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post #15841 of 34669
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Originally Posted by spellitlikethis View Post

Hey everyone,
I had a question about some speaker recommendations. I currently have 2 RTI A5's and was looking into centers and subs. Any recommendations? I've been told a few times to stay away from Polk subs, but that their centers are good, and I'd like the center to match my A5's. Thanks a bunch.

The CSi A4 would probably be the way to go. The A6 is a big jump in price. The PSW505 Polk sub isn't bad for the money. You're getting what you pay for. If you can stretch your budget to 3 bills I'd go for the Klipsch RW-12d. Not sure if that one is still on sale at newegg.
post #15842 of 34669
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Speaker break in can be gradual and some folks might not notice it. Like the Klipsch article said, some will improve more than others. I really noticed a difference in mine. Real or not I'll take it.

Klipsch is probably the only one with that break in suggestion. Comparing an engine to speakers is completely different.

Like I've said before if it makes you happy, keep doing it.
post #15843 of 34669
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

Klipsch is probably the only one with that break in suggestion. Comparing an engine to speakers is completely different.
Like I've said before if it makes you happy, keep doing it.

Eminence article: http://www.eminence.com/2011/06/speaker-break-in/

Definitive: http://www.definitivetech.com/downloads/What%20is%20Conditioning_final.pdf

Newform Research: http://www.newformresearch.com/breakin.htm

RBH Sound: http://www.rbhsound.com/images/manuals/manual_inceiling.pdf

You don't have to believe it if you don't want to.
Edited by XStanleyX - 1/7/13 at 2:12pm
post #15844 of 34669
So totally NOT Polk related, but thought I would share anyway...

Like most of us, I am a member on multiple audio websites. One of those sites was running a RIDICULUOUS Karma, a FREE TUBE AMP. The amp was originally housed in a 1962 Custom Electra V Console. It is a Fisher 460A EL84/7247 amp. It was totally re-wired and better tubes were added to it. The amp was donated by one member and rebuilt by another.

To make a long story short, after a very unique Karma picking method on New Years day, I was the EXTREMELY LUCKY WINNER!

So I have started getting my learn on about tubes and am STOKED that this baby will be mine. It wont run low ohm loads so no LSis. I will probably stick to running it on 8 ohm loads but am looking forward to playing around with tubes.

So I thought I would share some pics with you guys. The only sucky thing is that I am out of town all this week for work so I wont get to play with it till this weekend at the earliest.

These pics are from the awesome guy who did all the work on it.
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This last one is a nude pic so keep the kiddies eyes away :wink:

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post #15845 of 34669
Extremely lucky is right. Congrats! Wish I could play with that baby.
post #15846 of 34669
You think its worth upgrading M60's with M70s ?

I dont want to spend more than $400 for a pair. Dont see anything on CL at the moment except for some Energy RC30s. Those seem to be the same size as the M60s.

I have a Klipsch rw-12d to handle all of the bass.
post #15847 of 34669
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Originally Posted by defdog99 View Post

You think it worth upgrading M60's with M70s ?
I dont want to spend more than $400 for a pair. Dont see anything no CL at the moment except for some Energy RC30s. Those see to be the same size as the M60s.
I have a Klipsch rw-12d to handle all of the bass.

Personally I would say no, unless you can re-purpose the 60's as side surrounds. Otherwise not worth it to sell the M60's to get the M70's, you lose to much in the process.

Personally if your looking to upgrade I would go from the M60's to the RTi line either the RTi (from Polks ebay website) or the RTi A line from Newegg (when they are on sale). Either of those lines would be a MUCH better upgrade than the M70's
post #15848 of 34669
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Originally Posted by defdog99 View Post

You think its worth upgrading M60's with M70s ?
I dont want to spend more than $400 for a pair. Dont see anything on CL at the moment except for some Energy RC30s. Those seem to be the same size as the M60s.
I have a Klipsch rw-12d to handle all of the bass.

With that sub probably not. Without a sub probably yes. I just like to say probably a lot.
post #15849 of 34669
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

Personally I would say no, unless you can re-purpose the 60's as side surrounds. Otherwise not worth it to sell the M60's to get the M70's, you lose to much in the process.
Personally if your looking to upgrade I would go from the M60's to the RTi line either the RTi (from Polks ebay website) or the RTi A line from Newegg (when they are on sale). Either of those lines would be a MUCH better upgrade than the M70's

+1

I'd try to sneak up on the RTi's on polk ebay. Great deals there.
post #15850 of 34669
Hi all,

I'm trying to build a 5.1 with Polk's. So far i've bought these:

PSW505
CS2

I'm looking to add a pair of M70's for fronts and a pair of M50's for surrounds (waiting for some good deals).

All will be driven by a Denon 3311 or Onkyo 509.

Am i planning it right?

