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First of all, i'm a music addict and a bass addict too, there is not a single day that i don't listen to music. But all my music is mostly 128 kbps so i don't know if it would change the sound quality whatsoever i want to have serious bass, and more quality.. Would it worth it?

I was looking at those, except the subwoofer is too pricy but i want an awesome one, because i'm a bass addict subwoofer is one of the main reason that i want to go to a low high end system.

Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Cherry) x2
MartinLogan Dynamo 1000 Stereo/Home Theater Subwoofer
ONKYO TX-SR608 7.2

The speaker can handle 275w r.m.s, but the receiver can do 100w x7, so i don't know if it can provide more in stereo mode..

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No, it can't do more in stereo mode. 100w RMS x 7 is just that.

Now, I've never personally heard of that subwoofer before. But I don't think it would be worth $1000, as per what google showed me. It's a 500w RMS, 12" subwoofer. You could build MUCH more powerful than that for $1000, granted you'd likely be looking at low end drivers to start, or a decent car audio driver.

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And that's far from a "low end" 2.1 setup. That's definitely good enough that you'd want to re-rip your music to a higher bitrate (at least 192-256, if not higher). If you want a "low end" 2.1 setup, look at a Logicrap setup. wink.gif

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Oh, i already got a z-2300, but for the music once it's 128kbps even if i encode it in 320kbps it's still gonna be the same as the source.. But i mean, for the money i cant be sure of the valor if it's 600x better or no difference, and there is no audio room in local store so i need to stick with reviews.

The z-2300 has alot of boomy bass, it's great for 100$ system (even if i had brought it for 230$ a long time ago mad.gif)

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2y5t6rvREU[/ame]

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Playing 128kbps mp3's through such a system, you will hear the imperfections in the music. It will be obvious. What I was saying, is take your CD's and rerip the music into a higher bitrate. If you erm....."found" the music, well I won't discuss that here.

But the system that you picked out is okay, but that subwoofer is far from anything I would personally recommend for a basshead with $1000. For $1000, I'd rather see you build a great subwoofer (even if its slightly more, and you save by getting bookshelfs instead of towers), then buy one for $1000 that I can't comment on. Pre-built subwoofers, I only know the lower end ones.

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I had Polk monitor 70's for a few days then couldn't even give them away... The old Polk was good before everything became mass marketed and solely made in China. Dude, you live in Canada.. they make some of the best audio in the world. Why not PSB image series? Audiogon has some good deals..

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?spkrmoni&1306123939&/psb-image-t45-sienna-factory-w

If you don't mind second hand, you could get twice the system with some home work. Canuck Audio Mart is the bomb.

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/
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Well ehm.. i buy my music with "very good discount", so with a source like that it's gonna sound the same as a cheap system.. For the receiver 100w x2 is not enough for the speaker that can handle 275w r.m.s. So unless i buy cd's i would not notice alot of difference exept loudness?

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100 watts is more than enough for those speakers. Just because they can take more doesn't mean they require it.

Also:
http://www.hometheater.com/content/onkyo-tx-sr608-av-receiver-ht-labs-measures

With two channels driven you will get 130 wpc into 8 ohms at 0.1% distortion, and 211 wpc into 4 ohms at 0.1% distortion.

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I had Polk monitor 70's for a few days then couldn't even give them away... The old Polk was good before everything became mass marketed and solely made in China. Dude, you live in Canada.. they make some of the best audio in the world. Why not PSB image series? Audiogon has some good deals..

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?spkrmoni&1306123939&/psb-image-t45-sienna-factory-w

If you don't mind second hand, you could get twice the system with some home work. Canuck Audio Mart is the bomb.

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/

Well if it worth it, i'd better get brand new since audio last a lot longer than a computer tongue.gif And i just selected those because it's from neweggs.

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Well ehm.. i buy my music with "very good discount", so with a source like that it's gonna sound the same as a cheap system.. For the receiver 100w x2 is not enough for the speaker that can handle 275w r.m.s. So unless i buy cd's i would not notice alot of difference exept loudness?

1. You are looking at a powered sub. The output of the receiver has nothing to do with the power that the sub is pushing. The receiver will just send the signal to the subs built in amp.

2. Before thinking of buying a higher end speaker set, you really need to think of actually buying your music.

3. If all you are looking to hear is "thump thump thump thump thump" Then just go with some smaller bookshelf speakers, and the biggest sub you can get.

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Well ehm.. i buy my music with "very good discount", so with a source like that it's gonna sound the same as a cheap system.. For the receiver 100w x2 is not enough for the speaker that can handle 275w r.m.s. So unless i buy cd's i would not notice a lot of difference except loudness?

Well, your z2300 setup has 40w RMS per channel @ 10% THD. Plus you've only got 2" drivers. Those Polk speakers are 6.5" woofers, plus tweeters.

100w RMS is a lot of power at 8ohms. You'd be very surprised. Just because the speakers can technically handle it, doesn't mean they need that much to get loud.

And yes, you'll still notice huge differences, even in quality. The problem being, with a higher end setup, you WILL hear the imperfections with such crappy encoding.

For a decent budget range subwoofer that gets loud, look into maybe the BIC Formula F-12.

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