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post #17611 of 34757
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Originally Posted by mknecht01 View Post

You can get a very nice used system for much less money than it is worth if you are patient and diligent in your search - Craigslist was good to me in the last 2 months and now I've got a front stage comparable to RTiA5 and CSiA6, and side surrounds comparable to RTiA3 (but towers, with somewhat better bass response) - just two or three generations older. But in very very good condition, and they sound spectacular.

So for about the same price as the pair of refurb RTi8's from Polk eBay Direct that Stanley pointed you at, or less than the price of a pair of new Monitor 75T's, I've got fronts, center, and side surrounds one generation older than that, in excellent condition, that are comparable to the sound and quality of the current RTiA line and the RTi's that came before them. I'll recoup another $80 or $90 of that cost when I sell my old satellite system... but I still need to put some $$ into a good sub.

Stanley's giving you great advice; I'm just offering another option. If you're careful, you can get quality used for 25%-40% of the cost of new, or even more-or-less-new from Polk eBay. Just takes some patience and luck. But if you have the patience to pore over Craiglist and eBay listings, or simply save up to buy new, you definitely want to look at RT/RTi/RTiA series speakers over Monitors and TSi.

If you really don't want to go with the RTi/RTiA's for whatever reason, don't forget to consider the brand new TSx line, which looks to have incorporated some of the RTiA design elements into the TSi line at prices just a bit more than current TSi pricing. Nobody's heard them yet though, to the best of my knowledge...

I bought my RTi A9's as open box and had fantastic savings from the dealer. Good deals like that can be had too. Previously I owned RTi A7's and really enjoyed them. My opinion on the line is that is really amazing speaker for the $$$. I agree with you, well worth trying, because so many good deals can be found with a little hunting smile.gif
post #17612 of 34757
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

I agree, very nice looking indeed. But gotta say, I'm a bit perplexed in two areas; 1: the 500 uses 5.25" mids with it's 8" woofs, where the other two siblings are using 6.5" drivers Period. And 2: Polk is claiming these speakers are timbre matched to "other Polk loud speakers" so you can add them to existing systems.

So, if my Monitors are not timbre matched to my RTiA's and so forth and so forth, how can these bad boys just come into any camp and be right at home? What the heck man?????

Edit; okay, I went back and looked, the RTiA9's use 5.25 mids with 7" woofs. Never mind perplexed #1 but #2??????

Sounds like marketing doubletalk to me. Polk speakers are probably going to sound at least a bit more like other Polk speakers than somebody else's speakers do, but timbre matching is timbre matching. Driver materials, size, cabinet design, crossover design, etc. are all going to be a factor in that, I should think. I suppose it all depends ultimately on how discriminating your ears are.
post #17613 of 34757
As I stated earlier in the thread I just recently bought a pair of Polk 65Ts, a Polk 25C center Speaker, and a Polk PSW110 subwoofer. All this is powered by a Denon 1913.

I am looking into rear surrounds for my setup. I would like to stay in the Polk family. Any suggestions for something that would match this setup.


Thanks in advance.
post #17614 of 34757
The simple choice is a pair of 35B
post #17615 of 34757
Anyone have an opinion on the rt12 floor standing? How do they sound?
post #17616 of 34757
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Originally Posted by joe801 View Post

Anyone have an opinion on the rt12 floor standing? How do they sound?

Never heard the RTi12, I understand sonically, it's very very very very close to the RTiA9. Now that speaker I own, in fact I own 4 of them. So, the characteristics being the same, feeding these speakers with "real" power, not that of an AVR but from a dedicated power amp, you then do these speakers justice. In fact, I've experienced the more you feed them, the better they sound.
post #17617 of 34757
I was just looking at Rti12's last night on Ebay. Polk had a great price in them, but they appear to be all gone now. They do still have Rti10's and A7's available at good prices.
post #17618 of 34757
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

I was just looking at Rti12's last night on Ebay. Polk had a great price in them, but they appear to be all gone now. They do still have Rti10's and A7's available at good prices.

