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Rebuilding HTS, go with ELAC HTIB satellites or build

I’ve been successfully using a decent 1000W HTIB from Phillips that’s about 13 years old. Was able to make it work with everything by converting TOS to Analog, etc. The system is finally giving out giving me static on startup and I took advantage of the sales for Black Friday to upgrade.

So here’s my question, should I go for a well priced HTIB offering from ELAC, the Cinema 5, or build out a system with a Polk PSW10 and other brand LCR? I eventually want to get Atmos speakers as well and considered using the surrounds in the HTIB as height speakers.

Main use of the system is entertainment and music. I want a good balance of clarity in my center channel for entertainment but also great sound for music.

This is setup in a small to medium sized living room with high ceilings.

Thoughts, suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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I would build out around the Polk sub as I think you will be happier with the results. Good Idea to use your existing speakers as the heights and save some money.

The Sony Core Series Bookshelf speakers are currently on sale for about half price and would be an excellent low cost speaker system. they also have tower speakers and a center channel but I think their bookshelf speaker are considerably better than their other offerings. Definitely take the polk sub over the Sony core series sub. I would get 2 pairs of the bookshelf speakers and use 3 for the LCR.

Another option that is currently popular are the DCM speakers by MTX as they are being closed outsell below their original price. Read the speaker threads about them in the speaker forums to find the right links. They are better than the cores but are marked down from a higher price tier.

Not sure what your speaker budget is these are good entry level choices.
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Appreciate the recommendations! Yea one of the challenges I have is space (it’s always one thing) and I obviously don’t want to go insane with the budget if it can be helped.

I considered splurging and buying open box the Andrew Jones Pioneer Atmos LCR’s but they’re gigantic for the space I have.

I’ve been looking for the most compact LCR possible but it seems that the smallest are either extremely expensive or only in the HTIB packages, hence why I considered the ELAC cinema 5.

I’ll take a look at the products you recommended, thank you!



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I would build out around the Polk sub as I think you will be happier with the results. Good Idea to use your existing speakers as the heights and save some money.

The Sony Core Series Bookshelf speakers are currently on sale for about half price and would be an excellent low cost speaker system. they also have tower speakers and a center channel but I think their bookshelf speaker are considerably better than their other offerings. Definitely take the polk sub over the Sony core series sub. I would get 2 pairs of the bookshelf speakers and use 3 for the LCR.

Another option that is currently popular are the DCM speakers by MTX as they are being closed outsell below their original price. Read the speaker threads about them in the speaker forums to find the right links. They are better than the cores but are marked down from a higher price tier.

Not sure what your speaker budget is these are good entry level choices.
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I’ve been successfully using a decent 1000W HTIB from Phillips that’s about 13 years old. Was able to make it work with everything by converting TOS to Analog, etc. The system is finally giving out giving me static on startup and I took advantage of the sales for Black Friday to upgrade.

So here’s my question, should I go for a well priced HTIB offering from ELAC, the Cinema 5, or build out a system with a Polk PSW10 and other brand LCR? I eventually want to get Atmos speakers as well and considered using the surrounds in the HTIB as height speakers.

Main use of the system is entertainment and music. I want a good balance of clarity in my center channel for entertainment but also great sound for music.

This is setup in a small to medium sized living room with high ceilings.

Thoughts, suggestions? Thanks in advance!


How big is your room? That sub seems pretty small for home theater use in all but a small room. If you can spend a bit more I would look at a 12 inch like the BIC F12 or Dayton Audio Sub1200.


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If space is a consideration then the Elacs are probably a good deal. Others to consider:

Monoprice 5.1 premium
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=10565

Focal Sib 5.1 pack (these are larger speakers but have versatile placement options and used to sell for around $900)
https://www.crutchfield.com/ISEO-rgb...SAAEgLO0fD_BwE
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12’ x 10’ being a lil generous, with High ceilings.

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How big is your room? That sub seems pretty small for home theater use in all but a small room. If you can spend a bit more I would look at a 12 inch like the BIC F12 or Dayton Audio Sub1200.


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