I am new here but have owned my setup for over a year. I have Monitor40's up front, CS1, Mon30's in rear running off Onkyo RC180. Had the PSW505 sub but upgrading to an Elemental Designs sub. My theater room is 21'x12'x8', but my couch sits at about the halfway point so sound is traveling about 8-10 feet to reach viewers.
I really would like to upgrade to CS2 and Mon 70's, but I have one minor issue...the wife! CS2 is no problem, she wouldn't notice the size increase of the CS2 over CS1 due to the same shape and color, but going from Monitor 40's on stands to Monitor 70's is going to be a bit of hassle with questions, griping, etc.. I have been researching a lot and will continue to do so, but is there a Polk bookshelf speaker that will come in roughly the same size as the 40's (cherry color), yet offer me a SUBSTANTIAL upgrade in sound? Or are towers like the 70's the only way to get that? I know this will boil down to a tower vs bookshelf debate, but I really value the stealth approach of swapping out bookshelfs versus dealing with explaining why I bought something I don't "need"! lol...
My listening is 85% Movie/ 15% games...almost NO music. My sub will be pretty powerful, probably a sealed or ported 15'' from Elemental. Again, is there a Polk bookshelf that can best my Monitor 40's or maybe even everyone's favorite value, Monitor 70? Center channel reco welcomed as well! Thanks a ton guys for your input, looking forward to reading a bunch!