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Well, I finally decided that I'll just have to make the Monitor/RTiA comparison for myself.

I just placed my telephone order for 2 x RTiA7, 2 x RTiA5, and a CSi6. If they measure up I will resell my perfectly good Monitor 75t/55t/CS2.

Total for the five speakers was $1099.90 shipped. Thanks to Polk Audio for taking care of a loyal customer!

Do folks here generally agree that one should run all five as full-range for about 200 hours to break them in?
Congrats on the buy! Pretty sure you won't be going back =)

200 hours is maybe a little high much I'd say... I've had an Energy Reference setup prior to my present setup, and they were often described as having a very long to break-in period... And the recommended period was 100 hours. Can't say if it is precisely 100 hours, but I can say straight away that indeed they were the longest speaker to break in I've ever owned. I've owned Yamahas, Energys, Kilpsches, and two lines of Polks. None took as much as long than the Energys.

So I think a safe bet would be 100 hours. Pretty sure 99.9% of the break would be made then, and you wouldn't have to stress much about rushing the break-in in the return period...

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Congrats on the buy! Pretty sure you won't be going back =)

200 hours is maybe a little high much I'd say... I've had an Energy Reference setup prior to my present setup, and they were often described as having a very long to break-in period... And the recommended period was 100 hours. Can't say if it is precisely 100 hours, but I can say straight away that indeed they were the longest speaker to break in I've ever owned. I've owned Yamahas, Energys, Kilpsches, and two lines of Polks. None took as much as long than the Energys.

So I think a safe bet would be 100 hours. Pretty sure 99.9% of the break would be made then, and you wouldn't have to stress much about rushing the break-in in the return period...
Thanks for that feedback.

I was just on the phone with the craigslist buyer of my Monitors. They're already sold (all six including the PSW505)! That was really quick.

Do you think it's important to run the RTiA's fullband in order to break them in?
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Thanks for that feedback.

I was just on the phone with the craigslist buyer of my Monitors. They're already sold (all six including the PSW505)! That was really quick.

Do you think it's important to run the RTiA's fullband in order to break them in?
Wow, that was fast indeed =) with the FF, your upgrade will be pretty cost efficient eh

I do not think running them full range is absolutely necessary, because if you cross them over normally their woofers will still still be getting enough workout to loosen up the driver surrounds...There maybe a slight benefit though, but I doubt it would make a huge difference.
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Thinking about it... YOu said you sold the subwoofer too.. Does it mean that you won't have any subwoofer in the setup while breaking them in?

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Thinking about it... YOu said you sold the subwoofer too.. Does it mean that you won't have any subwoofer in the setup while breaking them in?
I listed the SW to see whether it would get a nibble (and knowing that my best bet would be to sell all the speakers together to someone looking for a complete 5.1 setup). Sure enough, that's what happened.

I figured that I may as well up the SW ante while I'm at it and planned to get an SVS SB-2000. But if I'm going to be running the RTiA's fullband for the next two to three weeks I would put off placing the SW order. Otherwise I would pull the trigger right away. What do you suggest?
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I listed the SW to see whether it would get a nibble (and knowing that my best bet would be to sell all the speakers together to someone looking for a complete 5.1 setup). Sure enough, that's what happened.

I figured that I may as well up the SW ante while I'm at it and planned to get an SVS SB-2000. But if I'm going to be running the RTiA's fullband for the next two to three weeks I would put off placing the SW order. Otherwise I would pull the trigger right away. What do you suggest?
Good move. Do it all at once and be done.
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I listed the SW to see whether it would get a nibble (and knowing that my best bet would be to sell all the speakers together to someone looking for a complete 5.1 setup). Sure enough, that's what happened.

I figured that I may as well up the SW ante while I'm at it and planned to get an SVS SB-2000. But if I'm going to be running the RTiA's fullband for the next two to three weeks I would put off placing the SW order. Otherwise I would pull the trigger right away. What do you suggest?
I'll say good move too ! Major upgrade. The rti-as already have awesome bass for the price, and the SVS will complement them well down-low. You'll experience your movies like never before, I can assure you

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I have owned the full Tsi series and just moved to the RTI A's and they are in a completely different league.
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Anyone have any experience with the TL250/TL350?
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Anyone have any experience with the TL250/TL350?
Yes, I owned the TL250. I used them in conjunction with older Technics floorstanding speakers as my mains. They are excellent satellites if you need something with a very small footprint and/or have a small room.
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All five Monitors are already sold within hours, including the PSW505..
Congrats on that as well. I've had a M70 5.1 system listed here on AVS for about a month now, decided I'll just leave it with the house when we move (including a DSW-660 sub).

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So you wouldn't run them full-range to break them in? (If I don't do anything special, then I would be setting them to small w/XO at around 80Hz.) I'm retired and on a typical day I run my system 14 to 16 hours. Just want to clarify.
I don't believe full range would alter the break-in period significantly. However, you may discover that lowering your xover from 80 down to 60 Hz may sound better (after they have broken in). Several of us here who own RtiA9's run the mains as low as 40Hz. Of course, much depends on which sub you eventually use. As far as break-in, I think about 100 hours sounds about right. I remember after about six weeks of normal use, suddenly I noticed the speakers seemed to sound a lot better. It just sort of happened... wasn't "timed".
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Do you think it's important to run the RTiA's fullband in order to break them in?

