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    Default Polk Audio Vs. Klipsch speakers, which is better?

    I have a Yamaha RX-V757 7.1 reciever, and I was thinking about going with Polk Audio RTi6 for fronts, CSi5 for center and FXi5 for surround backs. And Klipsch speakers in the same price range. What would be better?

    Also, What speaker would be good for the surround speakers since I can have surround back and surround speakers?

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    No one can tell you which speakers are 'best'. You'd have to look at the spec sheet and compare their power handling, construction materials, frequency response, impedance levels, efficiency, etc. to determine which are 'best'. However, audio is a subjective thing, and it doesn't really matter how a speaker looks on paper but how it sounds to you. The only way to get an accurate answer to your question is to find a store that sells Polk and Klipsch (or two stores, each carrying one), and audition them.

    Having said that, Polk and Klipsch, I would say, are two very very different speakers. Polk typically, I believe, has silk dome tweeters that are 'smoother', 'softer', and 'mellower'. Klipsch uses aluminum (or titanium...I forgot which) compression dome tweeters with horns that make for 'hard', 'detailed', 'crisp', and some would say 'harsh' sound. It really depends on what strikes your fancy.

    As you can tell from looking at my signature, I'm a fan of Klipsch speakers. I don't find them harsh at all with my Yamaha receiver, and I'm in love with their sound. However, you may think they're the brightest things you've ever heard. I haven't critcally listened to (well, anything, lol) Polk speakers, so I can't say much about them, but again, it comes down to what you and your ears like.

    Go out and listen and decide for yourself.
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    Only you can say which is better to your ears. For me personally, I much prefer the more laid back, warmer sound of a Polk Audio speaker to a Klipsch. I have auditioned everything from Klipsch Reference to their THX Ultra 2 systems and in every case, the brightness gives me a headache if listened to long enough...I never have this fatiguing sound out of a Polk speaker...especially when combined with a Harman/Kardon receiver.
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    Well, this being a Polk forum and all....I'm willing to bet the concensus here would be Polk. Go to the Klipsch forum and they will probably say Klipsch.

    Go listen to them both and pick the ones YOU like.

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    In seperate listening tests the Klipsch speakers always sounded brighter than all others being compared to. It is a very different sound than Polk but even some Polk speakers labeled as bright like the RTi8, are still warmer when compared to any of the Klipsch offerings. For this very same reason I decided to go with Polk as the Harman Kardon receiver I own is already brighter than the Sony I used to have. Im on my way to pick up a pair of M70s for $630@CC which I prefered them over the bright RTi8 and even brighter Klipsch speakers. I hope the HK + Monitor 70 combo works out as I am tired of looking for speakers.

    The point here is that even speakers from the same manufacturer can sound different and it is best for you to sample them with your own music. Even a receiver can make speakers sound different so try them out at home with your gear.

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    That has to be the first time I've ever heard anyone say that their HK was brighter than a Sony.
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    ^ Sorta what I thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdogroeder
    I have a Yamaha RX-V757 7.1 reciever, and I was thinking about going with Polk Audio RTi6 for fronts, CSi5 for center and FXi5 for surround backs. And Klipsch speakers in the same price range. What would be better?

    Also, What speaker would be good for the surround speakers since I can have surround back and surround speakers?
    Bose are better than Polk and Klipsch.. you knucklehead.
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    Rofl
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    Why Polk is better of course.

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    Also keep in mind how your room is decorated. Wood floors, minimalist furniture and window coverings will only exaggerate Klipsch's bright sound. On the other hand, if you have lost a little bit of high frequency hearing or heavy capeting and furniture you may find the Klipsch's meet your tastes ideally. If at all possible, home demo both sets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ND13
    That has to be the first time I've ever heard anyone say that their HK was brighter than a Sony.

    Its true the new 698 598 and 998 also 997 are warmer even the cnet.com reviewer of the 698 thought the receiver was laid back and recommended the klipsch speakers for it. I kind of liked the low end output but you cant beat that crystal clear Harman Sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reeltrouble1
    Why Polk is better of course.

    RT1 ;)
    Well, if we're going to do that.....KLIPSCH!!


