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Old 12-09-2009, 11:40 AM   #1  
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I am putting together a home theatre. It will be used more for MUSIC than movies. Prefereably a 5.1 setup , 7.1 or 7.2 seems like too much of a hastle. I'd like to stay around $1000 , but I go alittle higher if needed.

At first I was going to build a Cerwin Vega system , for the fronts I was going to get a pair of CLS-12's. The CLS's allow for bi-wiring so you can wire the woofer with a seperate power source than the mid and tweet. My idea being to get rid of the off-center sub and have the fronts handle the low end. Doubleing their power by using the extra channels from a 7.1 receiver to power the front woofers instead of extra rears , effectivly giving the front channels twice the power , but I think using HDMI instead of seperate 7.1 audio connections limits me from doing that.
If that would have worked , I could've put together a cerwin vega theatre for $1200 , but if I had to add a dedicated sub , that's another $350.
So the idea of a $1500+ setup sent me looking for other ideas. I'd still like to do the cerwin vega setup , I just don't think the whole 7.1 into 5.1 speakes would work properly.

I thought about the Onkyo ht in a box setups , but the small satelites are more geared for movies , than music imo. Also 7.1 or 7.2 seems like too much.

I also considered a polk audio setup , as NewEgg has alot of their stuff on sale.
Denon A590 - $300
Polk Audio CS10 $90 (center)
Polk Audio Monitor 40 $130 (rear)
Polk Audio PSW505 $250
Polk Audio Monitor 70 $360 (fronts)
Total = $1070 , plus shipping


For now my setup is running on a Pioneer stereo recieiver and some white van speakers. pic. The white van speakers sound suprisingly good for their origin.

Well , enough of my babbleing about what I tried to do. What would you do?
Remember the setup's priority is music first , movies second.
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Old 12-09-2009, 03:58 PM   #2  
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If your priority is music then forget those Cerwin Vega speakers. They play loud but not too accurate.
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:32 PM   #3  
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Actually, the Onkyo HT-S6200 or HT-S7200 would do much better for music that what you currently have, and can be had for 1/2 of your $1500 budget. And the Denon/Polk system you posted would be even better yet, though I would probably go with a little better Denon receiver. For the money, I would highly advise going with either the Onkyo or Denon.

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Old 12-09-2009, 06:32 PM   #4  
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You could do something like this here.

http://www.crutchfield.com/app/cart/default.aspx

This would be a pretty bad ass setup imo.
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^ Link doesn't work bc only you see your cart , I see nothing bc I have no cart with crutchfeild.



I am reading into the Polk setup.

Hoping the Monitor 70's have a decent amount of low end.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:24 PM   #6  
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It is:
Receiver: denon avr-1910 $550
Sub: infinity ps210 $300
Tower fronts: infinity primus p252 $300
Center: infinity primus pc250 $150
Rears infinity primus p152 $150


Total $1450
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:28 PM   #7  
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Here is two links comparing the polks and the infinitys.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107MON7...ures_and_specs


http://www.crutchfield.com/p_108P252...ures_and_specs
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I'm a polk man. With a decent amount of power, that polk setup will blow you away! With that setup, I'd go with a CS2 center, which may add about 60 - 70 to the budget, but well worth the upgrade. If it's too much, start with the CS2, and the 70's, and buy the 40's when you get the extra cash.

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I love polk as well and that polk setup would be nice with the exception of the sub, I was just trying to show some other options.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:12 PM   #10  
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Here's something different that would sound great for music....http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo...mber=ENKC300VE powered by this bad boy...http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR1910-.../dp/B002AKKFPI
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Here's something different that would sound great for music....http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo...mber=ENKC300VE powered by this bad boy...http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR1910-.../dp/B002AKKFPI
Yes that is a very nice set up as well.
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here is a good deal on some polk monitor 60's

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...E4B-_-82290017
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The Denon AVR1910 is a very nice receiver and you could ad the revered Klipsch HD500 speaker system ad have a very nice system with some money left over. You could also look at this receiver, more features and power than the Denon at a great price - http://www.accessories4less.com/make...r-Black/1.html
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What I like about the polk setup is the Monitor 70's are bi-amp capable.

And the Denon 790 is also bi-wiring capable.

Not sure exactly how the speaker companys and receiver companys make bi-wiring work , but wouldn't it change the resistance of the speaker when wiring it seperately?
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here is a good deal on some polk monitor 60's

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...E4B-_-82290017
You can get the cherry 60's from the same site for $20 less. I'd prefer the cherry's bc they will match my cherry hardwood floors.

The 70's look like they would have alot more low end than the 60's.
The 60's have 3 5.25's and the 70's have 4 6.25's.
And if the bi-wiring thing works , they should be getting a decent amount of wattage.
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