I am a newbie and I recently purchased my very first speakers...a pair of "demoed" RTIA9 tower speakers for $825 from Fry's. I have 3 weeks left to audition them before the 30day return expires for a full refund. I have a budget of $2500 but also used $600 towards a Harman Kardon 3700 receiver. I will be purchasing the remaining center and surround speakers from Polk's ebay store. After all is said and done this is how my system will look:
$600 HK 3700
$825 Polk RTIA9
$300 Polk CSIA6
$360 Polk FXIA6
$500 BIC PL-200 (2) OR SVS PB-1000
However, I am reading good things about the EMP Tek Impression Series and I really like the look of them too! They are having a sale until the end of the month (November 30). If I go that route, this is how I would be spending my $2500:
$600 HK 3700
$580 EMP Tek E55Ti
$315 EMP Tek E56Ci
$330 EMP Tek E55Wi
$500 EMP Tek E1010i (2) OR SVS PB-1000
So that would be a savings of $260 going the EMP Tek route. Yes, I understand that the Polk speakers are more powerful than the EMP Teks. Also, I will eventually make purchase for an external amp to run the RTIA9 (maybe in a year or so). I don't know if it matters a lot, but the Polk are 8 ohms and the EMP Tek are 6 ohms. Currently, I will be placing them in my living room (23' W x 15' D x 8' H). I will be using this setup more for movies (70%) than music (30%).
I really really need and am asking for owners of these speakers and/or the experts/veterans that can give me an insight on the route I should go. Thank you in advance
Eh howzit Kini, I see you're from Hawaii. I'm originally from Hawaii but in Las Vegas now. Thanks for the reply. I got it from a buddy of mine who wanted more..I think he bought a Denon AVR-X4000.
So you think the lack of a low end (vs the RTIAs) can be resolved by getting a quality subwoofer?
Transmanaicon, I was hoping you would reply...lol..I noticed on another thread you owned them...thank you so much that you read my mind!
Thank you OUSooner! They won't have the E5B (black finish) for another 2-3 months. That is why I was going the E55Wi route but I guess I could just wait 2-3 months, I've waited almost 5 years for a HT setup!!!
So that's 3 votes for the EMP Tek route with a very nice subwoofer! How is the build quality on the EMP Tek?? The Polk RTIA9 are solid and heavy!
Transmaniacon and OUSooner, how long have you had those speakers? From a scale of 1-5, how would you rate your satisfaction on the performance and build on the EMP Tek line?
Thanks for the suggested subs. I didn't have those 2 on my list, I'll look into them.
Thank you for the response Transmaniacon! Thats what I was looking for. I don't see the E56Ci in your setup, do you have a center channel?
I'm from Las Vegas. So if anyone in the area would let me listen to the EMPs, I would appreciate it. Good to hear, pun intended, that you have actually listened/had a number of speakers in the past and you are actually satisfied with the EMPs. Yes, the 9" depth would make a difference in my room.
The E56Ci is another reason i'm leaning towards the EMP over the Polk. I've read reviews saying the CSIA6 center channel is not enough for the RTIA9. The WMTMW setup on the E56Ci appeals to me more and seems like would blend in well with the E55Ti.
Do you think having TWO 1010i ($500 for pair) subs flanking the E56Ti's and E56Ci would offer enough boom for a preferred movie setup? Or ONE SVS PB-1000 (for now...eventually purchase another once I save up) would sound better? I just can't get over the look of the 1010i and the rest of the EMP Tek line!!! Totally LOVE it!!!
If I go the Polk route, I would eventually need an external amp to help power the RTIA9s (200W or 300W). Would I need an external amp to help the HK 3700 (125W) power the E55Ti's?
If I go the PB-1000 route, I would eventually purchase another maybe in a year. By the way, my wife doesn't care for the really boomy sound. But, I don't want to lose out on the "lower" sound effects in movies. I am still leaning towards the the TWO E1010i subs though. I'm thinking it would be a comprise between mine and my wife's liking of the bass effect. Am I making any sense? lol
But if I do keep the RTIA9, like you mentioned earlier. Would a lesser sub like the SVS PB-1000 (and going dual) vs the one bigger PSA XV15 be a better setup for the RTIA9s since it has a better bass output?
Got it. Thank you. That's a good tip on how subs work...I think by the end of next week (before the Emp Tek sale) I may have my decision made...getting a little more knowledge on speakers in general sure does help...