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post #18631 of 34757
Any news or rumors regarding when the new TSx series will be in stores? I thought I read something a while back that they would be available in April...but that has come and gone......

Crutchfeild is the only legit seller I have found listing the TSx series but they still show as a preorder item.
post #18632 of 34757
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Originally Posted by AG74683 View Post

Of course! After the installation, celebration.

Placed the order tonight.

Yamaha RV-673
Polk 45b's

Eventually 75t's for my fronts and possibly the sides, and the 45's moved to rear. Is there much of a difference in tower vs. bookshelf for the side speakers?

hi i got the 75T and 25C for the front and center and thinking about the 45 for surround. are you planning to get speaker stands? and if so, which ones? that's the thing i'm waiting on, i heard about the sanus stands, possibly 31B but i read the reviews and they weren't that great, but for the price they're good of course.
post #18633 of 34757
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Originally Posted by jtwong View Post

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Originally Posted by AG74683 View Post

Of course! After the installation, celebration.

Placed the order tonight.

Yamaha RV-673
Polk 45b's

Eventually 75t's for my fronts and possibly the sides, and the 45's moved to rear. Is there much of a difference in tower vs. bookshelf for the side speakers?

hi i got the 75T and 25C for the front and center and thinking about the 45 for surround. are you planning to get speaker stands? and if so, which ones? that's the thing i'm waiting on, i heard about the sanus stands, possibly 31B but i read the reviews and they weren't that great, but for the price they're good of course.
I use those sanus 31b's with my monitor 40's and don't have any complaints. For the price they are more then adequate. A dab of blue-tack and the 40's are solidly attatched.
post #18634 of 34757
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Originally Posted by Ron Temple View Post

While I've heard and loved other speakers, the opportunities I've had in acquiring Polks over the years has kept me in the brand from a quality and $/cents stand point. I started with R30s to get me out of an Onk HTIB, then 50s, CS1, CSi3, then RTi8s. At that point, during the 30 day period, I found a local Club Polk member that was selling SDA 1Cs for $500.00 One audition, I bought them, took the RTis back and never looked at a modern Polk again. Since I was active in CP I met several local enthusiasts and we were able to do some get togethers and trade speakers. I've had SDA CRS+. RTA 8s. RTi55is, 35is, 35s, RTiA3s, LS 50s, LS90s, RTA11TLs, RTA15TLs, a CS400i and SDA2Bs. I heard a SRT system, SDA SRS 1.2TLs, Monitor 10s, RT800is and maybe a few others. I've swapped in and out many of these models into my rig....for a few months I ran an LS90/400i/RT35 as my main HT and SDA 1Cs in a 2 channel. I ended up scrapping the 2 channel due to lack of use and going back to an all SDA rig for both...1Cs/400i/2Bs. I think I'm pretty much done with the upgrade bug. Haven't really been interested for years...but for those of you that still have interest and don't want to spend too much. There are big upgrades even over RTis for less than you'd pay for a discounted pair of A9s or 12s.

Best I've heard in room:
SDA 1.2TLs, 1Cs, 2Bs, SDA-CRS+ ...keep in mind the smaller the room the less speaker you need. The 1.2TLs were too much for my house...the 1Cs just right.

Just a notch down: (mainly because the soundstage of SDAs is so huge in width/depth and 3D effects...it's addictive):
LS90s, LS50s, RTA11TLs, RTA8s...all are very laid back speakers with incredible bass response, clean midrange and a nice soft top end.

Tweener:
Monitor 10

Good all rounders, but not as exceptional as those above...
RT800is, RT55is, RT35is, 35s, A3s, RTi8s...yes I rate the newer revs below the older RT lines...smoother through the midrange with a sweeter tweet.

Center: CS400i...just a great center if you have the room for it without the sibilance of the RTi line.

Anyway, the most I paid for any of these used speakers was $500.00 for the 1Cs which were mint. The LS90s + RT35s, also mint I got for $300.00. Everything else was less than $150.00.

So if you have the upgrade itch and want to keep money in your pocket, check out CL. There's always a deal. Well treated speakers last a long time and you might find something better than you expect.

