This is my first post here at this forum, but I have lurked around here for a while. I did a search for an answer to my question and I could not find one. I would appreciate any and all responses to my question.
I have been into home theatre for a little while, but I am now upgradeing my system. Unfortunately I do not have the money to buy a complete Polk set-up at one time, but I just bought my first Polk speakers today. My purchase was a Polk powered subwoofer, model PSW505. I took advantage of the Polk offer and recieved a "FREE" Polk center channel speaker, model CSI 3. So my question is, should I hook-up this free Polk center channel speaker, which is way better than my existing center channel speaker, or should I just leave it in the box untill I can afford other Polk speakers?
In addition to my Polk subwoofer, I am running full sized KLH speakers all the way around. (Don't laugh, my friends and family and I really like these old KLH speakers.) I am aware of the rule of thumb that says to stay with the same brand speakers all around, but I now have this free center channel speaker that I would like to use.
Also, I am running a Sony STR-DE895 and a Sony multi-channel SACD player. I listen to a lot of 5.1 SACDs, including rock and roll and jazz, but I don't feel that I have any real bass management issues. (With a fairly nice subwoofer and full range speakers all the way around, I just don't mess with any bass redirection circuitry.)
I know that this Polk center channel speaker will not be timbre matched to my KLH speakers, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for any and all replies.