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post #30841 of 34852
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Originally Posted by z28koda View Post

I haven't heard their car audio components but I've never been a fan of their speakers. Kind of a JL snob anyway lol

Yeah I had their 10w3v2 subs years ago, they were sweet, everyone thought they were 12's. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

Saw the movie All Is Lost last night and boy the 8's make everything sound great. Although my surrounds are M30's the surround effects weren't too shabby. When the movie started the water effects came on right away and I had to turn my head to make sure my water wasn't dripping in my kitchen faucet.

Check this out - this is how much my wife despises me receiving deliveries. Polk sent my replacement tweeter and yesterday I peeked in my "order closet" and low and behold my little box was sitting there. I opened it up and there was the tweeter and I asked her when did it arrive and she said Tuesday. I said you coudln't tell me and she said I forgot.

WOW!

Nice!!
post #30842 of 34852
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Originally Posted by viper186 View Post

Hmmmm
Pretty different opinions here lol. Maybe Polk just has a few good models of car speakers and mostly crappy ones, kind of like their subwoofers? Lol. Hey man thats cool, I want to get tint for my fronts at some point but PA is a pain. Apparently trucks and SUV's can have 0% on the rears but it's like 73% on the 2 fronts which it already has. Then the law states the police need to be able to see that there is a person sitting inside through the front windows. You can usually see someone inside a vehicle with 35% soo who knows. Gotta love how the leave it open for interpretation lol. They have a meter they use to test how much light the tint lets through that they use when they stop you. Well guess what? When it's overcast or the sun is setting/rising it's darker and there will be less light coming through then on a sunny day with blue skies. Also the laws differ from state to state too so you could be fine in your state but then take a road trip to some other state with stricter tint laws and be screwed. Gotta love the fragmented law system we have although I guess for other things it makes sense.

I have a pair of Polk Db 651's in my truck in the rear doors up front I have Image Dynamics (not even a competition there) but the Db's don't have great sound. That's why I turn the amp gain down to next to nothing to get no sound out of them. Certain Polk subwoofers are ok like the MM's.
post #30843 of 34852
It's raining hard here in So Cal today. I guess it's gonna be an all day music-a-thon. The RTI8's are caaaaaaaaaaaalling me. smile.gif
post #30844 of 34852
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Originally Posted by viper186 View Post

Yeah I had their 10w3v2 subs years ago, they were sweet, everyone thought they were 12's. biggrin.gif
Nice!!
I have two in my truck, we'll it's actually a full JL system. I posted the build a few pages back.
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Originally Posted by mr266 View Post

It's raining hard here in So Cal today. I guess it's gonna be an all day music-a-thon. The RTI8's are caaaaaaaaaaaalling me. smile.gif
It's dumping in cen cal. No music for me though, just work.
Edited by z28koda - 2/28/14 at 7:04am
post #30845 of 34852
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Originally Posted by z28koda View Post

I have two in my truck, we'll it's actually a full JL system. I posted the build a few pages back.
it dumping in cen cal. No music for me though, just work.

The advantages of being retired my friend. Take the day off, call in sick. Hey, it's Friday, you really don't want to go to work.
post #30846 of 34852
Watched the newest riddick movie last night. Pretty awful..
post #30847 of 34852
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

Grado's are quite nice. The 325i's are on my list to own once I get some additional stuff taken care of in my 2 channel system (lips sealed for now).... I heard the RS's and OMG fell in love.... but cant afford em on my salary lol...

I was shooting for the 325i's but after some research, heard the 225i's were the sweet spot in the Prestige line up. Other owners said the small difference in performance was not enough to be a 100. difference.

Nice car by the way, too bad it gets such bad gas mileage and poor engine performance from having a Bose system in it biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by PretzelFisch View Post

what model do you have again?

The SR 225i, next upgrade on the list will be the PS 500
post #30848 of 34852
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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

I have a pair of Polk Db 651's in my truck in the rear doors up front I have Image Dynamics (not even a competition there) but the Db's don't have great sound. That's why I turn the amp gain down to next to nothing to get no sound out of them. Certain Polk subwoofers are ok like the MM's.

Gotcha. I meant their home subs, I've never heard their car subs if thats what you're talking about.

