Free Shipping on All Orders 1-866-764-1801

Vist our Online Store
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 20 of 20
  1. #1

    Member Sales Rating: (6)

    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    16,227

    Default Any new info on Polk XM tuner?

    Any news on the proposed Polk XM home tuner? My checkbook is at the "ready." ;)

    Ken?
    Paul?
    Big Matt?
    Class? anyone? Bueller?

    "Build it, and they will come."
    Last edited by steveinaz; 06-21-2004 at 03:53 PM.

    Source: Squeezebox Touch/CIA Power Supply
    DAC: Benchmark DAC/PRE
    Linestage: Placette RVC Passive
    Power Amp: Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers: Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 Monitor
    Subwoofer: SVS PB12-NSD

  2. #2
    Polkosaurus Rex
    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Polk Audio
    Posts
    272

    Default

    We are still in the development phase so there really aren't any firm details at this point. Conservative estimates are that product details will be settled and released sometime between late July and early September and product will be available for sale in early November. The only thing that is fairly certain is that the MSRP will be around $330. And of course it will be perfect.

    We know with certainty that there is lots of room to improve on the D/A and gain stages of what is currently available for in-home XM.

    Set that money aside and don't waste it on useless junk like rent and food. We are very anxious to get our greedy hands on your money. Wish it could be now. :p

  3. #3

    Member Sales Rating: (6)

    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    16,227

    Default

    Thanks Paul for taking the time, sounds good to me.

    These cheesy portable XM tuners just don't cut it. Output is too low and high frequencies seem severely rolled-off...is Polk gonna improve upon these known issues? (I know, silly question...)
    Last edited by steveinaz; 06-22-2004 at 05:14 PM.

    Source: Squeezebox Touch/CIA Power Supply
    DAC: Benchmark DAC/PRE
    Linestage: Placette RVC Passive
    Power Amp: Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers: Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 Monitor
    Subwoofer: SVS PB12-NSD

  4. #4

    Member Sales Rating: (6)

    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    16,227

    Default

    Oh, Paul...I posted news of the up and coming XM tuner on the XM radio forum...





    ...Polk better build ALOT of these! Those folk's are excited!!!

    Source: Squeezebox Touch/CIA Power Supply
    DAC: Benchmark DAC/PRE
    Linestage: Placette RVC Passive
    Power Amp: Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers: Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 Monitor
    Subwoofer: SVS PB12-NSD

  5. #5
    Polkosaurus Rex
    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Polk Audio
    Posts
    272

    Default

    We certainly know we can solve the output issue with a better op amp. That in turn should improve S/N ratio. We suspect a better D/A converter will yield sonic improvements and possibly take care of the high frequency roll off you're hearing.

    Thanks for posting the news on the XM Forum. My biggest fear is that we won't have enough of these puppies. Everyone I've run into says, "hey, I want one of those."

  6. #6

    Member Sales Rating: (14)

    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Pa
    Posts
    13,434

    Default

    Thats because its cool My man.If one was built to gear size with better DAC's and the ability to connect good cable to they would sell madly.We sell the cheap ones already with stellar results.

    Dan
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.

  7. #7

    Member Sales Rating: (1)

    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    1,898

    Default

    I also noticed the low output (gain) and rolled off high frequencies of both XM and Sirius. These both need improvement.

    Also, as mentioned already, give us a preout with something we don't need to connect with a 1/8 inch minijack to rca splitter (female). I would like to see regular RCA outputs so that nice interconnects could be used with the tuner.

  8. #8

    Member Sales Rating: (6)

    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    16,227

    Default

    Amen to that Pjdami. Alot of folks on the XM forum are screaming for a digital output as well...

    Source: Squeezebox Touch/CIA Power Supply
    DAC: Benchmark DAC/PRE
    Linestage: Placette RVC Passive
    Power Amp: Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers: Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 Monitor
    Subwoofer: SVS PB12-NSD

  9. #9

    Member Sales Rating: (4)

    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Southern New Jersey, the clean part, where all the manure is...
    Posts
    5,190

    Default

    I haven't heard XM, but I listen to Sirius. Any Big difference?

    Will they come out with something for Sirius also, or is this a strategic alliance with XM???
    I smell ass, burning ass, glowing cherry red spanked ass.

    RT1

  10. #10

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    983

    Default

    Well, they teamed up with Delphi for the Polk/MOMO amps, and assuming it's the same Delphi that does XM tuners, I doubt they will do a Sirius system.
    LSi 9/C/FX
    Arcam AVR-200

  11. #11

    Member Sales Rating: (58)

    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    6 Underground
    Posts
    25,306

    Default

    Sirius is a Delphi wanna-be :D

  12. #12

    Member Sales Rating: (4)

    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Southern New Jersey, the clean part, where all the manure is...
    Posts
    5,190

    Default

    That's cool. I aust get the sirius with my sattelite service. My goal is to have the same tunes playing all over the yard. The yard is around five acres, though.

