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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Yeah, but I'm a retired machinist and I have vowed to never pick up a hand tool again unless absolutely necessary.

If you build it, it will play.......low biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

... or my twin Klipsch sub12's. That's where my wife loves to live.!

Hey!!!! That's unrealistic!!!! Oh yeah, that's what we're shooting for biggrin.gif
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We pass thru Atlanta every year, typically stay around Cartersville/Adairsville overnight to make it a 2 day trip from Cinci to Tampa bay. Not sure we could actually hook up but would be happy to at least meet briefly!
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

That would be really cool. I'm like an hour north of Atlanta, near Lake Lanier. But, my office is at Duluth. So, best chances to meet will be at downtown Atlanta, so you and your wife are not forced to deviate much. I'll be a lot of work to put my Ultras in my car, but I'm willing to do that, so you guys can meet them.............

No body likes to be left out, I'm on my way smile.gif

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Originally Posted by Threefiddie View Post

finally got my gift card after battling with newegg for 2 days over the slow service to receive it by email.
The monitor 40s and 70s are out of stock on newegg but the cs2 is in stock on sale for $100, however, I notice that the 60s are discontinued.
So I have an issue.
Buy the cs2 now( i get it for free with my gift card) and hope they get more m70s and m40s in and don't discontinue. or wait and just screw the current monitors and get "the new monitors" like 25c, 45b, 75t?
I am just scared to buy a cs2 now, and m40 and m70s either get discontinued or wife wouldn't let me buy them when they are in stock and then they get discontinued anyways then I'm stuck with a mismatching center speaker.
opinions?

I'm truly happy for you!! Finally having the card is good. I can relate, having to wait for anything you want right now is the pits!!!

Don't despair, if it comes down to it, the CS2 will match fine with the new series. If anything, give Polk and ask them about timbre matching the CS2 and the new series. I have a feeling you're going to be fine/happy no matter which direction you go smile.gif
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Originally Posted by 3rdHerd View Post

"But, if you go for the top of the line A9's, you might want to consider an external amplifier to take care of these babies!"
ya, there's always the issue of wattage......

I believe I read your goal is to eventually have the RTiA series. Great goal. I had that one my self. I started with an onkyo htib speaker set, went through the Monitors and now own, IMO, a kick a** RTiA set up, including an unrealistic amount of bass biggrin.gif Additional power is a must, started adding power with my monitors and even more power with my A9's and the quest for more power continues.

Have patience my HT brother and your goal will be met.
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Are Rti always better than Tsi? I found some used Rti85 speakers on CL for $80pr and found the newer Tsi100 for $110. On the Polk forums they said the Rti85 would win by a landslide. Just wondering if anyone here concurred and what their thoughts are, not just on those two but also in general Rti vs Tsi lines. I don't know how they run their product lines.
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Rti's any day. The Tsi100's are actually fairly small bookshelf speakers. RtiA1's would beat them easily.
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

Rti's any day. The Tsi100's are actually fairly small bookshelf speakers. RtiA1's would beat them easily.

I agree completely, but would add that yesterday I auditioned the tsi100 against the m20, and against the klipsch kf30

I was shocked at how well the little polk tsi100 books beat all of them, and at only 100 a pair.

the 100's were warmer, clearer, and had low and high end. he bass was not as much as the klipsch, but the klipsh's were muddy and no mids at all. and cost 4 times as much. amazing. The m20's were comparable, but for towers and a higher price point they should have done better.
Edited by 3rdHerd - 12/30/12 at 4:53pm
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

Rti's any day. The Tsi100's are actually fairly small bookshelf speakers. RtiA1's would beat them easily.

+1 any day
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

Rti's any day. The Tsi100's are actually fairly small bookshelf speakers. RtiA1's would beat them easily.

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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

+1 any day

Even if the Rti* being any age? The Rti85 is pretty old from what I saw. The Tsi100 is new.
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Originally Posted by likemovies View Post

Even if the Rti* being any age? The Rti85 is pretty old from what I saw. The Tsi100 is new.

New isn't always better. The RTi line is just a better line of speaker. The TSi is more of an entry level speaker. My surrounds are some 9 year old RT15i's and I see no need to get some newer ones since they sound just fine.
Edited by XStanleyX - 12/30/12 at 5:39pm
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

If you can go into Fry's, they price match NewEgg. Even if NewEgg is out of stock!!!