I never took any special care with any "break in" period for any of my speakers. I just played 'em. I ran my A9's crossed over at 40HZ for four years, and now, since I'm not using my subs for the moment, my A9's are set to full band now and let me tell you, it's all about the bass (no treble)

BTW, congratulations on your upgrade, very soon, you will "understand"

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Bot a pair of 5jr's back in the mid 80's. Just replaced them as the fronts of my system with TSx440's and will work them in as the surrounds this weekend. Grabbed a 5.1 box of RM6880 -- no you won't even find them in support any more -- several years back. I'm going to stack the RM101's with the 5jr's on the side and run them separately amped by an NAD 3150 whose only fault is dirty a potentiometer in the pre-amp. That let's me bi-amp the 440's from my Yamaha AVR and increase total system power by 50% in 5.1 and a double in 2 channel mode. After all, it's about playing vinyl, right?

Anyway, went into Abt looking at a half-price offer on some Klipsch towers. The reviews of them I had read were not inspiring. I asked the attendant who was playing my DVD-A of Gaucho if there was something I could listen to in comparison. He says, "How about these Polks?" Made sense since it seems all I ever buy is Polk. After 5 seconds of listening I turned to the Phillipino guy who had wandered in to see what was going on. He nodded and I immediately asked the salesman how much more these would cost me. "$100 more -- also on sale" Sold! Wrap 'em up.

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How much of a difference is there between RTi A3s and A5s? Price difference is $200 and these will be fronts in a 5.0 set up with an A6 center and A3 rears. Pulling the trigger this weekend!
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How much of a difference is there between RTi A3s and A5s? Price difference is $200 and these will be fronts in a 5.0 set up with an A6 center and A3 rears. Pulling the trigger this weekend!

The A5 carries more diver surface and is a tower over a bookie, you get greater bass extension and the A5 owners I know swear up and down to it's "stereo" capabilities.


If you can swing the A5's, I'd do it!!

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How much of a difference is there between RTi A3s and A5s? Price difference is $200 and these will be fronts in a 5.0 set up with an A6 center and A3 rears. Pulling the trigger this weekend!

Okay, just reread your post, it looks like you're going with the A5's. Good man, and good plan on your 5.0 set up.....


Do you have a CD player? Or a BRP that plays CD's? Do you have any interest in CD's?


If you like any kind of music at all, get ready to start increasing your music library, your A5's will blow you away in 2ch

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I still haven't decicided haha
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if you have stands A3 won't be that different if you don't have a sand then floor standing is so much less headache.
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So, I have a polk 660 sub, and am thinking of changing my rtia3 fronts to a5 or a7. what is the compelling case for rtia7 over the a5?
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So, I have a polk 660 sub, and am thinking of changing my rtia3 fronts to a5 or a7. what is the compelling case for rtia7 over the a5?
With a current coupon of 50% off, the RTiA7 would probably be the best course. It has similar sound properties to its big brother the RTiA9. The A7 has three distinct types of drivers while the A5 only has two. They are going to sound different, even if crossed over at the recommended 80Hz.

The RTiA5 will have closer sonic similarities to the RTiA3 bookshelf, but in a larger package.

I found this little bit of awesome advice while surfing:

"A7 might have better mid-range because it will split it between two different sized drivers."



Now get back to your group mister.
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With a current coupon of 50% off, the RTiA7 would probably be the best course. It has similar sound properties to its big brother the RTiA9. The A7 has three distinct types of drivers while the A5 only has two. They are going to sound different, even if crossed over at the recommended 80Hz.

The RTiA5 will have closer sonic similarities to the RTiA3 bookshelf, but in a larger package.

I found this little bit of awesome advice while surfing:

"A7 might have better mid-range because it will split it between two different sized drivers."



Now get back to your group mister.
I debated for quite while whether to get (1) 4 A5's or (2) 2 ea A7 & A5 for FL/R and FWL/R, but I finally decided for the latter mostly for the reasons cited by climber. That, plus I prefer the aesthetics of the smaller wides flanking the mains.
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Hi All - So after my sub started making odd sounds I decided to upgrade my whole system, the 50% discount helped!!! Although I was upset that the Polk website has an odd mix of speakers on offer, any idea why they never have all the complete series? In my case I am moving from monitors to in-wall due to a change in my screen which now requires behind the screen placement so I wanted the LS LCR but only the 255c-LS was on their site - I had to go to Amazon to get the 265-LS at a discount. I also wanted LS bookshelf to replace the Monitor 40's for rear surround and could only see the LSiM703 so I ordered those, I'll keep the in-ceiling as those are a newer add-on and I may add another set when I go Atmos.


