I wrote a long and descriptive review about my new RTi-A9 speakers, but the forum decided to log me out and I lost all of my post. In any case, here is a shortened version....
I am new to the Polk community, both as a forum member and as a customer of Polk products. I took advantage of a great holiday sale in Canada (from Future Shop) and purchased a pair of RTi-A9 towers ($800 for the pair). I am very hopeful that these Polk speakers can be split into a separate 2-channel stereo one day (as I accumulate all the necessary components for a second stereo setup).
My Current 2-Channel Setup
Cambridge Audio Azur 840E Preamp
Carver M-1.5t Amp (completely refurbed and upgraded by Rolland @ Hi-Tech Audio)
Cambridge Audio DAC Magic
Marantz DV8400 Transport + SACD
Tannoy DMT 12 Studio Monitor (Monitor Gold dual concentric drivers)
2 x Velodyne EQ-Max 15 (stereo subwoofers)
Homemade CAT6 speaker cables (bi-wire setup; 4 interwoven CAT6 cables / channel)
After hooking up the Polks and removing the Tannoy speakers, I was shocked at how poorly the Polks reproduce midrage / vocal sounds. The jazz SACD content playing sax and clarinet sounds good, but it's not as real and "believable" as the Tannoy speakers. The Polk's sound-stage and imaging are quite impressive though, even when I'm 20-30 degrees off axis.
Overall, I've put only 10 - 15 hours of "break-in" time on these speakers and I'm curious to know if properly breaking in these speakers will make such a large difference in the quality of the midrange / vocal sound. I'm very perplexed by the large gap I've noticed between other user reviews of these speakers and my own experience.
I've also read that the factory built crossovers in these speakers are made with cheap components, so this may have a large impact on the quality of the sound.
I'd love to hear from other Polk customers, especially those that own the RTi-A9 speakers, because I'm quite disappointed with their performance (especially for an MSRP of $2,000).