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post #28921 of 35096
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Originally Posted by panzer View Post

looking for opinions on the older polk lsi 25's, they are on closeout at a good price, but I have read good and bad things about them, I was hopping to find some owners and their opinions, my alternative may be to buy a tl350l setup and a sub, thanks


My son has a pair of those and I hear them nearly every day. Compared to the LSi15's they are harder to blend in with a sub but once you do get them dialed in they are very good sounding speakers. They keep a poop eating grin on his face. He found his used at a very attractive price so it was pretty easy for him to move from the Monitor 70's to those.

post #28922 of 35096
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Originally Posted by mr266 View Post

You wouldn't be boring me. Please...as much detail and photos as possible. I'm very interested in doing the same some day.

Careful what you wish for smile.gif I actually photographed and videoed bits of the initial build (the latter for my 4-year-old nephew, who I one day hope to teach the art of building computers), and would have already posted some of it here, and all of it in a separate build thread if it wasn't for some stupid bent pins. I could try to straighten them but it's not worth risking the other components, and honestly I can't be bothered to seat the CPU cooler and manage all the cabling in this case more than once. But you'll get more than you'd like soon enough smile.gif
post #28923 of 35096
What case did you go with?

I currently run a small matx tower (Silverstone tj08) but am looking to move to a more traditional htpc case like the gd08 or maybe the fractal designs node 605. My only issue with the node is the slim optical drive. Already have a full sized bluray writer and would rather not pay the premium the slim burner goes for.
post #28924 of 35096
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Originally Posted by cytoSiN View Post

Sigh....was THIS close to finishing my HTPC build (and boring you all with a dozen photos), but I go to install the CPU and there are bent pins in the socket!! I've never seen that in my life. So I need to start the obnoxious return/RMS process with MicroCenter and/or Asus. In the meantime, since I can't be bothered, I just ordered another board from Newegg. Should be here on Tuesday and I can finish the build Friday or Saturday of next week. Sad panda until then frown.gif

Same here with bent pins on Asus zip pro from micro center. I took it back and they acted like I was stupid or something. So I just said forget it and ordered from Newegg and Asus rma turned out nothing.
post #28925 of 35096
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Originally Posted by JyveTurkey View Post

What case did you go with?

I currently run a small matx tower (Silverstone tj08) but am looking to move to a more traditional htpc case like the gd08 or maybe the fractal designs node 605. My only issue with the node is the slim optical drive. Already have a full sized bluray writer and would rather not pay the premium the slim burner goes for.

Silverstone GD08. It's f'in gorgeous. Matches perfectly with my other components. And one day I'll get the optional rack ears for it.
post #28926 of 35096
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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

Same here with bent pins on Asus zip pro from micro center. I took it back and they acted like I was stupid or something. So I just said forget it and ordered from Newegg and Asus rma turned out nothing.

According to Asus, bent pins are user error, even if it comes that way. But it's BS since the boxes don't come factory sealed, nor does the inner static bag. They're just ASKING for problems. I might try to explain that MC, since I shop there a lot, but I can't decide yet.
post #28927 of 35096
What about GPU compatibility? I'm running an MSI gtx 760. Roughly 10.5" long. That's a concern with htpc cases for me.
post #28928 of 35096
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Originally Posted by cytoSiN View Post

According to Asus, bent pins are user error, even if it comes that way. But it's BS since the boxes don't come factory sealed, nor does the inner static bag. They're just ASKING for problems. I might try to explain that MC, since I shop there a lot, but I can't decide yet.

Yeah MC sometimes have shotty business practices because anyone could walk up and tamper with motherboards if they wanted to. Asus gave me the user error run around and I went Msi z87 gaming. Asus had the nerve to send my rma'd board back to me.

That's just funny!
post #28929 of 35096
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Originally Posted by JyveTurkey View Post

What about GPU compatibility? I'm running an MSI gtx 760. Roughly 10.5" long. That's a concern with htpc cases for me.

It fits 13.6" cards, but you lose a HDD slot (big deal, it can fit 8 of them). I'm using an EVGA GTX760, which is about 10", and it fits fine (I'm leaving the adjacent HDD slot empty for air-flow purposes).
post #28930 of 35096
Ok, so if I go with rti6's and an csi5 center will they blend reasonably well with my T300 surrounds (monitor 30) and OWM 3 surround backs?
post #28931 of 35096
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Originally Posted by BNestico View Post

Ok, so if I go with rti6's and an csi5 center will they blend reasonably well with my T300 surrounds (monitor 30) and OWM 3 surround backs?

