Polk Speakers don't leave me alone... Monitor 12's wanted to come home.
Polk Speakers don't leave me alone...
Monitor 12's wanted to come home and who am I to say no?
Just sold RTA-12C's and was happy that I got some space back but it only lasted few days. :(
Monitor 12's are as rare as RTA-12C's so wanted to check them out.
I already know how RTA-12C's are and now, I can hear TOTL in monitor series. :cheesygrin:
Pretty dusty but all drivers work.
They are pretty dusty and have same oxidation dust all over like other speakers I have even though these always stayed indoors.
Grills have lots of cat/dog hairs. Need to wash soon.
One Polkaudio logo is missing and few dings on the back here and there.
All drivers work and they also have the small risers/feet.
Briefly listened to them until neighbors started banged on the wall. :frown:
Looks like these have the mid range that I was missing on other Polk speakers.
Will know more when I get chance to listen properly.
Polk Monitor 12B vs SDA-2B... Winner is 12B.
Both are original without any upgrades.
SDA-2B's have silver dome SL2000 tweeters.
Monitor 12B's have SL2500 tweeters.
Amp: Pioneer SA-1040 (100wpc integrated non-switching amp).
Source: FM, Laptop, CD player.
Both have very similar sound characteristics/tone but below is my observation.
12B's are louder at same volume even though both are 8ohms.
Side note: I tried Pioneer SA-1040 instead of Yamaha on 10A's and it does reduce some of the metallic/hollow sound from 10A's and more listenable but still they have too much of that characteristics.
10A's sounded very hollow compared to 12B's but 2B's both.
Monitor 12B's --> more open/free, more/enough/fuller mids and vocals.
Vocals are fuller and heavier.
Nasal singers and string instruments are natural.
Bass tight and fast but boomy compared to 2B's as 12B's have more midbass and 2B's go lower.
Narrow soundstage but great stereo image.
Ears don't struggle to enjoy all music, instruments and vocals.
No ear fatigue.
SDA-2B's --> some highs resonate with metallic tone, slightly recessed/veiled but cleaner (less noise) due to less mid range.
Vocals and string instruments are slightly thin and dry.
Nasal singers sound like they are shouting in 2B's, making it unnatural vocal.
String instruments thin and metallic but not bad.
I feel like my ears are trying to focus hard to listen some music and instruments.
Something feels like lacking, most probably some mid range.
Uneasy for ears but very slightly.
Soft/longer and lower bass thump that I like.
Wider soundstage, slightly echo/hall like sound, SDA effect sometimes is very NICE even with not good setup for SDA.
Overall, SDA-2B's also have similar sound as 10A's; slightly thin, flat and metallic sounding compared to 12B's but not as bad as 10A's.
Unlike 10A's, 2B's are perfectly listenable and enjoyable even though I would like little more mid.
Not considering SDA effect, 12B's are clear winner.
I like softer/lower bass thump from 2B's but if I increase bass dial by a point or two, 12B's also have similar bass.
If you have read my post on Polks vs Boston A400 and Boston was preferred due to great mid range, 12B's remind of Bostons. :)
Looks like SDA-1 would be perfect for me if they sound similar to 12B's with added SDA effect. :loneranger:
I came to that conclusion above after listening all day today.
Then wife came from work and had her listen few songs.
Her one word for SDA-2B's was "Dull" compared to 12B's.
I assume upgrading crossover will slightly/greatly help 2B's become not dull but I think there won't be enough mid range as 12B's even after upgrade.
12B's are the most preferred Polks so far in my house followed by CRS+.
So there's my A/B (or /C) of 12B, 2B and 10A's. Take it with a grain of salt. :eek:
My setup for today's test below: