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    Default rtia7 worth 200 more than the rtia5

    Just deciding on which fronts I want to go with my rtia1s. The rtia9s are way too much for me so not an option. I listen to 90 percent ht so between the rtia7s or the rtia5s. Not planning on getting a sub for quite awhile so my question is if the rtia7s as a pair are worth the extra 200s over a pair of the rtia5s? Thanks

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    Most people recommend the A5's over the 7's. General consensus is that they 5's and a good sub are better for HT. The 7's without a sub may be ok depending on the amp that you have pushing them. What Amp are you going to be using.
    Front - RTiA5's
    Rear - RTiA3's
    Center - CSiA4
    Sub - PSW110

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    dont have any amp yet. I bought a used pioneer 1018 that is rated at 120 per channel and has preouts so I could get an amp later. Guessing the 200 would be better spent on other items? If I did a no no according to most here and did not get a subwoofer, would the 5s still be better than the 7s? I say no sub because room is 10x13 and even with the rtia1s as my fronts and monitor 30s as the rears, the bass for my ears is quite fine.

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    Maybe keep an eye on Polk Direct if a pair of A9s come up for bid:
    Home Theater (5.1)
    Optoma HD-25LV PJ
    Pioneer SC-63 AVR
    Pioneer BDP-95F
    Parasound HCA 1205
    Monster 2500 Power
    Polk RTIa9
    Polk CSIa6
    Polk FXIa6
    Polk DSW 600

    Music Setup
    Polk LSiM703s
    Music Hall A70.2 Integrated
    Music Hall 25.3 DAC
    Cambridge 640 v2 CDP
    Yamaha T-1 Tuner

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    You mentioned:

    - you're fine w/ the amount of bass you're hearing now
    - 90% HT usage (movies, tv, presumably)

    If you're happy with the amount of bass you have right now, and you're mostly just watching movies / tv / etc., then the A5s are probably fine. I assume that recommendation is due to the extra midrange driver.

    Plus they may be more easily driven by an AVR alone than the A7s and A9s. Sufficiently powered, though, the A7s sound great to me for music and movies. Caveat here is that you need dedicated power to get the most out of them, which = more $$.
    ALL BOXED UP for a while until I save up for a new place :(

    Home Theater:
    KEF Q900s / MIT Shotgun S3 / MIT CVT2 ICs | KEF Q600C | Polk FXi5 | BJC Wire | Signal / AQ ICs | Shunyata / Pangea PCs | Pioneer Elite SC 57 | Parasound NC2100 Pre | NAD M25 | Marantz SA8001 | Schiit Gungnir DAC | SB Touch

    2 Channel:
    Polk LSi9 (xo mods), Polk DSW MicroPro 2000 sub | NAD c375BEE | W4S DAC1 | SB Touch | Marantz SA-8001 | MIT AVt 2 | Kimber Hero / AQ / Signal ICs | Shunyata / Signal PCs

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    The RTiA7's can push some serious bass when given ample dedicated power. When I used mine as fronts for music and through an AVR they were good but not great. However, when I put them with a Carver TFM-25 it was a holy $h!t moment. Big articulated and very controlled bass. Did not need a sub when running through the Carver. Totally needed a sub when running through an AVR.
    SDA-1C (full mods)
    Eico ST-70 Integrated Tube Amp fully rebuilt and modded
    Rega Planar 3 TT/Shelter 501 MkII
    Nitty Gritty 1.5FI RCM
    The Clamp
    Revox A77 Mk IV Dolby
    Thorens TD160/Mission 774 arm/Stanton 881S Shibata
    Nakamichi CR7 Cassette Deck
    Rotel RCD-855 with tube output stage
    Cambridge Audio DACmagic Plus
    DBX 3BX-DS
    DBX 224-DS
    ADC Soundshaper 3 EQ
    Ben's IC's

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    Milwaukee, WI


    A5's work great for HT and they're very efficient.

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