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    Jeez guys. Slow down.

    I going to try to muddle through this in an organized fashion (I think) to address all the responses at one time. Clear as mud, right? Here goes.

    First...

    "Perhaps you could convince some of your collueges (sic) to join in a few discussions over in the HT boards."
    Sean

    A reasonable request. Currently Micah, Justin and Ken are doing their best to monitor the home audio boards. At one time, Paul was active in addressing many of the posts. Unfortunately, it's one on many jobs I ask each of them to do. And sometimes keeping up with the forums seem so overwhelming. There're so many of you and so few of us!

    That being said, I spoke to my guys this morning about being more vigilant. I put on a heavy guilt trip. I reminded them that we set a high standard when we opened these forums so many years ago to give you a place to share experiences and thoughts. And that you deserve our attention. We will try to do better, myself included.

    As for getting some attention from me on the home audio side. I'll be there soon.

    Al

    Now. On to the next post! This will take me some time to compose so go get a beer.

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    I know this is the wrong part of the forum to ask/post this, but you seem to be the only one at Polk that is ever on here and actually takes a listen to the customers at the moment that is.
    Why did you guys at Polk stop making the RT55i and such? I need to upgrade my RT35i to a bigger speaker, and due to my room I can't get a tower speaker and the biggest bookshelf ya'll have is the RTi38. Which isn't even an improvment over my speaker! Can we see a RT55i type bookshelf speaker in the future? How about in the new line? If ya'll ever come up with another speaker like it I will be in the line to buy a pair.
    Just a thought, many want to see it done!
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    Al,

    I by no means wish to further clutter the large list of objectives you are going to cover, however, I would like to discuss something with you that would be best delt with outside of public view.

    If you find the time, shoot me off a simple E-mail at:
    coquinino@hotmail.com

    Thanks.

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    All right gentlemen.

    I appeciate your time and considered responses. Let's see if I can address them in one post by summarizing the replies.

    I'm hearing that while we're not making "crap," it's nothing to write home about. That the product does not live up to standards set by earlier Polk product.

    What can I say? I think I've got the message. Earlier today I took this thread around to the product development group to make sure they were aware of your feelings. I can only hope that the new models will meet you expectations and that you feel they are a step in the right direction. The next group of products are still in development so your opinions can positively influence them.

    You seem to be ok with Circuit but would like to see more dealer choices.

    So would we. We are actively looking for independents to sell our product. We could use your help. When you get the opportunity, tell your local independent that you'd like to Polk in his store.

    You are saying that you are worried that our plans to appeal to the teens will mean that the product will be all "sizzle' and that we will ignore your needs. Further, that the outlaw image of the tuners is not one that is appropriate for Polk.

    It is not our wish to trade one market for another. We hope and believe that we can serve you both. We have no intention of creating product that is simply "eye-candy" - they can get that from someone else. As for the outlaw image - we believe that the "Too fast, too furious" image can create lasting damage for both the performance and audio aftermaket. For that reason, Polk has signed as a charter sponsor of RASR (Racers Against Street Racing). This is a program developed by SEMA to promote legal racing at tracks. It has the support of most of the biggest names in professional racing and local goverment. You'll be seeing more about this in the press soon.

    Perhaps your most important point is that you want the truth from us.

    More than anything you've said, I am most sensitive to this. Whatever you may think of Polk and its product, we strive to be honest and honorable both individually and as a company. This too was discussed earlier today with my group. We will answer your inquiries as honestly as we can. If you ask for a comparison between new and old, you will be told how we think it might perform better, the same or not as strongly. This will start with my group doing A/B testing within the next week on the new Db and MOMO versus older Polk Lines. While we commonly compare the product to the competition we don't always go back several generations to compare it to ourselves. I have asked engineering to set up the comparisons.

    I was unaware of the GXR for DX switch. I will look into that.

    Finally, I want to thank you for your vision on the progression of future product lines. Some of the things you mentioned were already under consideration. I promise to share your input, observations and ideas with the entire Product Development Group and other decision makers within Polk.

