OK I was at the local Circuit City and found a pair of 55i's and a 400i center open box, picked them up.
I have been listening back and forth between the 1C's and the 55i's. Looking for the magical midrange everyone was talking about in the RTi line, how it was cleaner smoother more presence and whatever else was given to these speakers (reference the kicking SDA's in the nuts).
I like the RT55i's alright, but I don't find the muddy midrange that lacks definition on the 1C's, in fact it was very clean and pleasant.
So here is my thoughts on how somebody might "Think" the 55's have better, cleaner mid-range, lack of bass in the 55's
I am sure this just pissed off a few owners of the RT55i, but what I am saying is if you don't have the bottom end (guys we are talking about a bookshelf speaker here) and the midrange is there naked it might be you "Think" it is cleaner and better.
Wanted to start an interesting thread, this the best I could do, if you don't like this I have a few subwoofer connection questions.