Ron,

Thanks for your thoughts! You gave me some advice in shorter format back in January re: older models and I wound up with mint condition RT800i fronts, a mint CS400 center, and slightly beat-up RT600 surrounds, all from Craigslist. They are a HUGE improvement over my old Polk RM6750 set. Added bonus: I sold the RM6750 box set for what I paid for the RT600s. It's helpful for a newbie to the Polk world - and to the audio upgrade disease - to see those thoughts from January put into the larger context of your overall experience with darn near all the Polk models there are. Although reading what just about everybody else on here has to say about the RTiA and LSiM models makes me curious.... now that World Wide Stereo outside of Philly is carrying them, maybe I can actually get my ears on them sometime. Just to satisfy my curiousity... yeah, that's it.
post #18635 of 34757
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Originally Posted by mknecht01 View Post

Ron,

Thanks for your thoughts! You gave me some advice in shorter format back in January re: older models and I wound up with mint condition RT800i fronts, a mint CS400 center, and slightly beat-up RT600 surrounds, all from Craigslist. They are a HUGE improvement over my old Polk RM6750 set. Added bonus: I sold the RM6750 box set for what I paid for the RT600s. It's helpful for a newbie to the Polk world - and to the audio upgrade disease - to see those thoughts from January put into the larger context of your overall experience with darn near all the Polk models there are. Although reading what just about everybody else on here has to say about the RTiA and LSiM models makes me curious.... now that World Wide Stereo outside of Philly is carrying them, maybe I can actually get my ears on them sometime. Just to satisfy my curiousity... yeah, that's it.
While the A7s and 9s are bigger and slightly brighter than your 800is, your still in the same family and as I said, I prefer the sweeter tone of the earlier RTs. LSiMs are a different animal...top of the current line and woth an audition, but it's really hard to judge speakers in a store. The direction of my post is for fiendish upgraders, but serious bargain hunters. Some of the 20 year old Polks I listed with wipe the floor with anything less than top of the line....and then it's a matter of taste. The small floorstander gems like the LS50 and RTA8TL are so clean and big sounding (if you close your eyes). They were entry level top of the line speakers when released (meaning the cheapest and smallest of their lines), but compare favorably with many modern speakers that sell for $1500/pr. Buy the right pair of used speakers, then go over to a a guys house that features a 5 channel rig that goes for $7000.00 used. I've done it a couple of times. You might really like the rigs...I did. But, when I invited them over to my house to listen to my SDA rig, I got funny looks from them. One of them started to look into upgrading immediately. First he thought it was his sub, then he came back and listened again and bought a new amp. He just couldn't obtain the dynamics that my rig had. I loved his speakers. I was looking at them used myself, but they were still too pricey. They just couldn't deliver the power and glory of my rig....with equal finesse and sound quality ( which they had in spades). Not bragging here...SDAs are 80's ugly, huge, but who cares if you're only into sound. My point on this Polk thread....once you gain a little experience and knowledge of the product...explore for bargains on recommended models. The guy I sold my LS90s to was a Polkie who wondered if they were better than M70s which he had. I didn't try to make a profit since he was a Club member, so after a very brief audition he walked out with a mint pair in Oak veneer. He sent me a couple of thank you emails because his new speakers were superb. Polk has made alot of really good stuff over the last 30 years and people should keep exploring it.
post #18636 of 34757
Situation: a good friend is finishing his basement this summer, including 100" projection screen media center. He was under the mistaken impression that he was going to get a Bose satellite system for it because "I heard one at some guy's house one time and it sounded great."

I am showing him the error of his ways but he is budget conscious and I'm not sure he will go for an RTiA/CSiA/FXiA system. He won't want to walk the "used older model in good shape" road that I chose either.

I wanted to give him some other options in the price vs. SQ spectrum but I don't know anything about the TSi models. Anyone have anything to say about SQ of TSi vs. the Newegg Monitor series (35/45 etc) vs. Monitor 2 series (30/40 etc)? I know a lot of you are Monitor fans (if we eliminate the RTiAs as an option for the sake of argument). How do the TSis compare?
post #18637 of 34757
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Originally Posted by mknecht01 View Post

Situation: a good friend is finishing his basement this summer, including 100" projection screen media center. He was under the mistaken impression that he was going to get a Bose satellite system for it because "I heard one at some guy's house one time and it sounded great."