    It's uncomfortable to wash your laundry in public. You worry that bringing attention to your shortcomings will outweigh and diminish the things that you do well. But sometimes the discomfort and risk is worth the potential gain. This exchange has been productive and enlightening for Polk and I. Perhaps you got something good from it too.

    Al

    P.S. I will be travelling for the next several days so I may not be able to check in on the forums. But I will check back in on my return.

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    *Crocodile Hunter (steve irwin) voice* "Cryquie! this bloak's a real ace!"


    Al... what can I say... (and i realize u may be off the boards for a while so i dont expect a quick resp).

    - printing the thread and slapping it around at the R&D guys
    - huddling up with the crew and calling the plays.
    - having forward vision!
    - suggesting and implementing "butt up against" testing with recent lines.


    MY GOD YOU'RE A REAL GANGBUSTER!

    dude... i like you. if i was gay, i'd date you.

    regarding your comment about airy dirty laundry in public... don't sweat it.

    look at it this way... probably say 75% of the people reading these forums are customers who've already bought product ... and to those people, this kind of discussion is actually quite mentally stimulating, interesting, and probably promotes a bit of "good old down home confidence" in the company as a whole (product and staff).

    I know it has for me. I mean I was sour dude... sour as sour gets. Right now I'm "tasteless" which is half the way to "sweet", and that's a big step for me at least.

    for the first time in a couple of years I'm actually EAGER to go and hear the new polk product...

    while I don't intend to buy anything this model year (simply because the high's I've got still have a bit of life left in them), I am eager to see what you have more or less called the starting point of a total turnaround.

    I'm more waiting with baited breathe on say next summer's models or whatever comes out next -- if what your'e saying about increased RnD awareness and testing against old product all goes through, I can give nothing but the utmost of hope and drool factor to whatever Polk spawns next... I'll start saving my pennies... well my parents pennies... damn tuition went up this semester!!! In theory I could sell my entire audio system and probably cover just about a year's state tuition, but shall I ? never... what good is life without "phat beats".

    Al... I have to metaphorically shake your hand.

    You're a down to earth guy... you talk straight... you're laid back... honest... and you care. You're a hell of a dude, and the likes of which Polk and every audio company would be lucky to have.

    My sincere appreciation to you for giving a ****... :)

    - Vinnie

    PS -- regarding cosmetics of grilles to those of us who might want the basic black look -- I've looked heartily at the momo 6" component grilles... if the 6x9 grilles or coax grilles are anything similar... give a light sanding, primer, flat black automotive body grade spray paint, two coats of clear, and you'll have a spiffy lookin, well curved, flat black mean and nasty lookin grille that will spark fear in the hearts of small children :)
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    Originally posted by Al@polk
    You are saying that you are worried that our plans to appeal to the teens will mean that the product will be all "sizzle' and that we will ignore your needs. Further, that the outlaw image of the tuners is not one that is appropriate for Polk.

    It is not our wish to trade one market for another. We hope and believe that we can serve you both. We have no intention of creating product that is simply "eye-candy" - they can get that from someone else. As for the outlaw image - we believe that the "Too fast, too furious" image can create lasting damage for both the performance and audio aftermaket. For that reason, Polk has signed as a charter sponsor of RASR (Racers Against Street Racing). This is a program developed by SEMA to promote legal racing at tracks. It has the support of most of the biggest names in professional racing and local goverment. You'll be seeing more about this in the press soon.

    Well first off, I don't think the products of Polk Audio would go to pot. I think that the reputation of Polk Audio would end up being just another "ricer brand" and that is pretty much market death. Hot rodding has been and will be around for years but the cartoonish looking cars of the "ricers" is a fad. It's fleeting, I'm already starting to see it's decline in the gaudy, outlandish looks and more down to earth renditions of performance over looks.

