O.K. I could be dogmeat for asking, but can someone enlighten me on Polk audio now vs. their heyday in the 80's. When I was a kid, I loved the Polk sound and remember being in awe of what turned out to be SDA-SRS's. I never dreamed I would come across a pair locally and likely would never have thought about them again.
Now knowing how amazing they are and being "newly" acquainted with Polk again, I would appreciate some comments on the perception by some (if not many) that Polk has gone "mass market." Back in the day, Polk seemed to be very exclusive and the best hifi shop in town carried Polk. They eventually dropped Polk as Polk started showing up in Circuit City, etc. I know that my local Tweeter sells them. I haven't been in CC in quite some time, so I don't know if they still do. Anyhow, I just wondered, since I am not informed on modern day Polk products, if the regulars feel current products are as good as past Polk offerings. I personally discounted Polk as a top echelon product as I assumed, and was influenced by others, that their products must not be as good and were certainly not exclusive. If you wanted a top product, you had to go to a mom and pop or local spot that carried something most others hadn't heard of....
I know technology and designs change and that it is a difficult comparison. However, my understanding and thinking about loudspeaker designs has always been that the 80's were truly the heyday of design. Regardless of speaker design heydays, do the current offerings match up in terms of build and design and when compared to the upper echelon, current model, reasonably priced speakers from other companies costing a few thousand dollars at most?
I don't make any claims that my perceptions are accurate or the truth. They are just that-perceptions-and I would enjoy comments from those in the know.