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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

FWIW, a lot of folks have used these to wall mount their 40's/45B (and similar book shelf speakers). Being able to angle left and right and down could be advantageous for good set up. Also the monitor 35B's/30's do have a key hole slot on their backs for wall mounting.
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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

FWIW, a lot of folks have used these to wall mount their 40's/45B (and similar book shelf speakers). Being able to angle left and right and down could be advantageous for good set up. Also the monitor 35B's/30's do have a key hole slot on their backs for wall mounting.

Thanks! It looks like a great option. And looks good too. My dogs are each over 125lbs and 13 years old. So they're not as nimble as they used to be. And I like them with me as much as possible cause never know how much longer I'll have'em around. We don't use the HT to its fullest possibility because they are in there with us but its a trade I'm willing to make to have them laying by my feet.
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The PinPoint AM-40 is the same BT77 but the AM-40 cost a little bit less. I have both and works the same. I use them with my RTi A3s.
post #18664 of 35355
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When I bought my 703's from Polk ebay they were having a sale and they cost $543 each after tax. Yep, they charge tax even if they don't have a B&M store in your state. If you look at the warranty policy of that second site it appears they are not an authorized dealer. I'm biding my time till Polk ebay has another sale so I can grab the CC. I've never heard of that second site.
That receiver will drive them but only at moderate levels. Looks like that receiver only has pre-outs for a CC and sub so an amp isn't going to work with it if you feel you need more juice.

Well you got a better deal then I. I ended up paying that before tax frown.gif
What are you using for stands for these guys?
Edited by PretzelFisch - 5/23/13 at 12:11pm
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Newegg has sub PSW121 $50 off. Which would you buy PSW121 for $180 or PSW505 for $230?
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Well you got a better deal then I. I ended up paying that before tax frown.gif
What are you using for stands for these guys?

 

I'm using these filled with sand: http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Duty-Speaker-Stand-Black/dp/B003UKVWY0/ref=pd_sim_sbs_etk_hg_fd__1

 

They were in the price range I wanted to spend.


Edited by XStanleyX - 5/23/13 at 3:03pm
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Newegg has sub PSW121 $50 off. Which would you buy PSW121 for $180 or PSW505 for $230?

 

I would personally take the 505 with the larger 12 in. driver. I've seen it on sale for as low as $190. You might want to wait for a sale if you have the patience and want to save some bucks.

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Newegg has sub PSW121 $50 off. Which would you buy PSW121 for $180 or PSW505 for $230?

PSW-505 all day every day. The PSW-505 has a 300W RMS amp for the 12" driver. The 121 only has a 50W RMS amp. The 121 may hit just as low, but you won't get enough SPL to fill more than a closet (a small one at that).

Honesty, I wouldn't pay $25 for the 121... wink.gif

In all actuality, I wouldn't buy the 505 either. There are a couple of options out there that are better. The JBL ES250P is a very nice sub for the money (just picked up a second one) at $199. You can't beat that price for a 400W RMS 12" ported sub.

The second would be the Klipsch RW-12D at $337.
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PSW-505 all day every day. The PSW-505 has a 300W RMS amp for the 12" driver. The 121 only has a 50W RMS amp. The 121 may hit just as low, but you won't get enough SPL to fill more than a closet (a small one at that).

Honesty, I wouldn't pay $25 for the 121... wink.gif

In all actuality, I wouldn't buy the 505 either. There are a couple of options out there that are better. The JBL ES250P is a very nice sub for the money (just picked up a second one) at $199. You can't beat that price for a 400W RMS 12" ported sub.

The second would be the Klipsch RW-12D at $337.

 

I saw that newegg no longer lists the RW-12D. Maybe they finally ran out of stock for good this time. No free shipping on amazon unless you're a Prime member. It was good  while it lasted.

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What are you using for stands for these guys?

 

I like these Sanus Foundation Steel Series

 

http://www.sanus.com/ap/en/products/speaker-foundations/sp-steel

 

I got one for my CS2 Center and I'm thinking about getting more (of proper size) for surrounds.

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For all you nostaliga nerds like me figured I would throw out my recent haul given to me by a forum member on another site:

A Pioneer LD-S1 laserdisc player (not this one though) to replace my Pioneer CLD-D504.

