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it works for smaller rooms. The larger room the more difficult.. I tried several out this model was by far not enough for a decent size living room. It would definitely work for apartment sized living rooms. I personally did end up spending alot more than $80 though..

Yeah, it works very well in my apartment. I'm happy with mine.
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Decisions decisions... this subwoofer ($80) plus the Energy Takes ($130) for $210 OR the MartinLogan MLT-2 5.1 set for $280? Any comments/opinions?
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Any of the resident audio buffs know what accessories/wiring I need to hook up my new set of energy take 5's and psw 10" the new onkyo 5.1?

I know I will need speaker wire, but not sure what gauge. Also not sure what is needed to hook up the sub to the receiver. And do I need digital audio cables to hook up my tv and bluray to the receiver? There has probably been a discussion about this sort if stuff so I apologize for not being able to find that.

Thanks in advance!
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good sub. cant go wrong with Polk and the price
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Any of the resident audio buffs know what accessories/wiring I need to hook up my new set of energy take 5's and psw 10" the new onkyo 5.1?

I know I will need speaker wire, but not sure what gauge. Also not sure what is needed to hook up the sub to the receiver. And do I need digital audio cables to hook up my tv and bluray to the receiver? There has probably been a discussion about this sort if stuff so I apologize for not being able to find that.

Thanks in advance!
For the satellites, 16 gauge wire will be enough, 14 if you're on the "perfectionist" side. For the sub, get a good quality, well shielded RCA cable, they look like the yellow, red, white video cables from days old, but thicker. You might want to also get a y-splitter for the RCA cable to plug it into the left and right inputs of the sub as that is what the manual suggests, but I've read some threads where people got it working fine by plugging it into only the left input of the sub.

As for your the bluray player, receiver and TV, that depends on what kind of inputs you have on the receiver, but it will likely be player to receiver via HDMI and then receiver to TV via HDMI. To fully answer this question, we'll need to know more about your receiver.
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Decisions decisions... this subwoofer ($80) plus the Energy Takes ($130) for $210 OR the MartinLogan MLT-2 5.1 set for $280? Any comments/opinions?
or get the M50s/60s with the CS2 and M30s when they go back on sale Smilie
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or get the M50s/60s with the CS2 and M30s when they go back on sale Smilie
Sorry, only satellites + sub allowed for this setup, hence the Takes or MLT-2.
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For the satellites, 16 gauge wire will be enough, 14 if you're on the "perfectionist" side. For the sub, get a good quality, well shielded RCA cable, they look like the yellow, red, white video cables from days old, but thicker. You might want to also get a y-splitter for the RCA cable to plug it into the left and right inputs of the sub as that is what the manual suggests, but I've read some threads where people got it working fine by plugging it into only the left input of the sub.

As for your the bluray player, receiver and TV, that depends on what kind of inputs you have on the receiver, but it will likely be player to receiver via HDMI and then receiver to TV via HDMI. To fully answer this question, we'll need to know more about your receiver.
Thanks. The receiver is an Onkyo 5.1 w 6 hdmi Hookups. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0077V8930

I feel like the only guy without tons of devices to hook up, but I just have an hd cable box (w hdmi), a bluray, and HDTV. Thanks again.
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will this work fine with my Energy Take 5 speaker i brought for $130? can someone recommend me some wiring to buy or link me too.
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Thanks. The receiver is an Onkyo 5.1 w 6 hdmi Hookups. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0077V8930

I feel like the only guy without tons of devices to hook up, but I just have an hd cable box (w hdmi), a bluray, and HDTV. Thanks again.
There are typically two different options you have to connect your input sources (i.e. bluray player and cable box) to your TV and receiver.

The first is connecting all your sources, video and audio via HDMI, to the receiver first (you have 6 HDMI inputs, plenty), and then connect the receiver to the TV via 1 HDMI cable. This basically uses your receiver as the HDMI switchbox for video and audio. This also means, anytime you want to switch between input sources, you need to have your receiver turned on, which also makes your TV speakers pretty much unused. (Note: Your receiver does have HDMI passthrough, but that is limited and does not allow switching while the receiver is off, read your manual to get more if on this).

The second is connecting your input sources directly to your TV via HDMI and use the TV as the switchbox for video and audio. Then you will have to find an alternate way to get the audio only to your receiver from your input sources, typically through an SPDIF optical connector. This allows you to only use the TV for video and audio for those times you don't want to bother turning on your receiver but still let you use the receiver for audio when you want. The drawback to this is that SPDIF does not have enough bandwidth to carry the highest quality sound from a bluray to your receiver, where HDMI from the first option does. In layman terms, audio over an SPDIF connection does not have the potential to sound as good as audio over an HDMI connection.

