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pimpcasso's Avatar pimpcasso
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12-16-2005 | Posts: 166
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I just felt it was about time we had an official polk speaker thread , being that according to the speaker brand poll , we have quite a few polkies in here. This might be a good place to discuss tweaks , problems or experiences with your speakers. I for one own a pair of Rti 8s which im very thrilled with and just recently upgraded my center speaker to the almighty csi 5 which has turned out to live up to the hype. The weak link in my set up is my Boston acoustic subwoofer which really isnt that bad but I could do better. The sub is positioned right next to my throne (sweat spot) ,a position I found to sound the best(at this location it also doubles as a poor man's butt kicker ). Anyhoo , it will be nice to hear from other polkies out there....
fergusonv's Avatar fergusonv
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12-16-2005 | Posts: 506
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Checking in..
RTi8's(x2), RTi4's(x4), CSi5 in the living room.
Monitor 30's in the bedroom.
I don't plan on upgrading anytime soon.
Doc99's Avatar Doc99
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12-16-2005 | Posts: 594
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Polk fan here! Can anyone tell me why Tweeters labels the Monitor 60s as T90EB? Is there any difference?
cnjvh's Avatar cnjvh
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12-16-2005 | Posts: 281
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Here! 2x Rti8, 4x RTi6, 1 Csi5 - very happy with my sound :-)
ipaintem's Avatar ipaintem
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12-17-2005 | Posts: 4
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Hi all, I have had Polk speakers for years car and home. I just got a new set up in the house and thought Id share it and get some feedback on it. Here is what I have.

Samsung 50" DLP
Denon AVR 2800 (few years old but was a little ahead of its time back then)
Onkyo TX844 (VERY OLD, used as an amp for kitchen and outside speakers)
Toshiba DVD recorder/player
Scientific Atlanta HD DVR cable box
Polk Audio Surround Bar
JBL 12" sub
Dynex clean power supply and surge protector

I have the 10" Polk sub but its just not as punchy as my 12". However, there is another place that I can put it to see if it will sound better. I have only had the TV and the Surround bar and the HD cable for a week now and so far Im very pleased. The Surround bar does a fairly good job of duplicating 5.1. Id say It's about 80% accurate. Extremly good compromise for only having 1 speaker and a sub. Plus It makes the wife happy . If anyone has any questions, just ask. I know this Surround bar has created somewhat of a stir among us AV junkies.
sonytheater's Avatar sonytheater
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12-17-2005 | Posts: 519
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RT55i's all the way around with a CS400i center for my 6.1 set up. I've had mine for about four years now, but will be changing them over for some new Klipsch Reference after the first of the year possibly.
I have been very happy with them through the years, but I have always liked the looks & sound of the Klipsch a bit more. If I don't go the Klipsch I will be adding sperate amps for sure, but until the time comes.
JohnRockets's Avatar JohnRockets
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12-17-2005 | Posts: 131
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I own a few different brands, but most are polk and I've been a long time owner/fan.

Own :
-rti38's
-csi40
-fxi50's

-rt7's
-cs245i

Ever since I've owned my rt7's I've loved the polk sound, especially on vocals and acoustical instruments.. non-fatiguing.. That midrange.. mmm. mmm... The rti38's are close, but I still think the old rt7's may sound the best still. Havn't really had the cash for the lsi's but if I find a good deal on used pair ill probably buy em'.. Their ip active speakers are very interesting, cool to see them at the forefront. I think that is going to be the next big change is having active powered speakers that hook up with ip or other digital protocals.
petergaryr's Avatar petergaryr
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12-17-2005 | Posts: 6,817
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Although I've switched to Klipsch for the home theater, I currently have in use:

(2) 600's with (2) 350 Subs in the Family room
(2) 800's in the bedroom
(1) 450 sub in my wife's den
Doc99's Avatar Doc99
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Alright...the deal at Tweeter for the T90EB for 350.00 a pair are the Monitor 60 Euro version. I think the only difference is the support feet are black instead of silver. Drivers seem the same! For those that are interested in this good deal. Also, they are on back order, so you will have to wait a while if you want to order a pair.
bjornb17's Avatar bjornb17
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12-17-2005 | Posts: 84
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What i have:

