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    Default I've got Monitor 60s now, what should I replace them with?

    I bought the 60s because they were a great value, and in Home Theater they sound great. In music they sound awesome as well, but in music I just use 2 channels to a 50hz x-over to a velodyne sub. It sounds awesome but since the majority of my listening is now music I think there might be something out there that has slightly better highs and even better imaging.

    I don't need a speaker that has crazy low end, and I don't want to spend LSi type prices. Should I stick with what I have or should I try the RTi10?

    What would you do? I'm thinking I should probably just stick with what I have because the sound improvements will probably be minimal yet it will cost me a bit to upgrade. Sell me on what I should consider.

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    sell the monitor 60's. Get some LSi7's off of Ebay. You can get them for under $400. After you sell the 60's, the difference will be minimal.

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    But how much better will the lsi7's be, and what should I do with my HT components. I have CS2 and Monitor 30's now.

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    I'd also like to stick with a tower over a bookshelf with a stand, just person preference for me.

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    i got some m70's i'll trade ya straight across...brand new

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    Nah I actually heard the M60's sound better, lol. Also, the m70 looks like it is designed for better lower end, but probably has worse or at lesat the same mids/highs. I really am not looking for super low end response.

    Why do you want to trade?

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    60's are great speakers, I really struggled between 60's and 70's when I was looking. Decided on the 70's for better lower end, I would maybe consider a step up for you. I just really love my 70's great all around speakers...
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    I'm really happy with my RTi8's. I'm planning to add a SVS PB-10 sub, so that should pull the 2 channel stereo together nicely. Even without a sub, I'm really impressed with the highs and lows of this speaker. They'll play very loud without any distortion using my H/K 635. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianV
    Nah I actually heard the M60's sound better, lol. Also, the m70 looks like it is designed for better lower end, but probably has worse or at lesat the same mids/highs. I really am not looking for super low end response.

    Why do you want to trade?
    I too heard that the 60's sounded better lol. Actually I think that my m40's sounded crisper than the m70's and they have 5.25 speakers....so i figured that the 60's would sound alot like the 40's only louder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FicmanS
    60's are great speakers, I really struggled between 60's and 70's when I was looking. Decided on the 70's for better lower end, I would maybe consider a step up for you. I just really love my 70's great all around speakers...
    Dude...did you ever run your 40's up front? Maybe you shouldn't try it..you wont be so impressed by your 70's then....actually maybe i just have to get my 70's broke in...how long should that generally take?

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    LSi 7 ....... monitor 60 ..... buy a RTi12 .... better than those two !!!!! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianV
    What would you do? I'm thinking I should probably just stick with what I have because the sound improvements will probably be minimal yet it will cost me a bit to upgrade. Sell me on what I should consider.
    May I ask what is your budget?

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    jayman-- the 70's gave me absolute fits for the first month (just reference my first threads on this forum)
    and it is my contention that they have a longer than average break-in period, and with some patience and a few possible adjustments, you'll notice an almost night and day transformation
    It seems that all of this debate regarding the 60's vs the 70's really hinges on the equipment used with the two. IMO the 60's will compete (and even outshine) the 70's up to a point. That is to say, if you're running a modest AVR with both in a home theatre set-up, it could be argued that the 60's display crisper highs and a defter mid-range. Juice both of these up with a good solid power amp, and run on a two-channel mode, and you'll see that where the 60's plateau at a certain point, the 70's continue to sound better.;)
    Remember, Polk really went out on a limb by introducing such a large speaker in their entry-level line-up. I say this because (chances are) if you're the average consumer buying "entry level" gear, then you're probably not going to provide these puppies with proper amplification, IC's, etc. This is probably why there have been so many service issues with the model's tweeter -- underpowering. But for those of us who wanted new speaks mainly for music while not breaking the bank and willing (nay expecting) to upgrade components in the future, the 70's provide a viable option within the Polk echelon.
    just my two ducets:D

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    Default I'm running the Monitor 40's as my fronts.

    Quote Originally Posted by jayman_1975
    Dude...did you ever run your 40's up front? Maybe you shouldn't try it..you wont be so impressed by your 70's then....actually maybe i just have to get my 70's broke in...how long should that generally take?
    I've never had the opportunity to listen to the 60's/70's series, but the 40's definitely are crisp. At first, I thought they were TOO crisp, but the more I listen, the more comfortable I'm getting with them. Might be they're gaining more depth as the burn in, or maybe it's me.
    Used to have, in the old days, a set of ESS/Heil Amt1b's. They were crisp to the extreme, but they never wore on your ears. Super high definition.

    Got a little sidetracked there, but someone mentioned the 60's go on sale at Fry's (outpost.com) for $350 a PAIR. Darn nice deal there.
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    I'm running Monitor 60 fronts (actually the T90-ebs as Tweeter calls them). They are all black with the grills on, unlike the Monitor 60s that have silver feet and possibly some silver trim on the grill if I remember correctly.

    Anyway, they look and sound great, and Tweeter has them on sale for $350/pair and the Monitor 30s (called T20ebs) for $130/pair. Great deals to be had. Pick up the Mirage Omni-S12 on sale there too, if you have a chance.

    I'm playing around with powering my 60's with some Carver amps I inherited. I'm going to get each set up and running with 200 wpc (bridged mode) of Carver juice tonight. My 635 powers them very well, but I bet they'll sound that much better with separate amps.
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    I'd step into the RTi10's. Phenominal speakers for the money. But once in a blue moon, you can find a set of LSi15's go for around the price of the 10's new. Happy hunting.
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    I love my 70's, they took awhile to get settled in... But I think they sould great...
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    Budget is probably $1,000 for just the towers.

    My Monitor60's are also T90EBs from Tweeter; definitely the deal of the century.

    Low end isn't my hugest concern since I have the velodyne; more mids and highs with clarity, and great imaging.

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