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    looking for input on a bookshelf speaker setup...

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    what's your budget.. 2 channel? HT use? are you going to use an AVR or a separate amp? know these will help the people on this board help you :)
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    RTiA3 speakers
    Linn AV5140 fronts
    Linn AV5120 Center
    Linn AV5140 Rears
    M&K MX-70 Sub for Music
    Odyssey Mono-Blocs
    SVS Ultra-13 Gloss Black:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by danz1906 View Post
    RTiA3 speakers
    ive got a pair of rti4's right now ...

    i was considering on getting another pair .


    is that a good setup?

    how do they compare to the rtia3?



    should i run 2 8" subs in that ?

    andwhat would i use for a centre chanel?



    also i will be using a AV reciever... prob a yamaha,pioneer,sony or HK.

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    I have the RTi A3's as fronts and like them a lot. I also have a pair of RTi4's for surrounds. I did a A, B comparison with the two of them and they both sound pretty good. The A3's could definitely go a bit lower witch I like for 2 channel music and no sub on. If you're gunna be doing a lot of HT listening over music then you might be very happy just going with the RTi4's and saving some money. I use the CSi3 for a center and that matches well, its from the same RTi family. I have one 8" sub, the PSW-111 and that also goes well with them but it is a smaller room in a basement so 2 subs might be better if its a larger room.
    HT basement room:
    TV- 42in Panasonic S1 Plasma
    A/V Receiver- Onkyo NR807
    Blu-Ray- 80GB Sony PS3
    Power Supply- Monster HTS-1600
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    Time Warner HD Cable Box
    Speakers:
    Front- Polk RTi A3
    Center- Polk CSi3
    Side Surround- Polk RTi4
    Back Surround- Polk RM6750
    Sub- Outlaw Audio LFM-1 EX
    Bedroom:
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolsax View Post
    what's your budget.. 2 channel? HT use? are you going to use an AVR or a separate amp? know these will help the people on this board help you :)
    Yep.
    Please. Please contact me a ben62670 @ yahoo.com. Make sure to include who you are, and you are from Polk so I don't delete your email. Also I am now physically unable to work on any projects. If you need help let these guys know. There are many people who will help if you let them know where you are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keeneyrm01 View Post
    I have the RTi A3's as fronts and like them a lot. I also have a pair of RTi4's for surrounds. I did a A, B comparison with the two of them and they both sound pretty good. The A3's could definitely go a bit lower witch I like for 2 channel music and no sub on. If you're gunna be doing a lot of HT listening over music then you might be very happy just going with the RTi4's and saving some money. I use the CSi3 for a center and that matches well, its from the same RTi family. I have one 8" sub, the PSW-111 and that also goes well with them but it is a smaller room in a basement so 2 subs might be better if its a larger room.
    Nice setup "bro"! :D

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    hmm . interesting if im just using it for mostly movies and some music..

    usin the rti4 all around would that sound pretty good?

    or should i look at a pair of rtia3's for up front and keep the rti4's for the rear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AeR0 View Post
    hmm . interesting if im just using it for mostly movies and some music..

    usin the rti4 all around would that sound pretty good?

    or should i look at a pair of rtia3's for up front and keep the rti4's for the rear?
    Yes, RTi4s all around will sound pretty darn good! That's how I started.

    Then upgraded the fronts to RTiA3s - the RTiA3s will paint a bigger sound stage w/ improved imaging over the RTi4s - not surprising cuz of the larger drivers.

    I did the upgrade because there was a heck of a deal on Polk's ebay site on the RTiA3s that I couldn't pass up. At full retail price though the upgrade from the RTi4s to the RTiA3s is what I would consider a marginal 'lateral' upgrade (meaning within the same 'family' of speaker for slightly better performance).

    Going all RTi4s would be a very pleasing setup. Just beware though - once that upgrade 'bug' bites - its all over!! :D

    Or - going all RTiA1s (keep your eye open for some good deals on Polks ebay site).

    I got 'bit' by the upgrade bug - and -well - there's this pair of B&Ws CDM-1nts that I'm going to jump at....enjoy the journey.... :p

    H9: If you don't trust what you are hearing, then maybe you need to be less invested in a hobby which all the pleasure comes from listening to music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AeR0 View Post
    looking for input on a bookshelf speaker setup...
    I'm a big LSi fan. If you've heard a pair of LSi9's or LSi7's, I doubt you would pick the RTi or RTiA speakers.
    I would recommend trying to snag a pair of LSi7's from Polk Direct.
    The LSi7's are not as hard to drive compared with the other LSi's either.