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Originally Posted by z28koda View Post

I have two in my truck, we'll it's actually a full JL system. I posted the build a few pages back.
It's dumping in cen cal. No music for me though, just work.

Sweet. JL makes makes some good stuff although they are pricey for sure. Not BOSE pricey but pricey, with JL you at least get quality to go along with the price.
post #30849 of 34852
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Originally Posted by AlphaPie View Post

Watched the newest riddick movie last night. Pretty awful..

Bad LFE or just bad movie?
post #30850 of 34852
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Originally Posted by viper186 View Post

Gotcha. I meant their home subs, I've never heard their car subs if thats what you're talking about.
Sweet. JL makes makes some good stuff although they are pricey for sure. Not BOSE pricey but pricey, with JL you at least get quality to go along with the price.

Ya sorry man, may have gotten off topic there....
post #30851 of 34852
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

Boys, I gotta tell you, I'm really starting to fall in love with my Grado's........detail, detail, detail like never before. If Grado made speakers, I'd buy them.

what model of Grado's did you get?

Never mind, found the answer..
Edited by Jester435 - 2/28/14 at 8:04am
post #30852 of 34852
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Originally Posted by bumprunlogan View Post

Ya sorry man, may have gotten off topic there....

Haha no big deal, no sweat of my back, everyone knows Polk rocks!! How far back in the thread have you gone, this is the off topic central hub thread lol.
post #30853 of 34852
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Originally Posted by viper186 View Post

Hmmmm
Pretty different opinions here lol. Maybe Polk just has a few good models of car speakers and mostly crappy ones, kind of like their subwoofers? Lol. Hey man thats cool, I want to get tint for my fronts at some point but PA is a pain. Apparently trucks and SUV's can have 0% on the rears but it's like 73% on the 2 fronts which it already has. Then the law states the police need to be able to see that there is a person sitting inside through the front windows. You can usually see someone inside a vehicle with 35% soo who knows. Gotta love how the leave it open for interpretation lol. They have a meter they use to test how much light the tint lets through that they use when they stop you. Well guess what? When it's overcast or the sun is setting/rising it's darker and there will be less light coming through then on a sunny day with blue skies. Also the laws differ from state to state too so you could be fine in your state but then take a road trip to some other state with stricter tint laws and be screwed. Gotta love the fragmented law system we have although I guess for other things it makes sense.

You are off base on many of your statements about tint.

Your tint law is state specific. No other state can ticket you for having darker tint. I had buddies that would regiester their cars in AZ or NV just to have Darker tint while living in Utah.

Also Their meter that reads the % tint is not dependant at all on outside factors such as sunlight. Tint meters are designed to work anytime, and have their own light source if needed. They can check your tint at night.

PA Law:
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Windshield Window tint is NOT allowed on the windshield.
Front Side WindowsMust allow more than a total of 70% light in. Transmission through glass.
Back Side Windows Must allow more than a total of 70% light in. Transmission through glass. *(MPVs allow any light transmission)
Rear Window Must allow more than a total of 70% light in. Transmission through glass. *(MPVs allow any light transmission)

My wife and I are total car junkies.
post #30854 of 34852
I do try to catch up on what I miss.

Yes Polk is the best!
post #30855 of 34852
Just curious if anyone use their RTi A9 for karaoke?
If yes, how do they perform?
post #30856 of 34852
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Originally Posted by sqa4life View Post

Just curious if anyone use their RTi A9 for karaoke?
If yes, how do they perform?


If I were singing probably not very well otherwise I don't see why they wouldn't work well as long as you have the power to drive them, especially in a large room if the seating was a good distance away. They will play quite loud with enough juice.

post #30857 of 34852
Hey guys,

Enjoyable conversational thread, though I wont admit to have having read all >1000 pages of it. Cars and speakers. All we need is a beer and scotch conversation added in.

Regardless, I'm here with a Polk "opinion" question, as I am looking at swapping out a pair of Wharfedales I have in my living room/HT. The Wharfies are both front and rear ported, and I am very disappointed with the bass response, especially since I recently upgraded to a "warmer" receiver, a NAD T748. The rear ports have to be within 8" of the rear wall, and there is a wall treatment there, which = no bass extension. Also pulled the speakers apart, and all the drivers are within spec for an 8 ohm load. Just a bad fit for this room and our recent reconfiguration.

