What's the better set-up for home theater?

BeRad13BeRad13 Posts: 10
Room size 15x15
50% TV
25% Movies
15% Video Games
10% Music

I'm down to two options and have limited space so my options are limited.

Option 1: S10s for L R and rear surr with S35 center speaker

Option 2: Blackstone TL 350 5.0 surround

Which of the two options do you think I would be happier with?

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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 6,575
    Option 1
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,028
    I second the motion.....
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,028
    Plus...have a look see at some capable subwoofers to round out the system.
    Are you using just an AVR? Or using it as pre-amp with a multi channel amp?
    We can spend all your money or you can give a budget on power side.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 12,902
    It's more expensive but have you considered S35 all the way around?
  • BeRad13BeRad13 Posts: 10
    Thanks guys. I know the TL350s have really good reviews, but the signature series seems like a step up -- albeit the S10 is the smallest of the bunch with the lowest output. The Polk website calls the S10 a surround speaker so I wasn't too sure how it would perform.

    I would consider the S15s if only I had enough space.

    I'm also very interested in suggestions on a powered subwoofer and receiver. I have $300 budgeted for a receiver and $300 for the subwoofer.

    Any and all suggestions are welcome!!
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 12,902
    How big is your room? The new Magnifi line is quite good. I have the Mini in my bedroom and the sound is impressive for the application.
  • BeRad13BeRad13 Posts: 10
    The room is 15x15 so not huge.

    The S35 as a right and left speaker unfortunately don't fit the space well. I have a perfect sized gap beneath the TV that I can use which makes it a good choice for the center.
  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 1,773
    Given no subwoofer I would recommend bumping up to the S20. They are on sale now direct from Polk for only $50 a pair more than the S10.
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 3,892
    I recently set up a 3.1 system for someone with a pair of S10 bookies and the S35 center. Sounded pretty good. I've also heard the TL350s, and you'd be surprised how good those satellites can sound. You can't go wrong either way in a small room. This forum might be a little biased toward box speakers over sats. Buy the best AVR and sub you can get within your budget, and you'll be a happy camper. Look around for a deal on a Yamaha RX-V383? The Polk PSW125 sub wouldn't be a bad choice. Both should certainly be within budget.
  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 1,325
    Save a little more for a sub and consider something like this:

    http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-1mk3.html

    Would go with the signature series of the two.

    Couple years ago, I wouldn't have recommended sound bars, but there are quite a few good sounding ones out there. If you have really limited space, it's something you may want to look into before diving in.

    Won't hurt to give a few a listen.
  • Have you considered the S15 or S20 for your two fronts and the S10s for surrounds? Either of those would be better for music. The S15 has a build in wall mount on the back like the S10. Either will give a fuller mid-upper bass and mid-range than the S10s. You may be able to get a pretty good deal either at Amazon or Polk's Ebay store. Sometimes there is not much difference in cost between the S15 and S10.
  • BeRad13BeRad13 Posts: 10
    Great advice, thanks guys.

    I have immovable built in shelves on the immediate two sides of the TV that are 10" apart, which means the max height of the speaker can only be 10", which is why the S10s fit but the S15s or S20s don't -- disappointing but I guess I have to make it work.

    I could consider laying a set of S15s on the side so they fit, but I'm not sure how keen I am on that idea.
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 3,892
    edited June 10
    BeRad13 wrote: »
    I could consider laying a set of S15s on the side so they fit, but I'm not sure how keen I am on that idea.
    No, you may actually compromise the sound by doing that. You'd be fine with S10s and the S35. Just work with the space you have.

  • BeRad13BeRad13 Posts: 10
    @mdaudioguy, Best Buy has a great deal on a Yamaha receiver right now. It's not exactly the V383, but from the looks it strikes me as pretty comparable. What do you think? This would give me an extra $100 to put towards the subwoofer!

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/yamaha-700w-5-1-ch-4k-ultra-hd-and-3d-pass-through-a-v-home-theater-receiver-black/5017701.p?skuId=5017701
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 12,902
    I think a sound bar might be a better solution. Do you have a pic of the space?
  • BeRad13BeRad13 Posts: 10
    No pic at the moment DSkip. Sound bar could def work, and it sounds like the magnifi puts out a quality sound. I have no experience with sound bars myself, which is why I have been gravitating towards a more compact traditional 5.1 set up.
  • first option.. satellites probably wont sound quiet as full.