As long as your front 3 are from the same line, you should be fine. It would be nice to have the same line for the surrounds, but it's not necessary.
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That's what I figured. My long term plan is to keep the OWM 3s but eventually get either a pair of RTi 4s for surrounds, or get some RTi 8s and move the 6's to the surround positions.
post #28933 of 35096
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Originally Posted by BNestico View Post

That's what I figured. My long term plan is to keep the OWM 3s but eventually get either a pair of RTi 4s for surrounds, or get some RTi 8s and move the 6's to the surround positions.

It's always good to have a plan, and yours sounds pretty good. I love all of the RTI speakers in question, and have the 4's and 8's, and if you have the room for the towers I recommend the 8's very highly especially since you have a real nice subwoofer already. Whatever you do, I think you're going to be happy with the great RTI line of speakers.
post #28934 of 35096
I for one can vouch for all the Rti's. In addition to the setup listed below in my sig, we also run some smaller Rti's in the family room for TV and casual music. Currently it's RtiA3's with a Csi3 and Rti4 surrounds. I use the Rti6's and the A3's interchangeably as fronts or rears, wherever they match the surrounding gear. The Csi3 fits underneath the flat screen TV very well, otherwise I have a Csi5 mothballed that I would use if it weren't such a beast. Also had previously used OWM3's as surrounds with a variety of other speakers, including some Sony SS-B3000's. They seem to match anything, but are definitely weak on output due to their size. Anywhere that you can step up to a larger speaker (e.g., tower) by all means do so. The payback in SQ cannot be overstated.
post #28935 of 35096
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Originally Posted by cytoSiN View Post

Careful what you wish for smile.gif I actually photographed and videoed bits of the initial build (the latter for my 4-year-old nephew, who I one day hope to teach the art of building computers), and would have already posted some of it here, and all of it in a separate build thread if it wasn't for some stupid bent pins. I could try to straighten them but it's not worth risking the other components, and honestly I can't be bothered to seat the CPU cooler and manage all the cabling in this case more than once. But you'll get more than you'd like soon enough smile.gif

Dude, by the time he is old enough to build a computer he's gonna watch that video and say "what the heck are those ancient things there? That's not a computer". LOL

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Originally Posted by cytoSiN View Post

According to Asus, bent pins are user error, even if it comes that way. But it's BS since the boxes don't come factory sealed, nor does the inner static bag. They're just ASKING for problems. I might try to explain that MC, since I shop there a lot, but I can't decide yet.

I got a new Asus motherboard back in '09 (Asus P6T Deluxe V2). When I opened the M/B box everything was perfect. I took off the plastic cover over the CPU socket and barely brushed the socket pins with my finger. There were about ten pins bent up. I said oh @^&%!$#&!!! So I broke out in a panic and called NewEgg. They said, "No worries, send it back and we'll send you a new one". I ended up straightening out the pins and it was perfect (still using the same M/B). Long story short, NewEgg has an incredible return policy due to their corporate size. Smaller companies actually have to make sure they don't accept returns for "user error". There are a lot too. I've built a few thousand computers in my day and I've noticed that the vast majority of bent socket pins were from the user. I've actually only seen one damaged from the manufacturer. The whole socket was crushed down into the M/B...

Stick to your guns, they are trying to protect their profit margin because they will have to eat the return if it violates Asus return policy. Tell them to give you an RMA or you'll never shop there again.
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Here is my current setup. I am pleased with the overall sound in my theater room, but I do feel like my center isnt loud enough. Is it a settings issue or should I upgrade to a better center channel?

Any help appreciated

Thanks

Pioneer VSX-821K
Towers - Polk Monitor 50
Center - Polk CS1
Sub - Polk PSW10
Rears - Polk Monitor 30

Is it true that Monitor series was replaced by TSI?

I am unsure of my upgrade path and would like to stay with polk, until I do a dedicated theater room build in our new house. I will do in wall speakers.

Thanks
post #28937 of 35096
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

Dude, by the time he is old enough to build a computer he's gonna watch that video and say "what the heck are those ancient things there? That's not a computer". LOL

I plan to start next year!
post #28938 of 35096
The only feasible place in my room for surround backs is behind me on the ceiling, which is why them OWM 3's were and still are the best option for me. Being surround backs and thusly not getting a whole ton of work anyway they work excellent. Plus they have the highest WAF.
post #28939 of 35096
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Originally Posted by cytoSiN View Post

I plan to start next year!

