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Wow, had to scroll to page 5 to find the Polkies lol. Kinda quiet in here since my last visit I guess. My Polks are still going strong, sounding awesome. My cdp did bite the dust end of June, had some big storms so not sure if that was it or not, nonetheless sent it in to Teac for repair & that cost $154 plus shipping both ways; they replaced the servo mechanism & now it's back & sounds just as great! Not so pricey considering trying to find another comparable cdp was $$$. Used the Marantz a couple times while it was out & just didn't sound as good! Glad to have it back. Hope everyone's having a great summer. It actually rained a bunch here for something different, now it's just plain HOT lol. Did go to Onkyo just now & purchased the extended warranty for my 818; peace of mind doncha know. Sis came out for visit & I tried to impress her with my Polks & setup in general, but she's a bit electronically challenged lol, oh well, her loss hehe. Been busy with my yard, got lots of purty flowers so here's a small sample.

Yep its been real quite around these parts.

Question for you if you dont mind.
Regarding the warranty extension on your Onkyo, did you call them or is there a link on their site to do it.
Where you entending it on a unit that still has warranty left or were you restoring warranty on a unit whose warranty has expired.

I may need to do the same.

thanks.

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Yep its been real quite around these parts.

Question for you if you dont mind.
Regarding the warranty extension on your Onkyo, did you call them or is there a link on their site to do it.
Where you entending it on a unit that still has warranty left or were you restoring warranty on a unit whose warranty has expired.

I may need to do the same.

thanks.
I just purchased the 818 in Feb so its a warranty to kick in when the original runs out as I've already had an hdmi board fail after not quite 2 yrs on a different avr. The link is under shop onkyo. Its regularly $85 for the extended warranty.
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^^^
Thanks for the info.
i just checked the site and i see i can do it after entering the serial #.

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Wow, had to scroll to page 5 to find the Polkies lol. Kinda quiet in here since my last visit I guess. My Polks are still going strong, sounding awesome. My cdp did bite the dust end of June, had some big storms so not sure if that was it or not, nonetheless sent it in to Teac for repair & that cost $154 plus shipping both ways; they replaced the servo mechanism & now it's back & sounds just as great! Not so pricey considering trying to find another comparable cdp was $$$. Used the Marantz a couple times while it was out & just didn't sound as good! Glad to have it back. Hope everyone's having a great summer. It actually rained a bunch here for something different, now it's just plain HOT lol. Did go to Onkyo just now & purchased the extended warranty for my 818; peace of mind doncha know. Sis came out for visit & I tried to impress her with my Polks & setup in general, but she's a bit electronically challenged lol, oh well, her loss hehe. Been busy with my yard, got lots of purty flowers so here's a small sample.
Sir, we all left the thread because of the "off-topic" witch hunting non-sense. Sometimes, the old regulars chime in to help people , but there isn't any more action here nowadays. I feel really sad, because my once favorite reference for AV is slowly decaying... And I won't say why, I still love AVs enough to do not want to get banned. But I do look everywhere for alternatives. The content is still good, but the fraternity has been crushed to pieces.

Your garden looks awesome by the way, and glad you love your polks! And Teac does seem to have awesome customer service! It's priceless nowadays.

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I've owned a pair of Polk SRS-SDA 2.3 speakers since I bought them new in 1993. They have not been used for several years, having been "retired" when I moved from a straight stereo setup to surround sound.

While in retirement, the connecting cable was misplaced, but recently rediscovered. This prompted me to want to hear these monsters again. I saw the $99 Crown amp deal being offered by Musician's Friend and thought that this was a "sign" that I should bring these speakers out of the darkness and back to life.

Got the Crown yesterday and hooked everything up, using a vintage Yamaha 1020 receiver as a pre amp.

Sound was wonderful.

The Crown amp (although cheap and a professional product) seemed to give the Polks the power they need to open up and sound good. I don't recall them ever sounding this good when I used them daily, back in the day. I'm sure I was driving them with much less power, which these babys seem to need to be at their best (what speaker doesn't need a good helping of juice.

Just wanted Polk fans to know that the oldies still survive and sound good.

I'll be keeping them set-up for a music only system, now that I have the room for both surround and music only systems (kids are gone!!!).
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I've owned a pair of Polk SRS-SDA 2.3 speakers since I bought them new in 1993. They have not been used for several years, having been "retired" when I moved from a straight stereo setup to surround sound.

While in retirement, the connecting cable was misplaced, but recently rediscovered. This prompted me to want to hear these monsters again. I saw the $99 Crown amp deal being offered by Musician's Friend and thought that this was a "sign" that I should bring these speakers out of the darkness and back to life.

