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post #18061 of 35288
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Originally Posted by krt919 View Post

Hello everyone!

I have become a Polk customer, and am completing my home theater setup within the next few weeks. I have an Onkyo tx-sr604 receiver with a Polk psw10 sub. Now with a budget, I decided to get the Polk New Monitor 25C for my center, and right now have Polk T15's that went on sale at Best Buy a few months back. I am currently shopping for my fronts. I am in the middle between Polk New Monitor 35B, or 45B. I bought 14 gauge speaker wire with banana plugs that I will run when I have all the speakers. I am excited to have the home theater setup, and want to know if this is a decent setup on a budget.

 

Sure it's a decent setup. You could do a lot worse my friend.

post #18062 of 35288
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Quick update on my "little" project:

Polk 265-RT are at home, and as usual, these things are bigger than expected........eek.gif


Kit Feet arrived as part of Polk's warranty program.


RTi A9 - open cabinet surgery commence!


Sad part of the process - I sold one of my XPA-2's mad.gif But, with that money I purchased a second XPA-5. It should arrive tomorrow........so, my room is a mess at the moment:

Yep, the new XPA-5 is going to be installed at the right hand of my AV console.

 

 

Looks great! But apparently you don't know what a real mess looks like.  tongue.gif

post #18063 of 35288
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post


Looks great! But apparently you don't know what a real mess looks like.  tongue.gif

LOL.

Well, it is going to look even worst when I started opening holes in the ceiling to run wires (PJ HDMI, Power, trigger, interconnects and speaker wires). And of course, I need to also install the 265-RT on the front walls.

But, it seems my Monoprice order will be delivered until early next week. Therefore, I'll have to wait an additional week to finish the "whole" project.

Cheers!
post #18064 of 35288
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Originally Posted by krt919 View Post

Hello everyone!

I have become a Polk customer, and am completing my home theater setup within the next few weeks. I have an Onkyo tx-sr604 receiver with a Polk psw10 sub. Now with a budget, I decided to get the Polk New Monitor 25C for my center, and right now have Polk T15's that went on sale at Best Buy a few months back. I am currently shopping for my fronts. I am in the middle between Polk New Monitor 35B, or 45B. I bought 14 gauge speaker wire with banana plugs that I will run when I have all the speakers. I am excited to have the home theater setup, and want to know if this is a decent setup on a budget.

Although I personally dislike NewEgg (I have had much better experiences with Polk Audio Direct, Polk Audio's eBay outlet store.), and especially their return policy, NewEgg does have both the Polk 35B and Polk 45B on sale right now in their eBay store.
post #18065 of 35288
Ahhh while you're talking 35B and 45B ... are they part of the monitor series? How different are those two from the tsi100 & tsi200 ?

I started out just getting a better receiver but as per usual now I'm upgrading my fronts smile.gif Need to match a CS10 (currently have klipsch floor standers which don't match the center sound-wise and the wife hates because of size but I've got them sold in principle) and I'm looking for affordable polk bookshelfs. Budget limited to $200 or so.
post #18066 of 35288
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

LOL.

Well, it is going to look even worst when I started opening holes in the ceiling to run wires (PJ HDMI, Power, trigger, interconnects and speaker wires). And of course, I need to also install the 265-RT on the front walls.

But, it seems my Monoprice order will be delivered until early next week. Therefore, I'll have to wait an additional week to finish the "whole" project.

Cheers!

Yeah, I think the word "mess" means a slight state of disarray to you. LOL biggrin.gif I remember my living room when I started my setup... mad.gif

De-installing the Bose Lifestyle 28 system prior to setting up the "REAL" speakers.
This is about 8 hours into it with no breaks....
Trying to run all of the wires and organize the "back side"
Cutting, twisting, sleeving, connecting, stripping, labeling, etc...
post #18067 of 35288
Are the RTI4 and RTI6 comparable to the RTI A1 and RTI A3? They are in my price range and after huting on Polk's Ebay site the taxes and fees for the RTI A1 were out of my range for now.

The RTI4 and RTI6 are on Amazon in my price range.
post #18068 of 35288
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Originally Posted by beardlybeardman View Post

Ahhh while you're talking 35B and 45B ... are they part of the monitor series? How different are those two from the tsi100 & tsi200 ?

