I am new here and am deciding between some Polk Speakers here in Melbourne, Australia. I have never owned Polk before but read favourably about them. Below is my current setup.
Yamaha Natural Sound Receiver RX-V493
Technics SH-8025 7-band Stereo Graphic Equaliser
Sony Bravia KDL-47W800A
Roland Edirol MA-20D Monitor Speakers via a HTPC Optical out (Why - because they are not compatible with the Yamaha with my current cabling).
The edirols sound weak - they are ok for music recording to mix songs and disect sounds but they are not very pleasant for normal stereo music listening.
I am trying to decide between a RTi A1 and a TSi 200.
Q1 : I see that the A1's have Bi-Amp inputs which I may be able to use with the Yamaha amp I have. Is that possible? Would I get a better more well rounded sound?
Q2 : The A1's have a greater frequency response : 60-26k Hz vs 50-24k Hz and why when the 200's have 2 bass driver speakers. Is it because of the Polymer Composite vs the Organic Fiber?
Q3 : I listened at 2 separate stores to the A3 side by side with the A1 and prefer the A1. I then sought out the 200's and listened today. They sounded surprisingly well rounded and equivalent to the A1 but with a feeling that the bass was more clearly defined and less woofy at volume. I didn't compare them side by side and the setup was apples vs oranges (High End Rotel on the A1 and Low End Onkyo on the 200's) as in Australia the two lines are sold in separate stores because the TSi line is exclusive to Harvey Norman. Even though they were not compared side by side, does this sound reasonable?
Q4 : With my Yamaha and EQ would I be able to configure the system enough to make either speaker a clear winner? If so which speaker?
Price : They are both a similar price so I am only concerned about the sound.
Location : They will sit on either side of my TV and turntable on a wooden TV stand that is 60cm high.
Flooring / Room : Apartment. Bamboo hard floor in a single 5.5m x 10m space. (Our lounge, dinning and kitchen). The speakers are facing the 5.5m length at one end. Height of ceiling is 2.26m. 3 walls solid plaster, 1 5.5m side is floor to ceiling Double Glazed Glass.
Music Tastes : Lots of low volume classical. Medium Volume Psychedelica (Clearlight, Edgar Broughton band, Love, Fairfield Child). High volume heavy rock (Melvins, Zeni Geva, Nirvana, Monster Magnet).
Movies : Anything - mainly torrented.
I hope I provided enough info.
Thanks in advanced for reading and responding,