Got the Crown yesterday and hooked everything up, using a vintage Yamaha 1020 receiver as a pre amp.

Sound was wonderful.

The Crown amp (although cheap and a professional product) seemed to give the Polks the power they need to open up and sound good. I don't recall them ever sounding this good when I used them daily, back in the day. I'm sure I was driving them with much less power, which these babys seem to need to be at their best (what speaker doesn't need a good helping of juice.

Just wanted Polk fans to know that the oldies still survive and sound good.

I'll be keeping them set-up for a music only system, now that I have the room for both surround and music only systems (kids are gone!!!).
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Sweet but that Blue light needs a filter... :-p
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I thought so too when I first powered up the amp.

The set-up is in a walk out basement, so it is darker than the rest of the house. At night, pitch black without any additional lighting.

The amp light, while bright, works like a night light for me. It casts a blue glow that allows me to turn off the lights and just enjoy the music.

I had forgotten how effective the SDA-SRS speakers were at placing instruments outside the confines of the speakers. Close your eyes and you'd swear that there are additional speakers in the room.

Sure glad for that $99 amp special. I'm not sure I would have popped for another amp at a higher price, not even knowing if the speakers were in working order after all this time. Even Emotiva would have been significantly more, especially if I tried to duplicate the wattage.
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I thought so too when I first powered up the amp.

The set-up is in a walk out basement, so it is darker than the rest of the house. At night, pitch black without any additional lighting.

The amp light, while bright, works like a night light for me. It casts a blue glow that allows me to turn off the lights and just enjoy the music.

I had forgotten how effective the SDA-SRS speakers were at placing instruments outside the confines of the speakers. Close your eyes and you'd swear that there are additional speakers in the room.

Sure glad for that $99 amp special. I'm not sure I would have popped for another amp at a higher price, not even knowing if the speakers were in working order after all this time. Even Emotiva would have been significantly more, especially if I tried to duplicate the wattage.
Been using 1Cs and 2Bs in a 5.1/2 channel combo for years powered by Carver amps. There's nothing like them for surround and stereo. I've tried to replace them for addtional space, but they are just too awe inspiring. Good luck with your rediscovery.

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I read here on and off, not an audiophile but like good sounding music and movies, sports, etc. I was drawn to Polk several years back, probably due to price vs reputation/sound/etc.

Anyway, I moved in a new house a few months back, and am working to finish my audio set-ups in a dedicated media room and my patio/pool area.

In the media room (approx 14x16) I have 2 Monitor II 70's and a CS20 front, and a Klipsch sub (3.1 set-up from my family room in old house) - need a new receiver and 4 surround speakers to complete the 7.1 set-up. The way the room is set-up, in-wall is by far my best option but could do on-wall if I was told it was night and day better. Any advice on in-wall Polks for this? RC85i's? Receiver?

Also, I need a couple of outdoor speakers for the patio, looking to Polk Atrium 6's. Any thoughts?

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I read here on and off, not an audiophile but like good sounding music and movies, sports, etc. I was drawn to Polk several years back, probably due to price vs reputation/sound/etc.

Anyway, I moved in a new house a few months back, and am working to finish my audio set-ups in a dedicated media room and my patio/pool area.

In the media room (approx 14x16) I have 2 Monitor II 70's and a CS20 front, and a Klipsch sub (3.1 set-up from my family room in old house) - need a new receiver and 4 surround speakers to complete the 7.1 set-up. The way the room is set-up, in-wall is by far my best option but could do on-wall if I was told it was night and day better. Any advice on in-wall Polks for this? RC85i's? Receiver?

Also, I need a couple of outdoor speakers for the patio, looking to Polk Atrium 6's. Any thoughts?

Thanks a bunch!!!
I have the atrium 6 and like them
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My set up now
Rtia7.csia6. Fxia6 for surr. And rears. Pushed by a denon x 400

I like the look of the rtia9 and would like to replace the A7s with the A9s and then move the A7s to replace the fxia6 as surrounds.

Thoughts on this set up I know eventually I might need another external amp I have a audio source amp pushing my zone2
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My set up now
Rtia7.csia6. Fxia6 for surr. And rears. Pushed by a denon x 400

I like the look of the rtia9 and would like to replace the A7s with the A9s and then move the A7s to replace the fxia6 as surrounds.

Thoughts on this set up I know eventually I might need another external amp I have a audio source amp pushing my zone2
Excellent setup and good future planning. You will definitely benefit from a 300 - 500 WPC amp for the RTiA9s.
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I have Monitor 70's and 40's. Which current center channel speakers match up with those? Does the TSX250C?

