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Hi,
I've been looking at and reading about speakers for a few weeks to the point where my head hurts!
I'm very interested in the Polk RTi-A9's but I have not been able to audition them. My local dealer had the A7's which I heard today and at first I was impressed but after a while they seemed bright almost to the point of harshness.
Has anyone done a side by side between the 7 & 9? These are beautiful speakers, the build quality is amazing for a speaker at this price point and I really want to like the 9's but I'm wondering if they are as bright as the 7's? I also listened to the LSiM705 and they were very nice, certainly not nearly as bright as the A7's but not as exciting either. The A is for sure a more exciting speaker than the LS and I've always liked that, it just seemed a little too bright.
Thanks for any thoughts




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All the Rtis will sound the same up top so........................... you might want to look at some other brand.

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what did you like about the rtia7 that the lsim705 did not have or did have?

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Hi,
I've been looking at and reading about speakers for a few weeks to the point where my head hurts!
I'm very interested in the Polk RTi-A9's but I have not been able to audition them. My local dealer had the A7's which I heard today and at first I was impressed but after a while they seemed bright almost to the point of harshness.
Has anyone done a side by side between the 7 & 9? These are beautiful speakers, the build quality is amazing for a speaker at this price point and I really want to like the 9's but I'm wondering if they are as bright as the 7's? I also listened to the LSiM705 and they were very nice, certainly not nearly as bright as the A7's but not as exciting either. The A is for sure a more exciting speaker than the LS and I've always liked that, it just seemed a little too bright.
Thanks for any thoughts




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A couple of thoughts. First off, I've always thought that the RTI line was bright (as opposed to neutral) but not harsh. With that said, when new, they do have a little be extra "sizzle" at the top end. Once they break in, they will be a "little" better, but still they will be on the forward side. Two other ways to get that sizzle under control is to either EQ them, meaning that you can turn down the treble 1 or two notches until they break in (and maybe at that point still have it down one notch), or add an amp which will open the speakers up and tone down the sizzle. I know several people that have the 9's and they all say that they are totally different speakers once they added an amp.
With all of that said, if you think they sound harsh, maybe you should be looking at a more neutral speaker.

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