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Originally Posted by cyde01 View Post

Question for all you Polkies. If I can get a pair of RT800's in decent condition for $75, would they be worth buying? I need a pair of speakers for my garage under $100 with good dynamic range and thought these might fit the bill. Also I used to own the monitor 60s and didn't care for them much. How would these sound in comparison?

I would do that in a heartbeat! I'm very pleased with the RT600's I picked up yesterday for a little more than that, and they are now my fronts for my TV room, replacing 2 satellites from the RM6750 series. Would love to have the 800's instead! That sounds like a great deal, assuming everything is in good working order.

I've never heard the Monitors so can't offer any input there. And I've only had the 600's for 24 hours now so can't really offer any substantive judgement about their sound under different circumstances, aside from "they sound better than the satellites."
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Originally Posted by Threefiddie View Post

even without the feet off, it would be about 1/4" in way of the light path of the projector... I want floorstanders so bad, but I'm debating just getting 45b even over the 65t so I don't have speakers in front of the black velvet like frame at all. I got some ole cheap onkyo htib 5.1 speakers from 2003 that I'm still using. They don't suck by any means for htib speakers. It's just time for an upgrade. Looking for a little more clearer sound, and I have to turn up the onkyo speakers to really even hear them.

If you have a sub or plan to add one the bookshelves will probably be enough for you. With no sub I'd go with the 65t to get that lower bass. Personally I'd opt for the 65t anyway but that's really your choice.
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Originally Posted by Threefiddie View Post

even without the feet off, it would be about 1/4" in way of the light path of the projector... I want floorstanders so bad,

Look my friend, just remove the feet and cut out your drywall on either side of your screen so you can have clearance for your soon to be towers biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Threefiddie View Post

I want floorstanders so bad

Why?

The RTi series bookshelf speakers are WAAYYY better, would work in your space and provided you have a good sub will lose you nothing over floorstanders.

I have been around the block with floorstanders in the Monitor series, the LSi series and now the older RTA series. If you have (or are planning on having) a good sub, save your AVR's power for where its needed the midrange and highs and get speakers that focus on that sound.

The Monitors are a great starting point, but I would take the RTi bookshelves over the Monitor floorstanders all day long.

So dont look at size, but rather at sound profile when choosing your speakers. Doesnt matter if the speaker looks all big and bad if it doesnt sound that good.
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Not interested in rti when I need to replace full 5.1. the price for the entire monitor package is cheaper. plus I have a newborn son never be turning it up very much anyways and at night I have to wear a headset because my wife is the bed earlier than me especially right now. we have a decent sized house so sound travels very well. so anything more than the monitors is out of the question according to her and how much I want to spend
Edited by Threefiddie - 2/10/13 at 12:58pm
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Originally Posted by Threefiddie View Post

Not interested in rti when I need to replace full 5.1. the price for the entire monitor package is cheaper

I hear you. We have to stay within our budget and just do the best we can. There are some Revel speakers I'd sure like to pull the trigger on but I just can't swing it. Maybe some day but I feel lucky to have what I have.
Edited by XStanleyX - 2/10/13 at 1:03pm
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

Why not both? smile.gif My XPA-3 was purchased new and my XPA-2 was purchased as refrub'd from Emotiva. As others here have mentioned, the refurb comes with the same 5 yr warranty as new, and it's a hun less than the new.

In my book, that's a no brainer.

Thanks man, didn't know if any of you purchased a refurb or not!
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

I'm going to go out on a limb here. Yes I agree with the speaker placement issue. As you can see in the picture, I don't have that space. The tweets just don't sound good. My brother has the same towers spaced 10 feet apart and they still sound the same. It's a quality issue not space.

The concept of building your 70's into the mantle is pretty awesome!!! That being said, speaker placement is a very important part of your overall sound and judging from the photo (very nice work on the mantle btw), it looks like the 70's are too close together. I would think a minimum of 7' apart is going to help.

