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I'm also thinking about buying a PSA sub. Does anyone here have a PSA sub with cherry finish and do they match the a9's?
I have PSA XS30 Cordovan Cherry and is not an exact match. A9's cherry is on the orange side and the cordovan is a bit more redish.

If they are not going to be located in a place with direct light it is close...........However, more direct light / sunlight on them and you should be able to tell the difference really easy.

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I originally posted this as it's own thread, but haven't received any replies, so I apologize for the double post:

side surround choice
Hello all,
I'm replacing a Polk wireless F/X surround unit that was damaged in a flood. I have $350 with which to replace it, although I can go a little higher ($400). I'd prefer to go the non-wireless route this time. I have attached a rough drawing of my family room. This issues I run into in this room are that the couch must be placed no greater than 1.5 ft from the back wall which has windows, and the left side of the room is open to the kitchen, forcing me to mount the side speakers on stands. The ceiling is 8 ft. My current setup is as follows:

FR and FL Polk Tsi400
Center Polk CS10
Sub Polk Psw 505
Marantz NR1602 receiver
JVC 61" DLP tv

Usage will be 85% movies and gaming and 15% music. I haven't been able to test any speakers, but have been looking at discussions and reviews of Polk F/XiA4 and FXiA6 as well as the Klipsch RS-42 II. I'd really appreciate input on this decision. Given my room layout, would bi/dipole speakers work best? I can place them up to 4 ft away from the primary listening position (couch). If not, do you have any other suggestions? I will be moving in three years, so this is not a long-term setup.

Also, I do hope to upgrade my speakers someday to the RTIa 7 or 9, so I would want something with future flexibility.
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I originally posted this as it's own thread, but haven't received any replies, so I apologize for the double post:

side surround choice
Hello all,
I'm replacing a Polk wireless F/X surround unit that was damaged in a flood. I have $350 with which to replace it, although I can go a little higher ($400). I'd prefer to go the non-wireless route this time. I have attached a rough drawing of my family room. This issues I run into in this room are that the couch must be placed no greater than 1.5 ft from the back wall which has windows, and the left side of the room is open to the kitchen, forcing me to mount the side speakers on stands. The ceiling is 8 ft. My current setup is as follows:

FR and FL Polk Tsi400
Center Polk CS10
Sub Polk Psw 505
Marantz NR1602 receiver
JVC 61" DLP tv

Usage will be 85% movies and gaming and 15% music. I haven't been able to test any speakers, but have been looking at discussions and reviews of Polk F/XiA4 and FXiA6 as well as the Klipsch RS-42 II. I'd really appreciate input on this decision. Given my room layout, would bi/dipole speakers work best? I can place them up to 4 ft away from the primary listening position (couch). If not, do you have any other suggestions? I will be moving in three years, so this is not a long-term setup.

Also, I do hope to upgrade my speakers someday to the RTIa 7 or 9, so I would want something with future flexibility.
Thanks!
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I would get the FXi A6s because you won't wonder what you're missing if you get the A4s. Or you could get RTi A3s for fronts and move the towers to surrounds
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Posted this in a separate thread. Just hoping for some good advice.

Vintage Polks vs newer Polks in a HT.

Currently going through a master bath renovation and along with that we are expanding over our garage behind the master bath to put in an office/man cave. Because of this I have been given the green light to get new equipment the the man cave.

Through all this I have contemplated whether it would be worth it to also upgrade my vintage Polk S10 speakers in the basement home theater. I've thought about replacing them with Polk Monitor 60 speakers. Would this be a big upgrade or negligible?

I currently have the Polk S10s as fronts, a Polk CS10 center (have a CS2 in a box), Polk R150s as both surrounds and back surrounds, and a PA-120 subwoofer.

For the man cave I have Monitor 40s for fronts, CS10 for center, R150 as surrounds, and either a Polk psw505 or BIC H100 as the sub and a Denon S700W as receiver.

Any thoughts are appreciated.
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Question do the RTI-10's have a high pass filter for low frequencies say around 35-40 HZ or should I change my receiver back from full to 40 HZ.

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Was hoping for help...