I started out just getting a better receiver but as per usual now I'm upgrading my fronts smile.gif Need to match a CS10 (currently have klipsch floor standers which don't match the center sound-wise and the wife hates because of size but I've got them sold in principle) and I'm looking for affordable polk bookshelfs. Budget limited to $200 or so.

I am going for the 35b, or the 45b since they are in the same line as my center. I want to keep the speakers in the same line. I think they are similar, but the tsi's are more expensive. I currently have the T15 as my fronts, and they will go in the back when I purchase new fronts.
post #18069 of 35288
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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

Are the RTI4 and RTI6 comparable to the RTI A1 and RTI A3? They are in my price range and after huting on Polk's Ebay site the taxes and fees for the RTI A1 were out of my range for now.

The RTI4 and RTI6 are on Amazon in my price range.

Yes, the RTi4 and RTi6 are the previous generation models of the RTiA1 and RTiA3 respectively. Aside from cabinet styling being very different, they are supposed to be acoustically *almost* identical. Some folks here have said that the older models are perhaps just a tiny bit brighter sounding than the A1 and A3. I can't speak to that, as I haven't had the opportunity to listen to any of the recent model bookshelves.

If you live near a Fry's, you can get the RTi4 and RTi6's for the very attractive pricing of $119/$179 per pair, but it's store pickup only, subject to availability. The Amazon prices are significantly higher.
post #18070 of 35288
Thanks for the info, the closest Fry's would probably be a 12-15 hour drive from me in Georgia. Sucks that it's in store.
post #18071 of 35288
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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

Thanks for the info, the closest Fry's would probably be a 12-15 hour drive from me in Georgia. Sucks that it's in store.

ROAD TRIP!!!!! It's worth it. LOL tongue.gif
post #18072 of 35288
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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

Thanks for the info, the closest Fry's would probably be a 12-15 hour drive from me in Georgia. Sucks that it's in store.

Not sure where these are or you are but says they have stores in Duluth and Milton.
post #18073 of 35288
I live in Philadelphia. The cost of gas & all toll alone would be in the 100's.. It's the same problem other people deal with in other parts of the country when they want to go to Microcenter. They are just not everywhere yet.
Edited by bumprunlogan - 4/19/13 at 11:16am
post #18074 of 35288
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Quick update on my "little" project:

Polk 265-RT are at home, and as usual, these things are bigger than expected........eek.gif

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Kit Feet arrived as part of Polk's warranty program.


Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





RTi A9 - open cabinet surgery commence!


Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)












Sad part of the process - I sold one of my XPA-2's mad.gif But, with that money I purchased a second XPA-5. It should arrive tomorrow........so, my room is a mess at the moment:


Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Yep, the new XPA-5 is going to be installed at the right hand of my AV console.



Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

just saw your gallery, WOW! what kinda tv stand is that? i love how your center channel fits perfectly and snug and its at a great height for your listening
post #18075 of 35288
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post


Yeah, I think the word "mess" means a slight state of disarray to you. LOL biggrin.gif I remember my living room when I started my setup... mad.gif

De-installing the Bose Lifestyle 28 system prior to setting up the "REAL" speakers.
This is about 8 hours into it with no breaks....
Trying to run all of the wires and organize the "back side"
Cutting, twisting, sleeving, connecting, stripping, labeling, etc...

 

That looks like a Marine made an assault on the residence. Hope no innocent bystanders were injured in the process.

post #18076 of 35288
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

That looks like a Marine made an assault on the residence. Hope no innocent bystanders were injured in the process.

LMBO. Only a few ounces of skin on the fingers... My son kept coming in to watch and "help", but he figured out the wire stripper/cutters too quickly and was banned from the room. He had his own little plastic tools, but didn't want to play with them. He only wanted to play with my box cutter, scissors, Gerber multipliers, wire strippers, HAMMER, etc. rolleyes.gif
post #18077 of 35288
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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

I live in Philadelphia. The cost of gas & all toll alone would be in the 100's.. It's the same problem other people deal with in other parts of the country when they want to go to Microcenter. They are just not everywhere yet.

Haha yeah, Drexel Hill here. A local Fry's sure would have come in handy when I was upgrading in January, although then I wouldn't have found my RT600 and 800i towers that I like a lot. Ah well, it is what it is.