I am showing him the error of his ways but he is budget conscious and I'm not sure he will go for an RTiA/CSiA/FXiA system. He won't want to walk the "used older model in good shape" road that I chose either.

I wanted to give him some other options in the price vs. SQ spectrum but I don't know anything about the TSi models. Anyone have anything to say about SQ of TSi vs. the Newegg Monitor series (35/45 etc) vs. Monitor 2 series (30/40 etc)? I know a lot of you are Monitor fans (if we eliminate the RTiAs as an option for the sake of argument). How do the TSis compare?

I have been in your friend's shoes. I didn't, however, have any friends to show me the error of my ways and I quickly parted with 2150 bucks. Now, granted, it was the best sounding system I had owned up to that point, and I lived in a barracks room, but I was ignorant and gullible. Boy that thing would rock my 600 square foot barracks room! cool.gif

I then rotated back to the states and rented a room from an audiophile. A real audiophile. He soon became a very good friend and mentor. My buddy has more LPs than he does CDs and he has thousands of those. He also has quite an extensive laser disc collection. He owns 15" concert subs and 5' tall electrostatic speakers (Acoustat I believe) that he uses with his sound board and beefy amps for outdoor parties. He's made his own tube amp and speaker arrays. The guy opened my eyes to another world. One that, at the time, I could not afford.


biggrin.gif BTW, I have a Lifestyle 28 home theater system (in perfect condition and working order) in a box in my garage if anyone is interested... biggrin.gif
post #18638 of 34757
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BTW, I have a Lifestyle 28 home theater system (in perfect condition and working order) in a box in my garage if anyone is interested... biggrin.gif

I will blow it up with a shotgun for you for free if you want.
post #18639 of 34757
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

I will blow it up with a shotgun for you for free if you want.

Don't let me know you did it. I will claim it on my insurance... LOL


MAN! I've gotta sell this thing.
post #18640 of 34757
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

Don't let me know you did it. I will claim it on my insurance... LOL


MAN! I've gotta sell this thing.

Donate it to goodwill.... somebody wont know what they are missing lol...
post #18641 of 34757
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

I have been in your friend's shoes. I didn't, however, have any friends to show me the error of my ways and I quickly parted with 2150 bucks. Now, granted, it was the best sounding system I had owned up to that point, and I lived in a barracks room, but I was ignorant and gullible. Boy that thing would rock my 600 square foot barracks room! cool.gif

I then rotated back to the states and rented a room from an audiophile. A real audiophile. He soon became a very good friend and mentor. My buddy has more LPs than he does CDs and he has thousands of those. He also has quite an extensive laser disc collection. He owns 15" concert subs and 5' tall electrostatic speakers (Acoustat I believe) that he uses with his sound board and beefy amps for outdoor parties. He's made his own tube amp and speaker arrays. The guy opened my eyes to another world. One that, at the time, I could not afford.


biggrin.gif BTW, I have a Lifestyle 28 home theater system (in perfect condition and working order) in a box in my garage if anyone is interested... biggrin.gif

Haha, I'm not trying to put him in audiophile land, although there is something intriguing to me in a "home chemistry set" kind of way about building your own tube amp, and DIY speakers for that matter. But I have never developed the skills with my hands to work wood to a level of precision and detail that I would be satisfied with looking at in my living room every day. Measure twice, cut once, and I still screw it up, so I generally just haven't gone there. That's one of the reasons I want to help him renovate his basement - then I'll be less confused about which is the business end of the hammer. rolleyes.gif

Anyway, I'm just trying to take him to the place where he will get the most value for his dollar. If he wants to spend $2150, in my opinion he can wind up with a lot more from Polk than from that other four-letter speaker manufacturer. At Polk eBay Direct, that money gets him a 7.1 RTiA7/CSi6/RTiA3/FXiA4 system with a 12" Rythmik subwoofer. Or a Klipsch RW-12D on sale with $300 to spare for stands or wall-mount hardware and quality cables, or throw that $300 onto his AVR budget. For that matter, if he's married to the idea of satellites for low visual impact, the Blackstone 5-speaker T350 kit is $749, plus $298 for two more satellites and $280 for the Klipsch brings him in about $800 less than that and probably still is better than either of the Acoustimass systems. I'll thrash him severely before I let him get any of the current Lifestyle systems and tie himself down to the capabilities of the integral "control unit" instead of a real receiver.