So, one day long in the past, I had a set of Polk M20s, I can't say I minded them, and found them to be good in a NAD-powered bedroom 2-channel stereo system. However, when I tried them out in my main HT (powered at the time by an H/K AVR230), I found the tweeters broke up a little too easily at high volumes.

In the meantime, I decided I also liked 3-way speakers, and enjoyed the additional clarity that I got from my home theatre and music by having a dedicated mid. I had gone to using full range 3-ways after doing the "big bookshelf - 100Hz and under to the sub" configuration on my HT, and enjoyed the additional separation and soundstage the 3-ways seemed to deliver.

And, as a child of the 80's, I like the old "V" curve on the EQ, with the mids rolled back, and sharp highs and lows. Maybe not the most neutral way to listen to music, but something that pleases my senses.

So, not to rehash the old "M" series vs "TSi" servies debate, but the Canadian version of Best Buy has some very good deals on right now on some Polks, though in no semblance of model line of number.

What they do have on sale is a T600 (looks exactly like an M60 but with black front baffle - $150 ea), a TSi300 (Polk says they are 3-way but I'm guessing 2-way, $120/ea), and something called an R50, which looks like a 2-way dual 6.5" bass boomer of a speaker (see it at http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/polk-audio-polk-audio-150-watt-tower-speaker-r50-single-r50/10085189.aspx?path=fd87615ce234bec654346f889fd3349cen02 - $130 ea). Mind you, it's tweeter does look different than that on the M20.

So I'm kind of torn, as the TSi300 looks nicer, and reportedly has a slightly better tweeter. Also, my experience with the M series (this is like 12 years ago) suggests that tweeter on the mains is not up to me listening to 2-channel audio at "emptying the dishwasher in the kitchen" levels.

This being said, the T600 (M60) is a three-way, and (I'm guessing) will have better useable bass extension than the TSi300, especially due to the front port.

Though the R50 (whatever it is) looks like it should have a huge bottom end, though I am somewhat skeptical about the tweeter.

In short, which is the speaker for me, if I wish to keep it in this "no more than $150/tower" price range? Welcome people's opinions. For comparison, I've used PSB, Athena, Sound Dynamics, JBL, Wharfedale, and Cerwin Vega (basement 80's system), and am familiar their "sound" if you'd like to compare.
post #30858 of 34852
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Originally Posted by sqa4life View Post

Just curious if anyone use their RTi A9 for karaoke?
If yes, how do they perform?

They make you sound live. So if your singing is bad, it will be really bad. LOL
post #30859 of 34852
I am looking at putting together a multi-year plan to get to my ideal 5.1 system. I currently have a 3.1 system that I have been enjoying for a couple of years. My system is used for 50% music, 40% movies, and 10% gaming. So here’s where I’m at:

AVR- Denon 1912
Front: Polk RtiA1
Center: Polk CsiA4
Sub: HSU VTF-1



Here’s where I want to go:

AVR: Denon 4000
Front: Polk RtiA9
Center: Polk CsiA6
Surround: Polk RtiA1
Sub: HSU VTF-1
Amp: TBD

Here’s my plan:

First, upgrade the center to the CsiA6 because this shouldn’t really impact anything else.
Second, I would like to replace the RtiA1 with RtiA9 if my receiver could handle a 3.1 with A9’s and A6.
Next I would upgrade AVR to Denon 4000 and put the A1’s back into the system as surrounds
Finally I would add an amp to power the A9’s

My budget for stuff like this is about $1000 per year, so I am looking at a three or four year project to get there. Am I making any bad assumptions here? My biggest question is “will my current AVR run the A9’s and A6 or do I need to upgrade the AVR first?”
post #30860 of 34852
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Originally Posted by rider70 View Post

I am looking at putting together a multi-year plan to get to my ideal 5.1 system. I currently have a 3.1 system that I have been enjoying for a couple of years. My system is used for 50% music, 40% movies, and 10% gaming. So here’s where I’m at:

AVR- Denon 1912
Front: Polk RtiA1
Center: Polk CsiA4
Sub: HSU VTF-1
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Here’s where I want to go:

