I decided to upgrade my home theater (and music, I only have 1 setup).
I bought a new blu-ray player and my old kenwood 5.1 couldnt decipher the HD surround sound, so it is coming out in stereo. I have the original bose cubes accoustimas module.
I decided on the Onkyo tx-sr705 100wpc 7.1 system.
I was thinking of using the bose 301's to add the two extra speakers as a cheap option, but my buddy, a B&W devotee, nixed that idea and suggested the polks for my price range ( He told me to stop messing with silly little speakers and pushed the price range way up).
I was ready to purchase the rti12's but I read a review that said if you dont have extra adcoms to push them dont bother, so I backed off because another 1400 or 2800 bucks on amps is not an option.
So now I am ready to buy the rti10's and the csi5. (i'm going to use my bose cubes for the 4 rear surround channels, i know, I know, but additional cost is an issue, I will replace with real polk speakers later, I also share a house with my cousin and will most likely be in a townhouse solo again so space and noise levels are also the issue since I will barely even push the polks I'm getting)
Do I really need an extra amp or amps to push the 10's. Do the 12's really require it. I would prefer the 12's (only a $100 price difference at amazon) and get the extra ampage down the road if I wanted when I get my own house. Should I not even be looking at the rti series without the extra ampage, should I save money and just go lower level to the monitors or rm8000.
My goal was to buy enough speaker to not outgrow it and maximize it down the road, but if it is bad for the speaker or will not sound good, no point in that either..
Thanks for your suggestions...This is my christmas gift to myself, so I am eagerly waiting to purchase it all. $2000 is my max budget on the total upgrade including the onkyo. Open to all suggestions. Clarity and quality is my primary concern. More bass will be nice after 10 years of the bose cubes. (I have a monster sub i used to use, but I left it in NJ a year ago). I'll probably end up getting the psw505 too(or the matched sub to whatever towers you suggest)