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This is old news to some but I thought I would share it anyway for people who might not be aware. Today I was emailing with Breanna at Polk and they informed me that if you purchase Polk speakers on Amazon.com and it is thru a sub seller (like Super Electronics Warehouse for example), the speakers will NOT be covered under warranty. If the sub seller (shipper) is NOT an authorized dealer, YOU ARE SCREWED. In other words, simply running the purchase thru Amazon doesn't mean that you are buying from an authorized dealer. According to her, Amazon Direct is an authorized dealer but that's it. Good thing I bought my RT65 surrounds thru Amazon (thru Super Electronics Warehouse) a couple of months back. frown.gif If they ever CRAP out on me, I have no warranty with Polk now. Awesome.

Searching for a good deal on a pair of Polk 265RTs from an authorized dealer now smile.gif Finding them well below $299 from a dealer seems to be tough right now. Polk is out of inventory too. eek.gif
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I was sad to find out from Polk yesterday that the warranty is not transferable as well.
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Originally Posted by AnnapolisSony View Post

This is old news to some but I thought I would share it anyway for people who might not be aware. Today I was emailing with Breanna at Polk and they informed me that if you purchase Polk speakers on Amazon.com and it is thru a sub seller (like Super Electronics Warehouse for example), the speakers will NOT be covered under warranty. If the sub seller (shipper) is NOT an authorized dealer, YOU ARE SCREWED. In other words, simply running the purchase thru Amazon doesn't mean that you are buying from an authorized dealer. According to her, Amazon Direct is an authorized dealer but that's it. Good thing I bought my RT65 surrounds thru Amazon (thru Super Electronics Warehouse) a couple of months back. frown.gif If they ever CRAP out on me, I have no warranty with Polk now. Awesome.

Searching for a good deal on a pair of Polk 265RTs from an authorized dealer now smile.gif Finding them well below $299 from a dealer seems to be tough right now. Polk is out of inventory too. eek.gif

Yeah, thats always been the case, and not just with Polk as a company. Its pretty industry standard.

Some things you can normally get away without the warranty, but sometimes spending the extra on the front end is worth it. Sorry you found out the hard way your speakers are no longer covered.

I started watching out for that the minute Amazon started selling from other vendors as I figured there was a chance something like that might happen.

But with that said, you can buy whatever parts you may need for a blown speaker from Polk direct. And if you sign up for the Polk Forum you get a discount on those parts. Not that it makes everything better, but at least that is an option.

If nothing else

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Originally Posted by PretzelFisch View Post

I was sad to find out from Polk yesterday that the warranty is not transferable as well.

Again, pretty standard in this industry, and many others. Also if a speaker is going to fail for defect reasons normally it does it pretty quick. I have purchased ALL my speakers used (set of LSi 15's, LSiC, LSi F/X) and am second or third owner on them all and have had no issues. I believe one set of them is about 7 years old

Its all about where you get them from, and also why demo'ing them beforehand is so important if your buying from some joe smoe on Craigslist.

Due diligence on the part of the buyer goes a long way toward fixing both of those issues.
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Oh, and since I've decided to go all in-wall up front, I am going to have to say goodbye to the black CSiA6 that I picked up on NewEgg a couple of months back. It is BRAND SPANKING NEW - STILL IN THE BOX. I got a deal on it and I'm willing to pass that along to my fellow Polkies. I am asking $300 shipped (US only)...so send me a PM if you are in the market for a CSiA6! I am going to try to get it up in the Classifieds tonight if I can find the time. smile.gif

Here's the linkee:

Black Polk Audio CSi A6 Center Speaker For Sale - Mint In Box!!!!
Edited by AnnapolisSony - 5/15/13 at 5:18pm
post #18575 of 35372
Right now my fronts are Monitor 75T and my center is Monitor 25C. My surrounds are Bose held over from pervious system. Will I get a noticeable difference in my surrounds and wides by going with Polk bookshelf? I don't really have the budget right now but could upgrade if I really watched my pennies for a while. Opinions?
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Originally Posted by AnnapolisSony View Post

This is old news to some but I thought I would share it anyway for people who might not be aware. Today I was emailing with Breanna at Polk and they informed me that if you purchase Polk speakers on Amazon.com and it is thru a sub seller (like Super Electronics Warehouse for example), the speakers will NOT be covered under warranty. If the sub seller (shipper) is NOT an authorized dealer, YOU ARE SCREWED. In other words, simply running the purchase thru Amazon doesn't mean that you are buying from an authorized dealer. According to her, Amazon Direct is an authorized dealer but that's it. Good thing I bought my RT65 surrounds thru Amazon (thru Super Electronics Warehouse) a couple of months back. frown.gif If they ever CRAP out on me, I have no warranty with Polk now. Awesome.

