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Soo I am looking to set up a home theatre system. Right now I just have some Logitech 5.1's hooked up to my system that used to be on my PC. I am looking to change that. Just need some advice/opinions. Which of these setups would be best (please note that the receivers are the same, I am just trying to decide between speakers)?

FIRST SETUP:

http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/p...4&CTID=5000300
http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/p...DETYP=RELATION
http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/p...1&CTID=5002900 Surrounds x 4
http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/p...2&CTID=5002900
http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/p...9&CTID=5002900 Fronts x 2




SECOND SETUP

http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/p...4&CTID=5000300
http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/tsi/specs.php (The 400 Series x1 R and L Front Channels)
http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/t....php#bookshelf (The 100 Series x4 for surrounds)
http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/tsi/specs.php#center (The CS10 for Center [obviously heh])
http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/psw/specs.php (The 110)


The price comes out to close to the same... the fully Yamaha setup comes out to about $54 more for my pricing than the Polk, and that's not a huge discrepancy when spending over $1k so that's not a big deal. Which would sound the best? I am going for a relatively small room that I watch many a blu-ray and play PS3 / XBox360 in.


Btw I love working for a company that has ridiculous discounts and accommodations through deals with manufacturers for their employees



Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you.
 

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yeah sorry, but Polk makes some rad speakers for the price, purge the surrounds and get RTI mains and center instead, just buy some cheapo surrounds, its pointless to drop money on surrounds
 

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Thanks for the input. The surrounds are pretty cheap actually. I have a discount, remember?
I've just already gone above what I originally wanted to spend.

And the TSIs are all I can get with the discount :O


So yeah it's either the Yamaha speakers or the Polk speakers that I listed. No other alternatives unfortunately
 

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Thanks for the input. The surrounds are pretty cheap actually. I have a discount, remember?
I've just already gone above what I originally wanted to spend.

And the TSIs are all I can get with the discount :O


So yeah it's either the Yamaha speakers or the Polk speakers that I listed. No other alternatives unfortunately

I venture to guess you work at best buy because I do and I couldn't get the RTIs either :p..Also I hope you are going through accom if you are as they are much cheaper on there then even our discount. That being said I have the cs10 and the tsi 100 bookshelfs for front and center and I think the sound pretty good. I would love to have the 300 or 400 series and i plan on getting them. Word of advice though.. your speakers should be much more than you receiver.. so dont blow all your money on a receiver just to get crappy speakers. I would say 3 to 1 ratio with the speakers to reciever. If you do work at best buy check out the Harmon Kardon accom. we get, or just get a lesser yamaha receiver with preouts (such as the 663 or we might even get some on the pio's but i cant remember) and get a preamp later. If i had that choice i would probably go with Klispch if you like the horn sound especially since we can get the Reference series cheaply on acoomadations... btw yamaha makes pretty good receivers but are not really known for the speakers. Make sure to check out some of the JBL Acc. we get too. Good Luck!
 

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Polk may not make the absolute best in speakers, but they are some of the best value "bang for the buck" out there. Polk has an excellent reputation for customer service and standing behind their products. They are one of the few manufacturers that still stock drivers (tweeters, woofers, etc.) for all of their products going back to the very first ones.


They also have an excellent forum on their website. I used to participate there a lot, but have not visited in a while. There is a group on the forum that organizes trips (usually once per year) to Polk's headquarters in Baltimore and they get a plant tour and usually get to meet Matthew Polk himself. They also organize "Polkfest" where they meet at each others houses. They have had them all over the US. It is one of the most amazing things I've seen. They have an extreme loyalty to Polk. The interesting thing is that some of the members may have graduated to much more expensive speakers and don't even own Polks anymore, but they still speak very highly of the company and remain loyal and will tell you that Polk's are very good value in their price ranges.


I have read owner testimonies on the forum where for instance, an owner's cat got a hold of their speaker's grill clothes. They called Polk to see if they could buy replacement grills and Polk shipped them new grills for free.


I have an older model Yamaha 2 channel receiver in my living room connected to Polk Cherry finish RTi38's on Sanus Cherry finish stands. These were from several years ago. In my "man cave" - bonus room over the garage, I have a Denon 3806 receiver. I have RTi70 main, RTi ? forget the model for center, and 4 RTi series surrounds - I forget the model numbers. I love my Polks! My RTi70's I bought as "open box" at Circuit City. Normal retail was $800, I paid $400. My center and surrounds I bought off of ebay. The Cherry RTi38's I got from BrandNamez.com for half price. I think that it was when Polk was phasing out that line before they introduced the new style RTi line. Anyway they were also 1/2 price of normal retail, but were new in box.


PS - about the plant tours in Baltimore - Polk does make some of thier speakers offshore now, but all of the research and design is still done in Baltimore.
 

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Thank you for the responses


They are greatly appreciated. I am actually going for the receiver that I picked because of the 4x HDMI inputs. The only other lower option I have only has 3 HDMI inputs. I have a PS3, Xbox360, HD-DVR through DirecTV, plus HDMI for my PC for recording my guitar through S/PDIF and passing it through the receiver as well and love jamming out to great sound since I do not have a head/cabinet yet.


I am definitely leaning more towards the Polk Audio speakers, and possibly not getting the full 7.1 right off the bat so I can get the higher series speakers (the TSi500's and the CS20). I will have to wait a bit longer and just hope nothing else comes up that catches my eye lol.


Edit: Sooooo yeah. Same links for the Polk Audio but look at the top item on every page instead of the middle item lol. I was checking out Harmon Kardon, but what I would want to go with would cost about $1,850-$2,110... getting way too high since I am pushing what I wanted to spend in the first place :O
 
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