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    Default First 5.1 System Setup.. suggestions/recommendations needed!

    I've got a new livingroom which is 16' x 12'9" and I'm buying my first nice 5.1 system. I'm now fairly set on Polk RTiA9 (every review is amazing and they look really badass) for Left/Rright, with the recommended Polk Audio CSi A6 as Center, I've been told the BIC America F12 is the one to go with for a Sub. I'll be sitting about 8 ft away from the system in near the center of the room and have already run wire for the Surround Left/Right at about ear-level for when sitting. I have no way to mount the SL/SR speakers to the wall at this time.

    SL/SR recommendations? I don't know how I would mount Polk F/XiA6 speakers to the wall, or even if they should be? Or if something like the OWM Series speakers will do? Best way to mount them to the wall?

    Received recommendations? I'm really clueless about this one. What do I look for which will have enough power for this setup? I'll have 4-5 HDMI sources (HTPC/xbox360/PS3/etc) and thats it. I've been leaning towards a Denon as they've been recommended to me, AVR-2113? Or?

    All suggestions and input appreciated.

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    The Fxi series mounts very easily to the wall and are excellent surrounds. What's your receiver budget? If you go with the Rtia9's you'll want a beefier avr or a separate amp to help them reach their potential.
    Theater Room: Pioneer Elite SC-35, RTi12's, Csi5, Fxi5's, Fxi3's, ED A5-350 sub, Optoma HD20, 92'' Elite Screen, Xbox One, APC H15, MIT Exp 2 SC's, Pepster PC's

    Living Room: Martin Logan EM ESL's, Peachtree Audio iNova, MIT AVT2 SC's & IC's, Pepster PC, Sharp Aquos 60'', Sony BDP S-790, Airport Express

    Bedroom: Panasonic AX200U projector, 110" screen

    Outdoor: Polk Atrium 5's, Yamaha Rxv371

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    Quote Originally Posted by B Run View Post
    The Fxi series mounts very easily to the wall and are excellent surrounds. What's your receiver budget? If you go with the Rtia9's you'll want a beefier avr or a separate amp to help them reach their potential.
    Looks like I'd go with the F/XiA4 speakers, just because its a bit of a small room to begin with and these would take up less space. I've positioned my SL/SR wires at ear-height when sitting just about half a foot back from being directly to my left and right when sitting, is that about right?

    I've been reading some reviews of the RTIa9s saying that a separate amp is the way to go, but have no idea about this at all.. I'd prefer to keep things simple and just have one receiver. Any recommendations as to what would provide enough power? Or recommendations about a separate amp?

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    You've got the right idea with surrounds and sounds like you're good to go. On the AVR or separates that's a lot more up to your personal taste. If you're going to run an AVR there are only a few i'd put up to the task, and even then some people will say they're not enough. I have the Rti12's which are the older model, and the SC series Pioneer elite avr's are fantastic. The only other one's i've heard and liked are the upper end Yamaha Aventage series (3010 or similar) or a Nad, Arcam, Anthem or Rotel.
    If you decide to go separates all you need is a good AVR with pre outs for an amplifier. If you find one with all the features you're looking for and pre outs, you can connect an amp to handle the load. I'd personally buy used off craigslist, ebay or audiogon. Look at brands such as Parasound, Nad, B&k, Rotel, Adcom, Sunfire, Outlaw etc. Some people like Emotiva and some don't, it can be a touchy subject but if it's for just HT use I think you'd be fine. Save a little money for some decent speaker cables and interconnects and you'll have a hell of a setup.
    Theater Room: Pioneer Elite SC-35, RTi12's, Csi5, Fxi5's, Fxi3's, ED A5-350 sub, Optoma HD20, 92'' Elite Screen, Xbox One, APC H15, MIT Exp 2 SC's, Pepster PC's

    Living Room: Martin Logan EM ESL's, Peachtree Audio iNova, MIT AVT2 SC's & IC's, Pepster PC, Sharp Aquos 60'', Sony BDP S-790, Airport Express

    Bedroom: Panasonic AX200U projector, 110" screen

    Outdoor: Polk Atrium 5's, Yamaha Rxv371

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