I'm in a small room (compared to my last), my viewing distance is 12.5' (64" screen) and my towers are 7.5' apart measured at the center of the drivers.

So, I'm not sure that by changing the tweeters that you'll fix your issue.
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Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Threefiddie View Post

Not interested in rti when I need to replace full 5.1. the price for the entire monitor package is cheaper. plus I have a newborn son never be turning it up very much anyways and at night I have to wear a headset because my wife is the bed earlier than me especially right now. we have a decent sized house so sound travels very well. so anything more than the monitors is out of the question according to her and how much I want to spend
But you want towers? You realize for the price of towers you can get a pair of RTi-bookshelves. I have Monitor 30's and RTi4's and there is a subtantial improvement with the RTi4's

RTi A3's with a subwoofer will be better than Monitor 65t's or 75t's
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Originally Posted by crazyrob425 View Post

But you want towers? You realize for the price of towers you can get a pair of RTi-bookshelves. I have Monitor 30's and RTi4's and there is a subtantial improvement with the RTi4's

RTi A3's with a subwoofer will be better than Monitor 65t's or 75t's

monitor 65ts are still cheaper than rti a3. and I still have to buy center, rears, and sub. rti is just out of the question when I have to buy other speakers
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Originally Posted by Threefiddie View Post

monitor 65ts are still cheaper than rti a3. and I still have to buy center, rears, and sub. rti is just out of the question when I have to buy other speakers

I kept my eyes open for open box listings on Amazon from OneCall and Electronics Expo. I got several sets of Rti's for about a 60% discount that way. And of course NewEgg has frequent sales, and there's always the occasional RtiA refurb that pops up on Polk's eBay page.
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I got a practically brand new pair of Rti A3's for sale. Paid $375, will sell for $250.(plus shipping) Alabama Have not had them 3 months. Sound absolutely amazing too!
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Originally Posted by Threefiddie View Post

monitor 65ts are still cheaper than rti a3. and I still have to buy center, rears, and sub. rti is just out of the question when I have to buy other speakers

You may want to keep your eyes on sales of older models also. Fry's just had a clearance sale of RTi4's and RTi6's (the predecessors of the RTiA1's and RTiA3's, respectively), for $129.99 and $199.99 a pair. Very similar sound quality to the current top-of-the-line bookshelves at a very affordable fraction of the price. Until recently J&R was selling new pairs of RTi4's on Amazon for $159.99 but they must have sold out.

Polk Direct on eBay also sells older and sometimes current models, factory refurbished, at a substantial discount. Members of this forum mostly say those speakers are indistinguishable from brand new.

And you can find great deals on Craigslist and eBay if you are cautious. I just bought a barely-used pair of RT600's that have been in storage for most of the last 10 years for $80. That's $750 retail when they were new.
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Originally Posted by mknecht01 View Post

You may want to keep your eyes on sales of older models also. Fry's just had a clearance sale of RTi4's and RTi6's (the predecessors of the RTiA1's and RTiA3's, respectively), for $129.99 and $199.99 a pair. Very similar sound quality to the current top-of-the-line bookshelves at a very affordable fraction of the price. Until recently J&R was selling new pairs of RTi4's on Amazon for $159.99 but they must have sold out.

Polk Direct on eBay also sells older and sometimes current models, factory refurbished, at a substantial discount. Members of this forum mostly say those speakers are indistinguishable from brand new.

And you can find great deals on Craigslist and eBay if you are cautious. I just bought a barely-used pair of RT600's that have been in storage for most of the last 10 years for $80. That's $750 retail when they were new.

This. Plus he could save money with lesser surrounds while putting more up front. You wouldn't even notice a pair of Monitor 30s as surrounds with RTi's in the front sound stage. Hell I have a completely different brand as surrounds and don't even notice their different sound signature after running Audyssy. I have Ascend CMT-340's up front and Mirage OMD-5 surrounds. The only time I can hear a difference is with multi-channel music which I hate anyway.
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Originally Posted by cyde01 View Post

You wouldn't even notice a pair of Monitor 30s as surrounds with RTi's in the front sound stage.

