Another Polk in the house - Monitor 10A with Peerless. ;)
As you all have noticed, I'm selling the tall n big ones but still have a lot of love for Polks. :mrgreen:
Just last week when I got 12's, I was asking how they compare with 10's.
Funny how monitor 10A's turned up today for me to compare them. :biggrin:
Terminal caps are missing and one cabinet has small veneer damage on top corner but otherwise excellent condition.
Got them from original owner who looked for original receipt/paperwork but couldn't find them.
These are the darker cherry color unlike my 12's that are in oak.
Also, I have perfect 9" tall stands for them. :)
Now I have a pair of 7A and 10A with peerless and 12's with SL2500 in monitor series.
I also have some 4's but they are just filling surrounds for now.
Except Monitor 11 and few weird monitors, I have had all monitor series now.
Fun fun fun...
Polk Monitor 10A with peerless vs Monitor 12B with SL2500
10A's are on 9" stands while 10B's are on their original 1"-1.5" feet.
Both original, no upgrade.
Both sound very similar but differences there are.
I may not describe what I hear exactly but here it goes...
10A's are brighter, more detail on highs, vocals pronounced and forward. Overall cleaner sound than 12B's.
12B's sound little bit noisy, vocals and highs blend together, nothing forward that makes them very slightly recessed than 10A's.
Very similar but 10A's dig lower with soft bass thump.
12B's bass is louder but have slight bass boom/hump like bass is rather bouncy attack.
10A's bass resonate/reverberate like a sub with soft after note thump.
I think it's due to the passive radiator.
12B's have same cone type passive radiator like 3.1TL's that produce similar bouncy bass rather than soft thump while 10A's have flat PR similar to my CRS+ and 2B's that all have soft bass thump.
So, flat PR = softer/lower bass thump.
Cone PR = bouncy bass attack.
Overall, 10A's sound brighter but smoother but feel like there is a gap from highs/mid to lows as it's cleaner that suggest some of the mid/midbass range is missing or 12B's have more of that.
12B's sound slightly recessed/veiled due to not as bright highs as 10A's but slightly noisy due to more mid.
If I have to choose one, I prefer 10A's due to soft/lower bass and cleaner/brighter sound but very slightly.
Not a clear winner as both sound very similar.
It's surprising that peerless is brighter than SL2500.
Will listen further to get more impressions.
Here is the setup: don't mind the tilted CRS+.
I had to move 2B's out last night and not everything is setup correctly.
Change of mind after further listening... 12B's are clear winner.
Change of mind after further listening...
I slightly preferred 10A's initially due to it's forward/brighter sound but after more listening and getting wife's opinion, 12B's are clear winner.
10A's sound very bright to the point of being shrill, ear piercing.
That bright highs should have been okay if it was complemented by enough mid but it feels hollow in the middle.
Has good soft bass but not everything blends together.
Overall, 10A's sound too forward, tinny, metallic, bright, hollow and thin. Not by themselves but in comparison against 12B's.
I didn't experience this fatigue even with silver dome tweeters on 7C's or CRS+ or 2B's.
We listened several songs and genres ranging from jazz, classical, modern pop, Indian instrumental and other songs from world travel albums.
10A's sounded better only on jazz type music when listening to very low volume as it brings the instrument/vocal forward without having to make volume high. Also, I like soft thump on bass on 10A's but that's not enough to prefer these over 12B's.
12B's sound more balanced, relaxed, not forward, not too bright.
Recapping both should bring/improve sound on both and will be a different comparison but as it is, 12B's are clear winner.
10A's will go out before 12B's.