    On the idea of lots of sizzle, no substance. I see alot of useless crap marketed to the "tunerz". But for every 9 products I see, 1 or 2 are actually worth something so the stuff is out there. there is no reason Polk Audio can't make things that perform but also appeal cosmetically to the people who want the flash. Infact, I wish more companies across the entire automotive aftermarket would make more substance behind the flash! So kudos to Polk Audio for wanting to accomplish that. All I worry about is the marketing. Don't market to the "tunerz", market for them. If you are running ads in magazines, don't put a flashy, fancy ad from Super Street in Car and Driver too. Build a product that anyone can like or at least find something to like about them and then market it to seperate demographics. If you build a product that perfoms well, it doesn't really matter what it looks like. If it puts up the technical numbers and sticks to or exceeds them, it could look like a Vogon for all I care! (That was an obscure Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference)

    Just some ideas about marketing. Well, at least what has worked for me. A perfect example is Crutchfield. For years Bill Crutchfield has relied of word of mouth more than anything. How does that work? He offers plenty of choices in product. Good choices too! Then he backs it up with stellar customer service! Polk Audio already has that formula in place. Just make a few more choices. One gripe I had about the MOMO stuff was that you couldn't get woofers or tweeters seperate. You HAVE to buy a whole set. That is a limit to choices.

    Also, another thing that works for Cruthfield is the customer comments in the catalog. Make your ads with customer cars in them. I know there are people out there who would love to have thier car in an ad. Hell, you could even attend an IASCA event and grab someone who is running Polk Audio products in a class and build an ad around thier car. Most people would want either a few dollars for the ad or some sponsorship money or equipment. That would be more advertising. It;s a huge bang for the buck too! Somebody sees the car from the ad and they have to stop and take a look because its "COOL! Look! It's that car from that ad in ". Then they start talking to the owner of the vehicle and Polk Audio HAS to get mentioned if they are going to start talking about car audio. Now, if it sounds GREAT, the walk matches the talk, you know? Anyway, the point is, true, honest to goodness real people telling me what they like works 10 times better for me than just some cheesy over-sexed ad in a magazine. Since Polk Audio is about the customer and giving them one hell of a product, find that customer and use them in your ads. Let them speak for you. It's a simple ad with a low budget that has an incredible impact.

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    actually now you can buy the tweeters seperate...i dont think you can buy the drivers seperate though
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    Originally posted by Jstas
    Make your ads with customer cars in them.
    We are currently running an ad campaign with three people that use our stuff (Kathryn Gallagher, T.J. Topper and Kyle Gilbert). It is run in several national magazines such as Car Audio & Electronics, Mobile Entertainment, and Super Street just to name a couple.

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    Well, I don't see Polk Audio ads in the magazines I get.

    I am usually seen reading:

    Hot Rod
    Car Craft
    Popular Hot Rodding
    Car and Driver
    Popular Mechanics
    Popular Science
    Truckin'
    SVT Enthusiast (not a real large circulation and no ads)


    Where I think you should run a couple ads is in Truckin' for car audio and in Popular Mechanics/Science for the home audio stuff. All 3 magazines have huge circulation. Truckin' has been on an audio equipment kick and even has an entire section devoted to it. The Pop. Sci/Mech. magazines also have large circulation and the people who read those kinds of magazines are technology junkies. Ads in those magazines would probably reach more buyers than the typical audio only related magazines.

    Also, adevrtising in those kind of magazines would send the message that Polk Audio isn't just about audio for the snooty audio geek guys. I know the Truckin' magazine would be nice. I'm so tired of seeing Visionik, MTX, Jensen and Sony ads in them.

    But then again, you guys could run ads wherever someone will take your money.


    Actually, this dude's car would be an excellent ad to run in like Hot Rod!

    http://www.polkaudio.com/car/installs/view.php?id=25

    You guys should find a customer with a truck with a nice install and use that for an ad too.
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    The problem is that money runs out at some point. We can only put together so many ads and run them in so many magazines. The Momo co- branded line(s) is most appealing to the "tuner" crowd, or car guys in general. I'm not a truck guy but I'm guessing Momo isn't something you see in a lot of trucks. Therefore a Polk/ Momo ad might not do us a lot of good. In the future when/if we have a Polk Audio ad it would likely stand more of a chance. I always thought our old ads with Matt would have worked for the more mainstream (non- car) mags.

    The problem now is that 2 of our 3 lines will be Momo so it'll take a little time to develop a new "best" line.

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    Originally posted by Jstas
    Well, I don't see Polk Audio ads in the magazines I get.

