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post #4501 of 39035 Old 10-14-2008, 06:42 PM
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How much is your budget?I got my a5s for 410 shipped on ebay that might help you out some.


Is that $410 each or $410 for two?
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Is that $410 each or $410 for two?

I got mine for $410 for the pair new but that vendor sold out.You can get refurbs from polk direct right now $470 for the pair shipped though.I can't post a link yet so just search Rti a5 on ebay.

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They are on Amazon right now for $568 shipped. Is the extra $98 dollars worth it to have new or are the Polk Direct refurbs a better deal? I know it's subjective.
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I have the RTi8 in Cherry, and I purchased a CSi5 in black almost a month ago. Well, I found a CSiA6 in Cherry for cheap and I have ordered it. Here is my dilemma. I can only keep one. I like the fact that the A6 is cherry so the color will match my Rti8. The Csi5 is better matched to my RTi8 since they are both the "older" design. If I decide to keep the A6, I have to return the Csi5 since my return period is almost over. I will not be able to listen to both and decide. I will have to choose which one to keep. Which of these is the better center speaker?
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They are on Amazon right now for $568 shipped. Is the extra $98 dollars worth it to have new or are the Polk Direct refurbs a better deal? I know it's subjective.

Well the amazon price is good and they are new and it is through an polk authorized dealer so you will get the full warranty on the refurbs you only geta limited warranty so its probably better to just get the new ones.

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I have the RTi8 in Cherry, and I purchased a CSi5 in black almost a month ago. Well, I found a CSiA6 in Cherry for cheap and I have ordered it. Here is my dilemma. I can only keep one. I like the fact that the A6 is cherry so the color will match my Rti8. The Csi5 is better matched to my RTi8 since they are both the "older" design. If I decide to keep the A6, I have to return the Csi5 since my return period is almost over. I will not be able to listen to both and decide. I will have to choose which one to keep. Which of these is the better center speaker?

Well looking at the specs it looks like they are the same speaker pretty much I would get the A6 that way you will be ready to upgrade to those a9s you know you want

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Need advise for dedicated 22' x 13' Theather room. I just bought the DSW Pro 500 sub. Trying to decide between the CSi3 / RTi8 combo or the CSi A6 / RTI A5 combo. I'll be using OWM3s for the rear. So the fronts and center come down to 5.25" or 6.5" in drivers. Movies only, no music. Any thoughts?
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Need advise for dedicated 22' x 13' Theather room. I just bought the DSW Pro 500 sub. Trying to decide between the CSi3 / RTi8 combo or the CSi A6 / RTI A5 combo. I'll be using OWM3s for the rear. So the fronts and center come down to 5.25" or 6.5" in drivers. Movies only, no music. Any thoughts?

Well the CSi A6 is the higher end center of the RTi A line, while the CSi 3 is the lower end center of the RTi line. The RTi8 and RTi A5's are pretty much equivalent (the RTi A5's are just RTi8's with an updated cabinet design). That said, with the better center, the RTi A5/CSi A6 combo would sound better.

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Well looking at the specs it looks like they are the same speaker pretty much I would get the A6 that way you will be ready to upgrade to those a9s you know you want

Seriously, that would be awesome if I could upgrade to A7 or A9s in the future. I've heard that they upgraded the tweeter and the cabinet design, so I wasn't sure if they were timbre matched completely or not.
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How much is your budget?I got my a5s for 410 shipped on ebay that might help you out some.

My budget is around $400. I think I'll go the polkdirect route. I just can't decide if I should do bookshelves or towers. If I get the A5s, I won't get a sub just yet.
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My budget is around $400. I think I'll go the polkdirect route. I just can't decide if I should do bookshelves or towers. If I get the A5s, I won't get a sub just yet.

If you can afford it go with the A5s. They will go 10Hz -3dB lower than the A3's (40Hz-A5 - 50 Hz-A3)and the footprint of the A5 is not much bigger than the A3. I had the A3 as side surrounds and they worked well. Since then I have replaced the sides with A5's and moved the A3's to the rear channels and couldn't be happier. I have been watching a couple of threads at Club Polk and it seems everyone that has bought from Polkdirect is completley happy with their purchases. Good luck in whatever you decide.
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Thanks. As I research more about bookshelves vs towers, it seems people prefer towers for music, which is what I care about more at this point. So I guess I'm leaning towards the A5. I really want the A7, but the $160 for shipping on polkdirect pushes it too far out of range. And I still don't have a receiver or a tv! haha.
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Just read the past couple of pages which answered alot of my sub questions.