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I have Monitor 70's and 40's. Which current center channel speakers match up with those? Does the TSX250C?

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the cs2 is the exact match. however the cs1, cs10, cs20, and tsx250c all will work just fine.
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Are the new polk speakers on newegg worth it? things like the 70t etc.
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Are the new polk speakers on newegg worth it? things like the 70t etc.

75t and other Monitor Series ? Sure, good value there. I have a full set of 6.1 Polk Monitors ... I think they sound great. Now is the time to buy them while they are 40-50% off and free shipping.

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hmm there 230 a speaker on newegg? is that 40-50% off?
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hmm there 230 a speaker on newegg? is that 40-50% off?

Not going to explain retail vs street prices. I guess only you can answer the question ... "is this worth that money"


On a shipped pair ... $104 cheaper than Amazon Prime.


http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Mon.../dp/B009WW0YIK

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My set up now
Rtia7.csia6. Fxia6 for surr. And rears. Pushed by a denon x 400

I like the look of the rtia9 and would like to replace the A7s with the A9s and then move the A7s to replace the fxia6 as surrounds.

Thoughts on this set up I know eventually I might need another external amp I have a audio source amp pushing my zone2
You would benifit by putting a good amp on the A7's before jumping up to the A9. That X4000 is not letting those A7's shine.
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FYI, Polk audio cs1000 center channel for sale..

Polk Audio CS1000, good condition, Southern California $300


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You would benifit by putting a good amp on the A7's before jumping up to the A9. That X4000 is not letting those A7's shine.
Did you get your pair under a separate amp and notice a difference? I would have expected your psa sub with an 80hz cross over to alleviate any challenge presented on the avr to drive the A7
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FWIW I needed to create a relatively inexpensive everyday, mount on the wall, 7.1 surround sound solution.
I choose the Polk 3 pair OWM3 + 1 ea RM8 Center Channel. Total cost was under $500. I use them everyday.
The .1 is used with another set of speakers, non-Polk.
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So I'm down to the last component of my system to upgrade away from my htib setup.
So heres my existing package:
Onkyo tx-nr636 receiver
Polk tsx150c center.
2 pair of Polk T15 bookshelves for my fronts and rears.

So I'm deciding between different subwoofers, the ones I've looked at are the PSW10 (the low end, which I know isn't at a good price anywhere right now), the PSW110, and the PSW121(both in the 170 range on amazon). Also looked at the PSW505 but its about $50 more right now.
Any recommendation between these (or alternate suggestions?).
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So I'm down to the last component of my system to upgrade away from my htib setup.
So heres my existing package:
Onkyo tx-nr636 receiver
Polk tsx150c center.
2 pair of Polk T15 bookshelves for my fronts and rears.

So I'm deciding between different subwoofers, the ones I've looked at are the PSW10 (the low end, which I know isn't at a good price anywhere right now), the PSW110, and the PSW121(both in the 170 range on amazon). Also looked at the PSW505 but its about $50 more right now.
Any recommendation between these (or alternate suggestions?).
I know this is a Polk thread but for good sub suggestions you might want to look at "budget sub", "subs under $300", or similar threads.
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I know this is a Polk thread but for good sub suggestions you might want to look at "budget sub", "subs under $300", or similar threads.
This is usually a good start.

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So I'm down to the last component of my system to upgrade away from my htib setup.
So heres my existing package:
Onkyo tx-nr636 receiver
Polk tsx150c center.
2 pair of Polk T15 bookshelves for my fronts and rears.

So I'm deciding between different subwoofers, the ones I've looked at are the PSW10 (the low end, which I know isn't at a good price anywhere right now), the PSW110, and the PSW121(both in the 170 range on amazon). Also looked at the PSW505 but its about $50 more right now.
Any recommendation between these (or alternate suggestions?).
I wouldn't waste your time with any of the first 3 you listed. The 505 is pretty decent but I've heard it's a bit "boomy" and the F12 could also be described as such. You may be better off raising your budget a bit and going with something like the BIC PL200, or if you can find it the Energy S10.3 or the Klipsh RW-12d. If you can move your budget up a bit more to say $500 you can start looking at the Internet Direct sub manufacturers such as HSU, SVS and the like. That being said I went from a crappy HTiB sub to the PSW110 and was pretty happy until I realized what I could get for the same $250 although I didn't pay $250 at the time lol. It produced a lot of mid bass but that was basically it. I then moved up to the S10.3 and it was much better. Way more output below 35hz where the 110 would roll off steeply, down to the mid 20's, clean and more output above 35hz as well.
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