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I have the receiver and the new tv (vizio 70). Now I need speakers. I dont plan to do a full 7.2 setup in the sense that I want to do a front left/right/center and two rears and two subs.

I have been eying Polk, Klipsch, JBL, but I am willing to try any brand based on recommendations here. I just cant make my mind up. 24 hours ago I had my heart set on buying the Polk 75T from newegg for $219. But I backed out because I saw the RTi10s on ebay for $300/each. I am looking to spend about $600 for a pair of fronts, around $200 for a center, and the rears I havent even started to think about yet. Obviously if I can save money

My living room is:
230 inches long (19 feet)
212 inches wide (~17.5 feet)
94 inches high (~8 feet)

On the right side of the living room it opens up into a small dining room. So the right rear speaker wont have a wall on its right side.

Let me know what else I need to provide to gain assistance. I am open to anything really.

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Help? Thanks guys.

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Your setup is similar to mine.

I have a Yamaha RX-V673 and a 60" Vizio in a 22x14x8high room.

After much research and deal hunting I purchased a Klipsch RW-12D from Newegg on sale for $299. It goes on sale often so if it isn't $299 check back daily.

I then scratched my head some more and read lots more.....and finally went with Ascend Acoustics to round out a 5.1 setup.
I am using 2 CMT-340se's for LR, a CMT-340se for Center, and 2 CMB-170se's for surrounds. I also ordered the 2 stands that Ascend has specially designed for the 340.

The 2 340 LR's run $568, the 340 Center is around $298. $300 for the 2 170's. The 2 stands were on sale for $140.

I was told by many people that I could have easily went with 4 CBM 170's and a 340 center to save a little money, but I was planning for the future and really liked the looks of the 340.

The speakers just arrived last nite and I couldn't be more pleased with Ascend! Highly recommended.

btw. If you call they typically have discounted b-stock which might not show up online. My 340's were b-stock and the only reason I could see was 1 slight scratch in finish that I would NEVER notice unless I was looking for it.
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I recently got the Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SEs. Great speakers. In fact I'm listening to them right now. smile.gif

Ascend Acoustics is a small Internet direct company that produces speakers that are an excellent value. You could start with the CBM-170 SE for front left/right, and the CMT-340 SE center. See what you think. If you love 'em and decide it's worth spending more on the CMT-340s for the front, you can use the CBM-170s for the rear. Or if you are happy with the sound and want to keep the budget down, get a pair of HTM-200 or CBM-170 for the rear. Here's the owners thread if you want to learn more: https://www.avsforum.com/t/629769/ascend-se-owners-thread

And yeah. The Klipsch RW-12d is a really good value for $299. Here's a thread in the AVS subwoofer forum where people are talking about it: https://www.avsforum.com/t/1442829/klipsch-rw-12d-on-sale-for-299-at-newegg-com-again-today

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Thanks for the advise but their towers are out of my budget. I really want towers

As for sub, I was debating that one since its in sale again. But then I thought getting two smaller polks would be better. One front left one rear right.

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I thought I wanted Towers myself......after much research decided I didn't need them. The 340 minitowers were more than enough for my room and with a decent sub all the benefits of a full tower are moot to me. YMMV!

The towers I considered ranged from BIC Acoustech's PL76 and PL89's, to Klipsch 42's to the Andrew Johnson designed Pioneer's.

If I were you I would check out the AJ Pioneers plus a couple of good subs. Don't know anything about the Polks.
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I thought I wanted Towers myself......after much research decided I didn't need them. The 340 minitowers were more than enough for my room and with a decent sub all the benefits of a full tower are moot to me. YMMV!

Now that I have the CBM-170s, I'd love to hear the 340s across the front. Not just for the six 6.5" drivers firing at you, but also because of the exact matching speakers for all three. That's optimal for the front soundstage. Must sound great.

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Now that I have the CBM-170s, I'd love to hear the 340s across the front. Not just for the six 6.5" drivers firing at you, but also because of the exact matching speakers for all three. That's optimal for the front soundstage. Must sound great.

Watched Sherlock Holmes - Game of Shadows last nite after getting these in place and I must say it was pretty good!
I'm still waiting to get my Yammy 673 back so I was driving this with a cheap RCA HTIB AVR. Surprised me how good it sounded and it will only get better with a real AVR and proper setup/EQ.
Also waiting for the stands for the 340's yet...they will be 2 weeks out. Once the whole system is in place it can't help but exceed my expectations.

Tonite I'm going to try out a little music....either Led Zeppelin Celebration Day or Pink Floyd Pulse. Something tells me I'll be smiling!

btw. It was nice to read your impressions of the 170 vs the Energy. I simply wanted the best sound I could get for my budget and there has been a lot of hubbub over the Energies. I think I chose wisely.
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