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Hey metal83, it's great to be in the same boat with you! I just ordered my RTi10s from Tweeter on Tuesday and will pick them up later today... I also went with the CSiA4. I had originally started with a pair of Polk towers (RM50Ts), that sounded pretty good to me at first, but eventually I realized that they weren't really giving me what I wanted. I went back to Tweeter and they allowed me to trade up. $480 for a pair of quality floorstanding speakers seemed like too good of a deal to pass up.

BTW, I'm using a Yamaha RX-V661, and I really like the sound it produces, even with the various old speakers I've hooked up to it. I can't wait to hear the RTi10s. I'll post again tomorrow to let you know what I think.

A question for Yamaha users: What speakers has anyone used for presence speakers (which seem to be unique to Yamaha)? Are they supposed to be similar to what you would use for surrounds? They seem to add a lot to the front sound stage when they are activated using Yamaha's various DSP modes, but I'm not exactly sure what type/size of speaker is recommended.

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I was wondering about the presence speakers too. I figured, with A3s as fronts & surrounds, that perhaps A1s would be suitable (though I haven't given a lot of thought to actually buying them for that purpose). I haven't used that particular Yamaha feature yet, perhaps I ought to hook up my old speakers to hear what it's like.
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Well...I'm back After many days and countless hours of research I have decided that I was actually pretty darn content with my Monitor series system. While looking around at the most comparable competition, Bic Acoustech...Elemental Designs and Infinity Primus, I decided that I wasn't going to get much more for my money. Already having 4 Monitor speakers still remaining, my money seems better spent just tacking back on 3 more Polks and a new sub to get my 7.1 system back.
I have decided though to tone down my surrounds considerably and invest more in a tremendous sub and still save myself $600 bucks over my previous set-up. The new set-up should be more than enough for my tiny tiny room:
Front: Monitor 50 (you know I actually loved these as fronts before)
Center: CS1 (I don't think I gave this little champ enough credit or tweaking 1st time)
Surrounds: Monitor 30's (sides on 31" stands...rears on back wall 43" at bottom)
Sub: eD A2-300 (for $330 shipped on a 12" that hits below 20hz...no competition)

I should have all the surrounds back in within 2-3 weeks (CS1 is back ordered). I'm praying that I have the sub in 4-6 weeks as they have a ton of these to build right now.
The cost of living is just sky rocketing right now in Ohio and I can't justify spending $2500 on the Paradigm Monitor system that really caught my eye and feel that anything less will probably not be a noticeable upgrade for a half deaf former bass addidct Maybe in a few years...but for now, I shall be content with a little less.

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Well...I'm back After many days and countless hours of research I have decided that I was actually pretty darn content with my Monitor series system. While looking around at the most comparable competition, Bic Acoustech...Elemental Designs and Infinity Primus, I decided that I wasn't going to get much more for my money. Already having 4 Monitor speakers still remaining, my money seems better spent just tacking back on 3 more Polks and a new sub to get my 7.1 system back.
I have decided though to tone down my surrounds considerably and invest more in a tremendous sub and still save myself $600 bucks over my previous set-up. The new set-up should be more than enough for my tiny tiny room:
Front: Monitor 50 (you know I actually loved these as fronts before)
Center: CS1 (I don't think I gave this little champ enough credit or tweaking 1st time)
Surrounds: Monitor 30's (sides on 31" stands...rears on back wall 43" at bottom)
Sub: eD A2-300 (for $330 shipped on a 12" that hits below 20hz...no competition)

I should have all the surrounds back in within 2-3 weeks (CS1 is back ordered). I'm praying that I have the sub in 4-6 weeks as they have a ton of these to build right now.
The cost of living is just sky rocketing right now in Ohio and I can't justify spending $2500 on the Paradigm Monitor system that really caught my eye and feel that anything less will probably not be a noticeable upgrade for a half deaf former bass addidct Maybe in a few years...but for now, I shall be content with a little less.

