Need Surround Sound Advice; Did I buy the right speakers - Side/Rear/Subwoofer
I am new to the whole home audio game and would like some advice, input, and even some answers on what I need and what to expect with my current setup. This is the first time I have attempted to put together a home audio rig on my own and didn't just buy a $250 Home Theater In a Box setup from Best Buy. I bought all of my speakers through various online sales and waited for what I thought were good deal. All together I spent a grand total of $900 for all of them brand new, shipped to my door. I have some questions, but first let me provide all of you with some information on my setup and then follow it up with the questions.
My Setup will be generally used as follows;
Games 50% / Movies 25% / Music 25%
Polk Audio Monitor 70 - FRONT
Polk Audio Monitor 60 - SIDE
Polk Audio Monitor 50 - REAR
Polk Audio CS2 - CENTER
Polk Audio PSW505 - SUBWOOFER
Audio / Video Sources
PS3 Slim (250gb upgraded to 500)
Custom Gaming Computer w/ dual BluRay Burners & Power DVD 10 Ultra 3d ($7,500)
Onkyo 808 Receiver (not set in stone but my current choice)
1) Does more sound information come through the side surround speakers or rear surround speakers when watching movies?
1b) Should I move my Monitor 60s to the rear and switch them with my Monitor 50s leave them as side surround speakers?
1c) Should I upgrade my rear speakers (Polk Audio Monitor 50) and replace them with another pair of Monitor 60s?
2) Someone on another forum suggested that I not buy the Onkyo 808 as it would be overkill, and instead buy a better subwoofer, is there any merit behind this suggestion? AKA Is the Polk Audio PSW505 a decent sub or are there a lot better options for under $250??? (Please do not suggest some expensive $500 sub, something in my price range of $250 maximum.)
3) Moving up from a $200 RCA Home Theater in a box, will this setup be sound a lot better or am I wasting my time and money at this point? :confused:
The people at the AVS forum have me very discouraged at this point with their harsh words and criticism. All because I don't want to buy $2000 speakers and a $600 subwoofer it seems my surround sound will sound like crap according to them, :(and I worry they might be right as i am a total home theater virgin noob. I just want a setup that will sound nice, rock my face off when i play my ps3 games and sound good when I'm watching movies in my apartment with my girl. I don't have $5000 to blow on my setup and i thought from the research I had done that I had a good setup, but now I'm worried I might not. I still haven't purchased my receiver so i don't know how i am going to like everything in my apartment, so could any of you with a similar setup or experience give me a heads up as to what to expect??? AKA Will I be happy with it and will my friends enjoy playing games and watching movies at my place rather than their dorm rooms or one bedroom apartments???
monitor 60's as surrounds...
Originally Posted by TOOdamnFRANK
I currently run the 60's as surround speakers in a 7.1 system. Monitor 70's and a CS2 are in the front. The 60's upgraded a set of bookshelf JBL E20 speakers. I hear a lot more detail when listening to dvd audio discs. There is also a better rear image with a larger tower speaker. It helps if you have lotsa watts - the Polks play loud, but very clean. Plus my lovely spouse gave them a high WAF. Ideally, it does help if all your speakers are voice matched, but the rear surrounds in most applications are not that critical. I prefer the look and sound of coordinated audio equipment.
If I had the extra cash, I'd spring for another pair of cherry 70's for the rear...