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I am planning on upgrading my sound system to a 5.1 or 7.1 (I'm not really sure of the difference) Surround Sound System and I need some help deciding.

What would be the best company in quality for this price range?

I found a few great deals on NewEgg that I am thinking about piecing together a system from so let me know what you guys think and how it would compare to a pre-built system in the same price range.

Floorstanding Speakers x4 on sale for $49 Each:

Polk Audio R300's

Center Channel Speaker x1 on sale for $59:

Polk Audio CS1 Series II

Subwoofer x1 for $99

Polk Audio PSW Series PSW10 Cherry 10-inch Powered Subwoofer

Total Price for all of the speakers for this system is $350 Shipped.

Do I need a Receiver for these? I'm not sure how to set up surround sound exactly but the Sub has 4x hook-ups and one line-in that should take care of all 5 other speakers, right?

I have always used Polk Audio in my car systems which is why I am comfortable with buying from them. However, I am extremely new to home and computer audio as a whole so I need any help I can get so that I do not waste $400 for quality that I could have purchased for $200.

This system will be used, of course, for Gaming, Music, and Movies.

Thank You so much for the help!
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I'm surprised that Logitech actually has a set of good speakers. I heard the Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speaker System is good. It's surprising when most of their audio products are the definition for "bottom line" audio products.
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I don't know, I've heard a lot of people are dissatisfied with their Z-5500's. It's an extremely mixed crowd of opinions on those.
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post #4 of 12
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I've seen a lot of mention of Onkyo equipment. How would something like this be in comparison? They are on sale for $219 and $269 plus I have a $40 Coupon to use, as well.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...8&sku=O22-1130

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...9&sku=O22-1132
Edited by Melee - 2/1/11 at 11:50pm
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post #5 of 12
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Bump for more help, please.

I can most likely going to increase my budget, however, it will have to be a gradual process.

I can only spare around $400-$500 at the moment and I will let the overall budget be around $700-$800.

What I'm thinking about doing for now, (I definitely want 2x Floor Standing Speakers for the front) is to buy a 7.1 Receiver, 2x Bookshelves, Sub, and MAYBE the Center Channel if I have enough. That will leave me with 2x more Bookshelves and the Floor Standing Speakers to buy.

Is that the best option for me to go with for a great system or can I do better for equal or less money?

It's really gotta have a receiver because I will be plugging my TV, Xbox, Computer, and whatever else I decide to buy in the near future into it.

Thanks for the help!
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post #6 of 12
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What do you guys think about Polk Audio? I have used them several times for car audio and a lot of people have recommended this system for my needs: (Not including the receiver because I still haven't decided on it.)

This will be what I can afford right now including the Receiver in my current budget:

Polk Monitor 40 Bookshelf Speakers x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290203

Polk CS2 Center Channel Speaker
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290213

Polk PSW505 Subwoofer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290130

These are the upgrades that will be made to complete the 7.1 System down the road when I have extra cash:

Polk Monitor 70 Floor Standing Speakers x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290208

Polk Monitor 40 Bookshelf Speakers x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290203

How does that look? That would be ~ $1,200 when finished. Is it really worth it or is there a much better option for equal price or a similar option for cheaper?

Thanks!
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post #7 of 12
Melee, I missed out a killer deal on newegg for the Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II. I forgot how much it was, but it was a stupid cheap deal. I'm kicking myself for not getting them. But yeh, I'd go with those. I currently have standard Onkyo speakers that came with my HTiB. Going to move that receiver to my bedroom and get a Denon or Yamaha this time around with those Polk speakers..
post #8 of 12
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NewEgg had some amazing deals on both their lower end and higher end stuff last week.

The CS1 Center Channel Speaker was $40 Off for $59 Shipped.

The R300 Floor Standing Speakers were $10 Off for $49 Shipped.

I believe the Monitor 70's were $60 Off for $179 Shipped but that is the normal price for them now so no big loss there.

The only downside to this system is it could take me up to a year to complete it. I work part time and go to school so I have to save money a little at a time and hope that my parents feel like being generous once in a while. lol

It would be great if I could find some of this gear used or refurbished so that I could shave $300-$400 off the system. I haven't came across much yet for either of these particular speakers, though.

Have you actually listened to any of these speakers? Nowhere around here carries them so it sucks that I can't demo them first.
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post #9 of 12
My buddy has them and they sound very crisp with deep bass. They are very beautiful, specially when you take off the grill. If I were you, if you weren't in a HUGE rush, I'd work on getting quality stuff, piece by piece, instead of getting lower end speakers like the R300 series.
Edited by Lostcase - 2/3/11 at 8:33pm
post #10 of 12
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My budget keeps gradually rising....lol I'm going to be poor by the end of this.

I can't decide between a Polk System or a Klipsch System. I really like both brands so it's a tough choice....
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