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Hi guys,

Looking for some help creating a setup for my new HT. I am currently looking at the Polk Rti 10s or 12s and have read that they do best when hooked up to a 2ch power amp. I dont have my HT receiver yet so thats open for discussion as well.

Setup will be most likely 5.1 to start and then go from there as needed.

Biggest question is what is the most efficient way to setup this system?

Budget of around $600-$700 for both devices if possible.

thanks in advance!
 

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Actually an outboard power amp probably won't make any difference at all. But if you want to employ one then you need to choose an AV receiver with preamp outputs. Those may be above your budget. I'm not very conversant about the various models.

I would suggest you choose a $300 to $500 AV receiver and enjoy the system. You will get the same results with less money and more convenience features in the receiver.
 

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Actually an outboard power amp probably won't make any difference at all. But if you want to employ one then you need to choose an AV receiver with preamp outputs.
This is actually the opposite than I have heard. Doesn't freeing up with HT receiver from the power hungry fronts allow better power distribution to the rest of the speakers?

I know I would need a receiver with pre-outs, just wasn't sure how the HT receriver's pre-outs control the power amp in balance with the rest of the system.
 

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Realistically you would almost need to almost
Double your budget to do the AVR w/pre-outs
And a power amp(s).

I would first suggest an AVR with pre outs
And later, if needed add power amps.

Also, to me, you shouldnt have to spend
As much on amplification as the cost of
The speakers themselves to get them to
Sound 'right'. I'd look at other speakers.
(My opinion)
 

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Realistically you would almost need to almost
Double your budget to do the AVR w/pre-outs
And a power amp(s).

I would first suggest an AVR with pre outs
And later, if needed add power amps.

Also, to me, you shouldnt have to spend
As much on amplification as the cost of
The speakers themselves to get them to
Sound 'right'. I'd look at other speakers.
(My opinion)
The main reason I'm looking at the Rti10s is because of the pricing from Polk direct, around $525.

I am open to other options though and would love to hear them.
 
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