    Actually, this dude's car would be an excellent ad to run in like Hot Rod!

    http://www.polkaudio.com/car/installs/view.php?id=25

    You guys should find a customer with a truck with a nice install and use that for an ad too.

    His ad only ran in Mustangs & Fast Fords, I believe. We've also considered trucks on a few occasions but it's never panned out.

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    I have a truck...to bad its a pos...but it has a nice system...
    too bad its not in working order as of now...
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    Originally posted by Thom
    His ad only ran in Mustangs & Fast Fords, I believe. We've also considered trucks on a few occasions but it's never panned out.
    not even the harley truck?
    i forget whats in it...but if its good then you could run it in...oo i dunno...a motorcylce magazine?
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    Originally posted by Thom
    His ad only ran in Mustangs & Fast Fords, I believe. We've also considered trucks on a few occasions but it's never panned out.
    I think his ad can apply to more than just Muscle Mustangs and Fast Ford considering the fact that it is a classic Mustang.

    Cody's idea with the Harley Davidson truck is cool too and since its a specialty truck that covers both trucks and motorcycles, it'll do good for trucks or motorcycles.

    Now, what would be really cool is if you convince somebody with a fatty '51 Mercury to use Polk Audio stuff in that ride! Talk about impact!

    I just thought though that the ad campaign for BFGoodrich and the Comp T/A tire ads was so successful, they branched it off to other lines of BFG tires. You know, the ones where they mounted BFG tires on different cars and trucks and ran the ads in magazines that pertained to each vehicle respectivly. That ad campaign had alot of impact and I have seen posters of those ads hanging in alot of places. BFG is still getting exposure from those ads 3 years after the ad originally ran. I'm not saying to rip off BFG but that was a simple idea that had a huge impact.

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    and wasnt their a viper with momos in it?
    that would definetely want to make me buy momos...dodge viper...BAD ASS CAR...very expensive too...yet the momos arent that expensive...so that must mean that they sound damn good...and what?...theyre not totally out of my price league!...cuz you know a guy with a viper would be able to afford any type of audio he wanted...and he went with momos...so i can have momos in my(insert typical daily driving car here) and theyll be just as good as what the guy in the viper has!
    typical consumer reaction i would think...
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    Originally posted by Thom
    The problem is that money runs out at some point. We can only put together so many ads and run them in so many magazines. The Momo co- branded line(s) is most appealing to the "tuner" crowd, or car guys in general. I'm not a truck guy but I'm guessing Momo isn't something you see in a lot of trucks. Therefore a Polk/ Momo ad might not do us a lot of good. In the future when/if we have a Polk Audio ad it would likely stand more of a chance. I always thought our old ads with Matt would have worked for the more mainstream (non- car) mags.

    The problem now is that 2 of our 3 lines will be Momo so it'll take a little time to develop a new "best" line.
    I didn't see this post before the other one.

    I understand the money thing. Ads get expensive. I'm not saying to run an ad in every magazine. But if you want to break into new markets, you want exposure in those new markets. Popular magazines from those new markets would be the best place to do it. Maybe you cut back on the number of ads run in the car audio mags where your reputation is established. Provide your kick ass speakers for tests and evaluations. That right there is advertising that won't hit the ad budget in most cases. Take that money you save are put ads in other magazines where you want to get exposure.

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    The ad campaign was based on the fact that "real" people use our product. All of the people that were used in our ads were not affiliated with Polk and already had our speakers in their cars. Hell, I would've gladly volunteered my car for an ad, but that wasn't the message they were trying to make.

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    whoa whoa whoa -- "u dont see momo's in trucks" --

    um...

    i own a truck

    john owns a truck

    cody owns a truck

    lots of other people own trucks --

    namely - two installers at the local CC who've got them stacked with momo gear (well last time i checked about a year ago... dude ripped out his JL 12's replaced em w/ momo's).

    we all run polk.

    my old man runs polk in his truck

    maybe there's a good point there -- POLK is run in lots of trucks... Momo is run in some, but maybe not as many... sometimes the cosmetics dont appeal to truck guys ... but if the consumer had half a brain they'd realize that the speaker most likely will not even be seen in the door so cosmetics are virtually irrelevant.

    anyway - just my two cents.

    trucks sell -- SUV's and Pickups are selling like hotcakes these days... and the people dropping 40 grand on a new quad cab usually have full intent on putting audio in said truck. whether its big audio or little audio -- its audio, and with three distinct lines varying in price / power / etc etc... polk has the equipment to market to them and keep em happy in whatever suits their need.
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    I have 2 trucks. Both have Polk Audio speakers in them. No MOMO though. I have dB and EX (original series).

