R10 for Surround Speakers

tmaschektmaschek Posts: 6
edited April 2002 in Technical/Setup
Current System
Front - RT-55
Center - CS-300
Surround - Yamaha NS-344
Receiver - Yamaha HT-5150

When I purchased this system about 2 years ago, I used my old front speakers as surrounds. I'm satisfied with the sound but the surround speakers are large (22" x 13" x 12", 30+ pounds each) and I'm looking for something smaller. The R-10s are currently being advertised for $80 / pair at Circuit City and I am considering getting a pair. Although I use the system for both home theater and home stereo, I'm only considering the home theater application for the surround speakers since I always listen 2 channel, effects off when using the system for home stereo. Would the R-10s be adequate for this application?
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  • WesmoWesmo Posts: 74
    edited April 2002
    Well, I was actually wondering the same thing since they're such a killer deal right now. I'm thinking that the Rt35i's or 25i's would be a better bet for me though since I have 600i's
  • WesmoWesmo Posts: 74
    edited April 2002
    They would probably be a better bet for you too since they both have the same tweeter as your 55i's do. The 35i's even have the same woofers. Both speakers are on sale at CC right now.
  • juice21juice21 Posts: 1,866
    edited April 2002
    tmaschek - the r-10's will be adequate for rears in your system. for $80, they are a great buy! for HT, i found that di/bipole surrounds really offer a difuse, engulfing sound, of course these are quite a bit more than $80, and it is just my personal preference. i think for $80, you will be happy with the r10's in your system...

    welcome to the forum... :D

    wesmo, the rt35i's would be the ideal choice to mate with your 600i's. you could also go with the f/x300's or f/x500's, although these are getting hard to find...
    ...the fOrce is strong with this one.
  • WesmoWesmo Posts: 74
    edited April 2002
    Yes I know they have. I think they still have a few at CC, but right now I'm saving up for a new receiver to replace my sony str475. I'm really leaning towards the 35i's though, since I'm not sure if my bedroom (11x120 is large enough to get the full effects of the dipole/bipole surrounds. What's your take?
  • schumachschumach Posts: 199
    edited April 2002
    I know a few people that are using the R10's and they sound great.
    Fronts: Polk RT1000p
    Center: Polk CS400i
    Rears: Polk F/X300i
    Receiver: HK AVR500
    DVD: HK DVD50
    TV: Sony 36" Wega

  • TroyDTroyD Posts: 12,144
    edited April 2002
    I really like my R10's. No complaints at all. At 80 bucks a pair, I would buy a pair just for the sake of it.

    I plan for the future. - F1Nut
  • juice21juice21 Posts: 1,866
    edited April 2002
    Originally posted by Wesmo
    I'm really leaning towards the 35i's though, since I'm not sure if my bedroom (11x120 is large enough to get the full effects of the dipole/bipole surrounds. What's your take?

    in a small space i think you are going to appreciate the 35i's, but at the same time they will suffer from localization. i ran 35i's for my rears for awhile and loved them, until i got the fx1000's, and realy got to experience the diffuse sound i had been hearing in the demo rooms. it was that much better at home! my HT is set up in the front 15x15 of a 15x25 space, you can check out photos in the system showcase. i don't think your small space will hinder the performance of the di/bipole's as long as you have a 'close to ideal' place to mount them. i prefer them set to dipole on the side walls. that's my take...
    ...the fOrce is strong with this one.
  • goingganzogoingganzo Posts: 2,797
    edited April 2002
    i have 4 of them in my liveing room i got them free when i bought my mains ans surounds i have them hooked up with a jbl center chanel and a cheap recever with 25wpc they sound good but they just dont match my ht in the basement but they are good i was using a rt10 as the rear center befor i went for the 7.1 setup
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  • gidrahgidrah Posts: 3,031
    edited April 2002
    Absolutely, at 80 bucks they are hard to beat.
    Make it Funky! :)
  • EadionEadion Posts: 5
    edited April 2002
    I just picked up a pair of R10's at C.C. last weekend, 80 bucks, what a steal.
    I also have RT55i fronts, So far I have no complaints.
    I popped in my Gladiator DVD and it sounded very impressive.
    I don't think you will be disappointed... go for it.

    Good luck, Ed
  • danger boydanger boy Posts: 15,888
    edited April 2002
    How did you "mate" your fronts? with RT35's and RT800i's? how do you wire them.. and what improvment in sound did you hear before you did that? were you just running the 800i's before?
    I am curious as to what it sounds like.
    thanks, Al
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  • juice21juice21 Posts: 1,866
    edited April 2002
    the 800's are bi-wired and then the 35's are run in parallel from the upper posts of the 800's. the 800's sounded great by themselves, but i saw TUI's set-up and i had to try it out. the 35's added a crispness to the highs and upper mids that the 800's lacked on their own. once i got the fx1000's to 35's came free to move from rear's to the front 'stacked' towers. if you have both of these speaker's, try it some day, see what you think of it! it was a great improvement IMO...
    ...the fOrce is strong with this one.
  • daniamdaniam Posts: 9
    edited April 2002
    I have them and have no complaints what so ever.
  • tmaschektmaschek Posts: 6
    edited April 2002
    Thanks for the info. I bought a pair last night. I've hooked them up and I think that they will do fine.
  • woodyjacobswoodyjacobs Posts: 706
    edited April 2002
    I know I'm getting in late since you have already bought them but I think you made a good decision. I have bought 3 pair of them (for surrounds and center back, then for a 2 speaker and sub set-up in my office) in the last couple of weeks at the $80 per pair price. I think they match up pretty well with my 800s in the HT.
    system 1:
    Athena: AS-F1 mains, AS-C1 center, AS-B1 surrounds, AS-P400 sub, Yammie RXV-730, Rotel RB-976 driving front stage, Samsung BD3600 Blue Ray, Denon DVD2900 for sacd/cd , jbl n24awII on the deck, samsung 40" 1080p lcd

    system 2:
    XBox 360 Spherex 5.1 system, HK DVD38, Phillips CDC 926 CD changer, Phillips 32" LCD

    2 channel
    NAD 1600 pre, NAD 2400 THX amp, Phillips CDC 926, Linn extra speaks, crappy TT
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