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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Which ones? Monitor? RTi A5? Both?

I only asked about RTi A5...they probably have TSi's as well. I'm more interested in Polk RTiA5 vs Klipsch RF-62 ii comparison now.
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Originally Posted by tunafish24 View Post

I only asked about RTi A5...they probably have TSi's as well. I'm more interested in Polk RTiA5 vs Klipsch RF-62 ii comparison now.

Nice!

Not sure if you are aware that Polk Audio also sells some of the speakers directly at eBay. If not, then have a look at this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ONE-RTi-A5-RTiA5-CHERRY-Tower-Loudspeaker-Polk-Audio-/360494821204?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item53ef2a6f54

Don't forget to report back as soon you are done demoing the speakers and have fun with them!
post #14763 of 34669
I'm the newest victim of UPS today. Wanted to talk about my first 5.1 set up, M70/CS2/M30, but one of the 70 is beyond repair. It was dropped on the top corner so hard the front had separated from the cabinet. So I sit and wait till Newegg/UPS gets me a replacement. mad.gif
post #14764 of 34669
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post


Not sure if you are aware that Polk Audio also sells some of the speakers directly at eBay. If not, then have a look at this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ONE-RTi-A5-RTiA5-CHERRY-Tower-Loudspeaker-Polk-Audio-/360494821204?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item53ef2a6f54
Don't forget to report back as soon you are done demoing the speakers and have fun with them!

I like that their reburb prices are good...but warranty is only 2-years vs 5-standard. So for $100 savings on each, I'm not sure if 3-year loss of warranty is worth it?
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Originally Posted by mixerpilot View Post

I'm the newest victim of UPS today. Wanted to talk about my first 5.1 set up, M70/CS2/M30, but one of the 70 is beyond repair. It was dropped on the top corner so hard the front had separated from the cabinet. So I sit and wait till Newegg/UPS gets me a replacement. mad.gif

I guess I'm lucky they only delivered mine to the wrong address. That really sucks buddy.
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Mine arrived fine thank goodness. Now I just have to figure out how to improve the sound out of mine.
post #14767 of 34669
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Originally Posted by Pj0312 View Post

Mine arrived fine thank goodness. Now I just have to figure out how to improve the sound out of mine.

What's lacking?
post #14768 of 34669
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

What's lacking?

The sound in general. I left them as in the box. Brass plate connected, and connected the wires to the top posts. They just don't have any depth to the sound.

Maybe my receiver is too weak. It puts out 85w at 8ohms. I have a Onkyo HT-R380
post #14769 of 34669
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Originally Posted by Pj0312 View Post

So glad I saw this thread. I just bought 2 Monitor 70s off of New egg and hooked them up to my HT-R380, and well they just sound underwhelming. Should I buy a amplifier for them or upgrade the receiver? Not sure what do to. I was going to try running them off both the Front speaker A + B section, but I wasn't sure if I should.

Your new speakers simply need to break in. Some will say this doesn't happen, but I've experienced it with several different models... play them at moderate levels for a few weeks and you will notice the sound gradually opens up. Don't change anything until after you've given them a chance to break in.
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I agree with RobLee. It can take 60 to 100 hrs. to break in. They'll gradually sound better.
post #14771 of 34669
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

Your new speakers simply need to break in. Some will say this doesn't happen, but I've experienced it with several different models... play them at moderate levels for a few weeks and you will notice the sound gradually opens up. Don't change anything until after you've given them a chance to break in.

Well I have noticed people saying they are getting bass response and everything. I'm far from getting that. It seems like all the speakers aren't working, and it's just weak.

As in my TV speakers sound like they have more depth, and omph then the Monitors.
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You've got something going on with your receiver settings if your comparing them with your TV speakers.
post #14773 of 34669
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

You've got something going on with your receiver settings if your comparing them with your TV speakers.

And also only 1 speaker is outputting any sound. The one on the very top is the only one with sound.

Should I have put my speaker cables in the top or bottom set of posts.
post #14774 of 34669
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Originally Posted by Pj0312 View Post

And also only 1 speaker is outputting any sound. The one on the very top is the only one with sound.
Should I have put my speaker cables in the top or bottom set of posts.

