Originally Posted by chi_guy50
That's just hyperbolic nonsense, plain and simple. None of Polk's products are state-of-the-art audiophile quality, but then neither do they sport a five-figure MSRP.
Virtually all of Polk Audio's products are well made, backed by both a five-year warranty and superlative customer service, and very affordable at the regularly available discount prices.
Not everyone has the budget, room size, understanding neighbors, or WAF approval to allow for superior, near reference level LFE reproduction. For those folks--particularly at a price point at or under $200--Polk subs are a very good choice.
I was surprised the first time I read some of those comments. My first exposure to Polk speakers was probably 30 years ago and it may have been their SDA line, or something like that. Polk seemed pretty highly regarded at the time. All I know is that those speakers were big, sounded good to a teenager, and I couldn't afford them.
Adorama has some pretty crazy LSiM/Yamaha package deals right now for someone that has 3K-4K to throw towards their first home theater or an "upgrade".
I don't know whether this is considered kosher, but I'm just going to post the link, https://slickdeals.net/f/10158824-po...age=2#comments
I priced out one of those packages, and factoring in the 50% off price for the LSiM speakers, you are getting the Yamaha 2060 AVR for around 50 bucks. I know Adorama has had better deals on the 703s. I picked up two for $625 back in January with an Amex $25 promotion. So, even at 50% off, I guess they must be making a decent little profit. The 2060 may not have enough juice to drive all of those, so some external amplification might be called for, which would up the price.
I probably should not even comment on Polk's subs because, as mentioned, I have no experience with them. If they can be had for under 200 bucks, perhaps they are a decent deal. If I were budget constrained, I might still try to save a couple hundred more and pick up something like the RSL Speedwoofer 10. That's based on nothing more than my assumption that the RSL sub would be a considerable upgrade over the Polk.
There are a lot of variables to consider and I'm certainly not going to tell someone what to do. Most of the time I don't even know what I'm doing myself. I'm just throwing out random food for thought.