AVR: Denon 4000
Front: Polk RtiA9
Center: Polk CsiA6
Surround: Polk RtiA1
Sub: HSU VTF-1
Amp: TBD

Here’s my plan:

First, upgrade the center to the CsiA6 because this shouldn’t really impact anything else.
Second, I would like to replace the RtiA1 with RtiA9 if my receiver could handle a 3.1 with A9’s and A6.
Next I would upgrade AVR to Denon 4000 and put the A1’s back into the system as surrounds
Finally I would add an amp to power the A9’s

My budget for stuff like this is about $1000 per year, so I am looking at a three or four year project to get there. Am I making any bad assumptions here? My biggest question is “will my current AVR run the A9’s and A6 or do I need to upgrade the AVR first?”

Why do you want RTIA9?? If you have such a great sub you could get away with a cheaper tower speaker. RTIA5 or RTIA7

I would get the AVR before the tower, so you have the power. Then once you have pre outs you can get an amp. I am in the same boat right now with my RTI10's I need a AVR with Preouts, so I can add an amp.

How big is your room?
post #30861 of 34852
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Originally Posted by Jester435 View Post

Why do you want RTIA9?? If you have such a great sub you could get away with a cheaper tower speaker. RTIA5 or RTIA7

I would get the AVR before the tower, so you have the power. Then once you have pre outs you can get an amp. I am in the same boat right now with my RTI10's I need a AVR with Preouts, so I can add an amp.

How big is your room?

My current system offers good sound. The high end from the A1's is great and the low end from the Hsu is fantastic. I feel like there is a bit of weakness in the mid and low-mid range. I believe that adding the A6 and A9's will solve this. The reason that I am looking at going all the way to the A9's is so that I won't have to wonder "what if". That's why I am looking to space out this investment. When spread over a few years, the price is easily manageable.

My current room is about 14 x 10, but we are planning on relocating in the next six months. There is a good chance that the future home for this system will be larger than our current space (and I definitely won't be adding the new towers until after we move).

So would something like the Denon 4000 power the A9's alright? or do I need to get a new AVR and amps before I can upgrade the speakers.
post #30862 of 34852
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Originally Posted by rider70 View Post

My current system offers good sound. The high end from the A1's is great and the low end from the Hsu is fantastic. I feel like there is a bit of weakness in the mid and low-mid range. I believe that adding the A6 and A9's will solve this. The reason that I am looking at going all the way to the A9's is so that I won't have to wonder "what if". That's why I am looking to space out this investment. When spread over a few years, the price is easily manageable.

My current room is about 14 x 10, but we are planning on relocating in the next six months. There is a good chance that the future home for this system will be larger than our current space (and I definitely won't be adding the new towers until after we move).

So would something like the Denon 4000 power the A9's alright? or do I need to get a new AVR and amps before I can upgrade the speakers.

The biggest issue is tech changes and new models come out so fast, that what looks good now will change by the time you are ready to purchase your towers. I have ran into this problem many times.

I have been buying what works now and worry about the next step in future. I started with Monitor series and now have a full RTI/RTIA speaker set. If you want solid surrounds I would look at the FXIA4 and FXIA6 because they are amazing!

Most of the Polk guys recommend AMP for RTIA7 & 9, so I only mentioned RTIA5 due to you having a great sub already. I am under-powering my RTI10's and they still sound fantastic.
post #30863 of 34852
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Originally Posted by Jester435 View Post

The biggest issue is tech changes and new models come out so fast, that what looks good now will change by the time you are ready to purchase your towers. I have ran into this problem many times.

I have been buying what works now and worry about the next step in future. I started with Monitor series and now have a full RTI/RTIA speaker set. If you want solid surrounds I would look at the FXIA4 and FXIA6 because they are amazing!

Most of the Polk guys recommend AMP for RTIA7 & 9, so I only mentioned RTIA5 due to you having a great sub already. I am under-powering my RTI10's and they still sound fantastic.

Thanks for the feedback!

Electronics seem to change every year or so, but speakers stick around a little longer. I am pretty sure that I will be able to get the RTIA series for another couple of years (but I could be wrong).

So it looks like the Rti10 is similar to the RTIA7. How is your AVR working out with the 10's? I know that you'll get better performance with an amp, but is it OK?
post #30864 of 34852
I was saying that your choice on AVR will change, not the speakers. You are right I know guys who are still buying monitor 70, 60 , & 50.