    300 bucks on amazon. the manufacturer website says its 550 bucks so its probably a pretty good one. i had a Harmon kardon surround sound receiver once. it sounded awesome for movies.

    https://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-Performance-AVR-1710S/dp/B016A6IDY2/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1497141067&sr=1-3&keywords=harmon+kardon+avr

    i also think denon make a nice surround sound recevier in that price range.

    https://www.amazon.com/Denon-Receiver-Audio-Component-AVRS530BT/dp/B06XYD1RZ3/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1497141313&sr=1-9&keywords=denon+avr

    i have this sub and i really like mine..

    https://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-12-Inch-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B000092TT0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1497141485&sr=1-1&keywords=polk+psw+505
  • BeRad13BeRad13 Posts: 10
    Mdaudio guy -- very helpful. I may go with the Best Buy deal on last year's Yamaha receiver, as the added features for the new version don't seem to be that much different.
  • BeRad13BeRad13 Posts: 10
    @dannylightning -- psw 505 for $199 is a pretty sick deal.

    Does anyone else have or have Demo'd the 505?
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 2,922
    Option 1 and hope you don't decide you want music way more than video
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 827
    The 505 is one of the best sub $200 subwoofers you can get. I would look at your budget and see what you can swing for a sub, try to swing the HSU VTF1 or this one https://www.amazon.com/SVS-SB12-NSD-400-watt-Controlled-Subwoofer/dp/B009F8Y7SO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1497142764&sr=8-2&keywords=svs If those are both out of budget then get the 505

    That BB Yamaha is a good deal, you can also check A4L to see if they have something you may like better http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/category/avreceiver/home-audio/receivers-amps/home-theater-receivers/1.html

    When it comes to home audio there is always that "what if" that is best to try to avoid. I would seriously try to find a way to fit the S15 or S20 into your system. You can wall mount the S15 or make stands for the S20.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 12,902
    If you go the soundbar route, you don't need a receiver. Just more food for thought and not a push to a soundbar. I can say they have come quite a bit in the 10 or so years since their inception. They can actually put out big sound, especially when a subwoofer is added/included.
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 3,892
    BeRad13 wrote: »
    @dannylightning -- psw 505 for $199 is a pretty sick deal.

    Does anyone else have or have Demo'd the 505?

    Yep, more than adequate, especially at that price.
  • seriously tho as people are saying the s20 is the way to go if you can make it work.. you can get a set of speaker stands, set them on chairs, on stools or something like that if you really need to. with a 6.5 inch speaker you may be able to get away with out a sub. some book shelf's can put out a good or descent amount of bass depending on your room. room placement does come into play for bass.

    as far as the PSW505 the bass is very deep, i have owned many subs from different brands over the years. the PSW505 is one of my favorites. it has been discontinued so your getting it at a close out price. its was not that inexpensive at full price.

    sub woofer placement is very critical if you want the sub to sound right. you just cant stick the sub in any old place in your room and expect it to sound right.
    https://www.svsound.com/blogs/svs/75365187-the-art-of-subwoofer-placement

  • BeRad13BeRad13 Posts: 10
    What a day....everything is ordered and will arrive in the next few days! After much thought and contemplation, here's what I ordered:

    Front L/R and Surround: S10s
    Center: S35
    PSW: SVS SB12-NSD
    Receiver: Yamaha V481

    I decided to stick with the S10s as the primary use will be for TV/movies and having a quality center channel and SW made me feel good about the purchase. Plus, keeping the speakers on the shelves was a big part of the final sell to the Mrs.

    Additionally, I'm pumped about the SW. Based on reviews, it's exactly what I'm looking for -- a nice clean and tight bass. It's also on the smaller side which def helped passed the wife test....

    All in, I feel really good about the purchase. Thx to all for the suggestions and direction on going the signature route over the Blackstones, and especially to mrloren for the SVS SW suggestion and mdaudioguy for the note about a similar set-up that you had installed.

  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 7,429
    Congrats and welcome to the forum.

    This leaves you room to grow if space and funds allow in the future. You can move those S10's to rear channels and go with bigger sig's up front
    plus1 on the SVS

    Happy listening
  • BeRad13BeRad13 Posts: 10
    txcoastal1 wrote: »

    This leaves you room to grow if space and funds allow in the future. You can move those S10's to rear channels and go with bigger sig's up front

    That's a totally awesome way to look at it....

  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 7,429
    BeRad13 wrote: »
    txcoastal1 wrote: »

    This leaves you room to grow if space and funds allow in the future. You can move those S10's to rear channels and go with bigger sig's up front

    That's a totally awesome way to look at it....

    It's Polk's latest and greatest, so they're not going anywhere
    Let us know how you like when you get it set up
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 3,892
    Glad you made your decision. Now you're getting closer to the real fun! I know you said shelves for the front speakers. How and where will you be mounting the surrounds, with respect to your seating position? And yes, that sub will anchor it all nicely, and even provide you with some real impact. Please feel free to continue to ask questions, but also let us know your experiences and thoughts with your new gear.
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