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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:50 am 
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I'm currently looking at purchasing the Polk RTIA 9 in cherry as they are on sale for $399.99 ea ( reg $1200 ea) I've never had speakers of this size and would like to get that big "wall of sound". I currently use two bookshelves and a sub woofer for music only. I find these aren't working for me in terms of a big aural assault as i occasionally like to play music at a higher than moderate level.
Any thoughts good or bad is appreciated.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:28 pm 
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Go for it!
I have the A9's for my L/R in my HT... They have a great soundstage, and pack a great punch with exceptional sound.... The smaller A7's are great too, and lend themselves to female vocals a little better (I use them for surround speakers) but the A9's can blow you away with a bit of juice behind them....


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I own a pair and they can sound wonderful. They are sensitive to placement and toe in, so spend the time to get it right. The result is a wide sound stage in an engaging sweet spot. They are a forward sounding speaker. They require excellent quality amperage. And, they really shine with a sub or two, which was the configuration I used in a two channel stereo 2.2 setup. I only had the chance to enjoy them for about 7 months before they went into storage, in their original packaging, due to moving to a smaller home. Not sure if I should find them a new home or hold onto them for when a bigger home happens.

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Probably be good rock speakers. I think Omer had a pair of these, from what I recall.


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What a shame they're not acoustic suspension!

Would KILL to have them, nonetheless.

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Driving a pair with an Assemblage ST-40. 40 Watts of El34 tubes. Huge sound stage and loud enough for me. At that price grab them.


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I had a pair of these several years ago, really great home theater speakers but in my opinion a little too bright for music.. I’ve actaully had every speaker in the RTIA line at one point. These speakers demand quality amplification, and the more the better, or risk clipping them and frying a tweeter. A receiver will not do them justice. I used a Sunfire theater grand amplifier, which really made them sing, not to mention they have fantastic bass. These are absolutely massive if you haven’t seen them in person yet.


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dmitchell wrote:
Probably be good rock speakers. I think Omer had a pair of these, from what I recall.


I had a pair of RTi10, and were really impressed with what they could do. The better the electronics attached to them, they better they sounded.

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I'd say you can't go wrong at that price.

It will probably be that you can sell them 2-3-6 months down the road - if you don't like them...and not lose a single cent. The price is that good. Which is really rare.

Me? I'll wait a few years for them to show up at the local hock shop, for $300, and then talk them down to $250. Which is what happened with a pair of Energy ref connoisseurs, a few years back. $2400 retail when new, got them for $250, taxes in.

A True Scott story, where you are only as good as your last deal...

Looks like Polk is headed down the same slippery slope, maybe...

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RTiA7, RTiA9, good for home theater, like, really good, loud, and go low in bass.
It's kind of hard to listen to music with them in absolute terms, the word is bland (and misaligned), and complex crossovers stick all types of phase distortion right there in your ear.
They make a mash out of sound stage; they also love big input power.
I have to admit I'm picky with that, used to Tannoy dual concentric, higher end B&W, etc...


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i have the Polk RTIA9 in my kitchen,2 channel system Their not like my Paradigm S8 i have in my living room but i keep smiling.


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It's funny how these are often compared to higher end product from other companies.
Polk - with the exception of the SDA and LSI series - are not a high end product.
However, what they can do for the money is pretty amazing.
They are a stepping stone product that opens the audio door to something better, similar to what Rotel, NAD, and Cambridge do for electronics.

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As much as I admire Omer, I have to disagree on one notable exception, the original 3020 series 20 (when mint).
Goes way beyond the rest.


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deltaV wrote:
As much as I admire Omer, I have to disagree on one notable exception, the original 3020 series 20 (when mint).
Goes way beyond the rest.

Confirming the notion that "less is more"

Back on topic - the OP was asking about new Polks. New NAD is not the same as vintage NAD, especially the 3020.
I agree 100% on that!

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The RTi A7's got me back into old school 3 way.
For the price, they couldn't be beat. Period!

I have not listened to the 9's but if they're anything like the Rti A7's they're a steal and keepers.

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