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SRT, beautiful set up.

Curious for you or anyone else about having the sofa in front of some of the speaker drivers. Do you find it makes a big difference?

the lower drivers on one of my M70's (front speaker) is partially obscured by the arm of one sofa and it drives me batty thinking that it's hindering the sound but I've never redone the living room to check the difference in sound (too afraid of peeving off the spousal unit )

pics are attached, it may not seem like much but the pictures are actually taken to the right of listening position.
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Yes, the DSW is said to be a nice product and not to be confused with their cheaper subs. Those A9's are some BIG speakers!

Well, the Sub has a remote that allows for phase and sub location equalization which I have found to make a difference. I also have read articles where they bench tested response so I know exactly what response the settings can help achieve in my setup.

This is from one article about the Polk DSW 500.

The DSW Pro 500 subwoofer's bass limits were measured with the sub set to maximum bandwidth and placed in the optimal corner of a 7,500-cubic-foot room. In a smaller room, users can expect 2- to 3-Hz deeper extension and up to 3-dB higher sound-pressure level (SPL). Basic measurements were taken with the subwoofer in the Corner operating mode, but the EQ changes in the other modes are easily described in the text.

Measurements of the DSW Pro 500 subwoofer reveal a moderate dynamic capability. The Cabinet mode increases response below 60 Hz by 3 dB, while Mid-Wall increases output by roughly 1.6 dB over the same operating range. The Mid-Room mode raises output below 100 Hz by 1.5 dB, with a gradual increase to +7 dB by 25 Hz. The actual response of the sub's crossover runs from 60 to 105 Hz (the specifications state 60 to 120 Hz), and there is only a small volume/crossover interaction.

The DSW Pro 500 subwoofer proved very well matched to the rest of the system. Under direct comparison to my everyday single-12 (some four times its price), it did surprisingly well on familiar bass-off material, like the fire scene in chapter 6 of The Incredibles. The Pro 500's sound remained clean, deep, and boom-free to quite high levels - close, in fact, to reference level in my setup, which is several dB louder than my normal listening volume. In short, the Polk sub provided an ample bass foundation down to 30 Hz or so, with plenty of output for this comparatively modest layout. Yes, my bigger, far more expensive sub would play 6 dB louder before sending out audible distress calls, and it sounded more seismic and a touch tighter even at lower levels. But let's be reasonable: For just south of $600, the DSW Pro 500 rocked.

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SRT, beautiful set up.

Curious for you or anyone else about having the sofa in front of some of the speaker drivers. Do you find it makes a big difference?

the lower drivers on one of my M70's (front speaker) is partially obscured by the arm of one sofa and it drives me batty thinking that it's hindering the sound but I've never redone the living room to check the difference in sound (too afraid of peeving off the spousal unit )

pics are attached, it may not seem like much but the pictures are actually taken to the right of listening position.

Without a doubt, it does affect the sound. Just as and added rug on a hardwood floor effects echo are even standing waves.

In my case, I ran the MCACC (automatic audio calibration for Pioneer) and it noticed that my right rear speaker was behind the sofa. Therefore, the MCACC raised the volume by +1dB in the software.

Therefore, if you're using some kind of automatic audio calibration it will try to compensate.

Also, I don't find it to be a huge difference when using tower speakers because your most likely absorbing some bass into the love seat but the most important information coming from that speaker most of the time is the mid to high frequency which is clearing the sofa due to the height of the speaker and tweeter and midrange driver placement.

I have a leather sectional which is horrible for an all tower setup.

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good point, thanks!
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SRTer, very nice setup you have!

And I'm not just saying that because there's a pistol on your coffee table.

Cary

Looks like a Glock with a perhaps a Crimson Trace Laser.
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Looks like a Glock with a perhaps a Crimson Trace Laser.

Yes, you have some good eyes.

The Crimson Trace is for the fool running thru my house with a 40 pound Pio SC-35, trying to get out.

The Trace should let him know I wont miss with these hollows.

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thug life huh?

i have a G19
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thug life huh?

i have a G19

No thug life, just work for the St. Louis Courts and have made plenty friends. Plus, 7 years US Airforce (2001-2008) didn't help any.

Glock 22 here, 40 cal.
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My little friend is a full size S&W M&P 9 loaded with JHP ammo.
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Here is a back on topic post, and sorry for getting off topic folks.

My other living room.
Pioneer Elite VSX-23THX with 110W x 7 (20Hz - 20 kHz, .09% THD @ 8 ohms)
Polk RTi8’s (Front and Rears)
Polk CSi A4 (center)
Polk PSW111 (sub)

This one is what started the Polk enjoyment for me.

I first got this same exact setup in but sold most of it to one of my friends that rent from me in the house. Now there are two Polk Audio home theater setups to listen to in my house.

This way, we are really able to tell the difference in certain Polk setups.

Now, if I can just get the money to lay the basement out right. I really would like to do the new LSi that are coming out in the basement.
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My little friend is a full size S&W M&P 9 loaded with JHP ammo.

Does the S&W stand for Sub & Woofer?

That's nice man, you know what I want a Kimber 45. 2 tone with wood grips. Oh, Oh, and a nice red beam!
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Does the S&W stand for Sub & Woofer?

That's nice man, you know what I want a Kimber 45. 2 tone with wood grips. Oh, Oh, and a nice red beam!

LOL. A Kimber 1911. Ooh baby, ooh baby!
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It might be a newb question but I thought the Monitor line was discontinued by Polk a few years back. How come newegg still sells those? Are they ever going to run out?
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It might be a newb question but I thought the Monitor line was discontinued by Polk a few years back. How come newegg still sells those? Are they ever going to run out?