I had only 5 minutes to speak with him about it today; just long enough to clue him in that his plan is not optimal and I could help him out with some better ideas. They've got some money available, but he is very budget-conscious - or perhaps it would be better to say value-conscious - and I'm not sure I can sell a guy who has used just the speakers built into his TV for the last 10 years on the value of an RTiA-based system when even a Monitor or TSi-based system is going to sound light-years ahead of what he's accustomed to.

But I want to point him in the right direction there for the "budget" option, so I am looking for some input as to whether to point him at Monitors or the TSi line. I think the TSx's are not going to be enough different in price from the RTiA system to make a viable alternate choice, but I may build a sample system on paper of those as well, for a "middle" option. Unless folks hear them and start chiming in that they are crap for some reason.
post #18642 of 34757
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

Donate it to goodwill.... somebody wont know what they are missing lol...

There you go - tax writeoff is almost as good as insurance claim, and you can't get caught defrauding your insurance company that way smile.gif
post #18643 of 34757
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Originally Posted by mknecht01 View Post

There you go - tax writeoff is almost as good as insurance claim, and you can't get caught defrauding your insurance company that way smile.gif

I'm not laughing here. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

Donate it to goodwill.... somebody wont know what they are missing lol...

I'm still not laughing! eek.gif
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Originally Posted by mknecht01 View Post

Haha, I'm not trying to put him in audiophile land, although there is something intriguing to me in a "home chemistry set" kind of way about building your own tube amp, and DIY speakers for that matter. But I have never developed the skills with my hands to work wood to a level of precision and detail that I would be satisfied with looking at in my living room every day. Measure twice, cut once, and I still screw it up, so I generally just haven't gone there. That's one of the reasons I want to help him renovate his basement - then I'll be less confused about which is the business end of the hammer. rolleyes.gif

Anyway, I'm just trying to take him to the place where he will get the most value for his dollar. If he wants to spend $2150, in my opinion he can wind up with a lot more from Polk than from that other four-letter speaker manufacturer. At Polk eBay Direct, that money gets him a 7.1 RTiA7/CSi6/RTiA3/FXiA4 system with a 12" Rythmik subwoofer. Or a Klipsch RW-12D on sale with $300 to spare for stands or wall-mount hardware and quality cables, or throw that $300 onto his AVR budget. For that matter, if he's married to the idea of satellites for low visual impact, the Blackstone 5-speaker T350 kit is $749, plus $298 for two more satellites and $280 for the Klipsch brings him in about $800 less than that and probably still is better than either of the Acoustimass systems. I'll thrash him severely before I let him get any of the current Lifestyle systems and tie himself down to the capabilities of the integral "control unit" instead of a real receiver.

I had only 5 minutes to speak with him about it today; just long enough to clue him in that his plan is not optimal and I could help him out with some better ideas. They've got some money available, but he is very budget-conscious - or perhaps it would be better to say value-conscious - and I'm not sure I can sell a guy who has used just the speakers built into his TV for the last 10 years on the value of an RTiA-based system when even a Monitor or TSi-based system is going to sound light-years ahead of what he's accustomed to.

But I want to point him in the right direction there for the "budget" option, so I am looking for some input as to whether to point him at Monitors or the TSi line. I think the TSx's are not going to be enough different in price from the RTiA system to make a viable alternate choice, but I may build a sample system on paper of those as well, for a "middle" option. Unless folks hear them and start chiming in that they are crap for some reason.

