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post #1201 of 35402
It's a bit older, I got it and the b&w speakers about 4 years ago for 500 bucks. Which i thought was a deal. I went home at the time and looked on the internet, they listed the center for 500 itself. It's been a great system. I'll look and see what the model is at lunch today.
post #1202 of 35402
Here it is... Nice center, a bit heavy but nice
post #1203 of 35402
It is a CS400i. And it is very heavy
post #1204 of 35402
It's a nice center, basically an RT55i on it's side in an offset MTM design...very serviceable in that it's not too far off many of the higher Polk lines, but it's not a match for your LSis. You need the LSiC and the Vifa ring tweeter. I own the 400i myself. I wish it were shorter, but it fits (barely) in the rack.
post #1205 of 35402
Ron,

I would like to have all the LSi speakers to match the mains but it's just not in the cards. Other than the sub, I really like my svs. I just got married, and just purchased a D300 camera. So i'm a little strapped right now, for a while. I will be looking to replace the B&W surrounds with the LSifx next year, or maybe a blue-ray or hd-dvd player if i feel i need one by then. But overall i am very happy with my system. Polk speakers rock, I used to be a bose guy(i know), mainly because my dad had some nice 601's (old school) But resently he upgraded his system to a nice marantz reicever with Boston speakers and a nice 50" xbr3 and a crappy sub.(too flabby for me) I'll try to drop a photo of my theater system sometime. I also thought i would speak up since I have yet to say anything. Nice forums by the way.

~Ryan
post #1206 of 35402
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Originally Posted by montanaredeye View Post

It is a CS400i. And it is very heavy

That's not lying, redeye! Just a teeny mistake.

Thanks to some help from our friend, and aptly initialed RT (Polk initialed the Reference Theater RT range after him), I upgraded my excellent MiniMonitors (that we have owned from new for ten years) with an equally excellent CS245i center recently. The match is, surprisingly perhaps, as close to perfect as I can imagine.

After a few more silent prods from our friend (and Oracle) RT, unbeknownst to himself perhaps, I ended up with four fabulous RT55s and a CS400. It may not be the "i" variant you have, but all five of these speakers are truly excellent. My modest harman/kardon 147 (bought refurbished from Harman Direct on e-Bay) seems to do a remarkable job of pushing the sound out of these. Another e-Bay find, the Acoustech H100 subwoofer, completes the setup.

I have a few more surprises up my sleeve coming soon (well not up my sleeve: they're a tad too big and heavy for that) after contracting a severe case of upgraditis and overactive curiousity!
post #1207 of 35402
I may have stumbled upon a PSW1000 at a good price (used); would that subwoofer be "overkill" when matched w/ the RTi series (any combination of RTi8/6/4)? also, would an onkyo SR605 be able to "drive" the subwoofer? thanks.
post #1208 of 35402
Just wanted to post an update guys; I just added an onkyo m-282 to my HK AVR245 to drive my RTi10's. I am currently Bi-Amping the RTi10s with the Onk driving the woofers and the HK AVR driving the tweeter/midrange.

There has been a tremendous improvement in bass output. I finally feel like I'm benefitting from buying the RTi10s over the RTi6's. Music sounds great without a sub, although for HT I'd still want a sub. In addition to the bass, I think the higher frequencies have improved in terms of clarity/staging as well. This is not as obvious as the improved woofer output.

Honestly, I am sure these speakers would sound even better with an Adcom/Rotel/Parsound/etc...but for those of us who don't want to drop $1k on a new amp or what seems like an insane amount for a used one...bi-amping with a receiver and a cheaper amp is a viable option.

Cheers
post #1209 of 35402
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Originally Posted by kidsdoc View Post

I may have stumbled upon a PSW1000 at a good price (used); would that subwoofer be "overkill" when matched w/ the RTi series (any combination of RTi8/6/4)? also, would an onkyo SR605 be able to "drive" the subwoofer? thanks.

I don't know anything "first hand" about that particular sub -- but two points about subs in general that pertain to your questions:

1) a sub should be sized for the volume of your room (cubic ft) and the bass extension you want to achieve (i.e. "how low should it go") -- and these have nothing to do with your other speakers -- other than the other speakers should also be sized for your room and listening preferences. So when choosing a sub -- the fact that your other speakers are RTi8/6/4 doesn't really matter very much. If the sub has sufficient power for your room and gives you the depth/clarity of bass you want -- then it's a good sub.

2) a sub has its own amplifier -- so the only thing the AVR is doing (onkyo SR605 or otherwise) is sending it a "pre-amped" electronic signal for the sub to amplify according to the sub's gain setting. This means that (at least in terms of ability to "drive" the sub -- i.e., not considering sound quality, eq/trim capability, etc.) -- one AVR is as good as another.

