t fronts
polk 25c center
polk 45b surround
polk psw505 subwoofer

i read the timbre are the same for the 25C and the CS2 or CS20. which woudl you guys recommend?

now since i decided on the speakers and subwoofer already, i'm having trouble deciding what receiver to get to power these and i'd love for any advice or recommendations based on what you've heard or own

the system will be mainly for movies, i'd say 80% movies and 20% music, maybe even 90% movies. i plan on putting it in the living room which is an L shape , with the tv and front speakers in the axis of the "L" facing the longer direction.

i been researching the 2012 models of denon, yamaha, pioneer, and onkyo. the things i hear about onkyo is that their customer service isn't that great and some of them have HDMI issues. i'm looking for a receiver with standy pass-through, which denon and i believe yamaha have, and also airplay which most do. i'm looking to spend from 250-400 on a receiver. i really only need a 5.1 receiver but if a 7.1 comes at a decent price i'd go for that as well, for example the Onkyo TX-NR515, but i heard this has issues.

for the denon i was lookin at the the 1713 or the 1913 and the yamaha the 573 or 673. any help? TIA

 

If you don't mind a refurb I'd recommend the one below. You can add extra years of warranty for a good price. The site has gotten good reviews by many members of this site. It has Audyssey XT which the 1913 lacks.

 

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR2113CI/DENON-AVR-2113CI-7.1ch-Networking-Receiver-w/AirPlay-3D-Ready/1.html

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Originally Posted by Zoma121 View Post

Well, I went ahead and ordered the black 75Ts biggrin.gif

Now I just have to find a good deal on a decent center...

 

Congrats there buddy. Hope you enjoy them as much as my son does his Monitor 70's. Pretty close to the same.

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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

If you don't mind a refurb I'd recommend the one below. You can add extra years of warranty for a good price. The site has gotten good reviews by many members of this site. It has Audyssey XT which the 1913 lacks.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR2113CI/DENON-AVR-2113CI-7.1ch-Networking-Receiver-w/AirPlay-3D-Ready/1.html

Since you only want 5.1, I'd save the $100 and get the 1713 from the same source.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR1713/DENON-AVR-1713-5.1ch-Networking-Receiver-w/AirPlay-3D-Ready/1.html
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Hey Guys,

This is my first forum post. For the past few years I've played around in the world of car audio SPL competitions, but this is my first time REALLY getting into home audio. For the past week or so I've been comparing and contrasting the two to gain a little more understanding.

Here is the 7.2 setup that I decided upon:

Fronts: Polk Monitor 75T
Rears: Polk Tsi 300
Surrounds: Polk Tsi 200
Center: Polk Csi A6
Subs: (2) Klipsch RW-12D
Receiver: Onkyo TX-NR809
Power Amplifier: Onkyo M-282 (fronts)

All of the equipment has already arrived at my home (thanks UPS for leaving it ALL on my front porch for 5 hours until I arrived home), but I unfortunately have to wait another week or so to begin the install.

I realize that room plays a HUGE part in the performance of your setup, and unfortunately I think that might be my biggest challenge to overcome. The room is my living room which is open ended on one side...with concrete floors (in hindsight, maybe the whole modern industrial look was a mistake. haha). I think I'll unfortunately have to do quite a bit of experimentation with acoustical padding and whatnot to mitigate those constraints.

Anyhow, like I mentioned, I'm just getting started on this adventure and any advice is always welcomed.
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