Originally Posted by Tom Riddle
RTI A9 owners,
I'm a long time Klipsch owner, but the footprint and sleek look of the RTI A9's, in cherry, has me shopping in the Polk market for my next system. I love the huge soundstage my Klipsch speakers provide, and from what I've read, the RTI A9's should offer the same in spades. The only real concern I have is the matching center seems to be small in comparison - I would expect a larger tweeter and more woofers, but I haven't heard it, so I can't judge. How does the center speaker integrate with the towers and does it get lost in the mix? Also, would a larger amp open up the towers more than my XPA-5 @ 200 watts per channel would?
I've owned the Klipsch speakers you have right now...
To me, It would be a lateral step. You'd certainly love the additionnal OOmph the RTI-A9s have over the RF-62IIs, though.
You wouldn't be too shocked about the switch though, because they are both at the brighter side of the spectrum. The Klipsches are slightly brighter though, and more detailed in the top end. But I do prefer the Polk's bass and midbass . Especially the midbass which I felt was a little exhuberent and bloated on the references. Solely because of that, to me the RTIa9s are definitely more musical than the references.
But to my ears, the hornloaded Tweeter is a stellar performer for cinema... I do think that you would long for it when listening to movies if movies are more a priority than music for you... I'm the opposite way, music takes 70% of the priority to me... So YMMV.
The XPA-5 would likely be enough to power them correctly, IMHO.
If you are looking more for a change than an upgrade, the RTIa9 might be a sensible choice. If you are looking for a leap in quality/performance, I'd up the ante a little...