New to Polk and New to home audio help!!

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  • wickedg8gtwickedg8gt Posts: 52
    As everyone has suggested I'd do 5.1. Now there is some back and forth as to how high to mount your surrounds as of late.

    A lot of it depends on if you plan to do ATMOS or not apparently.

    If your not doing ATMOS most folks "suggest" 2-3 feet above ear level when seated. However its a "suggestion" so I would find what works best for you on that one.

    I've seen folks do it right at ear level, and folks like myself, who did it higher up.

    My reasoning was because ear level for one of them would put them directly in head smashing mode as I'd be tall enough to walk right into them. Higher up also helped them look a bit better, which my wife liked.

    If you ARE going to likely do ATMOS then the recommendation is the speaker at ear level.

    You have a beautiful setup sir. I admire.
  • wickedg8gtwickedg8gt Posts: 52
    rpf65 wrote: »
    I'd recommend going 5.1 also.

    Personally can't say enough about how good the FXI A6 is, I have mine mounted about 6 feet high and about a foot behind the main listening position. Have to work with what I have.

    Tried the RTI A3' as surrounds, but the FXI's are much better in that position. Tried the FX's as rears, just to see if I wanted another set, but preferred the A3's as rears. There about 5 foot back from the MLP, and I just preferred direct firing speakers. No right or wrong answer, just a listeners preference.

    I would probably go with the S 50's in a room your size. I'd take the difference and apply it to a good sub:
    SVS PB 2000
    HSU VTF-2 MK 5
    Just to name a couple that I think would wirk well in you room. Don't really need those bass drivers if you have a good sub properly set up.

    Welcome, and good luck.

    That's awesome you have the FXi also, you like them pretty well?
  • wickedg8gtwickedg8gt Posts: 52
    After catching up, it seems placement should be around 6ft off ground, which is +/-equal to about 3ft above ears. Now I just need to figure out where horizontally/left/right or in/out to place them. I know not right above the head, so I'm thinking more outer as in towards outer shoulder.

    I can't wait to get it all and show you all my first true HT.
  • dalylaleahthordalylaleahthor Posts: 255
    Welcome to club Polk.
    Epson 3020 projector. Da Lite screen. Oppo 103. Yamaha CXA5000. B&K 7250ii. HSU VTF2. Def Tech Supercube 4000. Polk Rtia9 CsiA6 FxiA6. Monster hts 2600. Home theater.

    Bedroom consist of NHT model 2 powered by Parasound hca1200ii coming from my computer.

    Stuff laying around. Too much to list but don't want to sell either.
  • arekonarekon Posts: 77
    edited April 2
    do not put the couch against the rear wall! HT 101 advises against this. 12.5% of the rooms length should be left open for audio deflection.
    the psw 111 is an under acheiver. bang for buck is top notch.
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 12,677
    Welcome Wicked to Club Polk.

    You are putting together a great system. Get the Pro 440.

    I have a 5.2 system, with S60s as my main speakers. I use the FXI-3s as my back speakers. They are 6 ft from the ground and about 6-8 ft apart from each other mounted in the studs in the wall. My couch is against the back wall along with the speakers, but it sounds just great to me. Here are a couple of shots.

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    Sunfire TGP III PrePro, Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 405wpc 5 ch. Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,711
    What's with all the girly froo-froo pillows on the couch, Cathy?

    :p
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,822
    edited April 2
    lightman1 wrote: »
    What's with all the girly froo-froo pillows on the couch, Cathy?

    :p

    That's to hide the blood stains on the wall, dang stuff is hard to get off. You don't just go over to Cathy's without a beatin'....for something. ;)

    Notice the convenient light switch too, sit on the couch, lights go off....and whack !!
    legacy Focus 20/20
    Butler tdb 2250
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    Pioneer BDP 320
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 12,677
    Watch it Russ, Tony is my henchman, I'll send him after you if you're not careful!
    Sunfire TGP III PrePro, Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 405wpc 5 ch. Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,498
    I would skip the 111 and go right to the DSW Pro 550 or 660. They are really great subs for the money.
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP03, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii, Zu DL103 MKii, Ortofon MC 20 MKii, Dynavector XX2 MKii, Rogue Audio Ares, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries Femto, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,822
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    I would skip the 111 and go right to the DSW Pro 550 or 660. They are really great subs for the money.

    I'd second that suggestion, or go for an HSU or SVS sub. Subwoofers don't have to be the same brand as speakers.
    legacy Focus 20/20
    Butler tdb 2250
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    Pioneer BDP 320
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,822
    cfrizz wrote: »
    Watch it Russ, Tony is my henchman, I'll send him after you if you're not careful!

    Does this recruitment come with a paycheck ? Just askin' is all, there's expenses involved ya know. Gotta feed Russ and buy him a few drinks before I can bop him over the head. ;)
    legacy Focus 20/20
    Butler tdb 2250
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    Pioneer BDP 320
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 12,677
    I'll take you to the North End for some Italian food.
    Sunfire TGP III PrePro, Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 405wpc 5 ch. Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,476
    cfrizz wrote: »
    I'll take you to the North End for some Italian food.