Thanks
post #15851 of 34669
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

Klipsch is probably the only one with that break in suggestion. Comparing an engine to speakers is completely different.
Like I've said before if it makes you happy, keep doing it.

regardless it all has moving parts, speakers and engines both move, not meant to be ran wide open on day one.
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pretty much sums it up
post #15852 of 34669
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Originally Posted by kevinmscs View Post

Hi all,
I'm trying to build a 5.1 with Polk's. So far i've bought these:
PSW505
CS2
I'm looking to add a pair of M70's for fronts and a pair of M50's for surrounds (waiting for some good deals).
All will be driven by a Denon 3311 or Onkyo 509.
Am i planning it right?
Thanks

Looks good to me. The CS2 is a good match for the 70's. I'd personally take that Denon over the Onkyo.
post #15853 of 34669
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Originally Posted by kevinmscs View Post

Hi all,
I'm trying to build a 5.1 with Polk's. So far i've bought these:
PSW505
CS2
I'm looking to add a pair of M70's for fronts and a pair of M50's for surrounds (waiting for some good deals).
All will be driven by a Denon 3311 or Onkyo 509.
Am i planning it right?
Thanks

I think your doin it right smile.gif I have not looked up that receiver to see what it's power handling is, but m70's are power hungry. You will enjoy them I am sure, but if that receiver has pre-outs I would look into a 2 or 3 channel power amp for the fronts and center.

An update on my system, I got a new belt installed on my linear TT, and got the sticky old rubber belt cleaned off. It fired right up and tracks well, platter speed seems stable..... Records sound awesome through 5 channel stereo! I had to turn the gain on my preamp to full, but it doesn't seem to have any distortion or noise. I am impressed with the depth of these new Polks, to be honest I had low expectations after reading for months about better speakers than m60's. I turn the sub off for playing LP's since I have to set the TT on the sub for now (out of space) but the m60's are actually keeping fairly well for music.
post #15854 of 34669
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Looks good to me. The CS2 is a good match for the 70's. I'd personally take that Denon over the Onkyo.

Thanks. I already had the Denon 3311 and just got the Onkyo simply because it was on huge sale and i wanted to use it to set up the kids' room.

So far like i said the sub and the center have arrived. Got good prices on them. But the fronts and surrounds are not yet acquired, I'm waiting for them to be on sale, so doing some homework now :-)
post #15855 of 34669
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Originally Posted by 3rdHerd View Post

I think your doin it right smile.gif I have not looked up that receiver to see what it's power handling is, but m70's are power hungry. You will enjoy them I am sure, but if that receiver has pre-outs I would look into a 2 or 3 channel power amp for the fronts and center.
An update on my system, I got a new belt installed on my linear TT, and got the sticky old rubber belt cleaned off. It fired right up and tracks well, platter speed seems stable..... Records sound awesome through 5 channel stereo! I had to turn the gain on my preamp to full, but it doesn't seem to have any distortion or noise. I am impressed with the depth of these new Polks, to be honest I had low expectations after reading for months about better speakers than m60's. I turn the sub off for playing LP's since I have to set the TT on the sub for now (out of space) but the m60's are actually keeping fairly well for music.

Thanks
post #15856 of 34669
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Originally Posted by kevinmscs View Post

Thanks. I already had the Denon 3311 and just got the Onkyo simply because it was on huge sale and i wanted to use it to set up the kids' room.
So far like i said the sub and the center have arrived. Got good prices on them. But the fronts and surrounds are not yet acquired, I'm waiting for them to be on sale, so doing some homework now :-)

Gotcha, I haven't seen the 70's go on sale for $150 each for awhile. That's what I paid for mine when I had them. Hopefully they drop down again soon for you.smile.gif
post #15857 of 34669
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Gotcha, I haven't seen the 70's go on sale for $150 each for awhile. That's what I paid for mine when I had them. Hopefully they drop down again soon for you.smile.gif

Early December it was $149. Now its back in stock but $199. I'm not in a hurry. But yeah seems like these are not re-stocked a lot since its newer model came out (75T???).

I missed that last sale. The "idea" just came recently lolz.

Thanks for the support. I'll stick around and update once "mission accomplished"....
post #15858 of 34669
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Originally Posted by kevinmscs View Post

Early December it was $149. Now its back in stock but $199. I'm not in a hurry. But yeah seems like these are not re-stocked a lot since its newer model came out (75T???).
I missed that last sale. The "idea" just came recently lolz.
Thanks for the support. I'll stick around and update once "mission accomplished"....

Look forward to your impressions. I already had speakers for 2 channel music and got the 70's for home theater with the CS2. For $400 total it was a no brainer for me. I enjoyed them but got the itch to upgrade and had the funds. I'm sure you know how that is.
post #15859 of 34669

What's is the lowest price recently for the cherry Polk RtI A9?

