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Old 04-04-2009, 05:26 PM   #31  
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If I put on the top of the TV I can get away with 16-28 L x 4-6 H x 7-9 D.

I want an on wall center.

Thanks for the links to the Infinity speakers. Would you say these are equal quality and value to the Polks you recommended? Looks like Crutchfield has some nice sales.
I am having a hard time finding a suitable ON-WALL center that would come close to matching those in-walls. The in-wall fronts have 6" mids and I would try try to find a center with at least a 5" mid. If you could build a shelf to sit the center on, you greatly improve your options.
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Infinity speakers look like great value. Problem is I woudl need to buy withouth hearing. I know Crutchfield is great on returns but have to consider wall cut-out issues.

If I used the Infinity in-wall center, would you say the Infinity system is better sounding than the Polk system you recommended? I could invest more into my sub with the 5 speaker Infinity in-wall.

Lastly, if I raise my TV 4 inches I could put the Infinity center in-walls below the TV at more optimal height. What if 1-2 inches of the speaker's height is covered by the lip of the TV. I mean Would they be a noticeable difference in sound? I am trying to keep my TV as low to the mantle as possible but trying to balance sound.

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Polk and Infinity have two really different sounds. Polk is a warm sounding speaker, and Infinity is a brighter sounding speaker. They are both pretty equal as far as quality imo. Maybe I missed this somewhere, but is there any where you can audition either of these. Even if they weren't the exact models that crutchfeild has you could still get an idea of what sound it is that you prefer.
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Old 04-05-2009, 02:17 PM   #34  
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The thing I like about the Infinity set is that you know you will get matching speakers. Covering the upper lip of the grill should be no problem at all.

I didn't realize that you are mounting this above a fireplace. I see the mounting issues you have now.
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Hmmm "warm" or "bright" sound . . . which sound is generally regarded as better for TV/Video monologue (primary use of system) and which is better for music? Or is this just all personal preference.

Agree I wish I did have a place to listen to both and then make a decision.

Just recieved a quote from a local AV installer. He is recommending Parasound C260 in-wall speakers. I could not find any reviews on these speakers. Anyone have any comments about Parasound in-wall vs. Infinity, Polk and TSC.

Much thanks for the great feedback.
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Do you have a Best Buy near you? They sell Klipsch and Polk, (bright and warm) so you could see which side you like better.

They are very distinct, but the quality is totally subjective. Some like bright, some don't.

Bright ~ more pronounced high end. Kinda sharper.
Warm ~ more pronounced mid-range. Kinda punchier.
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Cruzing the net and came across this center from Infinity - CC225 Classia, Black for $264 from Electronics Expo. Nice dimensions 6-7/8" x 31-3/4" x 5".

Will this center match well with 4 in-walls recommended in this thread - Infinity CS60s at Crutchfield for $60 each?
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Went to BB and did not see in wall Polk or Infinity speakers. I will check again.
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Cruzing the net and came across this center from Infinity - CC225 Classia, Black for $264 from Electronics Expo. Nice dimensions 6-7/8" x 31-3/4" x 5".

Will this center match well with 4 in-walls recommended in this thread - Infinity CS60s at Crutchfield for $60 each?
I think the CS60's were $90 each

The CC225 looks like a nice fit for you, dimension-wise. I ahve no idea how it will match your fronts. I don't see many places selling it though.

Too bad these are out of your budget range. Polk Center, fronts and rears

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Cruzing the net and came across this center from Infinity - CC225 Classia, Black for $264 from Electronics Expo. Nice dimensions 6-7/8" x 31-3/4" x 5".

Will this center match well with 4 in-walls recommended in this thread - Infinity CS60s at Crutchfield for $60 each?
Be wary of that site. I ordered from them and lets say it took over 2 months for my product to arrive, and their customer service is terrible. Phone line always busy, and got the run around.. Just a heads up..
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Yes Infinity CS60s are $90, my mistake.

Just got off the phone with Crutchfield. They don't have a center to match the CS60s. The Polk RC55i's don't match the Polk CSiA4. The matching center for the RCs is the Audio Monitor CS1 or CS2 series. J&R has the CS2 on clearance for $150. Apparently this line is being discontinued thus the discounted prices from Crutchfield and J&R.

Thoughts anyone?
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Thanks House72. I was mixing up that site with www.electronicexpress.com, an authorized Infinity etailer. I dont want to wait 2 months for a speaker for sure.
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Yes Infinity CS60s are $90, my mistake.

Just got off the phone with Crutchfield. They don't have a center to match the CS60s. The Polk RC55i's don't match the Polk CSiA4. The matching center for the RCs is the Audio Monitor CS1 or CS2 series. J&R has the CS2 on clearance for $150. Apparently this line is being discontinued thus the discounted prices from Crutchfield and J&R.

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That CS2 looks like a great match over on J&R. You will really like the Polks.
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I've got a CS2 with my Monitor set-up and it's great, but it doesn't fit the physical description of what you're looking for in a center.

It's kinda boxy.
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Kampsy,

You are exactly right! I had to nix the Polk CS2. Dimensions are HUGE:
Cabinet Size 7-3/4" H x 21-1/4" W x 11-1/8" D. This is one big unit.

I am back to square one. Someone suggested a JBL CSC55 center ("simple Cinema" series). I need to find out what JBL in-walls will match this center for proper tonal qualities.

UGH!

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