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post #43831 of 43853 Old 07-12-2017, 05:57 AM
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Won't that be a step down? Aren't you better getting the LSIM's both for looks and audio quality
Not exactly a step down, in my humble opinion. The Signature Series is a departure from the way they've done things in the past. The sound from these is phenomenal. The only reason one would consider them a "step down" from the RTiA line is because of the step down in the price. Also, the top speaker in the Signature Series is the S60 with a 1" Terylene high-res dome tweeter & three 6-1/2" mica-reinforced polypropylene Dynamic Balance® cone drivers while the RTiA9 has 1" Dynamic Balance® silk/polymer tweeter, two 5-1/4" Dynamic Balance polymer composite midrange drivers, & three 7" Dynamic Balance polymer composite woofers stuffed into its cabinet. The materials used in the Signature Series are new while the RTi A9 is using "older" technology.

I think the most important things potential buyers of the Signature Series might want to keep in mind are that 1) the tweeter is made of a different material than the one used in the RTiA series and, in my opinion, this is a very good thing because the new tweeter is very detailed without being too harsh. 2) The midbass drivers & woofers are also made of a different material than the other speakers in Polk's other lineups so the sound produced by this line is quite different than the other speakers Polk offers. 3.) The Power Port technology is a part of the Signature Series as well & some people may consider the use of the Power Port in a "lower" line a good implementation of trickle down technology (I would agree, especially with the downward firing port on the floor standing speakers, as it really allows for more versatile placement in a room).

I may be a little biased as I have the Signature S60 speakers and the S30 center and I've been very pleasantly surprised with their performance overall. I've also owned many Polk speakers in the past as well as speakers of different types and brands from many different manufacturers since I've been into audio.

Lastly, the Signatur Series is covered in a vinyl wrap. The reviewer of the Signature Series states that the "vinyl wrap seams are clearly evident" in his review but I don't see what he is seeing on my pair: https://www.soundandvision.com/conte...-system-review

The Signature Series is available at Best Buy but listening to them in the store isn't going to tell you much. It took me a while to get the S60 speakers positioned optimally in my room but once I did, everything snapped into focus and the sound is balanced from top to bottom. I'm definitely happy with them

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Yes and besides 2ch music, I've noticed way better details coming from movies with the 707 and 706 out front when compared to my older set.

I'm keeping my eyes pealed hoping for another great deal on the surrounds.
What set did you have before the LSIM'S where they the RTI-A series? Also i will say the 702's are awesome for surround sound speaker i use them as a back speaker set up in 5.1. I also swapped the left and right position so they are pointing away from my ears and you loose pin point accuracy but gain a massive rear surround field it is pretty cool. I am curious when running Audyssey did you get a phase error if so did you swap + and - or did you just ignore it ?
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What set did you have before the LSIM'S where they the RTI-A series? Also i will say the 702's are awesome for surround sound speaker i use them as a back speaker set up in 5.1. I also swapped the left and right position so they are pointing away from my ears and you loose pin point accuracy but gain a massive rear surround field it is pretty cool. I am curious when running Audyssey did you get a phase error if so did you swap + and - or did you just ignore it ?
My previous set were the RTi-10s and CSi5 center (still have them).

Yes, I got the phase error message, but I knew everything was set properly, so pushed forward.

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My previous set were the RTi-10s and CSi5 center (still have them).

Yes, I got the phase error message, but I knew everything was set properly, so pushed forward.
Same here i just pushed forward after i received the phase error. So far i really like the LSIM series i do feel the treble is just slightly lacking so i up it +1 but the midrange is awesome. But it could be i have a bad calibration my first calibration was pretty good so it could be a calibration issue.

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Same here i just pushed forward after i received the phase error. So far i really like the LSIM series i do feel the treble is just slightly lacking so i up it +1 but the midrange is awesome. But it could be i have a bad calibration my first calibration was pretty good so it could be a calibration issue.
Treble seems fine to me and I like my music a bit bright - probably more so than many. But, it depends on the source, too.

