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post #81 of 113 Old 01-12-14, 04:28 PM
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Re: Polk Audio owners thread

Jumping in here as a fellow Polk owner as well -- running RTi12 mains, a CSi30 center and PSW350 sub (my surrounds are handled by in-ceiling SpeakerCrafts which were installed when we purchased our house).

Can you Polk owners share some pics of your setups? Would love to see your speakers around your TVs, etc...
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Here's a pic of the front setup..
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VERY nice, Phil! Thank you!
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This was before I upgraded my mains.
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Viking, do you have a specific question? It sounds like you covered the basic manual setup. Did you run Audyssey? Are you hearing any distortion during heavy movie passages?
No, sorry, I did not have a question and, no, I am not hearing distortion. I ran Audyssey but did not like the results, so I adjusted on my own, and yes, I can cover the basic manual setups. It was suggested that I run Audyssey again, and I intend to, but right now I am still becoming familiar with this receiver I just got. As this thread was a Polk Audio owners thread, I did not wish to get too deep into the receiver end. Thank you for asking, fokakis1. What I really meant was that I was willing to accept constructive criticism on my speakers if anyone saw a glaring misfit of any sort. I do not understand how everything internal to a sound system works, so I appreciate suggestion. It would help me to get the sound I want. As an example, I have only one speaker (actual speaker, not enclosure) that is over 6 1/2" in diameter. That one is a 12" powered subwoofer. I notice a lot of others have pairs and fours of towers containing 8" or 10" subwoofers, such as the LSi15 or LSi25 units, and I wonder if that makes a big difference, or if it is simply a different path to the same door. As I have never been associated with others who have this kind of equipment, I was hoping this forum would fill in that gap. My associates and myself are not typically audio/video people, but more machinery people. I have always had audio and video equipment, but never before have I attempted to really improve on what I have or the sound I am receiving. Perhaps that is the fault of my having joined an Audio Video forum

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Welcome, and congratulations on your setup. If it sounds good and you're not hearing distortion then you're on your way. With your sub handling the low end those 6 inch woofers may be all you need. Many here have bookshelf speakers as their mains crossed over to a sub and aren't missing a thing. The only thing I would recommend you look in to is some type of room treatment(s) if you haven't already. A nice rug, curtains, and some acoustic panels did wonders for my listening room. Good luck and enjoy!
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I have Four Monitor 70 series ii floor standing for the corners (not right in the corners, but standing out from)
- two RTi A1 bookshelf for the surrounds set head height or a tad higher.
You said your sub is crossed at 80. I would be curious as to your impressions if you were to switch the A1s to the front and cross them at 80, esp. for music. It seems counterintuitive, but it may give you some new ideas.

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I do not have the huge woofers in my Polks that most of you do.

I have Four Monitor 70 series ii floor standing for the corners (not right in the corners, but standing out from)
- two RTi A1 bookshelf for the surrounds set head height or a tad higher.
- one CS2 series ii center and
- a PSW 505 sub.

Room is about 600 sq feet, close to square, but with some wall deviations, and is all finished surface over concrete. I am contemplating another layer of drywall right over the installed stuff, but am unsure if it would make any difference.

I got these when I still had a NAD 753 to power them, and they were about a perfect fit.

Now I have an Onkyo TX-NR828, and I still think it will be a perfect fit. The powered sub is crossed over at 80Hz and seems to keep up pretty good at only about mid volume, and it was no trouble at all to reference these at 75db (yeah, I know, 85 is better) but I had to turn the receiver up a bit to do it. It was easier with the NAD. I still need my receiver volume up about 70 out of a max number of 90 to really enjoy and become immersed in movies, but I just discovered the answer to that (because I now have an Onkyo - and my thinking has been flawed by the commercial market). For music, I can turn it way down around 40 and still get pretty much everything I think I am supposed to. Sound is pretty clear and crisp, including lows and bass.

I think that's about all there is to say. Comments or suggestions are always welcome, as although I can set my system up okay, I do not know a whole lot about why I do some of the things that I am instructed to do,
Another layer of drywall on top of the current drywall isn't going to help. Bass traps and acoustic treatments would... there's a ton of info on the net about building your own. Or you could contact a company (such as one of our sponsors, GIK Acoustics) and discuss options with them!
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This was before I upgraded my mains.
Lets see a photo after you upgraded your mains....

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This was before I upgraded my mains.
VERY nice, fok! Thanks!

What are those towers you're running there? Which Polks?
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