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    Quote Originally Posted by fossy View Post
    let me throw something else in the pot to think about. Don't forget about buying used. You can get alot more for the money and in your area , there should be plenty of choices. A seller offering a demo would be great .
    I don't mind used, but I have not found any in my area, I live in Delaware. However, there is an online authorized dealer who is quoting me the RTIA7 for $720 pair. is this a good price?


    I had a chance to listen to the KEF Q900 today and although it was good, I could not tell whether it had a wide soundstage or even if the sound was forward enough for me. I tried to crank up the volume but still did not get the wow factor from them. When I went in I thought that I would fall in love with these but left out feeling I should listen to other speakers before I spend my money.

    I have a feeling that I don't have an ear for these sort of things. I went to another store and listened to the Martin logan motion 40 again something was missing. Then switched to B&W CM9, these were nice, I could feel the wide soundstage, but too expensive. I also thought of trying out the energy CF50, although sounded good but not wide enough as the B&W.

    Then I went to the budget speaker section and played the Pioneers, again did not care for it much. Played the Klipsch F series, did not care for it. and then played the polk tsi, again felt that this is the kind of sound that I like, it immediately comes to you, is bright, clear whatever the word is. it just jumps at you. But don't know if it has a wide soundstage or not as it was in an isle and I could not step back.

    I have not looked into the B&W, do their entry level line also sound the same as the CM9? any recommendations, where would the emptek 55ti fall between these speakers.

    Do the RTIA7 would give the same wide soundstage as the CM9.

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    Ok, so of all the ones you've mentioned I think the KEF may be the 'best' speaker, but they are a little more laid back and a lot of people that are newer to the hobby like a more forward sound.

    People will tell you that brighter isn't really better, but at the end of the day they're your ears and you like what you like.

    Of everything mentioned MY favorites are the PSB image series, I would either get the B6 with a sub or the T6, I would skip the T5 as I don't like those smaller drivers. I personally use the B6 and absolutely love them, I've had them longer than I've ever had any other pair of speakers, and I've had LOTS of speakers. I'm not going to claim that they're the best speaker, they just fit my ear really well. They have a very slightly forward sound but really are very neutral overall, and have a wonderfully wide soundstage. They give up a little in imaging to get that soundstage, but I've always been more of a soundstage guy because I feel it immerses you in the music more and because I listen to a lot of orchestral music.

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    Sid,
    When auditioning speakers, you have to take note on the gear and cables being used. A speaker can sound very different with the right gear. Also very different in your room. Polks RTIA 7's are a good speaker, easy enough to drive with your receiver too. Go for it.

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    I have almost decided to go with the RTIA7, however I came across a store yesterday who are 1.5 hours away an are selling the
    wharfdale and paradigm speakers

    I want to add these 2 more speakers and confuse myself even further...hahha

    I found a Wharfdale 10.7 floor demo for $950 and the same store is also having a sale on Paradigm Studio 60 and 100 and the paradigm monitor 7,9 and 11.

    I don't know the price as they wont tell over the phone, you have to go to the store to get the price, its a 1.5 hour drive and I am wondering if it would be worth going there even to listen. I have heard the paradigm monitor 7 but maybe it was too small for my liking, i mean the soundstage. I can go back to the store closest to me and listen to the monitor 11 and then drive, but I am just
    wondering if I will find any difference between the polk rtia vs the wharfdale or paradigm.

    what do you guys think?

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    Doesn't matter what "we" think, it's your ears... you need to be the judge.

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    Ok, so I think I have narrowed it down to 2.

    1. Polk RTIA7
    CSIA6
    surround- (which surround?)

    I don't want the wall mounts as wife does not like them. It has to be bookshelves.

    or
    Focal Chorus - 814/716V
    Center - CC814V 800V
    Surround - FOCAL - CHORUS 705V ( this package will be around $1600)

    I don't know how will the Polks will cost.

