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I have the EMPE5ti (the smaller tower) and the Polk M40s, so I feel qualified to answer your question...yes (and IMHO), the EMP speakers are an improvement over the Polk Monitors...especially in the midrange and highs. Very clear and detailed. I felt the Polks has decent bass output, and if the EMP towers have one "non strong point"...it would be at the low end. However, with a good sub, they handle things very well. I felt the EMP speakers were outstanding for HT audio, but just pretty good for music.
Sounds like they have B stock sales a couple time per year...so perhaps they shelf returned items and have a sale when the shelves get full?
Of course, you are talking about Polk m60s and the E55Tis, so maybe this analysis is irrelevant...but my guess is that you will really like the EMPS for HT and that it will be an upgrade- maybe not a hugh upgrade, but noticably better sound quality.
Set up #1: EMP e5Ti, e5Ci, and EMP e5Bi surrounds, Outlaw LFM1 Plus sub, SVS NSD SB12 sub, Marantz Slimeline 1504 AV receiver
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and EMPtek10i10i sub, Denon 1910 AV receiver
Set up #3: Philharmonics- BMR in a 2.0 system, music only, Yamaha RXV-363 AV receiver