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Hey Polkies. Question for you all about the possibility of getting some bookshelf speakers to mount for my projection screen room. I'm debating between going with a pair of RTi4 ($75) or RTi6 ($125). I have a Bic F12 subwoofer so I tend to crossover my speakers at about 80-90hz. The room is mostly for HT, but some music listening as well. Is there any benefit of going with the RTi6 if I have a subwoofer? Aren't I only missing out on some lower frequencies that the sub will cover anyways?

Any help regarding this would be very helpful. Thanks!
I have owned both an compared them while crossed over to subs at 80hz. The 4's imaged better in the mid and upper mid frequencies. Voices were more well defined. The 6's provided a bit more bass impact at higher volumes and sound slightly more laid back than the 4's. They were very similar performers. You will be impressed with either for the money. Hope this helps.

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Hey Polkies. Question for you all about the possibility of getting some bookshelf speakers to mount for my projection screen room. I'm debating between going with a pair of RTi4 ($75) or RTi6 ($125). I have a Bic F12 subwoofer so I tend to crossover my speakers at about 80-90hz. The room is mostly for HT, but some music listening as well. Is there any benefit of going with the RTi6 if I have a subwoofer? Aren't I only missing out on some lower frequencies that the sub will cover anyways?

Any help regarding this would be very helpful. Thanks!
This is actually a tough call. The 6's do have a bit more bass, but they're also not as "forward" as the 4's which means they don't have the same sound. I do think the 6's are a bit more detailed, but I love the sound of the 4's, especially as surrounds. If you're going with four or more speakers, I'd definitely go with the 6's up front, but definitely consider the 4's as the surrounds.

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This is actually a tough call. The 6's do have a bit more bass, but they're also not as "forward" as the 4's which means they don't have the same sound. I do think the 6's are a bit more detailed, but I love the sound of the 4's, especially as surrounds. If you're going with four or more speakers, I'd definitely go with the 6's up front, but definitely consider the 4's as the surrounds.
I can vouch for that configuration. We use Rti6 for mains and Rti4's as surround with a Csi3 and a small 8" sub in the family room for TV and casual music and they are perfectly matched... also perform respectably for their size.

OTOH there's a significant difference in sound between those in the family room and the Rti towers we have for primary HT duty in the living room.

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Alright! Thanks for the responses fellas. Now, if I'm running a Bic F12 subwoofer with either of these speakers, the bass that the RTi6 puts out is moot, correct? I cross speakers over around 80-90hz so neither the RTi4 or RTi6 will benefit from a frequency response in the sub 80hz range. Is it the midrange, then, that people find more "full" on the 6 compared to the 4?

The 4's could be had for about $75, whereas the 6's could be be purchased for around $125. I already have bipolar fluance for surrounds so I don't plan on ever moving these as surrounds. I then of course would have to get the center channel: CSi3 or CSi5. I hear the CSi5 blows it's younger brother out of the water, but it's substantially larger.

My room is 12x21 with 7 foot ceilings. Mostly for HT, but also music as well. I rarely do two channel music listening so I'm always running my stuff with the sub. Would the 4's be ok for this size room, or is it just better to get the 6's to be safe?
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Alright! Thanks for the responses fellas. Now, if I'm running a Bic F12 subwoofer with either of these speakers, the bass that the RTi6 puts out is moot, correct? I cross speakers over around 80-90hz so neither the RTi4 or RTi6 will benefit from a frequency response in the sub 80hz range. Is it the midrange, then, that people find more "full" on the 6 compared to the 4?

The 4's could be had for about $75, whereas the 6's could be be purchased for around $125. I already have bipolar fluance for surrounds so I don't plan on ever moving these as surrounds. I then of course would have to get the center channel: CSi3 or CSi5. I hear the CSi5 blows it's younger brother out of the water, but it's substantially larger.

My room is 12x21 with 7 foot ceilings. Mostly for HT, but also music as well. I rarely do two channel music listening so I'm always running my stuff with the sub. Would the 4's be ok for this size room, or is it just better to get the 6's to be safe?
To be perfectly honest and up-front, I would say that the 6's are going to sound a bit warmer and give you a much fuller speaker sound. The crossovers and drivers will help to supplement a smooth transition into the Bic F-12.

Even when crossed over at 80 Hz, you are going to hear sounds all the way down to say 40 Hz. It's just the way the crossovers are designed. The larger drivers are going to go down below the crossover point a bit. Crossovers are not brick walls. They are gradual attenuation of the frequencies.

If you have the room, and the money, the RTi6's are going to be a wonderful addition to your theater.

Bottom line, crossed over at 80 Hz, you will get a deeper, richer, fuller sound from the RTi6s.

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