One way to get the best of both options is if your input source (bluray player) has 2 HDMI outputs, then you can connect one directly to the TV and one to the receiver... but I don't believe there are many devices that have dual HDMI outputs.

Hope this helps and wasn't too much info.
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There are typically two different options you have to connect your input sources (i.e. bluray player and cable box) to your TV and receiver.

The first is connecting all your sources, video and audio via HDMI, to the receiver first (you have 6 HDMI inputs, plenty), and then connect the receiver to the TV via 1 HDMI cable. This basically uses your receiver as the HDMI switchbox for video and audio. This also means, anytime you want to switch between input sources, you need to have your receiver turned on, which also makes your TV speakers pretty much unused. (Note: Your receiver does have HDMI passthrough, but that is limited and does not allow switching while the receiver is off, read your manual to get more if on this).

The second is connecting your input sources directly to your TV via HDMI and use the TV as the switchbox for video and audio. Then you will have to find an alternate way to get the audio only to your receiver from your input sources, typically through an SPDIF optical connector. This allows you to only use the TV for video and audio for those times you don't want to bother turning on your receiver but still let you use the receiver for audio when you want. The drawback to this is that SPDIF does not have enough bandwidth to carry the highest quality sound from a bluray to your receiver, where HDMI from the first option does. In layman terms, audio over an SPDIF connection does not have the potential to sound as good as audio over an HDMI connection.

One way to get the best of both options is if your input source (bluray player) has 2 HDMI outputs, then you can connect one directly to the TV and one to the receiver... but I don't believe there are many devices that have dual HDMI outputs.

Hope this helps and wasn't too much info.
Super helpful -- repped you already
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I got the engergy 5 speaker with a onkyo reciever 5.1 . now the question is I already have a sub called digital pro audio DPA ss1000 . dual 6 1/2" 200 watt sub (100 watt/channel). Will this work with my energy speaker 5 and onkyo reciever 5.1? or do I need to purchase the POLK SUB?
Please advise. thanks
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Some tips from the Polk Audio forum from Ken (who works for Polk Audio).

In a nutshell, you can connect to either L or R input...doesn't matter. And if you set crossover to highest, that's the equivalent of creating an LFE input.

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Hello,
There is an error in the PSW10 owner's manual, there isn't an LFE input on that model. However, that shouldn't be a problem. All you would need to do is connect the single sub-woofer output, of the receiver, to either the right or left input on the sub-woofer (the sub-woofer's bass amplifier adds the two channels together so a connection to either one is fine). Or, if you prefer, you may use a "Y" cable to provide a connection to both inputs on the sub-woofer. While this doesn't change the sound quality it will allow the sub-woofer to play louder at each of it's volume control positions.
The second thing you would need to do is set the variable low pass filter, on the sub-woofer, to the highest setting (the variable low pass filter is the dial that has "Hz" labeled). This will set the internal low pass filter above the low pass filter frequency given by your receiver and, in effect, create an LFE input. If you have any questions please telephone us at 1-800-377-7655 and we'll be happy to help.
Regards, Ken, Polk Audio
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So, my advice is the best way to eliminate port noise is to adjust the level of your sub-woofer so the signal it is producing is the same as the level of signal coming from your front speakers. The best way to do this is to begin playing a CD that has well recorded bass information. Where the people who made the disc tried to get a realistic quality to the sound, especially the bass. Then turn the bass level, on the sub-woofer, all of the way down (its helpful to have a friend help with this). Then slowly increase the bass level until you can just detect the sub-woofer as a separate sound source. At this point stop increasing the bass level and reduce the setting a very small amount. Most of us can hear a difference level between two sources of around 1 dB. So, when you can hear the sub-woofer as a separate sound source it is probably 1 dB greater than the main speakers. Then when you reduce it a tiny amount you have "zeroed in" on the right level for the sub-woofer.
Trust me on this, if you do this and resist the temptation to turn up the bass you'll begin to hear improved bass definition. For a while its going to sound as though there's no bass, because you're used to an elevated bass level, but after a few days listening you'll start to hear far more bass detail and a smoother quality to the sound and any port noise will be inaudible. Give it a try.
Regards, Ken
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