You say you up treble by 1db, how you do that? Did adjusting the EQ disable the Audyssey settings?

Also, are you talking 2ch, movies or both?

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Hanging Polk RtiA 1's

Has anyone here found a suitable mount for hanging these as heights / ceiling speakers?

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Treble seems fine to me and I like my music a bit bright - probably more so than many. But, it depends on the source, too.

You say you up treble by 1db, how you do that? Did adjusting the EQ disable the Audyssey settings?

Also, are you talking 2ch, movies or both?
I change the treble in tone controls for both movies and 2ch with audyssey on but i realized it really depends on the calibration. I was playing some tracks from HD Tracks last night and it really shows of what these speakers are capable of.

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I change the treble in tone controls for both movies and 2ch with audyssey on but i realized it really depends on the calibration. I was playing some tracks from HD Tracks last night and it really shows of what these speakers are capable of.
So, Audyssey was not disabled when you changed the treble? I thought those changes disabled Audyssey. Which AVR do you have?

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So, Audyssey was not disabled when you changed the treble? I thought those changes disabled Audyssey. Which AVR do you have?
lol Marantz AV 7702 and no i can use the tone controls without disabling Audyssey.

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Can any of the members of/posters on this Polk owners thread tell me if it is against the forum rules to mention in this thread that a Polk speaker has been listed for sale on the AVSForum classified forums? If it is your speaker can you still do that?
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Looking for someone who has or who has at least demoed the Polk S30 and S35 centers with S15's as their L/R fronts.

I'm in the process of acquiring a new front stage and weighing these center options. The S15's are a must for my L/R fronts due to size and ability to hang from the wall without needing a special bracket.

The S30 makes sense being the traditional style center channel speaker. The S35 is getting tons of good reviews despite the uncommon design. I feel like it was designed for fitment issues for consumers wanting to set it on a mantle or shelf where their TV was only a few inches above. But does that make it a compromise?

Note:I can fit either the S30 or S35 into my HT setup. The $70 difference is not a HUGE deal to me as I'll look for open box deals anyway.

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I just purchased the S35 and so far I'm pleased. I have the S15s but haven't set them up yet. It seems like all the reviews I've read online point to the S35 but the forums prefer the s30.

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RTIA5 & RTIA9 advice

I have currently purchased both of these speakers but looking for advise on which ones I should keep. I will compare them both on my system. I currently have a pioneer 921 receiver. I am reading that my receiver will not work with the 9's. I am looking for opinions on this. Can I use the 9's with my pioneer 921 for now or can I damage the RTIA9's? (I have read in places where I could do damage) Does anyone have any opinions on which receiver I should look at purchasing if I keep the 9's. I got a decent price on both of these and thinking is there any benefit to use the 9's as fronts & 5's as surrounds? I guess my first question is if I can use the 9's with my current amp & if so what can I look to upgrade to in the future?
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I have currently purchased both of these speakers but looking for advise on which ones I should keep. I will compare them both on my system. I currently have a pioneer 921 receiver. I am reading that my receiver will not work with the 9's. I am looking for opinions on this. Can I use the 9's with my pioneer 921 for now or can I damage the RTIA9's? (I have read in places where I could do damage) Does anyone have any opinions on which receiver I should look at purchasing if I keep the 9's. I got a decent price on both of these and thinking is there any benefit to use the 9's as fronts & 5's as surrounds? I guess my first question is if I can use the 9's with my current amp & if so what can I look to upgrade to in the future?
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POLK Home theatres

I am purchasing POLK RTIA9's as my front speakers but am wondering what other POLK's to use for the rest of my 7.1 setup? What are others using? Would RTIA5's be overkill to use as surrounds? Let me know what others are using as their speakers & receivers/amps.
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polk rtia5 or rtia9 with pioneer 921
Not the same questions as my other post
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I have a Yamaha a660. S15s, S35 CC. Any recommendations for surrounds and in ceiling Atmos speakers?
I'm thinking about getting s10s for surrounds so they are timbre matched. I was also thinking of in ceiling speakers for surrounds as well. Any help would be great.

