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post #39631 of 39644 Old 01-29-2015, 09:54 AM
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The pictures and dimensions you provided seem to match perfectly with the RT8, but the RT8 has a single 6-1/2" driver and you specified a 5" woofer. Could you have mismeasured?
Yes that sure looks like the speakers I have. I probably mismeasured the woofers. I was not sure where to measure them so I chose to measure the diameter of the rigid cone, not the foam ring nor the mounting plate. Thank you for your help!

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Yes that sure looks like the speakers I have. I probably mismeasured the woofers. I was not sure where to measure them so I chose to measure the diameter of the rigid cone, not the foam ring nor the mounting plate. Thank you for your help!
Traditionally speakers are measured from the edge of the frame. Seems unfair, as woofers with a wide surround can be advertised as being much larger than they actually are (e.g., BIC-F12) , whereas the most important factor is the actual surface area of the rigid cone.

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Thanks a bunch rob, yeah I kinda over killed it for a computer set up haha, I was thinking of moving it to the living room n replacing a cheap $200 HTiB, although I love the music ive been playing through this thing, haha If I do move it to the living room then I will be sure to probably upgrade, and I am thinking about changing out this cheap raptor 14AWG speaker wire to Monoprice 12 gauge... heard nothing but good from monoprice.. this raptor wire is already messing up and it hasnt even been a year.
I didn't know that wire could "mess up", unless it must endure foot traffic or heavy furniture. As far as 14 vs 12 Ga, the M40's don't draw enough power to justify larger guage for runs under 20' or so. The M70's may be another matter.
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If I do move it to the living room then I will be sure to probably upgrade
I'd keep the Monitor setup for PC gaming and in your main HT stalk the polk eBay site and snag the following:

Fronts: RTi A5 or A3
Center: RTi A6
Surrounds: RTi F/x (harder to find on the ebay site), RTi A1

That setup will cost more, but it will sound better for movies IMHO, and the price difference isnt huge compared to the Monitors when you buy off Polk eBay site......

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I didn't know that wire could "mess up", unless it must endure foot traffic or heavy furniture. As far as 14 vs 12 Ga, the M40's don't draw enough power to justify larger guage for runs under 20' or so. The M70's may be another matter.
OP: I agree with the above inasmuch as you should not need larger than 14AWG speaker wire unless the run is over 50 feet--regardless of which of the Monitors you use. But, by all means, do check out Monoprice's offerings; they have good products at very reasonable prices and are a sponsor of AVSForum and thus deserving of our patronage.

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I'd keep the Monitor setup for PC gaming and in your main HT stalk the polk eBay site and snag the following:

Fronts: RTi A5 or A3
Center: RTi A6 [should read: CSiA6]
Surrounds: RTi F/x (harder to find on the ebay site), RTi A1

That setup will cost more, but it will sound better for movies IMHO, and the price difference isnt huge compared to the Monitors when you buy off Polk eBay site......
Or, substituting the older but almost identical RTi8 (vice RTiA5), CSi5 (vice CSiA6), and RTi4 (vice RTiA1), total of about $840 NIB including tax and shipping currently at Polk Audio's eBay store.

The Monitor series is great bang-for-your-buck, but the RTi's are incrementally better--especially for critical music listening.
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Or, substituting the older but almost identical RTi8 (vice RTiA5), CSi5 (vice CSiA6), and RTi4 (vice RTiA1), total of about $840 NIB including tax and shipping currently at Polk Audio's eBay store.

The Monitor series is great bang-for-your-buck, but the RTi's are incrementally better--especially for critical music listening.
Agreed, though I admit the RTi A is a MUCH better looking speaker. And at least myself I gravitate toward WAF stuff being married.

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Yeah the speakers are amazing I would have to say that there is one song that I hear them struggle though no matter what volume level it makes them have this... Idk vibrating like sound in them like u have something vibrating on plastic... and they only do it on one song around he beginning in two places... the song is hanging on by Blake reary
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Agreed, though I admit the RTi A is a MUCH better looking speaker. And at least myself I gravitate toward WAF stuff being married.
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Hi everyone, I just bought a pair of 80 F/X rt in-ceiling speakers for surrounds in our new house. These speakers are advertised to have an 8" main driver, but it's apparent that the driver is actually 6.5". Has anybody else noticed this discrepancy? I suppose for surrounds it shouldn't matter all that much, but I thought I was upgrading the driver size from our 6.5" Klipsch in our previous house.
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Hi everyone, I just bought a pair of 80 F/X rt in-ceiling speakers for surrounds in our new house. These speakers are advertised to have an 8" main driver, but it's apparent that the driver is actually 6.5". Has anybody else noticed this discrepancy? I suppose for surrounds it shouldn't matter all that much, but I thought I was upgrading the driver size from our 6.5" Klipsch in our previous house.

Hmmm. I have a pair of these mounted as my Atmos Top Middles and, come to think of it, I never did bother to measure the driver. I think it actually comes in at something around 7" but is classified as an 8" woofer by Polk (8" Dynamic Balance mineral composite polypropylene cone woofer). If it's any consolation to you, they're fantastic performers IMHO. And the 6-1/2" driver in other Polk series (e.g., RC60i) is definitely smaller.
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Hmmm. I have a pair of these mounted as my Atmos Top Middles and, come to think of it, I never did bother to measure the driver. I think it actually comes in at something around 7" but is classified as an 8" woofer by Polk (8" Dynamic Balance mineral composite polypropylene cone woofer). If it's any consolation to you, they're fantastic performers IMHO. And the 6-1/2" driver in other Polk series (e.g., RC60i) is definitely smaller.
Thanks for the info! In the end they just need to sound good, right I'm happy to hear another positive review of them. I tried to attach images to my previous post but I guess maybe my post count is too low to allow attachments. Here's a picture I took today measuring the driver. We'll go ahead and install these this weekend and hope for the best!
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Thanks for the info! In the end they just need to sound good, right I'm happy to hear another positive review of them. I tried to attach images to my previous post but I guess maybe my post count is too low to allow attachments. Here's a picture I took today measuring the driver. We'll go ahead and install these this weekend and hope for the best!
I'm pretty sure you'll be satisfied. I originally installed them as my surrounds, where they got a lot more action than in their present role as Top Middles. IIRC one of my initial Audyssey calibration runs had set them as full range without my having noticed it, and the nearby glass shelves started rattling when I played some bass-heavy music until I realized what had happened and reset the crossover to 80Hz. BTW, if feasible I strongly recommend use of a backer box for acoustical and protective purposes.
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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?

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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?
Hello Tom!

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...

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Hello Tom!

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...
Thanks for the reply! I appreciate your feedback, especially since you are familiar with my current system. I'm very torn on what I want to do; Klipsch has some new offerings I may check out. I guess if I purchase the RTI A9's, I will talk to you again soon in this thread.

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