upgrade question

mrpergomrpergo Posts: 35
edited April 2002 in Technical/Setup
Hi All;
I've been reading this forum for about a month now and have learned alot.I think the main thing I've learned is how to spend lots of money:p
I recently purchased rt800i front l/r,cs400i & fx300i surround.
My receiver is Sony 835 dts 100w/5.TV is Sony 53V75.
I initially just wanted to upgrade the speakers from Sony satellites.Everyone knows you can't do just one:p
I have now decided to upgrade the receiver to a Denon 3802 to utilize 7.1.I have the fx300i on the sides set to dipole.I thought if I could find a pair of fx500i's I would put those on the sides and move the 300's to the rear.The 300's are about 3' above my listening position and about 3' over on the wall.The rears would be approx. 3 1/2 ft. behind and about 3 ft.up.Would that be the right choice or should I go with 25i or 35i.The room is 12x24 and I sit at 18ft from the screen.
The next upgrade is a Toshiba 57hx81.See it's a disease
:D
Thanks for the help this is a great forum
Mains:RT800i
Center:CS400i
Sides:fx/300i
Rears:RT35i
Subwoofer:SVS 20-39 pci
Receiver: Denon 3802
DVD: Denon 3800
HDTV:Hitachi 57swx20b
Remote:MX-500
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  • shackshack Posts: 11,284
    edited April 2002
    In my opinion you should go for a rear direct radiating speaker instead of the 300s. With the 500s to the side most of the rear sound in a 6.1 or 7.1 system is designed to come back to the listening position. With the 300s in the rear you get too much difusion of sound. Go with the 35s or 25s. In many 6.1 systems a center channel is used for the rear.
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  • lax01lax01 Posts: 496
    edited April 2002
    I agree with Shack. Use direct radiating speakers like RT35i or RT25i.
    J B
  • juice21juice21 Posts: 1,866
    edited April 2002
    i'll third that. direct radiating is the way you want to go for the 6th and 7th channels...

    welcome to the forum...:D
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  • mrpergomrpergo Posts: 35
    edited April 2002
    Thanks for the quick responses.Okey,the majority rules:)
    I'll keep the fx300i's where they are and add the 25's or 35's.
    Are either of them better matched with the rest of the system or wouldn't it matter.
    Thanks again
    Mains:RT800i
    Center:CS400i
    Sides:fx/300i
    Rears:RT35i
    Subwoofer:SVS 20-39 pci
    Receiver: Denon 3802
    DVD: Denon 3800
    HDTV:Hitachi 57swx20b
    Remote:MX-500
  • Dr. SpecDr. Spec Posts: 3,780
    edited April 2002
    I use CS245i's as my rear surrounds. It's a lot of speaker for the money, plays loud, and is flat to 55Hz so mid-bass surround effects like pounding hooves and helicoptors sound great.

    Plus it's not too deep, and can fit on a shelf either flat or standing on end as a mirrored pair.

    Mine are standing on end on a wrap around shelf in the back of the HT room. I have them angled towards the listening area for best imaging. They look kinda like mini towers, and match the black finish on my other Polks. The drivers are very similar to the RT800i and CS400i, so panning is seamless and everything is timbre matched.

    I'm not saying it's necessarily better than a Polk bookshelf speaker, just a bit easier to manage and more flexible due to its smaller size and more reasonable depth.

    Just my $0.02..........

    :D
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  • shackshack Posts: 11,284
    edited April 2002
    The 25s match better with the 300s and the 35s match better with the fronts and center. Either way is probably ok since they are both good speakers.
    "Just because you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re right." - Ricky Gervais

    "For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible." - Stuart Chase

    "Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." - Bernard Berenson
  • mrpergomrpergo Posts: 35
    edited April 2002
    Would the 35's overpower the 300's seeing they would both be in the backfield?
    I think I'll take a ride to CC and see if they want to give me a DEAL:D
    Mains:RT800i
    Center:CS400i
    Sides:fx/300i
    Rears:RT35i
    Subwoofer:SVS 20-39 pci
    Receiver: Denon 3802
    DVD: Denon 3800
    HDTV:Hitachi 57swx20b
    Remote:MX-500
  • shackshack Posts: 11,284
    edited April 2002
    no the 35s would work fine
    "Just because you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re right." - Ricky Gervais

    "For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible." - Stuart Chase

    "Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." - Bernard Berenson
  • mantismantis Posts: 15,432
    edited April 2002
    The rt35i's as surround back is perfect, they will not overpower the side's fx/300's, they aren't the speaker's I would use in that system but thats what you have.Surround back doesn't do much right now anyway, there's less than a handfull og movies out and you will be happier with the 35i's.Great little speaker's.I hop you can get a good deal on a pair.
    Dan
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • mrpergomrpergo Posts: 35
    edited April 2002
    Mantis what speakers would you use?
    I'm always in to buy,sell ,trade:D
    Mains:RT800i
    Center:CS400i
    Sides:fx/300i
    Rears:RT35i
    Subwoofer:SVS 20-39 pci
    Receiver: Denon 3802
    DVD: Denon 3800
    HDTV:Hitachi 57swx20b
    Remote:MX-500
  • goingganzogoingganzo Posts: 2,797
    edited April 2002
    i have all 4 surounds 500i they sound great but i guess i am not in the majority but if you want souround to be not able to be pinpointed that is y you use di polar speakers and it might be hard to find the fx 500i
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  • begbiebegbie Posts: 630
    edited April 2002
    I own the Toshiba 50hx81. Awesome tv as well the 57" should be.
    Polk Rt800i -Fronts
    Polk cs400i -Center
    Polk fx500i -side surrounds
    Polk rc60i -rear surrounds
    Onkyo TX-NR 1009 (9.2) receiver
    Velodyne cht12
    Polk psw111
  • mantismantis Posts: 15,432
    edited April 2002
    mrpergo,
    This is how I would spec out your system.Use the rt800i's as fron't's, the cs400i as center, get rid of the fx300's and get a pair of fx/500's for side's and use the rt35i's as surround back, if you want to get really tricky, buy 2 pair's of rt35i's, use one pair as surround back,and the other as surround B for music.Just use the fx/500's as movie rears.
    you didn't mention a sub, go with the pws450, perfect for this system.
    So how do you like that Denon???good choice man good choice!!
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • mrpergomrpergo Posts: 35
    edited April 2002
    Thanks for everyones help.
    I'm off to go shopping:D
    Mains:RT800i
    Center:CS400i
    Sides:fx/300i
    Rears:RT35i
    Subwoofer:SVS 20-39 pci
    Receiver: Denon 3802
    DVD: Denon 3800
    HDTV:Hitachi 57swx20b
    Remote:MX-500
  • mantismantis Posts: 15,432
    edited April 2002
    Good uck, and keep smiling!!!
    :D
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
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