Hope this helps.
post #1210 of 35402
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Originally Posted by kidsdoc View Post

I may have stumbled upon a PSW1000 at a good price (used); would that subwoofer be "overkill" when matched w/ the RTi series (any combination of RTi8/6/4)? also, would an onkyo SR605 be able to "drive" the subwoofer? thanks.

skipsterut has it right in both his points. Regarding the PSW1000, it depends on the price and what you are looking for. It's a very nice music sub that rolls off at 30hz. For $600 you can do quite a bit better for both music and HT with a sub from SVS, Hsu, eD or Epik. They all have subs at that price point that will kill in a fairly large room.
post #1211 of 35402
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Originally Posted by skipsterut View Post

I don't know anything "first hand" about that particular sub -- but two points about subs in general that pertain to your questions:

1) a sub should be sized for the volume of your room (cubic ft) and the bass extension you want to achieve (i.e. "how low should it go") -- and these have nothing to do with your other speakers -- other than the other speakers should also be sized for your room and listening preferences. So when choosing a sub -- the fact that your other speakers are RTi8/6/4 doesn't really matter very much. If the sub has sufficient power for your room and gives you the depth/clarity of bass you want -- then it's a good sub.

2) a sub has its own amplifier -- so the only thing the AVR is doing (onkyo SR605 or otherwise) is sending it a "pre-amped" electronic signal for the sub to amplify according to the sub's gain setting. This means that (at least in terms of ability to "drive" the sub -- i.e., not considering sound quality, eq/trim capability, etc.) -- one AVR is as good as another.

Hope this helps.

thanks!

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Originally Posted by Ron Temple View Post

skipsterut has it right in both his points. Regarding the PSW1000, it depends on the price and what you are looking for. It's a very nice music sub that rolls off at 30hz. For $600 you can do quite a bit better for both music and HT with a sub from SVS, Hsu, eD or Epik. They all have subs at that price point that will kill in a fairly large room.

thank you, just wondering why you picked the $600 price point? i'm asking b/c retail is around $1000 on the PSW1000. btw, pm sent.
post #1212 of 35402
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Originally Posted by kidsdoc View Post

just wondering why you picked the $600 price point? i'm asking b/c retail is around $1000 on the PSW1000. btw, pm sent.

I didn't address that in the pm...$5-600 is around street for the PSW1000.
post #1213 of 35402
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Originally Posted by Condar View Post

Just had to post a cool experience about Polk customer service.

I just had set of RTi12 shipped in. When registering the warranty online, I commented about the pointed speaker feet. I just made a two or three line comment about how I thought that these feet could damage a softer hardwood floor like pine. (Actually, I had read in a review that the points dented someones engineered flooring).

Within about 24 hours I got an email back from them stating that they also had a "flat foot" availble for the RTi series. It is suppose to be a cylinder shape with a rubber o-rings on the bottom. They shipped me out 8 feet (2 sets) free of charge. No cost what so ever.

Just so you guys know, these feet are available.


Alright, I remembered to get some batteries for the camera. Here are the pictures and part # of the replacement feet if anyone is interested.
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post #1214 of 35402
I have the new feet installed now. The acutally seem to be more sturdy than the factory originals.

I'm going to take them off and replace the spike becuase I have carpet right now. I going to keep them in storage for when I install tile next year. Shoudl work out great.

I hope some of you other polkies are getting some ordered for yourself. You can't beat FREE.
post #1215 of 35402
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Originally Posted by Condar View Post

I have the new feet installed now. The acutally seem to be more sturdy than the factory originals.

I'm going to take them off and replace the spike becuase I have carpet right now. I going to keep them in storage for when I install tile next year. Shoudl work out great.

I hope some of you other polkies are getting some ordered for yourself. You can't beat FREE.

I mentioned the spiked feet digging into carpet when I registered my speakers last week and haven't heard squat. I had also mentioned I was registering seven speakers, two RTi8's, a CSi5 and four FXi3's thinking that might make me more worthy.
post #1216 of 35402
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Originally Posted by bilbo3660 View Post

I mentioned the spiked feet digging into carpet when I registered my speakers last week and haven't heard squat. I had also mentioned I was registering seven speakers, two RTi8's, a CSi5 and four FXi3's thinking that might make me more worthy.


bilbo3660, maybe the guy that handles those registration comments has been off for a few days or is on vacation. I dunno You can see below that berty52 call or emailed the day after I posted the original discovery and his are on the way.


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Originally Posted by berty52 View Post

Hi Condar,
Polk will send me feets for my Rti 10. Thank you for the advice.
Any pictures yet?


If you don't hear anything a few days, I would call customer service. You have the part# on the first picture I posted. If you IM me, I will give the you guy's email address that I was dealing with. He seemed really nice and didn't question anything.

We know they will give free replacement feet for the RTi12 and RTi10. I would think that the RTi8s would also qualify due to the weight. Keep us posted so others on the board will know if your attempt is successful.
post #1217 of 35402
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Originally Posted by Condar View Post

bilbo3660, maybe the guy that handles those registration comments has been off for a few days or is on vacation. I dunno You can see below that berty52 call or emailed the day after I posted the original discovery and his are on the way.





If you don't hear anything a few days, I would call customer service. You have the part# on the first picture I posted. If you IM me, I will give the you guy's email address that I was dealing with. He seemed really nice and didn't question anything.

