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    Default Polk Monitor 75 vs TSI 300.....?

    I JUST bought a set of tsi300's for about $230 I now can get a set of Monitor 75T's for $400...should I bite???

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    I understand that with the 75T I'll be getting 2 more woofers at 6.5 vs 5.25" and a bass port, so in terms of power it would be a step up

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    One more thing....my CS20 is being delivered today...would that match up with the 75's or would I need to change that also????

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    CS2 or 25C is the exact match for the 75T but the CS20 are, I believe, identical drivers. The cabinet just has the piano black end caps and is a slightly sleeker design.

    The 75Ts are definitely going to dig deeper than the TSi300s. But the 300s are going to be "tighter".
    Also bear in mind, that even though the TSi300 is a sealed design, the 75Ts are going to take more power to sound "right".

    That being said, I own the Monitor 70 Series IIs and absolutely love them. Only place I have heard the TSis was at Best Buy and they were a lot like my Monitor 60s but slightly tighter sounding.
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    At the moment I have an older Onkyo HTIB receiver 700watts

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    I can guarantee you that HTIB is not producing 700watts in any way shape or form.
    Just as an example, a high quality Pioneer Elite SC-61 is rated at 125wpc. And that number drops incrementally for each speaker actually added to the number of speakers being driven.
    The Sony BDV-57T was rated at over 1000watts. In actuality, it was producing in the neighborhood of 20-25wpc. In the HTIB world, it's all about the marketing.

    Another thing I would make absolutely sure of is the speaker impedance of the HTIB system. The Sony I was referring to was only able to drive 6 ohm speakers. 4 ohm speakers and 8 ohm speakers wouldn't even make a sound but the stock 6 ohm speakers worked fine.
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    The TSI series is NOT sealed, the towers have PORTS on the "bottom" so they are not radically different or tighter than the monitor series. In fact that bottom port creates more problems than benefits depending on what your floor surface is made of or covered with. Placement is more difficult. Carpet, not a good thing, etc.

    The other series are front ported which gives more "flexibility" with rooms and placement, IMO.

    The larger towers are not less tight than the smaller ones. It's more a question of power. The big boys need more power, though they can run on that Onkyo, they will NOT sound their 'best'. So unless you want to upgrade your AVR and your front two, I'd stay where you are.

    The CS20 will match most of the models suggested above.

    Play around with the 300s a little before you decide to upgrade. And save your pennies for a possible upgrade to Rti-A7s or A9s and a new AVR and power amp?

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    Thanks cnh, my final thoughts on it are i will put the extra $100 I woulda spent on the 75's toward a new receiver or some surround speakers....any thoughts on a good match for the surrounds? Or a decent receiver????

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    Don't think you will find a pair of 75's for $400. I saw new egg had them today for $419 EACH. So that may be a problem.

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    TNHNDYMAN...special promo I got via email...$199.99 till the 18th.

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    So a set would be $400 w free shipping.

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    pretty sweet deal then

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNHNDYMAN View Post
    Don't think you will find a pair of 75's for $400. I saw new egg had them today for $419 EACH. So that may be a problem.
    I can officially refute that price , I just got my 75T today from newegg in Cherry for $219 a piece with free shipping .Unless they went up since I bought last week.Think the black ones were a little more. These things sound awesome even under my lower powered (50W) Onkyo stereo receiver. Has plenty of power even for these speakers. I can't turn up much more than 1/4 volume and still be in the same room . The highs are crystal clear and the bass has enough punch for for music and I'm sure it will be fine for bluerays too. These things are really tall so check the specs and see if they will look ok in your environment. They were a little taller than I expected. But they aren't going back
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    Well I bit the bullet and ordered the 75's. One arrived yesterday and the other is scheduled for today. These things are monsters! I like the black piano finish on top of the TSI's, gives a more modern look. The 75's remind me of my uncles stereo from the 1970's...but still cool.

    Any suggestions on a sub to match? I have the cherry finish and the only options I've seen is psw10 and 110 (ugly). Help???

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    Do the PSW505. The 10 and the 110 will leave you wishing for more.
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    The 505 doesn't come in the cherry finish, does it.???

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    It doesn't. But I seriously wouldn't let the finish determine your options.
    Too many posts here from people who bought the 10/110 and later wished they had gone with the 505.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mak06053 View Post
    The 505 doesn't come in the cherry finish, does it.???
    I'm running the DSW 550 with my Monitor 75s, it's a great match. Like ZLTFUL said, I wouldn't let finish on the sub determine which one you get (not usually front and center anyway). For Polk subs with a cherry finish though, there's the PSW125, 110 and 10.

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    I hear (lol) what you guys are saying...don't sacrifice the sound of the system for the look of it. So I have now set up my monitor 75's (monster's) as my front left rights a cs20 as my center and my tsi300's I'm trying as my surrounds! I turned up my receiver to 55 and the lights in the house would dim to the beat!! I'm not sure if I'm wasting the tsi's using them as surrounds....thoughts??

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    Lights dimming from an AVR is a much more serious issue than using your TSIs as surrounds.
    It suggests that the circuit that everything is plugged into is woefully inadequate...or the whole electrical system in the house is suspect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mak06053 View Post
    The 505 doesn't come in the cherry finish, does it.???
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    ZLTFUL....I already put a call into my electrician friend about the dimming....thanks

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    +1 on the PSW 505! I have a 505, and PSW 110 and they are not even in the same league. While the 110 doesn't sound bad, the 505 digs much deeper and hits much harder. At 200 bucks the 505 is a steal.

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    Just purchased a 505 from Newegg for $189.99

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    So now I need a new receiver that can handle all the new speakers that I bought....any thoughts? Pioneer, Onkyo, Denon...????

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