Monitor audio vs Polk Audio

Discussion in 'Loudspeakers' started by dafirst, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. wldock Enthusiast

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    Not all Polk fans like every speaker in their line-up. I did not care for the RTi line but lived with the older RT5000 set for a bit. I think the LSiM is a really nice speaker line for Polk. Between the 703, 705, 707 Polk offers slight variations to the sound signature. Polk put a lot of their engineering into this line. The 706 center and 707 towers measured ±1.37 dB and ±1.49 dB from 500 Hz to 20 for example. However, the 705 and 707 do get up their in price. There are so many other nice speakers in this price range....I'm sure some are swayed by other brands.

    Anyway, the new Signature line is supposed to pull from their past and present engineering but offer not as hot of a top end as the RTi line. Given the price, they are worth a listen for those shopping in that $500-$1300 price range. I think many Best Buy locations offer them now and think they sound nice for the price. Plus the Walnut finish looks very nice.
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  2. <eargiant Junior Audioholic

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    Interesting, I may add the new S series stand-mounts to my list to see if they are right for the price. ;)
  3. wldock Enthusiast

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    Currently, I pulled an my old Polk RT1000 set out of the basement into my family room. I sold my Polk LSiM703 / LSiM706 combo and my Chane A3rx-c / A2rx-c because I'm supposed to be building the Speaker Design Works Statement II mains and center. I'm not sure if that is going to happen as my cash and time is short due to my ongoing home remodel. I'm thinking about a set of the Signature S60 in walnut while they are on sale. So far the feedback on them has been good. I listened to them at Best Buy but its was a little hard to get a good listen in given the layout of the display.
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  4. Klipschhead302 Audioholic

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    My 160M's are on the front porch right now (UPS finally dropped them off), they will be front wides and when the RF-7 III's come out they will replace the RF-82's which I'll place somewhere, no idea yet.
  5. Mark of Cenla Full Audioholic

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    I also prefer the Polk RTiA1 over the Pioneer SP-BS22LR. I have compared them using the same amp, source, and music in the same environment. For a mere $187 for the pair, I love my Polks. Peace and goodwill.
  6. j_garcia Audioholic Jedi

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    $187 a pair is $87 more than the BS22s. And for $230 you could have had AAs. There's always something else out there.
  7. Dennis Murphy Audioholic Chief

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  8. Pogre Senior Audioholic

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    I just looked up those RF-7 III's. Those are some serious speakers. Dayum.
  9. <eargiant Junior Audioholic

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    True - but the over the top hype about the stock 22's back then had them supposedly competing with speakers costing several hundreds of dollars. Believe it or not, I only paid $59.99 (brand new on sale) for my set and they were outta here within 2 weeks. To me, they actually sounded like $59 speakers.

    That's why I always trust my ears and not what I read on a forum or graph.

    As for the original AA Monitors, that's a different story. They actually sound like what I expected the stock BS-22's to sound like based on all the praise the 22's were getting. My suggestion to anyone that currently owns the stock BS-22's and is a bit handy, do yourself a favor and upgrade them with Dennis' mods. The mids & highs will sound much, much better.
  10. yepimonfire Audioholic Field Marshall

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    Graphs have been pretty good at predicting how a speaker sounds in my experience.

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  11. j_garcia Audioholic Jedi

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    Graphs give us an idea of how a speaker performs, not exactly how it sounds.

    I liked the BS22s. They aren't perfect, but you can't expect them to be perfect at ~$100 and compared to other $100 speakers, they're still good. Yes there are more expensive speakers that aren't as good, but I would not say they're competing with everything that is ~2X their price.
  12. yepimonfire Audioholic Field Marshall

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    I'm referring to timbre and accuracy, a flat graph predicts a flat and accurate sounding speaker, while a bright sounding speaker will have a bump in the high frequencies, etc.

    I do agree though, I have a pair of Klipsch R-15m's and Icon KB-15's, they measure somewhat similarly as far as frequency response goes, yet the Icon's sound sloppy and smeared while the Reference series sound tight and controlled. This still shows up in distortion graphs and waterfalls though, with the Icon performing much worse.
  13. yepimonfire Audioholic Field Marshall

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    Keep in mind the timbre is going to be different between the RF-82s and the 160ms, while they still have a klipsch sound signature, the RF IIs are likely to blow them away with brightness.

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