The last sales guy told me that the item has to be in-stock @ newegg or Fry's won't price match.
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i have a set of rm6880s(rm10s and a sub that, according to polk, MUST be plugged in through speaker wire) that i want to upgrade the sub as its only 65w continuous and want something with a little more kick(only goes down to 32hz and gets very "boomy" with explosions in movies and some music) and can be plugged in "normally:. my room is 9'4"deep from the door and 10'2" wide. i was looking into getting a psw505 but was wondering if it would be overkill for smaller satellite speakers and the room size or is it a good choice?
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Originally Posted by swarm87 View Post

i have a set of rm6880s(rm10s and a sub that, according to polk, MUST be plugged in through speaker wire) that i want to upgrade the sub as its only 65w continuous and want something with a little more kick(only goes down to 32hz and gets very "boomy" with explosions in movies and some music) and can be plugged in "normally:. my room is 9'4"deep from the door and 10'2" wide. i was looking into getting a psw505 but was wondering if it would be overkill for smaller satellite speakers and the room size or is it a good choice?

Not overkill in my book. The 505 has a gain knob. If it's too much just turn it down. The 505 should fill the bill nicely in a room that size.
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Originally Posted by 3rdHerd View Post

I agree completely, but would add that yesterday I auditioned the tsi100 against the m20, and against the klipsch kf30
I was shocked at how well the little polk tsi100 books beat all of them, and at only 100 a pair.
the 100's were warmer, clearer, and had low and high end. he bass was not as much as the klipsch, but the klipsh's were muddy and no mids at all. and cost 4 times as much. amazing. The m20's were comparable, but for towers and a higher price point they should have done better.

That's interesting, as I had picked up a pair of Tsi100's some time ago as an open box bargain and never really gave them a chance, other than just hooking them up to make sure they worked. Shortly after that NewEgg apparently acquired a large lot of Rti6's which they were selling for between $140-200 per pair so I went all Rti and never went back to the Tsi's. I'll have to show them more respect in the future... maybe set them up in a bedroom.
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I hoped my monitors would get here today but no such luck. not even shipped yet. I picked up a turntable and a preamp for my ladies birthday today. She is gonna flip over it. I got her a brand new in the box sharp TT from 1984, and two of her favorite artists on vinyl. I love it that this turntable is a brand new throwback. And fo myself I picked up some Polk MM car speakers smile.gif these are gonna go in the fronts, my pioneers are going in the back, they have more bass.
Edited by 3rdHerd - 12/31/12 at 3:34am
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Originally Posted by swarm87 View Post

i have a set of rm6880s(rm10s and a sub that, according to polk, MUST be plugged in through speaker wire) that i want to upgrade the sub as its only 65w continuous and want something with a little more kick(only goes down to 32hz and gets very "boomy" with explosions in movies and some music) and can be plugged in "normally:. my room is 9'4"deep from the door and 10'2" wide. i was looking into getting a psw505 but was wondering if it would be overkill for smaller satellite speakers and the room size or is it a good choice?


the 505 is the only way to go, anything lower in the line sounds weak or boomy to me. I auditioned the psw10, 110, and 111 and didn't like any of them. I am happy with my 505 though, and my room is a bit bigger. You will be happy with it in that space. I find the 505 to be very musical, it brings to life all my varied musical tastes to life, from rock to classical. But it works for in a movie too. for HT use II cranck it up a bit though smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

If you build it, it will play.......low biggrin.gif
Hey!!!! That's unrealistic!!!! Oh yeah, that's what we're shooting for biggrin.gif
No body likes to be left out, I'm on my way smile.gif
I'm truly happy for you!! Finally having the card is good. I can relate, having to wait for anything you want right now is the pits!!!
Don't despair, if it comes down to it, the CS2 will match fine with the new series. If anything, give Polk and ask them about timbre matching the CS2 and the new series. I have a feeling you're going to be fine/happy no matter which direction you go smile.gif
I believe I read your goal is to eventually have the RTiA series. Great goal. I had that one my self. I started with an onkyo htib speaker set, went through the Monitors and now own, IMO, a kick a** RTiA set up, including an unrealistic amount of bass biggrin.gif Additional power is a must, started adding power with my monitors and even more power with my A9's and the quest for more power continues.
Have patience my HT brother and your goal will be met.

