Hey everyone. I'm a longtime reader but first time poster.
I'm thinking about picking up some new surrounds to round out my system's Polk front soundstage. Up front I've got a pair of Monitor 60s and a Csi3, as well as a PSW10 subwoofer, driven by an Onkyo 604. In back, I've got a pair of POS Pioneers that were carried over from my HTIB. With the clearance prices we're seeing on the RTi series, I figure now is a great time to upgrade.
I've heard the RTi4/6s, and preferred the 6 when up front, but I don't know if the difference would be very pronounced with surround duties. I haven't heard the FXi3. In either case, the speakers would be wall-mounted. The FXis could go on the rear or side walls, whereas the RTis would only go on the sides. My listening position is a couch which is against the rear wall (where it will definitely stay). I or others also sit on a perpendicular couch along the side wall, so this listening position is important too. The system is in my living room, which is 15X17X8, but is open to a stairway and has a 7X4 opening into the adjacent dining room as well. I use the system for about 75/25 HT/music. All my music is 2ch, but I usually listen in 5ch mode using Prologic IIx.
So which should I choose? I'm leaning towards the FXi3s since I don't listen to true multichannel music, and the directionality of the RTi4/6 would be a negative outside of the central listening position. All of my current Polk speakers are black, so the lack of a cherry option isn't a consideration. Are there other factors to consider? Any opinions are appreciated. Thanks.