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I already purchased, so I can't change it now. I'm just wondering what the OCN thoughts are. I was originally set on getting the HTIB from Onkyo.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/ONKHTS9400/Onkyo-HT-S9400-THX-7.1-Ch-Network-Home-Theater-Receiver/Speaker/1.html

But then I decided to piece together a 5.1 system. So I went on newegg and got:

Pioneer vsx-1021-k 7.1 channel reciever

And Polk:
CS2 SERIES 2 center
Monitor 40 series 2 for the front
Monitor 30 series 2 for the rear
PSW 10" powered sub.

All for 740$ shipped, same price range as the Onkyo HTIB


So, did I go wrong not getting the THX certified system, or is getting the better speakers worth it?


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post #2 of 15
It's most likely better although I've seen better prices on that Onkyo setup.
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It's most likely better although I've seen better prices on that Onkyo setup.

Where could you find it cheaper?


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Looks pretty good aside from the Sub. For $180 you could get a BIC F12 which will completely destroy the PSW10. The PSW10 does not seem to be worth the $100 price tag.

Compared to the HTIB setup though, your configuration should be much better.

Newegg constantly runs specials on the monitor lineup. But overall it does not look like you got a bad deal.
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Polks seem to be a very defacto standard approach to many builds in the budget range. There is nothing "wrong" with this. My thoughts are as follows:

Depending on the environment, similarly priced klipsch should actually result in a lower distortion performance. Reason being, a horn loaded compression driver is by nature more efficient, so it can be driven at lower power to the same listening levels. This will generally translate to lower distortion both from amplification and from the driver itself.

Most home listening environments are far from ideal, with many reflective surfaces that will cause off axis sound to "bounce" around, resulting in a muddied up performance. Speakers with controlled directivity can help reduce the significance of reflective surfaces while increasing performance in the listening plane. A cheaper range klipsch performs this role at least in the upper octaves. Having controlled directivity across the entire frequency range is not within the confines of the budget described, but if it were me in those shoes, I would have gone the "less expensive consumer klipsch" route as it would be more apt to sound as good at home as it did in the padded room.

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Polks seem to be a very defacto standard approach to many builds in the budget range. There is nothing "wrong" with this. My thoughts are as follows:
Depending on the environment, similarly priced klipsch should actually result in a lower distortion performance. Reason being, a horn loaded compression driver is by nature more efficient, so it can be driven at lower power to the same listening levels. This will generally translate to lower distortion both from amplification and from the driver itself.
Most home listening environments are far from ideal, with many reflective surfaces that will cause off axis sound to "bounce" around, resulting in a muddied up performance. Speakers with controlled directivity can help reduce the significance of reflective surfaces while increasing performance in the listening plane. A cheaper range klipsch performs this role at least in the upper octaves. Having controlled directivity across the entire frequency range is not within the confines of the budget described, but if it were me in those shoes, I would have gone the "less expensive consumer klipsch" route as it would be more apt to sound as good at home as it did in the padded room.
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Just a question - where did you find a Klipsch equivalent of the Monitor 40? The cheapest bookshelves I could find were $199. And I'd say that for some instances balanced off-axis performance might be desired.
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There's a Pioneer 5.1 receiver on woot for $135. Use the money saved and get a better sub, the cheaper Polk subwoofers honestly aren't all that great.
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Just a question - where did you find a Klipsch equivalent of the Monitor 40? The cheapest bookshelves I could find were $199. And I'd say that for some instances balanced off-axis performance might be desired.

I was speaking to the issue in generalities. I don't know the exact price points of each speaker from each lineup. If the prices are far different then I am sorry, I have seen many polk and klipsch products in similar price classes. I don't have the care to keep up with all the model numbers and price points for this stuff. The point to be taken from what I am saying, is that, if you have the option within your budget to get some controlled directivity and speaker efficiency, then you are likely to get both a better performance from the speakers as far as room integration, as well as a cleaner performance from the amplifier as a result of reduced loading.

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Just a question - where did you find a Klipsch equivalent of the Monitor 40? The cheapest bookshelves I could find were $199. And I'd say that for some instances balanced off-axis performance might be desired.

I was speaking to the issue in generalities. I don't know the exact price points of each speaker from each lineup. If the prices are far different then I am sorry, I have seen many polk and klipsch products in similar price classes. I don't have the care to keep up with all the model numbers and price points for this stuff. The point to be taken from what I am saying, is that, if you have the option within your budget to get some controlled directivity and speaker efficiency, then you are likely to get both a better performance from the speakers as far as room integration, as well as a cleaner performance from the amplifier as a result of reduced loading.

Eric

Cheapest Klipsh bookshelfs are $199 on newegg. Cheapest Polks (Monitor 30's) are $90. The Monitor 40's are $129. I'll take the savings with the Polks anyday.

Nothing wrong with the Klipsh speakers, they're actually quite good. But the Polks aren't bad either. They're one of the better bang for your buck speakers out there.
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There's a Pioneer 5.1 receiver on woot for $135. Use the money saved and get a better sub, the cheaper Polk subwoofers honestly aren't all that great.

Some on AVSforum would say they are even worse than nothing...

Having owned the PSW10 I might actually agree...
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