Hello Vintage Polk Lovers..:-)
Just got my hands on an excellent condition pair of RTA12C's...I used to own a pair back in the late 80's and thought they were very nice by the standard back then. I had listened to the bigger SDA's but my heart throbbed for the RTA12's nonetheless. Fast forward to just a few days ago and snatched a pair from my friend who used to be the Polk distributor back then. We're both in our early 50's and have owned and heard quite a handful of loudspeakers. The RTA12c always held a very special place in my heart.
I'm going to do some upgrades and replace the Xover caps and resistors. I've settled on an all Solen cap replacement and Mundorf Supreme resistors. Have some nice Furutech OCC wires for the internals as well. I'll however do the electronics first and have an extended listen before changing the internal wires.
The biggest surprise in all this is how musical they sound with my Audio Note Kits amplifiers !! I tried them with 8 watts 300B's, 17 watts El84's and 35 Watts EL34's...They sang beautifully with all of them but were best controlled bythe 35 watter. I had used them back then with ok SS integrateds of that era and they sounded nice. However, I never expected them to be THAT good today. Infact, I can say that in hindsight those speakers were much ahead oftheir time. They are as good today as they were back then and even more so today. They don't sound outdated at all and are even more transparent and more detailed with the better electronics and cables i'm using with them now. I won't go into the details of their superb performance , you all already know that..:-) Their SL2000 tweeters still remains the icing on the cake..:-)
I'm very happy to have been reunited with a long lost love and am planning to keep them indefinitely.
Any comments and advice on the upgrades are very welcome.
Greetings from Egypt!