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    I really like the Klipsch sound, I just hate the name! :D

    Polk all the way baby! The RTi6 is an outstanding speaker! One of my favorites to listen to when I go on my monthly trip to Tweeter to "play".
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    polk vs. klipsch?

    you gotta me ****ing kidding me.

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    Drunk eh? ^^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey_V
    Drunk eh? ^^^
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    One thing I can tell you for sure. I work with a lot of guys that have sold lots of different kinds of speakers, but they've all sold Klipsch at one point or another. And their absolute and consistent consensus is that Klipsch sucks. Fatiguing as all hell, which is probably why they all hate them, as they had to spend a good deal of time around them. Imagine your music coming out of a bullhorn, and you have a general idea of how Klipsch sounds. Polk is a much better speaker in my opinion, and will better display the benefits of better gear (better amp, cables, recordings) than Klipsch. Klipsch bass also tends to be boomy and messy, not articulate. As everyone said, I suggest you audition yourself, but you asked for our opinions, so there it is.
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    When I sell Klipsch speakers to my clients, I never sell a Yamaha receiver along with speakers. It sounds fine if you run it at low volume, but when you crank it up your ears start to bleed. I always push Denon to match the characteristics of the Klipsch speakers. You get a much warmer sound when you crank them harder and the Denon seems to handle the lower impedances with more authority and punch. Polk's would be the best match in my opinion for your current setup.

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    Oh, NM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregure
    Imagine your music coming out of a bullhorn, and you have a general idea of how Klipsch sounds.
    No, don't do that. Go listen to them; then you'd have a pretty good idea of what they sound like.


    Quote Originally Posted by jrausch
    When I sell Klipsch speakers to my clients, I never sell a Yamaha receiver along with speakers. It sounds fine if you run it at low volume, but when you crank it up your ears start to bleed.
    I've never regretted pairing my Klipsch RF-35 with my Yamaha receiver.



    All this does is to stress even more how subjective all of this is. Go out and listen to this stuff. Then come tell us what you found out.


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    Aww, I wanted to see what you said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eman
    It is a very different sound than Polk but even some Polk speakers labeled as bright like the RTi8, .

    Funny how the same line up RTi :4, 6,8,10,12 have the same tweets yet some say the one is brighter than the others. Wouldn't that be like saying the Pontiac Vibe goes faster then the Matrix?

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    Default Polk vs. Klipsch?

    I did go out and listen to them, and I was surprised at how much of a difference there is. The Klipsch were much higher with there highs and Polk were a softer smoother sounding. I think I will be going with Polk.
    Thanks guys for all your opions and help.

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    Klipsch speakers give me a headache. To harsh

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    I dont share the same anti-Klipsch sentiment some have. I think they are fine speakers and are excellent for HT due to their high efficiency and the transient dynamics that the horns give them.

    That said, I feel that for music and critical listening, they are a bit too forward and they certainly arent something you want to listen to when you're trying to relax or if you have a slight headache you want to get rid of.

    Klipsch has a WOW factor that usually impresses the newbie listener within the first 2 minutes of hearing them. The clarity, the emphasis on the vocals, etc. However, fatigue sets in and Klipsch is bashed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willow
    Funny how the same line up RTi :4, 6,8,10,12 have the same tweets yet some say the one is brighter than the others. Wouldn't that be like saying the Pontiac Vibe goes faster then the Matrix?
    depends on the power to weight ratio. Also depends on the transmission gearing. To many factors here for that point to be right. ;)

    Now I hear a difference between the speakers even though they have the same tweeters. Did you even put into consideration the x-over and how it's effecting the tweeter/sound? What about the enclosure dynamics? I'm sure those would change the sound as well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willow
    Funny how the same line up RTi :4, 6,8,10,12 have the same tweets yet some say the one is brighter than the others. Wouldn't that be like saying the Pontiac Vibe goes faster then the Matrix?

    Well, if a speaker has less output in the mid or lower frequencies then the highs will stand out more so I would describe them as being brighter - how else to describe this I dont think there is another way.

    The RTis dont all have the same response so therefore they sound different.

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    Polk and Klipsch......the two most opposite sopunding speakers I ever heard. Oh wait a minute, they are the only two brands I have ever owned. :D
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