Just wanted to send out a thank you for those who have helped me with advice on the biggest and quite possibly the most impacting upgrade to my living room 2 channel system. I've always known my speakers simply for lack of a better term, SUCKED ! I did spend quite some time looked at towers, from Klipsch, Energy, Paradigm, Precision Audio, Bose (don't ask, don't tell) and several Polks. Even had the opportunity to in home audition a few models in my own home thanks to a good person I know (LSiM 705, RTiA9 but found out the receiver couldn't power those enough).
Spent a ton of time Sunday at a local big box store sampling the RTiA5...not a bad tower, dual 6.5"s, single 1 inch tweeter nice looking, nice sounding tower powered by a Pioneer S series receiver, I liked them. Then the salesman mentioned I should listen to the pair of RTiA7's on a little lesser receiver, actually nowhere close to the power my HK 3490 puts out. After a solid hour running music off my iPhone to the system my ears told me what to buy. A brand new shiny black pair of RTiA7's now take up residence on either side of my living room entertainment center. Bi-wired with my 12 gauge speaker wires without a single banana plug in sight.
Didn't get a opportunity to demo anything from Usher, no one around these parts stocks them at all from what I've found. Sad too, seems the local market only prefers certain brands of speaker and that's it. However I am happy with my selection. Anything Polk in fact made my ears happy, smooth highs, ample midrange and surprisingly in the case of the RTiA5s, bass, however the RTiA7s had more bass thanks to the dual 7 inch woofers in addition to the 6.5 inch midrange up top. Generally they sounded more rounded for my application. Knowing my receiver could actually drive them well was nice too. Not as power hungry as the RTiA9 or 705s.
I know my interconnects and speaker cabling are now in need of some upgrading, but that'll come in due time as finances allow. I'll still keep them bi-wired no matter what, yes I know the true difference between bi-wire and bi-amp. I'm just chomping at the bit as to when these babies will break in and loosen up a touch, such a nice full sound with nothing lacking.
Again, Thanks to all who replied to both my other threads, sometimes helpful, sometimes confusing but all in all, stopped me from spending money of stuff I couldn't power or put to the best use. I'd mention names but too many to list, just know this, your Polkies are a helpful bunch who know what you are talking about.
THANK YOU !
No, I'm not goin anywhere, this is a good forum, even though hosting by Polk, there is no brand bashing, no pretenses, just honesty and the goal of improving audio for everyone.