Polk Audio RTIA1 High Performance Bookshelf Speakers in Cherry | Dynamic Balance & Power Port Plus (Pair) (RTIA1-CHERRY)
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|Model name||RTI A1|
|Speaker size||5.25 Inches|
About this item
- Classic sound quality in a compact bookshelf speaker
- Custom butyl rubber surrounds and anti-diffraction grilles produce a lifetime of reliable sound
- Combines a 5.25-inch Dynamic Balance midbass driver with a 1-inch Dynamic Balance dome tweeter
- Polished cherry hardwood veneer cabinet finish
- Solid performance and elegant styling in a convenient size
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 29.21 x 30.48 x 17.78 cm; 5.45 Kilograms
- Date First Available : 29 March 2019
- Manufacturer : Polk Audio
- ASIN : B000V2UBSI
- Item Model Number : AM1172-C|4
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- 97 in Bookshelf Hi-Fi Speakers
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Classic Polk Audio sound quality in a compact RTIA 1 bookshelf speaker. Custom butyl rubber surrounds and anti-diffraction grilles produce a lifetime of reliable sound. The RTiA1 looks and sounds simply phenomenal. Ideal for both home theatre and music systems. Orientation - Vertical Height - 12" (30.48 cm) Width - 7.38" (18.75 cm) Depth - 11.5" (29.21 cm) Weight - 12lbs (5.44kg) Front Array Driver Enclosure Type - PowerPort Bass Venting And ARC Port Front Array Driver Complement - (1) 5.25" (13.34 cm) d (Round) Dynamic Balance driver with polymer composite cone and rubber surround - Mid/Woofer. (1) 1" (2.54 cm) d (Round) Dynamic Balance silk polymer composite dome - Tweeter
Audio Quality Total Frequency Response - 50 Hz → 27, 000 Hz Nominal Impedance - 8 ohms Sensitivity (1 watt @ 1 meter) - 89dB Lower and Upper -3dB Limits - 60 Hz → 26 Hz
Crossover Type - 2 Way Tweeter/Midrange Crossover Frequency - 1900 Hz
External Amplifier Recommended Amplifier Power Per Channel - 20 watts → 125 watts
Inputs Speaker Inputs - (1) Pair of Dual 5-way Binding Posts - Gold Plated
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We had recently moved and I needed to replace two larger speakers which (a) were too large for their intended space and (b) had seen better days. So I started looking and after comparing several different speakers - and after going to various stores to "audition" speakers, I finally chose these, and I am MORE than satisfied with them.
I knew there size when I ordered them, nevertheless I was still surprised when I opened the box to set them up. The surprise was the wall-mounting plate on the back of the speaker. These things are NOT super-light-weight, and I would not be comfortable putting these on a wall unless I could attach directly to the stud inside the wall. While I'm sure that would have worked just fine, that set-up didn't work for me in this location. Fortunately, however, the plan was to put them on the top of shelf units I had built for larger speakers, and that worked nicely (and my better half has already used the "extra" space on that shelf for books). (BTW, the recommendation for the manufacturer is to attach the speaker to a stud - I just didn't see that note until I had alerady set the speaker system up.)
The sound form these is excellent - and I was replacing an "all-Bose" system which we had previously used, one which cost far more than these (and the center channel speaker I also bought. But that system was "getting on in years" and the new system sounds FAR better. The clarity and definition of the sound is excellent, and distortion is so low that it's almost possible to close my eyes and think I'm in a concert hall when I play music.
Instruments and voices sound completely natural with these, and sound effects (televison: police chases, gunfire, etc. ad nauseam) sound "real" enough to satisfy the listener (me: YMMV of course). My wife tells me that the sound when playing operatic selections is extremely realistic, and we have now been able to hear "unintended" things in a few live recordings (throat clearing, gasps for breath, etc.) which we had not previously heard. (On a humorous note, there is one recording of an aria sung by a famous Australian soprano, and for some reason (vanity?) EVERY SINGLE BREATH had been edited out of the recording. We can now hear a couple of the "splices" on that recording as they make a very soft but distinct "glitch" in the sound stream. (So much for "realism" in recordings...)