I've looked at Frys.com and they have the VX-10c for 249.00 but I see no mention of a 150.00 VX-10? Is it in store only---is this a deal at just a particular Fry's?

Thanks!

it was in store in one of their friday multi page flyers.

samsurd2: thanks for the advice on the r150's. I will look into those. I have a few questions though for you as an owner. Do they have any kind of wall mounting options? and i noticed they are vented, but is the opening on the back? If so, would that really affect the sound if mounted up against a wall?

I was looking at the cc website, and noticed the m10's which are front ported and wall mountable that i will probably go to a local store and test them out. Anyone have any experience with these? I searched the forums but came up with nothing.

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samsurd2: thanks for the advice on the r150's. I will look into those. I have a few questions though for you as an owner. Do they have any kind of wall mounting options? and i noticed they are vented, but is the opening on the back? If so, would that really affect the sound if mounted up against a wall?
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The Polk R150s don't have any built-in provision (like a keyhole cutout on the back) for wall mounting. You'd have to actually buy separate wall mounting brackets. Some like this (http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Produ...21BT77B&tp=586) or a similar product would certainly work. As for the vent, yes, it's in the back although with the type of bracket mentioned above the speaker would be located away from the wall. BTW, I'm not sure how important this is because the Monitor 30 that I also considered are also rear vented and they do have a keyhole cutout on the back for wall mounting. Go figure...someone smarter than me will have to explain that.
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I just picked up two Monitor 60s and have a CS2 being delivered on Monday. It's all going in my bedroom so I don't really have room anywhere for surround speakers. I'll likely do that when I have it all in a living room. I'll be running these 3 speakers off an Onkyo 705 with a cheap 8" SONY sub (it gets the job done for now). I haven't heard the Monitor 60s in person, but have heard the 50s and most of the other Polk speakers and they all sound fantastic. I read around and most people liked the 60s so I figured I was safe. I was gonna get the 70s, but figured it was probably overkill for my room, hell, 60s probably are overkill for a bedroom. So, I hope I'm satisfied. I'm no audiophile, but I do like nice clean sound, so hopefully these fit the bill.

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Got my RTi10's yesterday. Can't wait to set them up tonight when I get home!

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Got my RTi10's yesterday. Can't wait to set them up tonight when I get home!

I hope you enjoy! What will/did you listen to? Music? I don't think you'll hardly even need to crossover to that sub...

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Can anyone shed any light on the Polk RM85 speaker set? Is it a good speaker set!? Thanks!

BTW....mostly for movie and TV watching paired with an H/K AVR 254
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Can anyone shed any light on the Polk RM85 speaker set? Is it a good speaker set!? Thanks!

BTW....mostly for movie and TV watching paired with an H/K AVR 254

Hmmmm... I haven't heard them specifically. I'm thinking that they'll probably sound pretty decent in a small to average sized room, however you WILL need a subwoofer to be able to hear the LFE. These babies only have 2-1/2" drivers that are rated down to only 130 Hz @ -3 db, so... a sub will be needed in order to pick up where these sats drop off. You would be missing a lot of the sound in your movies without one.

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Thanks so much for this feedback. I know nothing about these things. I can say that the system will come with a BIG ASS sub. It's huge...so I'm assuming thats a good thing!

Anyone else's thoughts are welcome.
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Got a pair of Polk SDA-2's in the garage collecting dust...bought them new..

I am no longer able to watch a movie. I am monitoring a video display with regards to chroma, brightness, contrast and correct pulldown.
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I hope you enjoy! What will/did you listen to? Music? I don't think you'll hardly even need to crossover to that sub...

Wow! I love the RTi10's! Definitely has great imaging and a nice frequency of response. I ended up running Audyssey EQ and manually setting the crossover freq to 60hz (I know I can probably just run these babies full range). Can't wait to get the RTi A6 installed too to complete my 3.1 setup!

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Got a pair of Polk SDA-2's in the garage collecting dust...bought them new..

I'm using 2Bs as surrounds . Get them out of the garage and start listening again. You won't find any speakers at their original price that will compare.

