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11-16-2011, 06:42 PM
I have a pair of beat up looking, gash in the top of one,tears in the grills, holes in the tweeters (sl2500's) Monitor 10's.
Since I am working on upgrading my SDA 1C's and they are not functional I have brought the 10's upstairs to the main 2 channel rig.
Well these ugly looking, beat up Monitor 10's sound great! Holy crap. I tell you that if I didnt know about SDA's I coulddefinitely live with these! What a difference from the cheesy Yamaha AVR I have downstairs and the tube amp upstairs.
Anyway a little love for the 10's!
11-16-2011, 07:01 PM
I have a pair of 10Bs with RDOs and I like them. I've never heard SDAs but if they are a lot better than the 10s I'm sure I would love them. I've held off on recapping my 10s in hopes of finding a pair of CRS+ or 2Bs but so far no luck. Maybe someday...
11-16-2011, 07:10 PM
I was just thinking of how would these sound with new tweeters. As I said one of the tweeters actually has holes in it. I think I could do the RDO 198's as I believe mine are 10C's. I actually stopped listening because I was getting fatigued. Hmmmm
11-16-2011, 07:16 PM
I also use 10s as my main speakers they sound pretty good to me.
11-16-2011, 07:51 PM
I got a pair last weekend off CR and when run with the HSU sub crossed at 25 Hz, make a FINE sounding setup. I will be keeping them.
Couldn't agree more! Monitor 10s are a very nice speaker. Don't know why they get that 'bloated' bass or muddied mid-range in comparison to the 7s commentary, because they really sound quite good!
And in comparison to SDAs they are less particular about placement. I've heard them in the middle of a room and they were 'still' good. Just try putting SDAs anywhere but in the 'required' position and see what happens to that 'effect'! That's one thing I really don't like about SDAs--I just don't have a lot of good 'free' wall space to do those right. And when I do use the one wall I have, the room is only 10' wide--a bit narrow for SDA bass? I'm not saying that 10s can pound like a big set of SDAs, they can't. But if you're just into a decent pair of floorstanders that sound wonderful with almost any kind of music and can fill up your room with a good amp on them. This is a great choice!
(On a side note...my 5As are really putting out some very sweet FM sounds this evening...the Peerless highs are oh so 'smoooothhhhhh' and the mids so clear, OMG!)
11-16-2011, 08:19 PM
awful, junky speakers.
11-16-2011, 10:32 PM
I got a pair last weekend off CR and when run with the HSU sub crossed at 25 Hz, make a FINE sounding setup. I will be keeping them.Knowing the other speakers you have to compare with the 10s, you saying that makes me fell pretty good about my 10s.
11-16-2011, 11:04 PM
...Don't know why they get that 'bloated' bass or muddied mid-range in comparison to the 7s commentary...
Ever heard the 7's???
Or even the RTA-12's, which have a similar driver configuration, but much better, more extended bass without the bloatedness...
That said, the Monitor 10 is an awesome speaker, and one of the best bang for your buck speakers ever... when it was new, and now especially on the used market.
11-16-2011, 11:05 PM
...I've held off on recapping my 10s in hopes of finding a pair of CRS+ or 2Bs but so far no luck. Maybe someday...
I've got a spare pair of 2B's if you want'em. Where are you located?
11-16-2011, 11:08 PM
I have my shop setup 5.1, 10s as mains 3 7bs surrounds I love it. Dan
11-16-2011, 11:16 PM
I miss my 10's and 7's, Bloated?? I don't see/hear it. Now the 15tl's and 11tl's I find bloated the most bloated sounding polk speakers I have had my hands and ears on..
11-17-2011, 07:26 AM
I've got a spare pair of 2B's if you want'em. Where are you located?Just outside Knoxville, TN. I think you are about 500 miles away.
11-17-2011, 08:25 AM
The 10s are a little full or "phat" sounding against the 7s. That can work well with certain music, depending on ancillary hardware.
There's also, at this late date, a tendency for some to complain about poor imaging of the 10s due to comb filtering/interference effects of the two horizontally arrayed midwoofers. I've never found that to be objectionable, myself... but then I am not obsessive-compulsive about imaging and "soundstage"... YMMV.
Every Polk fanboy should have a pair of each, though. I do :-)
The 7As have been in continuous, regular use since 1978. I thought they were a superb value when I bought 'em (as demonstrators) and I still think they're very good - smooth, clean and easy to listen to.
The original series 10s that I have get pulled out occasionally for a listen. EDIT for the keen-eyed, that a Quad ESL-57 cowering behind the Model 10 in the photo :-)
That's fair mhardy. Full or phat is a reasonable assessment of that sound and I too, do not find much objectionable there. For a lot of the music I play on them...they're near 'perfect', very clean with deep bass. I guess some people like a kind of bass I associate with an old face that's had too much skin pulled back and snipped away...in other words, there is such a thing, IMO, as bass that is 'too tight' (tighter than a 'drum', that is). lol
That said, I'm sure I'd love 7s as well, since my 5s and 10s are permanent residents of the cnh household!
11-17-2011, 12:37 PM
The reason I bought 7s in 1978?
I couldn't afford a pair of 10s! :-P
11-17-2011, 12:45 PM
When I had the 10's, I liked them a lot. Verry musical and to me, since you can usualy pick them up for 100-200$ depending on the shape and tweeters, they are the bargain of the century. I actually liked them a little more at normal volume vs my 1.2's that i had. Some stuff the 1.2's stock non modified sounded better than the 10's and some stuff the 10's sounded better. While i did like the sda's on some music, it seemed to muffle the vocals where the 10's were always clear and detailed.
11-17-2011, 11:33 PM
the orginal polk monitor 10 has a tweeter made by peerless and they are Supost to have the hole in the middle, i don't know why but that is a stock "feature" so dont go glueing the hole closed
11-18-2011, 02:03 AM
At 17 I was one day away from buying a pair of 10's and then my local stereo shop had a sale on CRS's. Buy one and get one free. So I got the CRS's. At that time the CRS's were exactly 2X the cost of the 10's and I didn't have that kind of money. I had $424 to my name.
11-18-2011, 07:37 AM
I am thinning out the heard and decided to get rid of some speakers, while I love my SDA 2A's, I am getting rid of them and keeping my 10's since I have other SDA's...These 10's are probably on the "I will never sell" list for me, along with the SDA 1C's
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