There are good Polk bookshelves coming up pretty regularly on eBay lately. RT25i, 35i, 38i, and 55i and occasionally RTi4 and 6. Sometimes used, sometimes open box new. The used 25s and 35s have been selling for just over $100 including shipping for the most part. Craigslist is a mixed bag but we have so many lists relatively local to us besides the Philly one - Allentown, north-central-south Jersey, Delaware, NYC, Scranton, Poconos, Harrisburg, Baltimore... there's usually something worthwhile just about every week.
post #18078 of 35288
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

Yeah, I think the word "mess" means a slight state of disarray to you. LOL biggrin.gif I remember my living room when I started my setup... mad.gifWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
De-installing the Bose Lifestyle 28 system prior to setting up the "REAL" speakers.
This is about 8 hours into it with no breaks....
Trying to run all of the wires and organize the "back side"
Cutting, twisting, sleeving, connecting, stripping, labeling, etc...

Ha, ha...probably not. But, yet again.....just wait until the wires arrive next week and then, I'll be really making a mess at that room.....tongue.gif

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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

Thanks for the info, the closest Fry's would probably be a 12-15 hour drive from me in Georgia. Sucks that it's in store.

What do you need? I have a Fry's like 4 minutes from my office (Duluth).
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Originally Posted by jtwong View Post

just saw your gallery, WOW! what kinda tv stand is that? i love how your center channel fits perfectly and snug and its at a great height for your listening

Well, it is a homebrewed AV stand. There is more information here:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/470259/build-you-own-byo-tv-stand/1290#post_22042261
post #18079 of 35288
I was wondering, what's the difference between the RT speakers and the RTi speakers ?
post #18080 of 35288
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Originally Posted by mknecht01 View Post

Haha yeah, Drexel Hill here. A local Fry's sure would have come in handy when I was upgrading in January, although then I wouldn't have found my RT600 and 800i towers that I like a lot. Ah well, it is what it is.

There are good Polk bookshelves coming up pretty regularly on eBay lately. RT25i, 35i, 38i, and 55i and occasionally RTi4 and 6. Sometimes used, sometimes open box new. The used 25s and 35s have been selling for just over $100 including shipping for the most part. Craigslist is a mixed bag but we have so many lists relatively local to us besides the Philly one - Allentown, north-central-south Jersey, Delaware, NYC, Scranton, Poconos, Harrisburg, Baltimore... there's usually something worthwhile just about every week.

I've been browing the local Craigslist and see nothing but overpriced junk. One time I saw someone selling an Avr-1613 but I wasn't in the market to buy an AVR at the time. I just checked out the South Jersey Craigslist and junk there too. I never bought anything from anyone over Craigs list before so I'm worried about some weirdo following me home - this area isn't exactly the safest area.

I will try to keep this money separate that I have to buy these speakers. I was even looking into towers like the TSI300 which I see on Amazon I could get for $199 used. At this point anything is not out of the realm so if I do buy towers I guess I'd have to make them fit somehow in my living room. I'm just itching to buy something right now but I don't want to rush and purchase the wrong thing. Once I buy my new mains I will get rid of the AVR-1513 that thing is junk! My 5 year old Onkyo in my bedroom is better than that!
post #18081 of 35288
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Originally Posted by Jogo View Post

I was wondering, what's the difference between the RT speakers and the RTi speakers ?

You mean, in the 25/35/55 bookshelves and 600/800/1000/2000 towers? The "i" series replaced the ones without the "i" in - I think - the very late 1990s. They have slightly different woofer drivers (which are blue instead of black) and allegedly a different crossover. The Polk website mostly only provides info for the "i" models and not the original models, so it's hard to find differences in specifications.
Cosmetically, I believe the original RT series were vinyl but the RTi models are wood veneer. My RT600 towers are finished in fuzzy gray felt or something on the entire front surface, which many people find unattractive (including me), but the 800i towers are much more appealing to look at. They're my fronts now, and the 600s are side surrounds.
Not to be confused with the next generation, which have smaller numbers and incorporate various improvements in the technology: RTi4 and 6 bookshelves, and RTi8/10/12 towers.

