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I am looking to replace my mismatched side and rear surrounds.


I am looking at three models:


Polk RTi4

Polk TSi100

Boston Acoustics CS-26


I can get 4 of the above for between $300-$400. Thats where my budget is.

The Polk RTi's are kind of ugly, but seem to be higher end than the TSi's from what I have read....is that correct?


I like the size, look and, specs of the Boston's but i can't find a while lot of info on them.


Of those three what would you recommend?

I am open to any other suggestions that fit my budget.


For reference my front and center speakers are Polk RT600i's and a CS400i. But those do not have a soft tweeter like the new Polk's so I don't think they make a better match just because they are Polk's.
 

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Originally Posted by curlyjive /forum/post/19628832


I am looking to replace my mismatched side and rear surrounds.


I am looking at three models:


Polk RTi4

Polk TSi100

Boston Acoustics CS-26


I can get 4 of the above for between $300-$400. Thats where my budget is.

The Polk RTi's are kind of ugly, but seem to be higher end than the TSi's from what I have read....is that correct?


I like the size, look and, specs of the Boston's but i can't find a while lot of info on them.


Of those three what would you recommend?

I am open to any other suggestions that fit my budget.


For reference my front and center speakers are Polk RT600i's and a CS400i. But those do not have a soft tweeter like the new Polk's so I don't think they make a better match just because they are Polk's.

The CS26 is rear ported and you'll have to use port plugs if you plan to wall mount.
 

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These would be stand mounted near walls, but not mounted to them. I also want speakers that can be crossed over at 80Hz.


So of the three, what would you recommend....or is there something else I should look at?
 

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Thanks for the feedback. The RTi's concern me because they are a little big for stands with a 6"x6" plate...though the speakers I have on them now are almost as big. They are also kind of ugly with the silver trim on the grill.....but I can get over that.


Are there other options I should consider?
 

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Thanks for the feedback. The RTi's concern me because they are a little big for stands with a 6"x6" plate...though the speakers I have on them now are almost as big. They are also kind of ugly with the silver trim on the grill.....but I can get over that.


Are there other options I should consider?

You may need to get bigger stands - and leave the grill on

the Rti4 speaker.

Go to www.crutchfield.com and look at the Infinity Primus

P152 speakers.
 

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You may need to get bigger stands - and leave the grill on

the Rti4 speaker.

Go to www.crutchfield.com and look at the Infinity Primus

P152 speakers.

The grill trim is the ugly part to me. I cant find 36" stands with a bigger plate....plus I already have one set of the pair I was going to order.


I have pretty large speakers on them now though and they've been fine for years. the rti4's are deeper but not as wide as my current speakers. The Boston's are just a bit smaller.



Are the Boston's significantly worse than the rti4? Especially surrounds? This site liked them: http://hometheaterreview.com/boston-...kers-reviewed/


How do the primus p152's compare? is the smaller tweeter an issue? They are rated at 100 watts...my Denon 2808 is 110. will that be a concern?


Again I am open to other choices.......
 

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The Boston will be good for surrounds - they are not worse than the

Polks. The Polk Rti has a better midrange than the Boston CS. I like

the Boston tweeter better - the difference is not that big, for surround

you will be OK.

If you want to explore - then go to www.htd.com and look at the

Level Two bookshelf speakers.

The Primus is a good speaker for the money - however, they do not

have enough resolution for me. Many people may disagree - however,

my pick (1) Rti4 (2) Boston CS26 (3) HTD Level Two (4) Infinity Primus 152

For the price - the Infinity is solid for surrounds.
 

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The Boston will be good for surrounds - they are not worse than the

Polks. The Polk Rti has a better midrange than the Boston CS. I like

the Boston tweeter better - the difference is not that big, for surround

you will be OK.

If you want to explore - then go to www.htd.com and look at the

Level Two bookshelf speakers.

The Primus is a good speaker for the money - however, they do not

have enough resolution for me. Many people may disagree - however,

my pick (1) Rti4 (2) Boston CS26 (3) HTD Level Two (4) Infinity Primus 152

Took a look at the level Two. they look nice, but i've never heard of them. have they been around long?


In looking into the p15e reviews i would be worried about over driving them...that wad noted in reviews and the 162 is bit bigger.
 

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HTD has been around for a while - I have owned them and they are

good for the money. What are you driving your speakers with?

In surround sound - not that much info goes to the side and back

channels. I don't really hear of people blowing their surround speakers.

All these speakers do a decent job with power.
 

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Driven with a Denon 2808 rated at 110 per channel. I really doubt they'd blow....right now i have a rear pair rated at less than 100W....no problems in 3 years. But I did read that Primus 152's were easy to overdrive.



I guess I am leaning Boston cs26 because they seem to be a good fit size wise and aesthetically. Since they are surrounds, the program material they will receive is nothing like the demand on the mains and center.


But I'll probably agonize over this for a least another day before deciding. So keep the opinions and suggestions coming.
 

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I owned the Infinity and they took the power - however, it comes down

to you and your decision. Don't waste a whole day agonizing over your

choices - life is too short. Good Luck!
 

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With the CS26's being rear ported, how far the wall should they be....or how close to the wall can I have them?


Given that they will need to be inches from the walls, I wonder if that makes them a bad choice.


The polks are front ported, but I think they also have the rear power port that Polk likes to use. I don't know if that is as affected by a near wall placement since it has it's own backing plate. Does anyone know if the total depth of the polks include the power port on the back and the extra standoff distance for the grill on the front?
 

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Question:


With the CS26's being rear ported, how far the wall should they be....or how close to the wall can I have them?

I always stay 12" from the wall - for a cleaner sound. You can expierment with 6".
 

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Question:


The polks are front ported, but I think they also have the rear power port that Polk likes to use. I don't know if that is as affected by a near wall placement since it has it's own backing plate. Does anyone know if the total depth of the polks include the power port on the back and the extra standoff distance for the grill on the front?

The Rti4 is with grill and that so called power port.

It is up to you - I don't put my speakers against the wall.

They sound better off the wall. Which ever one you buy -

just expierment from 2" and out. You can always put a

sock in the Boston port - will not fit in the Rti4.
 

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The Rti4 is with grill and that so called power port.

It is up to you - I don't put my speakers against the wall.

They sound better off the wall. Which ever one you buy -

just expierment from 2" and out. You can always put a

sock in the Boston port - will not fit in the Rti4.

Well that would mean the actual depth of the bottom of the speaker that sits on the stand is less than the 11 1/2" in the specs then...correct?


Seeing as the surrounds going to be about 4"-6" from the wall, the Boston's may not work as well as the Polks.
 

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The bass will get a little boomy with both of them.

I'm hoping Audessey will help tame some of that. But wouldn't the Polks be less problematic?



I keep going back and forth. I just need to flip a coin!
 

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I'm hoping Audessey will help tame some of that. But wouldn't the Polks be less problematic?



I keep going back and forth. I just need to flip a coin!

No, not less problematic - the power port is still a ported speaker. Audessey may

help some, if you can't decide, then flip a coin - and expierment with the one you

choose. Start with 2 inches from the wall and then move one inch at a time, and

decide after that. You may or may not like it - you said, that you will be using the

speakers on stands.
 
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