    My dad has DX 6x8's in his truck (2000 F150 Ext. Cab).

    My brother has EX speakers in his 97 Ranger.

    I installed EX 5 inch speakers in an 87 Jeep Wrangler.

    I am going to be installing Polk MOMO 6.5 inch components and now, maybe an 8 inch MOMO sub in a 2000 Jeep Wrangler.

    If a guy I know with a Dodge Caravan is serious, he'll most likely have Polks in that.

    A guy at work wants to put Polk Audio speakers in his 2002 Chevy Silverado Ext. Cab.

    Another guy wants Polk Audio for his Asstek...I mean Pontiac Aztek.

    I also see a few "Customer Installs" on the main site with Polk Audio speakers in SUV's and pickup trucks.



    On top of that, pretty much half of all new vehicles sold in this country are trucks. You are cutting out half of your total market in automotive applications by having the attitude that "people in trucks don't want Polk Audio".

    Actually, it's kind of insulting. I don't even know how to take it. On one hand, it can be construed as people who own trucks don't appreciate the product. On the other hand it can be construed as people who own trucks aren't good enough for Polk Audio stuff. Or it could totally be turned around and asked of you, what's your problem with people who own trucks? But I will take the higher road and hope that you are not one of the mentality that everyone who drives a truck is a dumb redneck.

    Trucks are easy to install audio equipment in and lose a small amount of utility. They also hold a hell of alot more audio stuff and can support more power, in most cases, than most cars. If I were a speaker company, I'd go after the truck market. It's huge! Especially since there are very few rear wheel drive vehicles with V8's anymore. Trucks are turning into the "muscle car" replacement. All those guys who grew up with the muscle cars now are making high 5 to high 6 figure incomes. They can afford this stuff easily and would gladly buy it in most cases if someone TOLD them it was out there!
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    Agreed with your last post Jstas.

    Shoot me off an E-mail when you read this. I have a few things I wish to discuss..

    Thanks.

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    When I said that I didn't think Momo was big in trucks, I don't mean Polk/ Momo speakers- I'm talking about Momo seats, pedals, etc. I realize that truck sales are huge and SUV sales keep increasing but the Momo thing appeals most to guys with "sporty" cars. Or guys that think their car is sporty. I think if the current ads ran in truck magazines most people would overlook it because it says Polk/ Momo and all the ads are cars (and mostly imports). We would need completely different ads and that's not my department.

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    Polk as a company has never hated trucks. Have you ever seen the demo vehicles from years ago? Let's see, there was an F- 150, F- 150, F- 150, F- 150, F- 150, F- 150, and a few more F- 150's mixed in there.

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    And the Ford Escape, can't forget that one.
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    Originally posted by Jstas
    On top of that, pretty much half of all new vehicles sold in this country are trucks. You are cutting out half of your total market in automotive applications by having the attitude that "people in trucks don't want Polk Audio".
    I don't honestly see other companies going for trucks specificly, but that could be that I don't read the right magazines. I think there's a couple other overall issues at hand:

    1. People don't want to spend a bunch of money on stereo equipment (this includes install) that will sound better over their stock stereos. They don't see why with all the road noise, wind noise, etc they should honestly be that worried about car audio.

    2. Stock systems are getting better. Most (if not all) vehicles are coming with CD players as standard options. That used to be the reason to upgrade, at least the deck. Aftermarket car audio can't be that profitable, it's the OEM where you make the serious money. You get into a contract with GM or whoever to put Polk into their showroom cars, NOW you're making money.

    3. Stereo shops don't appeal to the mass markets. Unfortunately, a lot of stereo shops don't have the greatest image with consumers. They have loud cars all around them constantly (that usually just boom), and a lot of the time just a mom or dad walking in there just wanting a simple speaker change or headunit change doesn't get the service they are used to at other stores. They usually find something to charge extra for and such if they see that they can get away with it.

