My 3 pair of Polks are 13, 11 and 10 years old. I haven't shopped for speakers in that time because, frankly, I don't like to shop when I'm not going to buy.
I've looked over all the speakers on the Polk site, and of course I've been reading all the posts on these forums. But more than half the talk here is about older speakers (which leaves me confused enough given that I don't know the specifics of the speakers just from product names, and not all the ones mentioned seem to be in the vintage section). I'm a bit confused about the current lines, where different speakers fall, differences in sounds, etc. Of course I can look at prices and *assume* things, but when for $800-$900 you could get a tiny LSi7 or a towering RT800i or a RTi70.... The first TWO things I learned back as a teenager putting together my first system were 1) bigger is not in the least necessarily better, and 2) you don't ALWAYS get what you pay for (i.e. depending on brand more $$ doesn't always buy you better sound).
The basic "R" series seems to be at the bottom of the Polk line... the new LSi seem to be at the top... but what are the differences between RTiXXX or RTXXXi or RTXXXP or the LSi or etc etc??
I'm not looking to buy, but say I was going to replace my mint (and still great sounding) Monitor 7Cs... what would I buy to replace them essentially one to one (just to get "new")? What would I buy to go a step or two better? If different than either of those two choices, what would you buy if you were going to spend under $600 a pair? What about around $1000?