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A Review On: Polk Audio RTI A9 Floorstanding Speaker

Polk Audio RTI A9 Floorstanding Speaker

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Pros: Great midrange, Powerful bass, Floor spikes included

Cons: Need lots of power to get good bass

These were an upgrade from the Monitor 70's. Right from the start you could tell this was a quality speaker, delivering more detail, depth and accuracy.

I was using an Emotiva XPA-3, 200wpc amp to drive my M70's, so my A9's don't know what it's like to be driven from just my AVR, an Onkyo TX-NR807.

I did experience the bright, almost shrill and fatiguing sound from the A9's musically. H.T. was awesome.

After some time on the speakers, the sound began to mellow out, plus, the addition of another 100w, the XPA-2, the A9's were flawless. Musically, these speakers are awesome. My CD collection continues to grow.

The "brightness" of these speakers seem to be just a phase, once you get through that, it becomes the speaker you hoped it would be.

Space and power is what these speakers seem to need to sound their best! Once I connected the XPA-2, I got some pretty chest pounding bass, of course, nothing replaces a monster sub. But these speakers sounded so good to me, I purchased a second pair to run as wides.

Highly recommended.

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Speaker brightness. That is why we have things called an equalizer to help tame frequencies.
Using eq's seems to be a lost art in modern times.
Great review.