You're gonna take him to the same place I've gone. I'm an electronics tech by trade, but haven't found the time to start tinkering around. Maybe soon though. I need to get back into woodworking and building stuff. I want to build my own TV stand and home theater console unit.
post #18644 of 34757
In the process of reconfiguring my setup to use a 100" acoustic transparent screen. As such, I'd like to get some opinion as to which in wall Polk series would be the best bang for the buck for a 5.1 system.
post #18645 of 34757
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Originally Posted by mknecht01 View Post

Situation: a good friend is finishing his basement this summer, including 100" projection screen media center. He was under the mistaken impression that he was going to get a Bose satellite system for it because "I heard one at some guy's house one time and it sounded great."

I am showing him the error of his ways but he is budget conscious and I'm not sure he will go for an RTiA/CSiA/FXiA system. He won't want to walk the "used older model in good shape" road that I chose either.

I wanted to give him some other options in the price vs. SQ spectrum but I don't know anything about the TSi models. Anyone have anything to say about SQ of TSi vs. the Newegg Monitor series (35/45 etc) vs. Monitor 2 series (30/40 etc)? I know a lot of you are Monitor fans (if we eliminate the RTiAs as an option for the sake of argument). How do the TSis compare?

TSi v Monitor is a 90% looks 10% sound difference.

Monitors all the way, especially if he's budget minded. I dont think the TSi's do anything that much better than the Monitors to warrant the price difference. Between the Monitors and Gen 2 Monitors I dont recall what differences exist, but dont think they are that staggering, mostly cosmetic IIRC.

But PUSH HARD for the RTi setup, especially the ones from Polk ebay, especially if he's budget minded.

Tell him its like getting the dealer special and that the still do have a warranty. He can get a REALLY NICE setup for the same price that will keep him happy for years.
post #18646 of 34757
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Originally Posted by jtwong View Post

hi i got the 75T and 25C for the front and center and thinking about the 45 for surround. are you planning to get speaker stands? and if so, which ones? that's the thing i'm waiting on, i heard about the sanus stands, possibly 31B but i read the reviews and they weren't that great, but for the price they're good of course.

My thought was to mount the 45's on the wall with an articulated wall mount, but I'll have to see how possible that is when I get them today, I suspect they may be too large to do this and still look okay.

Right now I am trying to figure out how in the world I am going to place the center speaker. Right now my TV is in front of two windows (only real place to put it, I have a strange long and narrow living room). I do have a 6 inch strip of solid wood to mount a stand on, but Im not sure if its going to be enough to support the speaker, and I really do not like drilling into the wood frame of a window.

I may just rearrange my entire furniture placement, which I really do not like either, but I think its the best option.
post #18647 of 34757
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

TSi v Monitor is a 90% looks 10% sound difference.

Monitors all the way, especially if he's budget minded. I dont think the TSi's do anything that much better than the Monitors to warrant the price difference. Between the Monitors and Gen 2 Monitors I dont recall what differences exist, but dont think they are that staggering, mostly cosmetic IIRC.

But PUSH HARD for the RTi setup, especially the ones from Polk ebay, especially if he's budget minded.

Tell him its like getting the dealer special and that the still do have a warranty. He can get a REALLY NICE setup for the same price that will keep him happy for years.

Thanks Ender - that's just what I needed to know. And I fully intend to give him the hard sell on the RTiA setup. I priced one out a little cheaper with RTi10s and a CSi5 too, but we'd still need to use the RTiA3 and FXiA surrounds because it's gotten so hard to find new RTi6s. And I don't even know if there was a comparable model to the FXiA dipole/bipoles in the previous generation, nobody ever talks about them. Would RTi10/CSi5 front stage and RTiA3 surrounds present any significant timbre-match problems?
post #18648 of 34757
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Originally Posted by mknecht01 View Post

Thanks Ender - that's just what I needed to know. And I fully intend to give him the hard sell on the RTiA setup. I priced one out a little cheaper with RTi10s and a CSi5 too, but we'd still need to use the RTiA3 and FXiA surrounds because it's gotten so hard to find new RTi6s. And I don't even know if there was a comparable model to the FXiA dipole/bipoles in the previous generation, nobody ever talks about them. Would RTi10/CSi5 front stage and RTiA3 surrounds present any significant timbre-match problems?

