Polk R30's as my rear surrounds? Thoughts?

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  1. Jeff-0

    Jeff-0 Stunt Coordinator

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    looking for some advice on the polk R30's.

    i am interested in using them for my rears in a 5.1 setup

    i have:

    hk230 receiver
    axiom m60 fronts
    infinity center (dont remember model)
    infinity ps12 sub
    Lame sony junk rears.....these have to go!

    so im thinking the polks may make an ok rear, its either that or go with the axiom m22I's for my rears (this is my first choice)

    the polks are really cheap right now so i thought possibly the would fit the bill for the rears but i absolutely dont want to have a speaker that will clash my my incredible m60's.

    open for suggestions................thanks
     
  2. Jeff-0

    Jeff-0 Stunt Coordinator

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    im also considering the R50 for rears.......

    prices are sooooo cheap for these.
     
  3. Brian_Fly

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    I have never heard axioms before (I know they are excellent speakers, just out of my price range), but I have been a polk fan for about 3 years since I moved from a HTIB. I was using Rt25i bookshelves for mains and recently replaced them with the R50s and I couldn't be happier. The sound is much fuller and I can tell no difference in the mids and highs between the Rt25is(1" trilaminate tweeter) and the R50s(3/4" silk/polymer tweeter) if I listen to music in 4 channel stereo. I'm guessing you're talking about the prices at Fry's Outpost, which is where I ordered mine from. I would do it again in a heartbeat. If you get them, let me know what you think about them.
     
  4. Brian_Fly

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    Oh, by the way, I did some low end frequency response testing on the R50s and you can see my results in the home theater audio section at Hometheaterspot. It's worth a look, but in summary the R50s performed admirably down to 30Hz. I couldn't believe it.
     
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    I just bought a pair for $118. How do they sound? How would they compare to my JBL S38's? I am tempted to buy another pair for that price.
     
  6. Brian_Fly

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    Dorian, I've never heard the S38s, so my advice is to wait and see how you like the R30s. Each manufacturer is going to have its own unique sound. What sounds good to me may not to you. Anyway, if YOU feel they are superior to your S38s, you may even want to pick up the R50s (not much more than the R30s really; they have an extra 6.5" woofer and a better crossover). Just a thought.
     
  7. Brian_Fly

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    Hey Dorian, I just saw your other post. I guess you decided against the Athenas and the Fluance suggestions. I think you'll be happy with what you've got coming especially for the price. And, what have you decided on for a center channel speaker?
     
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    I am not sure for the center. I would almost buy a 3rd R30 as they can be bought for $60. Spacing is a problem though.

    My plan is to move the JBL's into the basement and use the Polks with a set of N24's or N26's as surrounds in the living room-at least for now as i have them already. Also have a Dayton sub for the living room, yet still need a center. This will be a secondary system.
     
  9. Brian_Fly

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    Dorian,
    Well, have they come yet? What do you think? I'm kind of considering them for surrounds at their price.
     

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