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I'd like to start piecing together a sound system to go with my recently mounted television and the video cabinet I just finished building (see below). My initial goal is to disconnect from the horrid built in speakers on my television and add some base, with an end goal of having a 5.1 system built on decent components.


I Currently have my eyes on the Onkyo TX-NR509 receiver, a pair of Polk Audio Monitor 30's (Bookshelfs for the front) and a Polk Audio PSW10 sub. All of these have pretty good reviews on the consumer sites and are well priced for my budget right now.


I can't imagine this would be a downgrade from the built in TV speakers, but will I have any major problems only running a 2.1 system? I've never put together a sound system before, so I'm kind of shooting in the dark here... any advice is welcome!



 

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I'm guessing your budget is $500? If you plan on expanding this setup to a full 5.1, I would actually skip the sub for now and start out with a pair of $250 monitors from a quality line of speakers you can build into. Then you would save a few hundred, buy a sub, then a center, and then new mains, and you would simply take the original speakers you bought and move them to surrounds. Yes you could do this with the polks, but the monitor line is dirt cheap budget quality...That sub is not very good either, which is why I suggest you dont waste your money on it. I would try to get to the $350 price point for a quality sub like this ED A2-250


For example, you could start with Ascend HTM-200s , then eventually get a CMT-340 center , and CMT-340 mains .


In the long run this will give you a very high quality surround system, and save you from from "upgraditis" when you realize those polks aren't very good.
 

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Thanks for the input so far, and yes... my budget is between $500 and $600.


My main draw to the Polks was that they had good reviews and they look nice. My living area isn't very big, so if it's going to be bulky it has to look nice as well. I'm looking to outfit a carpeted 14x14 area (picture below) and don't want it to be overkill, but also don't want to be forever disappointed with what I end up with.


Are there any good sattelite speakers that will work well for fronts now and rears later on, or should I stay away from them? I don't mind bookshelfs, but I'll probably want to cut holes in the wall so I can recess them back a couple inches to keep it clean.


Any comments on the receiver I'm looking at?


Those Mythos are beautiful, but are way out of my price range... unless I'm looking at the wrong speakers.

 

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Pick up an Onkyo SR608 for $300 shipped and 2 Infinity Primus P163s for $85 each.


The Polk sub won't do much of anything for your setup. You have a large space there. Save up a little longer and get a real sub. Expect to pay about $500 for a decent sub. Don't bother with anything cheaper or lesser than, say the HSU VTF-2.
 

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Thanks for the input so far, and yes... my budget is between $500 and $600.


My main draw to the Polks was that they had good reviews and they look nice. My living area isn't very big, so if it's going to be bulky it has to look nice as well. I'm looking to outfit a carpeted 14x14 area (picture below) and don't want it to be overkill, but also don't want to be forever disappointed with what I end up with.


Are there any good sattelite speakers that will work well for fronts now and rears later on, or should I stay away from them? I don't mind bookshelfs, but I'll probably want to cut holes in the wall so I can recess them back a couple inches to keep it clean.


Any comments on the receiver I'm looking at?


Those Mythos are beautiful, but are way out of my price range... unless I'm looking at the wrong speakers.

Those Ascend HTM-200s that I linked earlier will work wall mounted for all 5 channels. I wouldn't mess with speakers any smaller then that.
 

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Where should I be doing my shopping anyway? I've been looking on Amazon for the most part... probably not the best idea?


I live in Alaska, so shipping is going to be an issue.
 

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Depends on what you're looking for. Amazon is good for a lot of gear, like Infinity speakers and receivers and some subs and whatnot. A lot of brands are really ID brands that you buy directly from - HSU, Rythmik, Axiom, Ascend, eD, Emotiva, etc. Accessories4less.com is a great place for a lot of stuff, especially refurb receivers. The AVS store has a lot of great gear. Newegg is good for some things, such as Polk speakers when they are on sale.
 

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Where should I be doing my shopping anyway? I've been looking on Amazon for the most part... probably not the best idea?


I live in Alaska, so shipping is going to be an issue.

Haha I completely feel your pain. That definitely changes things then



The JBL L Series should be perfect for you. Start out with the L810 , then add an LC2 center , and L820 mains . All wall mountable. You're going to be pretty screwed on a sub though...


Edit: A Bic VK-12 looks like a decent option for a sub.
 

