View Full Version : Which all-in-one Polk HT system should I buy?
08-08-2002, 04:43 PM
This is my first post on this forum, but I have over 1000 posts at the Klipsch forum and decided to check this place out!
I have a REAL question, though.
I am looking for a low-price (under $800 maybe) all-in-one (5 speakers + sub) HT system for a secondary HT system. It is being driven by a $300 Pioneer receiver, but it sounds good and has some power to spare.
This is for 99.8% movies and 0.2% music. Levels listened to are pretty low, we are less than 10 feet away from the speakers.
a 10"+ sub is desired, the system has an 8", and that JUST BARELY cuts it.
What do you recommend? I am looking at EVERYTHING, this is not a reference system, just a little TV/HT rig.
Grrrrr...:supermad: , oh, I mean, :)
08-08-2002, 06:02 PM
Looks like you won't be going Polk, unless you buy used. The RM6200 retails for about $900, and maybe you could get a discount, but it has an 8" sub. If you're interested in Polk, you should still listen to it... maybe the 8" would suit your needs.
You could also watch the Flea Market forum for used, or even post asking if anyone has anything to sell.
08-08-2002, 06:05 PM
Actually, the RM6200 is $650 and the RM6600 is $900 from Crutchfield.
08-08-2002, 06:11 PM
R40 mains, $199/pair at Fry's
R10 rears, $70 all over ebay. (or mains also)
CS175 center, or a used Polk center (cs100 or some such) $85-100 on ebay....
10" Jbl, Polk, DCM etc etc on ebay, $250 or so...
Thats under 6 Franklins so far, and just an quick example of many combinations you could put together. Still leaves room for upgrades, software, whatever....
I'm going to have to agree with Russman on this. The R series is a great place to start. It's an all around good system for HT as well as music. I've got the exact same setup that Russman mentioned with the exception of the sub. Sure I plan to upgrade, but for right now in my little apartment this system rocks and you won't get this kind of sound from any HTIB speaker set.
R40/R10/CS275i/PSW-350 (or other comparable sub) is what I recommend. You can get all of that for $600 or $700 max if you shop around a bit. Good luck and let us know what you decided on.
08-09-2002, 04:00 PM
How about this:
Drop the surrounds, I have speakers that do that, 95+% of out listening is stereo (DSS) or DPL. Surrounds usually don't even get used! So, what would be the best for L/C/R + subwoofer?
I can always pick up a pair of surrounds at a leter date.
08-09-2002, 04:09 PM
Budget still 8 Franklins?
08-09-2002, 04:14 PM
Sorry about the price/model mixup.... I didn't figure the least expensive would fit your needs.
I didn't mention it, but I'd go separates, too. Are you under size limitations? Heck, there are/were a pair of Monitor 10Bs for sale on the flea market forum.. maybe you could use those as mains and forget about the subwoofer for a little while...
Otherwise, I agree with the others.... I'd take a little more time and patience, maybe settle for a used one or two, and put together a setup. You could most likely put them to better use in the future anyway if you ever do upgrade this HT system, and most likely easier time selling them off, too, if you wanted.
08-09-2002, 11:42 PM
Originally posted by kenratboy
Surrounds usually don't even get used! So, what would be the best for L/C/R + subwoofer?
This might sound silly but you may want to consider a single pair of rti70 if this is really a small room. In my room setup, the rti70 are strong down to 30Hz. You may put them closer to the back wall and maybe be happy without a sub (and have great main speakers as your starting point for upgrade)
08-14-2002, 11:13 PM
rt35i....you can get them for what 250-150 now? and you can get the cs245i for 150-100...awesome speakers!
Today I just visited the Klipsch forum for the first time, seems like a nice group of individuals.
As for your interest in obtaining a nice all-in-one system for the budget.
Hmmm quite honestly, Polk really does not boast anything impressive in this price range. This of course, is up for controversy, but I believe if you want all the stuff in one package, you should go with Infinity.
As the boys here are suggesting, it may be better (if you have your own sources) to simply purchase 2 towers and a center, perhaps even a sub if there is any money left over. Polk does make some excellent speakers for the price, and Im sure could treat your ears and pocket book, to a good time. heh
08-15-2002, 01:52 AM
To be 100% honest, I am just fishing right now. I will probably end up with JBL or Klipsch, but I am open to anything.
I think Polk makes VERY hi-quality gear, but I am just looking around.
Thanks for all the help!!!
08-15-2002, 02:08 AM
JBL???? You don't want that stuff really, do you!
08-15-2002, 02:23 AM
Well, if you saw my setup, you may feel different.
I am NOT talking Northridge Series, I am talking strait up pro gear that.
I have some JBL gear, a pair of HLS 610's, which got mucho praise. Also, a dual 15" subwoofer, each woofer costs $350. It can make the springs in my garage doors rattle and annoy me while I listen. For real.
I am a horn and big-woofer fan.
This is for a secondary system, so I don't need 110 dB. at 20 feet.
08-15-2002, 02:48 AM
I have a pair of Monitor 10s that just flat out kicks ass.
They're one of my favorite speakers I got.
If you could find a set of those, you'd be set.
I think they rival many of the new speakers i've heard.
You could probably piece together a decent system of old stuff for under 6 bills.
Keep watching the auctions and stuff.
Good luck on your search.
I'll let you know if I hear any killer deals.
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