And even better he had a library of 140 titles. There were a couple guys interested so I didnt take everything, just the titles listed below (which IMHO are some pretty awesome movies): -WS- indicates Widescreen

Now I just need to go through and look at my library and maybe pass along some of the titles I dont ever think I will use to make room for these babies.

A Few Good Men -WS-
The Abyss -WS Extended version-
Air Force One -WS-
Con Air -WS-
Days of Thunder -WS-
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade -WS-
Raiders of the Lost Ark -WS-
Executive Decision -WS-
The Pelican Brief -WS- Platoon -WS-
Predator -WS-
The Relic -WS-
Robocop -WS X rated version (for violence)-
The Rock -WS-
The Sandlot
The Shawshank Redemption -WS-
Stargate -WS- Star Trek 6 -WS-
Star Trek Generations -WS-
Star Trek First Contact -WS-
Terminator -WS-
Terminator 2 -WS extended version-
Tombstone -WS-
Top Gun -WS-
Twelve Monkeys -WS-
A Video Standard -Calibration disk-

Oh and I scored another Harmony one to control both the LD-S1, my new Sunfire Theater Grand Processor II pre-amp and my Denon 3910 biggrin.gif
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Thanks for the advice on the subs. Next question. I'm looking to complete my 7.1 system. Currently Polk Monitor 75T LR and Monitor 25C for center. I'm thinking of the Monitor 45B for surround and 35B for either heights or wides. (Haven't made up mind on what way I'm going yet) My question: is it best to stay within the Monitor series or is it ok or even better to use another series? And any suggestions on particular models is wecome. Also using subs from another manufacturer is ok, correct? I know subs aren't "matched" like speaker series are. When it comes to speakers I'm a noob. Got questions about projectors or whole home av distribution I can help you, no problem.smile.gif thanks again.
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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

Thanks for the advice on the subs. Next question. I'm looking to complete my 7.1 system. Currently Polk Monitor 75T LR and Monitor 25C for center. I'm thinking of the Monitor 45B for surround and 35B for either heights or wides. (Haven't made up mind on what way I'm going yet) My question: is it best to stay within the Monitor series or is it ok or even better to use another series? And any suggestions on particular models is wecome. Also using subs from another manufacturer is ok, correct? I know subs aren't "matched" like speaker series are. When it comes to speakers I'm a noob. Got questions about projectors or whole home av distribution I can help you, no problem.smile.gif thanks again.

Subs do not need to be the same brand at the speakers. If you have two subs, I recommend they both be the same brand and model.
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Hey guys, I know this has been discussed over and over, I am in really big hurry and don't have time to search for on the forums....but

Im about to wire my speakers and was wondering what you guys recommend. Longest run will be about 35 feet.

I have 2 A9's. Csi A6, 2RtiA3's, 2 FXi A6s, powered by a Onkyo 818 with a external amp coming in the future.

Thanks for the replies. Going to be ordering ASAP, Sorry for the trouble!
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Hey guys, I know this has been discussed over and over, I am in really big hurry and don't have time to search for on the forums....but

Im about to wire my speakers and was wondering what you guys recommend. Longest run will be about 35 feet.

I have 2 A9's. Csi A6, 2RtiA3's, 2 FXi A6s, powered by a Onkyo 818 with a external amp coming in the future.

Thanks for the replies. Going to be ordering ASAP, Sorry for the trouble!

12 or 14 gauge. Personally I like using 14/4 speaker wire and then just double up the connectors so you get a 11 gauge wire IIRC. Using 14/4 per speaker allows you also to bi-wire or bi-amp later on using the same exact wire.

I know lots of the guys here like Monoprice wire and I used some myself in some of my system but I went to a local hi-fi store and bought some Audioquest FLX 14/4 which they sold by the foot. I got 33 feet (3 11 foot runs for my front three) for like 30 bucks. I would recommend a brand like Audioquest over Monoprice, plus if you get it local you dont have to worry about running out as you can always go get more of the exact same stuff.

My GLS locking banana's cost more for the cables than the wire itself lol.