Regarding additional power, what amp if any should I consider for my Onkyo 809 to drive 5 channels and if I move up from Monitors 70's to RTI A9?
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

No body likes to be left out, I'm on my way smile.gif

No problem Mr. Geoff, you and your family are more than welcome. I just need to add more water to the soup........LOL!
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Regarding additional power, what amp if any should I consider for my Onkyo 809 to drive 5 channels and if I move up from Monitors 70's to RTI A9?

I'm using an Emotiva XPA-5 with really good results. Currently on sale at $769.00 with free shipping and a 5 year warranty.

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpa5

But, if you don't mind purchase a reconditioned unit, then you can contact Emotiva directly and ask them for one of these units for a reduced price with the same perks (free shipping / 5yw).

I'll let others chime in for more options on the amps. But, you can start looking on the Emotiva amps and read some reviews available online.

Good luck!
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The XPA-3 would be a good choice too and let your 809 drive the rear channels. I'll be going for the XPA-2 unless I run across someting good on craigslist or audiogon. My main speakers are 4 ohm though. The rest are 8 ohm
so my receiver won't break a sweat running the other three. Your 809 can still run those without an amp til you get one. Just don't run it at ear bleeding levels.
Edited by XStanleyX - 12/31/12 at 6:35am
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Originally Posted by bad1550 View Post

Regarding additional power, what amp if any should I consider for my Onkyo 809 to drive 5 channels and if I move up from Monitors 70's to RTI A9?

Just look at any decent used 2 channel amp from brands like Rotel, Parasound, ATI, Carver, B&K, etc. I wouldn't worry too much about driving your center and surrounds from anything other than your Onkyo. If you take the A9's off it you should be fine.

You could also look at a 3 channel amp for your fronts and be ok as well.

Either way your surrounds (2 or 4 of them) should be fine off the Onkyo, its mainly the A9's that need lots of power.
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ok, ok.... in response to all the people who thought my 'unrealistic bass' comment was funny..... here is a quote that better says what I meant... from Dr. Spec at the PolkAudio forums ....
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"The LFE channel should always be left at the unattenuated setting unless the sub can't take it.

It's not really a true THX bass limiter per se, but it can accomplish much of the same effect - keep the sub from being overloaded during bass heavy scenes at high volumes.

It's pretty scary what the standard 10 dB pre/pro boost on the LFE channel can do to a wimpy sub. DVDs are VERY demanding on a subwoofer, particularly considering it needs to handle the redirected bass from ALL channels in addition to the LFE channel if the speakers are set to small. Overall, that's a huge load.

When viewed in that light, suddenly a dual 12" driver sub packing 1,000 watts continuous doesn't seem much like overkill anymore. smile.gif"

by unrealistic, I was thinking of asshats who drive around thumping the whole neighborhood.... or people who have the bass set so loud they can't hear the mids anymore.... I like balanced sound with clean mids and sharp highs.Hopefully my 505 will serve for several years, I just moved it to the corner this morning in preperation new main towers, and WOW, it just came to life!
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Originally Posted by 3rdHerd View Post

ok, ok.... in response to all the people who thought my 'unrealistic bass' comment was funny..... here is a quote that better says what I meant... from Dr. Spec at the PolkAudio forums ....
by unrealistic, I was thinking of asshats who drive around thumping the whole neighborhood.... or people who have the bass set so loud they can't hear the mids anymore.... I like balanced sound with clean mids and sharp highs.Hopefully my 505 will serve for several years, I just moved it to the corner this morning in preperation new main towers, and WOW, it just came to life!

I have a killer sound system in my car and can thump the neighborhood if I want to but I have a bass knob and keep it at where it just sounds good. Some of the young kids are out to just see who has the most bass and could care less about sound quality. Their ears will mature with age.
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

I have a killer sound system in my car and can thump the neighborhood if I want to but I have a bass knob and keep it at where it just sounds good. Some of the young kids are out to just see who has the most bass and could care less about sound quality. Their ears will mature with age.

how about the ones with no bass or mids and all tweeter haha.
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Originally Posted by Threefiddie View Post

how about the ones with no bass or mids and all tweeter haha.

Oh no, even at my age I gotta have some bass. The bass vibration helps to keep old peoples hearts pumping.
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Originally Posted by 3rdHerd View Post

interesting article from a Polk engineer:
http://www.ecoustics.com/articles/understanding-speaker-frequency-response/

I liked the comment about ear wax. Funny.
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I just bought the Polk Audio RM6750 Black 5.1 @ newegg for $169.99.
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Originally Posted by ProfD View Post

I just bought the Polk Audio RM6750 Black 5.1 @ newegg for $169.99.

