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Old 09-22-2009, 04:09 PM   #1
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Exclamation A/V guys, I need some help on a decision.

I would have posted this in the A/V thread, but there is so much chatter in there it frequently gets ignored now. I recently bought an Onkyo TX-SR607 and they threw in two Polk Audio TSi 100 bookshelves in for free. I hooked them up last night and like them so much that I just ordered a Polk Audio CS1 center channel for $68 shipped. Now, there are a couple of deals going on floor standing speakers for the fronts. One is the Polk Audio Monitor 70 for $175 each shipped. Another is the Polk Audio Monitor 50 for $99 each shipped. Or, should I just hold off for a deal on some TSi 200 bookshelves? Are the standing monitors going to work well in a system that is primarily for 5.1 movie watching or would the TSi 200s round out the system better for that? I would actually like to go away from the whole "bookshelf speakers on stands" for the front, if these would work well in a HT environment.

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Old 09-22-2009, 04:10 PM   #2
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get the towers for the fronts. you'll love 'em.

(my 5.1 surround is all polk. i'll tittywop in a sec.)

edit: i lied. too lazy. but anyway, i have pretty much the exact same setup with the audio monitor 50s as my front l/r. great bang for the buck with a rich, full sound.

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Old 09-22-2009, 04:12 PM   #3
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Going with towers for the fronts is very intriguing so I can get rid of what I have now which are just accidents waiting to happen. They are white plaster columns with bookshelf speakers on top on either side of the TV. UGH.

So, I guess the question is then, are the 70s worth the extra $75 each over the 50s?
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:12 PM   #4
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get the towers for the fronts. you'll love 'em.

(my 5.1 surround is all polk. i'll tittywop in a sec.)

edit: i lied. too lazy.
i concur with the towers and that he is lazy
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:15 PM   #5
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Going with towers for the fronts is very intriguing so I can get rid of what I have now which are just accidents waiting to happen. They are white plaster columns with bookshelf speakers on top on either side of the TV. UGH.

So, I guess the question is then, are the 70s worth the extra $75 each over the 50s?
if the room they're going in is small-smallish, probably not. if you're going to have them spread far apart from the center channel like i have, probably.
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:19 PM   #6
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regardless of the 50 or 70 series though, they'll be better than using bookshelf speakers as your fronts. these sumbitches can crank. i did the "set up 5.1 system and test it with the bank robbery scene in heat at a volume level that nears bleeding" thing and was thoroughly impressed with how crystal clear the highs and midrange was (the lows were already covered).
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:22 PM   #7
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i have the 60s series and it fills a large room nicely.

i also have the CS1 and it is an outstanding center.
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:24 PM   #8
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So which ones do you have, cnw? These are going in an area that is about 14 or 15 feet deep (from TV wall to couch wall) and probably 20 feet or more wide. Right now the speakers are on either side of the TV but it doesn't necessarily have to remain like that if I get these. I suppose I could move them out a bit. Either way, I'm sure the 50s will be plenty especially if I'm just using TSi 100s for the rears, do you agree? Plus, it'll be way easier to sell the wife on $200 a pair rather than $350.
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btw where are you seeing these great prices?
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what do you have for a sub?
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:30 PM   #11
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btw where are you seeing these great prices?
Newegg. I'm finding the deals on Ben's Bargains. Just do a search for Polk.

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That is another place that needs upgrading but will definitely have to a wait a bit. Right now I'm using the one that came in the Onkyo HTiB HTS-760. It's an 8" sub. Since this new receiver has two preouts for two subwoofers, I will probably just keep that one and add a nice 10" or 12" to the system sometime down the road.
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grrr

i love newegg but they are in nj so i get taxed
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:32 PM   #13
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i love newegg but they are in nj so i get taxed
Christ, that's like a double whammy.

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So which ones do you have, cnw? These are going in an area that is about 14 or 15 feet deep (from TV wall to couch wall) and probably 20 feet or more wide. Right now the speakers are on either side of the TV but it doesn't necessarily have to remain like that if I get these. I suppose I could move them out a bit. Either way, I'm sure the 50s will be plenty especially if I'm just using TSi 100s for the rears, do you agree? Plus, it'll be way easier to sell the wife on $200 a pair rather than $350.
i've actually got the monitor 50 towers (bought a couple years ago) since the 70s weren't available then

yes, those are indeed stuffed poop dolls. poop is funny.



poop.


cs1 center channel, psw111 sub. yes, that's my original (and working) snes.


and monitor 40 bookshelf speakers as my surrounds.



for condo life, they're more than i need. i bought them when i lived in a sfh with a loooong living room and they were plenty for even that place.
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that's as far as it gets when i get in the door after work. it's lucky i don't burn it.

(and yes, the speaker wire management is currently lacking. to be cleaned up after i do some work on the shelf.)
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:42 PM   #18
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:43 PM   #19
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how far is the couch from it?
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:44 PM   #20
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No direct answer to your question, but when I had a few questions about my Polks, there were a bunch of helpful people here: http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/
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I think you sold me on the 50s. For $99 each shipped, is that a pretty decent deal?

My wife may kill me tonight when I tell her I ordered a center channel and I want to order these 50s. I've already boughtt a new 55" Sammy LED, a new metal & glass TV stand for the new TV, a new Onkyo TX-SR607, and a new Sony Blu-Ray player.
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I think you sold me on the 50s. For $99 each shipped, is that a pretty decent deal?

My wife may kill me tonight when I tell her I ordered a center channel and I want to order these 50s. I've already boughtt a new 55" Sammy LED, a new metal & glass TV stand for the new TV, a new Onkyo TX-SR607, and a new Sony Blu-Ray player.
*checks receipts*

i paid $350 shipped for a pair of the 50s in '07 from amazon (best price at the time). you're good.
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i paid $240 for a pair of 60s in '08 during a sale.
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:03 PM   #25
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But, not to fear, I just removed those anchors and got some new and put them in the right spot.


So, thats more or less the final config. Cable box and receiver on the far right, PS3, Wii and HD-DVD player in the middle.

Oh, and the seats!


They are fantastic. The only downside is they are so damn comfortable, that both my wife and I have already fallen asleep in there 3-4 times now.

And, my wife did contribute in all this:

The curtains are her handiwork. On the back:

Due to the location of the room and the fact that our house faces south-ish, we get lots of sunlight in that window in the evening. The curtains do a great job of keeping it out.

So, about 98% done.
Things left to do:
Run cable and Cat5
Patch old anchor holes
See if I can figure out a way to hide the passthrough behind the speakers
See if I can convince the wife to let me buy a new sub

Final list of stuff:
Mitsu WD-65735 65" DLP
Polk Monitor 50 Fronts
Polk Monitor Center
Polk Monitor 10 sides
Old Onkyo rears + 10" 230W sub
Onkyo 606
DirecTV DVR
PS3
Wii
Toshiba HD-A3
Logitech Harmony to control it all
Berkline Microfiber reclining seats

Overall, Im VERY happy with how this turned out. The chairs are close enough to take advantage of the 1080p TV. HDTV looks good, Blu-Ray looks even better. The audio is pretty awesome. In our living room, the receiver really struggled to overcome the size of the room, but not so here.


C/N's: Buy them. I bought mine from Newegg, and paid considerably more. You would be retarded not to snatch them up at that price.
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