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I'm thinking about upgrading my rear surrounds. I have a 5.1 setup driven by a Denon AVR-987. Currently I have Polk RTi8s for my main Ft. L/R, Polk CS1 for my center, Klipsch Sub-12 subwoffer and Polk R15s as my surrounds.


I'm thinking of upgrading my surrounds with these:
Polk RTi4s: I'd be going from a 3/4" tweeter that my R15s have to a 1". The woofer remains the same size, 5 1/4"

Klipsch RB-51s: again, my R15s and these have same size woofer, 5 1/4" but the tweeter on the RB-51 is 1" and has the Tractrix Horn.


Open to ideas and suggestions.


TIA,

Erock
 

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It is important to have a timbre matched system both front and surrounds. The RTi4 is from the same series as the RTi8's thus they are a proper match (visually and sonically). Also consider the FXi3, a surround-specific dipole/bipole speaker matched to the RTi series.


The Klipsch, while a fine product would not be matched to the fronts at all, because of the different tone quality.
 

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>It is important to have a timbre matched system both front and surrounds.


It doesn't matter much if your surrounds are NOT timbre-matched to your fronts. It IS important for your Fronts and center to be timbre-matched, however, and it is "nicer" if your surrounds are as well. That said, I have the csi3 center, rti12 fronts, and rti4 surrounds, and I really think the rti4 are excellent surrounds.
 

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Eric & cneely8, thank you for your time and feedback. I bought the RTi4s last night and will wire them tonight along with another round of Audyssey setup & EQ, topping it off with a tweek or two with my SPL.


Do you really think it's that important to timbre match fronts & center? I ask because of the CS1 center I'm using with my RTi8s.

TIA,

Erock
 
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