Every once in a while, a manufacturer hits a real home run in the marketplace.
First, there was the new VW Beetle. Then, there was the PT Cruiser.
Both of these very successful vehicles are retro-based designs with modern components.
Another example is the Kawasaki ZRX M/C…. yet another retro design with modern components.
What I am suggesting is very simple - and deserves to be produced.
Lets take a few Classic Polk Speaker designs from days-long-passed and build
them into new speakers with modern day components (kevlar drivers, 40Khz Tweeters, etc).
Perhaps, Polk could test this market by introducing just two speakers.
I would suggest the SRS 1.2 and the CRS+ designs.
Both of these speakers are highly unique and carry quite a bit of nostalgia value.
The SRS 1.2 could be like the Dodge Viper - designed to draw the crowd into the retailer.
Then, the consumer would go home with a set of "CRS+Retro's" (or, maybe a Monitor 10 Retro)
and be pleased.
This time though, Polk can take the 15 to 20 years of experience and build them way
better than the way they were before. But, rather than making them look space-age glossy….
Polk should stick to the visual styling que's from the past. Real Oak veneer. Lots of
Pretty wood showing. Cartoon'ish logo with the big heart. And, absolutely no AC power cords.
This wouldn't be a step backwards. But, rather, this would be a step to diversify the audio market.
Some people actually liked the big monuments in their living room.
Think about it… big screen TV's took off. Big speakers deserve the same opportunity.
I'm really not much of a retro guy. Generally, I really like modern designs.
But, that's not to say that I don't appreciate some true classics from the past.
Of course, this entire line should incorporate SDA technology.
This time, the drivers will be angled slightly; thus, improving the SDA effect.
And, maybe a switch can be included to turn on or off the SDA feature based upon
customer preference or whim (similar to bipole/dipole switches).
Think about it.