After listening to several sets of speakers and deciding on "the one", last weekend I adopted a pair of RTiA7 towers in black. I had the opportunity to home demo the RTiA9 and LSiM 705, both of which showed a fatal flaw in my system chain, power. So I went a little smaller but not bookie, Sunday the 29th I spent a good time auditioning a pair of Klipsch RF-82 and RTiA5, both had their strong points and weak points. I knew I was narroing down to the final selection with these two BUT was finding the highs on the Klipsch to be harsh sounding and kind of upsetting to my ears but good mid and lows. The RTiA5, smooth highs great midrange and they would most definitely need a sub to have enough bass to satisfy me. Then the idiot salesman decides I'm not done auditioning speakers and fires up a totally separate system with the RTiA7s on the end...an hour later of force feeding the system with my iPhone as a source, I knew that indeed I found my poison.
So herein lies my "Polk era" a pair of shiny new and on sale RTIA7s were loaded into the half ton and dragged happily home. Within an hour of arrival the old towers were displaced into the storage room and the Polks went into their place. Hooked up to the HK 3490 receiver and powered up at home. iPod hooked up for access to 2,900 songs, nothing Telarc mastered. and initial listening commenced, I did kinda up crank it up real high briefly at one point but backed it off to normal listening volumes. the first day, sounded great, without any toe fiddling etc. the imaging to ME was dead center between the towers, but I figured, give them a week of continuous work, iPod fed receiver low volume (lower than you'd run a TV at for the news), bass boosted and just let the cones, breath for a week.
Day 6, Installed the TT into the chain, dropped AC/DC Highway To Hell on the platter and pressed Start, This is what I consider, my kind of reference material. Let this redneck noob share his thoughts. And yes F1 and DSkip...I closed my eyes for a bit...sitting right in the middle, 7 feet back from the wall of sound, speakers approximately 6 feet apart.
Image, Bon Scott, planted right dead center. Still no toe in.
Staging, Angus coming from the right all the way thru HTH, Malcolm from the left as you'd expect, great separation in my mind's eye.
Bass, Strong at moderate to high volumes, kind of weak at lower volumes say that TV news volume level and lower. Picked up a Klipsch KSW10, fixed that issue, replacing the weird 12 inch pile of **** (Yes, I did asterisks myself !)
Overall sound quality before sub added. At moderate to higher volume levels, IMPRESSIVE. Bass is strong, clear and defined, no flab. Midrange is also clear and blends in well with the tweeters to form what I consider, a smooth sound with enough directive that I like. again at the lower levels the bass is a little weak, my only little qualm, might go away after a while so we shall see.
Admittedly, I'm no authority on audio and as always everyone's perceptions are always different and that's what makes this and all the upgrades I've done to my living room system, worth each and every penny.
Value, well, up here in the Great White North...the RTiA7 normally retails for $629.99 per tower. The local store that I purchased them from had them on sale for $399.99 and one of the towers I bought was open box in the truest sense of the word the box was opened but the plastic bag the tower was carfully wrapped in, was never opened. So the salesman knocked another $20 per tower off that price. for a piece of tape being cut on one box. $379.99 per tower. I think that's a spectacular value for what's making me one happy man.
Again, take this mini review for what it's worth, I ain't no pro, if the terminology is wrong...big deal. they are my words, my thoughts and I own the things and I'm HAPPY, that's what counts, right ?