    So I think there's bigger overall issues that need to be addressed. Some can be helped by Polk Audio, some can't.

    I also think that the "ricer" fad as some people call it won't die. The people that spend the serious money on their "ricer" cars aren't just gonna go away. They spend the money for show or performance. Show cars and trucks are only a VERY small market, VERY small, and I also do not think that they have that much of an impact on the normal consumer's buying preferences.

    Maybe Polk should run an ad that goes towards the normal soccer mom in her SUV, Caravan, or Volvo. "We can make you car sound better, without the boom". Car audio has a tainted name IMO, and it needs to be fixed.
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    Hey Thom, don't forget about that F-150 truck.

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    okay polk...this is what you should do...get a 2002/2003 2500hd 4 door sport bed gmc with 4wheel drive and 4 wheel steering...take it muddy...get it so muddy that you cant tell what color the paint is
    at the top of the ad put
    "YOU THINK THIS IS DIRTY, YOU SHOULD HEAR THE SYSTEM"
    picture of truck here with
    below
    picture of sony xplod speakers
    "GO WITH POLK/MOMO, WE'LL CLEAN IT UP"
    picture of momos here
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    Steve,
    You are looking at it from a very biased point of view. Trucks are no longer the workhorse only. Since most of them have more room in them than a full-sized family sedan, people are buying them as the family hauler. Those families are purchasing DVD entertainment systems for thier vehicles now too and upgrading stereo equipment to suit. Same thing goes with minivans, SUV's and even full-sized vans. Hell, a guy at work just dropped 8K installing a DVD/audio system into his Mazda Millenia to occupy the kids on a long trip! The market is there, nobody is marketing to it and that is the problem. Since Polk Audio has a good name in home theater, why can't they have a good name is car theater?

    As far as you assessment as to why people aren't looking for audio, I think you are dead wrong. Yeah, stock stereos are getting better but, not the base stereo. They are still junk. To get something "better", you have to get a premium package that most people don't want or can't afford. Even then, the stereo can cost 3 grand on the options list and I can put together a stereo that sounds much better than that "premium" stereo for roughly 1/3rd the cost. People don't realize that though because nobody markets to that. Everybody goes after the specialty markets.

    As far as trucks go, they are not your typical family car. If you ever get a chance, walk through a SEMA show and look at how much stuff there is to customize trucks. Look at the magazines. Goto a Barnes and Noble, you can read one without buying there. Truckin' Magazine is the largest automotive magazine out there at over 250 pages a month. THAT is a HUGE magazine! People customize trucks. One of the first things to go is the stereo. You know who sells stuff to truck owners? Sony, MTX, Rockford Fosgate, Pioneer, Power Acoustik,and so on. Why? Because they run ads and sell stuff to companies that sell truck accessories. They are in the market, people know who they are. I goto my SVTOA and National Lightning Owners Club events and show people my Polk Audio/Kenwood stereo and I have to clean up the drool from jaws hitting the floor. The one thing they all ask besides how much it cost is WHO IS POLK AUDIO? About the only Mid to High grade company that makes audio equipment that they know of is Rockford Fosgate and they view them as the Holy Grail of car audio because they don't know any better because nobody told them! The truck accessorie business is a multi-billion dollar a year business and audio products are roughly 10-15% of that, according to SEMA. How can anyone ignore a slice of that large of a pie that is that big?

    As far as the "ricer" thing being a fad, it is. Sport/Compact Performance or Import performance is not. It has been around since the 40's and 50's when cars like Triumphs, Austin Healeys, MG's, Aston Martin's, Ferrari's, sPa's, Fiat's, Alfa Romeo's and so on were tearing up the streets. The Anime look to these cars that are nothing more than all-show, no-go is the fad part. As soon as this generation hits maturity, they will not be too interested in that stuff anymore. It happens. These fads are based in realistic hobbies like hot rodding. Take a look at Vans, remember them? Truckin' Magazine should have been called Vannin' Magazine! Hell, even Hot Rod got in on the act! Now the only time I see vans is hauling kids or contractors. It's a fad that will pass and the true enthusiasts and tuners (aka: hot rodders) will still be around. So don't get uppity about it. Nobody is accusing anybody of anything.

