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    Default What model are these polk speakers ?

    I was talking with a friend and he saud he had some of these. He coundnt remember what model they were.the passives look a mess. ANY IDEA ? Thanks----randyAttachment 84739

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    Great speakers and have the Peerless tweeter as well. I had a pair and they sound great. Expensive to upgrade the crossover. The Passives are fine from what I can tell.

    I stole mine for $35.
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    Yep RTA-12s. With the Peerless tweets I would say they are originals or RTA-12As? They look to be in good shape and have the stands also. You don't see those very often. I had a set of RTA-12Bs. They are great sounding speakers. I miss mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thsmith View Post
    Great speakers and have the Peerless tweeter as well. I had a pair and they sound great. Expensive to upgrade the crossover. The Passives are fine from what I can tell.

    I stole mine for $35.
    And I traded for this pair. They were nice sounding, but I actually preferred the output of the Monitor 10's. The RTA12's always sounded thin to my ears compared to the Monitor 10, regardless of what I ran it off of. I believe that pair was original RTA-12's and didn't have a cascaded crossover. The Peerless in that pair were mounted horizontally and not vertically like the ones in the picture though, so that might be a later model and have the cascaded crossover that eventually made its way into the design.
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    RTA12. Excellent speakers.
    I had RTA-12C in almost new condition but passed them on when other speakers came in.
    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...-I-got-RTA-12C

    And I agree about crossover.
    Too many parts to replace on those.

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    Yup RTA-12s. I love mine. I am currently redoing the crossover. Its not cheap but its not that hard either. The goal is to finish up both crossovers this weekend. I hope by Sunday I will be posting photos of them with the new boards.
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    Thanks for info..we were talking earlier about them. I do recall him having them. He sent me a picture. So what better place to ask. THANK YOU.....i will forward this thread to him----randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystery View Post
    RTA12. Excellent speakers.
    I had RTA-12C in almost new condition but passed them on when other speakers came in.
    [url]http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?137952-Lookie-what-I-got-RTA-12C[/url

    And I agree about crossover.
    Too many parts to replace on those.
    ....those sure were PURDY too :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bored184 View Post
    I hope by Sunday I will be posting photos of them with the new boards.
    Please do post photos and plenty of details on your upgrade.

    I have a pair of minty RTA-12C speakers which originally came with SL-1000 tweets. I've since swapped them out for original black Peerless tweeters. I love them! Someday I also hope to upgrade the crossovers and wiring, so I'm very interested in how your project turns out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystery View Post
    RTA12. Excellent speakers.
    I had RTA-12C in almost new condition but passed them on when other speakers came in.
    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...-I-got-RTA-12C

    And I agree about crossover.
    Too many parts to replace on those.
    Yes, lots of parts and lots of $, but oh my how good they sound when you do it right! I rebuilt my RTA 12C Xovers with all Sonicap/Mills, replaced the cheesy binding posts with Cardas, installed strips of Black Hole 5 behind the MW's, and replaced all the internal wiring with teflon OCC copper wire.

    They're really exceptional.

    The speakers the OP pictured are the originals (first in the series) with only one Xover. They won't have quite the soundstage of the later models, but should still sound good. They can be driven by modestly powered amps and receivers, but if you want to hear them in their glory you have to put some current behind them.
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    I would love to hear some 12C's. My biggest complaint about the M10 and early RTA12 is the crossover network. I'm curious how much better they could've sounded with a newer design.
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    The 12Bs were no slouch either.

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