Yes. This is what I am seeing.
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Just going to get monitors and wait on even better sales. Not something we have to have atm anyways.

Plus wife thinks rtis are ugly bookshelves. She don't care about sound and rti floorstanders are to big and too much.

Trying to stay under $500 (thats after $125 newegg giftcard from christmas) for full 5.1 and with better newegg sales closer to the price of old monitors its possible.

Next house when I have a bigger true theater room I'll spend more with more space from the wall I'll go all out
Edited by Threefiddie - 2/11/13 at 9:50am
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

One word... refurbished!

Yeah, I just sent Emotiva an e-mail asking if they had any refurbs or if there will be any sales in the near future for an XPA-2. Getting a full 5 year warranty on a refurb is a no brainer to me if the price is right.
Being that the shipping is free is a plus too. If they can let me have one at the previous sale price I'll pull the trigger.
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Yeah, I just sent Emotiva an e-mail asking if they had any refurbs or if there will be any sales in the near future for an XPA-2. Getting a full 5 year warranty on a refurb is a no brainer to me if the price is right.
Being that the shipping is free is a plus too. If they can let me have one at the previous sale price I'll pull the trigger.

Where have you been Stanley? The room's not the same without you :-)
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Originally Posted by kevinmscs View Post

Where have you been Stanley? The room's not the same without you :-)

Thanks for that. It's all a collective effort though. I've got the flu so I'm not posting much. Trying to vegetate my way through it on the sofa. I feel like I'm a snot factory. The flu shot I got didn't work for this virus. Lucky me.
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Sorry to hear about you being under the weather Stanley,and your time and money well spent on that flu shot. This thread has been pretty slow lately. I was in Florida for a week and picked up something there too. Hopefully we'll all make it to spring successfully. Hang in there!
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

Sorry to hear about you being under the weather Stanley,and your time and money well spent on that flu shot. This thread has been pretty slow lately. I was in Florida for a week and picked up something there too. Hopefully we'll all make it to spring successfully. Hang in there!

Other than getting a bug there I hope you enjoyed Florida. Sure sounds good this time of year. Hope you get to feeling better soon too. Back to hibernating for me.
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Thanks for that. It's all a collective effort though. I've got the flu so I'm not posting much. Trying to vegetate my way through it on the sofa. I feel like I'm a snot factory. The flu shot I got didn't work for this virus. Lucky me.

I read there was a problem with some flushots this year. I myself had a terrible flu late December after having a flu shot first time in years... Hope all is well
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Originally Posted by kevinmscs View Post

I read there was a problem with some flushots this year. I myself had a terrible flu late December after having a flu shot first time in years... Hope all is well

I've made it two years in a row without the flu so I guess it was my turn. Crap happens.

I got a reply back from Emotiva and he said to give a call during business hours because they just started a refurb sale this afternoon. They won't be listing them on the main web site page but they refer to it in their forums.
He didn't give me a price but in the forum it says they will charge $20 to $45 because the prices will be extremely low. I guess I'll find out in the morning when I call them what extremely low really is. I'll pull the trigger unless
I see something worth getting on craigslist before that. There was an XPA-2 locally on craigslist about a week ago but of course I didn't have the funds then. I'm expecting my son to come through the door any minute to ask
for a loan so I locked the door and nailed it shut. tongue.gif
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Of course, the minute I order open box FXiA4s on amazon, theres a used pair on ebay for way cheaper.
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Originally Posted by defdog99 View Post

Of course, the minute I order open box FXiA4s on amazon, theres a used pair on ebay for way cheaper.

Murphy's Law at work. Congrats on the new speakers. At least you'll know your getting a pair in perfect condition with warranty. Unless FedEx is delivering them. eek.gif
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New pair of open box LSi7's just listed on eBay sometime today for $299.95, free shipping. They're from Sound Distributors, so apparently with the full 5-yr warranty. Great deal if you have the amp to drive them!

I think they're black.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/140916409931
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