Originally Posted by NewToHT
Yeah......I agree. Hate to say it....and I really do because I think it makes me look like a jerk.....but I think the problem is with the speakers. You have a TON of nice power driving them....in fact....it could be overkill. Looks like most of the money went into the receiver and amps....and not enough in the speakers. I would spend twice or more on speakers then the receiver/amp. While those Polks are OK for HT.....they just are not 'made right' for 2 channel as already mentioned. I had some older RTI70's and they were SOOOOO muddy sounding. I bought some nice bookshelf speakers and a nice sub and and the difference is night and day. I hate to say it.....but if it's not too late, I'd return the Polks......
I'm not quite to the point of returning them yet, but I'm close. Budget restrictions are starting to weigh into my decisions now, I'm not sure if there's a significantly better speaker in this price range. I'm certainly open to suggestions. I paid $800 for the A7's, I had also looked at Energy but did not like the look of their speakers more than anything. (Probably a poor criteria by which to choose speakers, I know, but I'm a bit picky about the way speakers look.)
You're right about the power... the reason I went with a power amp is because I like to listen to loud music from time to time, so wanted to have plenty of power available so I wouldn't damage the speakers. (I know myself, with any system I'll crank it up eventually
) And I chose a lower high end receiver because I'd like to build an audiophile quality system someday - so I figure a decent receiver is a good starting point. I'm not the type who likes to buy something now and then upgrade it later - I'd rather save and get what I want initially. But with the price of high quality towers seemingly being so high - if I did have to comprimise for now and then upgrade later, I chose that as the point at which to do it.
And you dont' have to worry about hurting my feelings, I'm always open to constructive critisizm.
(although I don't necessarily take what you said as a critisizm of me personally, moreso of the speakers themselves
But yeah, I guess I had expected to be a little more satisfied with these speakers. I'm a little unsure as to what to do now. Hopefully the center channel will offer the improvement I'm looking for. If not, I'm not sure where to go from there.
I haven't completely lost faith in Polk yet so I would still consider upgrading to a pair of A9's. (I figure an exchange would probably be easier than an all out return.) But the problem there is I got the A7's at a discount so I would be paying significantly more for a pair of A9's. And then I'm getting into the price range where I could have just got the speakers I wanted - the B&W 683 - but had decided against due to budget reasons.
I'm also wondering if the Polk midrange is substandard across the entire range. In Polk's defense, the midrange seems to be the area of comprimise at this price point. For example the B&W 684 has the same MSRP, and I have heard that the midrange on that speaker is lacking when compared to the 683 (which I think would be the B&W equivalent of the Polk A9).
So I guess I haven't completely lost faith in Polk yet, but from what I'm hearing here I'm pretty skeptical. Especially if even their bookshelf speakers are muddy in the midrange, as NewtoHT has said, and others here have said about their towers.
Well, I think best case scenario is after adding the center channel (and sub) I find the speakers to be sufficient, and then I can wait a few years to upgrade.
Sorry for the rambling, and thanks for the input everyone. For a while there I thought I was going a bit off my rocker because these speakers seem to get rave reviews (both consumer and professional) and it seemed like I was the only one who could hear the problem with the midrange.