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I am working on my FIRST home entertainment center. I am not any music expert but seems I like to listen to a sounds which match closely a life like experience. So one day I went to a place where I was enchanted with a small speakers with a BIG sound in them and that was a pair of B&W 685's.

Until now they were collecting dust waiting for the moment I have a money to buy the rest of the stuff to power my babies up.

So now on the way is a Pioneer K-1120 AV receiver (I expect it tomorrow from Amazon and it was a sweet deal). Today a postman delivered a Polk CS 20 center channel speaker (suppose it's the best bang for the buck) and in the corner sits an STF-2 Sub-woofer I just grabbed at Anaheim place (after I was amazed how it's sounds) ., but now I am not sure what to do, because according to many here it is a rule of thumb to match a TIMBRE of your fronts !

So please advise me what would you do and I do not want to spent a fortune, because I am the one who buys the best for the lowest. Not a wealthy man or one who do not care where his money goes as long as his/her money satisfy his or her appetite.



1. Return Pioneer and buy any ROTEL two channel amplifier and stick with 2.1 for now. (I do not care much about surround stuff anyway).

2. Return POLK and buy a HTM-62 to match the maker of the L/R channel speakers or a third 685 speaker (maybe on e-bay or craiglist when available.

3. Buy a pair of Polk TSR 200 bookshelf's and move 685's to the back, keep the Pioneer and HSU sub (then have surround effects).

4. Return Polk CS 20 and keep the rest for now as it is (Pioneer K-1120, HSU Subwoofer STF-2 and B&W 685's as my main speakers in the front set-up.

I know there is a lot of the experts to advise a confused individual.

Thanks in advance...
 

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I1. Return Pioneer and buy any ROTEL two channel amplifier and stick with 2.1 for now. (I do not care much about surround stuff anyway).

2. Return POLK and buy a HTM-62 to match the maker of the L/R channel speakers or a third 685 speaker (maybe on e-bay or craiglist when available.

3. Buy a pair of Polk TSR 200 bookshelf's and move 685's to the back, keep the Pioneer and HSU sub (then have surround effects).

4. Return Polk CS 20 and keep the rest for now as it is (Pioneer K-1120, HSU Subwoofer STF-2 and B&W 685's as my main speakers in the front set-up.

I know there is a lot of the experts to advise a confused individual.

Thanks in advance...

1. No need to return the Pioneer if you decide to go 2.1 - decent option and it allows you to expand later.

2. Best option if you decide on multi-channel: 685>HTM61>HTM62.

3. Horrible idea.

4. See option 1.


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I have a setup very similar to yours...

685 fronts, htm62, 686 surround, marantz 8002 (thanks big river for big discount) and the stf-2

it's in my bedroom and I love it.

(right now I'm running the 686 as mains for break in).
 

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Actually the best matching center will be another 685. I know that they are sold in pairs, but you can either sell one, or use it as rear center in 6.1 setup.
 
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