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post #23281 of 34827
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

I used to play the amp flipping game and gave up on it. Speakers are where the real difference in SQ is. Compared to the difference in amps and speakers I'll take an upgrade in speakers any day. I'd try those 8's out first and then work on an amp if you feel you need it. IMHO.

I can't buy the RTi8 right now. I need to get rid of what I've got first. Plus the RTi8 won't timber match with the 25c. I think I'm just going to wait it out.
post #23282 of 34827
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post

I'd say 200W will give you plenty on the RTi8s. You are just breaking into the low end of adequate on the RTiA9s. Most Polkies have stated that 250W or above is a sweet spot for the A9s.

That 200W will definitely be better than any AVR can give you.

I've been doing some research about the combination of Emotiva amps + Polks, and it appears that a lot of people with this combination said the sound was bright and fatiguing, and that the Outlaw was more warm and more calm. This are things I've read from other forums, but are a couple of years old.

modern compentantly designed soloid state amps dont add or subtract anything from the signal. folks who claim emotiva amps add brightness dont understand this concept and believe amps are like tone controls. try an emo for yourself, if you dont like it send it back.
post #23283 of 34827
Well, I found someone selling an Outlaw M200 for a good price. I'm in the works to see if he accepts my offer. The Outlaw M200 is the same as the M2200, with the exception that the M2200 has XLR connections, which I don't think I will be using anytime soon. Hopefully, I will be able to get this amp, and use it for my front left / right speakers. I will eventually buy another M200 / M2200 for my center. Thanks for the inputs everyone. May be my family will get the hint, and get me a Emo XPA3 so then I'll have a 5.0. eek.gif
post #23284 of 34827
I need some help to make a buying decision. I can get an Outlaw M200 for $170, which is pretty much the same as the M2200 minus the XLR's or I can get another M2200 for $225, which would match my current M2200? So, pretty much $55 dollars difference to match.
post #23285 of 34827
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

I need some help to make a buying decision. I can get an Outlaw M200 for $170, which is pretty much the same as the M2200 minus the XLR's or I can get another M2200 for $225, which would match my current M2200? So, pretty much $55 dollars difference to match.


Bought the Outlaw M200 for $165 shipped.biggrin.gif
post #23286 of 34827
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Bought the Outlaw M200 for $165 shipped.biggrin.gif

Awesome :-)
post #23287 of 34827
I have a wpc 101 question for you guys, especially as it pertains to the Polks. I keep reading more more more in regards to watts per channel, to open up the speakers and really make them sing. My question is this...does that only help once you get to a certain volume level, or does it really help even in lower to middle listening levels? Would a 100wpc receiver give you the same results as a 150wpc receiver if you never really crank it up?
post #23288 of 34827
Good morning all,

I was wondering if the Polk Bus is worth visiting, they are in town today. I checked they were promoting personal audio whereas I am more interested in HT systems. Just hoping they handout discount coupons or something?!

Anybody went there when they were in your town?
post #23289 of 34827
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Originally Posted by mr266 View Post

I have a wpc 101 question for you guys, especially as it pertains to the Polks. I keep reading more more more in regards to watts per channel, to open up the speakers and really make them sing. My question is this...does that only help once you get to a certain volume level, or does it really help even in lower to middle listening levels? Would a 100wpc receiver give you the same results as a 150wpc receiver if you never really crank it up?

all you need is enough power to drive your speakers to your desired volume without clipping. that said a high quality amp can have the ability to better control the drivers allowing in some cases a perceived increase in sound quality. a low power and low quality amp may not have the ability to drive the low freqs in an optimal manner. however in a properly conducted blind test the sound difference is likely not noticeable.

with your 100 watt and 150 watt examples, the difference is pretty slim, if not completely inaudible. you need double the amp watts for a modest 3db increase in loudness. going from 50 watts to 300 watts its pretty noticeable. it also takes the same amount of power to drive the same speakers in the same listening environment regardless of amp. so say you are using 10 watts off an avr to achieve a certain volume level it would sound the same using 10 watts off an xpa-2.

an amp regardless of power, should not be affecting things like the sonic signature of your speakers or alter the soundstage. these are affected by speakers, source and room and pre-amp.

in short enough more power will allow you to play louder and cleaner, and may better control the low freqs especially at louder volume levels.
post #23290 of 34827
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Originally Posted by YDR05 View Post

Good morning all,

I was wondering if the Polk Bus is worth visiting, they are in town today. I checked they were promoting personal audio whereas I am more interested in HT systems. Just hoping they handout discount coupons or something?!

