Lost in space of audio

Hello guys
I need your help
I want to build a 5.1 speaker system
I have a JBL 400W subwoofer
2 polks R150 bookshelfs
2 Sony SS-B3000 large speakers
And an Infinity SM 175W center
All this powered by a Sony STR 820 receiver

Originally the Sony’s were meant to be the fronts but the sound was not as promised by getting 5stars in Amazon and now they are my rears.
I love the sound of the rest of the system but the thing is I want to change to towers for the front.

I have some questions.

1. Do you think is better to buy a whole new 5.1 system?
2. Do you think getting the polks T50 for the fronts and sending the R150to the rears its a good idea? I love the sound of the R150
3. Does the T50 match the R150?
4. Is the T50 a good option or there is a better tower below 300$ a pair?
5. What do you think of the Polk TL3 for my rears instead of the R150?

Basically I am happy now with the sound but I need towers in the front (bought a 82” TV) and I need smalls for the back preferably in a stand

What would you recommend?
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 4,746
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio Nova Integrated; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Emit 10 + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; LG UP870 4K BDP

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; Audiosource Amp Two, PSB Imagine B, Boston VR-10 center, NHT Super One CI surrounds, ACI Titan subwoofer, Squeezebox Touch
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    a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

  • msgmsg Posts: 4,272
    1. How much money you got?
    2. Can we spend it?
    3. Are there any women in your life who can/will harm you/us if we proceed with #2?
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  • msg wrote: »
    1. How much money you got?
    2. Can we spend it?
    3. Are there any women in your life who can/will harm you/us if we proceed with #2?

    The problem here is never passing 50 dB lol
    But she lets me buy mancave toys

    The budget is below 750$ for the whole system

  • msg wrote: »
    1. How much money you got?
    2. Can we spend it?
    3. Are there any women in your life who can/will harm you/us if we proceed with #2?

    The problem here is never passing 50 dB lol
    But she lets me buy mancave toys

    The budget is below 750$ for the whole system

    Does that budget take selling your old gear after buying one of the above combo's into account??? It should, those are great deals. Woman love a good sale. ;)

    "Make a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Light
    a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

  • TNTsTunes wrote: »
    msg wrote: »
    1. How much money you got?
    2. Can we spend it?
    3. Are there any women in your life who can/will harm you/us if we proceed with #2?

    The problem here is never passing 50 dB lol
    But she lets me buy mancave toys

    The budget is below 750$ for the whole system

    Does that budget take selling your old gear after buying one of the above combo's into account??? It should, those are great deals. Woman love a good sale. ;)
    Well didn’t take that in consideration I guess I can get around 350$ for everything
    So let’s say 1k$

  • Well didn’t take that in consideration I guess I can get around 350$ for everything
    So let’s say 1k$

    TNTsTunes wrote: »

    I'd shoot for this combo.

    "Make a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Light
    a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,485
    edited November 2017
    ^^^^^ That IS a great deal !!!

    People are loving the Polk Signature speaker line !

    And the Yamaha is getting great reviews too I believe.

    You'd be set for 5 years or more. Enjoy that MONSTER TV you're got !
    Must be nice. B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,578
    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,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk T15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    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
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,578
    I'm unfamiliar with your sub but it would be last on my upgrade list. By the specs sheet it looks to be decent https://www.jbl.com/ES250P.html. Maybe next year go for an HSU or SVS. one or two of the bigger ones that shake the house. Another option would be to try to find a great deal on a used JBL ESP250P.

    Speakers would be first and top priority, Signatures are a very nice speakers. The package deals from Adorama are all great, get which ever one fits your budget. I got my S60 package from there without any problems.

    2nd would be upgrading the AVR to a mid range Denon/Marantz or Yamaha. Sony's are OK for movies and good on music. Their ES line is costly but are built like tanks.
    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,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk T15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    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
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,485
    I've had a few JBL subs and heard one other model like yours at a friends.
    I think your sub will be fine . ;)

    I also think that loooong Signature center would look great under that 82" TV.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • I will go with the polks S60 combo
    Now
    What about the receiver?
    Which one do you recommend?
    Onkyo, Denon, Yamaha?
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,122
    edited November 2017
    Marantz. The aventage series of Yamaha are also good.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,485
    That one Polk Audio S60 combo comes with a Yamaha receiver. RX-V683 7.2.

    That should be nice and with your JBL sub.... Not to shabby at all !
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Bought the combo of the Yamaha receiver and the Polks S60 S35 and S20 thanks to everyone
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,966
    Enjoy, stick around and keep us posted
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, 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, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,578
    Bought the combo of the Yamaha receiver and the Polks S60 S35 and S20 thanks to everyone

    That will be a nice setup.
    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,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk T15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    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
  • Does any one recommends a stand for the S20?
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,272
    Where are you putting the S20s, and do you know how high you want them? That'll affect the stand selection/availability.
    I disabled signatures.
  • Behind the couch of the living
    What about the amazon ones?

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VRREPG/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?smid=A1YX7EB80E4EIU&psc=1
    msg wrote: »
    Where are you putting the S20s, and do you know how high you want them? That'll affect the stand selection/availability.
  • Hey guys thanks for everything
    My new system is installed

    I have some comments.

    1. someone said this system does not need a subwoofer. My system improved a lot connecting the subwoofer.
    2. I think you need certain volume for the sweet spot. That volume is not low.
    3. This speakers are clear and crisp.
    4. I think my old infinity center (much bigger) was better than this one.
    5. The system in general is awesome. Delivers perfection.
    6. The only problem with this system is that the car stereo from now on will sound ****.

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  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 288
    Great looking set up. Congrats.
    Living Room
    Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Parasound P5, Parasound A23, Yamaha BD-S681, Auralic Aries Mini, Polk S60, Polk S30, Samsung 60" LED

    Office
    B&K Ref 50, B&K 200.2, Chromecast, LSiM 703s

    Douglas Connection ICs and Cables
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,604
    Pull all of those chairs back a few feet and Dynamat that coffee table.
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,604
    If you could find something sort of inconspicuous to put under the "feet" of the TV, you may be able to get it high enough so that the center speaker clears it's bottom. (Can I say "bottom"?)
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,161

    F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,403

    January 4 edited January 4



    Your set up has a number of issues. The center is half buried behind the TV and your mains need to be pulled out more and toed in.

    I'll second this suggestion.
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

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    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • tashidondruptashidondrup Posts: 20
    edited January 5
    Space is kind of a problem it’s a rather small apartment
    I started playing with the Yamaha eq settings and went up with the highs and lows 2db
    Anyone has experience with a good set up for this speakers and a Yamaha receiver ?
    The center kind of clears the tv. It is the S35
    I guess that’s why is so slim

    Thanks for the help
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