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ONKYO SKS-HT870 7.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker System
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Deal 07/27/2013

This review is from: ONKYO SKS-HT870 7.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker System

Pros: Low cost, Detailed sound, included speaker wire, Nice look

Cons: Included speaker wire is pretty thin

Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this 7.1 set up very much and owned it for a year. I agree with Tom on his review.

These speakers sound best in mid sized room, I ran these in an 11.5 x 11.5 and a 14.5 x 11 size rooms and they filled the space real well. I tried them in a 26 x 15.5 and although they sounded good, they didn't fill the room.

The towers and center bring some good detail, the satellites however, have only a single mid/woofer driver with no tweeter. Don't let this stop you from a purchase, as much as some so-called experts tried telling me that the speaker was incapable of reproducing a life-like sound, they were dead wrong. These satellites produced some pretty amazing sound.

Like Tom mentioned, the sub won't shake anything around you but does okay for low volume stuff. I had an 8" energy sub that I paired with the Onk sub and I could bottom them both out with heavy material.

I never did use the included speaker wire, I had upgraded to 14awg and that worked fine.

The bottom line here is the value. Rated at 130 max power, a decent size AVR can run these with ease and the sale price makes them a bonus buy.

For small to mid size rooms, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Polk Audio New Monitor 75T Four-Way Ported Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Cherry) Single
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Big Bass Is Available

Cons: Need more power than your AVR to produce bass

Other Thoughts: I love reading the variety of reviews here. Some are spot on, some are, well.......

If these 75T's are ANYthing like the Monitor 70's, they will give you good thumping bass.

Before I upgraded to the RTiA series, I owned the Monitor Series II with the M70's as mains.

I sold my entire 7.0 Monitor set up to a local in my area and as he came over to demo the speakers, I made sure he was aware that IF they didn't sound "this good" when he got them home, it was due to the power I was feeding them.

The big boy Monitors thrive on power to perform to their potential. When run on my Onk 807 (135wpc @ 2ch driven), the M70's would sound like most of the reviews here. When I added an XPA-3 (200wpc amp), the M70's responded with good bass response. When I demoed the M70's with an XPA-2 (300wpc), the buyer was quite relieved he didn't have a sub yet as the M70's put out bass felt in the floor (set at full range).

Under powering a speaker can result in clipping and even damage it or worse yet, damage your equipment as well. Over powering the speaker (in the case of the Polks) can and will produce the sound you had hoped for in the beginning.

So the final word here, if you think this speaker doesn't produce bass, try applying some "real" power to it, then feel free to go back and modify your review :)

Tripp Lite HT10DBS Home Theater Surge Suppressor 10-outlet coax
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs 2nd Review after 2 yrs of ownership 12/27/2012

This review is from: Tripp Lite HT10DBS Home Theater Surge Suppressor 10-outlet coax

Pros: 10 outlets, plenty of connectivity i.e; Ethernet, coax, ph. line, wall mount, rack mount or stash behind your cabinet, super long power cord, lifetime warranty with equipment protection.

Cons: Unable to accommodate multiple power units.

Other Thoughts: I had originally rated this unit with 5*. After ownership of 2 years, it gets a 4* and here's why........

It handled my plasma, 135w (2ch) AVR, two small subs, BR player and some accessories with ease.

When I added an external power amp, the unit produced an annoying hum. By arranging the location of the plugs, having the AVR and amp plugs at opposite ends of the unit, the hum was reduced significantly but not eliminated.

Once I added a 2nd amp, there was no way to avoid the loud humming coming from the unit.

Solution, added the CMX-6 by Emotiva. Now my AVR and both amps are plugged into one unit with zero line noise.

I still use the HT10DBS because it's an awesome unit and offers great coverage for your gear, so this combined with the CMX-6, I have one happy set up.

For the record, the AVR is rated at 135w per ch with 2 channels driven, the amps are rated at 200wpc/3ch amp and 300wpc/2ch amp.

Highly recommended.


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Display Name: Geoffrey L.

Date Joined: 02/02/10

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  • Last Review: 07/27/13
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