Searching for a good deal on a pair of Polk 265RTs from an authorized dealer now smile.gif Finding them well below $299 from a dealer seems to be tough right now. Polk is out of inventory too. eek.gif

Breanna is a sweetie. I bought speakers from her and Polk Audio Direct three times. When I had to go out of town she even held some speakers that were on sale for me and had them shipped when I got back home.
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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

Right now my fronts are Monitor 75T and my center is Monitor 25C. My surrounds are Bose held over from pervious system. Will I get a noticeable difference in my surrounds and wides by going with Polk bookshelf? I don't really have the budget right now but could upgrade if I really watched my pennies for a while. Opinions?

If your bose are cube satellites, then I would think you'd hear a diff by upgrading to M30's and M40's.

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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

Nice video climber!

I'm so torn on my speaker upgrade. A9's or q900's......seeing yours in action helps to lean me toward the Polk's.....

Dude, I've heard great things about the Q900's, never heard them and would love the chance to. But the A9's with power are pretty incredible. Man, good luck in your decision, good call either way.

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Thats too bad .. glad i got to hear it before they did .. Excellent setup ..

I got ripped off, it was gone by the time I tried to preview......hey climber, do it again biggrin.gif

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This is the exact reason that audio components have equalizers in them. I say adjust the equalizer and dial down the highs a few dB. Most people do not play loud except for music. For movies, you will not see any improvement. For music, you will see improvement in the upper volume regions where the triple 7" drivers are sucking power for bass. These speakers are bright. Every person that owns them and every review I've read speaks to this effect.

Bottom line, the Emotiva XPA-2 is an awesome value. Problem is, if you buy one, you pay for return shipping of an 83 lb. behemoth if you want a refund. biggrin.gif

+1 I agree with most of this. I will add, for movies, most won't see an improvement unless.....you crank it good biggrin.gif But for sure most definitely for music, the extra power is appreciated and utilized quite well.

I will always continue to include, I am on the side that claims to have "heard" a difference when going from 200w to 300w on the awesome A9's. And with my experience with M70's and A9's and different power accommodations, I will always cling to the philosophy of "Mo power, mo betta biggrin.gif
post #18578 of 35372
I got a pair of Polk M20 speakers for $75, mint condition, at a yard sale.

Good deal?
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Originally Posted by TheGrumpyCat View Post

I got a pair of Polk M20 speakers for $75, mint condition, at a yard sale.

Good deal?

Meh, decentish price. These them I am guessing: http://www.polkaudio.com/products/m20 Your not really gonna get tons more of the newer Polk stuff for 75. Personally I like older vintage speaker for 75 bucks like Polks Original Monitor line.

I picked up a pair of vintage RTA 11TL's for 150 (which is double your price) but they are almost on par with my Polk LSi 15's which are MUCH MUCH more.
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Im contemplating purchasing a QSC GX5 amp to power my RTi12's was wondering if 260 for a used amp i working condition was a good price. and the pros and cons of buying power amp vs home audio amps that cost way more.
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Originally Posted by SIGcollector View Post


"New Monitor Series ... (same exact drivers as the two previous generations, but with a speaker layout change, slightly larger cabinets, and an aesthetic makeover)

 

Good to know since I just got my Series II complete set from Newegg. Un-knowing at the time, turned out to be a close-out sale of sorts. No regrets (because I would still be running my JBL mix/match pairs if I hadn't fell into that deal).  smile.gif

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Originally Posted by edwardccm View Post

Im contemplating purchasing a QSC GX5 amp to power my RTi12's was wondering if 260 for a used amp i working condition was a good price. and the pros and cons of buying power amp vs home audio amps that cost way more.

