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The 5 isn't any better or worse it's just built to be turned that direction and the 6 isn't. You can try and see if you have any issues.
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The 5 isn't any better or worse it's just built to be turned that direction and the 6 isn't. You can try and see if you have any issues.
I called Polk product support.

They told me I'm better off keeping the CS1 and Monitor setup because the RTi6 will be "muddy" for a center.

They said the overall experience will be worse.... Hard to believe, but I guess since most of the audio comes from the center... it isn't a good idea.
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That's surprising to me but they make it. If you are still wanting an upgrade have you looked at other brands?
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That's surprising to me but they make it. If you are still wanting an upgrade have you looked at other brands?
Well I will be in the same boat... Most centers are around 20". I would need 18" or smaller.

The only one I found is the Paradigm Center 1. That would require me spending $1000 on the two Monitor 7 fronts.

The reason I like the RTi is $400/pair and supposedly a big upgrade from the Monitor line.

The Polk RTi will cost me $400/pair + $220 for the CSi5.
Paradigm will run about $900/pair + the center 1.

Maybe Paradigms are better overall... but I can't really justify this cost, since I just got my Monitor 50s around 18mo ago.
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I'm looking to buy before they run out of the RTi8 on eBay.

Any advise on the subject? I see some people say it's no problem...

I guess the CSi5 is a much better overall speaker than the RTi6?
For a center channel no comparison.
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Nowhere else to put the center?
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Nowhere else to put the center?
No... I'm designing a component stand as I type this.

I cannot find anything that would fit what I need.
30" - 33" high
20 - 24" wide
22 - 24" deep.

Once I get ride of the AVR and STB in the main unit, I can install the 24" center.
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Any experience with the in wall polkies iam looking at monoprice but all I have in my room are rtia series but the miss want something more discret. I see that polk on ebay has the budget line for 60 each
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Any experience with the in wall polkies iam looking at monoprice but all I have in my room are rtia series but the miss want something more discret. I see that polk on ebay has the budget line for 60 each
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Let me correct myself lol I have rtia series in my room theater area but looking to put sound in her living room I was gona use a set of m40 but they to big for her taste
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Ahh I see. Well the budget in walls say they match up to the monitor line so if you know the sound you should know what to expect.
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whats better there the same price

i dont see much of a difference polk 625rt or 65rt looking to pick some up from ebay polk site

cost being the same I would like to get the best ones.

also if anyone has these how do u like them?

is the face/grill paintable the site says it is but would be best to roll it or spray it with the wagner.


I need wall speakers that will not take up to much room and and can be paint toe blend in with wall


its these or monoprice but all my other speakers are polks and iam accustomed to the sound
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Well I will be in the same boat... Most centers are around 20". I would need 18" or smaller.

The only one I found is the Paradigm Center 1. That would require me spending $1000 on the two Monitor 7 fronts.

The reason I like the RTi is $400/pair and supposedly a big upgrade from the Monitor line.

The Polk RTi will cost me $400/pair + $220 for the CSi5.
Paradigm will run about $900/pair + the center 1.

Maybe Paradigms are better overall... but I can't really justify this cost, since I just got my Monitor 50s around 18mo ago.
You may just have to bite the bullet and get a new rack. Another option is putting shelves/brackets on the wall for your equipment. I basically had the same problem but had just enough room on the bottom shelf of my rack for the CSI5. Not ideal, but I've made it work until my next tv upgrade which will go up on the wall freeing up the top on the entertainment center.
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whats better there the same price

i dont see much of a difference polk 625rt or 65rt looking to pick some up from ebay polk site

cost being the same I would like to get the best ones.

also if anyone has these how do u like them?

is the face/grill paintable the site says it is but would be best to roll it or spray it with the wagner.


I need wall speakers that will not take up to much room and and can be paint toe blend in with wall


its these or monoprice but all my other speakers are polks and iam accustomed to the sound
So cal,

There is a HUGE difference between the 265RTs and the 65RT in-walls. I know this because I use the 265s as fronts and the 65RTs as side surrounds. I've had them in-service over a year and I absolutely love them. Not sure what sort of set up you are putting together but I feed my 265RTs and a 255C-RT (center channel in-wall) with an XPA-3 so they are each getting 200w/channel. The 265RTs and 255C-RT will stand up and SHINE brother!

