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    I recently purchased a pair of Monitor 60 refurbs from the Polk Direct Store on Ebay. They sound great and you couldn't tell that they are refurbs, not a scratch. Got the pair of Cherry for $175.
    I'm thinking of using the 60's as my side speakers in a 5.1 and putting Monitor 70's up front with my 55" Sony HD. The room is about 15 X 25 and open ended on one end. I've got plenty of power with my Yammy AV Receiver. Is this overkill? Should I maybe just add some Monitor 40s for the sides?
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    If you have the speakers already and the room, why not? The 40's would probably serve you just fine if you don't mind stands or using a bracket and wall mounting them. You know you'll have plenty of range with either selection. From everything I've read on here, surrounds aren't as important as the main 3 speakers in the front soundstage.
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    After I upgraded my fronts I moved my 60's to surrounds, they sound good to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwilliams View Post
    From everything I've read on here, surrounds aren't as important as the main 3 speakers in the front soundstage.
    I've heard a few say that as well. But idealy you would want all matching speakers. I am using some old towers as my surrounds in a 5.1 and like it. But again, I already had them and didnt have to buy anything.
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    When I got my SDA-1C's I moved my RTiA7's to the back for surround duty. Sounds awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halo71 View Post
    I've heard a few say that as well. But idealy you would want all matching speakers. I am using some old towers as my surrounds in a 5.1 and like it. But again, I already had them and didnt have to buy anything.
    Agreed. Staying within the same series is ideal. TSi's all around for me!
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    I have 4 LSi15s after upgrading the rears from LSi7 to LSi15. I will never go back to using small speakers for HT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    I have 4 LSi15s after upgrading the rears from LSi7 to LSi15. I will never go back to using small speakers for HT.
    +1 on that.

    No it is not overkill. It is common to use Monitor 70's up front with Monitor 60's as side surrounds.
    I personally prefer towers for my surrounds.

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    I run my SDA-SRS 2.3 TL's in front and LSi-15's for surrounds.
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    i've got my standing wife as surround....
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    Towers all around is a great way to go!
    Linn AV5140 fronts
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    works great. do it.

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    Smile Thanks for the info

    I'm going to set my sights on a pair of cherry Monitor 70's. Next will be the SW.
    Again, thanks for the info.

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    I use rtia9's for the front and rti150's which are like the rtia9's but a few versions back. I love towers all the way around. There all set to large also. Except my center set to small. I find with large the explosions and sound effects sound more realistic. My problem is Im one of the few people that can localize bass, no matter where i set a sub I can tell where it is. So I really dont use my little sub in my sig. It was free so I hooked it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devani View Post
    i've got my standing wife as surround....
    lol... i wouldnt have my gf if i had towers all the way around.. bookshelf speaker is pressing it .. yikes!!:o

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    Would love to find some nice LS90's to run as side surrounds and move my LS50's to the back channels. The room may look like Hell, but it sounds good,lol.

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