I need your additional support. Together with my significant other, I just auditioned the speakers in STEREO as follows:
- Polk Monitor 70 (inner, silver)
- PSA MTM-210T (middle, rock solid tower)
- Polk RTi-A9 (outside, the "beauties" according to my GF)
In pure stereo, no sub involved, the A9's sound round and sound - until a certain level, then the start screaming & yelling, still providing an rather deep bass. But not to forget, being powered with an XPA5.
The Monitor 70 sound more flat, less deep and less crisp'n'clear than the A9 - considering the cost for one of these speakers though, they do an pretty amazing job.
The 210s - WOW.
Did I say WOW already??
Crisp, clear, punchy mids and simply vocal until (almost) reference, simply, because reference is too much in my home and for my ears. In pure stereo w/o any sub, I would not be sure if I'd go with the 210s despite their clearly well advanced crispiness and clarity, but then, what life would that be without a subwoofer? Or two, in my case ...
Engaging my two little fellas V1800, the combo unfolds their true strength: clear, crisp, loud, more headroom than imaginable (and needed) and spot-on with whatever thrown at them. Replacing at the same levels the 210s by the A9s, it just feels as if something is missing - something on all ends though: kick punch, clarity, crispness and clearness of voices. The deep bass provided by the A9s is simply not recognizable due to the shear power of the V1800s ;-)
I only can say WOW! Tom and his team from PSA designed a absolutely great combo! Thank you for this!
My next steps are to really and properly integrate the 210s into my HT. Therefore, the following questions are coming up:
- How far away from wall / wall / corner shall I position them? Angle to MLP?
- What is the best cut-off FQ on the AVR I should run them at? Currently, I've set them to 60Hz and am quite happy.
- Should I adjust the EQ to increase the punchy mid-bass more? If so, at what FQ?
- Not being used to the compression driver yet, I find them sometimes a slight notch to be too crisp & clear. Would you recommend engaging the EQ in the AVR and if so, at what Hz-range would you start to adjust to make them a little more "smooth"?
- I have set my V1800s to small room, cut-off at around 70Hz and gain at 11 o'clock on them, running the sub-out on the AVR at -5db. Any input on these settings?
Any further advice about how to most properly integrate the 210s, driven by the XPA5, along with the V1800s into my HT are greatly appreciated.