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Is this the best I can do in this price range? These speakers have excellent reviews and I like Polk a lot but I want to make sure I am not overlooking a better alternative. This will be for a 7.1 System.

Front:

Polk Monitor 70's x2

Center:

Polk CS2

Surrounds:

Polk Monitor 40's x4

Sub:

Polk PSW505


Total Price from NewEgg:

$980 Shipped


I'm aware that better deals can be found used, however, I live in a small area and CraigsList is basically non-existent here. Ebay really doesn't have much to offer, either.

I am comfortable buying from NewEgg because they will be brand new, shipping is free on most, and I can return them if I don't like them.

In the ~ $1,000 Price Range, are there any setups that would be better than this?

Thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 13
I love my Polk speakers!

HOWEVER, please do not buy the PSW505 sub. I bought it thinking it was an upgrade from my previous sub (a $90 yamaha) and it was not. It was muddy and just not musical-sounding. Go for a better sub to really let that system shine. My HSU sub is fantastic.
    
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I'm thinking about building an Energy RC System. From what I have read, they are absolutely incredible speakers and since they are discontinued, they can be found at extremely nice prices.

This is what I was thinking:

Front:

Energy RC-30's or RC-50's x2

Center:

Energy RC-LCR

Surrounds:

Energy RC-10's x2

Sub:

Undecided. I can't find the RC-Sub's anywhere so I might have to go another route.

What do you guys think?
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Originally Posted by Melee;12281758 
I'm thinking about building an Energy RC System. From what I have read, they are absolutely incredible speakers and since they are discontinued, they can be found at extremely nice prices.

This is what I was thinking:

Front:

Energy RC-30's or RC-50's x2

Center:

Energy RC-LCR

Surrounds:

Energy RC-10's x2

Sub:

Undecided. I can't find the RC-Sub's anywhere so I might have to go another route.

What do you guys think?
Energy are nice speakers from what I've read. But since they are discontinued, they may be hard to find. What is your budget for the sub? In my opinion, the sub is the most important part of the speaker system as it will make or break the overall SQ.
    
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Well, I live in an apartment so a few people suggested to me that I not even get a Sub at all until I move because of the powerful sounds they put out that reverberate through the walls. It makes sense because I had a little Klipsch Promedia 2.1 System on my computer and if I had the sub turned up at all, the neighbors would start banging on the floors and come down here to ***** about it. It was definitely a headache and I'm not sure if it's a good idea to even have one right now. However, if it is going to totally ruin the sound without it, then I'll reconsider.

My overall budget is around $1,000. I was originally hoping to spend half that amount but people have convinced me that I will be thankful I improved my budget as $1,000 Audio is a whole new world than $500 Audio. I'm honestly not sure. tongue.gif lol

The Energy RC Line was audiophile level speakers when they were in production. Their pricing was extremely high and they were held in high regard, nonetheless. Now, they are a fraction of their original cost while still maintaining the same quality. They are a Canadian-based company so I haven't had the pleasure of actually hearing any of their equipment. However, I'm yet to read a bad review or opinion on the RC's.

The RC-50's and RC-30's are extremely easy to find. I can get them brand new for $259 and $199, respectively. The RC-70's I have tried to find and have not been so lucky. The RC-LCR's and RC-10's are crazy hard to find. The Center Speaker sells for $300-$500 (if you can find one) and the RC-10's are around $250-$300 for a Pair.

Expensive speakers still, but if they are worth it and if spending this much on audio is truly going to take my Gaming, Movie, and Music enjoyment to a whole new level that I can't reach with $400-$500, then I will gladly spend it. If there is a cheaper route with equal quality, please feel free to advise. lol My original plan was to put $500 into my Audio and spend the rest on an Eyefinity Setup for my Comp. I sold my comp after the motherboard issues with Sandy Bridge so I won't technically NEED the Eyefinity for at least a few months until Bulldozer is released which is why I'm considering this much of a budget on the Audio. I just want to make sure it's necessary for high quality and that I will be happy I spent that much instead of being regretful and wishing I would have spent $500 and called it a day. Know what I mean? smile.gif

Thanks for the help. I really do appreciate it.
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post #6 of 13
If you can't have a sub, then just get a kickass pair of cans, IMO. A sub is pretty crucial for games and movies (and music, too, for that matter).
    
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you could head over to avsforums and look in their speakers sub forum and then check out all the official owner threads.
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I would recommend the [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Mirage-MX-5-1-Channel-Miniature-Theater/dp/B001IX5IZA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1297267533&sr=1-1"]Mirage set up[/ame]. They are very well known in home audio and are spectacular in sound. Dont let the tiny size fool you!. use the 5 and add 2 front end Towers for a killer home surround sound set up. I used these mirage before upgrading to my Definitive Tech Speakers which runs over 4000$.
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here are a few subs that have good reviews for the under $250 range:

Bic Venturi V1220 $172.74
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-430-Watt-Down-Firing-Subwoofer/dp/B0000Y2WYS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1297093132&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: BIC America V-1220 12-Inch 430-Watt Down-Firing Powered Subwoofer: Electronics[/ame]


Bic Formula F-12 $181.77
http://www.shopblt.com/cgi-bin/shop/shop.cgi?action=thispage&thispage=01100400U0213_BT46359P.shtml&order_id=!ORDERID!


Acoustech H-100 $239.00
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Acoustech-H-100-Front-Firing-Subwoofer-High-Gloss/dp/B0006DNW6U"]Amazon.com: Acoustech H-100 Cinema Series 500-Watt Front-Firing Subwoofer, High-Gloss Black: Electronics[/ame]


Premier Acoustic PA-120 $259.00
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Premier-Acoustic-PA-120-Titanium-Subwoofer/dp/B0021I0DD8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1297093285&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: ()Premier Acoustic PA-120 Titanium Subwoofer - Cherry: Electronics[/ame]
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For a Thou - You may want to look into ORB audio: http://www.orbaudio.com/

They're highly rated, unobtrusive, and right at that price range.
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