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    Default RTA 12 (A) schematic?

    How / where can I get a schematic for the crossover on my RTA12s. These are the original version and I want to upgrade / replace the caps. These are awesome speakers (much to the chagrin of my other speakers).
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    First welcome to Club Polk. Also I would suggest changing the resistors too. Those couple mods will bring them back to better than new specks.
    Enjoy
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    Ben,
    Thanks big time. I have some high quality instrumentation resistors on hand here. Values from 0.1 ohms to 1,000,000,000,000 ohms (that's a freaky glass thing). Any type of construction I should steer towards or away from?
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    The values of the resistors are typically 2.7r to 15r, and you should use 10w or better noninductive resistors. What caps are you looking to use?
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    For the tweeter circuitry I'll use the Dayton Metallized Polypropylene caps from parts express (250 volts - 10%). For the low frequency circuits I'll be using their bi-polar electrolytics (at least for now); they're 5% and rated for 100 Volts. I may upgrade these later but for now the bi-polars will have to do.
    BTW, some have suggested not using the bypass caps as these modern caps don't need that. I notice that the schematic doesn't show them so I'll plan on leaving them out.
    I'll be powering these with a Harman Kardon HK690i which is rated at 60 watts per channel. I also have a Sony STR-GX90ES receiver which I think is rated at 90w per in the other system. I have no plans to go for "big power" anytime soon.
    I see on the schematic that R is 1.69 ohms but I can't make out the value of R3; can you help me on that (else I can just measure the ones on the PCB.
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    I would go poly on all caps. The cheap caps I have tried, and there was no improvement over the 20 YO caps that were originals. Its best to double check your XO boards with a meter anyways. Polk liked to mix things up a bit.
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    I just installed the poly caps in one of my crossovers and am comparing it with the other (stock) one. I think there is a significant improvement. I'll have to listen for a while like this and then swap their positions (one of my ears is certainly going to have a different response curve then the other from years of driving with my driverside window open. I guess the Brits and Japanese would have the situation with their right ears versus the left in most of the world. Hmmm, I wonder if anyone ever did a study of that and adjust with different specs for left versus right speakers?
    The Dayton Caps are larger. I siliconed them on the underside for support. There's also one 2uf cap on the underside of the PCB (making the 25 a 27)..
    So, I'm about $85 poorer but even happier with the performance of my beautiful RTA 12A speakers. Wow, now I've got a total of $135 invested in them. Works for me! (See attached pix.)
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    Nice job!
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