Originally Posted by RobLee
Not really "down" on Monitors, but realize (or have learned) that they are after all the low tier of the Polk product line. Many of us who now own Rti's or Lsi's gave Monitors an honest try.... having invested a lot of time and money and ended up feeling that we could do better. They do indeed deliver good sound at a very affordable price, which is especially important for those with other financial priorities in life. Some are happy with a Ford and others must own a Mercedes. What is most important is that you are happy with what you have, and it sounds like you are! (what's the Sheryl Crow song?)
Ah, but how elusive true happiness is! I am very pleased with how good my system sounds, but I am constantly wondering how much I might gain by upping the ante. I would be willing to sell the lot and start over with RTi's or LSiM's if I were convinced that the audible improvement would be substantial. (I seriously considered doing so during last year's Friends & Family sale.)
Ergo my interest in our recent discussion comparing these lines. I don't want to spend several thousand dollars on new speakers without a better appreciation for whether the changeover will be worth it to my decidedly pedestrian old ears.
As I've said previously, I don't do any critical (hi-rez) music listening; most of my music sources are either LP's, CD's, or streaming MP3's at around 192kbps. But we watch a lot of movies on Blu-ray, and the HD audio soundtracks (haven't played any Atmos movies yet) are rendered beautifully on my current system. And this despite the fact that, since it's not a dedicated HT, I've had to make a number of compromises on speaker positions and acoustics.
If there were an easy way to "audition" a complete set of RTi's or LSiM's in my room, I'd jump at the chance, believe me!! But the logistics alone would entail quite an effort. So I thank you, and the others here, who are willing to contribute their impressions on the subject.