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post #14371 of 35082
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Originally Posted by PAO56 View Post

Ok took the leap and beginning to building the system...got the cs A6 center and FXI A4s at an open box price.......now wondering if I should make the leap to the A9s over the A7s but concerned about enough power to drive them with the DENON AVR 1913.....pushing 90 watts a channel......any concensus......with matching either the A7s or A9s to the AVR 1913...........not going with a subwoofer for the moment.......is the extra $500 worth the jump to the A9s considering the receiver Im planning in using......or would it be better to put the $$ in the receiver and stay with the A7s for now.....

Unless you plan to buy and external amp I'd say stay with the A7's... that was my reasoning for buying the A7's. I have a Denon 790 (same as 1900 series) which is only 90wpc and no pre-outs. Since then I bought a 3312ci which does have pre-outs and considered investing an XPA5 but felt that it was getting out of hand.


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Originally Posted by unbridled_id View Post

anybody compare the 7's to the rti-10s ?

I have Rti10's in the living room and RtiA7's in the bedroom (for now) and I think the A7's may have a bit more bass, but that could just be the room. Otherwise they are identical as far as driver configiration.
post #14372 of 35082
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Originally Posted by PAO56 View Post

Ok took the leap and beginning to building the system...got the cs A6 center and FXI A4s at an open box price.......now wondering if I should make the leap to the A9s over the A7s but concerned about enough power to drive them with the DENON AVR 1913.....pushing 90 watts a channel......any concensus......with matching either the A7s or A9s to the AVR 1913...........not going with a subwoofer for the moment.......is the extra $500 worth the jump to the A9s considering the receiver Im planning in using......or would it be better to put the $$ in the receiver and stay with the A7s for now.....

Definitely stay with the A7s unless you get a powerful amp. My A9s are sounding great with 300 WPC RMS from the XPA-2. I've even contemplated two XPA-1s at 500 WPC RMS. Not sure the house can take it though... LOL
post #14373 of 35082
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Originally Posted by PAO56 View Post

Ok took the leap and beginning to building the system...got the cs A6 center and FXI A4s at an open box price.......now wondering if I should make the leap to the A9s over the A7s but concerned about enough power to drive them with the DENON AVR 1913.....pushing 90 watts a channel......any concensus......with matching either the A7s or A9s to the AVR 1913...........not going with a subwoofer for the moment.......is the extra $500 worth the jump to the A9s considering the receiver Im planning in using......or would it be better to put the $$ in the receiver and stay with the A7s for now.....

Get the A7's and take the extra 500 and buy a sub
post #14374 of 35082
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Originally Posted by PAO56 View Post

Ok took the leap and beginning to building the system...got the cs A6 center and FXI A4s at an open box price.......now wondering if I should make the leap to the A9s over the A7s but concerned about enough power to drive them with the DENON AVR 1913.....pushing 90 watts a channel......any concensus......with matching either the A7s or A9s to the AVR 1913...........not going with a subwoofer for the moment.......is the extra $500 worth the jump to the A9s considering the receiver Im planning in using......or would it be better to put the $$ in the receiver and stay with the A7s for now.....
Unless u r in a hurry I would get the a9 and upgrade the receiver in the future.. The A9 would still work but u wouldn't be able to go as loud.. If u decide to get the a7, they would be much harder to upgrade than your receiver will.. And u probably need to upgrade your receiver anyway even if u get the a7..

I was able to get the a9 from the Polk store for 450 each 2 years ago so the difference between the 2 might not be as high as you might think..
post #14375 of 35082
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Originally Posted by enricoclaudio View Post

cr136124, you will love your A9s in cherry. Trust me, it's like another speaker. Also, the RTi A9 sounds better in cherry smile.gif
BTW, OneCall has one CSi A6 Cherry Open Box for $299 (Amazon). I bought mine Open Box form OneCall October 2009 for $345.