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    Polk Audio LSi25, RTi12 x 2, LSi15 x 4, LSiC x 2, PSW1000 x 4,

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    LG 47LM5800, Pioneer SC-1523, BDP-23FD, Sony BDP-S790, Emotiva XPA-2, XPA-5,
    Polk Audio LSi25,15, CSi5, LSiFX, PSW505 x 4

    Listening Room 2 ch:
    McIntosh MC162, MC202, C15, C41, C42, MA6500, MA6900, MCD201
    Emotiva RSP-2, RPA-1, ERC-2
    Adcom GCD 750, GFP 750, GFA 5802
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    I would of probably have gone with just the RTi4's all around except i got a package deal with my two pairs and got the sub for free. If I was looking for just a single pair and using it mostly for movies i would go with the RTi4's and save some cash. The RTi4's are going for 150 on crutchfield compared to the RTi A3's for 450. But if the money difference isn't a big deal the A3's are real nice, especially if they're powered by a nice amp.
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    Speakers:
    Front- Polk RTi A3
    Center- Polk CSi3
    Side Surround- Polk RTi4
    Back Surround- Polk RM6750
    Sub- Outlaw Audio LFM-1 EX
    Bedroom:
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    Quote Originally Posted by keeneyrm01 View Post
    I would of probably have gone with just the RTi4's all around except i got a package deal with my two pairs and got the sub for free. If I was looking for just a single pair and using it mostly for movies i would go with the RTi4's and save some cash. The RTi4's are going for 150 on crutchfield compared to the RTi A3's for 450. But if the money difference isn't a big deal the A3's are real nice, especially if they're powered by a nice amp.
    With patience, you can pick up RTiA3s on Polk's ebay store for $219/pr.

    That's what I got mine for (and if they run an auction you can sometimes get them for even cheaper - I picked up a pair of LSi7s for $225/pr!)

    H9: If you don't trust what you are hearing, then maybe you need to be less invested in a hobby which all the pleasure comes from listening to music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Tracy View Post
    With patience, ... I picked up a pair of LSi7s for $225/pr!)
    That is sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcapri79 View Post
    That is sweet!
    Tell me.

    At one time there was a veritable 'glut' of LSi7s on Polk's ebay site, so I hung out on the back pages and let the current auctions run their course - my fingers took over the keyboard one day and I made a bid on a pair - and won.

    Sometimes you get lucky...:D

    H9: If you don't trust what you are hearing, then maybe you need to be less invested in a hobby which all the pleasure comes from listening to music.

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    well i think im going to stick with the rti4 plan for now and see how they go...

    im not still really sure why the rtia3's sound better its only a 6 1/2 speaker compared o 5 1/4" in the rti4's?????

    plus the room im using them in i dont hav alot of space so the bookshelves will not take as much room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Tracy View Post
    Tell me.

    At one time there was a veritable 'glut' of LSi7s on Polk's ebay site, so I hung out on the back pages and let the current auctions run their course - my fingers took over the keyboard one day and I made a bid on a pair - and won.

    Sometimes you get lucky...:D
    I was lucky to snag a cherry pair myself in 2008.
    I paid $316 including shipping and tax, which wasn't too bad.
    I have them with a PSW1000 subwoofer for a nice LSi two channel setup.

    Main HT/2 ch:
    Pioneer SC-07, BDP-05FD, Emotiva XPA-5 x 2, XPA-1 x 2,
    Polk Audio LSi25, RTi12 x 2, LSi15 x 4, LSiC x 2, PSW1000 x 4,

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    LG 47LM5800, Pioneer SC-1523, BDP-23FD, Sony BDP-S790, Emotiva XPA-2, XPA-5,
    Polk Audio LSi25,15, CSi5, LSiFX, PSW505 x 4

    Listening Room 2 ch:
    McIntosh MC162, MC202, C15, C41, C42, MA6500, MA6900, MCD201
    Emotiva RSP-2, RPA-1, ERC-2
    Adcom GCD 750, GFP 750, GFA 5802
    Polk Audio LSi7,9, 15

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    Quote Originally Posted by AeR0 View Post
    well i think im going to stick with the rti4 plan for now and see how they go...

    im not still really sure why the rtia3's sound better its only a 6 1/2 speaker compared o 5 1/4" in the rti4's?????

    plus the room im using them in i dont hav alot of space so the bookshelves will not take as much room.

    If your looking to save space the RTi A3's are huge compared to the RTi4's, mine barely fit on the cabinets they're on top of. As for the sound difference, they tweaked a few things in the newer series, such as bringing down the brightness on the lower end of the high frequency range but not a very noticeably difference. The bigger 6 1/2 in can go a bit lower but a lot of people have said the smaller speaker actually has a tighter more accurate sound, especially if a sub is taking care of the low end.
    HT basement room:
    TV- 42in Panasonic S1 Plasma
    A/V Receiver- Onkyo NR807
    Blu-Ray- 80GB Sony PS3
    Power Supply- Monster HTS-1600
    5 Disc Sony CD/DVD Changer
    Time Warner HD Cable Box
    Speakers:
    Front- Polk RTi A3
    Center- Polk CSi3
    Side Surround- Polk RTi4
    Back Surround- Polk RM6750
    Sub- Outlaw Audio LFM-1 EX
    Bedroom:
    32in Visio LCD, Sony STR-DE685 AVR, MTX Monitor 12, Sony 5 disc DVD changer

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    Quote Originally Posted by keeneyrm01 View Post
    If your looking to save space the RTi A3's are huge compared to the RTi4's, mine barely fit on the cabinets they're on top of. As for the sound difference, they tweaked a few things in the newer series, such as bringing down the brightness on the lower end of the high frequency range but not a very noticeably difference. The bigger 6 1/2 in can go a bit lower but a lot of people have said the smaller speaker actually has a tighter more accurate sound, especially if a sub is taking care of the low end.


    awesome thanks for the info!

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