Hello all. New to the forums, I have polk audio in my car, and am now starting to build my HT system. HT is rather confusing, and I was hoping a few folks would have some pointers.
First, some info about the space and the system I would eventually like to have:
Living room, decorated, but sparsley, approximately 12x15. Hardwood floors with throw rugs, soft couch, soft loveseat, coffee table, and a long, low Ikea stand for the gear. Right now we are with the Sony Trinitron CRT, with plans to mov eto Plasma somewhere down the road, but not soon. My curent 2.1 system consists of an old Technics SADX-350, which is a 5.1 capable system from the early 90s, but is only hooked up to a Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble III powered sub 2.1 system. The receiver will be replaced later, but speakers must come first!
Now, the big issue. Where should I start with speakers? Should I get floor standers and later expand into the full 5.1, or should I get the center channel et al. going and later upgrade my two fronts to something a bit more full range? I am totally removing the Ensemble III for numerous reasons, so it isn't getting mixed into the system (It doesn't seem possible to do this anyway, as CSW systems have BIZZARE wiring).
A short aside:
Actually, I seem to be clueless when it comes to wiring up a full 5.1.
The back of my receiver has speaker binding posts for front left/right, rear left/right, and center, but I can't tell how a sub would be hooked up with the system. Looking at newer rigs, the inputs appear to be the same, with no separate subwoofer hookup. How does one hook a sub up to the system? My CSW 2.1 has me splitting the speaker wires between the ports on my two sats and the sub, and then all three just plug into the front L/r channel. Is this normal? Seems very odd.
Anyway. Tweeter is selling some T90EB floors for 179 each, which, if they are really identical to the Monitor 60s, seems like a great deal. They also have the Rm10GY on sale for aa surround package. I can't afford both, currently, and just getting the floors wouldn't put me into 5.1, which I really want to get going on. But, if it's a steal to get these floors, it seems like I should jump.
I guess to narrow this all down...
- I have decided to go polk, as they have a great rep and well, they look damn cool.
- I just don't seem to know where to start building the speaker system.
- I am confused on how to wire 5.1
Any help will be appreciated. :)