SO....guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back...don don don da don da
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OhioMike,
Sounds awesome, I was looking at the Sub too, what size room is it for?
Thanks.
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i am using a csi3 for a center so the system should be like this and sound ok?
rti10 frt
csi3 cnt
mon50 sur
mon30 rr
this should be good, if i understand correctly

Your center is weak compared to your fronts
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Your center is weak compared to your fronts

What about mine compared to my fronts, RTi10's and CSiA4, thats not to weak is it?
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I believe the recommended center for the RTi10's is the CSi5 or the CSiA6.

The CSi5 is discontinued and very hard to find and the CSiA6 is something like $150.00 more.

Give the CSi3/A4 a shot. If your seating distance is not too far it will be fine. You can also make level adjustments in your receiver. I would only upgrade if you have difficulty hearing the dialog in movies and such.

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I believe the recommended center for the RTi10's is the CSi5 or the CSiA6.

The CSi5 is discontinued and very hard to find and the CSiA6 is something like $150.00 more.

Give the CSi3/A4 a shot. If your seating distance is not too far it will be fine. You can also make level adjustments in your receiver. I would only upgrade if you have difficulty hearing the dialog in movies and such.

This is tough, i am trying to fight my urge to go back to tweeter and just exhcange the CSiA4 for the CSiA6. If it really is the "better match", it my be worth it even for peice of mind to spend the extra on it.
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Arrango,
Room is only 11x11x8. Very tiny.

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Well...I'm back After many days and countless hours of research I have decided that I was actually pretty darn content with my Monitor series system. While looking around at the most comparable competition, Bic Acoustech...Elemental Designs and Infinity Primus, I decided that I wasn't going to get much more for my money. Already having 4 Monitor speakers still remaining, my money seems better spent just tacking back on 3 more Polks and a new sub to get my 7.1 system back.
I have decided though to tone down my surrounds considerably and invest more in a tremendous sub and still save myself $600 bucks over my previous set-up. The new set-up should be more than enough for my tiny tiny room:
Front: Monitor 50 (you know I actually loved these as fronts before)
Center: CS1 (I don't think I gave this little champ enough credit or tweaking 1st time)
Surrounds: Monitor 30's (sides on 31" stands...rears on back wall 43" at bottom)
Sub: eD A2-300 (for $330 shipped on a 12" that hits below 20hz...no competition)

I should have all the surrounds back in within 2-3 weeks (CS1 is back ordered). I'm praying that I have the sub in 4-6 weeks as they have a ton of these to build right now.
The cost of living is just sky rocketing right now in Ohio and I can't justify spending $2500 on the Paradigm Monitor system that really caught my eye and feel that anything less will probably not be a noticeable upgrade for a half deaf former bass addidct Maybe in a few years...but for now, I shall be content with a little less.
SO....guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back...don don don da don da
(sorry it had to be done)

Good solid set up..and if the A2-300 hits anything like the A3-300, you may be making people mad..lol...I just got my A3-300 in yesterday and well, lets put it this way, I can turn my Onkyo reciever down to -45 and still feel it hitting...I tried it tis morning cause last night I just completely turned it off..lol. Anyway enjoy your new set up

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Any one know off hand if there is an authorized Polk dealer in Montana? I used the store locator on the Polk website and it sent me back up to Canada. If I can find the RTi10 deal then I will take a journey to the US this long weekend. TIA
Edit: Never mind. Found a Circuit City in Idaho but it looks like they only carry the M and Monitor series floor standers.
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Do any of you guys know if the Yamaha 663 (95watts p/channel) would be able to handle My Polk RTi10's?

I was originally going to go with either the 1800 or the Pioneer 92. But i was just looking at my budget, and if i go with the 663 i can use a BB gift card and get it basically free. Then i can get a nice sub and some rears to make my set up 5.1. But if i go with the nice more expensive receivers, i'll probably have to just use my two towers and center channel for quite some time. I'm just not sure whats the smartest road to take here.

And in regards to the more expensive receivers, i can get the Pioneer 92 for $799 at Tweeter. Its $1300 at BB. So i'm just wondering if it would be smart to maybe jump on that deal, and add the rest of the speakers later. Or sacrafice and get the Yamaha 663 and add the speakers now.