There were fxi3 and fxi5 but I think they are impossible to find.

I mix and match with 2x A5, Csi5, and 2x Rti4 and don't have any issues. When I have the money I would like to add to fxia4's to the mix.
post #18649 of 34757
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Originally Posted by mknecht01 View Post

Thanks Ender - that's just what I needed to know. And I fully intend to give him the hard sell on the RTiA setup. I priced one out a little cheaper with RTi10s and a CSi5 too, but we'd still need to use the RTiA3 and FXiA surrounds because it's gotten so hard to find new RTi6s. And I don't even know if there was a comparable model to the FXiA dipole/bipoles in the previous generation, nobody ever talks about them. Would RTi10/CSi5 front stage and RTiA3 surrounds present any significant timbre-match problems?

If he was going to get a satellite system anyway, maybe he doesn't need floor-standers. RTiA3's up front (or all around) and a CSiA6 center will sound nice. I have RTiA1's as fronts and surrounds in a 5.1 setup, with a CSiA6 center. A little modest for some, but it sounds good and provides more volume that I can handle. It's like a slightly bulky satellite system that can have the cross-over set at 80 Hz (or even a little lower). I have an SVS sub to round it out.

I just put this out there as a suggestion to consider if he's very price sensitive, or if there's a WAF involved when it comes to getting large speakers.
post #18650 of 34757
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Originally Posted by ThinkRationally View Post

If he was going to get a satellite system anyway, maybe he doesn't need floor-standers. RTiA3's up front (or all around) and a CSiA6 center will sound nice. I have RTiA1's as fronts and surrounds in a 5.1 setup, with a CSiA6 center. A little modest for some, but it sounds good and provides more volume that I can handle. It's like a slightly bulky satellite system that can have the cross-over set at 80 Hz (or even a little lower). I have an SVS sub to round it out.

I just put this out there as a suggestion to consider if he's very price sensitive, or if there's a WAF involved when it comes to getting large speakers.

Agree with this as well. I have 4x RTI4 and a CSI 3 in my living room and am very happy with that set up as well. What subs are you planning on suggesting to him? If he would need more to put towards that bookshelves could be the way to go or possibly even the RTI 8 if floors slanders are fine but he wants to save. This is why I went with the A5 over the A7 I didn't think it was worth the price difference with what I had read and knowing that I would be pairing it with my Outlaw(and a second eventually)
post #18651 of 34757
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Originally Posted by SupaKats View Post

Agree with this as well. I have 4x RTI4 and a CSI 3 in my living room and am very happy with that set up as well. What subs are you planning on suggesting to him? If he would need more to put towards that bookshelves could be the way to go or possibly even the RTI 8 if floors slanders are fine but he wants to save. This is why I went with the A5 over the A7 I didn't think it was worth the price difference with what I had read and knowing that I would be pairing it with my Outlaw(and a second eventually)

Yes, I'm on board with that as a possibility but want to have the chance to talk to him some more, find out what kind of budget he was thinking of, etc. before I completely inundate him with different choices. Likewise until I offer him a bunch of subwoofer choices. I think the RW-12D is realistically going to be good enough, and I'd rather see him out the difference between that and a Rythmik or something else in that price point towards a better AVR. Because he probably doesn't realize he's going to need to spend at least $600 there.
post #18652 of 34757
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Originally Posted by mknecht01 View Post

Yes, I'm on board with that as a possibility but want to have the chance to talk to him some more, find out what kind of budget he was thinking of, etc. before I completely inundate him with different choices. Likewise until I offer him a bunch of subwoofer choices. I think the RW-12D is realistically going to be good enough, and I'd rather see him out the difference between that and a Rythmik or something else in that price point towards a better AVR. Because he probably doesn't realize he's going to need to spend at least $600 there.

