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Finally my receiver and center channel speaker arrived and I'm quite happy and satisfied so far with my first two pieces of my future home theater. I got them both on sale from Newegg a few days ago. The receiver is the Pioneer VSX-822-K for $189.99 and the center channel speaker is the Polk Audio CS1 Series II for $59.99. Previously I was undecided about which speakers to get but I saw the CS1 on sale at Newegg and decided to get it to corroborate if the positive reviews I found when I did my online research are well founded. Luckily they are. I'm happy with the sound quality and attractiveness of the design comparing it with the previous Optimus center channel speaker I had a few years ago. The sound is clearer and high quality comparing with the Optimus. This is my first high quality entry level speaker set and I don't think I'll be switching brands soon, I used to get affordable speakers based in price and not sound quality. I paired that center channel speaker with a pair of 3 1/2" bookshelf speakers from a Memorex micro stereo system I have and I'm almost happy with the sound so I guess I don't need towers after all. I want the speakers to be all Polk Audio now that I finally heard them so I'll post a list of speakers here that I have been considering to hear your opinions about them. Thanks in advance.

1) Polk Audio Monitor30 Series II

2) Polk Audio Monitor40 Series II

3) Polk Audio Monitor60 Series II

4) Polk Audio R300

5) Polk Audio R150

6) Polk Audio T15 BLACK

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The Monitor 30's would be better as surround speakers than mains.

The Monitor 40's are better with the dual woofers but you'll probably have to buy stands which adds to the cost. They M 40's usually go for $149 and after you buy speakers stands you could be at $200 or more.

The Monitor 60's are towers but come on sale for $99 each. This what I would recommend.

None of the other 3 speakers are a timbre match for your CS1 Series II center.


I'd get the Monitor 60's.
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there is a whole polk thread here https://www.avsforum.com/t/618137/calling-all-polkies-official-polk-thread full of polk users and their experiences
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Thanks to both of you.

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I was about to decide for the Polk Audio Monitor60 Series II towers but after I heard the Memorex speakers along with the Polk Audio center I was almost happy with the sound quality and volume level and I kind off realized that the money invested in a tower is unnecessary. I was almost happy and that sound came from just a pair of cheap 3 1/2 inch full range Memorex speakers. I live in a small apartment and I don't need the sound to be at really high levels. Now Imagine what a 5 1/4 inch two way speakers from a better brand can achieve. Now I want to get 2 pairs of 2 way speakers as big as I can for as cheap as I can.

I did a little bit more research and I found this pair of speakers: Insignia NS-SP213. They look similar to the Polk Audio which design I enjoy and according to some reviews the offer good sound for just $69.99. What do you think about them?

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I did a little bit more research and I found this pair of speakers: Insignia NS-SP213. They look similar to the Polk Audio which design I enjoy and according to some reviews the offer good sound for just $69.99. What do you think about them?
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The Insignia may look somewhat like Polk - however, the sound is different.

For the price the Insignia is nice - and they are surprising. >>> They do lack some in the bass
department. However, the bass is clean and tight They do have some decent detail and imaging,
and for sure will outclass the Memorex - Also, the Insignia can get loud, and was voiced that way.

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I was about to decide for the Polk Audio Monitor60 Series II towers but after I heard the Memorex speakers along with the Polk Audio center I was almost happy with the sound quality and volume level and I kind off realized that the money invested in a tower is unnecessary. I was almost happy and that sound came from just a pair of cheap 3 1/2 inch full range Memorex speakers. I live in a small apartment and I don't need the sound to be at really high levels. Now Imagine what a 5 1/4 inch two way speakers from a better brand can achieve. Now I want to get 2 pairs of 2 way speakers as big as I can for as cheap as I can.
I did a little bit more research and I found this pair of speakers: Insignia NS-SP213. They look similar to the Polk Audio which design I enjoy and according to some reviews the offer good sound for just $69.99. What do you think about them?
Thanks in advance.

The purpose is to get speakers that have the same tonal quality so that your home theater or music enjoyment will be enhanced. If you want bookshelf speakers then get 2 pairs of Monitor 30's.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290200

The Insignias are not a tonal match to your Polk center.

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The purpose is to get speakers that have the same tonal quality so that your home theater or music enjoyment will be enhanced. If you want bookshelf speakers then get 2 pairs of Monitor 30's.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290200

The Insignias are not a tonal match to your Polk center.


Is there a chance to get tonal matched speakers for the Polk Audio CS1 from a brand other than Polk Audio?

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Is there a chance to get tonal matched speakers for the Polk Audio CS1 from a brand other than Polk Audio?

No - however, if you desire - return the Polk center and start over.

Your option and call

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The purpose is to get speakers that have the same tonal quality so that your home theater or music enjoyment will be enhanced..

