I need help making a decision. Got the Tsi100's, less than a month ago, when they were on sale for $109 (ordered them from polkaudio.com). Saw the Rti4's for $119.0 on frys.com, looked up some reviews and comparisons and decided to grab a pair ($127.00 after taxes).
I am not an audiophile and I dont think I can tell subtle differences. I did a comparison in the store, the Rti4's seemed clearer more pleasing to the ears. The Tsi100's were definitely louder at the same volume setting. Both speaker pairs appeared to have been abused in the store as I could hear distortion from both sets of tweeters. I was still not sold on the Rti4;s but I bought them anyway because of the reviews.
Came home, hooked them up, didnt notice anything that would impress me over the Tsi100. I was disappointed that I had to increase my volume by 2-3 points to get to the same level as the Tsi100's (similar experience in the store).
My setup is:
Sony STRDH130 in A+B mode ($119)
A speakers (Tsi100 / Rti4) ($109 / $127)
B speakers (Pioneer SW8 subwoofer) ($69)
I went ahead an requested a return label for the Tsi's since I was about to hit the 30 day window. So, I need to make a decision whether to pack the Tsi100's or return the Rti4's to Frys. Maybe, I am expecting too much from the Rti4's? Maybe my setup/position is not optimal? Some help in this regard ?
I will post pictures of my setup. Apologize for any typos, typed in a hurry.