I am almost ready to upgrade my living room set-up to be a 5.1 surround set up, and i am close to deciding on my receiver and speaker choice. I would like some input on the overall choices, and the sub-woofer though:
I currently have a 52" Samsung LCD and a PS3 (fat), plus HD Cable DVR, 1080p DVD Player, DVR/DVD Recorder in my setup.
Due to my room size and other things, i am looking at the following for my 5.1 system: Floorstanding L + R speakers, Centre speaker below the TV, LS + RS on speaker stands behind the sofa, and a nice sub-woofer probably in the front corner.
I had never really heard of Polk before researching these things, but they seem to have great products and plenty of them. After seeing a good price on the now discontinued Monitor 50 speakers, i looked into them. From the polk website spec page, they recommend complimenting Monitor 50s with CS1, Monitor 30 and PSW110. So my setup could be:
2 x Monitor 50 (Floorstanding)
1 x CS1 or 1 x CS10 (Center)?
2 x Monitor 30 (Surround Speakers)
1 x PSW 110 or 1 x PSW505?
So i have two questions: Should i go with the CS10 over the CS1 as the price is about the same and they are nearly identical, or should i stick with the CS1?
Should i get the PSW505 instead of the PSW 110 as it is the same price yet seems much more powerful and gets better reviews?
The sub is the more important factor - will the PSW505 work with the rest of this setup? The CS1 & CS10 have very similar stats so just wondered if it mattered, or if there was a preference for either, for this setup.
The receivers i am considering are (with approx prices and supposed watts per channel):
ONKYO HT-RC260: $349.99 (100w)
ONKYO TX-SR608: $423.63 (100w)
ONKYO TX-NR708: $613.64 (110w)
PIONEER VSX-1020-K: $454.99 (110w)
PIONEER VSX-1120-K: $649.00 (120w)
100w per channel will be enough for my room, and i want 6 HDMI inputs at least, so all of these models have these specs.
My budget is about $1,000, which if i get the Onkyo HT-RC260 is very achievable (I will need two speaker stands for the Monitor 30s in the rear, and some speaker wire). If i step up to a better receiver it will be more but i could probably go to about $1,300 total.
Please get back to me with any advice or recommendations on my potential setup and purchases. I think the speaker set will be quite good, but am curious about switching out the sub and perhaps the center channel.
Thanks in advance for the input!