    I can do it now with just the HT rig, but I have to crank it and open all the windows. That works, but on the hot muggy days, it ain't cool w/ the AC shut off.

    If I set up four smaller zones, I think it'd be better. But to spend over $1200 on just the tuners...

    I don't wanna runn all that wire, what about wireless transmission?

    Doro, your the sprint network guru, help a brother out, (and no she won't let me put up no big ass tower...:D )
    I smell ass, burning ass, glowing cherry red spanked ass.

    RT1

  13. #13

    Member Sales Rating: (6)

    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    16,227

    Default

    Originally posted by amulford
    I haven't heard XM, but I listen to Sirius. Any Big difference?

    Will they come out with something for Sirius also, or is this a strategic alliance with XM???
    From the press release I read, it was strictly a Polk/XM deal. Who knows what the future may bring....

    Most folks prefer XM because of better coverage (2 satellites vs 1 for Sirius). As far as content goes, its a subjective thing.

    Source: Squeezebox Touch/CIA Power Supply
    DAC: Benchmark DAC/PRE
    Linestage: Placette RVC Passive
    Power Amp: Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers: Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 Monitor
    Subwoofer: SVS PB12-NSD

  14. #14

    Member Sales Rating: (1)

    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    West Des Moines, IA
    Posts
    3,221

    Default

    Sirius has 2 satellites also. Don't be hatin'! ;)

  15. #15
    Polkosaurus Rex
    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Polk Audio
    Posts
    272

    Default

    Steve is right, we will be doing XM only. We think all satellite radio is cool and we respect what Sirius is doing, but we prefer XM for several reasons. XM's satellites are in geo-synchronous orbit and we believe XM to be less prone to drop outs. We feel that XM's audio quality is better than Sirius. XM has a much larger base of subscribers (about 3 times as many). As excited as you guys might be about a product like this, in the big world outside of audio buff-dom, this is a niche product that will appeal to a small percentage of satellite subscribers. Having a big subscriber base makes the product more economically viable for us. On top of all that we just happen to be XM users and fans so it was natural for us to approach XM first with our product ideas. Luckily they liked our product concept This is a great partnership that we are happy to be in.

  16. #16

    Member Sales Rating: (7)

    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    lookin' for fava beans and a nice chianti
    Posts
    12,608

    Default

    huh huh huh........He said geo-synchronous........

    I'm actually pretty interested in one of these myself, actually.

    BDT
    I plan for the future. - F1Nut

  17. #17

    Member Sales Rating: (17)

    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Northern Colorado
    Posts
    12,054

    Default

    Originally posted by amulford
    I don't wanna runn all that wire, what about wireless transmission?
    That is an easy one. Buy one of the FM transmitters you use between a walkman and your car FM tuner. Make sure you buy a portable one (they have an actual antenna, not a cable that goes in line with your car antenna), hook it up to the preamp output jacks of your stereo and you are on the air. Of course the unit will have to be mounted outside where it wont get wet. The range on the unit should be close to your yard parameter so far as it is line of site. I bought mine for just this purpose but have only played with it. It easily reaches throughout my small yard from inside the house but would do a lot further if I mounted it outside.
    madmax
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D

  18. #18

    Member Sales Rating: (1)

    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    1,898

    Default

    Looks like the competition will be with the Sirius' Kenwood DT7000S home tuner. It has the L/R analog outputs and digital Toslink optical output for a home based system.

    Retails for $299 (price at Crutchfield).

    I've got Sirius right now and do suffer from dropouts
    :(

    However, I could be easily persuaded over to XM with the Polk receiver.
    Attached Images  

  19. #19

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    983

    Default

    Originally posted by pjdami
    Sirius' Kenwood DT7000S home tuner.
    Damn, that thing is ugly.

    It's like "Let's do pleasing aluminum hues, but go with a UFO design."

    "Awesome, ship it."

    hahahahaha, dorks.
    LSi 9/C/FX
    Arcam AVR-200

  20. #20

    Member Sales Rating: (58)

    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    6 Underground
    Posts
    25,306

    Default

    I demo'd an Audiogon, VMPS subwoofer, for Hoosier21, and the owner had that Kenwood/Sirius piece. It worked, satellite is satellite for the DC area. It performed as advertised.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

     

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts