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post #12631 of 34736
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Originally Posted by mudfrog View Post

Well they said they would send me a replacement so we'll see if they actually do or not.

they better...for return shipping, they making you pay or is it on their dime? I have had no bad experiences with the egg (and i have bought 11 speakers and 2 subs from them among other items), but reading the reviews of the different polks on newegg it seems that a fair number of people have had packaging/damage issues. I would like to think that they would not charge you for return shipping due to damaged items. I know they charge when you want to do a general return on an item though.
post #12632 of 34736
Neweggs very good about that stuff, I have had great service from them.

I agree though, EVERYONE has had broken grill on their monitor 60s and 70s for some reason...

If its just the grills, I called polk and they were more than happy to send me some. If somethings wrong with the speaker, def newegg should replace!
post #12633 of 34736
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Originally Posted by millej View Post

Neweggs very good about that stuff, I have had great service from them.

I agree though, EVERYONE has had broken grill on their monitor 60s and 70s for some reason...

If its just the grills, I called polk and they were more than happy to send me some. If somethings wrong with the speaker, def newegg should replace!


I consider myself pretty lucky in that all the monitors I have bought from them had no broken grills...buy yes it seems that is a common issue with the way these speakers are packaged. the monkeys at fedex or ups or what-have-you probably dont help much either.
post #12634 of 34736
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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

they better...for return shipping, they making you pay or is it on their dime? I have had no bad experiences with the egg (and i have bought 11 speakers and 2 subs from them among other items), but reading the reviews of the different polks on newegg it seems that a fair number of people have had packaging/damage issues. I would like to think that they would not charge you for return shipping due to damaged items. I know they charge when you want to do a general return on an item though.

We haven't got that far. If I have to ship it back it's not a big deal as I will at work. However they are filing a claim with UPS (not UPS's fault) so UPS will probably pick it up and do something with it. The Styrofoam padding. There were 4 strips about a foot to foot and a half long. That is all the packing that they used. Like I said it was clearly Newegg's fault, not UPS's.

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Originally Posted by millej View Post

Neweggs very good about that stuff, I have had great service from them.

I agree though, EVERYONE has had broken grill on their monitor 60s and 70s for some reason...

If its just the grills, I called polk and they were more than happy to send me some. If somethings wrong with the speaker, def newegg should replace!

The Grill is actually fine. One foot is broken and there are several dents / chips along the box.
post #12635 of 34736
Has anyone had any experience buying Polks from their ebay store? I've seen the speakers I'm thinking about, but they're all refurbed, but come directly from Polk with a 2 year limited warrenty.
post #12636 of 34736
Yes, I have purchased several speakers from Polk audio direct on eBay and have not had any problems.
post #12637 of 34736
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

Now I have a pair of M50's and two CS1's that I'm not using for anything because they were frankly just too small. With CS2 rears and M60 sides everything blends together very well. I keep thinking maybe I'll set up the excess speakers in the spare bedroom or laundry room or something.

Lets trade! I have a CS2 and a pair of M30's I'll trade for your M50's
post #12638 of 34736
I'm afraid the shipping cost would be prohibitive.
post #12639 of 34736
I justs got the idea to use M50's as wides in place of my M40's
post #12640 of 34736
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Originally Posted by BayouBengal View Post

Look for their new LSiM line of speakers. If those are out of your price range look for the recently discontinued line of LSi speakers. You can find some great prices on Polk's ebay page. LINK

Are you looking for a bookshelf or tower speaker?

I take it these would benifit from
a sub?
post #12641 of 34736
Hi all, audio newbie here looking for some advice and opinions. I am looking at putting together a new system for my home theater. The system will be used pretty much exclusively for movies, gaming, and television. My room is 22' x 13' with a vaulted ceiling of 9' at the highest point. After a couple days of research here is the configuration I am considering:

L/R - RTiA3
Center - CSiA6
Surround - RTiA1 OR RTiA3
Sub - To be determined. Willing to spend in the $500 to $600 range.

I am leaning toward the RTiA3's as my L/R as opposed to any of the floorstanding RTi series mainly due to cost. I would also prefer to not have to supply power in the amounts the floorstanders would require. I am also hoping that a good sub will help with the loss in bass I will have by going with bookshelf speakers up front.

Any thoughts? Would the A3's be better than the A1's as my surrounds in this configuration? Any recommendations on a good receiver?

As far as recommending different speakers, it would be "nice" to spend $1200 or less for L/R/Center and surrounds...but I could be persuaded to spend a little more for a compelling reason .

Thanks for any help!
post #12642 of 34736
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Originally Posted by Star Wars Guy View Post

Has anyone had any experience buying Polks from their ebay store? I've seen the speakers I'm thinking about, but they're all refurbed, but come directly from Polk with a 2 year limited warrenty.

I have and did not have any problem. The speaker looked new and worked perfectly. I would not have a problem buying from their ebay store again.
post #12643 of 34736
I bought a number of speakers from their eBay store, and all have been indistinguishable from new.
post #12644 of 34736
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Originally Posted by eljr View Post

I take it these would benifit from
a sub?

That depends. Which speaker are you looking at and what are you powering it with? I like to listen to music without a sub but I know others who prefer a sub. The LSi line has a good frequency response down low but it depends on how much bass you want and how much clean power you can feed the speakers.
post #12645 of 34736
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Originally Posted by jonnythan View Post

I bought a number of speakers from their eBay store, and all have been indistinguishable from new.

I can second this. Not sure of the story behind items for sale at Polk's ebay store but everything I have received has been indistinguishable from new as well.
post #12646 of 34736
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Originally Posted by baron116 View Post

Hi all, audio newbie here looking for some advice and opinions. I am looking at putting together a new system for my home theater. The system will be used pretty much exclusively for movies, gaming, and television. My room is 22' x 13' with a vaulted ceiling of 9' at the highest point. After a couple days of research here is the configuration I am considering:

L/R - RTiA3
Center - CSiA6
Surround - RTiA1 OR RTiA3
Sub - To be determined. Willing to spend in the $500 to $600 range.

I am leaning toward the RTiA3's as my L/R as opposed to any of the floorstanding RTi series mainly due to cost. I would also prefer to not have to supply power in the amounts the floorstanders would require. I am also hoping that a good sub will help with the loss in bass I will have by going with bookshelf speakers up front.

Any thoughts? Would the A3's be better than the A1's as my surrounds in this configuration? Any recommendations on a good receiver?

As far as recommending different speakers, it would be "nice" to spend $1200 or less for L/R/Center and surrounds...but I could be persuaded to spend a little more for a compelling reason .

Thanks for any help!

You may want to take a look at Polk's eBay store. I was able to grab a pair of refurbished RTi A5's for about the new cost of a pair of RTi A3's. The CSi A6 is built to keep up with the tower speakers and given your high ceilings will probably benefit from the additional sound from the RTi A5's.

To address your concern of power requirements, the A5's are easy to drive and don't require any more power than the CSi A6 to drive.

If you order all of your speakers from the ebay store you will leave tons of space in your budget towards other areas you would like to invest.

The only caveat is that not all of these speakers are always available on the eBay store so you may have to be patient to get all the speakers together.
post #12647 of 34736
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Originally Posted by Florida_Gator View Post

I have the BIC F12, and I like it a lot. Set your receiver's crossover to 80hz (all speakers to small), switch on sub to the "digital 5.1/7.1" setting, crossover knob all the way up, and volume around 4, and adjust from there (with the sub-out level on the receiver and/or the sub's volume knob).

If you have Finding Nemo -- skip to the "Darla" scene (where she's tapping on the fish tank) -- great way to "calibrate" your sub!

Thanks for the tips! I think my settings are close to that now, but I still have a good bit of "calibrating" to do.
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Originally Posted by overwilhelmed View Post

You may want to take a look at Polk's eBay store. I was able to grab a pair of refurbished RTi A5's for about the new cost of a pair of RTi A3's. The CSi A6 is built to keep up with the tower speakers and given your high ceilings will probably benefit from the additional sound from the RTi A5's.

To address your concern of power requirements, the A5's are easy to drive and don't require any more power than the CSi A6 to drive.

If you order all of your speakers from the ebay store you will leave tons of space in your budget towards other areas you would like to invest.

The only caveat is that not all of these speakers are always available on the eBay store so you may have to be patient to get all the speakers together.

Thanks for the suggestions. I don't see any of the RTiA5's on the eBay site at the moment, but I will definitely keep an eye out. Were I to go the A5 route I'd probably opt for the A1's as surrounds.

In my limited research on receivers it looks like the Onkyo 609 and 709 have a pretty good following on this site. Anyone have any thoughts on how either of these receivers would work out with this setup?
post #12649 of 34736
How do I stop playing the upscale game? First I thought I'd go with Monitor 60s, CS1, and Monitor 30s...then I figure for a little extra with the Newegg deal, I could bump up to Monitor 70s, CS2 and Monitor 40s....then I figure for a little extra, I could bump up at least to the RTi8s.....will this madness ever end?

I told my wife, at the rate I'm going, I'll never upgrade because I keep increasing my wants which currently out weigh my budget!
post #12650 of 34736
Upgraditis. It's a disease. There is no cure.
post #12651 of 34736
Been there, done that... still caught up it
post #12652 of 34736
Do like my wife suggested. She said, upgrading all the time is stupid, pick out the set up you want, and then go for it. When she said that to me, I almost passed out, and then I quickly said, good idea honey, thank you.
post #12653 of 34736
I came home from work one night to find the wife bought me a new set of Paradigm monitor 9s to cure my upgraditis. It's working........for now.
post #12654 of 34736
Ordered another Monitor 70 today.. This should complete my system.. for now.

The weak link for now is going to be my receiver, Onkyo TX-NR509. In a few months I'll probably upgrade to the 709 and pick up some Monitor 40's for side speakers. Although I still have a feeling I'll be very happy with the system as it is.

CS2, 70's and 30's.
post #12655 of 34736
I'm thinking I'm probably going to be better off just getting the Monitor 70s, 40s, and CS2 since I will still need to get a new sub and avr. Hoping this setup will work with my existing Kenwood 600w receiver and hold me over for years to come.
post #12656 of 34736
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Originally Posted by Star Wars Guy View Post

I'm thinking I'm probably going to be better off just getting the Monitor 70s, 40s, and CS2 since I will still need to get a new sub and avr. Hoping this setup will work with my existing Kenwood 600w receiver and hold me over for years to come.

I was playing around with my CS2 and one (yes one ) 70 last night and I was able to turn the sub down quite a bit. I was very impressed with the midbass output, even with my onkyo 509 which only has 80w per channel.
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Would the Tsi series sound more like the Monitors or the RTi or is it an apples to oranges sort of thing? I ask because the only place around me to listen to any speakers prior to buying is Best Buy and they only have the Tsi series.

BTW, I hate all you guys for giving me upgraditis. Now I want to go with the RTi series but it'll take me a few more months to save up for those over the Monitor series but I think that would be the better investment in the end.
post #12658 of 34736
The Tsi's are close to the Monitors, generally with the same woofers and a slightly different tweeter and crossover. They are a slight step up. The RTi's are a big step up. I have replaced my Tsi's in the family room with RTi's and the change is notable. But now just today I upgraded the CS20 in our main system in the living room with a CSi5 (RTi family) and that was a BIG step up and has me seriously considering moving the M70's to surround duty and replacing them with RTiA9's.
post #12659 of 34736
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

has me seriously considering moving the M70's to surround duty and replacing them with RTiA9's.

Do it or if you can swing it order the LSi's from the Polk ebay site. They are a ridiculous step up as well .

Thats what I did, upgrade from Monitor 60's to LSi 15's

You could just go with the 7's and LSiC (provided you have a decent sub which I think you do).
post #12660 of 34736
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

Do it or if you can swing it order the LSi's from the Polk ebay site. They are a ridiculous step up as well

Yeah, I considered that. Problem is the LSi's are 4 ohm and are probably a LOT more power hungry than the RTi's or Tsi's. I do have a 2-channel Crown amp but would rather stick with a modest AVR for all channels rather than go down the "racks of amps" road again.
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