$$$ to spend on home theater speakers

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  1. pal2511

    pal2511

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    Well its not exactly home theater yet , it only has 2 speakers.

    I want to upgrade these cheap 10 dollar junk speakers I got now and get some polk audio monitor 50's that are on sale at newegg for 99 each shipped.

    I am just wondering if I should try to swing for the center channel also or what.

    What do you guys think of polk monitor floor speakers?
     
  2. Adjuster

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    Get yourself a high quality sound bar and be done with it. No crazy wiring going all over the place. 5 channel surround sound isn't the 'in' thing anymore.
     

  3. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    I don't have the monitor speakers but I do have older Polk speakers and love them.

    What I have now driven by a Harman-Kardon AVR-520 receiver:

    Front: RT600i
    Center:CS245i
    Rear: RT25i
    Sub: PSW120

    With a Samsung 46" LCD and Blu-Ray player we get sound equal to most theatres and better than some.
     
  4. ManNamedJed

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    Yeah 7 channel is now the IN thing.

    I recommend you spend as much as you can bear on speakers. Quality speakers make the biggest difference in the sound quality. These days even a fairly cheap amp will sound good.
     
  5. podwich

    podwich

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    Blech. I don't know if it's "in" or not with the cool J6P crowd, but it's way better if you care about quality of sound. Plus, given the OP's situation, he can just buy good speakers as he can afford them, rather than settling for an all-in-one compromise.

    Disclaimer: I have a 7.1 setup.
     
  6. Wulfgang

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    Here is my system:

    SPEAKERS: Main = two 1976 Klipsch "Klipschorns" / ALK crossovers
    Center = one 1976 Klipsch "La Scala" / AA crossover
    Rear = two 1979 Klipsch "La Scalas" / AA crossovers
    Sub = JBL Pro 4638

    AMPLIFIERS: Welborne Moondogs 2A3 SET mono tube amplifier(s)
    Scott 299B integrated stereo tube pre-amp/amplifier
    McIntosh MC 30 mono tube amplifier(s)
    McIntosh MC 2105 stereo solid state amplifier
    McIntosh MAC 1900 integrated stereo solid state receiver pre-amp/amp/tuner
    Harmon Kardon 430 integrated stereo solid state receiver pre-amp/amp/tuner
    EICO HF-81 integrated stereo tube pre-amp/amplifier
    EICO HF-87 stereo tube amplifier

    PRE-AMPLIFIER: Cary SLP-94 stereo tube pre-amplifier with remote control
    McIntosh MX 110 integrated stereo tube pre-amplifier/tuner
    EICO HF-85 stereo tube pre-amplifier

    CD PLAYER: AH! Njoe Tjoeb 4000 tubed output stage
    24-bit/192kHz TjoUpsampler board

    VINYL: VPI HW-19jr turntable
    VPI HW-17 LP record cleaner

    TAPE PLAYER: ReVox B-77 Reel-to-Reel

    **********************************************************************

    YMMV
    :dunno:
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    P.S. I do not own (nor do I want) an iPOD, an iPHONE, or any MP3, etc., device.
     
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  7. boozer

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    Spend your big money on your center and sub, the rest aren't as crucial. I like my Klipsch speakers.
     
  8. Glock-N-Load

    Glock-N-Load

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    Klipsch!

    I have KG2.2V.

    Wulfgang = WOW!! Nice system!
     
  9. 88_gurgel

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    I run the following:

    JBL CF-150 for the mains (400 watt rated 15" 3 way)
    JBL Arena Series 2 way surrounds
    Yamaha center channel NS-AC142
    Yamaha Rx-V995 Receiver (i think 135 w/channel at 8 ohms)


    As said above, spend some good cash on your speakers. My mains were $500 a piece, and surrounds were $300 something for the pair.
    That kind of money is not good cash compared to what Wulfgang posted but it will get you by.

    Listen to some speakers and compare sounds. I would never buy a speaker online without first hearing what it had to say.


    As for brands, Polk Audio has some nice speakers, you might want to look into PSB as well.
    http://www.psbspeakers.com/
    http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/ has some nice subwoofers.
     
  10. Crazy KD

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    I know I'm not in the main stream or high end, but my home theater is my den. There is not room for the large LCD and a big center channel. Yes I bought a decent Polk center years ago, but it honestly doesn't fit. When I went to upgrade my main speakers I found a higher end shop that carried multiple brands including Polks and the Polks simply didn't sound that great compared to other speakers. Also forget Bose as they sound even worse. I ended up with Kef speakers. My dealer let me bring a couple different pair home and I did blind comparisons. The Kef's won. Honestly if I could get a much much thinner center that could be hidden I might go for it, but my system has a 'phantom' setting and I watch movies with it in that mode. I'll admit it isn't high end, but if you are just starting out get as nice of main speakers as you can afford. I listen to music more than watch surround movies.

    My next purchase will be upgrading the receiver....then maybe a new center long term, but it is down the list.
     
  11. bluenoise

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    Yep. The speakers play the biggest role in the quality of the sound in a system. A mediocre receiver will sound better with quality speakers than a top-notch receiver through cheap speakers.

    A quality subwoofer will help, too.
     
  12. Flashpoint

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    I recently upgraded my system from an old Panasonic all-in-one.

    Polk Speakers

    Yamaha Receiver

    Panasonic Blue Ray player

    I like the way it sounds.
     
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  13. hyperstyx

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    There's a bunch of good speakers out there and Polk has been a very good sound/dollar buy. I know less about the models that followed the original Monitor series since I haven't auditioned them with intent to buy since 1978. I'm still running my 32 year old RTA 12's in the beach place and Monitor 7's in the mountain cabin loft. While I have a "high end" system too, I don't feel shorted when I give up the big system man cave (with pool table) to my wife and her girlfriends and retreat to the Polks.

    Audition (in your home if possible) and get what you like, don't buy hype.
    5 channel is "out", but it's all you'll need.
    Skip the sound bar, the "surround" is AWOL.
    Subwoofer...Hsu.
    Center should be voice matched to the front mains, so should the rears.

    Buy quality speakers that you like. If necessary, start with the front mains and subwoofer. Add the center, then the rears when you can.
     
  14. Buildwonder

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    Well la-dee-da to you, Big Spender! Just kidding....I bet that sounds phenomenal! Do you have this all in a tuned listening room? Post some pics if you do!
     
  15. .264 magnum

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    Sure sound bars are great if you don't give a rip about sound quality.
     
  16. RenoF250

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    You need at least 4 speakers for any kind of surround. You can get away without a center but they are noticeably better and don't have to be that expensive. I have Cerwin Vega speakers and they are pretty good.

    Don't go for the little speakers that try to be big, there is no replacement for displacement. Listen to the best little one next to a mediocre big speaker and you will see big is better. Assuming you have the room.
     
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    I got a klipsch bout 5 yrs ago and they are still really nice. I also had the cheaper 300$ all in one set I think made be Sony. They aren't bad but you can tell the difference and I tended to have to turn them up louder...
     
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    Since you already have Monitor 50's (I had monitor 40s and 30s), you should get a CS2 center channel so the stages are timber matched. I'd use 30's for the rears. Look into SVS for a sub (best bang for the buck).
     
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    Depends on the sound bar. My Yamaha YSP-900 sounds great, especially for the $300 I spent for it. I added a Polk PSW110 sub to it and it sounds good to me and my family. It isn't top of the line, but gets the job done.
     
  20. .264 magnum

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    That makes sense in a bang for the buck kind-of way. I wasn't trying to run your stuff down - it's just that the sound bars I've heard fall short of well thought out multichannel rigs.