Anybody went there when they were in your town?

i haven't had opportunity to check it out. you should go and report your experience back to us.
post #23291 of 34827
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post




Bought the Outlaw M200 for $165 shipped.biggrin.gif

 

Cool beans Gus. Enjoy!

post #23292 of 34827
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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

all you need is enough power to drive your speakers to your desired volume without clipping. that said a high quality amp can have the ability to better control the drivers allowing in some cases a perceived increase in sound quality. a low power and low quality amp may not have the ability to drive the low freqs in an optimal manner. however in a properly conducted blind test the sound difference is likely not noticeable.

with your 100 watt and 150 watt examples, the difference is pretty slim, if not completely inaudible. you need double the amp watts for a modest 3db increase in loudness. going from 50 watts to 300 watts its pretty noticeable. it also takes the same amount of power to drive the same speakers in the same listening environment regardless of amp. so say you are using 10 watts off an avr to achieve a certain volume level it would sound the same using 10 watts off an xpa-2.

an amp regardless of power, should not be affecting things like the sonic signature of your speakers or alter the soundstage. these are affected by speakers, source and room and pre-amp.

in short enough more power will allow you to play louder and cleaner, and may better control the low freqs especially at louder volume levels.

Thanks Jason!
post #23293 of 34827
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Originally Posted by YDR05 View Post

Good morning all,

I was wondering if the Polk Bus is worth visiting, they are in town today. I checked they were promoting personal audio whereas I am more interested in HT systems. Just hoping they handout discount coupons or something?!

Anybody went there when they were in your town?


Polk Bus?!?!

Man, you really have to go, take ton of pics/videos and post them here for us. I didn't know Polk has something like this.........so, go man.......go!!!

Are you still reading this? What are you waiting for?

wink.gif
post #23294 of 34827
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

I need some help to make a buying decision. I can get an Outlaw M200 for $170, which is pretty much the same as the M2200 minus the XLR's or I can get another M2200 for $225, which would match my current M2200? So, pretty much $55 dollars difference to match.


Bought the Outlaw M200 for $165 shipped.biggrin.gif

cool!cool.gif
post #23295 of 34827
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post


Polk Bus?!?!

Man, you really have to go, take ton of pics/videos and post them here for us. I didn't know Polk has something like this.........so, go man.......go!!!

Are you still reading this? What are you waiting for?

wink.gif

 

No stops in my state. 

 

http://www.polkbus.com/

post #23296 of 34827
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

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Originally Posted by YDR05 View Post

Good morning all,

I was wondering if the Polk Bus is worth visiting, they are in town today. I checked they were promoting personal audio whereas I am more interested in HT systems. Just hoping they handout discount coupons or something?!

Anybody went there when they were in your town?


Polk Bus?!?!

Man, you really have to go, take ton of pics/videos and post them here for us. I didn't know Polk has something like this.........so, go man.......go!!!

Are you still reading this? What are you waiting for?

wink.gif



its some sort of marketing thing for the new heritage line.

http://www.polkheritage.com/
post #23297 of 34827
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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

its one thing to share the price increase, its another to actually show why the increase happend in the first place.

http://emotivalounge.proboards.com/thread/33910/xrr-series-price-increase-explains
the cost of shipping has affected many online outfits. amazon for example has increased free super saving shipping from a min order of $25 to $35 and the cost of prime membership is going up. all in an effort to offset shipping costs. I've also noticed the price at my supermarket has been going up for some time now as well. wink.gif

weather one agrees or disagrees with emotivas decisions, one thing is for sure, the haters are probably going to use this increase as more justification to spead their message.rolleyes.gif
there is no gen 2 of the xpr series, only the xpa series. the xpr is too new for a gen 2 remodel. the xpa series has gotten long in the tooth...especially in regards to cosmetics and so it got a mild update.

It's good to know the reason why they raised the price. I don't read through their forums so I was unaware. I understand that they have to keep up with rising expenses however it may have been advantageous to wait until after their holiday sale to increase prices. Furthermore, it's a little deceiving to advertise up to 60% off but only maybe one or two small items that are close to that sale price. That being said, I do recognize that they are still a great value and I plan to purchase from them in the future. It's just unfortunate that I'll now have to come up with a few hundred extra dollars.
post #23298 of 34827
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

No stops in my state. 

http://www.polkbus.com/

Perfect timing....................not. They were here like a week ago........mad.gif
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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post



its some sort of marketing thing for the new heritage line.

http://www.polkheritage.com/

Thanks Jason! I missed the bus........literally, and I blame Stan on that..........tongue.gif
post #23299 of 34827
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post


Perfect timing....................not. They were here like a week ago........mad.gif
Thanks Jason! I missed the bus........literally, and I blame Stan on that..........tongue.gif

 

Considering I'm good for nothing it's nice to know I'm bad for something. :p

post #23300 of 34827
I have to admit, I'm no officianado when it comes to speakers, haven't bought "good" speakers since a pair of Fisher 3-way back in '79, so when I got my A7s & ran Audyssey then put in my fav symphonic piece, I'm blown away! The highs, mids & especially the bass from these speakers is outstanding! I couldn't be more pleased. Love the cherry finish. Even with my HSU sub, they put out a lot of bass & I've got them set at 80(THX). Wow!!! eek.gifbiggrin.gif RTi 110513 (3).jpg 219k .jpg file Now I can't wait to finish my setup with FXi A6 surrounds & A3 front wides & pop in a blu ray. Whoowee lol
Edited by wtxgringo - 11/5/13 at 11:00am
post #23301 of 34827
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Considering I'm good for nothing it's nice to know I'm bad for something. tongue.gif