Nice. Start 'em young.
post #28940 of 35096
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

Nice. Start 'em young.

Indeed. Plus, small hands means fewer cuts on sharp cases/heat fins!
post #28941 of 35096
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

YES! I am also in agreement FOR wides.

Maybe try moving your subs in and put the wides outside the subs, use this picture for reference

Thanks for the feedback -- that goes for everyone else as well. I love how people seem glad to help and there is no snobbish "you don't have five amps and RTi12s!" biggrin.gif

Quick though on the sub placement...it seems like I finally got them dialed in how I like them. "Rush" sounded amazing when I watched it just the other night. Clean, no rattle, etc. Currently, they are aimed at respective corners. Will relocating my subs be a bad idea? Can I add the 55Ts in as wides without having to move them?
post #28942 of 35096
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Originally Posted by Jester435 View Post

Here is my current setup. I am pleased with the overall sound in my theater room, but I do feel like my center isnt loud enough. Is it a settings issue or should I upgrade to a better center channel?

Any help appreciated

Thanks

Pioneer VSX-821K
Towers - Polk Monitor 50
Center - Polk CS1
Sub - Polk PSW10
Rears - Polk Monitor 30

Is it true that Monitor series was replaced by TSI?

I am unsure of my upgrade path and would like to stay with polk, until I do a dedicated theater room build in our new house. I will do in wall speakers.

Thanks

These guys are far and away the experts, but...I would start with settings first. It's the cheapest and easiest solution.

I've heard a lot of people (in other forums -- and even some on this one) say that the PSW10 has a lot of port chuffing noise. If you have overpowering bass from a sub, it's going to make dialogue awfully hard to hear. For giggles, I'd try dialing the sub down and/or the center up in your settings.
post #28943 of 35096
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Originally Posted by U2Edge View Post

These guys are far and away the experts, but...I would start with settings first. It's the cheapest and easiest solution.

I've heard a lot of people (in other forums -- and even some on this one) say that the PSW10 has a lot of port chuffing noise. If you have overpowering bass from a sub, it's going to make dialogue awfully hard to hear. For giggles, I'd try dialing the sub down and/or the center up in your settings.

I will turn the center up for now, but the bass sounds awesome. The PSW10 was a package deal with the towers, so since it didnt cost me anything I havent wanted to upgrade.

I am using a psw125 in my office with R150 bookshelfs for a 2.1 system and love them.

I actually like the PSW10 more than the PSW125 in my home theater setup. I am no expert tho!

thanks for the reply
post #28944 of 35096
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post


Thought I'd try them up front with the Magnepans for surrounds. Think I'll also stick my Polk book shelves as wides and see how I like that. I haven't run wides in quite awhile.

What about trying the maggies as mains and revels as wides??????

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Originally Posted by upNdown View Post

I should have come here first. I posted here http://www.avsforum.com/t/1513831/is-a-two-woofer-bookshelf-better-than-a-one-woofer-and-why/30#post_24264628 and I got lots of interesting feedback, but I also got too many "try other brands" responses. Geez. Is there some anti-polk bias going on here?
Anyway, simply put, I'm leaning toward the tsi200's, but I want somebody to tell me that they'll sound better than tsi100's, even if I'm never pushing their limits.
Or is it true that the tsi200 and the tsi100 will sound identical at lower volumes?

Thanks polkies!

This is how I look at it; the 100 has a single 5.25 mid/woofer driver. The 200 has dual 5.25 mid/woofers, so I would think the midrange and bass would be improved with the 200.

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Originally Posted by cytoSiN View Post

Sigh....was THIS close to finishing my HTPC build (and boring you all with a dozen photos), but I go to install the CPU and there are bent pins in the socket!! I've never seen that in my life. So I need to start the obnoxious return/RMS process with MicroCenter and/or Asus. In the meantime, since I can't be bothered, I just ordered another board from Newegg. Should be here on Tuesday and I can finish the build Friday or Saturday of next week. Sad panda until then frown.gif

NOT cool man!!! Sorry to hear of your troubles, glad you're finding solutions so quickly.
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Originally Posted by BNestico View Post

Ok simple question here, I've got my choices for my fronts figured out to RTi6's or RTiA 3's. Can I go wrong getting either one over the other, or are they both essentially so similar it doesn't matter?

