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    Default Question about (RTi6s, CSi3 and Monitor series)

    Hey everyone. I was able to score an outstanding deal on a set of RTi6s and a CSi3 at Fry's Electronics in California. Unfortunately, that's all they had of the older line of RTi series. Now, I'm "stuck" with an absolutely incredible sounding set of three front speakers, with no rears (want to go 5.1, with the possibility of 7.1 later). I have have narrowed down the following possibilities and was hoping for some 'expert' feedback (I am very very new to the Polk Community):

    1. Try to hunt down RTi4's for the rears
    2. or hunt down RTi8/10/12s for the fronts and move the RTi6s to the rear
    3. look into the Monitor series 30s/40s for the rears.
    4. Look into RTi A1/A3 speakers
    5. ........?

    1 and 2 are proving to be very difficult on my current budget.

    Anyway, sorry for being long winded, but does anyone have any feedback about option 3? Mixing RT and Monitor speakers?

    Thanks for the input.

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    Personally, I would try to hunt down some more RTi6's or FXi3's.

    If that wont work for you (don't feel like waiting) get some RTiA speakers and use them in the front (moving the RTi6's to the back depending on what you get)

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    I know it's probably been asked a million times, but I've searched, and I must be retarded, because I can't find a post on it, but did the RTi4s turn into the RTi A1s and the RTi6s turn into RTi A3s?

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    Yes. (with some updates, but basically - yes)

    Edit - Blatenly stolen from the polk thread on AVS, but good info....
    A1 - small bookshelf (RTi 4)
    A3 - large bookshelf (RTi 6)
    A4 - small center (CSi3)
    A5 - 'small' floorstander (RTi 8)
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    A7 - large floorstander (RTi 10)
    A9 - mega floorstander (RTi 12)
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    This wouldn't be bad even at the $289 buy it now price....

    Edit - just saw the $150 shipping though, that kind of sucks.....
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    Thanks to everyone for the information. I think I'll continue my quest for RTi4s/6s.

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    Okay everyone. One more questions (maybe). I've found some RTi12s for a reasonable price. I'm wondering two things.

    1. Would RTi12 fronts completely overpower CSi3 and RTi6s? Or could I get away with this combo?
    2. I noticed that the frequency response on the RTi12s is 18hz - 26000+hz. At this range, is a sub really necessary? (If I haven't already said so, I'm in an apartment...with very friendly neighbors, but still an apartment.) I currently have a KEF PSW2150 I was planning on using, but I might sell it if the RTi12's would suffice.

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    Some people say it would but its what you got now. I would say roll with it and if you don't like it return the center to fry's...get the bigger center ...you got 30 days return.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnLocke88 View Post
    Okay everyone. One more questions (maybe). I've found some RTi12s for a reasonable price. I'm wondering two things.

    1. Would RTi12 fronts completely overpower CSi3 and RTi6s? Or could I get away with this combo?
    2. I noticed that the frequency response on the RTi12s is 18hz - 26000+hz. At this range, is a sub really necessary? (If I haven't already said so, I'm in an apartment...with very friendly neighbors, but still an apartment.) I currently have a KEF PSW2150 I was planning on using, but I might sell it if the RTi12's would suffice.
    If you're in the Bay Area, keep checking Craigslist. I see RTis there all the time for usually about the same price as the discounted closeout/blowout prices that Frys offered.

    About the 12s...if you're calibrated correctly, you won't overpower your other speakers. The only drawback to the 12s is they are drivable with an AVR, but don't hit their sweetspot without gobs of juice. So entry level AVRs won't really tap their potential...others may not agree with me.

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    I'll agree with you Ron.
    My 12's did ok with my AVR which is rated for like 105w I think. Once I got 350w into each, they are beautiful. If you get them, you should get some kind of amp, then center might be overpowered, but again, you can trade that up too. So the 12s that seemed like such a good deal are costing way more now.... welcome to the addic... I mean club...

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    Thanks again for the heads-up. Unfortunately I'm not in the Bay Area (have a good friend that is though...so I'll have him keep an eye out. I was talking about an OC craigslister selling a pair of black RTi12s for $500 for both. Is this a good idea? I would definitely check/test them first.

    I'm still kicking myself that I didn't get in on the Fry's madness for another pair of speakers. I would have avoided a big headache.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnLocke88 View Post
    I was talking about an OC craigslister selling a pair of black RTi12s for $500 for both. Is this a good idea? I would definitely check/test them first.

    I'm still kicking myself that I didn't get in on the Fry's madness for another pair of speakers. I would have avoided a big headache.
    Yep...good deal unless they are in bad shape. Don't wait too long.

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    If you can get the rti 12s at that price get them and in my experiences you need a sub for HT use and if you have a big amp not for music. It is good to have a sub for HT any way because it takes the load off your other speakers. The csi3 is a good center channel that is what i'm using now but if you do a calibration on it you receiver is going to put it the plus db range. That is not bad just letting you know. The frequency response on any speaker that you look at is what the (-3) db is so the actual frequency response for the rti 12s is 30 to 26,000hz. Hope that helps.
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    I think a sub is even more important for apt. dwellers, just because you can locate it close to your seating area (thereby keeping the volume decent from your viewing position, but not that loud from a distance away) as well as having control over the volume of the bass track. Usually with movies, it is the unexpected gunshot or explosion (bass) that you have to turn down - not the music or dialog.

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