Help with my first HT speaker set

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  1. Jay ***Mc

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    Hi Guys/Gals

    Im fairly new here and have learned so much reading all the great info here, what a great resouorce!!

    I'm about to buy my first set of HT speakers(enry level). I have been looking at the Fluance set of 5 speakers for $250 shipped. I hve read a few revieews of these and they sound like they are a deent solution for the investment.

    The other set I have been looking at is a used entry level Polk set which consists of:

    One (1) PSW50 Subwoofer

    One (1) RMCC Shielded Center Channel Speaker

    Two (2) RMSS Shielded Satellite Front Speakers

    Two (2) MI Rear Surround Speakers

    I can get this set for aboout the same price.



    I'm worried that the "little " Polks wont sound so good when listening to music . Either set is going to be connected to one of the following:

    Denon 1802

    Marantz 5200

    Onkyo SR600

    Integra 5.3


    This all depends on what I can swing the best deal on. Can anyone help me with this decision. I know the Polks are a much higer quality but are these lttle guys gonna make the sound of a larger set of the Fluance setup.

    Thanks for any info you can provide
    Jay
     
  2. peter_anderson

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    please look at hometheaterdirect.com
    otherwise, go with the Polk!
     
  3. Vlad D

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    I second the Polk suggestion.
     
  4. Jay ***Mc

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    Hmm I just read another large review here written by Bruce and it sounded really good for the Fluance's. It seems everywhere i read about these speakers they are saying no better value for the $. In one of the threads, someone said they were no comparision to the HTD Level One series (Fluance being the better choice, the HTD speakers were also on my list after visiting the site).
    I wish I could hear the little Polks to see how they sounded as Im really worrried these little guys wont perform music wise.

    Thank you both for your comments< I would love to hear from more of you have ended up getting the Fluance set or from anyone running the older entry level polk set.

    Thanks
    Jay
     
  5. Philip Hamm

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    Jay ***Mc,

    Do a search on Fluance here on the Forum. They are well regarded, especially for the price. If I were shopping for a low pricd system they would be high on my short list.
     
  6. Jay ***Mc

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    Well I have decided to buy the Fluance SX-HTB set (the7 have the fronts with dual 6.5" woofers and bit higher power rating). They have just arrived today and it was packaged very well, Fluance appears to have corrected the packaging problem by using the double box idea now. I was surprised to see that the front speakers were set up for bi wires, although they did include "bridges" for running a 2 wire setup. I am still waiting for a few other odds and ends before I can set all this up.
    Fluance also informed me that within 2 - 3 months they will be releasing their sub lineup. Price will be $180 - $300 with promises that their performance will far surpass any other powered sub in that same price range.
    If anyone is interested in some close up shots of these speakers just let me know , I can snap a few later and send them to you direct
     
  7. Philip Hamm

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    Everyone here is always interested in photos. [​IMG] I have a friend who is looking to augment his HTB with a large pair of mains and it looks like he's looking at Fluance also for just a stereo pair.
     
  8. Jay ***Mc

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    Hi
    Is there a place where we can upload photos to ? I know most message boards don't like photos in the posts because of banwidth issues
    I can either mail a few shots to peoeple interested or if someone lets me know where an upload site is I',, just put them there.
     
  9. Philip Hamm

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    You should have space through your ISP. Click the little green house in my to see my pics at one of my ISP's AOL.
     
  10. Colin-H

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    Putting all your photos on a web page and linking to that page is the safest way to go.

    Most free web hosts nowadays don't allow you to remotely link to or load images. That's why sometimes when people post images on HTF (or even link to them), it appears to them that the images work, but to everyone else it seems like they're broken. These web hosts have scripts in place that check the "referer" environment variable, which is standard information in an HTTP request (nothing malicious is going on), and check whether it's from an outside server. If it's from an outside site, the image won't be displayed. On the nicer sites a standard image placeholder will be shown instead of the user's image, on others 404 error will be raised so it looks like the image was never uploaded.

    I hope that wasn't too much info!
     
  11. Jay ***Mc

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    Hi Guys !!
    Thanks for the replies and ideas. I was just wondering if this forum had a public ftp dir setup on this server that people could upload images to.
    Ill put some images up on my "ISP Personal Web Space " a little later and post a link here.

    Jay
     
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    ...or we could just look at the Fluance website:wink:
     
  13. Philip Hamm

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    But we want to see how they look in a home! [​IMG]
     
  14. Brian Burgoyne

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    Well then, he'd better clean up his room![​IMG]
     
  15. Jay ***Mc

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    Hi Guys
    Sorry these took me so long to get. Finally got it all togehter and wverything working properly. I must say that I am very happy with the speakers. Being my first HT , I really dont have anything to compare them to.
    Now i guess its time to start saving for that new wide screen [​IMG]
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    Jay
    PS.
    I have been seeing alot of peopel worried abuot a no return ploicy with the fluance speakers. The people who I purchased my SX-HTB set from, [email protected] , have a 100% satisfaction guarentee. I do not know all of the details but I'm sure they would be more than happy to answer any questions people may have. The service I got from them was top notch. They answered all my emails within 24 hours (and there were quite a few) and shipped the order very quickly. They informed me that if I wasnt 100% happy with my speakers (which ever set I finally decided on) I coould return them for a full refund.
    Just make sure you double check this with them if interested.
     
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    That looks like a wonderful setup, Jay. Truely a spectacular price:quality speaker. [​IMG]
     
  17. Philip Hamm

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    Jay,

    Thanks for following up, those speakers really look beautiful in your room. Nice setup. I'll bet movies sound spectacular!
     
  18. Jay ***Mc

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    Thanks for the comments guys.
    I didnt have a lot of $$ to spend on this system but with the help / info I have found on this website I was able to assemble a pretty decent sxystem for under $1K, probably under $900 actually and this included the Denon 1802, the fluance SXHTB speaker set, a Toshiba SD2800 DVD player. I picked up all my banana clips and cables for great prices on ebay with the exce-tion of my 2 front speaker cables which I made from cat 5 network cable after reading some of the DIY articles on this site. My final decision to go with the fluance speakers was greatly influanced by the fact that they are located in Canada and theat alone saves a whole ton of customs bs. Thanks again to articles on this website for making me aware of the fact that there is some greatsounding, cost effective speaker packages out there.
    I have now watched 5 movies on the system and I am amazed at how much "more" it brings to a movie [​IMG]
     

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