The Vanishing Series Sheer Grilles are awesome. It's amazing how flush these speakers are to the wall even with the grilles on. I can't say enough about the quality/construction of these in-wall speakers. IF you are tackling painting the grilles yourself, be VERY, VERY, VERY careful. I tried it myself and ruined one of the grilles. I got a replacement from Polk and then took all 5 grilles to a local automotive paint shop (where they do airbrush work, etc.) and they painted all of them for 100 bucks. They color-matched the wall paint that we used in my room and they turned out terrific.

I should also add that I actually bought my 255C-RT center channel speaker from the eBay store. It was reburbished but came with the same warranty you would get if you bought it new. I have had ZERO problems with all 7 of my Polk in-walls/in-ceilings and couldn't be happier. Not sure if you visited my thread recently (link below) but I just auditioned A7 towers and a CSiA6 CC speaker against my in-walls and I decided to stick with the in-walls. No pun intended, but that should speak volumes about the capability of Polk in-walls. The 265RTs are a much better speaker than the 65RTs...but that makes the 65RTs good for surround, etc. Keep in mind that I do have a 15" sub in the corner doing the heavy lifting so that should also be a consideration for someone who is going to use in-walls in their HT set up. Looking to add my 2nd PSA XV-15 very soon.
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thats what i have in my room a7,csia6 fxia6

looking to hook up the ladies living room with sound and automation but she is not big into floor standers,

so I was researching inwalls and also the polk owm3 and owm5 for on wall with no wires showing install
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thats what i have in my room a7,csia6 fxia6

looking to hook up the ladies living room with sound and automation but she is not big into floor standers,

so I was researching inwalls and also the polk owm3 and owm5 for on wall with no wires showing install
If sound quality doesnt matter that much, Monoprice sells in-ceiling speakers for a decently low price that should work.

Then just connect them to a Zone 2 output off your AVR if you want, or from another device and your golden.

Otherwise for small speakers, if surround sound doesnt matter, a refurb Surroundbar is a good option.

Bought a surroundbar (1000) off them for 119 shipped for my bedroom. Thing puts out a TON of sound, and only has a power connector and then optical from the TV to it. They make another model (2000) that incorporates a wireless sub....

Those might be better looking, easier to instal options for you as well..

PS our Surroundbar can get loud enough to be heard on the other side of the house through 3 walls. So it works GREAT for just regular TV and dont really care music (Pandora, Roku, etc)
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If sound quality doesnt matter that much, Monoprice sells in-ceiling speakers for a decently low price that should work.

Then just connect them to a Zone 2 output off your AVR if you want, or from another device and your golden.

Otherwise for small speakers, if surround sound doesnt matter, a refurb Surroundbar is a good option.

Bought a surroundbar (1000) off them for 119 shipped for my bedroom. Thing puts out a TON of sound, and only has a power connector and then optical from the TV to it. They make another model (2000) that incorporates a wireless sub....

Those might be better looking, easier to instal options for you as well..

PS our Surroundbar can get loud enough to be heard on the other side of the house through 3 walls. So it works GREAT for just regular TV and dont really care music (Pandora, Roku, etc)
+1 Enders. I have some Monoprice 8" in-ceiling speakers in my family room downstairs and they are perfect for TV and music for parties (when paired with the JBL ES250PBK sub). My wife loves them. For quality sound, we move it upstairs to the theater room...
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yeah not looking to drop alot of coin but still want decent music and sound for movies. I find myself researching on several forums and the net lol fo a "simple cheap set up"
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"simple cheap set up"
Sounds like a decent Soundbar fills that need....
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Cant need zone 2 for patio n I already have a new denon x1100 I have a,set of polk m40 but the matching center is to big
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So thinking owm3 and owm5 for the fronts...new home has defentive in ceiling for rears
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5.1 in home 2.o patio my dedicated room has rtia series and x4000 lol
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I had been thinking about making this change for a while and wanted to report back on my experience. I owned the RTI A1's for about three years and recently upgraded to the RTI A3's. There is no doubt that the A3's are a far superior speaker, especially for music. The 6.5" driver gives much better mid bass which makes the sound warmer and smoother. I always felt that I had to really turn up the A1's to be able to hear everything in the music. With the A3's I can hear everything, even when played at low volumes. The A3's are quite a bit bigger (especially in depth) but if you have room for them, I can highly recommend going with them over the A1's. The difference was substantial and immediately noticeable.
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