Shouldn't matter actually. You must have one of the strips that runs between the top post and bottom posts loose.
post #14775 of 34669
Fixed it!

The post must have been loose! Thanks! Sounds 100x better!
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Great. Enjoy!
post #14777 of 34669
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Shouldn't matter actually. You must have one of the strips that runs between the top post and bottom posts loose.

And make sure all four knobs (two red & two black) are tight.
post #14778 of 34669
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Originally Posted by Pj0312 View Post

So glad I saw this thread.
I just bought 2 Monitor 70s off of New egg and hooked them up to my HT-R380, and well they just sound underwhelming. Should I buy a amplifier for them or upgrade the receiver?
Not sure what do to. I was going to try running them off both the Front speaker A + B section, but I wasn't sure if I should.

Better AVR. Look at getting the Onkyo TX-NR809 from Accessories4less. Its got MORE than enough power for any of the Monitors and all the HDMI stuff you could want. The 709 has a little less power should the 809 be out of your budget.

That website is a manufacture authorized reseller of their refurbished units. You still get a manufacture warranty and a deep discount on the retail price.

Running them off A+B isnt worth doing, you wont get any real performance increase.
Edited by EndersShadow - 11/14/12 at 9:18pm
post #14779 of 34669
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Originally Posted by tunafish24 View Post

I only asked about RTi A5...they probably have TSi's as well. I'm more interested in Polk RTiA5 vs Klipsch RF-62 ii comparison now.

Two different monsters there. Horn v Dome tweeter. Thats gonna require you to actually sit down and demo them. Personally horn tweeters are too harsh for me, but lots of folks like them as well.

I cant and wont recommend you on either but you really need to listen to them both on gear thats as close or the same to get a feel for em.
post #14780 of 34669
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Originally Posted by tunafish24 View Post

I like that their reburb prices are good...but warranty is only 2-years vs 5-standard. So for $100 savings on each, I'm not sure if 3-year loss of warranty is worth it?

Yes it is. Normally if something is going to happen, it happens in the first year. I wouldnt worry about it at all.

Plus just because the warranty is up doesnt mean if something breaks you cant get replacement parts and fix it yourself. Polks CS is beyond awesome as anyone whose talked to or dealt with them will tell you.
post #14781 of 34669
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Originally Posted by Pj0312 View Post

So glad I saw this thread.
I just bought 2 Monitor 70s off of New egg and hooked them up to my HT-R380, and well they just sound underwhelming. Should I buy a amplifier for them or upgrade the receiver?
Not sure what do to. I was going to try running them off both the Front speaker A + B section, but I wasn't sure if I should.

I bought two of them as well, and hooked them up to my Onkyo HT-R960. They sound good, but my old receiver doesn't really have enough power to drive them to their full potential. I'm was looking in to replacing my current AVR anyway. I think I'll be going with Dune 2113 or Yamaha's.
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Originally Posted by tunafish24 View Post

I like that their reburb prices are good...but warranty is only 2-years vs 5-standard. So for $100 savings on each, I'm not sure if 3-year loss of warranty is worth it?

Yes, I think so. If they are going to break they should break pretty early after you start using them. I had speakers over 20 years old that still worked fine. Of course I have some that died for no apparent reason. I think Polk is a respectable brand that will last. Anyway, if they break and you can use a screwdriver, you can probably fix them yourself with the proper parts from Polk.
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Originally Posted by Pj0312 View Post

Fixed it!
The post must have been loose! Thanks! Sounds 100x better!

LOL, that is just great! I've been there. Totally confused by the poor performance of something. Getting discouraged. In disbelief. Then finally you find the problem and it all makes sense! Of course sometimes you don't find the problem and you have to conclude that the thing just sucks. Fortunately this was not one of those times cool.gif
post #14784 of 34669
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Originally Posted by tunafish24 View Post

I like that their reburb prices are good...but warranty is only 2-years vs 5-standard. So for $100 savings on each, I'm not sure if 3-year loss of warranty is worth it?