I think the RTI10 sound great with my AVR, but I am looking to get a new one because they are underpowered right now. I need preouts, so I can then get an amp. My biggest issue is I am going to be getting a house in the next 6-9 months, so once I get a dedicated room the budget and items change.

I will probably go with Emotiva and do 7.1 or 7.2 system in a rack and call that good.
post #30865 of 34852

Hey Guys, 

 

I was hoping to get a few opinions. I currently have a Polk CS10 center speaker and was thinking of possibly replacing it with the Polk TL3 series center speaker. I was wondering if anyone who has it can tell me if the sound is comparable. I don't mind the CS10 but it is a big center channel and doesn't play well with the space I have available. Is the TL2 a better match?

 

Thanks. 

post #30866 of 34852
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Originally Posted by viper186 View Post

Nice Nissan. Here's my current one.



Very Nice!
I actually worked on part of the suspension system for the current Xterra's when they first came out.
Enjoyed really driving those vehicles.
I have a 2002 Pathfinder SE with 4WD with Blizzak's for the winter which has been handy this season.

When my wife moves from Japan in May, we've decided to get her an Xterra.
post #30867 of 34852
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Originally Posted by Jester435 View Post

You are off base on many of your statements about tint.

Your tint law is state specific. No other state can ticket you for having darker tint. I had buddies that would regiester their cars in AZ or NV just to have Darker tint while living in Utah.

Also Their meter that reads the % tint is not dependant at all on outside factors such as sunlight. Tint meters are designed to work anytime, and have their own light source if needed. They can check your tint at night.

PA Law:
My wife and I are total car junkies.

I just know from reading on forums that plenty of people have been ticketed going one stare through another or even county to county. They got pulled over and cited. I've also seen scenarios where people haven't gotten a ticket when it was sunny but the week before they got pulled over and their tint got tested while it was dark and raining and they got one. That or maybe they just saw the tint on a darker day and couldn't see thdm inside the car and they got a ticket, it was awhile ago soo I could be wrong about that. If what I read was wrong and people were BSing soo be it. If I'm wrong I'm wrong, I'm not afraid to admit it.

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Originally Posted by ski2slow View Post

Very Nice!
I actually worked on part of the suspension system for the current Xterra's when they first came out.
Enjoyed really driving those vehicles.
I have a 2002 Pathfinder SE with 4WD with Blizzak's for the winter which has been handy this season.

When my wife moves from Japan in May, we've decided to get her an Xterra.

Thanks! Sweet man. Yeah I think I picked the perfect winter to pick up a 4wd lol. Well they aren't going to be around for much longer I don't think, at least not the second generation.
post #30868 of 34852
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Originally Posted by viper186 View Post

I just know from reading on forums that plenty of people have been ticketed going one stare through another or even county to county. They got pulled over and cited. I've also seen scenarios where people haven't gotten a ticket when it was sunny but the week before they got pulled over and their tint got tested while it was dark and raining and they got one. That or maybe they just saw the tint on a darker day and couldn't see thdm inside the car and they got a ticket, it was awhile ago soo I could be wrong about that. If what I read was wrong and people were BSing soo be it. If I'm wrong I'm wrong, I'm not afraid to admit it.
Thanks! Sweet man. Yeah I think I picked the perfect winter to pick up a 4wd lol. Well they aren't going to be around for much longer I don't think, at least not the second generation.

Moral of the story is that Cops are jerks. People who dont know the law get taken advantage of. I have been pulled over many times in my old lincoln ls

COP Magnet


didn't help that I am a 6'3" Polynesian who played college football.. Utah Cops Loved me
post #30869 of 34852
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Originally Posted by Jester435 View Post

Moral of the story is that Cops are jerks. People who dont know the law get taken advantage of. I have been pulled over many times in my old lincoln ls

COP Magnet


didn't help that I am a 6'3" Polynesian who played college football.. Utah Cops Loved me

Nice rims my man!
post #30870 of 34852
Those in the PNW that don't check CL here is what looks to be a great deal. He just dropped his new rtia7s from 600 to 500 and the post has been up a while. It is tempting.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/ele/4354270296.html
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