Originally Posted by Lp85253
i like your thinking with one exception,i would start with a 5.1 set up and get higher quality front 3 speakers , especially if you want a real nice dual use set up.. polk lsim speakers for fronts might be a place to start .. just an idea , but your initial thoughts are pretty good overall
I am currently running a 5.1 setup already so I was wanting to upgrade.
Originally Posted by zieglj01
Knock the CS10 off as it is low level -- I would go after the CSi A6
I'll take a look. How are the A5's compared to the A7's?
Originally Posted by sfhollis
I am a total stereo guy, so I dumped all my budget into two mains and three subwoofers, but I'm sure some folks will have great advice for you.
Welcome to the forum.
Originally Posted by Zorba922
As previously said, ditch the CS10, it's the second most complained about center speaker in this forum.
If you believe in the "timbre matching" hocus pocus, the Polk LSi706 center speaker is currently on sale from Adorama at half off MSRP.
Personally I'd just go with a totally different center altogether, a proven performer like the Emotiva C2, Chane A2.4, Ascend 340SE, etc.
The center does 70-80% of the HT output...it's what you are actually HEARING most of the time, the true workhorse/backbone of any system. NOT where you want to cut corners.
Ok. As I stated above, I might do some juggling around so that I can get the good center.
Originally Posted by psuKinger
The only Pioneer AVR I've owned was a much lower ("entry") level model... but I had a really poor experience with their MCACC room correction software. That comment might not apply to you here, because this receiver is both a lot newer than mine and much higher up on the food chain... but I had better experiences at all price points, from Entry Level up, with Audyssey, and I really like the results I'm getting AND how the software works (which most of the time it doesn't work at all with my Pioneer) with my Denon x4400h.
I had/have older/similar versions of the Polk speakers you're looking at for Fronts, center, and surrounds... for movies and TV I liked them a lot. For music I think they were 'good' but you can realize some (small percentage; law-of-diminishing-returns; but real) benefits to some more "hi-fi-ish" speakers.
You didn't list a subwoofer, but you did state "7.1.2" which I believe means one sub... definitely recommend you get one (or two) subs. I think they make a big difference for both movies and music. I recently bought a Rythmik Servo sub for my main living room system and I really like it a lot; I think it was a significant upgrade over the SVS ported sub it replaced.
My dad had a Pioneer stereo receiver from back in the day that lasted a very long time and, in my opinion, sounded pretty good. I think going with the Elite might be a good choice. We shall see.
And I totally did forget to list the sub. I was looking at the Polk Audio HTS-10.