2x Polk Monitor 70
2x Polk Monitor 30
Polk CS1

Velodyne CHT-12
Polk PSW10 (for the surround speakers)
Doc99's Avatar Doc99
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post #11 of 39126
12-18-2005 | Posts: 594
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Does anyone remember when you had to go to a high end audiophile store to find POLK speakers? It seemed the same thing happened with Klipsch too. Some years back they just started coming out in Main stream stores.
Ron Temple's Avatar Ron Temple
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12-18-2005 | Posts: 8,475
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I picked up the Polk R50s and 15s from Frys for next to nothing last year. I put in a CSi3 center from ebay. I like the sound of the Rs, but recognize the RTis are better. I'm going to stay with these awhile before I decide on next steps. I'll give the RTis consideration, but will probably look at the LSis or other brands when I'm ready. I'm sure it's true with a lot of speakers, but putting separate amps on them certainly improves the sound, even the Rs.
NVboy's Avatar NVboy
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12-19-2005 | Posts: 2,918
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I'm a fan of Polk & have owned various speakers of theirs throughout the past 15 years or so. I currently only have my RTi8's boxed up, having sold off the RTi6's and CSi5 during the last 2 weeks. I just wasn't happy with the CSi5, but I've always been a very picky person when it comes to the center channel. I would have tried out a LSi for the center, but ran across Mirage speakers in my search & went with them. Other than the CSi5, the RTi lineup is & has been amazing for me. I still have Polk in my car though, so I haven't completely jumped ship.
Trebor Pyn's Avatar Trebor Pyn
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12-19-2005 | Posts: 210
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Vintage Monitor 5's-mains
CSI3-center
Rti-15-surrounds
R-15-back surrounds

R-10's in garage
Jose_L's Avatar Jose_L
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12-19-2005 | Posts: 893
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Still a Polk fan..

SDA-SRS2 main
SDA-1C rears
cs350 center..
AVKnight's Avatar AVKnight
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12-19-2005 | Posts: 45
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I'm enjoying my best-bang-for-my-buck HT:

Main: Polk R50s
Center: Polk CSi3
Surround: Polk R30s
Rear: Polk R15s
Sub: Polk PSW12

All Cherry Wood Editions
Amp/Receiver: Harman/Kardon AVR635

War of the Worlds DVD really K-A (kicks a**) with my set up. I couldn't be happier.

AVKnight
Ron Temple's Avatar Ron Temple
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jose_L View Post

Still a Polk fan..

SDA-SRS2 main
SDA-1C rears
cs350 center..

Yeah but you're selling them
mulesqb's Avatar mulesqb
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12-20-2005 | Posts: 416
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Main: RTI10s
Center: CSi5
Surround: FXI30s
Back:RTi15s
AcuraCL's Avatar AcuraCL
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"Polkie" is offensive to true Polkers. That is the correct term. Polker.

(I have some LS70s in the basement, but they don't get used much.)
pimpcasso's Avatar pimpcasso
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12-20-2005 | Posts: 166
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Doc99 View Post

Does anyone remember when you had to go to a high end audiophile store to find POLK speakers? It seemed the same thing happened with Klipsch too. Some years back they just started coming out in Main stream stores.


Perfect example of the "high end " dealer snobbery we are all familiar with. As soon as polk started catering to the masses they felt polks were'nt good enough to grace thier stores.
pimpcasso's Avatar pimpcasso
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Originally Posted by AcuraCL View Post

"Polkie" is offensive to true Polkers. That is the correct term. Polker.

(I have some LS70s in the basement, but they don't get used much.)


