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Old 12-19-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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Default Polk vs Def Tech for Fronts, Center, etc

I have an SVS sub with Def Tech Pro Cinema surrounds, centers, etc.

Looking to try and slowly upgrade - how are the Polk RTi3's compared with the Def Tech's?

Can I mix and match with POLK/Def Tech or do I have to replace ALL the Def Tech fronts, sides, back, etc?

Any other good choices?

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Old 12-19-2012, 07:15 PM   #2
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This is coming from a Polkie.

I'd Go 100% Polk.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:05 AM   #3
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ok but do you think it would sound ok if I just replace the two fronts now until I upgrade the center and rears?
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:36 PM   #4
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It will be OK.

If you don't like it, that will make you get all Polks faster!1
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:12 PM   #5
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It will be OK.

If you don't like it, that will make you get all Polks faster!1
Having listened to Polks for 12 yrs, I can tell you it's well worth it to go with the RTi series. I have no desire to replace my Polks, and I have considered an up grade to a bigger RTi series, and after discussions with Polk, I chose to just keep what I had. It just made no sense.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:46 AM   #6
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Fronts and center should stay the same. You surrounds are fine if they are different.

That being said, when you upgrade, go def tech they are absolutely incredible (depending on the series of course).
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I haven't heard the RTI series but am not a huge Polk fan. The 'pro cinema' series is def techs entry level series but their floor standers and larger bookshelf speakers (mid and upper level not entry ) are fantastic and much better IMO but I have no idea cost wise how they relate to the polks you are considering. It is always best to try and keep the soundstage matched so the timbre (sound coloration, tonal qualities) don't clash or sound off but budgets sometimes call for staging or sequential purchases so as long as you plan on matching them all when you can you may be ok with tolerating mixed speakers briefly.
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ok guys thanks - so which models of the def tech are an upgrade from my Pro Cinema 1000/800's?
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ok guys thanks - so which models of the def tech are an upgrade from my Pro Cinema 1000/800's?
You can start with the fronts and put in some floor standing 8020's. Then the center procenter 2000 or a cs 8040.

I'm using the 1000 center and the 800 surrounds, so depending on what you are looking for, you may be able to keep those and simply ugrade the fronts. Floor standing fronts really change the entire system.

If i had to change one thing about my system, it would be a better center channel, like the cs 8040.
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You can start with the fronts and put in some floor standing 8020's. Then the center procenter 2000 or a cs 8040.

I'm using the 1000 center and the 800 surrounds, so depending on what you are looking for, you may be able to keep those and simply ugrade the fronts. Floor standing fronts really change the entire system.

If i had to change one thing about my system, it would be a better center channel, like the cs 8040.

Could I replace the 2 front 800's and the center 1000 with the cs 8040 or the CLR 2002? would that make sense or do I still need the two other fronts?

Also - any experience with the new StudioMonitors?
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:17 AM   #11
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Could I replace the 2 front 800's and the center 1000 with the cs 8040 or the CLR 2002? would that make sense or do I still need the two other fronts?

Also - any experience with the new StudioMonitors?
Don't replace the fronts with a center (cs8040). If you are doing it in pieces due to budget, save enough for a pair of mains (front L/R) that you want. The center if it's a 1000 should be fine, it's a pretty good speaker to use for now.

The monitors will also be an upgrade from the fronts you have now.

What are you listening to? movies, gaming, music???
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Don't replace the fronts with a center (cs8040). If you are doing it in pieces due to budget, save enough for a pair of mains (front L/R) that you want. The center if it's a 1000 should be fine, it's a pretty good speaker to use for now.

The monitors will also be an upgrade from the fronts you have now.

What are you listening to? movies, gaming, music???
Movies mostly - like 80% and music 20%

So are the Studio Monitor Series that much better than the Pro series?
How much better is the 8040 center to the 1000/2000 pro series?

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Old 12-25-2012, 04:58 PM   #13
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Movies mostly - like 80% and music 20%

So are the Studio Monitor Series that much better than the Pro series?
How much better is the 8040 center to the 1000/2000 pro series?

thanks
I don't have the 8040 but on another forum it's spoken well of.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:42 AM   #14
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Is the Center channel more crucial for Movies/HDTV or are the Left & Right Channels more important?

Also - would it make any sense to go with an expensive Center with a sub builtin for better audio even though I own a SVS PB12 Sub?

Does the Sub kick in with vocals or only LFE?
I guess I am trying to figure out where best to employ the speaker dollars


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I don't know of any center channel speakers with a sub built in. Subs are theoretically active on both vocals and lfe but with vocal/voices rarely if ever does the the frequency ever get to the point where it would be directed toward the sub but musical notes and other non LFE content (the lfe has it's own channel) that is in the frequency range of the sub will utilize it - typically the sub crossover is set at 80Hz and the LFE channel at 120hz.
The center channel is more crucial for movies as that is where 90 of the dialog originates from while the fronts are more suited for music and soundstage imaging.
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