All makes sense. Just throwing out ideas not knowing budget. Hope he listens.
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Originally Posted by RTK View Post

In the process of reconfiguring my setup to use a 100" acoustic transparent screen. As such, I'd like to get some opinion as to which in wall Polk series would be the best bang for the buck for a 5.1 system.

RTK,

I am in the process of building out my media room and here are a couple of shots of my 100-inch screen with in-wall speakers. I am using Polk 265RTs for the front L & R and a Polk 255 C-RT for the CC. All 3 speakers are receiving 200w from an Emotiva XPA-3. My surrounds are Polk RT65s and my rear surrounds are in-ceiling RC80i's - both being driven by my Yamaha. I am also running a PSA XV-15 sub which does the heavy lifting these speakers can't do. I just installed the CC last night but I can tell you right out of the box these in-walls sound INCREDIBLE. I haven't even run the YPAO yet but the 7 in-walls together sound better than I ever thought they would. It will only get better as I tweak things and run the YPAO.

I will be taking down the screen and speakers soon so that I can knock out some trim work, paint walls, ceilings, etc. I had to temporarily mount the screen so I could get the speaker placements just right. Hope this helps.




Edited by AnnapolisSony - 5/22/13 at 1:18pm
post #18654 of 34757
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Originally Posted by AnnapolisSony View Post

RTK,

I am in the process of building out my media room and here are a couple of shots of my 100-inch screen with in-wall speakers. I am using Polk 265RTs for the front L & R and a Polk 255 C-RT for the CC. All 3 speakers are receiving 200w from an Emotiva XPA-3. My surrounds are Polk RT65s and my rear surrounds are in-ceiling RC80i's - both being driven by my Yamaha. I am also running a PSA XV-15 sub which does the heavy lifting these speakers can't do. I just installed the CC last night but I can tell you right out of the box these in-walls sound INCREDIBLE. I haven't even run the YPAO yet but the 7 in-walls together sound better than I ever thought they would. It will only get better as I tweak things and run the YPAO.

I will be taking down the screen and speakers soon so that I can knock out some trim work, paint walls, ceilings, etc. I had to temporarily mount the screen so I could get the speaker placements just right. Hope this helps.



Room looks great.
post #18655 of 34757
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Originally Posted by RTK View Post

In the process of reconfiguring my setup to use a 100" acoustic transparent screen. As such, I'd like to get some opinion as to which in wall Polk series would be the best bang for the buck for a 5.1 system.

And of course, since we'll be building out all the walls in my buddy's basement, we could probably consider in-walls as a viable option too, if he's really concerned about speaker footprint. Guess I need to hit the website and learn something about them.
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Originally Posted by mknecht01 View Post

And of course, since we'll be building out all the walls in my buddy's basement, we could probably consider in-walls as a viable option too, if he's really concerned about speaker footprint. Guess I need to hit the website and learn something about them.

If building the walls yourself you could look into doing a false wall and putting regular speakers behind an AT screen.
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Originally Posted by AnnapolisSony View Post


I am in the process of building out my media room

Very nice in/wall rack. I love that! I have recently acquired a media/server rack on wheels complete with adjustable rack w/stationary shelves and pullout shelves, smoked front door and top exhaust fan.

I will one day be in a position to fit that into a wall.
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Well the plan for wall mounting the 45b is out the window. They don't have keyholes, and honestly I think they are too big.
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Originally Posted by AG74683 View Post

Well the plan for wall mounting the 45b is out the window. They don't have keyholes, and honestly I think they are too big.

My issue also. Do you have a backup plan for mounting them? I can't utilize pedestals because of two huge dogs.
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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

My issue also. Do you have a backup plan for mounting them? I can't utilize pedestals because of two huge dogs.

Only plan I have now is either stands and use them as side speakers (which I don't really like because I too have a large dog)

OR

Use the BT-77 mount (http://www.amazon.com/B-Tech-BT77-Ultragrip-Loudspeaker-Black/dp/B004DCAOHK). Its a little pricey but apparently its very high quality.

The annoying thing is Newegg's description of the 45b's...."The 45B mounts on the wall, or on stands (available separately)." I naturally assumed it had some sort of wall mounting capability. tongue.gif
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