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    There is a pair of these for sale in the nearby area. Was wondering what everyones thoughts were on them. They look quite similar to the Monitor 60's that I currently have, but I know some of Polks vintage stuff is just better. Also in the same are is a set of Monitor 7c's for around the same price.

    They are rated at 6ohms which my amp can do. Any comments would be appreciated.
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    My RTA-8T's have served me well for 20 years and climbing.
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    Very nice speaker, a step up from the monitor 60's. Very musical but lack in the bass department. You won't find a better speaker for the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leroyjr1 View Post
    Very nice speaker, a step up from the monitor 60's. Very musical but lack in the bass department. You won't find a better speaker for the price.
    +1, got to go with Cathy and Leroy on this one. Definitely the 8s over the M60s. Actually I kind of wish Polk would bring back that design and have said so before in a thread...somewhere?

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    I thought the 8Ts had surprising bass output on my rig. Solid to 40hz with plenty of impact. I liked them better than RTi8s. It's either these or LS50s as my favorite short Polk tower.

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    I own a pair myself. You won't be disappointed with them. You can throw a ton of juice to them and they scoff and say " Is that all ya got?" Good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Temple View Post
    I thought the 8Ts had surprising bass output on my rig. Solid to 40hz with plenty of impact. I liked them better than RTi8s. It's either these or LS50s as my favorite short Polk tower.
    I've got 8T's in my my office rig and LS50's in my HT rig. Both very nice speak's IMO.

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    Love my 8T''s no problem with bass here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leroyjr1 View Post
    Very nice speaker, a step up from the monitor 60's. Very musical but lack in the bass department. You won't find a better speaker for the price.
    Plenty of bass with a good amp. A good amp will make them sing. Don't try them on a HT receiver or you won't have bass to speak of.
    They're a very musical speaker but need to be properly driven.

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    I thought the sounded pretty good with ASL Wave 25 tube monoblocks. And now they sound pretty good with an Aiwa mini all in one stereo in my garage.
    I like speakers that are bigger than a small refrigerator but smaller than a big refrigerator:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by HB27 View Post
    Plenty of bass with a good amp. A good amp will make them sing. Don't try them on a HT receiver or you won't have bass to speak of.
    They're a very musical speaker but need to be properly driven.

    Everyones definition of good bass will differ. Tried mine on my Adcom 5802 & Rotel 1090 with a pre amp.

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    I should have been clearer. They sounded very good on an average Denon DRA 395 80wpc receiver but when I hooked them up to the NAD 2600 it was a whole NEW ballgame sportsfans. I didn't know they had that much bass in them. The overall quality of the speaker took on new dimensions.

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    8T's were the first polk's i had (they weren't vintage then!) and missing their sound is what lead me to return to (now vintage) polk. i have monitor 5jr's series 2 which have the same woofer and tweeter as the 8T's. love the sound. some people complain about harshness from the tweeters. i've not found that to be the case as i have with say klipsch speakers of the same era... you can replace the tweeters with silk ones if you find them to be too harsh... if this mod hasn't been done already... many people here are far more knowledgeable about this than myself however...

    the speakers need a lot of and the right kind of power for optimum sound... so be sure your amp is up for the task. i underpowered mine for the first few years i had them and ended up ruining several sets of tweeters... finally when i got them hooked up to a proper power amp the sound i got was right on point.

    if the price is right... and the speakers and grills are in good condition... and you have the room.. i wouldn't hesitate...

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    I'm very happy with the 8's I have for the rears in my HT set-up.

    I choose those over my M7 series2.

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    Default Polk RTA 8T's with Pioneer SX-780

    Hey guys,

    I am diving headfirst into this whole audiophile thing (on a budget). I pulled my parents RTA 8t's out of storage and am powering them with a recently purchased Pioneer SX-780. Some have mentioned that these speakers need a good amp to sing....my question is, will my SX-780 be enough? It's rated as something like 38watts, but thats 1970's watts (which from what I've read are more true to form than today's ratings). I am in the middle of doing a crossover mod to tighten them up (bought a kit online specifically designed for the 8t's), but with only 30-40watts going to these puppies, will that be enough to unlock the full effect of these quality speakers?

    My initial idea was to take these speakers, the SX-780, and an old Pioneer PL-117d turntable and create my own vintage hifi. But, in all honestly, I am very new to all this. Any recommendations / advice is greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buschy2586 View Post
    Hey guys,

    I am diving headfirst into this whole audiophile thing (on a budget). I pulled my parents RTA 8t's out of storage and am powering them with a recently purchased Pioneer SX-780. Some have mentioned that these speakers need a good amp to sing....my question is, will my SX-780 be enough? It's rated as something like 38watts, but thats 1970's watts (which from what I've read are more true to form than today's ratings). I am in the middle of doing a crossover mod to tighten them up (bought a kit online specifically designed for the 8t's), but with only 30-40watts going to these puppies, will that be enough to unlock the full effect of these quality speakers?

    My initial idea was to take these speakers, the SX-780, and an old Pioneer PL-117d turntable and create my own vintage hifi. But, in all honestly, I am very new to all this. Any recommendations / advice is greatly appreciated.

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    Welcome to CP. I run mine off a vintage Marantz, 52 WPC. Very pleased with the pairing...