BigInjunChief can speak more eloquently on this matter, but here are a couple of things to consider. Remember, what I am writing is coming from my experience with amplifiers as an electronics technician repairing many types of amps for the military.

Pro Amps
1. Pro amps are designed to work in outdoor conditions that would fry a home amp, therefore, they are a little noisy due to the cooling fan. (you can modify or change the cooling fan for your home to make it quieter).
2. Most pro amps are class D amplifiers, that require considerably more circuitry to adjust for the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) amplifiers and usually have a higher THD and lower SNR than class A/B amplifiers.
3. Pro amps are very efficient, therefore they produce less heat.
4. Pro amps, being class D, are much (MUCH) lighter than a class A/B amp of the same wattage.
5. Pro amps are generally stable down to 2 ohms.
6. Pro amps generally cost half to one third of a home amp (per watt).
7. Pro amps can go up to thousands of watts.
8. Pro amps look like pro gear that gets hidden behind stage.
9. Pro amps are designed for stacking and rack mounting to power dozens or speakers.
10. Considered the amp for pros and musicians.

Home amps (transistor)
1. Home amps are generally class A/B push-pull amplifiers. These have a very low TDH and a high SNR (truest signal reproduction).
2. Home amps, being class A/B, are very (VERY) inefficient and make a lot of heat. (You'll notice that Pioneer Elite AVRs are cooler and lighter due to their class D amps).
3. Home amps are generally very heavy (my 300 WPC weights in at 75 pounds eek.gif )
3. Home amps are generally designed to power 4 - 8 ohm speakers. This means that 4 ohm speakers put a very high demand on a speaker at high volume.
4. Home amps are expensive.
5. Home amps generally have "home" aesthetics, that look nice under your TV. biggrin.gif
6. Home amps don't go very high in power (Emotiva has some of the highest power amps I've found)
7. Home amps are quiet (passively cooled) but need an open enclosure or air flow.
8. Home amps are designed for the home theater (2, 3, 5, and 7 channels).
9. Considered the "average" listeners amp.
10. A transistor amp breaks, you send it back for repair. They are difficult to troubleshoot without schematics and advance component troubleshooting skills (especially since the manufacturer won't sell the schematics to you).

Home amps (vacuum tube)
1. Vacuum tube amps are very expensive unless you build them yourself.
2. Tube amps are generally warmer (softer) to listen to. This could be called coloring and depends on the types of tubes used.
3. Tube amps are probably the best music amps if properly made.
4. Tube amps are generally lower power (40 - 150 watts) from what I've seen, listened to, and found online.
5. Tube amps look very cool. cool.gif
6. Tube amps are delicate.
7. Tube amps are commonly 2 channel. I've seen a few multi channel tube amps but not many.
8. Considered the amp for audiophiles.
9. You can easily build/repair a tube amp from parts with a little know-how.

I welcome correction/advice from those who own and have listened to all these types of amps. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

BigInjunChief can speak more eloquently on this matter, but here are a couple of things to consider. Remember, what I am writing is coming from my experience with amplifiers as an electronics technician repairing many types of amps for the military.


I welcome correction/advice from those who own and have listened to all these types of amps. biggrin.gif

Dang climber, that was a pretty darn good comparison. You got some good military skills!

So check it out.....I sent my 807 in for repairs, insured it for the full retail amount and then hoped it would get lost......then upgrade to a refurb 3010....HELLO!! Well, my 807 arrived just fine and is now under the knife.

I'm in Ruston (little suburb of Tacoma) and sent it up to Seattle, just a hop skip and a jump. Took one day to get there. My five year old daughter says, "Papa, your receiver is taking forever". She's like me, the Oppo is pulling the weight but it's just not a full on AVR biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

Dang climber, that was a pretty darn good comparison. You got some good military skills!

So check it out.....I sent my 807 in for repairs, insured it for the full retail amount and then hoped it would get lost......then upgrade to a refurb 3010....HELLO!! Well, my 807 arrived just fine and is now under the knife.