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I'm using 2Bs as surrounds . Get them out of the garage and start listening again. You won't find any speakers at their original price that will compare.


I know they are good, I just don't have room for them, and they are a bit unsightly..they need recovered.

I did put casters on the bottom though...

I am no longer able to watch a movie. I am monitoring a video display with regards to chroma, brightness, contrast and correct pulldown.
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Thanks to the forum I nailed a great deal on some refurb RTI-A7's from Polk's direct e-bay site. I hope they aren't 'too' cosmetically flawed. Anyone else have comments on their experience with refurbs from Polk? Also was wondering how long it took to receive them. I am in Indianapolis and they ship from San Diego. I am thinking it could be 2 week or longer to my door? I currently have a Polk CSI3 center speaker. Will this be a good match with the RTI-A7 or do you think I will need to upgrade? I listened to the RTI-A7's at a local store and they sounded pretty great for the money. Checked out out some other brands in the $800 to $1500 a pair range retail price as well, and for the money the refurb Polks seemed like the best bang for the buck.
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Its frustrating to me that the TSi series has not had any kind of review, and is not easily auditionable.
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Thanks to the forum I nailed a great deal on some refurb RTI-A7's from Polk's direct e-bay site. I hope they aren't 'too' cosmetically flawed. Anyone else have comments on their experience with refurbs from Polk? Also was wondering how long it took to receive them. I am in Indianapolis and they ship from San Diego. I am thinking it could be 2 week or longer to my door? I currently have a Polk CSI3 center speaker. Will this be a good match with the RTI-A7 or do you think I will need to upgrade? I listened to the RTI-A7's at a local store and they sounded pretty great for the money. Checked out out some other brands in the $800 to $1500 a pair range retail price as well, and for the money the refurb Polks seemed like the best bang for the buck.

Dump the CSi3 for the CSi A6.
The CSi3 does not fill in properly when paired with an RTi8/A5 and higher setup.
If you watch TV/movies on that setup, the center will be used 80-100% of the time. So, make sure it can take center stage.

In 7ch stereo, the CSi A6 will help a lot for the slight mid-range shortcoming of the A7.
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Its frustrating to me that the TSi series has not had any kind of review, and is not easily auditionable.

You are right about the lack of reviews. Fry Electronics did have a decent room to listen them in though.
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Dump the CSi3 for the CSi A6.
The CSi3 does not fill in properly when paired with an RTi8/A5 and higher setup.
If you watch TV/movies on that setup, the center will be used 80-100% of the time. So, make sure it can take center stage.

In 7ch stereo, the CSi A6 will help a lot for the slight mid-range shortcoming of the A7.



What about the CSi A4? I seems to have the same specs as my CSi3, but costs $110.00 more list price. Both are real wood veneer. Why the price difference? I checked Polks site and the CSi A6 is really a beast on dimensions. I don't have room for it in my current setup. (58 inch Plasma sitting on a wood stand with center speaker in front of it....the CSi A6 is too deep to fit). Would the CSi A4 offer any improvement over what I have now since the drivers are the same size as my CSi3? BTW I am running 5.1 setup. Also what would be good Polks for my side surrounds? I have some old Polk Monitor Series 2 speakers there now. Thanks for the suggestions!
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Hi all. I'm a newb when it comes to this type of thing and had a few questions I was hoping someone could clear up.

First of all, I put together my first 5.1 system last December with help from the folks of this board (in the starter system/apt system thread). I purchased a:
- CSR center
- 4 R150s for fronts and surrounds
- Dayton 100 sub
- HK AVR 147

Definitely a budget setup, but I've been really happy with it. Well, now I've gotten the itch to upgrade even though I have a small living room and probably don't really need it (it's an apt...room is about 12x15). I'm looking at the Monitor series 60 or 70 for fronts and Monitor 40's for surrounds, with a CS2 center channel. My questions:

- Would my HK 147 be able to adequately drive this new system? If not, would I need an amp or an entirely new receiver? Was hoping to not have to go new on the receiver, because I like what I have.

- I've noticed on multiple websites (ebay, Frys, etc) that the RTi8's, which are supposedly a "better" speaker, are listed lower than the Monitor 70s. What's the rationale for that? Are the monitors truly better, or just more powerful? Since I have such a small living room (and probably will when I buy a condo eventually), would that be the better route? Will definitely try and demo both, but was curious about the price difference.
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