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    Default Need help on Speakers for Harman Kardon AVR 2600

    Hi,

    I have a 14 X 16 size Family room leading to open kitchen on one side and to half bath on the other side.

    I have a Harman Kardon AVR 2600 receiver. I am trying to buy speakers for the same. I am looking for Fronts, Rears, Center and a subwoofer. I listen to music 50% and Movies 50%. I not inclined towards floor standing speakers as they will not suit my room. I am looking at bookshelf. I want a system that matches all speakers and sub.

    This is what I am looking at

    RTI A1's ($235 per pair in electronics-expo) as fronts
    RTI A1's ($235 per pair in electronics-expo) as surrounds
    CSI A3 ($129 at J&R), CSI 4 ($200) or a CS10 ($90 amazon) as center
    Velodyne Impact 12 (electronics-expo for $238) or Polk PSW 505 ($200)

    My budget for all speakers and sub < $1000. I can extend it though if I have to. I need a quality system. What do you guys think?

    Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Also any suggestions on where i can buy these for good prices? Any good deals

    Thanks,
    Bhargava

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    Thank You.

    Any suggestions on the speakers?

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    I'd rule out the CS10 as it's not timbre matched to the Rti's. I think Rti's are a great choice, especially with Harman Kardon receivers. I have the psw505 and love it but i've never heard the Velodyne so it's hard to compare.
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    WELCOME TO CLUB POLK!!

    The Harman Kardon should pair up nicely with the Rti-A1s all the way around and the CSI-A4 (although you might want to consider the larger CSi-A6 if you have the room). You may also want to look at Polk's surround speakers FXi-A4 (dipole/bipole configurations) but the A1s will work too. As for the subs. I have not heard that particular Velodyne. But entry level Velodynes are average products and I think that unless you're shelling out 500+ dollars on a Velo...you're better off with the Polk 505.

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    I have heard a lot about Velodyne and I thought i will check it out with others. You might be right about the Entry level subs from Velodyne. Thanks for your input on PSW505. My friend has a PSW10 and it sounds great. I thought 505 should be better than that.

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    I was looking more at A3 or A4 for Center channel as they timbre match with RTI series.

    Thanks for your suggestion about FXi-A4. I am new to polk speakers. I will look more into them. Not sure about the price too.

    Quote Originally Posted by cnh View Post
    WELCOME TO CLUB POLK!!

    The Harman Kardon should pair up nicely with the Rti-A1s all the way around and the CSI-A4 (although you might want to consider the larger CSi-A6 if you have the room). You may also want to look at Polk's surround speakers FXi-A4 (dipole/bipole configurations) but the A1s will work too. As for the subs. I have not heard that particular Velodyne. But entry level Velodynes are average products and I think that unless you're shelling out 500+ dollars on a Velo...you're better off with the Polk 505.

    Have fun!

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    That'll work. But the CSi-A6 is also timbre matched to all the Rti-A series speakers. The only reason I suggest it is, and you will hear this from most of us here, that 50 percent or more of your surround info on a DVD or B-ray is carried by the center channel. So, depending on the size of your room, if it's not too small, you want to get the biggest baddest center in the series if you can 'fit' it somewhere in your system.

    Velodyne makes some very nice subs...mid level subs start with something like the DLS-4000 series http://www.velodyne.com/vproducts/de...0R_Details.pdf

    Higher models like the MiniVee 10 boast a 1000/2000 (peak) watts of power and 21.6lbs driver magnets http://www.velodyne.com/vproducts/de...10_Details.pdf

    Then there is the Optimum and DD (Digital Drive) series....both a bit pricey! Certainly more than the above. Peruse their site?

    cnh
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    I'll take your suggestion on the center speaker. I saw CSI A4 on electronics-expo for 185 after applying coupon code with free shipping and no tax. Is this a good deal? I will check out the ebay Polk direct too.

    Quote Originally Posted by cnh View Post
    That'll work. But the CSi-A6 is also timbre matched to all the Rti-A series speakers. The only reason I suggest it is, and you will hear this from most of us here, that 50 percent or more of your surround info on a DVD or B-ray is carried by the center channel. So, depending on the size of your room, if it's not too small, you want to get the biggest baddest center in the series if you can 'fit' it somewhere in your system.

    Velodyne makes some very nice subs...mid level subs start with something like the DLS-4000 series http://www.velodyne.com/vproducts/de...0R_Details.pdf

    Higher models like the MiniVee 10 boast a 1000/2000 (peak) watts of power and 21.6lbs driver magnets http://www.velodyne.com/vproducts/de...10_Details.pdf

    Then there is the Optimum and DD (Digital Drive) series....both a bit pricey! Certainly more than the above. Peruse their site?

    cnh

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnh View Post
    you want to get the biggest baddest center in the series if you can 'fit' it somewhere in your system.

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