Did you ever get some time on your QSC? Hometheaterequipment.com Editor has a thread on his experience with Crown XLS Drive Core series. LINKY

Pretty good resource for people wanting some more wattage for their Polks (or any other $$ to performance speaker).
post #14376 of 35082
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Originally Posted by PAO56 View Post

Ok took the leap and beginning to building the system...got the cs A6 center and FXI A4s at an open box price.......now wondering if I should make the leap to the A9s over the A7s but concerned about enough power to drive them with the DENON AVR 1913.....pushing 90 watts a channel......any concensus......with matching either the A7s or A9s to the AVR 1913...........not going with a subwoofer for the moment.......is the extra $500 worth the jump to the A9s considering the receiver Im planning in using......or would it be better to put the $$ in the receiver and stay with the A7s for now.....

ok thanks for all the inputs......finally decided on this:

Denon AVR 2313Ci
Front: A7s
Center CS A6
Surround FXI A4

and it cost me a D&B satchel bag for the wife....thus the subwoofer will have to wait...GRIN

all on order and waiting to arrive......now just need the other accessories to hook it all up! When I want to upgrade...anything goes into the mancave to replace the entry level system down there.....as all this will go into the family room......its just me, my wife and the dog.....so we spend most of our time there these days....vice the mancave....the only difference being the size of the flat screen....42" Samsung LED family room...and 55" Panasonic plasma in the man cave.......
post #14377 of 35082
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Originally Posted by PAO56 View Post

thus the subwoofer will have to wait...GRIN

Good luck with that, I said the same thing when I put mine together. The "wait" was 2 days smile.gif

Anyhow, sounds like you'll have a killer system, congrats...
post #14378 of 35082
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Originally Posted by PAO56 View Post

ok thanks for all the inputs......finally decided on this:
Denon AVR 2313Ci
Front: A7s
Center CS A6
Surround FXI A4
and it cost me a D&B satchel bag for the wife....thus the subwoofer will have to wait...GRIN
all on order and waiting to arrive......now just need the other accessories to hook it all up! When I want to upgrade...anything goes into the mancave to replace the entry level system down there.....as all this will go into the family room......its just me, my wife and the dog.....so we spend most of our time there these days....vice the mancave....the only difference being the size of the flat screen....42" Samsung LED family room...and 55" Panasonic plasma in the man cave.......

I feel your pain. My system cost me a LV bag and wallet... LOL
post #14379 of 35082
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

I smell a cherry upgrade biggrin.gif

RTi A9 on cherry are here...............but......






Anyway, here is the room:

Before,



After,



post #14380 of 35082
That is such BS. Don't settle man. Make them replace it.

They do look very good though. With a grill on, you won't see it at all. The cherry finish actually looks much classier and elegant. More like an expensive speaker than my black ones. Very nice.
Edited by climber07 - 7/27/12 at 9:00am
post #14381 of 35082
The cherry finish on the polks is really beautiful...
post #14382 of 35082
Yea, you really should have them replace it. My A7 came very nicely packaged. There was a good amount of foam around it.

With a scuff like that...i think during manufacturing it got that. Polk doesnt destroy a whole speaker for one little scuff. They sell it just like that and hope someone doesnt mind it.
post #14383 of 35082
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

That is such BS. Don't settle man. Make them replace it.
They do look very good though. With a grill on, you won't see it at all. The cherry finish actually looks much classier and elegant. More like an expensive speaker than my black ones. Very nice.

I already contacted them and a RMA was issued. However, they don't have speakers in stock to ship me a replacement right away. So, the RMA will be on-hold until they receive a new shipment. Yeah, I'm able to keep the dented one until that happens (replacement is shipped). But, I will touch base with the Customer Service tomorrow to make sure everything discussed/agreed today was noted in the system.
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Originally Posted by unbridled_id View Post

The cherry finish on the polks is really beautiful...

Yes, they are indeed beautiful. I have to say the cherry finish on the A9's looks much better than the one on my subs......biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by freeyayo50 View Post

Yea, you really should have them replace it. My A7 came very nicely packaged. There was a good amount of foam around it.
With a scuff like that...i think during manufacturing it got that. Polk doesnt destroy a whole speaker for one little scuff. They sell it just like that and hope someone doesnt mind it.

The boxes in which the speakers arrived shows signs of the traditional UPS handling. Few scratches here and there, scuffs and few holes in the boxes. But non of them are in the actual area where the speaker is damaged. I don't think Polk QA Team will let pass a dent like that on such speaker. For me, it looks like the speaker was damaged during the packing process.

