Upgrading Center Channel from CS1 to S30

GriffMGriffM Posts: 6
I currently have Polk Monitor 60 towers and the CS1 center channel. I'm not in love with the CS1, and really never have been. I am already looking at adding S10s for the surround speakers, and was thinking about replacing the center with the S30. Would it be an issue if the center channel was from the Signature line, but the front towers are from the Monitor line?

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  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,735
    Welcome to CP

    Signature Line is not that far off the Monitor line. If you using the AVR calibration then it should blend it well. S30 is a good center speaker.

    If you do go with an S30 make sure you can take it back if you don't like it

    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 S15
    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
    4 Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • GriffMGriffM Posts: 6
    Thanks for the reply. Would there be any reason to upgrade the Monitor 60 to the Signature Series at the same time?
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,735
    GriffM wrote: »
    Thanks for the reply. Would there be any reason to upgrade the Monitor 60 to the Signature Series at the same time?

    Not unless you want to. Save the funds and see how you like the S30.
    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 S15
    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
    4 Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,155
    I think that the sig line is a pretty big step up from the monitors. I mean @mrloren thought that the sigs were better than rti a5s!

    If I were you and I was contemplating upgrading, I would aim for the big boys: the s60s.
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Emit 10; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Parasound HCA-1000A, PSB Imagine B, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,735
    With enough power the Monitors 60's are not bad, yes the Signatures are a much nicer speaker overall. Going from RTi8 to S60 has been a joy. If the OP has the coin to spend then yes upgrade to the S60's, S30 and S10's.
    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 S15
    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
    4 Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • GriffMGriffM Posts: 6
    Thanks MrLoren. Looks like this will be done in phases. First phase was ordered today- the S10 pair. Next is the S30...maybe next month. Then later in the year, the S60s (or 55s). Thanks for all the input!
  • MilitoMilito Posts: 367
    I have Monitor 60's and CS2 and upgraded to S55's and a S30. A big improvement on my 3:1 system.
    Yamaha RX-A2070, Outlaw 5000, VTF-2 MK5, Signature S55, S30, Sony BPD-S3200, Technics PD867, Audio-Technica AT-LP60, AudioQuest Type 4 Speaker Cable, AudioQuest Black Mamba II Interconnects, Furman PL-8C 15 Power Conditioner, Cullen Gold Power Cable, Sony 65" 900F.
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,735
    GriffM wrote: »
    Thanks MrLoren. Looks like this will be done in phases. First phase was ordered today- the S10 pair. Next is the S30...maybe next month. Then later in the year, the S60s (or 55s). Thanks for all the input!

    Keep an eye on SlickDeals for a package bundle. Also what AVR are you using? is there a sub in the mix?

    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 S15
    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
    4 Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • GriffMGriffM Posts: 6
    I am upgrading my AVR in the coming months to get ready for a 4k HDR monitor. I will definitely consider one with preouts. Right now, thinking of Denon AVRX3400 but haven't delved too far into that yet. Yes, there is a subwoofer in the mix- HSU STF-2.
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,735
    Good choice of AVR. A friend has that one and loves every minute of it. If you have a Fry's near they go on "promo code" sale sometimes

    STF-2 is a great little sub, I got mine Referb from HSU in 2004, had to replace the amp in 16 and it's still rocking. It was my first dive into a real sub.

    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 S15
    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
    4 Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • GriffMGriffM Posts: 6
    I have really liked the Hsu. But one thing I have noticed lately is that I have turn the volume on the sub up to at least halfway to get any noticeable contribution. Now, one thing that may be impacting that is that I recently replaced my Denon AVR790 due to the fact that the HDMI boards went bad. So the system is currently being powered by an older Yamaha I had previously (RX-V473).
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,735
    Oh boy,

    That is what my sub was doing when the amp was on the way out. $145 for a new amp from HSU back to rocking. took like 5 minutes to replace it
    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 S15
    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
    4 Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
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