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Hi folks,


I am looking to extend my 5.1 system to a 7.1 system. I am on a pretty tight budget but would like to buy four small speakers (
 

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After playing around with my pair of Cambridge Audio S30s I was wondering if I should forget on going with a 7.1 set up and just put the money into a nicer pair of surrounds (keep it a 5.1 system). Do you all think with the small size of my room that the rears (making it a 7.1 system) are necessary?
 

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I'm sure opinions will vary, but generally speaking my preference would be 5.1 with better speakers over 7.1 with lesser speakers. But maybe the biggest factor is your room/space - i.e. is there room behind your listening position to accommodate a back-surround field that is separate from the side surround fields. If not then 7.1 won't buy you much.


FWIW, I think S30's make excellent surrounds (side and back). For a speaker that size/price they have remarkable (upper) bass, a rock solid mid-range, a fairly neutral tweeter and good imaging. I started with (highly regarded/reviewed) satellites for my surrounds and it worked ok (I have good sub). But when (for fun) I put in a pair of S30's as surrounds I was surprised how much it improved things - having the increased depth/range of sound back there really expanded the sense of "surround" sound. I used them as my surrounds for about a year until I finally upgraded to 5 matching speakers all the way around.


Currently I use the S30's as my bedroom speakers - a perfect fit
 

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Originally Posted by pieper53  /t/1499927/need-help-on-choosing-my...er-200-polk-vs-boston-acoustics#post_23957825


After playing around with my pair of Cambridge Audio S30s I was wondering if I should forget on going with a 7.1 set up and just put the money into a nicer pair of surrounds (keep it a 5.1 system). Do you all think with the small size of my room that the rears (making it a 7.1 system) are necessary?

5.1 is a good option - and can work out nicely
 

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Yes, I currently have a 5.1 system but the surrounds are generic, weak speakers. Using the Cambridge Audio S30s aren't an option for me as I need to wall mount my surrounds and rears (they are too big and rear ported). I have them in another room and just wanted to play around with them to hear the difference over my current (weak) surrounds... it was a big difference.


I'm really leaning towards the Polk OWM3s unless a better option presents itself.


I just feel that something is lacking in my system and am not fully sure what. I know it's not a "high-end" system for most but my budget wont allow much more. I could just be expecting too much. I was thinking of adding another sub but can't find a deal on the RW-12d anymore.


Thanks for the replies,


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Unfortunately the SubZero 2.0 is no longer available. I have read good reviews but not able to find it for sale. The newer version 2.1 is out of my price range if I were to buy more than 2.


I do like the Boston SoundWave however I am getting that one vetoed by my better half based on looks (I will agree though that it would look pretty out of place in our HT room).


I wish there was a local store that carried the Polk OWM3 so I could test it out (and give a local store my business).


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I briefly had a pair of Polk TSX110B's for my rear surrounds until I stumbled onto a used pair of Paradigms (which my other speakers are)

and was pleased with them.....not overly bright, full sounding and pretty good pricing. A bonus with them is they have a bracket attached to the rear so you can wall mount them.


Up your budget a bit and go with them....I dont think you'll be disappointed.
 

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Originally Posted by pieper53  /t/1499927/need-help-on-choosing-my...er-200-polk-vs-boston-acoustics#post_23958583


Unfortunately the SubZero 2.0 is no longer available. I have read good reviews but not able to find it for sale. The newer version 2.1 is out of my price range if I were to buy more than 2.

Look at the NXG Pro 4.1 - good reviews - good price
http://www.amazon.com/Nxg-Pro-4-1-Satellite-Speaker/dp/B0044UHVOK
 

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Any idea on how the NXG Pro 4.1 speakers can be wall mounted? I can't find a picture of the back of them. I read they are 10 pounds... I would really need to make them secure.
 

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Any idea on how the NXG Pro 4.1 speakers can be wall mounted? I can't find a picture of the back of them. I read they are 10 pounds... I would really need to make them secure.

They should have a threaded insert on the back
 

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Do you have a pair? If so, could you post a pic?
 

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If you can bump the budget to $300 the Cambridge Audio S20's would make very good side/back surrounds (they are solid down to 80hz). They're typically $150 a pair - Newegg has them on sale but you can't see the price until checkout ...
 

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If you can bump the budget to $300 the Cambridge Audio S20's would make very good side/back surrounds (they are solid down to 80hz). They're typically $150 a pair - Newegg has them on sale but you can't see the price until checkout ...

They came up $149 in the cart


They are also $149 a pair here
http://www.audioadvisor.com/Cambridge-Audio-S20-Bookshelf-Speakers/productinfo/CAS20/#.UokzmMSTj58


And, at Crutchfield
http://www.crutchfield.com/shopsearch/cambridge_s20.html
 

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Thanks for checking the NewEgg price.


I mention the S20's because I think they'd be a step up from the satellite-ish speakers mentioned so far. Curious what others think.
 

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Thanks. I do like my S30s but the S20s are rear ported and I need a wall mounted option.


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Thanks. I do like my S30s but the S20s are rear ported and I need a wall mounted option.


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The 20s are not ported.
 

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I stand corrected. I must have been looking at the S30s! Thanks for clarifying that.
 
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