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    Default RTi8 vs RTi A9

    I noticed a nice boxing day speacial offering a pair of A9's for 800 dollars. I understand that this is an amazing deal and am thinking of trying to get in on the very limited stock.

    I have RTi 8's right now, each getting 200 watts from a B&K amp. My sub is the PSW 505.

    For those who have heard both the 8's and the A9's: will the difference in the low end be very big, and if so, would I maybe be better off upgrading my sub?

    Will there be a noticable difference in the lower mid range? Perhaps a slightly warmer sound overall?

    I have heard various RTi speakers, but only when powered by an avr.
    I haven't done a speaker upgrade for a LONG time. Currently have the CSi5 and the FXi A4 surrounds. If you were me, would you try to get in on this deal, or perhaps wait for a future full LSi series upgrade.

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    YES! The RTi-A9s are the badA$$es of that series. If you want room filling sound that is big, bold and generally a little 'warmer' than the little brothers. This is your speaker.

    I would upgrade my sub later....because the PSW505 will work for a while longer with these....but you will want to go BIGGER and BADDER--eventually once you hear the A9s.

    Enjoy...you have a good AMP to drive them!

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    Go big or go home !!!!!!!

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    Those are great speakers and a great upgrade. You already have a good amp for them, and your center and surrounds would still be essentially timbre matched, so go for it!
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    A9's all day baby!!!!
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    The A9's are a fantastic sounding speaker!! Their advantages over the RTi8's go well beyond simply having more low end too.

    Because of the D'appolito array in the mid/tweeter section, the brightness that plagues many of the RTi series speakers is greatly reduced. High end is much smoother sounding, and blends with the midrange a lot more seamlessly. They've also got a more prominent midrange due to having two dedicated drivers for the midbands.

    Low end is vastly better than the RTi8's...but that should be a given.

    I'd go for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by comfortablycurt View Post
    The A9's are a fantastic sounding speaker!! Their advantages over the RTi8's go well beyond simply having more low end too.

    Because of the D'appolito array in the mid/tweeter section, the brightness that plagues many of the RTi series speakers is greatly reduced. High end is much smoother sounding, and blends with the midrange a lot more seamlessly. They've also got a more prominent midrange due to having two dedicated drivers for the midbands.

    Low end is vastly better than the RTi8's...but that should be a given.

    I'd go for it!
    It's a nice choice.

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    Thanks for the information everybody. I hope I am one of the lucky ones able to actually snag this deal. I'm going for it!

    And to all newbs, let this be a lesson: Club Polk will always find a way to help you lighten your wallet! :D

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    Music of HT?

    For HT I personally prefer the RTi8's and a good sub. I like the mid-range in the 8's better for HT.

    For music the A9's are a better choice, but 800 can snag you a pair of used LSi15's that will be quite a bit better for music.

    800 is a great price for new A9's though!

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    Well, looks like I put a 900 dollar (after taxes) dent into the bank account and have some RTi A9's on the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeRad View Post
    Well, looks like I put a 900 dollar (after taxes) dent into the bank account and have some RTi A9's on the way.
    Wait until you see how tall these bad boys are. Congrats on an awesome purchase.
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    Congrats on your purchase; I got in on the same deal at Futureshop. Could not pass up the price. They will be replacing a pair of RTi a7's.
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