Welcome to the herd ProfD and congrats on your new Polks. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

No problem Mr. Geoff, you and your family are more than welcome. I just need to add more water to the soup........LOL!
I'm using an Emotiva XPA-5 with really good results. Currently on sale at $769.00 with free shipping and a 5 year warranty.
http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpa5
But, if you don't mind purchase a reconditioned unit, then you can contact Emotiva directly and ask them for one of these units for a reduced price with the same perks (free shipping / 5yw).
I'll let others chime in for more options on the amps. But, you can start looking on the Emotiva amps and read some reviews available online.
Good luck!

Thanks!
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Hello Fellow Polkies... smile.gif
I have been lurking and reading for Years. Anyways... I just spotted "The Polkies" forum and had to speak up.. I own a few old sets of Polks and figured I'd chime in...

All Polk Audio speakers:
RTA-15TL mains - (STILL VERY AWESOME)
PSW 350 sub
CS 400i center
F/X500i surrounds
All driven by a Denon AVR-3802 Receiver

Actually, I'm thinking on upgrading my Denon receiver for a newer model with HDMI 1.4's and happened to spot "The Polkies"... before I got to the receiver section. Lol

Anywho, since I'm here, does anyone have any suggestions about the 3802 upgrade.? I really hate to do it, this receiver is so powerful and clean, I don't want to lose any of it, plus I don't have the free cash I used to. (Wife & kids)... I'm sure I'm not the only one... Lol.

Hey good reading here guys and gals...
Thanks, Mrwirez (electrician)
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Originally Posted by ComCost View Post

Hello Fellow Polkies... smile.gif
I have been lurking and reading for Years. Anyways... I just spotted "The Polkies" forum and had to speak up.. I own a few old sets of Polks and figured I'd chime in...
All Polk Audio speakers:
RTA-15TL mains - (STILL VERY AWESOME)
PSW 350 sub
CS 400i center
F/X500i surrounds
All driven by a Denon AVR-3802 Receiver
Actually, I'm thinking on upgrading my Denon receiver for a newer model with HDMI 1.4's and happened to spot "The Polkies"... before I got to the receiver section. Lol
Anywho, since I'm here, does anyone have any suggestions about the 3802 upgrade.? I really hate to do it, this receiver is so powerful and clean, I don't want to lose any of it, plus I don't have the free cash I used to. (Wife & kids)... I'm sure I'm not the only one... Lol.
Hey good reading here guys and gals...
Thanks, Mrwirez (electrician)

Why do you want HDMI 1.4? You going to get a 3D TV? If not and you don't need the features of the newer receivers I'd stick with what you have. You can still do 3D with a dual out HDMI blu-ray player. Only reason I bought a Marantz w/ 1.4 was because my Onkyo 807 broke.
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Originally Posted by ComCost View Post

Anywho, since I'm here, does anyone have any suggestions about the 3802 upgrade.? I really hate to do it, this receiver is so powerful and clean, I don't want to lose any of it, plus I don't have the free cash I used to. (Wife & kids)... I'm sure I'm not the only one... Lol. Hey good reading here guys and gals... Thanks, Mrwirez (electrician)

The 2012 model Denons have been on sale since the 2013 models were released a few months ago. You can pick up a top model 3312 for around $800, or step down to a 2312 refurb for $500 from Accessories4less. Also you can find lesser models (1712/1912) on Amazon for under $500. Your best bet would be to browse thru the features list on Batpig's Denon 2012 thread at:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1334369/the-official-denon-avr-xx12-model-owners-thread ... You can save a lot of money over the 2013 models and actually get some features that Denon dropped from the new models.
Good luck!
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I am still kicking around keeping the 3802. Point taken xStanleyx.. I don't have any HDMI on this receiver though. HDMI 1.3 would probably suffice, but I would like to future proof somewhat.

@RobLee thanks for the link. Any upgrade will require the spousal approval, so I may keep the 3802 without any decision. I heard the upgrade for the 3802 was the 4310 and up, if I remember correctly. We'll see, a newer receiver is not at the top of my list right now anyway. I was kinda just inquiring.. [For now]..... wink.gif

Thanks guys. Happy New Year!
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