Well, it's been a while since I've been here, and I'm not sure if this is my first post or not. I've been reading through the forum and have some questions, but first some background.
I began the Polk journy back in June of 98 with my first speaker purchase, RM3300, which was just two RM2000IIs and a PSW50. I had never heard of Polk before, but found them to be very nice - definitly enough for my dorm room at the time. They were powered by a JVC RX-884VBK, which can do 100 watts/channel RMS for all 5 of the 5.1. In the dorm, I was only running it in a 2.1 setup.
Fast forward to December 2002, I was setting up my HT configuration, so I moved my RM2000II to the rear, and added two RTi38s and a CSi30 to my front. Ah, that is nice, and I am happy. The primary use of this is movies/Xbox and TV (sometimes). And everything is good.
OK, it is now October 2005, and I now have an issue with my RM2000II rears. My kids some how figured out how to take off their grills and "pushed in the button". Needless to say, they are no longer working :( So now I am left with some options.
I'm rearanging things in the HT area and am wanting to get rid of the book shelf that the RTi38s are on. My thinking was to move the RTi38s to the rear (hang) to replace my dead RM2000IIs and then get a pair of floor standing speakers to replace them up front. I'm looking to get some Polks that will balance out this configuration, and that is where the questions come in:
1) Well, cost is the first thing. I have $400ish to spend. I can go higher, but that's the ball park. Can I do it in that range?
2) I've been reading about the Monitor 50s and the R50s. Are they compareable? Seems that the R50 is the "old" model on its way out, while the Monitor 50 is the new one. For instance, I don't see the R50s and CC, but do on EBay, while the Monitor 50s are at CC.
3) Anyone with young kids tried to put bookshelf speakers on stands, and not had them topple over? If so, I might go with new bookshelf mains, but am not too confident. I guess I'd rather had the heft/weight of floor speakers because of them (kids).
4) Given the budget above, are there other fronts that I should look at/for instead? I primarily want to have a "balanced" setup. I guess they do not have to be this model year, since the rest of my setup isn't ;)
5) Any sugestions about places to get Polk speakers that are not CC? I'm thinking that most retail places (B&M) will be similar in cost, but any luck with online places? I know EBay has some Polk, but any other used/creative places to look for some?
Wow, that was kind of a long post. THanks for reading through it all :D From what I've read in this forum, you guys have alot of great sugestions and I'm looksing forward to you insights.