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    I stumbled across Polk and I have fallen in love with the brand. I was considering the Bose Acoustimass 10 IV when many good people out there recommended Polk and I have spent a couple of days reading up on it. No dealer where I am so forgive me for not being able to audition the various options. I currently have a Sony SRT-S370 out of the box HT and want to upgrade to a more serious setup
    • I am planning to acquire a Sony SRT-DN1040 A/V R
    • To this connected sources are a HD digital satellite receiver, PS3 (which doubles as Bluray player), Apple TV
    • I therefore need speakers and associated subwoofer
    • I cant do tall speakers and prefer less obvious smaller speakers. I have liked the Polk LT1600
    • My budget is within $500 for the surrounds and sub

    Please recommend what speakers I should order!

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    Not a very big budget for 5 speakers and a subwoofer. How big is the room ?

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    Take a look at Definitive Technology ProCinima 60 Speaker System. I doubt you'll find anything better for the money.

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    Good suggestion, but in a large room will get washed out. We don't know yet what size room the dude has.

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    What is big to you? Are bookshelves out of the question, or does it need to be a satellite system?
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    Can't do better for the money than the Pioneer Andrew Jones designed series: http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-C22.../dp/B008NCD2EI

    http://hometheater.about.com/od/loud...tem-Review.htm

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    Thanks for your comments guys. I can up the budget to work within $1,000. The room is 5mx4m I believe this is like 16x13 ft. Small speakers and aesthetically appealing balanced with great clean sound is what I am looking for if possible!

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    Wall mountable satellites

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    Guys what are your views of the Polk TL1600?

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    Can't see how you could go wrong for the price.

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    I can. Bump up to the tl2 with a quick sub, like a micropro 1000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    I can. Bump up to the tl2 with a quick sub, like a micropro 1000.
    Well color me wrong...

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    The TL1 doesn't compare to the TL2 or TL3 in any way. They will be too small for that room anyways. The TL2 is a MUCH better product, and if you can catch it at the right time, you can pair it with a free sub from Polk, although I still think you'd want to look at the MP1k or possibly a DSW 550 to pair with it. I highly doubt you'll find a 12" sub in your budget that would mate well with those blackstones.
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    IF your budget for just the speakers is $1k, then you'd be fine with the TL2600, combined with the Sony AVR is $1,350.
    Is this what you're talking about spending?
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    Obieone yes the $1,000 is for speakers/sub only. I already have ordered the Sony AVR. When uou say the room is too big for the TL1 or 2 what is optimal in meters for this unit? DSkip please elaborate on the alternatives you mention in full. I am new to Polk! My closest dealer is in South Africa. The US disqualifies me due to the 110v you use. I use 220-240v!

    TL1 and 2 are available in RSA at equivalent $900 and $1,200. If I got the speakers only from US might be cheaper as they are not bound by the voltage limit. Only the sub would!!

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    @DSkip what do you think about buying the and then mating with the SW options you highlight?

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    Welcome to CP Kalito

    TL1/TL2 are ok...but the TL3 series are actually pretty sweet very much worth the upgrade.

    Nice pairing the setup with the DSW440 or the 550. I know this is over budget, but would be worth it even getting the sub at a later time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by txcoastal1 View Post
    Welcome to CP Kalito

    TL1/TL2 are ok...but the TL3 series are actually pretty sweet very much worth the upgrade.

    Nice pairing the setup with the DSW440 or the 550. I know this is over budget, but would be worth it even getting the sub at a later time.
    Thanks Coastal1!
    I am inclined to go with your suggestion. Will import the TL3 5-pack and purchase the SW from dealer (240v compliance). I see I should then have what my heart desires. I think as you say worth over budget!

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    Agreed, go with the TL3 it's a great speaker. Don't limit yourself to Polk on the sub, any good sub will do just fine. What other brands can you get your hands on there?

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    The yl3 is nice too and a bit better quality, but the difference is nowhere near as large as it is between the 1 and 2. The main difference is price and voicing. If you are just looking for a movies setup, I'd still recommend the 2 and put the extra dough into the best sub you can afford.
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    Thanks guys for the patience and advice. Here is the equipment I got and the cost in USD equivalent:
    • TL350 (5 satellite speaker pack): $799.59
    • DSW550wi: $799
    • Sony STR-DN1040 Receiver: $790


    Any tips on putting this equipment together for the best experience, welcome

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    All 3 of those things will come with set-up instructions, and alternatives. What works best for YOU will have to be determined.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obieone View Post
    All 3 of those things will come with set-up instructions, and alternatives. What works best for YOU will have to be determined.
    Thanks Obieone, indeed they do. Now I am thinking on the 550wi what is the use of the Hz knob on the back. I have mine set at 90Hz. Then on the Sony Receiver for TL350 speakers what could be the best cross-over frequency?

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