House is currently is construction phase. Opted to have ceiling speakers wired in. Regretted this but it was too late by time ..

Purchased 4 ts80i in ceiling speakers
1 csia6 center channel

Debating on picking up onkyo 636 receiver. .will add sub later
.

Now

I'm looking for something a little less expensive to add to the setup. I was content going solely with the 4 ceiling/center/subwoofer, but now I'm curious about this dolby atmos sound.

Are there any satellite speakers I could add ?

I'm way over budget as is. Thanks in advance.
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Setting up a System for Music/Movies

Hello All,


I am setting up my first system with all Polk speakers because of the brand, price, and quality. My current targets are the following:


Receiver: Yamaha RX-V477
Left & Right: Polk RTI A3
Center: Polk CS10
Sub: Polk PSW10


I understand that the RTIs are more powerful than the other speakers, but I will use the receiver to manage that. I also intend to use just the RTIs and the Sub for music.


My main concern is that the receiver provides enough power for the system, and that it will sound good all together.


I would really appreciate your thoughts on this first system.
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Hello All,


I am setting up my first system with all Polk speakers because of the brand, price, and quality. My current targets are the following:


Receiver: Yamaha RX-V477
Left & Right: Polk RTI A3
Center: Polk CS10
Sub: Polk PSW10


I understand that the RTIs are more powerful than the other speakers, but I will use the receiver to manage that. I also intend to use just the RTIs and the Sub for music.


My main concern is that the receiver provides enough power for the system, and that it will sound good all together.


I would really appreciate your thoughts on this first system.
You should get the CSi A6 for the center and forget about the sub for now. Then add a sub when you can save up a bit more money. Quality > quantity. Add the speakers a few at a time. Or, get a nicer sub now and add the center channel later.

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The issue with a non matching center is the timbre of the speaker, not as much how loud it plays

Front L&R: Polk RTi A3 (cherry finish)
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Hey Zpatter, thanks for the quick reply!


So you think that the different speakers would result in a noticeable imbalance? I was just worried about the left-to-right action from the front wall during movies and the like.


Also, what do you think of the receiver for the power? I am trying to spend more on speakers and less on receivers. The Yamaha I listed is rated well and appears to have sufficient power at both 1 and 2 channels.


Lastly, I notice that the RTI A1s have die-hard fans, but the A3s have some naysayers. Do you think the A1s are worth the extra $40?
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Was hoping for help...

House is currently is construction phase. Opted to have ceiling speakers wired in. Regretted this but it was too late by time ..

Purchased 4 ts80i in ceiling speakers
1 csia6 center channel

Debating on picking up onkyo 636 receiver. .will add sub later
.

Now

I'm looking for something a little less expensive to add to the setup. I was content going solely with the 4 ceiling/center/subwoofer, but now I'm curious about this dolby atmos sound.

Are there any satellite speakers I could add ?

I'm way over budget as is. Thanks in advance.
First off, you say you already have four "TS80i" in-ceiling speakers; I will assume you meant to write TC80i as I have never heard of the former.

Secondly, your five listener-level speakers should ideally be placed at about ear height for the main listening position (MLP). This is even more important if you want to utilize Dolby Atmos immersive audio, which aims to create a three-dimensional hemispherical bubble of sound around the MLP. In order to achieve this effect you will want to install your speakers so as to achieve maximum vertical separate between the listener- and top-level speakers.

Thirdly, Dolby Atmos has prescribed placement ranges for the top-level speakers. Are your in-ceilings already installed and, if so, do they fall within the recommended elevation angle ranges (see the illustration below)?



Fourthly, the Onkyo TX-NR636 only supports a maximum Atmos configuration of 5.1.2 (5 = listener-level speakers [LCR + SL/R], 1 = LFE channel, and 2= one pair of overhead speakers). This means that you would have to choose to use either the front TC80i pair or the back pair as the elevation speakers; the other pair would be unavailable unless you can move up to a more capable AVR (e.g., Denon AVR-X4100W). (N.B.: Although the X4100W refurb for $800 I linked to at A4L is heavily discounted and a great bargain, you would be foregoing the HDCP 2.2 capability of the NR636, if that is important to you; however, if you will only have one 4K video source (e.g., BDP), you can always connect it via digital optical (Toslink) to the AVR for audio and use a separate HDMI video connection between the source and the display.