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I am purchasing POLK RTIA9's as my front speakers but am wondering what other POLK's to use for the rest of my 7.1 setup? What are others using? Would RTIA5's be overkill to use as surrounds? Let me know what others are using as their speakers & receivers/amps.
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I have RTi A3 for rear speakers, and I think they are more that enough. Here is my full setup:

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2x - Polk RTiA9 Floostanding Speaker
1x - Polk CSiA6 Center Channel
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2x - Polk RTIA3 Surround Speakers
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I am purchasing POLK RTIA9's as my front speakers but am wondering what other POLK's to use for the rest of my 7.1 setup? What are others using? Would RTIA5's be overkill to use as surrounds? Let me know what others are using as their speakers & receivers/amps.
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I have RTi A3 for rear speakers, and I think they are more that enough. Here is my full setup:

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2x - Polk RTiA9 Floostanding Speaker
1x - Polk CSiA6 Center Channel
2x - Polk FXiA6 Surround Speakers
2x - Polk RTIA3 Surround Speakers
4x - Polk 70-RT In-Ceiling Speakers
2x - Sunfire HRS-12 12" Subwoofers

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Marantz SR7010 Receiver - Driving only the Atmos ceiling speakers
Monoprice Monolith 7 Amplifier - Driving everything else

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@siuengr has given a very good example of speakers you can get to pair with you new A9's. i have the follwoing speakers:

2x - Polk RTi12 (precedes the A9's)
1x - Polk CSi5 (precedes the A6)
2x - Polk RTIA1
2x - Polk RTI8 (precedes the A5)
4x - Polk 620-RT (Atmos)

I currently use the Rti8's as rear surrounds and i love it. It sounds fuller to me compared to when i was using bookshelfs as surrounds. However i just got the FXiA4 (better placement for my narrow room) which im going to use as my surrounds and then move the A1's to the rear. The RTi8's would be moved to my bedroom setup.

The RTIA5's might probably be over kill for surrounds, but if you have them already, i would say try it and test for yourself. You could always move it to a different setup/room later.

I use a Marantz AV7702 and Crown Amplifiers (XLS 1500 & 1000(x5)) for power.

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2X--RTIA9 towers 275 watts each
1X--CSIA6 center 265 watts
2X--FXIA6 side surround (chose dipole on the speaker) 265 watts each
2X--FXIA6 rear surround (chose bipole on the speaker) 265 watts each

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I am purchasing POLK RTIA9's as my front speakers but am wondering what other POLK's to use for the rest of my 7.1 setup? What are others using? Would RTIA5's be overkill to use as surrounds? Let me know what others are using as their speakers & receivers/amps.
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In my experience when you add speakers to the rear that have some truly high bass capability's they throw a wall of bass behind you adding to a immersive sound field all around you. With that said i would try the A5's in the rear if you can accommodate them and see for yourself.

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I am purchasing POLK RTIA9's as my front speakers but am wondering what other POLK's to use for the rest of my 7.1 setup? What are others using? Would RTIA5's be overkill to use as surrounds? Let me know what others are using as their speakers & receivers/amps.
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Depends on your dimensions of your room. You need to match the speaker to your room size how big is your room. Also in my opinion you need a dedicated amplifier to fully unlock the sound quality of the RTIA series. I use to have a Denon 4308CI that put out much more power than most receivers now something like 200 watts a channel. When i added the amplifier the sound really opened up at lower volumes and dynamics were huge the speakers really came alive. With that said your cheapest option would be the Monoprice 5 or 7 channel model or Emotiva Xpa Gen 3 series which you can choose how many channels you want i would recommend at least three (LCR}unless you use the A5's for the rear depending on your budget. The A9 will be the better speaker if you have a huge room and at least 300 watts rms if you put that speaker in a small room no matter how much power you have it will sound boomy and muffled.
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RTIA5 Receiver

I have RTIA5's setup as my fronts in a 7.1 setup. I have a pioneer 921 receiver. Is my receiver adequate to drive the RTIA5's?
What receivers are people using to power the RTIA5?
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