Heya gents (and ladies?) -- just had some RTi12s delivered to my house today... it was a Craigslist deal that was too hard to pass up. Some minor cosmetic blemishes (grille cover a bit torn, some scratches in the cabinet, etc.), but... for $350 (+$25 to have them delivered), I thought it was well worth it.
Now I have a problem that many people wish they had... too many speakers.
Currently, in my 7.2 man cave setup, I have RTiA7s as my fronts, a CSIa6 (recent addition) center and two pairs of Monitor 40 IIs as side and rear surrounds (holdovers from my old setup with 70 IIs).
That setup sounded great. Now that I've got the 12s, I don't know what to do with them.
I could, I suppose, move the 7's to the side surround position, but... I think that's a bit overkill for my applications.
I have a polk setup in our livingroom as well, but... I don't see myself moving replacing my 70 IIs with the 7s or 12s for a few reasons:
1) We have the 70s backed up to the wall for aesthetic purposes -- it flanks the fireplace and due to space issues, I can't toe them in, etc.
2) With a four-month old baby, we won't be playing anything loud on the main level. Plus, the majority of our "high-end viewing" happens in the man cave.
My Pioneer SC-1522-K is now wired up to the 12s and they sound good -- but I keep hearing about "more power, more power" with the 12s.
What would you keep? What would you sell? What would you do?
A few notes that might help:
1) The man cave is relatively small.
2) It has a pair of Klipsch HG-12 subs in the mix.
3) I'm bi-amping the 12s, FWIW
I don't listen to anything at ear-piercing levels. I like music loud and I like to feel it and/or movies occasionally, but... with two young kids, I don't need to be shaking the house.
Should I try to flip the 12s? Condition-wise, they aren't in as good of shape as the 7s. Also, isn't the CSiA6 a better match to the 7s than the 12s? Also, with the 7s, I don't have to worry about "lack of power" quite as much. Speaking of which, is the only real benefit of "more power" just more clarity / less distortion at really high levels?
I'm lost as to what to do... I probably didn't need the speakers, but... it seemed like too good of a deal to pass up.
Last Q -- anybody know where a guy can get a "trim" panel for the base of a 12? It only came with one. Think Polk still has some laying around that they could sell me on the cheap?
Thanks! I know this is a LOT of questions!