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I recently bought a Polk Audio RM6750 5.1 system for $169 at Newegg.
Last year I bought the Klipsch HD Theater 600 5.1 system at BB for $599.

I hooked them both up to Denon AVR receivers. Granted they are in different rooms with slightly different speaker placement.

But IMO the Polk Audio RM6750 5.1 system sounds MUCH better. Is this to be expected? Or what do you think?
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I recently bought a Polk Audio RM6750 5.1 system for $169 at Newegg.
Last year I bought the Klipsch HD Theater 600 5.1 system at BB for $599.

I hooked them both up to Denon AVR receivers. Granted they are in different rooms with slightly different speaker placement.

But IMO the Polk Audio RM6750 5.1 system sounds MUCH better. Is this to be expected? Or what do you think?

Everybody has different ears. Some one else may have a different opinion. Just the way it goes. I used to have a pair of speakers that retailed for $2500 and did not like them at all. $500 speakers sounded better to me than those did by far.

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Different components, enclosures, sizes, etc... Your ears just like the sound of the Polk better. Nothing odd about. I've heard $5,000 speakers that sounded equal to a $1,000 pair, to my ears. Sound quality is probably one of the most subjective things in the world! That's probably why so many people in the speaker forum argue and bicker. Lol

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When the Polk RM6750 debuted many years ago they were $599 for the set. They've just been around so long and since manufactured in China that the cost is very low. They are a good set of satellite speakers for the money.

Dont' know much about the HD600 but if they're typical Klipsch speakers I can see why you don't like them. I've never been a fan of their horn tweets. Looks like the HD 600 speakers only use 2.5" drivers too while the Polk uses 3.5".

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A lot of people think that the less expensive Klipsch speakers sound pretty bad, including me.

The Polk system isn't all that great either, with serious limitations regarding power and bass, but within its limitations it is OK.

The Martin-Logan MLT-2 system sounds better than either one IMO and is still relatively cheap.
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But IMO the Polk Audio RM6750 5.1 system sounds MUCH better. Is this to be expected? Or what do you think?
Well, maybe they do to you - to each their own. The key is that you enjoy them.

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Not strange at all. I've heard a number of speakers at all different price points where I often preferred the cheaper speaker. Brands tend to have a "house sound" so if you like brand X's sound over brand Y's, chances are you'll like brand X's cheaper speaker better than brand Y's more expensive speaker. Also, I find some brands to be a much better value than others. That said, generally speaking I would say the $600 speaker would sound better than the $169 speaker, but in the case of Klipsch v. Polk (I personally don't like either) I would probably prefer the cheaper Polk.
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Different rooms and different placement = different sound. Sure there's more to it but that should be considered.

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