 

I saw them too. They had been out of stock for awhile and I guess they got a small quantity in and sold out quick. I figure it won't be long before they'll be out of stock forever like the Monitor 70's. Too bad. The folks who got them sure got a great deal.

post #17619 of 34757

If you get a Denon refurb receiver from accressories4less don't expect perfection. It has one scratch on the left corner at the end of the face about the size of a grain of rice and a couple of small nicks on the right front corner right on the edge. It isn't easy to see but it has one very faint scratch on the screen, The down side of buying a refurb. They aren't as picky as Polk audio about refurbs apparently. At least not as much as the speakers I got off Polk ebay. It also looked like they wiped the face with a dirty rag with all the smears it had on it. I was able to clean that up with a microfiber cloth. No marks anywhere else. Considering the money I saved compared to new I'll live with it. Functionally it works perfect. It had the latest firmware update but I had to call Denon and get airplay enabled. It doesn't come in the original box but is well packed. All the accessories and both remotes look new. Anyway, that's what you might expect for a Denon refurb.

 


Edited by XStanleyX - 3/21/13 at 9:43am
post #17620 of 34757
Well, I feel like such a fool. I thought my speaker stand was too small to support the 25C (it was about the biggest I could find when I bought it 4 years ago: http://www.amazon.com/TechCraft-BEL501B-50-Inch-Panel-Stand/dp/B000NCVD1K).

I was all set to buy the CS20 for my 75Ts (I was leaning that way and also got some great advice from RobLee). In fact, if my coupon code had worked on Crutchfield, I *would* have ordered it.

Anyways, Sunday night I got a sudden urge to remeasure my stand before I went to bed. Well, it turns out I had measured a bit wrong and I had about 3/8" more than I previously thought. This seemed to be just barely enough to fit the matching 25C. So I ran and ordered it before the sale on it ran out. It just fits, with like 1mm above/below to spare smile.gif

Everything sounds good, and I thank all who have given me advice. My setup is now:

Sub: Polk PSW10 (bought on an impulse on sale a few years ago when my HSU STF-2 died and I wanted something cheap just to have *some* bass)
Center: Polk Monitor 25C
Fronts: Polk Monitor 75C
Rears: Hsu VT254 (left over from my VT-12 system, will upgrade to R300/Monitor 55Ts when they get cheap enough, because my speaker stands can't support good bookshelves)
Receiver: HK AVR 1700 (bought on impulse this year on sale because I needed something relatively cheap with HDMI switching to replace my old Yamaha HTR 5760)

Thanks again!
post #17621 of 34757
Congrats! Glad you were able to get what you originally wanted, and I'm sure we're all curious to hear your impressions of the 25C.
post #17622 of 34757
how much was the polk 25c and was it in cherry or black?
post #17623 of 34757
i just got the 75Ts off newegg and planning on getting the psw505 sub and the 25c for center for now. eventually i'll add surround. any suggestions on what to power these speakers? looking to spend 250-400, maybe the denon 1913 but it only has multi EQ if i'm correct. looking at denon, yamaha, pioneer, and maybe onkyo but kinda weary about their customer service and the turnaround if the item is defective. probably get the 2012 models in a month or so since the 2013 models are announced/released already.

also for those that have a CS2 or CS20, can you recommend a tv stand and maybe if you have one, include a pic of your setup? thanks in advance
post #17624 of 34757
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Originally Posted by jtwong View Post

i just got the 75Ts off newegg and planning on getting the psw505 sub and the 25c for center for now. eventually i'll add surround. any suggestions on what to power these speakers? looking to spend 250-400, maybe the denon 1913 but it only has multi EQ if i'm correct. looking at denon, yamaha, pioneer, and maybe onkyo but kinda weary about their customer service and the turnaround if the item is defective. probably get the 2012 models in a month or so since the 2013 models are announced/released already.

also for those that have a CS2 or CS20, can you recommend a tv stand and maybe if you have one, include a pic of your setup? thanks in advance

Fright now newegg has a sale on the Polk audio psw505 for $189.99. Also. Pioneer SC1222 is $549. Usually goes on sale for $529.99. It also has the Yamaha RX-V773 on sale for $479.95 usually sold for $799.95.

