So I got a really good deal on a pair of Monitor 50s.I didn't' t expect a WHOLE lot from them, seeing that original retail was, what, less than $400? So, for Christmas this past year, my wife surprised me with a nice new pre-pro from Outlaw (yes, the 975). I hooked them up, hooked it up, and thought "yeah, that's about right. Pretty good, but I need to save up and keep looking for my 'real' speakers." I decided to tune up my system with some new speaker cable, do a proper speaker placement, and break out some CDs to see (hear) the fruits of my efforts. Well, during placement experiments, I noticed some really "high end" hints coming from those speakers. My amp is Rotel, one of the good ones, not the new digital Rotel of late, so I knew the amp could sound great, reviews said the Outlaw sounds great, so I thought my wire and speakers were really holding back that sound I was looking for. So, I digress, the wire made a big difference. Placement made an even bigger difference. Then, as I am in the full throws of tweak city, I noticed ny room really echoed, a lot. So I bought a tree, and some room treatments (basically sound traps for the upper corners of my room). Wow. For the first time in YEARS, a stereo system was able to actually provoke chills! Finally, after going back and forth on the many contrasting views of bi-wiring, I figured, why not try it. The difference was definitely noticeable, to the point that it passed "the wife test." She came home and said the stereo really sounds good. You know, that is a rarity. My wife usually couldn't care less about the stereo.
I've owned many speakers, and many receivers/amps. I must say that after all the tweaking, I am truly, genuinely impressed with these budget-minded floor standers. Thank you, Polk, for making even the lower end sound high end. Makes me really look forward to a nicer set in the future, but these aren't' t getting kicked out of my room with any sense of urgency!