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    First time poster here but have spent a good deal of time reading here and on other forums.

    I recently decided on a Samsung 64D7000 (vs. the 65VT30) and am going to use the extra $ for a receiver and Speakers. Right now I am thinking a 3.1 because my couch is right against my back wall in a corner so there isn't really space to put speakers behind me for a 5.1 setup.

    Here is what I am thinking right now and open to all suggestions.

    I will have DirecTV and a PS3 as my primary hookups and most of my time will be spent watching Cable (60%) with the rest playing games (10%) watching Blu Rays (20%) and Streaming Netflix / Amazon Video (20%)

    Receiver: Yamaha (A867/A800)
    Fronts: Klipsch WF-35 Icon-W (saw these on sale at Newegg)
    Center: ??
    Sub: ??

    Budget is around $1,000 but flexible as I have always relied on TV speakers and never looked at upgrading before. I am not an audiophile by any means and would be looking for Mid Range stuff, I want good quality but am not looking to drop $$$$ to have the very best

    TIA

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    Default Re: 3.1 Set Up Advice / Help

    Id try and match the center with product line of the two fronts, as far as a sub, there are a buncha sub guys here and Im sure they will help you out.

    You surround situation is the same as mine, and Ill point you to a thread where I installed some wireless speakers, and love them.

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    Yes you definitely want the matching center which is the wc 24 if I remember correctly. So is this a $1,000 for the speakers and sub or is the avr need to be included in that price?

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    Default Re: 3.1 Set Up Advice / Help

    I am including the AVR in the setup. The $1,000 is a ballpark figure so if there are price points that it makes sense to move up in I am not necessarily opposed, I just don't know enough about speakers and receivers to discern where those would be. To me the $1K difference between the d7k and the vt30 didn't make sense, had it been closer, i probably would have spent more, but its tough to draw a line on what it would be.

    When I look at the current set up I am coming in closer to $2K so I would say I'm still educating myself before making a decision

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    Looks like the Center Speaker (WC-24) is discontinued by Klipsch and I have not been able to find a retailer online selling them. Would it be a big deal to match the sides with a different speaker like the reference RC-52, or should I just go with RF-52s as sides so that they all match?

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    Hi Chorzz,

    the most important thing about matching your center channel to your fronts is tonal coherence: you want those speakers to output the same timber, since they'll be responsible for most of what you hear (or, in your case, all of what you hear). This can be usually accomplished by buying speakers of the same brand, and Klipsch falls well within this rule: so long as you go Klipsch, your fronts and center will be outputting the same timber and therefore be consistent/coherent. Of course you'd be getting more sound quality if you bought speakers from the Reference line compared to the WFs, but that is really a matter of how much you're willing to spend on them (and/or how good a deal you can find on the RFs).

    On a side note, matching subwoofers are not as important and people often rely on subwoofer-only manufacturers to get the most bang for their buck.

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    Thanks, I'm looking at $330 for the RFs and the WFs are $50 more. Seems like a pretty good deal on the WFs but this is the first time I have started looking at speakers

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    So have you auditioned any of the above Klipsch? The first step is really to go do some listening and hear what sounds best to you. In your price range I would recommend brands like Klipsch,PSB,Kef, and Paradigm. Right now there are some killer deals online with PSB and Kef, if those end up sounding good to you.

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    I actually have not gone and checked anything out but am planning on doing that today and tomorrow. I see deals on Polk speakers all the time but didn't notice that you mentioned them in your recommendation. What is the general opinion of Polk versus the brands that you mentioned.

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