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Old 07-02-2016, 06:34 PM   #1  
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Arrow I'd appreciate help building a home surround sound system!

Hey all, so recently I've decided to move away from soundbar sets and HTIB setups, so i'm gonna set aside some money each month so I can get myself a nice system within the next few years. I like awesome sound, but i'm not a "Spend $2000" plus type of guy, I spend more money on music recording and audio production stuff. I'd preferably like to stay under $1000, but I can go a tiny bit, (like $100) more. This would never be a super high end system, but just an upgrade from Walmart brand home theater systems and tv speakers. I would mainly use these speakers for movies and games, nothing else. They would be in a medium sized room, maybe a little smaller.

I'm new to building a system, so these are some things I decided would work well:

I'd post URLs, but I guess I have to make more posts.

Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer

L/R Speakers:
Polk Audio T50 Home Theater and Music Floor Standing Tower Speaker

Polk Audio T15 Bookshelf Speakers

Polk Audio CS10 Center Channel Speaker

As far as a reciever, I'm not sure what I would do.

Thanks for your help guys! Any suggestions are welcome!
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Old 07-03-2016, 03:35 AM   #2  
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If you purchased those speakers what is left (how much $$$) can you spend on a receiver. Are you committed to tower speakers or could you do bookshelf sized?
Here are a few that would suffice
(I would do the $100 upgrade to get the bigger/better subwoofer and the $999 complete package)


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Old 07-03-2016, 08:49 AM   #3  
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For a low budget but high performance receiver I would go to ebay and look at some used units. I have bought several RX-DV3 receiver/DVD players for use on my TVs rather than a soundbar. They don't have a Blu-ray DVD, but rather a standard. See:http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from...x-dv3&_sacat=0

There are many choices out there on ebay and so far the gear I've bought has been in good working condition. I wouldn't buy speakers there due to the possible deterioration of the surrounds which the seller may not be aware of, but electronic gear is ok, imo.
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Old 10-16-2016, 08:13 PM   #4  
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Sorry since it has been about 3 mos. when you posted this, but the speaker system you are suggesting is pretty much what I have. Mine is older so the numbers don't necessarily match, but yours should be a great sounding system. I have the exact same SW. My center and floor speakers are older so numbers do not match. Rear bookshelf speakers I think are the same. My receiver is my second Yamaha, but I bought my new one from best buy a month ago for about $400. I replaced it only because I upgraded my TV, so look at that if you want a great sounding receiver recommendation. I originally bought a Kenwood TIB system in 2001 that sounded great, but gradually replaced with discontinued Polk products when they released newer models so I was able to buy online at about half price from the original. My speaker system, not including the receiver, is about 10 years old and still sounds great. As it turned out I have a $2000 speaker(speakers only) system for about $900 and it still sounds great. Look around and find the best price you can.
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Make sure you don't scrimp on the CENTER speaker, which is where most of the reproduction comes from. Spend the extra $$$ on a 3 way center speaker as will make the biggest world of difference. Long story short.
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