It appears that budget is a primary concern for you, but here is my suggestion for maximizing your investment:

1) Plan to use the TC80i's as elevation speakers for Atmos. If you can't swing $800 for a refurbished X4100W from A4L, then use one speaker pair now (i.e., either front height [FH] or top middle [TM]) and eventually, when you're ready to upgrade your AVR, you will already have the second pair ready to go. HOWEVER, make sure that your MLP is correctly located within tolerance for the pertinent Atmos speaker elevation angle.

2) Pair your CSiA6 center (good choice, BTW) with something like the Polk Audio RTi6 for your mains (currently a steal at $200/pair refurbished) and RTi4 as SL/R (also currently $200/pair new). You could save a little by substituting the extremely versatile OWM5 ($170/pair) or even OWM3 ($100/pair) at surround duty.

I think this would be a decent bang for your buck and give you a suitable HT experience until you're ready to invest some more serious money in your equipment.

Oh, and don't cheap out on the SW!
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Hey Zpatter, thanks for the quick reply!


So you think that the different speakers would result in a noticeable imbalance? I was just worried about the left-to-right action from the front wall during movies and the like.


Also, what do you think of the receiver for the power? I am trying to spend more on speakers and less on receivers. The Yamaha I listed is rated well and appears to have sufficient power at both 1 and 2 channels.


Lastly, I notice that the RTI A1s have die-hard fans, but the A3s have some naysayers. Do you think the A1s are worth the extra $40?
The A3's are great speakers, but you should definitely skip the CS10. That center is even too weak for anything but the smallest Monitor configuration. You should stay in the Rti line and go for the CsiA4 (or a Csi3) at a minimum. Nice thing about the Csi3/A4 is they are sealed back (no rear port) and can be easily located underneath a TV in a cabinet. Also I would recommend you not get the PSW10. Get the 505 instead... you will not regret it.

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Hey all,

Any stores I could buy the TSi100 bookshelf speakers around the Houston / Dallas area?
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The A3's are great speakers, but you should definitely skip the CS10. That center is even too weak for anything but the smallest Monitor configuration. You should stay in the Rti line and go for the CsiA4 (or a Csi3) at a minimum. Nice thing about the Csi3/A4 is they are sealed back (no rear port) and can be easily located underneath a TV in a cabinet. Also I would recommend you not get the PSW10. Get the 505 instead... you will not regret it.
The A3 is usually more expensive than the A1s. They sounded exactly the same to me but they have a bit more extension down low. I did tons of research and didn't find that people preferred the A1s Over the A3s. I agree with at least getting the CSi A4 but the CSi A6 is better. Also the 505 is the best Polk sub. If it's in budget, though, get SVS or another ID sub.

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Hello friends, just pulled the trigger on a Marantz SR-7008 to power my system, very excited. I'm moving from a Pioneer VSX-1122 with basic MCACC to Audyssey XT32. I'm using RTi 8's RTi6's and a CSi 5. Anyone here have any experience with the SR-7008 and could give me some insight on what I might expect to hear from my RTi's?

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Hello friends, just pulled the trigger on a Marantz SR-7008 to power my system, very excited. I'm moving from a Pioneer VSX-1122 with basic MCACC to Audyssey XT32. I'm using RTi 8's RTi6's and a CSi 5. Anyone here have any experience with the SR-7008 and could give me some insight on what I might expect to hear from my RTi's?

Hope u can share ur experience moving to XT32 re: sound quality and overall performance... im also planning to purchase 7009 late this year when price drop after 7010 released. Im now using Pionner 1121 and Polk A5 / A6 for my LCR.


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Sounds like your making a similar move with similar gear as me. I'm just hoping that I can get used to the Marantz interface and verbiage. I ordered an Onkyo 636 for my parents to start a small system for them and have been using that for the last 2 days til my Marantz comes in so I can figure out how to use it so I can easily show my mom when I hook it up. I can tell you that after 2 days with the Onkyo I can't wait to get the Marantz in my house. I prefer my 1122-K to the 636 in almost every way.

