Well, it is amazing what can change over the course of one week. As most of you know, I pulled the trigger on a pair of A7 towers, a CSiA6 and some surround FXiA4s. It would appear that I really
jumped the gun (in a previous post) in my comparison of my existing Polk in-wall set up vs the RTiAs (after only listening to them for an hour or two).
So, this past weekend I went down to watch the Hunger Games Catching Fire
and I decided to watch/listen to the first 30 mins of the movie with each set of speakers. I should also add that when I hooked up the A7’s and the CSiA6 I ran YPAO again which switched my speaker setting (for all 7 speakers) to SMALL. The previous recommended setting for my 265RTs (in-wall fronts) and my 255C-RT (in-wall CC) was LARGE (go figure?). I also re-adjusted the crossover on my sub to 80 before firing up the movie. Not sure if it made any diff at all but the only other thing that was different was that I outfitted the ends of all R/C/L speaker wires in my walls with silverbacks to make them easier to switch back and forth when testing the two sets of speakers.
So I watched the first 30 mins of the movie with A7’s and the CSiA6 hooked up and, as expected, it was impressive. Great sound, could not happier. I reset the movie, moved the towers and center off to the side and hooked up my in-walls again. I’ll be honest, I was completely expecting the sound of my broken in in-walls to be inferior to what I had just experienced. However, the opposite occurred. My in-wall set up has NEVER sounded better. Since I left the speaker setting on SMALL and with my new adjustments on the XV-15, IT SOUNDED BETTER THAN IT’S EVER SOUNDED BEFORE. And I’m not just talking a little, I mean by a LONG SHOT. I even pulled my wife down and she completely agreed. Let’s just say I watched the rest of the movie with my old set up and I was in disbelief. So much in fact that I watched 3 Days to Kill
right behind it (pretty good flick by the way). When I used to watch a movie with my old Yammy settings, I typically had it at a volume level of about -18 or -19. Hell, if I go down to -18 with these new settings, I’d blow myself out of the room. I like my movies a bit on the LOUD side and I had to watch both at levels right around -23 & -24! So, a combination of a few small tweaks has made it a no-brainer decision for me. I am not keeping the A7’s, the CSiA6 or the FXiAs. They are all for sale!
I also need to add that throughout this whole process, I have really come to appreciate the look and the positioning of my in-walls a bit more. As days went by every time I walked into the room I just saw three massive speakers sitting up front. I was really unsure if I would ever be able to get used to them being there. Sure, they are gorgeous speakers with a beautiful finish on them…but I was kidding myself by thinking I’d get used to the look. I am glad that I went thru this process and tried out these speakers, I have ZERO regrets. I had wondered since Day 1 of my reno if I was missing out. But in my situation, I have confirmed that I am not. I think that says A LOT about Polk’s in-wall RT (and LS) series speakers. I read a lot of reviews on their in-walls back in the day and they really do get rave reviews. After a year of use, they are legit.
I’ve got the A9’s and A7’s listed on Craigslist here
and I’ve got the CSiA6 and two pairs of FXiA4’s on eBay here
Once I sell all of these Polk’s, I’ll be placing my order for my 2nd PSA XV-15 with Tom. If you already have an elephant in the corner, you might as well have two! Yes, the wife knows it’s coming…