I'm in Ruston (little suburb of Tacoma) and sent it up to Seattle, just a hop skip and a jump. Took one day to get there. My five year old daughter says, "Papa, your receiver is taking forever". She's like me, the Oppo is pulling the weight but it's just not a full on AVR biggrin.gif

Thanks brother. Skills, you have no idea. Every time you get promoted, they chain another limb to a desk!!! I am a master at Word docs, a master with a floor buffer, can hump a machine gun for days on end, and I can clean a pisser like no other!!! I haven't really worked on a piece of electronics in over 15 years except to give pointers to new techs. Now that I'm retired and working as a gov. contractor, I work on more gear than I did on active duty. rolleyes.gif

My daughter is the same as yours. Every time we go to a store and demo speakers, she says "Daddy, our speakers sound better". I love my girl. She can also tell the artist singing (i.e. Queen, Floyd, Zeppelin, Rush, Fleetwood Mac...) and she's 9. biggrin.gif

Hope your receiver pulls through OK. I know how it feels to have a family member in ICU. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by TheGrumpyCat View Post

I got a pair of Polk M20 speakers for $75, mint condition, at a yard sale.

Good deal?

Maybe not the best deal, but not the worst either....were you able to negotiate on the price?

Polk's MSRP is $199 ea, and after a quick Google search it appears most places are out of stock or listing them as discontinued, but I did find hhgreg selling them for $149 ea, so $75 for a pair does not seem too bad, however you may have been able to find better speaker for around the same money give or take a bit.
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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

Nice video climber!

I'm so torn on my speaker upgrade. A9's or q900's......seeing yours in action helps to lean me toward the Polk's.....

Dude, I've heard great things about the Q900's, never heard them and would love the chance to. But the A9's with power are pretty incredible. Man, good luck in your decision, good call either way.

I heard the Q900's at a buddy's place with room treatments and powered of a denon 4311 and they sounded really good.

I've demo'd the rtia9's several times in stores powered off different higher end avr's and integrated amps and while not the ideal option for demoing i can certainly get a feel for their potential.

I like the a9's aesthetically a bit better, especially the cherry ones. But i think the q series kefs are a slightly better speaker....hard to say though.

price wise, between the discount accesories4less offers on the kefs and commonly available street prices on the a9s the price difference is fairly negligible as far as i am concerned.

I will be making my purchase sometime late summer/early fall...surly no later then black friday in november.

I'm also considering a sub upgrade with the hsu VTF-3 MK4 and svs PB12-NSD both being strong contenders. I have heard the hsu and thought it was great. haven't heard the svs yet...but the sub upgrade wont be until after christmas...early next year.

and of course the new denon X4000 is looking pretty tempting too....it never ends!!!!tongue.gif
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Finally fixed the stupid video... Took way too long and still didn't upload the thumbnail correctly.
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

Finally fixed the stupid video... Took way too long and still didn't upload the thumbnail correctly.
My laptop with it's tin can speakers really can't do your system any justice. But it looks great!
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

Finally fixed the stupid video... Took way too long and still didn't upload the thumbnail correctly.
I've got a pretty decent computer setup. When you switched to Pure Audio the A9s opened up at the expense of some bass. I've run a couple of 2 channel systems just a pre and amp. You'll get that bass back with the A9s if you run them naked with a little monkeying with the pre. That said, nice system. I like the A9s, a very clean and dynamic speaker with enough power. You still have to get your ears on some SDAs...that's when Polk peaked.
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Originally Posted by Ron Temple View Post

I've got a pretty decent computer setup. When you switched to Pure Audio the A9s opened up at the expense of some bass. I've run a couple of 2 channel systems just a pre and amp. You'll get that bass back with the A9s if you run them naked with a little monkeying with the pre. That said, nice system. I like the A9s, a very clean and dynamic speaker with enough power. You still have to get your ears on some SDAs...that's when Polk peaked.

Absolutely on the bass part. I guess that is to be expected with dual 12" 400W subs running and then switching them off. Pure audio mode removes all equalizer and sound settings, so the RTi A9s are a little bright. It was also running at a very modest volume. At higher volumes, they pump out some bass (not dual 12s worth though).

I have the equalizer settings for the RTi A9s up 1 dB on the lower three bands, and down 1 - 2 dB on the upper three bands. The two middle bands are at 0 dB.

I would love to hear some SDAs. I'd also love to listen to their SRTs.

Polk Audio SRT series

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Just fly to TX and buy the set in Austin for 3500 and rent a uhaul to drive em home.
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

Just fly to TX and buy the set in Austin for 3500 and rent a uhaul to drive em home.

Yeah, that set has been on sale for a couple of years. I've looked at them over and over today. LOL biggrin.gif

Let's play this one out.

If I rent a uhaul, take next Friday off (and have to miss my daughter's award presentation), drive to Texas, drop $3500 bucks on "MORE" speakers, drive home and carry them upstairs two days later. Can you say divorce? LOL
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

Yeah, that set has been on sale for a couple of years. I've looked at them over and over today. LOL biggrin.gif

Let's play this one out.

If I rent a uhaul, take next Friday off (and have to miss my daughter's award presentation), drive to Texas, drop $3500 bucks on "MORE" speakers, drive home and carry them upstairs two days later. Can you say divorce? LOL

Pain meds first, but yes... more than likely lol...
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

Pain meds first, but yes... more than likely lol...

... and a bag of frozen peas for the beans... LOL
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Originally Posted by barasn View Post

Hi guys i need your help i think to buy polk lsmi series LSiM707 front,LSiM706c center and LSiM702F/X as surround or think to buy Klipsch referance series rf-7 front ,Rc-64 center and rs 62 surrounds..


So which set better for movies really need help ty

You should consider PSB also given the $$ you are allocating to those models. Certainly need to listen to both with content that is representative of what you will primarily be listening too. What sub/s are you planning on?
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Quick question for you guys....I'm stepping up to an entry system, and decided on Polk for my speakers. I will be running a Yamaha RV-673 AVR...

I decided on the TSi series for my fronts and surrounds (probably 400 and 200 respectively), however, Newegg still has the Monitor series floating around. These are essentially the same speakers correct? Should I stick with the Monitor series or go TSi?

Really the only reason I ask, is that I won't be buying the whole system in one shot, I'll be buying it piece by piece (starting with AVR and the 200's for now). and I am worried that Monitor series might disappear before I grab all I need. I like the Monitor 75t a lot better than the TSi400, and they will save me around 100 for both speakers...
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Originally Posted by AG74683 View Post

Quick question for you guys....I'm stepping up to an entry system, and decided on Polk for my speakers. I will be running a Yamaha RV-673 AVR...

I decided on the TSi series for my fronts and surrounds (probably 400 and 200 respectively), however, Newegg still has the Monitor series floating around. These are essentially the same speakers correct? Should I stick with the Monitor series or go TSi?

Really the only reason I ask, is that I won't be buying the whole system in one shot, I'll be buying it piece by piece (starting with AVR and the 200's for now). and I am worried that Monitor series might disappear before I grab all I need. I like the Monitor 75t a lot better than the TSi400, and they will save me around 100 for both speakers...

I just bought the Monitor 75T and 25C for my HT. I wouldn't worry about the monitor series. It's only sold at Newegg but it sells very, very well! In fact it sold so good that Newegg got Polk to bring it back as an exclusive line for Newegg. Plus if you sign up for their emails you can get them at great prices. I'm now thinking of getting the bookshelf surrounds.
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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

I just bought the Monitor 75T and 25C for my HT. I wouldn't worry about the monitor series. It's only sold at Newegg but it sells very, very well! In fact it sold so good that Newegg got Polk to bring it back as an exclusive line for Newegg. Plus if you sign up for their emails you can get them at great prices. I'm now thinking of getting the bookshelf surrounds.

How often do these go on sale? Looks like the 45b's are at 199.99 right now...
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Originally Posted by AG74683 View Post

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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

I just bought the Monitor 75T and 25C for my HT. I wouldn't worry about the monitor series. It's only sold at Newegg but it sells very, very well! In fact it sold so good that Newegg got Polk to bring it back as an exclusive line for Newegg. Plus if you sign up for their emails you can get them at great prices. I'm now thinking of getting the bookshelf surrounds.

How often do these go on sale? Looks like the 45b's are at 199.99 right now...

They can be had for a cheaper price. I've seen them for $169 I believe. They have the 75T on sale for $179.99. That's a great price! Polk makes speakers that are better but I don't think you can get a better value. Don't get me wrong i think the Monitor series is a really good speaker series.
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I've seen Polk speakers on sale (varying models) at least once a quarter. Know this. If you buy them, no matter how prudently you wait for a sale price, they will go on sale for a lesser price a few months later. biggrin.gif
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