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    Default Surround sound advice on mixing lsi series

    I have been wanting to upgrade from my old system for 10 years and here's what I have so far....

    Denon 789 receiver, DSW microPRO 2000 sub, and LSI-7's for the front two speakers. This room is pretty small, so I can't really fit in a pair of LSiFX's for my back two surround speakers. Would the VM10's or RM8's work alright and which would work better?

    Same goes for the center channel LSI-c vs. VM20.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Can you do the LSiC, or is it a cost issue? I'd suggest the OWM series for surrounds over the VM and RM.

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    I'm using a CS20 with my Lsi25s. I don't notice a timbre mismatch. Of course, you often don't know what you're missing until you have it. I'm also using OWM3 with no complaints. I guess it depends on your preferences. Personally, my preference is two channel, so I don't care if the timbre match is perfect -- it is close enough for me.
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    For music, yeah...two channel....but for movies i was more concerned on what you were saying with the "timbre matching". I am totally willing to do the LSIc (unless someone talked me out of it) and was really hoping for some suggestions on the back two speakers. I am surprised to see the suggestions pushing the OWM's...hadn't even looked at those yet.

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    I would stick to the LSiC for your center, esp. for HT and look into the OMW's for your surrounds. If you are doing two channel only, you won't need a center. As stated above, timbre matching isn't as important with your surrounds. Welcome to Club Polk.

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    LSi7's would work as rear speakers as well. to be honest - I am not a big fan of the VM series.... Timber matching for the rears is nice, but less important that matching your center speaker.

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    Sounds like LSIc for the center, and quite a few options for the rear speakers. Most likely I will have to mount them to some stands. Any recommendations for the best of aesthetics/sound in relation to speaker/stand combos? Those VM10's looked gorgeous on the FS10 stands. Now that you guys have pointed out the VM's might not be ideal what would you recommend?

    Again...thanks for the suggestions.

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    ohh...one more issue is the whole OWM line does not have dipole/bipole switch while Cambridge Soundworks has their small Newton II S205's for less then $199 for the pair AND it has dipole/bipole. Since these rear speakers will be pretty much next to someone's head I am a bit concerned over how necessary the dipole/bipole option.

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