So I would try local stores and buy by the foot. The inwall stuff is easy to work with, cover with techflex later on (threads on AVS about that) and make em look dressed up and pretty using cable pants as well. Just my.02
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Originally Posted by chrisu7582 View Post

Hey guys, I know this has been discussed over and over, I am in really big hurry and don't have time to search for on the forums....but

Im about to wire my speakers and was wondering what you guys recommend. Longest run will be about 35 feet.

I have 2 A9's. Csi A6, 2RtiA3's, 2 FXi A6s, powered by a Onkyo 818 with a external amp coming in the future.

Thanks for the replies. Going to be ordering ASAP, Sorry for the trouble!

That is a stellar setup right there. What subwoofer are you planning on buying?

I used Monoprice in wall 12 AWG speaker wire in the past without problems.
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Wire all the speakers with 12 AWG speaker cable from Monoprice or Blue Jeans Cables. Also, get banana plugs from Monoprice as well. I made all my speakers cables with Monoprice 12 AWG speaker cable and Emotiva Speaker Terminal Kit ($5 each kit), but I think the Emotiva speaker terminal kit is not available anymore. The last person I know that got those from Emotiva was Carlos (CR136124).
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Wire all the speakers with 12 AWG speaker cable from Monoprice or Blue Jeans Cables. Also, get banana plugs from Monoprice as well. I made all my speakers cables with Monoprice 12 AWG speaker cable and Emotiva Speaker Terminal Kit ($5 each kit), but I think the Emotiva speaker terminal kit is not available anymore. The last person I know that got those from Emotiva was Carlos (CR136124).

Nobody was able to prove that...........tongue.gif


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I wouldn't go with the Monoprice banana plugs. If you can spend a little more I would go with Sewell Deadbolts.
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I wouldn't go with the Monoprice banana plugs. If you can spend a little more I would go with Sewell Deadbolts.

I concur with the Sewell Deadbolt banana plugs. They are solid (very heavy) and easy to install. I compared these to the monoprice ones, and a couple of others and was very, very pleased with the quality and price.



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12 or 14 gauge. Personally I like using 14/4 speaker wire and then just double up the connectors so you get a 11 gauge wire IIRC. Using 14/4 per speaker allows you also to bi-wire or bi-amp later on using the same exact wire.

I know lots of the guys here like Monoprice wire and I used some myself in some of my system but I went to a local hi-fi store and bought some Audioquest FLX 14/4 which they sold by the foot. I got 33 feet (3 11 foot runs for my front three) for like 30 bucks. I would recommend a brand like Audioquest over Monoprice, plus if you get it local you dont have to worry about running out as you can always go get more of the exact same stuff.

My GLS locking banana's cost more for the cables than the wire itself lol.

So I would try local stores and buy by the foot. The inwall stuff is easy to work with, cover with techflex later on (threads on AVS about that) and make em look dressed up and pretty using cable pants as well. Just my.02

Yer a pretty fart smeller... er, I mean smart feller there Enders. I actually never thought of the "futureproofing" aspect of running 14/4 for the reasons you mentioned. biggrin.gif
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The Sewell Deadbolts are awesome, that is what I used. Very simple to use, and incredibly solid.

I used 16 gauge wire, simply because my Yamaha 673 came with 100 feet of Polk Audio speaker cable for free. I'd grab something more substantial for the deadbolts, 16 didn't come close to filling the space where the wire goes, and they flop around a bit.

Has anyone ever used 35b's as rear's? Are they big enough?
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The Sewell Deadbolts are awesome, that is what I used. Very simple to use, and incredibly solid.

I used 16 gauge wire, simply because my Yamaha 673 came with 100 feet of Polk Audio speaker cable for free. I'd grab something more substantial for the deadbolts, 16 didn't come close to filling the space where the wire goes, and they flop around a bit.

Has anyone ever used 35b's as rear's? Are they big enough?

Yeah, I used 12 gauge. It fills pretty well. If your wires are loose, you can use a little heat shrink on the end. cool.gif
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I've been pondering to upgrading my Monitor 3.0 set up with the RTiA9 and A6 center, but I've been reading that the RTi series are too bright for music. Is this true?
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I've been pondering to upgrading my Monitor 3.0 set up with the RTiA9 and A6 center, but I've been reading that the RTi series are too bright for music. Is this true?

