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Center Channel Speaker to go with pair of Polk RTi10's. What to buy?

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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   YumYumChef



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Posted January 16 2009 - 03:17 AM

Hey, I just bought a pair of Polk RTi10's for myself for Christmas, lol. I am now considering a center channel speaker. I was wondering if I should stick with POLK or go with another brand. Looking to stay within 250 - 300 bucks. I prefer USED as well. Let me know what you think, and whether or not i should go with a large or small center channel. -Chef Luis Pernia

#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Jeff Gatie

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Posted January 16 2009 - 04:01 AM

You should always strive to have the same brand and series speakers across the front. Speakers can differ greatly in timbre, and if not matched, can disrupt the sound when it pans from left to right (or L to R), ruining the soundstage. As far as size is concerned, I would go with a matching center before a higher quality and/or larger center. Stick to the Polk RTi series.

#3 of 7 OFFLINE   ThomasC


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Posted January 16 2009 - 04:18 AM

I agree with Jeff, stick with Polk. The Polk CSi A4 would fit perfectly in your budget at $280 or less, depending on the retailer.

Amazon.com: Polk Audio CSI A4 Center Channel Speaker (Single, Black): Electronics

#4 of 7 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted January 16 2009 - 12:22 PM

The CSi3 and CSi5 are also available from Amazon for $200 and $277 resectively.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.


#5 of 7 OFFLINE   YumYumChef



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Posted January 17 2009 - 05:59 AM

Thanks for your input. Very helpful. I will do what you say and stick with the polk RTi series.

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Posted January 17 2009 - 10:46 AM

CSi5 or the CSiA6 will be the much better center. The CSi3 is a ok, but the 5/6 will give better dialog and enhance your front soundstage. Go for the bigger center, u wont regret it.

#7 of 7 OFFLINE   ryounglaw



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Posted January 19 2009 - 05:32 AM

Polk audio Direct - its Polk ebay store - they sell polk returns and you can save a ton of $$$

eBay Store - Polk Audio Direct: Outdoor, Bookshelf, Surround Sound Speaker Systems

they have an CSi A4 now - i would wait until a A6 is up if you have the room

eBay Store ? Polk Audio Direct: Search results for csi.

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