In Need Of A Plan

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  1. David-A

    David-A Auditioning

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    Ok, Last night, I biwired my new Polk RTi70 speakers and there was a definite improvement. I am using Radio Shack 14 ga. megacable for the lower frequency and Monster 16 ga. cable for the higher frequencies. I don't want to get into a discussion of whether the improvement is because the high/low frequencies are separated or because of the larger wire diameter, although I believe it to be the latter. Two months ago, I had a Pioneer Elite VSX-26TX receiver with a Polk RM6500 satellite speaker system. My system now is comprised of:

    Receiver - Pioneer Elite VXS-53TX
    Fronts - Polk RTi70 (biwired)
    Center - CSi30
    L/R Surrounds - Polk RM2300 (satellites from RM6500 system)
    Rear Surround - Polk RM2600 (center from RM6500 system)
    Sub - Polk 100 watt, 8" sub (from RM6500 system)

    From those WITH experience, what should my next upgrade and the subsequent ones be? What is the most logical? What will give me the most bang for the buck?
     
  2. David-A

    David-A Auditioning

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    Ok, Last night, I biwired my new Polk RTi70 speakers and there was a definite improvement. I am using Radio Shack 14 ga. megacable for the lower frequency and Monster 16 ga. cable for the higher frequencies. I don't want to get into a discussion of whether the improvement is because the high/low frequencies are separated or because of the larger wire diameter, although I believe it to be the latter. Two months ago, I had a Pioneer Elite VSX-26TX receiver with a Polk RM6500 satellite speaker system. My system now is comprised of:

    Receiver - Pioneer Elite VXS-53TX
    Fronts - Polk RTi70 (biwired)
    Center - Polk CSi30
    L/R Surrounds - Polk RM2300 (satellites from RM6500 system)
    Rear Surround - Polk RM2600 (center from RM6500 system)
    Sub - Polk 100 watt, 8" sub (from RM6500 system)

    From those WITH experience, what should my next upgrade and the subsequent ones be? What is the most logical? What will give me the most bang for the buck?
     
  3. Heath_E

    Heath_E Stunt Coordinator

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    The biggest bang for your buck will be to upgrade the subwoofer(pun intended). Then, the surrounds. What are your room dimensions?
     
  4. David-A

    David-A Auditioning

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    13.5-ft. W x 11.5-ft. D x 8-ft. H
     
  5. JohnSer

    JohnSer Stunt Coordinator

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    I'd be interested in the difference you heard. For next upgrade, looks like a SVS or similar sub, would bring you allot of satisfaction, over an 8" Polk. Get a a good 12" or 15" sub with a decent amp to drive it.

    JohnS
     
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    I’m with John – ditch the Polk sub! Also, if you saw an improvement with bi-wiring the L/R speakers, you might want to bi-wire the center, too.

    Regards,
    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     
  7. David-A

    David-A Auditioning

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    The difference I heard was improved bass definition from the RTi70's. Again, I think it's from having the 14 ga. wire AND the 16 ga. wire as opposed to previously having only the 16 ga. wire connected to them.

    I assumed that the sub would be the next logical step. And no matter what forum I read, the SVS subs seem to be the subs of choice. A problem is that I live in an apartment [​IMG]

    The rear and L/R surrounds seem to be adequate. As the bottom end of the frequency range is 100Hz on the RM2300's, I have the x-over on the receiver set at 100Hz and that seems to work fine.
     
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    David, you aren't supposed to post identical threads on multiple forums.
     
  9. JohnSer

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    How about some Bass Shakers and amp for your main viewing chair and couch? Otherwise, focus on calibration, speaker placement, and accoustics in the room. Try to reduce the early reflections from the front three speakers.

    JohnS
     
  10. David-A

    David-A Auditioning

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    I feel spanked. My apologies, it won't happen again.
     
  11. Andrew Pezzo

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    A sub would be your best bet. Then in a few years get a pre/pro and mutli-channel amp. Then a few more years get some reference quality speakers. Depending on your display device you could upgrade that somewhere in the middle.

    In some ways this is the path I am taking. Whatever you do make sure not buy a place holder (something you buy and plan to upgrade sooner than later). I made this mistake and it can be costly.
     
  12. Brian Bunge

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    I'd say definitely go with a new sub.
     
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    Only one problem re: a new sub...I'm an apartment dweller [​IMG]
     
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  15. Andrew Pezzo

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    I live in an apartment also with people above, below, and to one side of me and I have 2 Def Tech supercube 1's. Somehow my neighbors have never complained but I think the units may be seperated by concrete.

    Holding off on a new sub might be best then, are thier any parts of your system that you feel could be better, might be a place to start. Or just save up for awhile to make a major change.
     

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