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post #1 of 9 Old 05-22-2013, 03:34 PM - Thread Starter
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If you could have either of these two systems based solely on sound quality which would you prefer and why? My room is 38 x 16. And my receiver is Onkyo TX-NR818.

----POLK SYSTEM---
Polk Audio New Monitor 75T Left Right
Polk Audio New Monitor 25C Center
Polk Audio New Monitor 45B Surrounds
Polk Audio New Monitor 35B Rear Surrounds
Polk Audio PSW10 Powered subwoofer x2

---KLIPSCH SYSTEM---
KL-650-THX Left Right
KL-650-THX Center
KL-525-THX Surrounds
KS-525-THX Rear surrounds
KW-120-THX Subwoofers x2
KA-1000-THX Subwoofer amplifier

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Lol, is this a joke? The Klipsch very badly outclasses the Polk system, but it costs a lot more too. I would love to have that Klipsch system, and I would absolutely dread that Polk setup.
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Not sure why you'd dread the Polk system as its a very good system in its price range. I just haven't seen very many end user reviews of the Klipsch. I didn't know if the price was escalated because of THX being in the name. Kinda like John Deere. You pay a premium for the green paint.

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I loath the cheaper Polk tweeters. Have you spent time with them? I don't think they are great speakers even when considering their price. Just because it has a lot of woofers doesn't mean it's a great speaker. Also, to be THX certified is not an easy standard, so yes, it is a meaningful label. In fact, as a certain acudeftechguy is fond of pointing out, the Klipsch KL-650 are some of the best measuring speakers available, with a flatter native frequency response than many MUCH more expensive speakers. This has been verified in independent testing. The THX subs are pretty beefy as well.

Here is a visual analogy for you:
Polk Monitors:

Klipsch THX:
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Thanks for the replies. I very much like THX products. I've just never been able to hear their speakers in action. Now the REAL question. How to convince the wife?

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Well, as pointed out, this is not a fair comparison. The Polk 75t can be had for as low as 179/speaker. The klipsch kl-650 is on sale at Amazon for 1,495/speaker!
I don't like horn tweeter, so to me thus is a easy choice...but if I had 5,000 to spend on a system, I wouldn't get the cheapest Polk system either!

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: JBL130, JBL120C and Klipsch synergy sub
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Thanks for the replies. I very much like THX products. I've just never been able to hear their speakers in action. Now the REAL question. How to convince the wife?

Klipsch THX Ultra2 Loudspeaker System Review
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The KL650 is the only speaker I know of that has been confirmed by two independent 3rd parties to have a listening window of +/-1.0dB. That is extremely rare. The fact that it is also THX Ultra2 certified assures that it has great on-axis, smooth off-axis, and THX Reference output performance.

The only other speaker that comes close is the KEF Reference 201/2 (Stereophile & Soundstage NRC).

The Salon2 was measured as +/-1.3dB on S&V Mag, but about +/-2dB by other 3rd parties (HTM, Stereophile, NRC).

The NHT Absolute Zero was measured as ~ +/-1dB by HTM, but was +/-3dB by S&V Mag.

The dealer cost of the Klipsch KL650-THX is about $600 each. So a nice dealer could get you the KL650 for under $900 each.
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I would definitely take the Klipsch THX over Polk Monitors anyday of the week.

But as others have said these 2 systems shouldn't even be compared. The Klipsch THX could maybe get compared to the LSiM series or RTi A series. The Polk Monitor Series would possibly compare to the Klipsch Synergy or Icon Series..... For the more expensive comparison I would take the Klipsch THX but for the cheaper one I would take the Polk Monitors because cheaper Klipsch speakers are excessively bright and harsh and very fatiguing.

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