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    Question OK, time to buy the surrounds... RTi38 vs FXi30 vs FXi50

    I love my RTi100s.

    I love my CSi40.

    I'm only driving these wonderful speakers with a Sony STRDE995, Sony DVD hooked up with the old fiber optic cable and all. Small room, mostly movies, some music but I listen to metal so everything sounds great...laugh.

    My question is this. I need to pick up 4 surrounds for the rear and side speakers - price is not especially a big deal, I'm willing to go with 4 x FXi50s. Should I consider some combination of RTi38 and FXi50? 2 FXi50 and 2 FXi30? I'd say F it and go with the LSiFX but well, my receiver is nice for the price but not LS nice...laugh.

    Any help from the experts out there wold be appreciated. I'm leaning towards the 4 FXi50s I guess but if anyone has experimented with any combinations above it'd be great to hear your results.

    Rob

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    Default Im no expert

    Hello, just wanted to say i have the FXi30s for rears and RTi38s for rear surrounds powered by my ONKYO TX-SR800 THX 7.1 REC. I listen to alot of movies and some music i think this sounds great and recomended it to some of my friends, also never got a chance to hear the FXi50s but im sure they sound awesome.
    TV WS 65809 MITSUBISHI HDTV REC ONKYO TX-SR800 DVD SR-5700 TOSHIBHA MAIN RTi70s CENTER CSi40 REAR FXi50s BACK REAR FXi30s SUB VELODYNE CHT15

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    Depends.... what size room, seating arrangement etc?? Price not being an object, I'd stick with 4 50's or a combo of 38's and 50's. 38's on the rear surround if you have enough room between rear seating and rear wall (say 10 feet or so).
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    I'd say go with one of the following depending on your room size. The idea is to use the same size drivers all the way around.

    1) 2 RTi28s and 2 FXi30s for small and midsize rooms.

    2) 2 RTi38s and 2 FXi50s for large rooms. IMO, I feel these will look too big on the wall unless the room is large.

    But act quick because this line is getting hard to find.
    My 7.1 setup consists of:
    Denon 3803
    Panasonic DVD
    RTi70s front
    CSi40 front center
    RTi28s side surround
    FXi30s back surround
    PSW202 Subwoofer - Hey, it's my first sub!
    RCA 46" 4:3 RPTV

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    not to get off subject here but jkratzer I noticed you have your rti28's on the side and the fxi30's on the back.How does that sound?
    I have rti35's on the back and fxi300's on the sides.Never tried changing them around.Might be something to fiddle with when I need a little tweaking fix
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    Originally posted by mrpergo
    not to get off subject here but jkratzer I noticed you have your rti28's on the side and the fxi30's on the back.How does that sound?
    I have rti35's on the back and fxi300's on the sides.Never tried changing them around.Might be something to fiddle with when I need a little tweaking fix
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    I'm very happy with the sound. The FXi30s are set to bipole mode on the back wall. This setup works well for me because my seating area is up against the back wall. In my case, direct radiators would not be able to disperse the sound as well.

    One more thing, if you put the FXi30/50 speakers on the back wall, you should swap the left speaker with the right to allow the mid-driver to be facing inward toward the audience. When sitting and facing the front of the room, the speaker labeled "L" should fire over your right shoulder and the speaker labeled "R" should fire over your left shoulder. I emailed Polk on this and this is what they suggested.
    My 7.1 setup consists of:
    Denon 3803
    Panasonic DVD
    RTi70s front
    CSi40 front center
    RTi28s side surround
    FXi30s back surround
    PSW202 Subwoofer - Hey, it's my first sub!
    RCA 46" 4:3 RPTV

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    Just curious, how much can you get the 30 and 50's for?

    Dave

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    I got my FXi30s for 190 on ebay.Maybe not the best price but cc by me didnt really have any bargains. All around i think i got a decent deal though.
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    I was just wondering cause I just bought fxi-30's for $69.95ea. minor scratches but the last ones in my area, missed the ones last night at another CC for $59.95ea (spotless), gone by the time I went back. Was looking for the 50's but there all gone around here.
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    Wow what a deal there was nothing like that around here i bought mine new but you people really find deals at your CC man i go there all the time and i see no deals.
    TV WS 65809 MITSUBISHI HDTV REC ONKYO TX-SR800 DVD SR-5700 TOSHIBHA MAIN RTi70s CENTER CSi40 REAR FXi50s BACK REAR FXi30s SUB VELODYNE CHT15

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    timing is always a big deal.... best habit to get into is reading forums. I started readin back when I really got into computers and I'll tell ya, you'd be surprised at what you can get way below usual retail.
    Denon 3802
    B&K 7270
    Outlaw ICBM
    Behringer DSP1124P
    Samson S1000
    SVS 20-39CS+ (x2)
    RTi150's
    CSi40
    FXi30's
    RTi38's
    Win Vista HTPC
    InFocus 4805 ~100" Screen

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