Well, as others mentioned above, chances of having issues with the speakers might occur during the first year or so of using them. So, two years is a decent amount of time for a warranty.

Also, you can still have full support from Polk Audio after the warranty expires, and if something happens (worst case scenario) you can join Polk Audio forum and just for being a member, you will have 20% discount on parts and free shipping.

Again, I'm not saying you must buy refurb speakers, but it is just an idea and a way to save some cash! Perhaps use that savings and jump a bit up the line by buying a pair of RTi A7's..........wink.gif

In any case, just don't forget to post your impressions after you are done demoing the speakers.

Cheers!
post #14785 of 34669
I just bought some polks to replace my center and 2 surrounds. I'm loving the sound quality. I'm very happy with my purchase of Polks!

F/XI A6
CSI A6
post #14786 of 34669
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Originally Posted by Jencathen View Post

I just bought some polks to replace my center and 2 surrounds. I'm loving the sound quality. I'm very happy with my purchase of Polks!
F/XI A6
CSI A6

Congrats!

So, where are the pics????

wink.gif
post #14787 of 34669
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Ok. XPA-2 arrived without issues. So, after unpacked it to ensure there was no issue with the unit (no problems to report), the next and obvious step was to re-arrange things on my AV Console to make room for the new amp (man, what a workout moving the XPA amps). XPA-5 moved to the center of the console, XPA-2's one to the right and the other to the left. Yamaha receiver, still on the middle of the console, but pushed up a bit. Same for my Panamax power conditioner. Of course, I ran out of space and therefore now the CSiA6 is on top of the console (just as I planned from the beginning............don't tell my wife).
Next, I had to modify my wires to have enough room to properly connect the wires using the bridge binding posts. Here is a pic of the modified wires:


And here a pic of the connection at the back of the amp:

So far so good, here is how everything looks together in my AV Consoler:

And the results? A total bummer...............my old XPA-2 is not working on bridged mode.......mad.gif
Not sure what is going on. Everything is properly connected, exactly as the other one (that worked like a charm). But, I only have sound coming from the new XPA-2. The other one is dead.
I already tried the basic troubleshooting procedures: use a different speaker, switched/replace speaker wires, switch to a different channel on my receiver, plug the amp to a different power outlet, etc., and after all that still nothing.
Funny thing is that if I use it as a regular two channel amp it works as it should. So, I need to get in touch with Emotiva and hopefully have it fixed ASAP.
So, right now I have both running on 2 channel mode. Of course, one is driving the right channel and the other one the left channel. Best I can do right now....wink.gif

OK, XPA-2 has been repaired by Emotiva and it is back home!

As per the service report the issue was "loose connection to AC input jack".

So, I'll report back!
post #14788 of 34669
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

(man, what a workout moving the XPA amps). XPA-5 moved to the center of the console...

Yeah, tell me about it! My XPA5 was delivered yesterday. It's still in its box in the garage. I tried to move it to the kitchen this morning and had to give up. I'll have to wait til my son is home to help me move it. Two years ago I probably could have handled it alone, but had surgery a month ago and don't want to risk injury. Sooooo... I won't have anything to report for a while.
post #14789 of 34669
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

Yeah, tell me about it! My XPA5 was delivered yesterday. It's still in its box in the garage. I tried to move it to the kitchen this morning and had to give up. I'll have to wait til my son is home to help me move it. Two years ago I probably could have handled it alone, but had surgery a month ago and don't want to risk injury. Sooooo... I won't have anything to report for a while.

Sorry to hear that Rob. I lived in Dayton,Oh until Jun/10. If not, I'll be heading your way to give you a hand.

I managed to put it back in my AV console at the basement, and I gave it a quick test.....................it's alive!!!!

Now, I need to re-run calibration as follows:

1st - Velodyne SMS-1
2nd - Yamaha's YPAO
3rd - SPL Meter

I'll report back soon!
post #14790 of 34669
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Sorry to hear that Rob. I lived in Dayton,Oh until Jun/10. If not, I'll be heading your way to give you a hand.

How weird is that. I grew up 30 miles from Dayton in a little town called Camden...
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