Originally Posted by afrogt
I have those exact same speakers, that is a fantastic deal. I assume you're picking them up locally if no boxes?
RC-70 will sound much fuller with deeper bass than the RC-30. plus the tweeter is closer to ear level since it is a taller speaker. Do you have a subwoofer?
Yes, I currently have a sub but will soon have dual subs once my new house is completed in January!
Originally Posted by 1MediaGuy
I've never tested the RC-30s but I sure do love my RC-70s. I'm not sure you'd hear a major improvement going from the 30s to the 70s though.
Originally Posted by batpig
I haven't compared them directly but based on years of discussion in this thread, there are two big differences between the RC-30 and RC-70:
1. The RC-70 is a bigger speaker and as such will extend lower and play louder. This advantage would be less relevant if you're bass managing to subs and/or don't have a huge room.
2. The RC-70 is a true 3-way design with a dedicated midrange separate from the two larger bass woofers. This will make it smoother and more transparent in the midrange. This advantage would primarily be heard in 2ch music, less so for home theater.
Originally Posted by brendelac
Also in regards to comparing the RC30s and 70s, you may notice a difference with the tweeter as well. They are the same tweeter in both speakers, but having them higher up on the taller RC70s may sound better (or worse even) depending on your listening position height and distance. It won't be a night-and-day difference, but I noticed a slight improvement going from V2.3 to V2.4 towers.
So yes.....because of this deal that crossed my desk I have decided NOT to abandon the RC-line.
I am building a brand new home that will be done in January and was planning on selling my RC30 & LCR setup (already sold my RCR's to a fellow member on this board) and starting fresh with an RSL setup for my massive 16x23 gathering room that opens to even more space in the kitchen, etc.
But...I saw a deal I couldn't pass up. I got 2 RC-70's, 1 LCR, and 1pr of RC10's for $750.
All are in like-new condition with zero marks and the RC-10's are actually brand new and have only been plugged in to test them!
So, I am going to have the RC 70's up front with an LCR and the 10's are being mounted on the walls as I am only doing a 5.2 setup in my new home (pre-wiring contracts signed) with whole house audio for Zone's 2 & 3.
Right now I am living in a very tiny home and wanted to do a one-hour A/B unscientific comparison with the RC-70's and RC-30's.
I listened to about an hour of music in 2ch stereo mode with no Audessey setup--I literally just plugged and played with full range and no sub.
Listened to quite a bit of music at -5 to 0db...some 2Pac, Taylor Swift, Eric Prydz, Deorro, Chainsmokers, and Kid Rock. The first impression is that the speaker plays a tad louder thatn the 30's, and the higher-placed tweeter did cause me to think at first these were a tad too bright in the sweet spot.
The bass was lower but it wasn't as prevalent as I thought it would be....maybe in my new house it will be better due to the room size!
The 70's soundstage was just so much larger!!! Deorro's "Five Hours (Vocal Mix)" and Eric Prydz's "Opus" are what blew me away the most and I just had to stop comparing at that point. They opened up such a massive soundstage that I thought I had it in 5-channel stereo.
If anyone listens to Prydz you know that he is a MASTER of audio production (like Deadmau5). He throws sounds all around the field and I could not believe how much more MUSIC I heard on "Opus" and "The Matrix"--it sounded like it was coming from so many directions, which is what he does when he makes music. I was floored.
I only hooked these up to my old Denon AVR-2808ci (105wpc) in stereo off of an iPod--yep. iTunes music. Deal with it. haha
I bought these for my new home....and I am going to run a Denon AVR-x4500h paired to an Outlaw 5000 amp in a very large open room and I already know these RC-70's are NOT done impressing me.
Oh yeah....one other thing....I usually watch a couple episodes of The Office literally 7 nights a week before I go to bed. Don't ask how many times I have run through the entire series!!!
I didn't adjust anything on the receiver or speakers....but I noticed a massive difference in the left and right channels in how much came out of them I had never heard before....like all of the background sounds in the show like papers rustling and desks being opened. I didn't expect this at all and am quite pleased!
Mint RC-30's and an LCR up for sale now in the For Sale foruM!!!!
Here's a pic from my tiny room!!!!!