These more than met my expectations and I am very happy with them. I'd honestly rather have another speaker which costs well more than 10 times what these do, but that's only to impress a couple of friends who are audio "snobs", and otherwise I am far more than satisfied with them.
Are they prefect. No. But then nothing is. Are they the best speaker ever made? No, but they don't cost as much as that one either, and please note that if I were to buy that (mythical?) speaker, then another one would eventually come out which was even better.
But are they more than worth the price? Yes. (And I got them on sale so add "And them some.") I like them and they are more than satisfactory as far as we are concerned - and they also look very good (keeping my better half very happy as well).
I would recommend these to anyone who wants a good-sounding pair of speakers at a very reasonable price. And for what it's worth, I would not hesitate to buy them all over if I had to do it again.
Updated 3-11-19: The mids and highs on these RTi A1's are better than I've heard from my TSi tower speakers. I use a Polk psw-10 subwoofer with these. Excellent!
These wall mounted speakers are serving up the main left and right channels from a mid-tier stereo receiver (Onkyo TX-8050). I heard once the best way to know you have a good system is if you just have to put on one more music selection before shutting it down for the day. This describes my new setup with these Polks. I'm hearing subtle audio that I didn't hear with the tower speakers. They blow away the small Polk T-15's. They don't sound colored to me, closer to monitor type speakers. They seem to be the best balance of sound and still wall mountable without having major heavy duty wall mounts. I'm getting noticeably more bass out of these speakers even with the subwoofer. Highly recommend if your environment is similar (small room, want to keep the floor clear). Yay!!
When researching which new speakers to buy, I read a number of reviews. I eventually waffled between the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1s and the Polk RTi A1s - both overwhelmingly favorably reviewed. In the end, I decided to take a chance on the Wharfedales. I spent hours trying to find them for sale online in the US, finally did find them, and made the purchase. There are no dealers that carry them in Oklahoma, and due to a lack of Stateside online retailer options, I paid full price, which made me a little nervous. To make matters worse, the day after I purchased the Wharfedales, Amazon slashed the price on the Polks by $75. Not wanting to pass on a great deal and knowing I could return whichever speakers I liked the least, I went ahead and got them too. The speakers arrived within a day of each other, and the first thing I did was test them in head to head competition to see if I had chosen wisely. Kind of fun, and quite revealing...
The Diamond 10.1s totally exceeded my high expectations and validated the flowery reviews I had read. These speakers not only look fantastic, more importantly, they also sound phenomenal. Even with a premium Onkyo receiver, I couldn't turn the volume up high enough to distort the tight, controlled, and vibrant sound emitted from these speakers before they blew out my ear drums. Simply amazing.
The Polks are also superb and performed nearly on par with the Wharfedales. When compared back to back, the Polks were ever so slightly brighter and harsher, if that makes sense. The Wharfedales seemed warmer and more refined; just as hard hitting, but more capable when handling the softer stuff. While the Polks are a hammer in the hands of a master carpenter, the Wharfedales are a chisel in the hands of a master sculptor.
Head to head for pure performance, the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1s beat the Polk RTi A1s. However, the Polks are extremely impressive for the price. Keep in mind the Polks (on sale) were nearly half of the price I paid for the Wharfedales, and the difference in performance, while noticeable, is subtle.
I love both sets of speakers - the Wharfedales for their superior performance and the Polks for their great performance to price ratio. I was going to return the "loser," but there are no losers in this comparison. I'm so impressed with the Polks, I'm going to keep them. I'll happily find a use for them in a spare room and consider them a steal at just over $200. Truth be told, if not comparing them back to back in head to head competition, I'd probably have a hard time noticing the difference in performance just walking into a room where they are the featured speaker. The Polks hit hard, loud, and clear, and are everything you could want in a speaker. Not the best bookshelf, but likely among the best for the price.
I highly recommend the Polks! Although I prefer the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1s for pure performance, the Polk RTi A1s are pound for pound, dollar for dollar, a fantastic buy.