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To start off, I'm young and completely new to H/T audio. I'm getting ready to set up my first non htib system, and have hit a crossroads that I'd like some advice on. Here's my current non audio setup:


Sony KDF-46e3000

PS3

X360

Time Warner HD


I watch blu-ray and movies all the time, as well as play games. Music is about 10%, though I imagine that number will go up with a good system. I bought an Onkyo SR606 today, so that will be powering whatever speakers I go with. I know many people would say go with the 706, but I just couldn't swallow spending that much more on my first system. Speaker wise, the guy at Fry's is pushing a set of Polk's:

Front: TSi300

Center: CS10

Surround: TSi100

Sub:pSW10

Polk has a deal right now where the sub is free if you spend over 499, so this total with tax, et all is $845. I listened to them in the store and they seemed nice enough to me. Yet I know that if I really get into this hobby, then soon I'll want to upgrade, and since I'm single, I generally follow my whims and will do it. Knowing that, I figure why not just get something better now and not have to deal with that for a much longer (and more budget-friendly) time. That brings into play two other speaker systems, both in the ~1500 range: the Aperion Intimus 4T Hybrid SD, and Paradigm's Phantom Cinema Gaming system. This is a bit over my budget, so I could always buy either of these systems front 3 or 2.1 and then add the rest later. So I guess the question is, are these two systems worth double the price of the Polk's? Are they worth getting at all, or should I just get the polk's and step up to the higher lines later if I want to? And finally, if you do recommend I get the Aperion or Paradigm, which one would you recommend?


Sorry for the novel and so many questions, I'm just trying to be sure I explain everything as best I can.
 

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another option for Polk speakers

2 Monitor 50 towers for L-R front
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290014

1 center channel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290111

2 Monitor 30's for surrounds
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290008

and a subwoofer from Velodyne, BIC, or Elemental Designs
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._sku=539813201


less than $600 for the six speakers


building a system from 2.1 to 3.1 to 5.1 with higher end speakers is always a good way to go, but with the really great sale pricing on the Polk Monitor series I don't think you will be disappointed with your "budget" system.
 

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Originally Posted by m_vanmeter /forum/post/15438554


another option for Polk speakers

2 Monitor 50 towers for L-R front
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290014

1 center channel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290111

2 Monitor 30's for surrounds
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290008

and a subwoofer from Velodyne, BIC, or Elemental Designs
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._sku=539813201


less than $600 for the six speakers


building a system from 2.1 to 3.1 to 5.1 with higher end speakers is always a good way to go, but with the really great sale pricing on the Polk Monitor series I don't think you will be disappointed with your "budget" system.

+1 to what you said. Monitor series is being discontinued in favor of TSi. They are same speakers so save money and buy monitors. eD subs or MFW-15 should be just perfect.


I went with

2 x monitor 60s

1 x CS2

4 x RC80i (in-ceiling)

I did order a PSW-125 sub but sold it even before I opened the box and now I am waiting for my MFW-15 to be shipped.


If you are eligible to get a free PSW10 "sub", ask them to give you credit for it.
 
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