Everything in the RT line since a little before 2000 has an "i" in the name. I read someplace the other day that it originally stood for "improved." The original improvements were apparently relatively minor, but most folks on here will tell you that the RTi4/6/8/10/12 line and the current RTiA1/3/5/7/9 line are amazing. I bought older, and don't have access to the newer models to listen, but am very pleased with my 800i's. For now...
post #18082 of 35288
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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

I've been browing the local Craigslist and see nothing but overpriced junk. One time I saw someone selling an Avr-1613 but I wasn't in the market to buy an AVR at the time. I just checked out the South Jersey Craigslist and junk there too. I never bought anything from anyone over Craigs list before so I'm worried about some weirdo following me home - this area isn't exactly the safest area.

Yeah, the Philly list has been a bag of crap lately. Search on "Polk speakers -momo -car -truck -Jeep" and then scan for likely deals. I usually find the better stuff towards the bottom in the "here's what is on other local lists" section.

Both my Craigslist speaker purchases were not from right here so I avoided that issue. If you have some email correspondence before you actually make arrangements to meet, that can go a long way towards weeding out the weirdos. And, I guess I was lucky. I found my last apartment on Craigslist: not so lucky there. Landlord turned out to be scary crazy.
post #18083 of 35288
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Sure it's a decent setup. You could do a lot worse my friend.

Nope, no its not, start spending that newbies money pronto biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by jtwong View Post

just saw your gallery, WOW! what kinda tv stand is that? i love how your center channel fits perfectly and snug and its at a great height for your listening

Yeah, what kind of stand is that?? It almost looks custom made, think I saw one at C&R Studios on 13624 Ave. And at the rate'cher swapping gear in and out of that thing, you may have to go back to the blu prints and add another compartment or two........and what's with all those damned A9's everywhere? Looks like a doggone speaker forrest!!!
post #18084 of 35288
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post


Nope, no its not, start spending that newbies money pronto biggrin.gif
 

 

I'd love to but he used that dreaded word "budget".  biggrin.gif

 

Maybe he can slip into some RTi's in the future.

post #18085 of 35288
Shamefully pulled from slickdeals:

Our favorite audiophile internet-direct retailer has a secret sale going on!

http://shop.emotiva.com/

Until 4/23, take 10% off and get free shipping!

Following items are excluded:

"Sale excludes the UMC-200, XPA-2, XRT-6.2, XRT-5.2, XRC-5.2, XRM-6.1, XRM-4.1, and Airmotiv 4. The 10% discount only applies to in-stock products."

Use code weekend10 at checkout.
post #18086 of 35288

Hey Carlos. Give them a call and get your 10%.

 

Off the Emotiva site:

 

Sales Price Adjustment

If the item you purchased is reduced from its regular price, we will happily accommodate a price adjustment within 14 days of your order date. Just give us a call at 1-877-EMO-TECH.

post #18087 of 35288
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

Nope, no its not, start spending that newbies money pronto biggrin.gif
Yeah, what kind of stand is that?? It almost looks custom made, think I saw one at C&R Studios on 13624 Ave. And at the rate'cher swapping gear in and out of that thing, you may have to go back to the blu prints and add another compartment or two........and what's with all those damned A9's everywhere? Looks like a doggone speaker forrest!!!

Man, that sounds like a really fancy and high tech A/V store.

Now, about the A9's...........well, just feed them after midnight and add water....wink.gif

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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Hey Carlos. Give them a call and get your 10%.

Off the Emotiva site:

Sales Price Adjustment



If the item you purchased is reduced from its regular price, we will happily accommodate a price adjustment within 14 days of your order date. Just give us a call at 1-877-EMO-TECH.

Thanks Stan for the tip!

But, actually the second XPA-5 was purchased at the Emotiva Lounge (2nd hand unit). But, let me call the seller to see if he is willing to match Emotiva's policy............tongue.gif

I just took the XPA-5 down to my basement, and I decided to watch the news (excuse - actually I'm still trying to catch my breath).

wink.gif
post #18088 of 35288
Ok, here she is finally at home!


post #18089 of 35288
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Ok, here she is finally at home!


 

Yep, very cool looking. Clicking on the photo and then on the original gives you a nice look at it.

post #18090 of 35288
Yep, that's pretty stinking sweet alright. I love the array of blue lights. So uh, that's about 2600 watts-O-power, step back and take your finger away from the power button.
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