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No - however, if you desire - return the Polk center and start over.

Your option and call

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I almost did the same thing you did and made the CS1 purchase due to it's attractive price smile.gif

Fortunately, I returned it before even opening it and got the CS2....much better center however, if you are indeed happy with the CS1, as afro stated, the M40's with stands or the preferred M60's would do the trick.

If your front three, L/C/R are not from the same brand and series, you will not have tonal, or a timbre matched front stage which will be noticeable every time something pans left or right through the center.

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I'll be patient and get 2 pairs of Polk Audio Monitor series II. Do everybody agree that the monitor 30, 40 and 60 are the right tonal match for the CS1? I'm again more inclined to get the Polk Audio Monitor60 Series II.

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I'll be patient and get 2 pairs of Polk Audio Monitor series II. Do everybody agree that the monitor 30, 40 and 60 are the right tonal match for the CS1? I'm again more inclined to get the Polk Audio Monitor60 Series II.


Yes, it will timbre match. The CS2 is just the better speaker.

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I'm happy with the CS1, the CS2 cost the double. I turned the volume considerably high with just the CS1 and I was still happy and that was higher than the volume level that I intent to listen to it. I have listened to music and it has clear highs and acceptable bass for a center so I'll keep the CS1 as center and be patient and get 2 pairs of Polk Audio Monitor60 Series II speakers. Is just that they are out of my budget right now.

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I'm happy with the CS1, the CS2 cost the double. I turned the volume considerably high with just the CS1 and I was still happy and that was higher than the volume level that I intent to listen to it. I have listened to music and it has clear highs and acceptable bass for a center so I'll keep the CS1 as center and be patient and get 2 pairs of Polk Audio Monitor60 Series II speakers. Is just that they are out of my budget right now.


Hopefully they be at the current price when your ready to buy. Good luck.

 

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Hopefully they be at the current price when your ready to buy. Good luck.

 

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Thanks, one more thing. How will the CS1 sound as a front speaker comparing it to the Polk Audio Monitor40 Series II speakers? They both have dual woofers and similar specs. I noticed excellent sound when I listen to music with just the CS1 as a center speaker and I was trying to anticipate how the Polk Audio Monitor40 Series II will sound as front speakers comparing it to the CS1.

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The CS1 is basically the same thing as a Monitor 40 placed horizontally. they both have dual 5.25" drivers and a 1" tweeter. The cabinet is slightly different but otherwise they will sound similar.

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The CS1 is basically the same thing as a Monitor 40 placed horizontally. they both have dual 5.25" drivers and a 1" tweeter. The cabinet is slightly different but otherwise they will sound similar.


That's exactly what I was expecting. The Monitor40 should be a great front speaker for my tastes. I will narrow my choices between the Monitor40 and the Monitor60. I'll wait till I get my next payment date to see which one of those are on sale. The Monitor40 are at $129.99 right now which make them attractive.

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Will you need stands too?

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I guess so. They will be convenient. I know, the investment in both the Monitor40+stands will be about the same than the Monitor60 alone making them the better choice. Let's see when the payment date arrive.

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monitor 40's are great fronts, sounds excellent with the cs1, but the monitor 60's are much nicer, imo.  i would spend the money on the 60's.  you wont have to get stands and youll be happier in the long run.

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The Polk m40 is essentially the same speaker as the m50 tower. So the m60s get you an extra driver and saves you from buying stands. I own the Polk m40s and they are a good speaker for the 99 dollars I got them for!

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The Polk m40 is essentially the same speaker as the m50 tower. So the m60s get you an extra driver and saves you from buying stands. I own the Polk m40s and they are a good speaker for the 99 dollars I got them for!


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New egg, but that was almost two years ago!

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People I blew up one of the Memorex woofers. I plan to replace both woofers because I doubt I'll find an exact replacement. So far it have been a little difficult to find a replacement. I was about to ask you that if you think I'll get into trouble if I replace both woofers with 3 1/2" car speakers rated 4 ohms. The only thing running with them will be the center because I plan to get two fronts next payday and not will be using the Memorex speakers anymore..

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They will sound worse than the Memorex - and you will most likely blow them too.

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Why bother if you're getting rid of the Memorex speakers in two weeks? Waste of money looking for a woofer for them.

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I plan to use the Memorex micro system in the bedroom and I'll need speakers for it. Do you think the car speakers will work with it also?

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I plan to use the Memorex micro system in the bedroom and I'll need speakers for it. Do you think the car speakers will work with it also?

Already answered - not recommended

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People to save another thread, what do you think is better for front speakers? A pair of Polk Audio Monitor30 speakers and a sub or a pair of Monitor60 or Monitor70 tower speakers and no sub?

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