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Polk Audio RC65i vs RC85i

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I have a 5.1 setup. The bonus room is quite large, with appx dimensions of 28 x 16. I plan to mount 5 in wall Polk Audio RC65i or Polk Audio RC85i. The decision is which I should choose. The speakers will be driven by a Yamaha RX-V473. I will also use a Polk Audio PSW505 powered sub.

Will the RC65i be loud enough? Or will they be drowned out by the PSW505 sub?

THanks for any feedback.
post #2 of 8
I would definitely go with the RC85i, because its larger size will give you a greater volume of sound without distorting. You will need that in that large room.

The subwoofer has a volume control on it, so there is no reason for it to "drown out" anything. If it is too loud relative to the other speakers, you just turn it down.....

Actually, I question whether the PSW505 is powerful enough for that room.

You might need either two of them, or a more powerful sub (such as the Klipsch RW12D). If you already have one, it is easy enough to buy another one if needed.

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Edited by commsysman - 1/26/13 at 7:44am
post #3 of 8
Wow, I actually agree with commsysman eek.gif

I think these Bic in-wall speakers would be far better for a room such as yours

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-FH8-W-175-Watt-Frequency/dp/B000WS0M4Y
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Any reason you suggest the BIC product over the Polk Audio?
post #5 of 8
Much higher output capability, and likely lower distortion, smoother off axis response due to the horn loaded tweeter
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Or what about these BIC speakers? They are the 3 way variety.

Product Features
Three-way in wall speaker system
1-inch titanium dome tweeter, 2,5-inch poly midrange, and an 8-inch poly/graphite woofer
10-175 watts per channel, 375 watts dynamic peak
Magnetically shielded
7 year warranty for parts and labor

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-HT8W-Acoustech-Speakers/dp/B000B7NAP4/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
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Originally Posted by heatwavex View Post

Or what about these BIC speakers? They are the 3 way variety.

Product Features
Three-way in wall speaker system
1-inch titanium dome tweeter, 2,5-inch poly midrange, and an 8-inch poly/graphite woofer
10-175 watts per channel, 375 watts dynamic peak
Magnetically shielded
7 year warranty for parts and labor

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-HT8W-Acoustech-Speakers/dp/B000B7NAP4/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

That is one of the strangest speaker designs I have ever seen, so I would avoid it... The horn loaded Bics are the only Bic speakers I would bother with.
post #8 of 8

What about the following room config:

 

14'x10' (open floor plan which opens to kitchen, etc)

Yamaha RX-A1010

 

I was considering these speakers, but wanted to know what I should use for front / rear channels.

 

Thanks

Ben

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