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First off, you say you already have four "TS80i" in-ceiling speakers; I will assume you meant to write TC80i as I have never heard of the former.

Secondly, your five listener-level speakers should ideally be placed at about ear height for the main listening position (MLP). This is even more important if you want to utilize Dolby Atmos immersive audio, which aims to create a three-dimensional hemispherical bubble of sound around the MLP. In order to achieve this effect you will want to install your speakers so as to achieve maximum vertical separate between the listener- and top-level speakers.

Thirdly, Dolby Atmos has prescribed placement ranges for the top-level speakers. Are your in-ceilings already installed and, if so, do they fall within the recommended elevation angle ranges (see the illustration below)?



Fourthly, the Onkyo TX-NR636 only supports a maximum Atmos configuration of 5.1.2 (5 = listener-level speakers [LCR + SL/R], 1 = LFE channel, and 2= one pair of overhead speakers). This means that you would have to choose to use either the front TC80i pair or the back pair as the elevation speakers; the other pair would be unavailable unless you can move up to a more capable AVR (e.g., Denon AVR-X4100W). (N.B.: Although the X4100W refurb for $800 I linked to at A4L is heavily discounted and a great bargain, you would be foregoing the HDCP 2.2 capability of the NR636, if that is important to you; however, if you will only have one 4K video source (e.g., BDP), you can always connect it via digital optical (Toslink) to the AVR for audio and use a separate HDMI video connection between the source and the display.

It appears that budget is a primary concern for you, but here is my suggestion for maximizing your investment:

1) Plan to use the TC80i's as elevation speakers for Atmos. If you can't swing $800 for a refurbished X4100W from A4L, then use one speaker pair now (i.e., either front height [FH] or top middle [TM]) and eventually, when you're ready to upgrade your AVR, you will already have the second pair ready to go. HOWEVER, make sure that your MLP is correctly located within tolerance for the pertinent Atmos speaker elevation angle.

2) Pair your CSiA6 center (good choice, BTW) with something like the Polk Audio RTi6 for your mains (currently a steal at $200/pair refurbished) and RTi4 as SL/R (also currently $200/pair new). You could save a little by substituting the extremely versatile OWM5 ($170/pair) or even OWM3 ($100/pair) at surround duty.

I think this would be a decent bang for your buck and give you a suitable HT experience until you're ready to invest some more serious money in your equipment.

Oh, and don't cheap out on the SW!

Thanks for the incredibly detailed response.

It occurred to me that perhaps Atmos is out of my range for now since wife doesn't want the new home/living room cluttered with speakers. Perhaps when the time comes for a man cave.

I managed to find a 636 off Ebay. Used, but for less than $250 my expectations are quite low.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/201389313573?...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

It doesn't come with a remote so I'm either looking for a universal or forking out the $40-$50 for a replacement 880M.

I looked into your recommendation on the RTi4 and RTi6, and unfortunately both links would not ship to Canada. Great day nonetheless.

I ended up looking in to the OWM5 and became fascinated. I picked up 2.

So currently, the set up is

CsiA6 up front

Two TC80i's up front (the atmos had speakers that reflecting sound off the ceiling, so not sure if this is that much of a downgrade)

Two TC80's positioned in the rear

Two OWM5's either at listening position, or behind.

I have no clue what I'm doing. Still need a sub.
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Sounds like your making a similar move with similar gear as me. I'm just hoping that I can get used to the Marantz interface and verbiage. I ordered an Onkyo 636 for my parents to start a small system for them and have been using that for the last 2 days til my Marantz comes in so I can figure out how to use it so I can easily show my mom when I hook it up. I can tell you that after 2 days with the Onkyo I can't wait to get the Marantz in my house. I prefer my 1122-K to the 636 in almost every way.

Let's wait and see on the performance of Marantz on Polk speakers... u'll be my advisor hahaha....
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Thanks for the incredibly detailed response.

It occurred to me that perhaps Atmos is out of my range for now since wife doesn't want the new home/living room cluttered with speakers. Perhaps when the time comes for a man cave.

I managed to find a 636 off Ebay. Used, but for less than $250 my expectations are quite low.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/201389313573?...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

It doesn't come with a remote so I'm either looking for a universal or forking out the $40-$50 for a replacement 880M.

I looked into your recommendation on the RTi4 and RTi6, and unfortunately both links would not ship to Canada. Great day nonetheless.

I ended up looking in to the OWM5 and became fascinated. I picked up 2.

So currently, the set up is

CsiA6 up front

Two TC80i's up front (the atmos had speakers that reflecting sound off the ceiling, so not sure if this is that much of a downgrade)

Two TC80's positioned in the rear

Two OWM5's either at listening position, or behind.

I have no clue what I'm doing. Still need a sub.
I didn't realize you were located in Canada when I made my purchase recommendations. Sore-y boot that!

Sounds like you're aiming to achieve maximum effect on a minimum budget, and all within very restrictive WAF conditions. Well, almost all of us have to work under constraints of one kind or another, so you're not alone.

Depending on the size and shape of the room and where you plan to locate the MLP, I think you could easily use the OWM5's as either side or back surrounds and the rear-most TC80i's for the other pair. You may want to experiment with various seating placements and speaker combinations using a high-quality audio input source to see which works best for you in a traditional 7.1 setup.

You'd probably be best advised to forget about immersive audio (Atmos/DTS:X/Auro) until you can arrange for a more suitable listening room that will accommodate both listener- and top-level speakers.

As for the SW, I would shop around for the best used model I could find in the local market and hope that will do until you're ready to upgrade again. You should be able to find something decent for under $200 unless you live out in the middle of nowhere.

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Sounds like your making a similar move with similar gear as me. I'm just hoping that I can get used to the Marantz interface and verbiage. I ordered an Onkyo 636 for my parents to start a small system for them and have been using that for the last 2 days til my Marantz comes in so I can figure out how to use it so I can easily show my mom when I hook it up. I can tell you that after 2 days with the Onkyo I can't wait to get the Marantz in my house. I prefer my 1122-K to the 636 in almost every way.
I too will be making a similar move with similar equipment and am very curious what your findings will be.

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Ok, so my Marantz came yesterday and I was finally able to run Audyssey today and the initial reports are positive. In stereo mode it pushed my RTi8's much better than my 1122-k did almost to the the point where I didn't immediatly notice that the subs weren't on. I still have a little bit of tweaking to do I think but I think so far my RTi's are liking the little bit of extra power.

By the way the Marantz design is beautiful, and the onscreen interface is fast responding and easy to use, the Marantz app for my iPhone though leaves a little bit to be desired, I prefer the pioneer app and I wasn't crazy about that one either.

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Hi Everyone, I recently purchased from RTi4 speakers for my surround and rear surround speakers. When I mounted them I realized they REALLY stick out form the wall. I was curious if it would hurt the sound quality if I were to recess them into the wall much like this

I have heard you don't want to do this if the speakers are back ported (like the polks) But If I were to leave an air gap around the speakers would this be ok? How much air gap would I need? I could also leave the area open around the speakers as well and just mount them on a recessed shelf since the area around the speakers will be covered by panels.

Any thoughts?
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Hi Everyone, I recently purchased from RTi4 speakers for my surround and rear surround speakers. When I mounted them I realized they REALLY stick out form the wall. I was curious if it would hurt the sound quality if I were to recess them into the wall much like this

I have heard you don't want to do this if the speakers are back ported (like the polks) But If I were to leave an air gap around the speakers would this be ok? How much air gap would I need? I could also leave the area open around the speakers as well and just mount them on a recessed shelf since the area around the speakers will be covered by panels.

Any thoughts?
I'd consider getting different smaller or in wall speakers before you go through with tearing apart your walls, no matter how big you make the space behind the speakers it's still going to effect the sound. I have the bigger RTi 6's as surrounds on stands but the smaller and easier to mount OWM3's as rear surrounds mounted to my ceiling. I'm sure you could do something similar without having to cut your walls apart.
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