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Good match for Polk bookshelf speakers,
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This review is from: Polk Audio CS10 Center Channel Speaker (Single, Cherry) (Electronics)
When I bought a 50" HDTV a few years ago, I bought an all in one home theater package. The type you typically see in the $300-$400 Range. The surround was fun, but for listening to music it was pretty muddy. I decided to put together a better system. I started with a Yamaha Rx-V663 receiver and a pair of Polk Tsi-200 bookshelf speakers. Had I stopped there, I would have been very satisfied with that system for music. I listen to a broad range of music, but I have a strong preference for acoustic. And for that the 200s were very impressive for a bookshelf size speaker. I ended up with a whole Polk system. A 111 woofer, the CS10 and RM 6751 surround speakers. (If you have to make choices to stay within budget, put more money into the front speakers).
The CS10 is, as expected, a good sonic match for the Tsi 200s. For the money, it is a great speaker. Tht two mid range / bass speakers and the tweeter appear to be the same as the Tsi 200s. The speaker can handle a lot more volume than I need without reaching a point of distortion. If you look at my review of the Tsi 200s, I can pretty much say "ditto" for this speaker. And if you like the grille off look, the Cherry model looks great.
I know some people prefer to mix and match, but I think that, at least for the front speakers, sticking to the same brand and grade speakers makes for a consistent sound across the front wall.
I'm really happy with this system. It does a good job on movies and effects, and for music it really works well.
And if you are upgrading from one of those all in one low cost systems, you will be amazed at the difference.
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Initial post: Mar 29, 2013 1:00:23 AM PDT
Steven L. says:
Could you please give me the exact measurements of the Polk CS-20. I own the CS-10 currently and was looking to get a little more low end production from my center channel. The CS-20 with it's larger 6 1/2" mid-bass drivers should get quite a bit lower than my current CS-10 with the 5 1/4" mid-bass drivers.
My only problem with Amazon is that they were off by a full inch on the advertised height of the CS-10 when I bought it and it barely fit on my top shelf. It's stated as being 6 1/2" in height and it really measures in at 7 1/2" on the dot!
Please measure your CS-20's height so I can see if I can mount it on my lower shelf that has a little more clearance. Amazons post states a Height of 7 1/2" and I highly doubt that is the correct measurement of the units height. Thanks for your help, it's greatly appreciated. Steven Level
Also in your opinion do you think that the CS-20 will give me the extra low end I'm looking for? I'm currently running Definitive Tech Studio Monitor 450's on the front left and right and they really sound great.
However after I broke these babies in I noticed a lack of solid midrange and decent low end from my CS-10 while watching Blu-rays! My 450's really shine and there is a noticeable lack of solid center channel sound in the low midrange and I'm looking to correct this. So any advice would be appreciated. Thanks again, Steven Level
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