Received a 40% off code today, Not sure if I shoul wait a little longer?
post #15860 of 34669
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Originally Posted by bad1550 View Post

What's is the lowest price recently for the cherry Polk RtI A9?
Received a 40% off code today, Not sure if I shoul wait a little longer?

They are 5 bills each on Polk ebay for refurbs. That 40% off is pretty good. I can't remember seeing it lower for awhile. I haven't been looking real hard though.
post #15861 of 34669
The RTi12's are a nice deal on Polk ebay if you're trying to save money. I think Fry's still have them on sale too.
post #15862 of 34669
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Originally Posted by spellitlikethis View Post

Hey everyone, I had a quick question, more of an opinion rather than needing help. Do you all generally keep the boxes and packaging that speakers come in? I know that in the event of having to send one of these guys in for repair, you're supposed to have something available for packaging, and I'm sure that would cost more than it should.. I live in an apartment, otherwise I'd just put these in a basement or storage, but even after breaking down the boxes, I don't really have room to store the styrofoam packaging. Any opinions or advice? I know these are well built speakers, but I'm a natural worrier. Thanks in advance.

Thanks for asking the question I have been meaning to ask. Looks like I will be keeping my boxes too.

@RobLee good suggestion on consolidating the packing material into one of the boxes per a set of speakers.
post #15863 of 34669
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

The CSi A4 would probably be the way to go. The A6 is a big jump in price. The PSW505 Polk sub isn't bad for the money. You're getting what you pay for. If you can stretch your budget to 3 bills I'd go for the Klipsch RW-12d. Not sure if that one is still on sale at newegg.

Well the CSi A4 I can get at newegg for $150, not sure if that's a must buy price or not. The A6 I can get for $270. If I had to go either sub or center only, which would be the best one to go with. Also, are either of those prices ever really that good? I JUST got my A5's and they sent me a coupon code, wondering if I should bite. Someone recommended Csi A5, but I can't find them anywhere.
post #15864 of 34669
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Originally Posted by spellitlikethis View Post

Well the CSi A4 I can get at newegg for $150, not sure if that's a must buy price or not. The A6 I can get for $270. If I had to go either sub or center only, which would be the best one to go with. Also, are either of those prices ever really that good? I JUST got my A5's and they sent me a coupon code, wondering if I should bite. Someone recommended Csi A5, but I can't find them anywhere.

Go for the center if you watch movies. Go for the sub if music. If both it's your call. I'm just glad I'm not in your position. biggrin.gif
post #15865 of 34669
I'm currently subless and it's painful.
post #15866 of 34669
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Go for the center if you watch movies. Go for the sub if music. If both it's your call. I'm just glad I'm not in your position. biggrin.gif

The only sub I've got a coupon for that I can afford is the psw110 for $150. I see good reviews for that one too, but most People here on the forums have told me to stay away. Opinions on that?
post #15867 of 34669
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Originally Posted by spellitlikethis View Post

The only sub I've got a coupon for that I can afford is the psw110 for $150. I see good reviews for that one too, but most People here on the forums have told me to stay away. Opinions on that?

Stay away for sure. Really. Might be ok for a small bedroom.
post #15868 of 34669
For another $40 you can get a PSW505 when on sale. Much better sub.
post #15869 of 34669
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Stay away for sure. Really. Might be ok for a small bedroom.

I'm so tempted to bite on the A4 center, but my setup seems to have much more room for a sub than a center. See the pic.
post #15870 of 34669
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Originally Posted by mach250 View Post

Looking for opinions on the RC80i ceiling and RC85i wall speakers? How much of a difference will I get from 4 Sony ss-f7000 speakers? What should I use as a center for these polks? Thinking two 85s front left/right, two for surrounds and then two 80s above and to rear. My theater room is 13x18 and I have an onkyo 876 receiver.
Forgot to mention that all the in wall/ceiling speakers would have boxes built to help eliminate some noise, I have a bedroom on either side of my theater.

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Originally Posted by mach250 View Post

Anyone?

I was hesitating to reply to your question due to the fact that I'm no familiar with the Sony SS-F7000 speakers. But, base on that you received no input so far, I'll tell you that I'm totally satisfied with what the Polk speakers can do.

Currently, I'm using the RC80i as surround speakers and RC85i as back surround speakers. They are all driven by an Emotiva XPA-5 and they are matched with RTi A9's (fronts) and CSi A6 (center). So, they are really solid performers capable of keeping up with these big boys.

In theory (as per Polk) you don't need boxes for these speakers. However, as you, I decided to built boxes for the speakers during my basement's constructions and the end result of the RC speakers in terms of look and sound is pretty nice.

For the center channel, actually Polk recommends to use a RC85i as center. Finally, do you have a subwoofer already? You will really need one to enjoy your system to the max. So, keep that in mind if you don't have one.

Cheers!
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