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#1 of 4 Big2ue



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Posted July 19 2011 - 03:40 AM

I'm a newbie to the forum but I was just wondering what you all thought about my audio selection for my finished basement / man-cave. Pioneer vex 1020k ,Polk audio cs10(center) owm3(rear and side surround) tsi100(front) and a bic v1220(sub). Is this okay to get good sound.

#2 of 4 Big2ue



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Posted July 19 2011 - 04:34 AM

I'm dealing with a medium size room and was thinking going 7.1 but don't know if it's the right thing to do or just stay 5.1. Help please!

#3 of 4 gene c

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Posted July 19 2011 - 03:37 PM

It looks like a nice speaker system. I don't know anything about the OWM3's but I'm sure they would be fine as surrounds. The BIC sub is a good choice but we usually recommend the F-12. Not sure why but.... If you weren't aware Newegg.com has some of the best prices on Polk speakers. http://www.newegg.co...name=Polk Audio I'd start with a 5.1 and if you feel the need you can always add the other two later. Both of my rooms are 5.1. There also isn't a great deal of true 7.1 movies out there yet anyway.
"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.


#4 of 4 Jason Charlton

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Posted July 20 2011 - 12:55 AM

Here's a good guide for speaker placement.

Many folks don't realize that for 5.1 systems, the surrounds should actually go to the sides (and slightly behind) the listener.  The back wall is reserved for the back surrounds of a 7.1 system and the key is to have at least a few feet between the back of the seating and the rear wall.  If your sofa is right up against the back wall, 7.1 is definitely not recommended.

I tend to agree with Gene.  If you're starting out from nothing, it's best to start with 5.1.  You will be better served by a good 5.1 system than a cost-compromised 7.1 system.  It's very easy to add the extra speakers later on.  Any 7.1 receiver will operate in 5.1, so if you think you'll go 7.1 later on, get a receiver that will support that.

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