I currently own the Pio SC1222 and used to have onkyo. I am very happy with my Pio. I'm glad I didn't buy the Denon 1913 I was thinking of buying.
post #17625 of 34757
Has anyone paired the Polk sub PSW505 with a Klipsc RW-12D? Would they sound good together?
post #17626 of 34757
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

Has anyone paired the Polk sub PSW505 with a Klipsc RW-12D? Would they sound good together?

 

I have. It sounded ok till you got to the lower Hz where the Polk couldn't keep up and then it didn't sound so good. I don't really recommend pairing them but if you already have the pair it doesn't hurt to try like I did. A pair of one or the other would really be best.

post #17627 of 34757
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Originally Posted by jtwong View Post

... any suggestions on what to power these speakers? looking to spend 250-400, maybe the denon 1913 but it only has multi EQ if i'm correct. looking at denon, yamaha, pioneer, and maybe onkyo but kinda weary about their customer service and the turnaround if the item is defective. probably get the 2012 models in a month or so since the 2013 models are announced/released already.

I picked up a 1912 from an Amazon seller for $300 for the bedroom. Couldn't pass up the price. Since it's mostly for TV and music I don't miss the XT calibration. I considered several different models of Onkyo's but read too many horror stories (though many folks swear by them rather than at them).
post #17628 of 34757
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Originally Posted by jtwong View Post

i just got the 75Ts off newegg and planning on getting the psw505 sub and the 25c for center for now. eventually i'll add surround. any suggestions on what to power these speakers? looking to spend 250-400, maybe the denon 1913 but it only has multi EQ if i'm correct. looking at denon, yamaha, pioneer, and maybe onkyo but kinda weary about their customer service and the turnaround if the item is defective. probably get the 2012 models in a month or so since the 2013 models are announced/released already.

also for those that have a CS2 or CS20, can you recommend a tv stand and maybe if you have one, include a pic of your setup? thanks in advance

 

Another option would be a Denon refurb if you don't mind the chance of a couple of dings on it. That was the case with me if you read my previous post. It has audyssey XT.

 

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR2113CI/DENON-AVR-2113CI-7.1ch-Networking-Receiver-w/AirPlay-3D-Ready/1.html

post #17629 of 34757
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

I have. It sounded ok till you got to the lower Hz where the Polk couldn't keep up and then it didn't sound so good. I don't really recommend pairing them but if you already have the pair it doesn't hurt to try like I did. A pair of one or the other would really be best.

Yeah, I noticed you had a thread about this, in which I posted the same question lol. Thanks. I think I am going to wait and save a little $$$ and buy another Klipsch.
post #17630 of 34757
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post


Yeah, I noticed you had a thread about this, in which I posted the same question lol. Thanks. I think I am going to wait and save a little $$$ and buy another Klipsch.

 

Dual Klipsch  would be worth the wait and be a great setup.

post #17631 of 34757
Several of us here are running twin Klipsch's (IIRC BigInjunChief is another)
Dual matched subs properly calibrated really evens out the peaks and dips.
post #17632 of 34757
If anybody lives near a Fry's, they have rti 12's and other rti speakers on sale for hell of cheap!

http://www.frys.com/ads/page18
post #17633 of 34757
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Originally Posted by errnge313k View Post

If anybody lives near a Fry's, they have rti 12's and other rti speakers on sale for hell of cheap!

http://www.frys.com/ads/page18

 

WOW, quite a deal. May be open box in my area but if I were in the hunt for speakers I could easily jump on those.

post #17634 of 34757
My thoughts exactly! Somebody could get a Bad Ass 5.0 setup for under 1k!
post #17635 of 34757
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

Fright now newegg has a sale on the Polk audio psw505 for $189.99. Also. Pioneer SC1222 is $549. Usually goes on sale for $529.99. It also has the Yamaha RX-V773 on sale for $479.95 usually sold for $799.95.

