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I have purchased a VSX-822-K receiver as a Christmas gift for my sister and I am looking for a speaker set to match with it for somewhere around $500. I am still in college so my budget is limited. She has a studio apartment 20'X20' with a 9' ceiling. This setup will be connected to a projector with Movies being the main use. 

I have a set of Energy Take 5.1s for myself that I have been using for a couple of years that I enjoy, but I do recognize the limits. I have a month or so to look for deals so I would appreciate any recommendations you guys have.

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Thanks for the quick reply. Are bookshelf speakers better for the price than towers? I know Newegg has some monitor 60 or 65s on sale for $100 a piece.

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FYI Newegg lists the 60's for $95 but they are open box and currently our of stock. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290206R. They are a nice speaker though. I've owned several Polks over the years and have never been disappointed with their sound or build quality, and the company has great customer support. Towers will give you more base. Add the fact that you will need stands for bookshelf speakers IMO it makes more sense to put that $ into the tower speaker instead of the stand.
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Thanks for all the help. I've done a lot of research and think that I pick up monitor70s for fronts, a CS2 for center, and a sub around $300 (probably a BIC). 

Will the Pioneer VSX-822-K 5.1-Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver be able to power the Monitor70 for movies in a 20X18 room?

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Congrats on making your decision, it'll be a great sounding system.You should be fine with that combo but you've got a big room. If it were me, and budget allowed, I'd go a little higher with the wattage of the receiver. Polk recommends 20 - 275 watts for the 70's, a wide range. Link:http://www.polkaudio.com/products/monitor70.
Pioneer lists the VSX-822-K at 80 watts, link: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/AV-Receivers/Pioneer+Receivers/VSX-822-K.
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Speaker wattage recommendations are not an important number. Sensitivity is what you need to look at, those Polks will get plenty loud for you, the cost of getting a noticeable increase in SPL is not practical. It takes double the power to increase SPL by 3dB. So you would need something like a 160 wpc receiver to have a slightly louder volume. A 10dB increase is a perceived doubling of volume, so you can see how power requirements are exponential. That Pioneer will work fine with efficient speakers like the Polks.
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Certainly this receiver will be able to power them in that size room. My room where mine is being used is 20 by 15 and has plenty of headroom for an even larger room. My fronts are a pair of KLH 3 way bass reflex speakers ( 20" high by 10" wide by 8" deep) a two way three speaker Jensen center speaker, 8" 100 watt Jensen sub along with some two way book shelf speakers for the surrounds (taken from a broken Sanyo bookshelf system) After placing the speaker calibration mic and going thru the set up it rocks the house when I play blu rays, stream from Pandora or from Netflix. Good luck and have fun!
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Just to give you guys an update. I have yet to hear the sound system myself, but have gotten some really positive feedback from my sister. The movies sound great and the speakers are realistic enough to make the dog go crazy... The monitors look great and really pull the system together.

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