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    Default Need help picking the right equipment for my RTi A7's...

    First off, this is my first post here so let me start by saying Hello everyone!
    I'm really hoping you could help me. I got a really good deal on a set of RTi A7's a couple months ago and have saved up some cash to finally put these babies to good use. I want to use them purely for music. Two channel, no sub. I'm completely new to the scene and have no idea where to really start. I have about $1,000 bucks to spend. Any suggestions guys?


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    Welcome to Club Polk. What type of source would you prefer to use?
    CD, SACD, DVD-A, iPod, turntable, computer, something else?

    Are you looking for a good two channel receiver, preamp/amp or integrated amp?
    Would you consider used or do you want new equipment?

    This would help us provide some suggestions.

    I'm listening to some music on pair of Polk LSi7's connected to a HK3490 receiver.
    You can get a refurbished HK3490 from the Harman ebay store for a good price.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Harman-Kardon-34...item2a06d88f03

    Consider a refurbished integrated amp from NAD.
    http://www.spearitsound.com/nad/C355.asp
    http://www.spearitsound.com/nad/C375BEE.asp
    Last edited by xcapri79; 05-17-2010 at 12:32 AM.

    Main HT/2 ch:
    Pioneer SC-07, BDP-05FD, Emotiva XPA-5 x 2, XPA-1 x 2,
    Polk Audio LSi25, RTi12 x 2, LSi15 x 4, LSiC x 2, PSW1000 x 4,

    MB HT/ 2 ch:
    LG 47LM5800, Pioneer SC-1523, BDP-23FD, Sony BDP-S790, Emotiva XPA-2, XPA-5,
    Polk Audio LSi25,15, CSi5, LSiFX, PSW505 x 4

    Listening Room 2 ch:
    McIntosh MC162, MC202, C15, C41, C42, MA6500, MA6900, MCD201
    Emotiva RSP-2, RPA-1, ERC-2
    Adcom GCD 750, GFP 750, GFA 5802
    Polk Audio LSi7,9, 15

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    Hello xcapri79,
    thanks for the quick response, I really appreciate it.

    So in terms of what I will listen to the most, that's going to be mostly cd's and my ipod.

    Not sure what the difference/benifit is to having two channel receiver, preamp/amp or integrated amp?


    A friend of mine suggested I check out Emotiva..
    checked their site out, seems pretty reasonable in terms of pricing, just have no clue as to where to start.
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    I''ve attached a couple of links which describes the differences between the various components, namely
    receivers, integrated amplifiers, and a preamp/amp otherwise known as separate audio components or simply separates. I recommend reviewing this so that you are better aquainted with the basic terminalogy. There are links within those articles for additional information.

    http://stereos.about.com/od/introduc...Components.htm
    http://stereos.about.com/od/buyingas...mponenthub.htm

    The purists will prefer separates, but there are some very good quality integrated amps out there that are worth considering.

    You mention Emotiva and I must say that I like Emotiva gear and I own plenty of it.
    I like them especially with the Polk Monitor series and the LSi series speakers.
    The USP-1 and UPA-2 is a nice two channel preamp/amp combo, however, the UPA-2 amp is "bright" sounding as are the RTiA7 speakers so that may not be your best combination and I'm sure many will agree with that.;)

    That was a big reason I suggested the HK3490. The HK receiver amps in two channel or multichannel sound warmer and work well with the RTi series speakers for music. They are also available for some really good discount prices from the Harman ebay store that I linked to in the first post.

    To me it is a good and inexpensive way to get into 2 channel. This will give you some time to learn more about better equipment while enjoying your music.:)

    The NAD integrated equipment is also worth some serious consideration too.

    Good luck on your audio journey.
    Last edited by xcapri79; 05-17-2010 at 06:37 PM.

    Main HT/2 ch:
    Pioneer SC-07, BDP-05FD, Emotiva XPA-5 x 2, XPA-1 x 2,
    Polk Audio LSi25, RTi12 x 2, LSi15 x 4, LSiC x 2, PSW1000 x 4,

    MB HT/ 2 ch:
    LG 47LM5800, Pioneer SC-1523, BDP-23FD, Sony BDP-S790, Emotiva XPA-2, XPA-5,
    Polk Audio LSi25,15, CSi5, LSiFX, PSW505 x 4

    Listening Room 2 ch:
    McIntosh MC162, MC202, C15, C41, C42, MA6500, MA6900, MCD201
    Emotiva RSP-2, RPA-1, ERC-2
    Adcom GCD 750, GFP 750, GFA 5802
    Polk Audio LSi7,9, 15

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