LOL!
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Originally Posted by wtxgringo View Post

I have to admit, I'm no officianado when it comes to speakers, haven't bought "good" speakers since a pair of Fisher 3-way back in '79, so when I got my A7s & ran Audyssey then put in my fav symphonic piece, I'm blown away! The highs, mids & especially the bass from these speakers is outstanding! I couldn't be more pleased. Love the cherry finish. Even with my HSU sub, they put out a lot of bass & I've got them set at 80(THX). Wow!!! eek.gifbiggrin.gif RTi 110513 (3).jpg 219k .jpg file Now I can't wait to finish my setup with FXi A6 surrounds & A3 front wides & pop in a blu ray. Whoowee lol

Congrats on the A7's and CSiA6. I also noticed at your picture that you already have the speaker stands for the A3's, including the speaker wires................so, it should be a plug and play installation............nice!

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post #23302 of 34827
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

LOL!
Congrats on the A7's and CSiA6. I also noticed at your picture that you already have the speaker stands for the A3's, including the speaker wires................so, it should be a plug and play installation............nice!

wink.gif
Yep, that's where I had the M40s. Still debating whether to get A5s for surrounds instead of the dipole.
post #23303 of 34827
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Originally Posted by wtxgringo View Post

I have to admit, I'm no officianado when it comes to speakers, haven't bought "good" speakers since a pair of Fisher 3-way back in '79, so when I got my A7s & ran Audyssey then put in my fav symphonic piece, I'm blown away! The highs, mids & especially the bass from these speakers is outstanding! I couldn't be more pleased. Love the cherry finish. Even with my HSU sub, they put out a lot of bass & I've got them set at 80(THX). Wow!!! eek.gifbiggrin.gif RTi 110513 (3).jpg 219k .jpg file Now I can't wait to finish my setup with FXi A6 surrounds & A3 front wides & pop in a blu ray. Whoowee lol

Nice setup. Glad to see you're pleased with them. wink.gif
post #23304 of 34827
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Considering I'm good for nothing it's nice to know I'm bad for something. tongue.gif

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Originally Posted by wtxgringo View Post

I have to admit, I'm no officianado when it comes to speakers, haven't bought "good" speakers since a pair of Fisher 3-way back in '79, so when I got my A7s & ran Audyssey then put in my fav symphonic piece, I'm blown away! The highs, mids & especially the bass from these speakers is outstanding! I couldn't be more pleased. Love the cherry finish. Even with my HSU sub, they put out a lot of bass & I've got them set at 80(THX). Wow!!! eek.gifbiggrin.gif RTi 110513 (3).jpg 219k .jpg file Now I can't wait to finish my setup with FXi A6 surrounds & A3 front wides & pop in a blu ray. Whoowee lol

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Originally Posted by wtxgringo View Post

Yep, that's where I had the M40s. Still debating whether to get A5s for surrounds instead of the dipole.


Bipole / Dipole my friend, no doubt about it. The FXi A6's are really amazing speakers and you will very pleased with them. Yes, I do have a pair of them and therefore, I can recommend them!

Of course, the only consideration is to have the right place to install them. If that is not possible, then I can understand why you are considering the A5's instead.

BTW - what receiver/amp are you using to drive your speakers?
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Heads up for any one in the Seattle area. Heck of a deal:

 

http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/ele/4167619283.html

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my setup

denon 4308 ci
xpa2
xpa5
rti a9
csi a6
dual svs sb13 ultras
70" sharp led
polk rc 85i inwall as surrounds
Edited by SMO5007 - 11/5/13 at 2:19pm
post #23307 of 34827
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my set up

denon 4308 ci
xpa2
xpa5
rti a9
csi a6
dual svs sb13 ultras
70" sharp led
polk rc 85i inwall as surrounds

sexy!
post #23308 of 34827
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Originally Posted by SMO5007 View Post

my set up

denon 4308 ci
xpa2
xpa5
rti a9
csi a6
dual svs sb13 ultras
70" sharp led
polk rc 85i inwall as surrounds

Very sweet!! How are you liking that Sharp 70in? I love mine, and that's what brought me over here so I could finally update my home theater and do it justice.
post #23309 of 34827
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Originally Posted by mr266 View Post

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Originally Posted by SMO5007 View Post

my set up

denon 4308 ci
xpa2
xpa5
rti a9
csi a6
dual svs sb13 ultras
70" sharp led
polk rc 85i inwall as surrounds

Very sweet!! How are you liking that Sharp 70in? I love mine, and that's what brought me over here so I could finally update my home theater and do it justice.

not a sharp, but i love my sony 70. seems like more and more folks have embraced these larger flat panel sizes.cool.gif
post #23310 of 34827
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Originally Posted by SMO5007 View Post

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


my setup

denon 4308 ci
xpa2
xpa5
rti a9
csi a6
dual svs sb13 ultras
70" sharp led
polk rc 85i inwall as surrounds

Wow............that setup just looks incredible nice at your room. Congrats!!!!

I was also using a pair of RC85i's as back surrounds and they performed pretty well. How do you like yours?
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