Good question? I felt the same way with the Polk RTi8's. You can still buy new ones at American TV, here in St. Louis.

They must have a boat load of the Monitor line sitting in storage somewhere.
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Can anyone clear our confusion?
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It might be a newb question but I thought the Monitor line was discontinued by Polk a few years back. How come newegg still sells those? Are they ever going to run out?

Yes the monitor line was indeed discontinued. What newegg exclusively sells are the monitor series II's. Newegg is the only authorized retailer of these. The difference between the originals and the II's are cosmetic. Polk does not show the series II's on their website though...I'm not sure why, but they do honor warranties and offer tech support and offer the series II's via the official polk ebay store.

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Yes the monitor line was indeed discontinued. What newegg exclusively sells are the monitor series II's. Newegg is the only authorized retailer of these. The difference between the originals and the II's are cosmetic. Polk does not show the series II's on their website though...I'm not sure why, but they do honor warranties and offer tech support and offer the series II's via the official polk ebay store.

Aah so they still make Monitors. I am relieved by that because I am not building my HT before August. I was scared that Newegg is going to run out of the Monitors and never bring them back. I am so happy now.
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Aah so they still make Monitors. I am relieved by that because I am not building my HT before August. I was scared that Newegg is going to run out of the Monitors and never bring them back. I am so happy now.

They also still seell them via the Polk Refurb EBAY store ....THey seem to sell pretty well, so unless there is a replacement comming I think you should be OK.
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Yes broken post the correct link please.
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Yes broken post the correct link please.

here ya go...

http://www.polkaudio.com/downloads/p...nicalBrief.pdf

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Newegg has open box Monitor 70s for a what might be a real good deal. Shipping is almost a bill though, think it's worth the money?
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Newegg has open box Monitor 70s for a what might be a real good deal. Shipping is almost a bill though, think it's worth the money?

For $40 more you can have a new pair delivered with the 5 year warranty. You'll have to judge which makes more sense for you.

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Newegg has open box Monitor 70s for a what might be a real good deal. Shipping is almost a bill though, think it's worth the money?

Why take the chance of buying a open-box item? It might be in perfect condition or it might not. I would rather go with a brand new 70 and be stress free. And as DocCasualty mentioned, you can score that 5 year warranty with a new pair.
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http://www.polkaudio.com/downloads/p...nicalBrief.pdf

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whats up fellas, let me first give a little background, after much research i have decided on the rti a5, for my fronts, and the csi a4 for my center, i have a psw111 and a pl-200 for my sub. the 200 is a new addition so i am not sure what i am giong to do w/the polk - anyway. i am ordering my rcl's tomorrow or mabey tonight not sure yet. my question is do you have any thoughts on a receiver for this set up? i currently have a yamaha htr-5740, its in perfect working order. 85 watts per, i am just looking for something better connectivity and room calibration. any thoughts on that? my room size is 17.5X14X8. also do you know where i can pick up a proper set of stands for the a5's? this thread was a big help in my decision to go with polk. i live near detroit and could not find many places to audition, how screwed up is that. thank you all, you have been a great help to me - Tank
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whats up fellas, let me first give a little background, after much research i have decided on the rti a5, for my fronts, and the csi a4 for my center, i have a psw111 and a pl-200 for my sub. the 200 is a new addition so i am not sure what i am giong to do w/the polk - anyway. i am ordering my rcl's tomorrow or mabey tonight not sure yet. my question is do you have any thoughts on a receiver for this set up? i currently have a yamaha htr-5740, its in perfect working order. 85 watts per, i am just looking for something better connectivity and room calibration. any thoughts on that? my room size is 17.5X14X8. also do you know where i can pick up a proper set of stands for the a5's? this thread was a big help in my decision to go with polk. i live near detroit and could not find many places to audition, how screwed up is that. thank you all, you have been a great help to me - Tank

You should not need any stands for the A5's because they are floor standing (tower) speakers. As far as a reciever it seems many people have Denon, Pioneer, and Onkyo. You probably can't go wrong with any of those choices. Personally I have an Onkyo 708 which has all of the latest (2010) connectivity options and Audessy room correction. The only negative I have found so far is the Onkyo runs HOT! Last night I watched Tron with the volume "cranked up" and I could have fried an egg on the top of the Onkyo.
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The only negative I have found so far is the Onkyo runs HOT! Last night I watched Tron with the volume "cranked up" and I could have fried an egg on the top of the Onkyo.

I hear ya' on that! I've mentioned this here before... when I was in the market for an Onkyo from Amazon, I went to a local Best Buy to see it and noticed the HEAT right away. The Denon sitting right next to it cost just a little more and ran much cooler. End of story, we now own a Denon. Also we have a couple Yammies in the house, which also run cool, but I think the Denon sounds better overall.

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after much research i have decided on the rti a5, for my fronts, and the csi a4 for my center, i have a psw111 and a pl-200 for my sub. my question is do you have any thoughts on a receiver for this set up?also do you know where i can pick up a proper set of stands for the a5's? this thread was a big help in my decision to go with polk.

Are you sure you don't mean RTi A3's which could need stands?
Polk RTi A bookshelf
http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/bookshelf.php#rtia

Polk RTi A5
http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/r...ex.php?s=rtia5

As far as recievers go, I love Pioneer Elite and Onkyo.
I've had two Pio Elite's and both ran cool. One was a A-B class Amp and my new one is D class. Yes Onkyo ran warm but it also sounded full and warm. I loved the Onkyo sound, but you had to pay for the iPod dock which was not cheap. Free on the Pio Elite's.

Pio Elite has more connectivity and sounds great too.

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...ceivers/VSX-32

What did you read in here that made you make up your mind? I would like to know.
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