Help choosing SVS sub with Polk RTi70 fronts and other speaker ?'s

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Steven Larson, Apr 19, 2004.

  1. Steven Larson

    Steven Larson Stunt Coordinator

    Mar 9, 2004
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    A couple of weeks ago I posted here because I needed some advice on whether or not to buy a pair of Polk RTi70 speakers, which I did, and they are very nice speakers. I also found a CSi40 center, and it should be arriving soon.

    So now I would like to get a subwoofer. I have read plenty of posts here talking about SVS subs, and I have read a lot of the reviews. However, (and this seems to be a common question), which SVS to get?

    I would prefer to stay under $700, but if need be I could spring for the $775 PCi Plus 25-31. However, do I need to?

    My living room is 13 feet wide by 19.5 feet long, with two openings to the kitchen, and a hallway at one end.

    I have a Harmon Kardon AVR230 receiver, the RTI70's, the soon to arrive CSi40 center, and for the time being I will use the two surrounds from my Onkyo 5.1 system.

    Also, is it necessary to have my surrounds be the same brand/series as my fronts and center?

    Thanks for your help!

  2. Edward J M

    Edward J M Cinematographer

    Sep 22, 2002
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    Hi Steve:

    I think you should definitely stay with Polk for the surrounds; timbre matching is important in all channels.

    Maybe if you answer a few more questions, we can pin it down to a specific model:

    - How far are the key listening positions from the sub.

    - Where will the sub be located in relation to the permanent openings you described.

    - What type of DVDs and music to you like and what is the listening percentage for each. Do you like organ music with true 16-17 Hz content?

    - When calibrating for HT applications, how "hot" do you run your sub, compared to your speaker channels?

    - What is your typical master volume setting with respect to Reference Level (like -5RL, -10RL, -15RL) when watching DVDs.

    - Which form factor do you prefer more: Box or Cylinder.

    - Which finish option do you prefer: Black or Wood.



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