Anybody else have that one pair of speakers that for some reason perform MUCH better in your rig than they're suppose to?
You know, something not considered high end, but for some reason, they can compete with much more expensive and higher end speakers in your personal set up.
For me, it would be the Polk RT1000p. I believe they came out in the late 90's. Tri-lam tweeter, 6.5" mid range in their own sealed enclosure, and 6.5" powered woofer.
At the moment, I own 4 pairs of speakers but I've sold many others. Some of the great stuff I've used are Maggies (model escaped my mind, it's 12QR or something), Klipsch La Scala, Mirage M3-si, Klipsch Cornwall.
My main speakers are the Lowthers. I also have a pair of LSi9 which I haven't heard in years.
For some reason these old Polks can satisfy me as much as my other speakers, even though they're not suppose to be as good. I'm currently powering them with my NAD seperates and I'm in heaven. They also work just as good on my single ended tube amps. They're so well balanced from top to bottom and cast an extremely dynamic sound with incredible power. They have that powerful "live" feel to the sound where you can hear the heft and weight of the sound.
I used to own a pair of RT800i which I sold to my friend. The 800i's sounded amazing in my rig, but in his set up it was very forward, a little harsh and bright. Bass is a little boomy in his set up as well. His gear isn't as good as mine, but the sound character is night and day difference.
I've come to the conclusion that these Polks sound so good because their sound character, dispersion, etc work out great with my room acoustics. For some reason they just click in my listening environment. The RT speakers with tri-lam tweeters sound so good in my set up but not even close in other set ups/demos I've heard.
These speakers will continue to get rotation in my rig and I'm never selling them. I've been listening to them again for the past week and I'm so impressed with the sound.
Anybody else experience this? Weather it was due to room acoustics, gear combination, or both? I'm not talking "high end" speakers. Just something most would consider average, but for some reason you get amazing sound quality in your rig using them.