I currently own the Pio SC1222 and used to have onkyo. I am very happy with my Pio. I'm glad I didn't buy the Denon 1913 I was thinking of buying.

yeah probably going to buy the psw505 on amazon or newegg, newegg has less sales tax but amazon better policy plus i have some credit. yamaha was an interested receiver even if it's a little over my price range. thanks for suggestions
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

I picked up a 1912 from an Amazon seller for $300 for the bedroom. Couldn't pass up the price. Since it's mostly for TV and music I don't miss the XT calibration. I considered several different models of Onkyo's but read too many horror stories (though many folks swear by them rather than at them).

yeah i think a while back Fry's had the 1913 on sale for $299, but i always heard if you're going for that, might as well get the 2113c at the next step up for a little more. what does the calibration difference make? guessing the XT just calibrates the sound better? sorry i'm a completely newbie and am trying for my first home audio system. thanks for response
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Another option would be a Denon refurb if you don't mind the chance of a couple of dings on it. That was the case with me if you read my previous post. It has audyssey XT.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR2113CI/DENON-AVR-2113CI-7.1ch-Networking-Receiver-w/AirPlay-3D-Ready/1.html

yeah i saw your earlier post, that's a pretty good deal as i was also looking at the 2113c. do you think the price for a new/refurb would go down even more with the new models coming in?


also do any of you have a pic of your tv stand? i saw a pic before where the cs2 or cs20 was in a slot that fit perfectly right under the tv.
post #17636 of 34757
Just picked up a Pioneer BDP-51FD for the bedroom lol...

I need to stop picking up gear sometime lol. Problem is I now have more HDMI sources than I have ports in the TV.... Maybe time for a cheap avr

Down to needing 7 sets of ICs, one set of speaker cables and one more individual cable for my center and then 4 HDMI cables and I think I am done lol.

Also picking up some beyer dynamic dt-770s as well.
post #17637 of 34757
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

Several of us here are running twin Klipsch's (IIRC BigInjunChief is another)
Dual matched subs properly calibrated really evens out the peaks and dips.

As indicated by others, attempting to integrate two different subs can be fruitless. I have not had much luck mixing and matching. I have owned both Klips (dual) and Polk (dual) subs and prefer the Klips.
post #17638 of 34757
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Originally Posted by jtwong View Post


yeah probably going to buy the psw505 on amazon or newegg, newegg has less sales tax but amazon better policy plus i have some credit. yamaha was an interested receiver even if it's a little over my price range. thanks for suggestions
yeah i think a while back Fry's had the 1913 on sale for $299, but i always heard if you're going for that, might as well get the 2113c at the next step up for a little more. what does the calibration difference make? guessing the XT just calibrates the sound better? sorry i'm a completely newbie and am trying for my first home audio system. thanks for response
yeah i saw your earlier post, that's a pretty good deal as i was also looking at the 2113c. do you think the price for a new/refurb would go down even more with the new models coming in?


 

 

If you read in the audyssey thread XT is preferred. You can read the reasons why in that thread and see if it's worth it to you. I have no idea if the price will drop further on the 2113. Sometimes if you wait too long they run out of stock so it's a gamble you could either win or lose. They only give you a one week price protection after you buy it if the price drops.  

post #17639 of 34757
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

Just picked up a Pioneer BDP-51FD for the bedroom lol...

I need to stop picking up gear sometime lol. Problem is I now have more HDMI sources than I have ports in the TV.... Maybe time for a cheap avr

Down to needing 7 sets of ICs, one set of speaker cables and one more individual cable for my center and then 4 HDMI cables and I think I am done lol.

Also picking up some beyer dynamic dt-770s as well.

 

If you keep buying everything up there'll be nothing left for the rest of us. tongue.gif Congrats Enders.

post #17640 of 34757

jtwong

 

Section h)2.  if you haven't already found it.

 

http://www.avsforum.com/t/795421/official-audyssey-thread-faq-in-post-1/51750#user_c2

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