    As far as overall issues, I think I got the big picture. I think you think you have the big picture but it's a bit bigger than you care to believe. I can't give Polk Audio ideas on what to make an ad say. I'm not a marketing guy. I am a gearhead than has been hanging around cars for about 15 years now. I know the industry, I know quite a few people that would serve to impress but I don't like to drop names. I know what works, I know what doesn't. I've seen alot come and go. I've seen alot come and stay. What I am saying is that I am speaking form experience. It may seems biased or skewed but it really isn't. Polk Audio has the right idea going after the Sport Compact crowd. And if you ask me, the "boom-boom" reputation came from the Sport Compact owners. And while the Sport Compact crowd is a big market, the truck market is at least twice as big. That is the truth and anyone who doesn't see merit to that or a profit margin well, they are just blind and in denial.

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    Originally posted by Thom
    When I said that I didn't think Momo was big in trucks, I don't mean Polk/ Momo speakers- I'm talking about Momo seats, pedals, etc. I realize that truck sales are huge and SUV sales keep increasing but the Momo thing appeals most to guys with "sporty" cars. Or guys that think their car is sporty. I think if the current ads ran in truck magazines most people would overlook it because it says Polk/ Momo and all the ads are cars (and mostly imports). We would need completely different ads and that's not my department.
    So don't market the MOMO lines. Market the DB line. And MOMO offers truck wheels, steering wheels, seats, harnesses and hell, damn near everything else that they have will fit a truck. But they don't market to trucks at all so of course no one in trucks knows that MOMO has anything for thier vehicles.

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    We stopped making the RT55 for one simple reason - it did not sell well enough to justify its continued production. It started off fine and enjoyed some sales success but then dropped over time. Why? Well we can only make some educated guesses based on some customer feedback. First of all it wasn't a performance issue - many Forum regulars have or had RT55s and always wrote enthusiastically about them. I had a pair as my main speakers for a few years and loved them. We suspect that their size was an issue. They were a BIG "bookshelf" speaker that couldn't fit on most shelves (vertically which is the best way to use them) so a lot of people put them on stands which negated the floor space-saving appeal of smaller speakers. A really good set of stands run $100 or more and that brought you pretty close to an RT800 (or RT70i now) price. The continued growth of RT800 and more recently RT70 sales seems to support this theory.

    For the diehard audio fans who loved the RT55 and for whom the stand cost and placement/floor space issues were of no consequence, we now offer the LSi9. It, like the RT55 has the advantages of the big bookshelf format better imaging and fewer panel resonance issues than a floor-stander, and boasts way better drivers than the RT55 ever had. I switched to the LSi9 and am thrilled. It does EVERYTHING better than my RT55s. The downsides though are cost and availability. In some areas of the country it is hard to find a dealer with them on display. I would encourage you to seek out a set of LSi9s and give them a look/listen to see if they meet your needs.

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    Hey 12V folks. Sorry to distract you from 12V issues, but he asked and I had to answer. OK, go back to thinking 12V thoughts again ;-)
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    The truck and SUV market is HUGE and there is plenty of aftermarket audio gear going into them. Just go to any midwestern or southern city on a summer weekend and the odds or good that there will be a truck or mini-truck show going on with most of the vehicles have some sort of aftermarket ICE. There a re dozens of magazines and web sites dedicated to trucks.

    When we were outlining our marketing plans for this year we realized that we could not afford to address both the import sport compact folks AND the truck fans AND the hot rod/American lovers. We saw the biggest opportunity with sport compacts and focused there with a token presence in Muscle Mustang mag. Our hope is that sales will grow, thereby increasing the ad budget and we can reach out to the truck guys too.

    We love trucks and know of quite a few top-notch show trucks where the owners chose Polk, so if we do ads with trucks we have plenty of candidates to shoot (photographically). BTW, we have two, count 'em, 2 Escapes.

    Paul (Polk Marketing Manager/PR guy)

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