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The newer Signature line has not been out long enough for the guys here to form a solid opinion on them just yet. They do show a lot of promise, but right now do not have much of a track record. Just FWIW. Good luck!
I'd look HARD at the signature line. I really like how they sounded and the price was quite nice too.

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I'd look HARD at the signature line. I really like how they sounded and the price was quite nice too.

I listened to the signature line today. Right next to the RTI A7's.
For my ears, the S55's win hands down. I also was able to listen to the TSX line and frankly, they suck.

The signature series i think is what i am going to purchase. Although i am not a big fan of their center channel speakers aesthetically in this line. Is there another center channel speaker that matches specs wise but might be more pleasing to the eye?
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I listened to the signature line today. Right next to the RTI A7's.
For my ears, the S55's win hands down. I also was able to listen to the TSX line and frankly, they suck.

The signature series i think is what i am going to purchase. Although i am not a big fan of their center channel speakers aesthetically in this line. Is there another center channel speaker that matches specs wise but might be more pleasing to the eye?
That's why it's important to actually hear the speakers for yourself. I listened to both the S55's and RTI A7's, back and forth, like you did and came to the exact opposite conclusion. Also, if you don't like the TSX's, then you will not like the TSI's or Monitors, so those should be off of the table too.
If you really like the Signature series, you may want to try the Polk Audio forum. There are several people there that have purchased them (and like them a lot).
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That's why it's important to actually hear the speakers for yourself. I listened to both the S55's and RTI A7's, back and forth, like you did and came to the exact opposite conclusion. Also, if you don't like the TSX's, then you will not like the TSI's or Monitors, so those should be off of the table too.
If you really like the Signature series, you may want to try the Polk Audio forum. There are several people there that have purchased them (and like them a lot).

I like the RTI A's but i have read a lot them needing additional power. Which is about what they sounded like, to me. I bet i would like them if they had been connected to an additional power source other than a AVR.
I was really hoping that they would have the RTI A5's but they did not.
Prior to today i had only heard the S50's and the TSX 300's in a poorly laid out best buy store.

I need to chase down someplace to listen to the RTI A5's.
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I like the RTI A's but i have read a lot them needing additional power. Which is about what they sounded like, to me. I bet i would like them if they had been connected to an additional power source other than a AVR.
I was really hoping that they would have the RTI A5's but they did not.
Prior to today i had only heard the S50's and the TSX 300's in a poorly laid out best buy store.

I need to chase down someplace to listen to the RTI A5's.
Yeah, the RTI A5's work very well with just an AVR...but you really need a sub with them. Their bass is ok, but they handle everything else so well that a sub just brings them to life.
My personal opinion:
RTI A9's absolutely need extra power. They can sound good without, but you're wasting the money you spent to get the extra bass out of them.
RTI A7's do better with extra power, but don't absolutely need them (your mileage may vary) but of the 3 towers in this line, I think their mids are the worst.
RTI A5 are the best compromise if you have a decent sub. You get the great mids of the 9's, and the sub will take care of what's lacking.
I have the old version of the 5's (RTI8) and I love them for both music and home theater. There are people that think they are too harsh for music, but I do not find that to be the case (and I hate harsh speakers...yeah Klipsch I'm talkin' to you. LOL)
Hopefully you can check out the 5's and compare them to the Signature series. Which ever you choose, I'm sure they will sound great when set up at your home.
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Excellent rundown of the Rti towers, mr266. I was using the Rti8's as surrounds with some Rti12 mains (they're all still sitting here in the LR). For that, they worked very well, even better than Rti10 surrounds. I think you hit the nail on the head, that the A7's (or 10's) in their effort to add a punchy low end fall short in the midrange dept. While we were in the midst of moving, we used the 8's as mains with a small though articulate sub and they sounded SWEET with just a modestly powered AVR.
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