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    Default MONITOR 40 VS RtiA3. Is it worth the difference

    Hi, I'm looking to buy some bookshelves and saw the monitor 40 (two drivers) can be had for half the price of the RTIA3 (One driver). Is the Rti that much better speaker to justify the double in price? Any opinions/experiences would help. Thanks

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    Yes it is, it has better quality cabinets, crossovers, drivers, tweeter and a better sound. It's much more detailed in the upper end.
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    ^
    +1 to that!

    Also, you could visit the Polk Ebay direct outlet and pick up a pair of RTiA3s for only $249 for the pair - could now be cheaper than the price you saw for a pair of new Monitor 40s!

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    Another vote for YES. I have not owned the a3, but did own the rti6 (previous similar model) and the m40 before that. The rtis give you a bigger stage, more detail on the top end, tighter bass, etc. Having said that Do they sound 2X better? are they worth 2X the price? That is very subjective. I think they sound significantly better, but whether not its worth it only you can decide.
    I would recommend looking for the rti6s used if you like the look of them, as they are very similar and much cheaper on the used market.

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    The rtia3, sounds better at higher levels,,, No smearing,, just a better all around speaker,, JMO,

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    Thanks for the input so far, I'm new at this and I forgot to mention that they are going to be use mainly for music. I don't know if that matters.
    I have also seen the RTI4 which I believe is just a smaller version and much cheaper. Is the comparison the same?

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    I originally upgraded from the m40s to the rti4. Major difference, especially for music. I now think that the rtis are a little on the bright side. My favorite polk tweeter in that line is from the rt25i and 35i etc. here is a link to a really good looking pair that is basically the rti a3 from several generations ago. I would personally go for this or a pair of rt25is.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    There are lots of guys here like me who prefer that generation of rt/rti, but of course also lots of folks who like the newer ones. If you have never heard either then you will probably like any of the above and all are major upgrades over the monitors

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    Rti4 is the old version of RTi a1's.

    I own the a3's, and they are spectacular in SQ. They put out sound as if you were listening to towers (some towers--not like the a7 or a9's!)

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    Sounds like time to upgrade from my M40s.

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    yeah very good upgrade.
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    I have read where a lot of people are of the opinion that the RTI is to bright for music and might not be a better choice over the monitor for this application. What is the consensus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrn View Post
    I have read where a lot of people are of the opinion that the RTI is to bright for music and might not be a better choice over the monitor for this application. What is the consensus?
    Nonsense.

    I totally enjoyed my RTiA3s for music.

    Unless you like thrash metal at ear piercing volumes they do a very good job with music especially when mated to appropriate electronics.

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    I agree that is nonsense. Music sounds wonderful. The old RTi line was bright, the but the RTi A line has greatly improved on that aspect.

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    Have a pair of Monitor 40's I used to use as Surround speakers, while I loved the sound, I too agree that the RTiA3's would be a good upgrade.

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    Well i guess i need to get my ears on some rti a1s or 3s...would be interested to listen for the aformentioned improvements...

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    Thanks for the input. Nobody where I live carries the RTI A3 line so I can demo them but there is a best buy that has some TSI 400 that I can listen to. Would those (400) be comparable in sound to the A3's or are the RTI's still much better?

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    I'm not sure about better/worse, but the 400's will be different from the rti a line. They are known for greater clarity/detail over the tsi's, which you can't test by comparing upper tsi's with lower RTi's. At least that's my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowTowel View Post
    I'm not sure about better/worse, but the 400's will be different from the rti a line. They are known for greater clarity/detail over the tsi's, which you can't test by comparing upper tsi's with lower RTi's. At least that's my opinion.
    Look at the difference in construction, material. design in the PRODUCTS.
    I looked hard, decided on RTiA. I spent more than my wife expected.
    From what I could hear, the tsi is hard to beat at that price point.
    I really prefer the sound of tsi400 Polk over the Klipsch= more $ at Best Buy.

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    So fryn, and decision made?

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    With the RTi As your not just paying for sound. Your paying for wooden construction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnoyeB View Post
    With the RTi As your not just paying for sound. Your paying for wooden construction.
    ...

    Are you being facetious or is that really your impression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Temple View Post
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    Are you being facetious or is that really your impression.
    RTi A are made of wood, Monitor's are made of fiberboard. I don't think Polk is eating the cost!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnoyeB View Post
    RTi A are made of wood, Monitor's are made of fiberboard. I don't think Polk is eating the cost!?
    Both are MDF, yes the wood veneer, design, power port and construction cost more, as do the drivers and crossover. However, your statment implies that there is no difference between the speakers except wood. That's not true. The RTiA is a superior product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Temple View Post
    However, your statment implies that there is no difference between the speakers except wood. That's not true. The RTiA is a superior product.
    I think you need to reread dnoyeB's statement:
    "With the RTi As your not just paying for sound. Your paying for wooden construction."

    The key words being "not just." It is clear that he is saying that the sound is not the only reason for the price difference. He is saying that the higher quality construction also plays a role.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeefJerky View Post
    I think you need to reread dnoyeB's statement:
    "With the RTi As your not just paying for sound. Your paying for wooden construction."

    The key words being "not just." It is clear that he is saying that the sound is not the only reason for the price difference. He is saying that the higher quality construction also plays a role.
    I did misread it...sorry dnoyeB

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    As I have stated in other threads, I love my RTiA1s for two channel. Had the chance to audition A3s and several other higher end bookshelf speakers, including Thiel and B&W, and thought they performed very well in comparison...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadFeat1 View Post
    As I have stated in other threads, I love my RTiA1s for two channel. Had the chance to audition A3s and several other higher end bookshelf speakers, including Thiel and B&W, and thought they performed very well in comparison...
    How, in your OP, is the rtiA1, a better speaker than the rtiA3??? The 3 has a bigger soundstage,, and deeper bass, just curiouse,
    Not an Audiophile, just a dude who loves music, and decent gear to hear it with.

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    Difference in ears? I too prefer the sound of the A1 over the A3. It seems to have more detail in the midrange and a more balanced sound to me in the frequencies it does play. It just depends on what you are looking for in a speaker.

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    Wow, interesting. I auditioned both for fun after I received my A3's and cannot understand how anyone could prefer the A1. The A1 is awesome, but I find the A3 quite superior.

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    I wish I had a local place to demo all of this stuff.
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