The guy at Tweeter has one Pioneer 92 left and is holding it for me, which is why i am looking for suggestions. You guys know what your talking about.
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This is tough, i am trying to fight my urge to go back to tweeter and just exhcange the CSiA4 for the CSiA6. If it really is the "better match", it my be worth it even for peice of mind to spend the extra on it.

Quick! Hide your wallet!

Well, if budget is no concern, go for it. It does have the bigger 6-/12 woofers. But the cabinet is a bit bigger too. It's about 4" longer, but the biggest difference is the depth. A6 is 14" to 8-3/4 of the A4". If space is not a concern as well, no reason not too.

I still say try the A4 first. Unless not trying the A6 will keep you awake at night.

Seriously though. I'll bet Tweeter will have no problem letting you try both and return one. I would just check out their return policy first.

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Your center is weak compared to your fronts

thats what i was worried about, maybe i can sneak a new center past the waf
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Calibrate the smaller center and you'll be fine. What you lose is depth and presence in dialog and soundtrack. However, the smaller centers are very good speakers and timbre match exactly the other RTis.

The 6xx series Yammies are a solid AVR. I heard my sons paired with RTiA3s and it was excellent. That said, some complain about the brightness of the Yammie/RTi combo and the A3s are smoother than the previous rev. In my room, I've had a Pio 1015 and a Denon 2307 on 8s and found them too bright. The HK wasn't. I'd at least take the 663 home and give it a spin. You can always return it.

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any feedbacks on the Polk RTi A3's?

Front - Polk RTi A3
Center - Polk CSi A4
Surrounds - Polk RTi A1
Sub - Polk PSW110

and can you guys recommend a good receiver for this set?
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OhioMike,
Sounds awesome, I was looking at the Sub too, what size room is it for?
Thanks.

You will love the eD A2-300. I have a huge familyroom with cathedral ceiling and the sub fills it just fine. When showing it off with the lobby scene from the Matrix, I cranked it up a little and had my carpeted floor vibrating.
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any feedbacks on the Polk RTi A3's?

Front - Polk RTi A3
Center - Polk CSi A4
Surrounds - Polk RTi A1
Sub - Polk PSW110

and can you guys recommend a good receiver for this set?

Here's some reviews (mine included).

http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/p...ia3/?reviews=1

For an unbiased review...

http://forums.audioholics.com/forums...ad.php?t=38870

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Here's some reviews (mine included).

http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/p...ia3/?reviews=1

For an unbiased review...

http://forums.audioholics.com/forums...ad.php?t=38870

thanks for the links. what receiver can you recommend for the RTi-based system that i posted above?
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Polk sells the Fxi3 cheap directly on fleabay under the name Polkdirect. The Fxi3 should be a good match for the Rti speakers. It's looks it the warranty is the same as buying through an authorized dealer. Does anyone have experience with them?
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Polk sells the Fxi3 cheap directly on fleabay under the name Polkdirect. The Fxi3 should be a good match for the Rti speakers. It's looks it the warranty is the same as buying through an authorized dealer. Does anyone have experience with them?

I have four FXi3's in a 7.1 setup and think they are the greatest thing since sliced bread.
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Thanks for the quick reply. The price is so cheap and from Polk directly. It made me wonder. Are the Fxi3 much differently new FxiA4 which is 2.5 times more? Thanks!
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Thanks for the quick reply. The price is so cheap and from Polk directly. It made me wonder. Are the Fxi3 much differently new FxiA4 which is 2.5 times more? Thanks!

2.5 times more? Wow! I haven't heard the FXiA4 so maybe it is worth that kind of premium but if you look strictly at the specs they are virtually identical with the FXi3. Obviously, looking is different than listening.

I just checked prices and the FXi3 is going for $268 delivered while the FXi A4 is $300. The difference of $32 is only 12%...a long way from 250% (2.5 times).
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Polk sells the Fxi3 cheap directly on fleabay under the name Polkdirect. The Fxi3 should be a good match for the Rti speakers. It's looks it the warranty is the same as buying through an authorized dealer. Does anyone have experience with them?

