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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I didn't really know that some nice floor standing speakers were an affordable option. If I plan to get a sub later, would it make more sense to get the bookshelf speakers or floor standing models, assuming the price for the two were the same? What kind of differences should I expect in terms of the sound that comes out of them?
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I didn't really know that some nice floor standing speakers were an affordable option. If I plan to get a sub later, would it make more sense to get the bookshelf speakers or floor standing models, assuming the price for the two were the same? What kind of differences should I expect in terms of the sound that comes out of them?

Floor standing speakers will have a better bass response. Either option, you'll want a subwoofer to fill in the sub bass range. The difference will be where your crossover is set at. With floor standing speakers, you can crossover at 40-50Hz or so. With bookshelfs 60-80Hz. Once you start getting near an 80Hz crossover frequency, that's a bad thing as the subwoofer will become directional (you can tell WHERE its at in the room).

I would strongly recommend the "better" budget subwoofers so you don't need to upgrade that later on. The differences are going to be in power and the super super low end response. While that might not be important........I'm a subwoofer guy, lol.
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The Polk Monitor 60's go down to 38hz, and has a 90dB sensitivity. While the Pioneer FS52's goes down to 40hz, and has a 87dB sensitivity. 3dB is pretty noticeable, so the polks will play louder at the same volume. Not a big deal, unless you have a weak receiver. But as you can see, ether one will be fine without a sub. A Bookshelf speaker on the other hand....


The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR only goes down to 55hz, so you will definitely notice a lacking in the low end. A Bookshelf will need a Sub, Floorstanding will not. But Still Recommended, just not needed day one.
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Thanks again for the prompt replies, and for a lot of useful information that I didn't know beforehand! I might just bite the bullet on the floorstanding Polk Monitors or the Pioneer speakers and get a sub later on (tax refund time).

When speaking about these low frequencies (i.e. the sub bass range), at what point do the sound waves become felt more than they become heard?
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Thanks again for the prompt replies, and for a lot of useful information that I didn't know beforehand! I might just bite the bullet on the floorstanding Polk Monitors or the Pioneer speakers and get a sub later on (tax refund time).

When speaking about these low frequencies (i.e. the sub bass range), at what point do the sound waves become felt more than they become heard?

Depends on your ear. Generally the human ear can hear 20Hz-20,000Hz. Me personally, I stop hearing at around 25Hz. Most, MOST music stops at roughly around 30Hz or so. I'm a bass head, so I tend to listen to stuff that goes well below that.

If your sub can get down to 25Hz very well, and you have your crossover at 40-60, you're doing pretty good. If it can extend lower than 25Hz, you'll want to make sure its a decent size to move the air......so you can really feel the bass below 25.
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For music, you want the most bass extension on your main speakers as possible. That is best accomplished with bigger speakers than smaller speakers as a general rule of thumb. They also mix better with subs. Bookshelfs have serious bass roll off, and tend to create a gap between the sub and the speakers natural roll off. It gets worse the higher the crossover point is.


Btw Pio, you'd like my SS-M7s, they were designed by Polk's Dan Anagnos.
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I am confused why you are considering floor standing speakers in the kitchen. For all around great base/mid/highs at low & medium volumes for working in a kitchen while other media may be playing in the main living room, I would recommend the Bose 201's for music and TV. If this is your only sound source in your apartment/house/pad, I would consider the Polks being you don't cater toward the highs.
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