I just jumped on the Newegg.com Polk Monitor series II special and got quite the haul. I came away with two Monitor70 floorstanders, the CS2 Center, and a pair of Monitor40 bookshelf speakers for my surrounds.
I am very excited, but can't help but wonder if it's more than I need. Here's the thing: these speakers will be used exclusively for home theater, in a very small room (10' x 10'). As a result, I have some questions.
1) Would I be better served using monitor40 speakers for the fronts as well as the backs ? I am not going cheaper on the center, for obvious reasons.
My girlfriend and I would never listen to music in there (since it's such a little box of a room that we only use for watching movies or gaming), and there are several posts in the Polk owners thread that state the 70's strengths are more musical. Not to say that they can't be used for HT, but rather one could use cheaper speakers in that role for the same sound quality (the Polk R50 were mentioned).
2) Since it is such a small room, would a high-end compact system suffice for impressive sound? The Energy Take Classics were the ones I was considering.
Note: I'd be adding a sub no matter what choice I made. I'm thinking the Epik Legend would be great in that tiny room. Again, this is what had me rethinking the Monitor70 speakers, since I'm going to be using a sub no matter what.
So, I suppose some tentative choices are:
-Monitor70 fronts, Monitor40 surrounds, CS2 Center
-R50 fronts, Monitor 40 surrounds, CS2 Center
-Monitor40 fronts and surrounds, CS2 Center
-Energy Take Classic 5.0
(All of the above used with Epik Legend sub)
If it matters, I'd be using these with a Denon 591 AVR and a 64" Samsung D7000 plasma.
I've got 30 days from the invoice date to return/audition these speakers. I'm not necessarily wedded to the Polk line, either. Your thoughts are very much appreciated.