To whom it may regard:
I have a pioneer vsx-921 and I have noticed that when the crossover is set to 80 Hz, the monitor 30s lose a great deal of clarity in the mids and detail in the highs. The subwoofer (Polk PSW110) is set up properly and is in phase. I am wondering if my speakers' performance suffers because they cannot produce multiple frequencies at once since they are bookshelves with a single 5.25" midrange driver and 1" tweeter.
So I am forced to set the crossover to 150 Hz to maintain sharper mids and detailed highs.
Is this because the speakers are rated to handle only 100 Watts and the added bass is too much power for them?
Or is it because they are bookshelves and do not have the advantage of multiple woofers and a large enclosure size just like tower speakers?
I personally do not have an ear for polks (I have auditioned rti28s and csi3), they do not effectively convey an emotional response from music.
So I am thinking of getting a pair of BIC DV64 towers. I think moving from bookshelves to to towers (with dual 6.5" woofers, and dual passive radiators).
Either that or I will swap the monitor 30s for Infinity P163s 6.5" bookshelves and hopefully I will like the way they sound better tyhan the polks.
Both the BIC towers and Infinities are very well reviewed, have good specs, and are right in my price range.
I know everyone loves polk and the monitor series is hailed as the best speaker series in its class but they are not for me.