Home Theater on a budget

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by lob1, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. lob1

    lob1 Auditioning

    Feb 9, 2011
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    Hi all,

    Im building a house and will be putting in some in wall and in ceiling speakers in the living room for a 5.1 setup.

    My question is about which brand of speakers to buy. I was thinking of either the Polk RC65i:


    Or the Yamaha NS IW470:


    Those would be for my left and right channels. I would get the center and rear (in ceiling) speakers to match depending on which brand I go with.

    I have the Denon AVR 591 as well as a Yamaha 12" powered sub.

    Obviously, I want good sound at a low price. Which do you think would be better? I'm only thinking about the Yamahas because of the 3 way design, which Polk doesnt have at that price range. Thoughts?

  2. gene c

    gene c Producer

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    I've never heard Yamaha in-wall speakers before but I have heard the Polk in-walls you're looking at and they sounded pretty good for in-walls. Best thing to do of course is to listen to them but that's probably not possible. In that case I'd take the Polks based on my experience with their other speakers. But that's what I'd do. I can't really say what you should do.

    Here's a couple of other places to look. Partsexpress.com (Dayton) and Monoprice.com. I haven't heard either one of these but other members here have said they were very good for the price and I've purchased many other things from both of these places.

    And I wouldn't put much stock in the 3-way vs. 2-way thing. A good 2-way will still sound better than an average 3-way. And I don't mean to imply the Yamaha's are average. Maybe buy a pair of both and send back the ones you like the least?

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