Originally Posted by Ron Temple
The "designer" offerings are for folks like yourself that want the small footprint or modern look. I'm sure they sound great, but I've never heard them. That said, the speaker cabinet design and larger driver/tweeters of the traditional speaker lines will offer better bass response and a richer midrange. There are some on going demos of the new VM line and RTi A line within the Club Polk crowd. Consensus is that the VM line is good, but not as good as the RTi As. How that translates to the RM50Ts I don't know.
My best recommendation is to audition each speaker if possible, then decide what suits your needs. Also, you will need a sub. If you stay in the Polk line, move up to the DSWs. Even the little DSW400 is head and shoulders better than the 303.
Ron - Thanks so much for your response! Tweeter has a pair of RTi10's for $479... VERY tempting, but the 17.5" depth is basically a no-go for me. The specs on the tweeters are the same as my RM50T's, and the four 4-1/2" drivers seem to deliver a great mid-range. The low end was my concern from the beginning...
From one of my earlier posts:
"When I bought these from Tweeter, I told the guy that they sounded pretty good, but I'd like to add a little low end to them... he offered me the Polk PSW303, a never-used floor model, for $80. I figured I couldn't go wrong at that price, but now I'm thinking it's a little lost in my rather bright, 18x25 sunroom. Any thoughts?
I also happen to own an Acoustic Research S112PS sub, which I've been using in a smaller room - about 12x12. Should I use the AR in the bigger room and the Polk in the smaller room? Or, should I buy another sub to use in the bigger room with the RM50T's?"
About the DSW400 you suggested, would it be better for me to stick with Polk? Or would the SVS PB10-NSD or the BIC Acoustech H100 that others have recently written about be a better choice? My interests lean toward music vs. movies. (I know -- all the more reason NOT to have bought the RM50T towers...)