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    Default Polk Audio SR6500 Series

    Im pleased to tell to everyone that the test results are out on the SR6500 today. I received my december issue of car audio and electronics today in the mail. Just let me start by saying this is one of the best reviews ive seen on a component set. There was five test on these baby's in the music selection. Lets start with the blues music. Here's what they said on the blues selection. At moderate to high volume levels the bass reappears and the speakers don't exhibit any breakup or ear fatiguing harashness. Quite a performance. There was also a test on vocals, jazz, rock and classical. The scoring slection on the music selection was great. Blues scored a 16 out of 20 points possible. Vocal scored 17 out of 20, jazz scored 17 out of 20, rock scored 16 out of 20, and classical scored 15 out of 20. That brings the overall score on the music selection to a 81 out of 100 points possible. Now for the overall sound quality score chart here's what the scores where on that. Overall sound quality had a score of 16 out of 20 points possible. Tonal balance 8 out of 10 points possible. Low frequency extension 9 out of 10 points possible. Clarity at low volume 7 out of 10 points possible. Clarity at high volume 8 out of 10 points possible. Image Stability 8 out of 10 points possible. Listening Fatigue 9 out of 10 points possible. Flexibility of installation 15 out of 20 points possible. Now that brings the total overall score to a 80 out of 100 points possible very impressive. One thing that i want to point out about this review, is i heard nothing negative about the component set. It was all up beat thats very impressive if you ask me. In the conclusion here's what the reviewer had to say. I would heartily recommend saving up until you can afford these. You won't be disappointed if you're looking for detail, realism and above all smoothness. Kudos to matt and the engineers at polk audio.

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    is there a link to this review? or can someone scan it and attach it?
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    ^^ That'd be great as I don't subscribe to that rag. But it does sound like a good review.
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    Christ you cheapskates. Run down to the local book store and pick up a copy!

    Outstanding! Im really glad Polk sent them off to be reviewed. This will be a lot of good publicity for the SR's.

    Just for comparison, the $1200 Zapco components received 80 out of 100 with a 16 for SQ.

    And even better, the $3500 Focal Utopia BE received a 76/100 with a 15 for sound quality!

    And the $750 Polks got an 80/100 with a 16 for SQ.

    So when compared side by side with the best (and most expensive) speakers in the world, the nearly half priced Polks kick ass which is why I say theyre the best speakers on the market!!!
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    walmart doesnt carry it anymore and no one else in town that i know of has it...or else id buy it
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    why don't you just subscribe to car audio and electronics. It is only 15.95 for a full year. That's only like a 1.33 a issue compared to the 4.99 on the news stand. To me it's well worth it because i like to keep up with the new products and technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod
    Christ you cheapskates. Run down to the local book store and pick up a copy!
    Thank the good lord somebody else said it so I wouldn't have to be the big meanie again!

    Any bookstore will have the magazine. Barnes and Noble, Borders, B. Dalton, Walden Books...you name it, they all have magazine racks.
    You're just jealous 'cause the voices don't talk to you!

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    But your always the big meanie john. Just how it works around here.

    As far as the mag goes, theres only very few places around me that actually have it, and none of them am i usually near. I'll break down one day and subscribe.
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    All the major bookstores will have it. Books-a-million, B Dalton and so on. Little shops in the mall or mag stands in grocery stores may have it but probably not.
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    ...and who asked you?!

    ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by audiobliss
    ...and who asked you?!

    ;)

    Post whore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod
    Post whore.
    And again I say....who aksed you?!

    :D ;) :p :D
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    FYI, we will be buying the reprint rights for this review so eventually we will post a Acrobat Reader file of the entire review on the site. In the meantime all we can do is use excerpts. Performance Auto & Sound has a set of samples and we should be seeing a review from them in a couple of months.

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    ^ Sweet!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrBoy
    ^ Sweet!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D
    what does mine say!?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by exalted512
    what does mine say!?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by exalted512
    what does mine say!?!
    Dude!

    ...its a line from "Dude, where's my car?". Terrible movie, but it had its moments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknauss
    Dude!

    ...its a line from "Dude, where's my car?". Terrible movie, but it had its moments.
    I gotcha!
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    Paul - Since you can only post excerpts...why don't you post 1/4 of it in the Car and Audio Electronics forum, 1/4 in the Garage Sell forum, a 1/4 in the Custom Fabrication forum, and a 1/4 in the Car Subwoofer Talk forum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by "Polk" Paul DiComo
    FYI, we will be buying the reprint rights for this review so eventually we will post a Acrobat Reader file of the entire review on the site. In the meantime all we can do is use excerpts. Performance Auto & Sound has a set of samples and we should be seeing a review from them in a couple of months.

    Excellent idea.

    I strongly believe in the selling power of magazine reviews and having them on a manufacturers webiste makes it a lot more likely shoppers will see them. A lot of audio rookies or whatever wont take the time to research magazines for reviews but having them readily accessible on the webiste will earn a lot of points with potential customers. I know because it did with me.

    In '98 when I was researching components for my new system I decided to use the internet which we had just gained access to. The first thing I did was look up the brands websites that I was interested in. MB Quart and JL Audio had reviews posted on their website of the products I was interested in and that put them at the top of my short list and ultimatetley I bought those very products.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cam5860
    why don't you just subscribe to car audio and electronics. It is only 15.95 for a full year. That's only like a 1.33 a issue compared to the 4.99 on the news stand. To me it's well worth it because i like to keep up with the new products and technology.
    Sounds like you need to get yourself an Ebay, son!

    One year for $5.50, two years for $9.50, and three years for $12.95

    Pwn3d! ;)

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    Yup. I bought my RTi4's based on the Stereophile mag. review~ which in turn led to a total makeover of my system. (god bless those 1yr. guaranteed CircuitCity returns)

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    Dang on i did not even think about checking ebay for magazine subscriptions. I don't buy anything off ebay most of it is junk that people don't want or some scamer is selling some product to make money. Anyway you look you a loser somewhere down the line if you buy off ebay. Ive never been big on used stuff. I like new products i had rather save up to money to own a new product.

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    Im trying to figure out why crutchfield is not carrying the sr series yet. car domain has had them for a month at least. Im thinking that crutchfield is not going to carry them.

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    Im sure they will. If Polk makes it, Crutchfield will sell it.
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    These things were given a great review. I went to Tweeter with some of my tunes and listened to them for a long while. The sales lady kept asking me if I needed help. I just said no thank you :). They had some Focals there so it was cool to compare them side by side. The Polks just sounded better, I would say smoother. Not that the couple of different Focals did not sound good, just not as good.
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    I was wondering if anybody know's if polk is going to make a full range line of the sr series or just components? Also are they going to offer a 5 1/4 component set?

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    a 5.25 set is in the works. There was one on there sound board at Polkfest. If you check out some of the pics from there you should be able to see them. I believe some subs are in the works too.
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    I doubt and hope they dont come out with SR coaxials. Coaxials are fine and all for entry level and mid line speakers but have no place in a line as superior as the SR's.

    However, the SR's can be mounted coaxially so you get the benefits of a coaxial speaker and still have the superior product of components.
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    i think you answered your own doubt :p... but i personally lust for an SR sub, i'd love to have the sound of the sr6500 extend to 16 Hz... mmm...
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