Well excuse my ignorance! Ill have to catch up on my polkerisms
fallerjw's Avatar fallerjw
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12-20-2005 | Posts: 5
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Originally Posted by mulesqb View Post

Main: RTI10s
Center: CSi5
Surround: FXI30s
Back:RTi15s


Just doing a little research from Iraq and was wondering how big the difference is between the RTi8, 10 and 12's. I have read the specs, but I won't be able to actually listen to the speakers for awhile.



Main: R50
Surround: R30
Rear: R15

Right now I have the R series speakers packed up back home, but was thinking of upgrading when I get back. I thought I'd try to get some opinions out of the "Polkers" on here.

Thanks a lot!!!
fergusonv's Avatar fergusonv
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They all have there own sound and it's not something that is easily described. If you plan on using a sub, look into the 8's and 10's, if your not going to be using a sub you'll want the 12's. The 10's and 12's are 4ohm speakers (Polk lists them as 8 but they are not) and require a hefty amp, only flagship recievers and dedicated amps should be used with them with means more $$ on the electronics side. They Polk forum pretty much always has a debate going on between the 8's and 10's and is a good place to get some additional opinions.
fallerjw's Avatar fallerjw
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My plan was to get an SVS PB10 when I get back for my sub, and an HK 630 or 635 to drive the speakers. So you think I can get by with the 8's or 10's if I have a sub like that?

Thanks again!!
pimpcasso's Avatar pimpcasso
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My plan was to get an SVS PB10 when I get back for my sub, and an HK 630 or 635 to drive the speakers. So you think I can get by with the 8's or 10's if I have a sub like that?

Thanks again!!

Absolutely. I have the Rti 8s and my little boston acoustics sub does a splendid job especially for music , its a little weak when it comes to movie soundtracks but am sure a SVS PB10 should be more than adequate. Btw. I'm assuming you are in the military service there..if so keep up the great job and a merry christmas to you and your team.
fallerjw's Avatar fallerjw
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Absolutely. I have the Rti 8s and my little boston acoustics sub does a splendid job especially for music , its a little weak when it comes to movie soundtracks but am sure a SVS PB10 should be more than adequate. Btw. I'm assuming you are in the military service there..if so keep up the great job and a merry christmas to you and your team.


You are correct. Merry Christmas to you and your family also.

Looks like I'll have to go listen to some RTi8's when I get back!!
David_Larkins's Avatar David_Larkins
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12-20-2005 | Posts: 1,348
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Another Polk guy checking in.

RT2000i mains
Monitor 5jr surrounds
CS245i center

Although they could be said to be a tad bright, and my particular center is a wee bit anemic, I have been really pleased with them for the past 5 years. (15 years with the surrounds)
rti92si's Avatar rti92si
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12-20-2005 | Posts: 69
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I own:

RTI70's (Mains)
CSI40 (Center)
RTI28's (Rears)
CSI30 (was my rear center, now not in use)

I really enjoy my speakers paired with a Definitive Supercube I, and running off a Denon 3806.

Andrew
bjornb17's Avatar bjornb17
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12-20-2005 | Posts: 84
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Originally Posted by pimpcasso View Post

Well excuse my ignorance! Ill have to catch up on my polkerisms

Once again you offended all of us. The correct term is Polkism. Do your homework before you use such slurs.







mulesqb's Avatar mulesqb
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12-20-2005 | Posts: 416
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Originally Posted by fergusonv View Post

They all have there own sound and it's not something that is easily described. If you plan on using a sub, look into the 8's and 10's, if your not going to be using a sub you'll want the 12's. The 10's and 12's are 4ohm speakers (Polk lists them as 8 but they are not) and require a hefty amp, only flagship recievers and dedicated amps should be used with them with means more $$ on the electronics side. They Polk forum pretty much always has a debate going on between the 8's and 10's and is a good place to get some additional opinions.


fergusonv - I have a Denon 3805 with the 10s. Is that good eough?? Also should i have it set on 4 or 8 ohms?? Thanks for the help.

fallerjw - keep up the great work and return home safe! Happy holidays!
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