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717seemore99

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I picked up a set of Polk R10s and the center speaker CS175I for $25 :eek:
They look new and sound good! I'd like a few opinions on these speaker from those who care to. I know they are a older model, thats about all I know about them.
What rear surround speakers would be a good match with these? Thanks
 

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$25 was a pretty good deal. The R10's were very popular in-expensive speakers a couple of years ago. They were often on sale at Fry's for $50-60 a pair. The R50 towers (cherry) were on sale at Fry's yesterday for $69 each.

The R10's were usually used for surrounds with another pair for fronts or the R50's/R30's as fronts.
 

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Nice score. When first starting my system, I had the CS175 center. Not a bad starter. If yours is the "I" does it have the tri-lam tweeter? If so, even better. They have discontinued making that tweeter.
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Yes the Center is the "I" model. So, do you think I should use the R10's for the surround? What would be a good choice for the front , the R50's?
 

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The R50's are a decent speaker for the price. Keep your expectations reasonable and they should round out your system fairly well. If you need an in-expensive subwoofer look at PartsExpress.com for their Dayton series.
 

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Not R50s, but this comparison does feature a Polk R15:

Budget Bookshelf Speaker Shootout 2009

Did they like them? For a hint, here's a brief quote from their test conclusion: "......cop bullhorn......"

On a personal note, I have to agree with them (at least as far as the Polks Circuit City used to sell about 4 years ago): for me they were too bright; harsh with anything but the very best recordings; and overall had an unpleasantly "hard" sound. Without trying to be humorous a pair of Bose 301s in the same room sounded much better to me. IMO for movies the Polks were acceptable; for music, forget it.
 

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This is probably true but keep in mind that he already has the R10's and CS175i so he's pretty much locked himself in to the R series. And short-comings not withstanding, at $120-130 a pair (on sale at Fry's) for big old floor standers they're a decent speaker. Now, if he were starting from scratch I'd have recommended something else.

Another option would be to wait for Polks e-Bay store to offer the Monitor 30's again. They are from a newer series but they may be close enough to what he already has that it wouldn't be noticable. And they should be better for music.

On a side note, I'm surprised the Yamaha 6490's did as well as they did in that shootout. I had some simular but older A-635's which were only rated down to 90 hz and I thought that was generous. I also replaced the 4' mid-range with a Yamaha 4' car stereo mid I had laying around and it really improved the vocals which had sounded very thin. Again, a decent speaker for the price ($78 a pair in "91?) but I didn't think it was that good.
 

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I am surprised too. I haven't heard this latest version but the previous one had same driver complement, including what looks like a lightly-built 8" woofer stuffed into a (too?) small sealed enclosure. Though I didn't think they were harsh sounding, I did think they sounded really bright, though I am thinking that is a relative thing because the woofer wasn't generating much bass (lower *or* upper!), so these may be good candidates for a subwoofer.
 

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