    Don't do it,
    Sounds like a set up
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures, Simaudio 780D DAC
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Modwright LS100, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,711
    tonyb wrote: »
    cfrizz wrote: »
    Watch it Russ, Tony is my henchman, I'll send him after you if you're not careful!

    Does this recruitment come with a paycheck ? Just askin' is all, there's expenses involved ya know. Gotta feed Russ and buy him a few drinks before I can bop him over the head. ;)

    Make sure you have a chair high enough to stand on to reach my head, stumpy.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 7,051
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Make sure you have a chair high enough to stand on to reach my head, stumpy.

    The struggle is real.
    | Front - Dynaudio Emit M20 | Center - N/A | Rear - Polk Monitor 4 | Sub - N/A |
    | AVR - Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 | Preamp - Dared MC-7P | Amp - B&K Reference 4420 |
    | Turntable - Yamaha PX-3 | Cartridge - Dynavector DV-20X2H | Digital Source - AURALiC Aries Mini |
    | TV - LG 60" 4K | Gaming - Xbox One - PS3 - New 3DS XL - Nvidia Shield TV |

    This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality
    Embrace this moment, remember, we are eternal
    All this pain is an illusion
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,311
    Hi Brett, welcome to Club Polk.

    If sticking with Polk for your sub, get the DSW Pro 660 and if it will be sitting on carpet the stock spikes aren't tall enough, so plan on getting ones that are at least 2" tall. 2.5" is even better.

    Jesse

    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,183
    tonyb wrote: »
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    I would skip the 111 and go right to the DSW Pro 550 or 660. They are really great subs for the money.

    I'd second that suggestion, or go for an HSU or SVS sub. Subwoofers don't have to be the same brand as speakers.

    I 2nd HSU or SVS. it all depends on your budget

    less than $1000 = HSU
    More than $1000 = SVS
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Marantz SR5010, Emotiva BasX-A300
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk TSX250C
    Front High TC80i
    Rear: Polk MC80
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S30
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • tonyp063tonyp063 Posts: 231
    edited April 2
    Hi Brett,
    Welcome.

    Jesse gives good advice. Solid, accurate & correct. It won't be kind to your wallet, but that will be your choice to make.

    Dave (westmassguy) is also another person to pay attention to.
    I got my learn on based upon a couple of answers he gave me to questions I posed.

    There's a lot of good-natured & sometimes off-topic banter here.
    Laugh a bit & then filter it.

    And don't tick off Cathy.
    She will find you & death then would be a kind relief :-)
  • wickedg8gtwickedg8gt Posts: 52
    Hello everyone. Long time no talk; and hope all is well. I haven't been on in a few weeks do to condo and family issues. So I figured I'd give you all an update on my living room/theatre room. After a few issues, I finally closed on the condo this past Friday. I move in, in 2 weeks.

    I'm ready to start buying everything I need. And coincidentally; Crutchfield just reduced the price on all their Signature series speakers. I will definitely keep you all updated. As I will also need some more help with the FXi A6 placement and maybe other random questions.
  • wickedg8gtwickedg8gt Posts: 52
    Heres the first look of my new livingroom.f336e0j28tqf.jpg
  • Airplay355Airplay355 Posts: 4,030
    Looks great! Jut curious, why did you decide to go with the smaller center?
  • wickedg8gtwickedg8gt Posts: 52
    Airplay355 wrote: »
    Looks great! Jut curious, why did you decide to go with the smaller center?

    Honestly, I was originally going to go with a 100 or 106 but instead chose the 110. And really, I couldn't go to much bigger anyway.
  • wickedg8gtwickedg8gt Posts: 52
    I have a question.

    My couch is going to be against the wall. I'm going to hang the A6's on the wall; in some relation to the couch. So how high or left and right should they be mounted in relation to the couch? Then in relation to the seating positions ears?
  • Airplay355Airplay355 Posts: 4,030
    Do you have the manual? There are different suggestions for placement and dipole vs bipole settings.
  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 1,462
    If your going place your couch against the wall, front firing speakers would be a better choice for surrounds. The FX speakers need to be away from corners to work properly.

  • wickedg8gtwickedg8gt Posts: 52
    Airplay355 wrote: »
    Do you have the manual? There are different suggestions for placement and dipole vs bipole settings.

    I did look at it, but still not sure the exact difference between the 2, nor what best placement is?
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 3,958
    I concur with the S20 choice as fronts in that size room. Your AVR will have a little more headroom and you can sink extra coin into a quality sub. If HT is the main focus here, go SVS, HSU, JL or Velodyne for a sub and lock it down.
  • Airplay355Airplay355 Posts: 4,030
    I've mounted them on the back before and loved it. I like them best because you can't tell there's a speaker right behind you. I've got a new setup now and I'm about to mount them on the sides because that's all the room allows. I don't want them on stands, I'm going for 5-6 feet up. My walls are angled so they'll be angled down at the listening position. I'm not sure if that's better or worse but it's all I've got. I should have it setup this weekend so I'll report back if you're curious :)
  • wickedg8gtwickedg8gt Posts: 52
    Here's my couch/seating wall with my projector mounted above middle seat. I'm just not sure how far left/right and up/down to mount them in comparo to the seating? Thank you.

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