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    Default Center upgrade/Surround questions

    New to this forum, all and any assistance is greatly appreciated.

    I currently have:

    CS245
    2xRT55
    2xFX300i

    Moved from a smaller condo and my new HT in basement is 15.5' (front and rear wall) x 17.5' x 8' (ceiling).

    Only 1 row of seating - will be approx. 14' from main speakers.
    Incidently, screen is 96"x54" driven by new Panasonic AE700

    My questions:

    Center:
    1) I enjoy older Criterion DVDs and other mono-type sources and have considered my center sould be upgraded. Given this room size, can anyone confirm my assumptions are correct? If so, what model family should I be looking at?

    2) What is the vertical dispersion with the CS245? I am considering changing its angle to better direct to the listener.

    Surrounds:
    Currently running 5.1 - I'm waiting for greater convergence in the AV/PC world before I invest in a new receiver. The price for HDMI switching is too high right now - but I do love the Onkyo TX-NR1000.

    3) For 5.1 - given that I have both options, should I run the FX300i's on the back wall as bipole or side wall as dipole? Only have 1'-2' from listener to back wall.

    4) When I upgrade to 7.1, I think I'd prefer direct at rear (for DVD-A, etc) and use FX300's on side, any recommendation for good Polk matching speakers to use for rears?

    5) Does anyone use FX300 or similar for all their surrounds in a 7.1 configuration and what do they think?

    Thanks.

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    Welcome to the Polk forum.
    I hope I'm able to help you out a little here.

    FX300i's will probably do better on the side walls, then directs lkie you suggest later in the rear.

    I'm not sure on the dispersion on the CS245, but the more it is pointed towards your listening position the better.

    A step up for the center would possibly be the CS400. They are somewhat difficult to find right now though.

    Zach
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    What kind of subwoofer do you have? If you don't have one, it should be your next purchase.
    HT/2-channel Rig: Sony 50” LCD TV; Toshiba HD-A2 DVD player; Emotiva LMC-1 pre/pro; Rogue Audio M-120 monoblocks (modded); Placette RVC; Emotiva LPA-1 amp; Bada HD-22 tube CDP (modded); VMPS Tower II SE (fronts); DIY Clearwave Dynamic 4CC (center); Wharfedale Opus Tri-Surrounds (rear); and VMPS 215 sub

    "God grooves with tubes."

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    Sorry -
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    I'd suggest sticking with 5.1 for a while and upgrading the sub. The "new" sub would probably make the biggest impact on your system. For your room size, check out a Hsu STF-3 or one of the middle tier SVS subs.
    HT/2-channel Rig: Sony 50” LCD TV; Toshiba HD-A2 DVD player; Emotiva LMC-1 pre/pro; Rogue Audio M-120 monoblocks (modded); Placette RVC; Emotiva LPA-1 amp; Bada HD-22 tube CDP (modded); VMPS Tower II SE (fronts); DIY Clearwave Dynamic 4CC (center); Wharfedale Opus Tri-Surrounds (rear); and VMPS 215 sub

    "God grooves with tubes."

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