I was looking to see if anyone else was using the 265-LS/255c-LS in-wall and if so how you have them fitted. I think I read they don't need a baffle in the cavity but I have also read that other have built boxes for this type of speaker?


I attached my layout - any suggestions and experiences with in-walls appreciated.
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Hi All - So after my sub started making odd sounds I decided to upgrade my whole system, the 50% discount helped!!! Although I was upset that the Polk website has an odd mix of speakers on offer, any idea why they never have all the complete series? In my case I am moving from monitors to in-wall due to a change in my screen which now requires behind the screen placement so I wanted the LS LCR but only the 255c-LS was on their site - I had to go to Amazon to get the 265-LS at a discount. I also wanted LS bookshelf to replace the Monitor 40's for rear surround and could only see the LSiM703 so I ordered those, I'll keep the in-ceiling as those are a newer add-on and I may add another set when I go Atmos.


I was looking to see if anyone else was using the 265-LS/255c-LS in-wall and if so how you have them fitted. I think I read they don't need a baffle in the cavity but I have also read that other have built boxes for this type of speaker?


I attached my layout - any suggestions and experiences with in-walls appreciated.
I can't speak for the 265LS's but I can speak for the 265RTs and the 255C-RT. I am currently feeding these three speakers (L-C-R) with an Emo XPA-3 (200w ea) and they are AWESOME. I've been using them for at least 15 months and I am in love. I also use 4 other Polk in-walls to round out my system. That said, I also have dual XV-15s to do the heavy lifting. You MUST have a good sub to compliment these in-walls and you MUST feed them power to make them shine.

I have often wondered if I could hear any difference if I switched out my RT in-walls with LS's. My guess is I would not being that they are in-walls. My suggestion would be to just go with the RT's unless you think the timbre-matching with your new LSI's would be an issue. I don't know enough on that topic so perhaps others can chime in here. Going with the RT in-walls would save you a couple hundred bucks I think.

I did not build any sort of a cavity in my walls but the walls are very well insulated since They are all perimeter walls in my basement.

I will also tell you that I recently demoed a pair of A7's and a CSiA6 in my room (in lieu of my front 3 265s/255) and I sent the 7's back. That's how well these in-walls can hold their own! I was willing to keep the bulky 7s and A6 IF there was a noticeable difference in sound but there was not. SO BACK THEY WENT! Thank god because I love the clean look of these speakers in the walls.

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I can't speak for the 265LS's but I can speak for the 265RTs and the 255C-RT. I am currently feeding these three speakers (L-C-R) with an Emo XPA-3 (200w ea) and they are AWESOME. I've been using them for at least 15 months and I am in love. I also use 4 other Polk in-walls to round out my system. That said, I also have dual XV-15s to do the heavy lifting. You MUST have a good sub to compliment these in-walls and you MUST feed them power to make them shine.

Thanks for the info - I was going for the RT's originally and then decided to get the LS as I got the 50% off voucher and as I was already nervous about going to in-walls I figured stepping up couldn't be a bad thing. Right now I have an Onkyo 818 which is rated at 125w per 7 channels so I hope that is good enough. I'm also buying two SVS PB2000 subs which should sound great with these Polk's. My PWS125 died so I moved my DSWPro 550wi from my 2.1 music setup into the theater to see if that would be a good replacement but was underwhelmed and I looks like Polk aren't promoting any good higher end subs now?


I guess I will just make sure the cavity above and below the speaker inset is filled with insulation rather than building a baffle and see how they sound. I also looked at the spec of my RC80i in-ceiling and they are matched with the RTi rather than the LS so I may grab the 500 or 700 LS and switch them out while I have the discount.
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... My PWS125 died so I moved my DSWPro 550wi from my 2.1 music setup into the theater to see if that would be a good replacement but was underwhelmed and I looks like Polk aren't promoting any good higher end subs now?
I picked up a Polk DSW-660 a couple years ago at 50% off and was indeed underwhelmed. As this is AFAIK Polk's top line sub, I've pretty much written them off as far as subs go. OTOH I've been really impressed with Klipsch subs' bang for the buck (great LFE at half or even a quarter of what an ID sub would cost), though in general I dislike Klipsch's towers and bookies.

My DSW-660 has been unplugged for the past year, and I've pretty much decided we will simply leave it in the house, along with some M70's and a CS2 when we move to our retirement home at the end of the year. Having a decent sound system included in the sale price may be worth more than I could hope to get trying to sell them online.

As a side note on Polk's product line, I was unsure just how I might use the latest F&F 50% off coupon. I decided to order their UltraFocus 8000 noise cancelling headphones. Does anyone here have experience with them? I considered Sennheiser and Sony - both ranked well, but while the Polks have superior battery life, they weigh 50% more than the Sennheisers. 50% off made the 8000's more affordable than the Senn's. I never even considered the Bose's, while some folks never even consider looking at anything other then Bose!

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I'll say good move too ! Major upgrade. The rti-as already have awesome bass for the price, and the SVS will complement them well down-low. You'll experience your movies like never before, I can assure you

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