I was considering a pair from them. They had white that just ended a couple of days ago, and wanted black. How sturdy are stands for these speakers?
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Well...I'm back After many days and countless hours of research I have decided that I was actually pretty darn content with my Monitor series system. While looking around at the most comparable competition, Bic Acoustech...Elemental Designs and Infinity Primus, I decided that I wasn't going to get much more for my money. Already having 4 Monitor speakers still remaining, my money seems better spent just tacking back on 3 more Polks and a new sub to get my 7.1 system back.
I have decided though to tone down my surrounds considerably and invest more in a tremendous sub and still save myself $600 bucks over my previous set-up. The new set-up should be more than enough for my tiny tiny room:
Front: Monitor 50 (you know I actually loved these as fronts before)
Center: CS1 (I don't think I gave this little champ enough credit or tweaking 1st time)
Surrounds: Monitor 30's (sides on 31" stands...rears on back wall 43" at bottom)
Sub: eD A2-300 (for $330 shipped on a 12" that hits below 20hz...no competition)

I should have all the surrounds back in within 2-3 weeks (CS1 is back ordered). I'm praying that I have the sub in 4-6 weeks as they have a ton of these to build right now.
The cost of living is just sky rocketing right now in Ohio and I can't justify spending $2500 on the Paradigm Monitor system that really caught my eye and feel that anything less will probably not be a noticeable upgrade for a half deaf former bass addidct Maybe in a few years...but for now, I shall be content with a little less.

SO....guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back...don don don da don da
(sorry it had to be done)

I've asked this before but didn't really get any answers...I'm looking for new fronts to go with my CS1 center...should I get the 50's or the 60's? Is there much difference?

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any feedbacks on the Polk RTi A3's?

Front - Polk RTi A3
Center - Polk CSi A4
Surrounds - Polk RTi A1
Sub - Polk PSW110

and can you guys recommend a good receiver for this set?

What's your budget for a receiver? I'd also recommend a different subwoofer. The new series I hear is pretty good, but I'd steer away from their older stuff.
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M50's have 2 Woofers and 1 tweeter..the M60's have 3 woofers and 1 tweeter..

If that extra woofer is worth it is really up to your own ears and budget
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[quote=OhioMike;13879443]Well...I'm back After many days and countless hours of research I have decided that I was actually pretty darn content with my Monitor series system. While looking around at the most comparable competition, Bic Acoustech...Elemental Designs and Infinity Primus, I decided that I wasn't going to get much more for my money. Already having 4 Monitor speakers still remaining, my money seems better spent just tacking back on 3 more Polks and a new sub to get my 7.1 system back.
I have decided though to tone down my surrounds considerably and invest more in a tremendous sub and still save myself $600 bucks over my previous set-up. The new set-up should be more than enough for my tiny tiny room:
Front: Monitor 50 (you know I actually loved these as fronts before)
Center: CS1 (I don't think I gave this little champ enough credit or tweaking 1st time)
Surrounds: Monitor 30's (sides on 31" stands...rears on back wall 43" at bottom)
Sub: eD A2-300 (for $330 shipped on a 12" that hits below 20hz...no competition)

I should have all the surrounds back in within 2-3 weeks (CS1 is back ordered). I'm praying that I have the sub in 4-6 weeks as they have a ton of these to build right now.
The cost of living is just sky rocketing right now in Ohio and I can't justify spending $2500 on the Paradigm Monitor system that really caught my eye and feel that anything less will probably not be a noticeable upgrade for a half deaf former bass addidct Maybe in a few years...but for now, I shall be content with a little less.

SO....guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back...don don don da don da
(sorry it had to be done)[/QUO
Welcome back Mike,
It's nice to see you, read you and hear you again
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M50's have 2 Woofers and 1 tweeter..the M60's have 3 woofers and 1 tweeter..

If that extra woofer is worth it is really up to your own ears and budget

Damnit...I knew someone was going to say that!

I guess I'll hold out for the 60's.

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