Who knows, but it is pretty sad to see such amazing speaker dented like that.
post #14384 of 35082
I ordered 2 cherry A9s from Newegg and both boxes had a few holes and were pretty banged up. One of the speakers had about 5 chunks out of the front corner and both feet on one of the sides had busted the veneer. They sent me a new one pretty quickly and it looks perfect. First time ordering from Newegg, but their customer service was friendly and fixed the situation pretty quick. Cant wait to get my basement build wrapped up, so I can hook these things up and try them out. I am like you and wouldn't be able to live with that scuff. Just knowing it was there would bug the hell out of me.
post #14385 of 35082
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Originally Posted by Dr Ecto View Post

I ordered 2 cherry A9s from Newegg and both boxes had a few holes and were pretty banged up. One of the speakers had about 5 chunks out of the front corner and both feet on one of the sides had busted the veneer. They sent me a new one pretty quickly and it looks perfect. First time ordering from Newegg, but their customer service was friendly and fixed the situation pretty quick. Cant wait to get my basement build wrapped up, so I can hook these things up and try them out. I am like you and wouldn't be able to live with that scuff. Just knowing it was there would bug the hell out of me.

Glad to hear they were able to help you that quick. My only concern is they don't have currently speakers on stock, so I will have to wait until they receive a new shipment. I asked the CSR about an ETA and she wasn't able to tell me. Oh well, hopefully it will take just a couple of weeks..........fingers crossed......wink.gif
post #14386 of 35082
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Glad to hear they were able to help you that quick. My only concern is they don't have currently speakers on stock, so I will have to wait until they receive a new shipment. I asked the CSR about an ETA and she wasn't able to tell me. Oh well, hopefully it will take just a couple of weeks..........fingers crossed......wink.gif

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Originally Posted by Dr Ecto View Post

I ordered 2 cherry A9s from Newegg and both boxes had a few holes and were pretty banged up. One of the speakers had about 5 chunks out of the front corner and both feet on one of the sides had busted the veneer. They sent me a new one pretty quickly and it looks perfect. First time ordering from Newegg, but their customer service was friendly and fixed the situation pretty quick. Cant wait to get my basement build wrapped up, so I can hook these things up and try them out. I am like you and wouldn't be able to live with that scuff. Just knowing it was there would bug the hell out of me.

Newegg has always been there for me when I had problems with an order. I've been ordering from them for about 8 years and they've never let me down. They will make it right for you like they did with Dr Ecto.
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Ok...now that all my equipment is enroute.......I now have the itch to complete it with the subwoofer.......what is a good one to pair with the polks....300-400 range....

A7s main
CS A6 center
RTIF4s for surround...

Denon 2313 AVR........

looking at the klipsch PSW12....runs about 350.......or should I stick with Polk PRO 550l...which I can get a refurbished one thru POLK for 299.......
post #14388 of 35082
I got the Polk dsw pro 660 from electronics expo when it was on sale for about $400 a few weeks ago. If you aren't in a hurry just keep watching for sales. It hovers around $450 quite a bit. Still waiting for the csia6 and another pair of fxia6 to go on sale so I can complete my 7.1 system.
post #14389 of 35082
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Originally Posted by Dr Ecto View Post

I got the Polk dsw pro 660 from electronics expo when it was on sale for about $400 a few weeks ago. If you aren't in a hurry just keep watching for sales. It hovers around $450 quite a bit. Still waiting for the csia6 and another pair of fxia6 to go on sale so I can complete my 7.1 system.

Actually they have an open box item for sale at $369.77

http://www.electronics-expo.com/polk-audio-dswpro-660wi-12-wireless-ready-subwoofer-ob
post #14390 of 35082
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Originally Posted by PAO56 View Post

Ok...now that all my equipment is enroute.......I now have the itch to complete it with the subwoofer.......what is a good one to pair with the polks....300-400 range....

looking at the klipsch PSW12....runs about 350.......or should I stick with Polk PRO 550l...which I can get a refurbished one thru POLK for 299.......

I'm running various Klipsch subs on three systems.... different models, but all have performed well. The Klipsch thread here on AVS is no help as Klipsch subs are not as trendy as other mfrs, but everyone who has mentioned owning a Klipsch sub in this the Polk thread seems to be happy with theirs too.
post #14391 of 35082
after having been out of the true component set up for a while...and jumping back into ......Ive discovered the thriving business of custom audio cables and associated pricing...>WOW.......so whats wrong if anything with a good 12 AWG speaker wire with banana clips which I can cut and make myself (monoprice site) vice the fancy blue jean cable or emotiva cables which are pricey.. just wondering what my fellow polk owners think and use......none of the cables will show with my entertainment center.......so in keeping it to a "hobby" it seems you can be as plain or as fancy as your wallet allows you to be....or you want to be...
Edited by PAO56 - 7/29/12 at 11:45am
post #14392 of 35082
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Originally Posted by PAO56 View Post

after having been out of the true component set up for a while...and jumping back into ......Ive discovered the thriving business of custom audio cables and associated pricing...>WOW.......so whats wrong if anything with a good 12 AWG speaker wire with bananna which I can cut and make myself (monoprice site) vice the fancy blue jean cable or emotiva cables which are pricey.. just wondering what my fellow polk owners think and use......none of the cables will show with my entertainment center.......so in keeping it to a "hobby" it seems you can be as plain or as fancy as your wallet allows you to be....or you want to be...