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    Looks like you're buying some 8t's Dan

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    That receiver specs out at 45wpc @ 8ohm on vintage hi-fi. It should push the 6ohm rta8t's without a problem & should sound very nice. I have owned a pair in the past & enjoyed them very much. Perfect size towers that dont take up room & nice on the ears/eyes too
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    Quote Originally Posted by ken brydson View Post
    Welcome to CP. I run mine off a vintage Marantz, 52 WPC. Very pleased with the pairing...
    Welcome to the forum Buschey. I enjoy some vintage Marantz. Many models seem to pair well with vintage Polk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitdogg2 View Post
    Looks like you're buying some 8t's Dan
    Nope, I have my 11TL's, and they wont be going anywhere besides the "upgrade" factory.

    New poster bumped my old thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post
    Nope, I have my 11TL's, and they wont be going anywhere besides the "upgrade" factory.

    New poster bumped my old thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buschy2586 View Post
    Hey guys,

    I am diving headfirst into this whole audiophile thing (on a budget). I pulled my parents RTA 8t's out of storage and am powering them with a recently purchased Pioneer SX-780. Some have mentioned that these speakers need a good amp to sing....my question is, will my SX-780 be enough? It's rated as something like 38watts, but thats 1970's watts (which from what I've read are more true to form than today's ratings). I am in the middle of doing a crossover mod to tighten them up (bought a kit online specifically designed for the 8t's), but with only 30-40watts going to these puppies, will that be enough to unlock the full effect of these quality speakers?

    My initial idea was to take these speakers, the SX-780, and an old Pioneer PL-117d turntable and create my own vintage hifi. But, in all honestly, I am very new to all this. Any recommendations / advice is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

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    You can forget about that "1970's watts versus some other time frame watts" hogwash. When represented/described accurately, 38 watts rms is 38 watts rms and that's that. 38wpc doesn't leave much room to spare when trying to drive something like the 8T to anything close to a satisfying level. You get carried away with that amp and it is going to be sound on the edge/tweeters DEPARTING on the edge through the whole affair. 50 or 60 wpc is where operations start to get safe, and crescendos much less congested and confusing.

    Anything SS with less than 40wpc is something I would relegate to background listening and nothing more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pitdogg2 View Post
    surround/ambiance duty
    LOL, well the 11TL's are great fronts, so honestly 8T's would be the surrounds in that mix, unless I scored some SDA's and a CSi5 to go with them, in which case you may be correct...

    But since this is my 2 channel room... doubtful....
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    Man you're really a Debbie Downer when it comes to spending your money.......

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    If BUSCHY2586's Pioneer is rated 45wpc @ 8ohm. When its hooked to 6 ohm speakers that would mean more WPC. shouldnt that be enought to operate it. Yes i know they need more watts to bring out the best of them at higher volumes. But one would think a Pioneer s 780 hooked to a pair of RTA8t should sound pretty good. What are your impressions BUSCHY2586
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    Will the Pioneer drive the speakers, yes, will it sound good yes, will it sound better with more power ABSOLUTELY!

    I originally had my RTA-8Ts driven with a 50 wpc Rotel amp. I didn't know what I was missing until I hooked them up to a 205wpc Parasound amp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrizz View Post
    Will the Pioneer drive the speakers, yes, will it sound good yes, will it sound better with better power ABSOLUTELY!

    I originally had my RTA-8Ts driven with a 50 wpc Rotel amp. I didn't know what I was missing until I hooked them up to a 205wpc Parasound amp.

    Fixed. Part of the reason they sounded so good on the Parasound is that its a high-current design. Quality watts are the way to go, how many you need depends on how hungry the speakers are and what levels you listen to them at. I've never thought of vintage Polk's as particularly hungry though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    Fixed. Part of the reason they sounded so good on the Parasound is that its a high-current design. Quality watts are the way to go, how many you need depends on how hungry the speakers are and what levels you listen to them at. I've never thought of vintage Polk's as particularly hungry though.
    Agreed. I run mine off a Parasound HCA-700ii and while not super high wattage, it makes them puppies sing. I dont imagine needing more watts, and am hoping to get my tube amp back into the mix as soon as possible

    Also room size plays a factor. Bigger room may take more quality watts to fill than a small room. In my case I am 11x10 if the room was empty.
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    I still have the 8t's doing surround duty up front. After having the 8t's and 11t's I have to say that you can push the 8's with plenty of power and they will keep on pounding. The 11's, I've found, are a more sensitive speaker when it comes to pushing them. "Back then", same integrated, source, etc..., never blew anything on the 8's, blew all four drivers on the 11's. Probably in my head and probably a coincidence but it happened.

    However, I will say for all around enjoyment, unless you push speakers aplenty, the 11's are the better sounding speaker although the 8's are not far behind. Not that it matters...
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    It's Audio 101, but a really tough sell to those with their minds made up, or who just plain don't know. Underpowering hurts more speakers than overpowering. End of story. You want to use 38wpc to listen to Carole King or Simon & Garfunkel all night, go for it, you should be fine. You want to "pound on them" as was put earlier, and maybe try some Allman Bros/Fillmore East, you better get some reasonably serious amp behind them. Not only is it safer, it makes them sound better whether you "pound on them" or not.

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