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    Default Need timber matching Center for this Polk R series set up

    I have the following set up of speakers
    2x Polk R50's for fronts
    2x Polk R30's for back
    2x Polk R20's for rear surrounds

    I need to find a timber matching center for this set up. I have been told that CSi30 might be a good match but I haven't been able to find one.
    Can you suggest me something that matches this setup or point me where to buy one.

    Thanks

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    I have the Csi3 which blends well with my R30's.
    Receiver: harmankardon AVR235
    Mains: polk R30
    Center: polk CSi3
    Rear Surrounds: polk R20
    Subwoofer: polk PSW404
    DVD: Panasonic DVD-S29

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    Welcome,

    What are you powering them with? CSi25, CS1, CSi3, CSi30 or 40 all will work. The 25 which is almost a secret is an R series speaker.

    Combo rig:

    Onkyo NR1007 pre-pro, Carver TFM 45(fronts), Carver TFM 35 (surrounds)
    SDA 1C, CS400i, SDA 2B
    PB13Ultra RO
    BW Silvers
    Oppo BDP-83SE

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    hey Ron, I joined here based on your reply a few hours ago on AVS :)

    I am powering it with an older Pioneer model but intend to replace it with Pioneer 1015 TX.

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    Keep in mind the CSi3 is brighter than the Rs if you go that route. Sounds good, just needs to be tamed a bit when configed.

    Good luck.

    Combo rig:

    Onkyo NR1007 pre-pro, Carver TFM 45(fronts), Carver TFM 35 (surrounds)
    SDA 1C, CS400i, SDA 2B
    PB13Ultra RO
    BW Silvers
    Oppo BDP-83SE

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    I use the timbre matched CSi20 with my R40s.

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    Yeah, I have see that Polk recommends CSi20 with R50 fronts but they are very ancient and I can't find anywhere.

    I see that a lot of the people who bought the R50's in the recent times use the CS1,CSi30 etc.

    Right now, I am thinking CSi25 or CSi3. The CSi25 is only available on (www.outpost.com). I got my speakers for a very low price and am very reluctant to spend double the amount on a center channel.

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    Agree up to a point. The CSi25 is a good deal at $100, but not $180. If you're gonna spend $180 get a CS2. If you see a deal on the other models snap one up.

    Combo rig:

    Onkyo NR1007 pre-pro, Carver TFM 45(fronts), Carver TFM 35 (surrounds)
    SDA 1C, CS400i, SDA 2B
    PB13Ultra RO
    BW Silvers
    Oppo BDP-83SE

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    I live in Michigan and there are no Fry stores around here. Do you know if Fry carries the CSi25 for 100$ all the time?

    I also remember reading somewhere that CSi20 is underpowered when paired with the R50's.

    I am thinking if I know someone on the west coast who can go and pick one for me.

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    Agree on the CSi20.

    Frys puts the CSi25 on sale twice a month on Fridays for $99. No way to predict and not every store has them. I'll watch for you and send you a PM. But, if you know someone in Chicago, it'd save you $10-15 in shipping.

    Combo rig:

    Onkyo NR1007 pre-pro, Carver TFM 45(fronts), Carver TFM 35 (surrounds)
    SDA 1C, CS400i, SDA 2B
    PB13Ultra RO
    BW Silvers
    Oppo BDP-83SE

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    Are you saying that Outpost website has it on sale once every two weeks or so?

    I thought you said Outpost never has them on sale and only some Fry stores have it at that price.

    I know someone who lives in Lombard. Please let me know if you see something there.

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    No I meant Frys. I don't go to Outpost much, there are 6 Frys stores within 30 miles of my house. The ads only run for the local stores, sorry to say. Sometimes the big sales are very similar.

    I'll look out for one for you and let you know. Call you friend in IL and see if he'll help. In the meantime, keep trying ebay. I got a great deal, you will too.

    Combo rig:

    Onkyo NR1007 pre-pro, Carver TFM 45(fronts), Carver TFM 35 (surrounds)
    SDA 1C, CS400i, SDA 2B
    PB13Ultra RO
    BW Silvers
    Oppo BDP-83SE

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