I say quit'cher mess'n around and get your i6's and CSi5 and get down to some serious action!!! I guarantee you will not be disappointed, no not one bit.

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Originally Posted by mr266 View Post


Edited to add: Lots of snobs out there that don't like Polk, but they are darn good speakers and better than a lot of speakers that I've heard that cost more. Just like anything, you know when you find something you like, and if you like them don't worry about what someone else thinks.

Like me, I hate Polks! Anybody that owns polks are just part of a loser club wishing they had some cool speakers instead...............excuse me, James Gang is on, gotta go crank my A9's biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

I've built a few thousand computers in my day.

Dang eek.gif

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Originally Posted by Jester435 View Post

Here is my current setup. I am pleased with the overall sound in my theater room, but I do feel like my center isnt loud enough. Is it a settings issue or should I upgrade to a better center channel?

Any help appreciated

Thanks

Pioneer VSX-821K
Towers - Polk Monitor 50
Center - Polk CS1
Sub - Polk PSW10
Rears - Polk Monitor 30

Is it true that Monitor series was replaced by TSI?

I am unsure of my upgrade path and would like to stay with polk, until I do a dedicated theater room build in our new house. I will do in wall speakers.

Thanks

Hey there Jester, have you considered the CS2 or CS20? One of those would compliment your 50's and 30's very nicely.

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Originally Posted by U2Edge View Post

Thanks for the feedback -- that goes for everyone else as well. I love how people seem glad to help and there is no snobbish "you don't have five amps and RTi12s!" biggrin.gif

Quick though on the sub placement...it seems like I finally got them dialed in how I like them. "Rush" sounded amazing when I watched it just the other night. Clean, no rattle, etc. Currently, they are aimed at respective corners. Will relocating my subs be a bad idea? Can I add the 55Ts in as wides without having to move them?

NO!!! There's a specific way of doing it or else you've going to screw everything up!!!! And why the hill don't you have RTi12's and five amps????? HUH???

smile.gif Of course my brother, experimentation and application plays a huge part in H.T........and of course compromise. But it looks like you have the width to play around with different variations. What are looking at, between 15.5 and 16.5 feet there?

Gus made an observation of your mains being a little restricted. Leaving your subs alone, you could try pushing your mains out about 10 to 12" for starters and put your 55's as wide as you can go. Oh, and if you toe the mains in a bit, you can increase the imaging....experiment, experiment, experiment...........
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Hard time finding a polk CS2 or CS20 in cherry.

The hunt begins. sucks the newer centers dont match the same cherry color.

thanks
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"Depends on your idea of lower levels, but lower levels will definitely even the playing field. Unless strapped for cash, I'd always spend a little more and get the better speakers because your situation may change and you may want to play them louder. Check out Polk Ebay for some good deals."

I want the tsi200 so if I can find a pair in black, I'll grab them. I was hoping somebody would tell me they'd sound noticibly better than the tsi100, but absent that good reason, I'll just have to but them because I'm an adult so I get to buy what I want. smile.gif
post #28947 of 35096
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Originally Posted by Jester435 View Post

Hard time finding a polk CS2 or CS20 in cherry.

The hunt begins. sucks the newer centers dont match the same cherry color.

thanks


You check Polk ebay?

post #28948 of 35096
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Originally Posted by upNdown View Post

"Depends on your idea of lower levels, but lower levels will definitely even the playing field. Unless strapped for cash, I'd always spend a little more and get the better speakers because your situation may change and you may want to play them louder. Check out Polk Ebay for some good deals."

I want the tsi200 so if I can find a pair in black, I'll grab them. I was hoping somebody would tell me they'd sound noticibly better than the tsi100, but absent that good reason, I'll just have to but them because I'm an adult so I get to buy what I want. smile.gif

28944 was the post I answered for you. It wasn't word for word but I basically gave the answer you were hoping to have.
post #28949 of 35096
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post


What about trying the maggies as mains and revels as wides??????
 

 

Just not enough room to go that wide but wish I could try it.

post #28950 of 35096
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post


You check Polk ebay?

There is a cs2, no cs20.. Also have csi5, but dont know anything about that line

My biggest issue is getting a center that will match what I have.
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