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The JBL L820 speakers are amazingly good. I have a friend with a pair of them with a 10" Dayton sub driven by an el cheapo Sherwood 4105 (4501?) and it sounds great. Harman Audio is currently selling the L810 on ebay - you should be able to get a great price on a pair of them.
 

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Where should I be doing my shopping anyway? I've been looking on Amazon for the most part... probably not the best idea?


I live in Alaska, so shipping is going to be an issue.

Speaker preferences are pretty subjective, if at all possible you should try to audition your speakers in a proper environment before purchasing, though obviously your ability to do that will depend on what is available in your area. If you can find what you want locally, see if the dealer will match or at least come close to Amazon prices or other major retailers. If you must mail order, read the fine print of the return policy. Amazon's return policy is pretty good (though you should expect to pay return shipping if you need to return something you don't like).


I think you have the right idea though to build up gradually. I did the same, from 2.0 to 3.0 to 5.0 to 5.1. Not sure about Onkyo, but my Denon did a good job of adapting to the various configurations.
 

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I live in Hawaii so I know the shipping prejudice you face. Crutchfield ships free to Hawaii and I assume to Alaska. Axiom also ships free. They do have some nice wallmount versions of their bookshelf speakers.


Marting Logan motion 4s and or motion 2s would work well too. They're OK for music and really nice for movies/television/gaming. And Amazon sells them with the free shipping.


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Depends on what you're looking for. Amazon is good for a lot of gear, like Infinity speakers and receivers and some subs and whatnot. A lot of brands are really ID brands that you buy directly from - HSU, Rythmik, Axiom, Ascend, eD, Emotiva, etc. Accessories4less.com is a great place for a lot of stuff, especially refurb receivers. The AVS store has a lot of great gear. Newegg is good for some things, such as Polk speakers when they are on sale.

I've used accessories4less a couple of times. Great place to pickup a Marantz or Onkyo receiver.


Vanns.com sometimes has good specials.
 

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Hey, thanks for the site suggestions everyone.


I don't know why, but Polk keeps pulling at me. I particularly like the look of the OWM5's, especially since my focus with the TV and cabinet has been low profile from the start. The TSi's sound like they could be fun but they're so big, lol. I'm not a huge audio guy yet, and I've gotten used to my TV speakers... so I have no idea what anything is going to sound like.


I'm a CAD guy, so I mocked up everything real quick to get a feel for how the space would fill up. I'm terrified the TSi's will get knocked off the wall by someone coming around the corner not paying attention.


OWM5's



TSi100's



TSi200's
 

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Hey, thanks for the site suggestions everyone.


I don't know why, but Polk keeps pulling at me. I particularly like the look of the OWM5's, especially since my focus with the TV and cabinet has been low profile from the start. The TSi's sound like they could be fun but they're so big, lol. I'm not a huge audio guy yet, and I've gotten used to my TV speakers... so I have no idea what anything is going to sound like.


I'm a CAD guy, so I mocked up everything real quick to get a feel for how the space would fill up. I'm terrified the TSi's will get knocked off the wall by someone coming around the corner not paying attention.

TSi's sound nearly identical to the Polk Monitors, which are much better value


Polk Monitor 30's = TSi100's; Monitor 40's = TSi200


Sign up for newegg.com email alerts and you will get the promo codes and be alerted to their sales. Polk Monitor 40 series ii usually go for $120 a pair and the Monitor 30 series ii go for $90 a pair


With the money saved you can get a better subwoofer than the Polk PSW10... Like Bic PL200 or Lava LSP12 or Polk PSW505
 

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Infinity Cascades are designed to be wall mounted. Just a thought. And they sound great IMO.
 

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If you went Def Tech, you would want to go Promonitor 800 or 1000. I think the 800 would stay with the look that you desire.


If choose ML it would be the Motion 4s or 2s. (rear ported) but have a mounting bracket.


Polks do sound very nice, but with the money you save, get a nicer sub from an ID sub company.
 

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Awesome cabinet build. I too am looking to start a stereo set up. I have had the polk monitor 30s on my ever changing list since I started doing research. You have a bigger budget then me though =).


I'm going to start out with a stereo amp like the lepai t-amp. It's less then 30 bills. I was thinking you could always go that route and then when your ready to upgrade to 5.1 you could get a "newer" receiver.
 
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