For speaker wires, I used the monprice 12awg inwall cables and I am pretty happy with them.. I don't think the brand will make much difference.. For the rca connections going to my amp, i used some cables from monoprice as well until i upgraded to the bluejean cables.. I did not think they made any noticeable difference but i kept them anyway because i liked the color coding..
post #14393 of 35082
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Originally Posted by PAO56 View Post

after having been out of the true component set up for a while...and jumping back into ......Ive discovered the thriving business of custom audio cables and associated pricing...>WOW.......so whats wrong if anything with a good 12 AWG speaker wire with banana clips which I can cut and make myself (monoprice site) vice the fancy blue jean cable or emotiva cables which are pricey.. just wondering what my fellow polk owners think and use......none of the cables will show with my entertainment center.......so in keeping it to a "hobby" it seems you can be as plain or as fancy as your wallet allows you to be....or you want to be...

The important thing to remember is that BJ and Emotiva aren't even on the expensive end. High end cabling isn't an axle to get wrapped around IMO. I have a pair of $250 MIT EXP2's that has an open offer to anyone that want to come by and take them for free if they can tell the difference vs some Belden 5000ue 12AWG vanilla cable.

Monoprice is fine.
post #14394 of 35082
I buy bulk cable 14-16 ga from parts express at about 0.10/ft, but shipping is expensive. Mono has the advantage there.

I've tried some of Mono's cables and connectors and they're okay in a pinch but they're sometimes substandard... loose ends and such. I know someone here will say I should call them and return it but it's not worth the hassle. If it doesn't fit tight, are they going to send me another one that fits just as loosely? I never but expensive retail cables, but you can tell when it's in your hand if it's well made or cheap junk.
post #14395 of 35082
All my speaker cables are Monoprice 12AWG with Emotiva Speaker Terminal Kit. They work great for the money!!!

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post #14396 of 35082
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Originally Posted by enricoclaudio View Post

All my speaker cables are Monoprice 12AWG with Emotiva Speaker Terminal Kit. They work great for the money!!!
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How much was the kit and where did you get it?
post #14397 of 35082
I got the kits from Emotiva. I bought 20 kits ($4.99 each) during a sale 2 years ago. They are not listed in stock anymore, but I'll try call them and ask if they have some in stock.

Uppps, sorry I found them but at $8.99. But call them first because they are not listed. I just found them with the Emotiva search engine (Terminal Kit).

http://shop.emotiva.com/products/utk
post #14398 of 35082
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Originally Posted by Dr Ecto View Post

I got the Polk dsw pro 660 from electronics expo when it was on sale for about $400 a few weeks ago. If you aren't in a hurry just keep watching for sales. It hovers around $450 quite a bit. Still waiting for the csia6 and another pair of fxia6 to go on sale so I can complete my 7.1 system.

How do you like it's performance and how does it compare with other subs you have heard?
post #14399 of 35082
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Originally Posted by dewey79 View Post

How do you like it's performance and how does it compare with other subs you have heard?
I honestly can't answer that, as my basement is in the process of being finished right now. I won't have everything hooked up for another few weeks. But it looks the part.biggrin.gif
Also I am upgrading from a prior Onkyo HTIB and then a JBL HTIB. I think the JBL system sounds great with its 10" sub, so I am sure the Dsw pro will blow my sox off. When everything is done I will post some pics and thoughts though.
post #14400 of 35082
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Originally Posted by Dr Ecto View Post

I honestly can't answer that, as my basement is in the process of being finished right now. I won't have everything hooked up for another few weeks. But it looks the part.biggrin.gif
Also I am upgrading from a prior Onkyo HTIB and then a JBL HTIB. I think the JBL system sounds great with its 10" sub, so I am sure the Dsw pro will blow my sox off. When everything is done I will post some pics and thoughts though.

WEEKS???? How do you do it brother? I didn't sleep until my system was wired and thumping... Of course, I didn't do any remodeling either. LOL
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