They are bright. They need power (250W+). You can always set your equalizer to adjust the highs for music and leave it for clean, high impact movie action! I'm listening to Led Zeppelin Mothership right now and with a -1 dB to a -2 dB on the top three bands, they mellow out just right. wink.gif
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They are bright. They need power (250W+). You can always set your equalizer to adjust the highs for music and leave it for clean, high impact movie action! I'm listening to Led Zeppelin Mothership right now and with a -1 dB to a -2 dB on the top three bands, they mellow out just right. wink.gif

I am currently debating in either buying the RtiA9's and A6 center, or buying a second better subwoofer possibly a PSA-XV15, or the other option is to staying with my currently set up: Monitor 70s, Monitor 25c, Energy EF-500 and Jamo S426 for surround / surroundback, and klipsch RW-12D, and buying an external amp emotiva.
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I am currently debating in either buying the RtiA9's and A6 center, or buying a second better subwoofer possibly a PSA-XV15, or the other option is to staying with my currently set up: Monitor 70s, Monitor 25c, Energy EF-500 and Jamo S426 for surround / surroundback, and klipsch RW-12D, and buying an external amp emotiva.

I've got a brand spanking new A6 I'm selling. smile.gif. Go with the PSA XV-15, you will NOT regret it! smile.gif
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Thanks for the advice on the subs. Next question. I'm looking to complete my 7.1 system. Currently Polk Monitor 75T LR and Monitor 25C for center. I'm thinking of the Monitor 45B for surround and 35B for either heights or wides. (Haven't made up mind on what way I'm going yet) My question: is it best to stay within the Monitor series or is it ok or even better to use another series? And any suggestions on particular models is wecome. Also using subs from another manufacturer is ok, correct? I know subs aren't "matched" like speaker series are. When it comes to speakers I'm a noob. Got questions about projectors or whole home av distribution I can help you, no problem.smile.gif thanks again.

Any thots on going with the 45B,35B or entirely different option from Polk? Want to order them ASAP.
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Thanks for the advice on the subs. Next question. I'm looking to complete my 7.1 system. Currently Polk Monitor 75T LR and Monitor 25C for center. I'm thinking of the Monitor 45B for surround and 35B for either heights or wides. (Haven't made up mind on what way I'm going yet) My question: is it best to stay within the Monitor series or is it ok or even better to use another series? And any suggestions on particular models is wecome. Also using subs from another manufacturer is ok, correct? I know subs aren't "matched" like speaker series are. When it comes to speakers I'm a noob. Got questions about projectors or whole home av distribution I can help you, no problem.smile.gif thanks again.

Any thots on going with the 45B,35B or entirely different option from Polk? Want to order them ASAP.

I've used the monitor 30's for heights paired with 70's fronts and 60's as surrounds w/ a CS2 and enjoyed the results. Later I moved my set up around and ended up with 40's as surrounds and 60's as wides and achieved even better results...wides before heights is what I recommend.

Now i have not tried running wides with bookshelf speaker and am not sure if i would recommend it. if you want to run wides get a second set of 75T's or a set of 65T's. I really think that the wides being an exact match or a close match to your mains will provide optimum results. I also think it is best to match your entire front stage, including heights and/or wides with speakers from the same model line. So get the 35B's if you go heights or another set of towers if you decide wides are the way to go.

No need to match your subs with your speaker series, get 2 of the best subs you can afford.
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I saw that newegg no longer lists the RW-12D. Maybe they finally ran out of stock for good this time. No free shipping on amazon unless you're a Prime member. It was good  while it lasted.

They've been hitting the $280 mark every couple of weeks for a few days - maybe they've just depleted the stock and are waiting to get more from Klipsch. If they're gone, then I guess I have to look elsewhere for a decent sub for my buddy's basement media room mad.gif
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I saw that newegg no longer lists the RW-12D. Maybe they finally ran out of stock for good this time. No free shipping on amazon unless you're a Prime member. It was good  while it lasted.

They're back up. Regular price right now, $349.
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