We know they will give free replacement feet for the RTi12 and RTi10. I would think that the RTi8s would also qualify due to the weight. Keep us posted so others on the board will know if your attempt is successful.

I will IM you but I have also been in contact with customer service regarding speakers/stands/placement so I mentioned the spiked feet to him. His comment was "The spikes are actually pretty blunted- they will leave an impression (like any other weighted object on carpet) but the impression will eventually work itself out especially after vacuuming etc." In other words, he blew me off.

Maybe the stars were in alignment for you guys. I'm still moving my speakers around so it's a hassle to lift instead of slide and then see the holes/indentations in the carpet but after I'm finished setting up it won't be an issue anymore.
post #1218 of 35402
Hi Condar,
I received my rubber feet last week, two days after I email Polk USA, I got theme from Polk Canada, they are the same as your picture and if you remove the rubber you will find metal spike for carpet.
Thank you Polk audio, great customer service.
post #1219 of 35402
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Originally Posted by bilbo3660 View Post

His comment was "The spikes are actually pretty blunted-

Blunted..... that's an understatement. More like throwing stars to me

I measured and they sink 3/4" into my carpet and padding. It's got to damage the backing on the carpet.

I did post a couple of pictures here (with measurements) so if any polkies have been reading but haven't seen it yet can follow.



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post #1220 of 35402
I just obtained a csi5 center and noticied that there is something moving around inside when tilted. Is this normal?

Thanks
post #1221 of 35402
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Originally Posted by thegreatjuan View Post

I just obtained a csi5 center and noticied that there is something moving around inside when tilted. Is this normal?

Thanks

I don't think so. I've only had mine about two weeks but it happens to be out of the tv stand right now so I just went over and turned it over a few times and don't hear a thing, to my relief. You should contact Polk right away.
post #1222 of 35402
Yeah, I agree. Customer service should be your best friend right now. Things should NOT rattle.
post #1223 of 35402
I just bought RTi12's from Fry's for $700 for the pair! I've been reading that these need a big amp. I'm driving them with a old HK 330. 55W per channel. Am I really going to notice a difference with a larger amp if I keep the SPL below 80dbm? (I know they'll sound better loud, but I'm interested in casual listening levels.)
post #1224 of 35402
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Originally Posted by freeride View Post

I just bought RTi12's from Fry's for $700 for the pair! I've been reading that these need a big amp. I'm driving them with a old HK 330. 55W per channel. Am I really going to notice a difference with a larger amp if I keep the SPL below 80dbm? (I know they'll sound better loud, but I'm interested in casual listening levels.)

You might get conflicting advice, but in my experience, yes. Even at low to moderate listening levels, you'll notice better response across the frequency range. When the HK runs out of steam, maybe at 90 - 95dbs (room dependent) you'll notice a big differernce. The RTi12 are rated to 500 watts for a reason...they like current.
post #1225 of 35402
Since this seems to be the place for Polk info... I just got out of school and and am looking to set up a new surround system for my ps3. I am planning to spend up to $2k, not necessarill all at once, but maybe.

I have seen this box in person at Frys but they dont have it set up:

http://shop2.outpost.com/product/538...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Everyone knows how good the reciever is and stuff. But my question for you guys is...

How good are the speakers that come with this?

Is the price totally ridiculous? Would it just be easier and cheaper to buy the speakers individually? I would see the dvd player to compensate for some of the cost. Thanks for the info.
post #1226 of 35402
Any of you Polk owners have a suggestion for a set of front speakers that I could mount on a wall (flush or with mounting hardware). They would be replacing a set of Paradigm Phantoms. We need the floorspace. Amp is a Onkyo SR805.
post #1227 of 35402
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Originally Posted by redflagdan View Post

Any of you Polk owners have a suggestion for a set of front speakers that I could mount on a wall (flush or with mounting hardware). They would be replacing a set of Paradigm Phantoms. We need the floorspace. Amp is a Onkyo SR805.

rti4 bookshelfs.
post #1228 of 35402
hey guys, new polk user here. I upgraded my Logitech Z-5500 system to..

Harman/Kardon AVR-247
Polk CSi3
4x Polk RTi4's
BIC H-100
Toshiba HD-A3
post #1229 of 35402
Quote:
Originally Posted by esco View Post

hey guys, new polk user here. I upgraded my Logitech Z-5500 system to..

Harman/Kardon AVR-247
Polk CSi3
4x Polk RTi4's
BIC H-100
Toshiba HD-A3

That was a nice upgrade! Well done!
post #1230 of 35402
I just purchased a pair of fxiA4's but I am having trouble finding speaker stands for them. My understanding is the surrounds should be 2-3 ft above listening level, which I measured to be a little over 3feet. So if I understand correctly, I need to find a stand that is adjustable to 5-6 ft (60-71inches) and can support the size of these speakers (11 3/8 width x 7 7/16 depth with a weight of 10lb). Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Edit: I found this so far
http://www.federalstereo.com/vti-ble101.html

With the dimensions listed above, is a top plate size of 6.5 x 8 too small? The depth is ok but the width is half of the speaker. Is it normal to have 6inches (3 on each side I guess) hanging off the plate?
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