    My wife and I both liked the Focals but we still have to listen to the Polks RTIA7 before we decide. ultimately it will come down to
    cost then looks.

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    RtiA3s you want to match the 6 1/2 drivers of the fronts.
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    I would go with FXI for surrounds, especially if your doing a 5.1 surround sound. They will fill in behind you much better than a bookshelf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbooker82 View Post
    I would go with FXI for surrounds, especially if your doing a 5.1 surround sound. They will fill in behind you much better than a bookshelf.
    I am sure they will but wife will not let me put those on the wall.

    Can you tell me the right location as I have to tell the builder about the location for 5.1 pre-wire.

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    I personally would go for the Klipsch RF series over Polk's RT series. I still have my Polk RT's but no longer own Klipsch. I've owned the RF-82, RF-82II series V and 2 models from their heritage line. With good quality amplification, the Klipsch will blow the Polks out of the water in terms of dynamics, impact and power. BUT they won't sound as balanced as the Polks in the mids. It's the price to pay for that extra dynamics you get from horns and high sensitivity. A balanced horn system cost a lot.
    So if you like dynamics and big powerful sound, Klipsch. More laid back and balanced mids, Polk. Polk will also have superior build quality to the Klipsch RF.
    The above are just my personal opinion. Even though I like the RF line more, I still enjoy my Polk RT's.
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    You don't have to wall mount the FX's, they can be put on stands, I think they would be better for surrounds in your seating location.
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    If you tried to run some Monitor 70's off a pos receiver - if you ran Monitor 70's off a NAD receiver at 100 wpc, you would sing all day. Bi wire them & you will sing louder. The Polk e bay store pricing was extremely aggressive & the speakers were brand new, never been opened packaging. That e bay store has some excellent deals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob in WI View Post
    If you tried to run some Monitor 70's off a pos receiver - if you ran Monitor 70's off a NAD receiver at 100 wpc, you would sing all day. Bi wire them & you will sing louder. The Polk e bay store pricing was extremely aggressive & the speakers were brand new, never been opened packaging. That e bay store has some excellent deals.
    What is a POS receiver, I already have a receiver Pioneer SC-1522K. Do I need to buy amplifiers etc. I just want it to be able to run on my receiver.


    Since I am nota critical listener, do you guys think it would be better if I stay with the monitor line and get the new 75T, if so which center and surround would go with those.

    I glad to know that if I go with the RTIA7 I can use the FXIA6 surround on a stand. Any stand recommendation?

    I am getting quote on the RTIA7 from a local dealer world wide stereo for the RTIA7, CSIA6 and the FXIA4 for $1550.

    Can I do better? can anyone help me find a deal?


    I want to see how much the monitor 75t series with center and surround will come out to be vs. the RTIA line.

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    Bottom line is if your not in a hurry listen to as many different speakers as you can ...also realize that your room and the listening room might be different in set up and that will have an effect on the way they sound....everyone here has his/her favorites and it will drive you crazy listening to alls advice..but all good advice and all speak from their own experinces...let your ears be the final judge......and be warned as soon as you buy a set of speakers...something better sounding will come along :). I also agree with pickiing up a good pair of used speakers as the bang for your buch is fantastic and you can flip em easy wothout losing $$$$ Have fun with it and good luch finding the speaker best suited for you...now also realize that what they are hooked up to, the wires you use, the power cords you will use,and many other factors all make a difference as well ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sid369 View Post
    What is a POS receiver, I already have a receiver Pioneer SC-1522K. Do I need to buy amplifiers etc. I just want it to be able to run on my receiver.
    POS = Piece of $hit. He just meant if you are running them off a low-end receiver.
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    I am not in a hurry but I don't want to listen to anymore speakers. I have listened to paradigm, B&W, martin logan, KEF, energy, Focals, PSB.

    Out of which Focal Chorus are another choice I am leaning towards, however, Polk is the only one which I will be listening soon(RTIA). I have heard the TSI series.

    I just now want to decide on a series of speakers, save some $$ and buy them.

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