Originally Posted by dlevens
I have an old setup form 1997 that I am looking to simplify without sacrificing too much quality.
2 Polk RT800 floor standing speakers
1 Polk CS400 Center
1 Velodyne CT100 Sub
2 Polk RT fx surround
1 Denon AVR-3808 CI Receiver
All of this equipment has been off for about 2 years when we remodeled the living room. For the past year or so I have been using a single Sonos Beam connected to a 4k TCL TV.
I got rid of the Cable box when we cancelled cable TV, got rid of the DVD and blue-ray, so the only device we use right now is the built in Roku TV and sometimes the Apple TV. All of our TV and movies are streamed from Netflix, YouTube TV, Apple TV or Plex. And since the Sonos Beam did not need a receiver and the sound on the beam has been surprisingly good enough that I am debating on dumping all of this equipment on ebay and just enhancing the sound with either a Sonos Sub or upgrading the Beam and avoiding the whole receiver plus massive speakers and wires route.
I guess my main question is where do speakers this old compare these days?
I like minimal but still want some decent quality.
It has been so many years since I looked into audio setups, looking for some advice
Well, the Polks got good reviews back in 1997 but by today's standards your ported 100watt 10" 28hz subwoofer can be "bettered" but it will take $500 to get down to 20hz and notice a significant impact.
If you wanted to replace the sub and the front left right to smaller bookshelves the latter wouldn't cost that much as you can get RTiA3 Polk Bookshelves now that they are discounted for just $240/pair at Crutchfield vs. the msrp of $400.
You should get more than that by selling the towers and sub.
In the end you could have a less massive looking system with an excellent sub like one of the ones below, (albeit assuming the size isn't off putting), for under $500 total after you sell some of what you have.
PORTED SUBWOOFERS $500 AND BELOW, DELIVERED
*THE LARGER PORTED SUBS DELIVER AT LEAST 40% MORE SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL
THAN THE SAME BRAND'S SEALED VERSION WITH SAME SIZE WOOFER AND AMP
*IF LOOKING AT LARGER/MORE EXPENSIVE SUBWOOFERS ADD PSA TO THE LIST OF BRANDS
*IF YOU ARE NOT AN ACTION MOVIE FAN A SUBWOOFER WITH 22-30HZ EXTENSION WOULD BE FINE
*FOR MUSIC A 30HZ SUB IS A FINE CHOICE
*BEFORE BUYING MAKE A CARDBOARD CUTOUT OF THE SIZE OF THE SUB TO MAKE SURE IT IS NOT TOO LARGE FOR YOU
Specs are from the manufacturer unless noted otherwise.
5 years 300watts =15w19h20d= 46 lbs 10" [18hz] $499 SVS PB1000, (extension from Sound & Vision Review)
5 years 500watts =15w19h20d= 72 lbs 10" [20hz] $500 MONOPRICE MONOLITH THX 10"
SEALED SUBWOOFERS $539 AND BELOW, DELIVERED
5 years 300watts =13w14h16d= 27 lbs 12" [23hz] $499 SVS SB1000, (extension from Sound & Vision)
5 years 500watts =13w16h17d= 50 lbs 10" [20hz] $500 MONOPRICE MONOLITH MTS10 THX
3 years 300watts =14w14h16d= 58 lbs* 12" [18hz] $539 RHYTHMIK L12