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Polk Audio RTI A1 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Cherry)

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  • Pair of real wood bookshelf speakers with all MDF construction and resonance-free enclosures
  • Equipped with one 5.25-inch dynamic balance mineral/polymer composite cone driver
  • Features Power Port technology to reduce "chuffing" or "port noise"
  • Equipped with one 1-inch silk/polymer composite dome tweeter
  • Features a neodynium magnet, low viscosity ferro-fluid cooling, and a heat sink on the back of the magnet
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Polk Audio RTI A1 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Cherry) + Polk Audio CSI A4 Center Channel Speaker (Single, Cherry)
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Color: Cherry
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Product Specifications

Color: Cherry
Brand NamePolk Audio
Speaker TypeBookShelf Speaker
Color NameCherry
Item Display Height12 inches
Depth11.5 inches
Driver Configuration1x 5.25" mid/woofer, 1x 1" Tweeter
Frequency Response Curve50 Hz - 27 kHz
Speaker Driver Material TypePolypropylene
Maximum Speaker Depth (inches)11.5 inches

Technical Details

Color: Cherry
  • Brand Name: Polk Audio
  • Model: AM1172-B
  • Color Name: Cherry
  • Speaker Type: BookShelf Speaker
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
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Product Details

Color: Cherry
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 12 x 7 inches ; 15 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 26 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000V2UBSI
  • Item model number: AM1172-B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,047 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

Color: Cherry

Polk Audio RTI A1 Cherry Bookshelf Speaker - The new RTI A series feature several upgrades. From the incorporation of our latest Dynamic Balance Cone drivers and 1 inch tweeters to an elegant restyling of the cabinets in keeping with the latest styles. The floor-standing models feature "Power Port Plus" an enhancement of Polk's patented Power Port technology. As you would expect from this highly popular line, the performance is classic Polk.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Foley on October 11, 2009
Color Name: Cherry Verified Purchase
I researched bookshelf speakers for two months. I wanted a speaker that would fill the room with clean, rich sound for all types of music, especially jazz, classical, bluegrass, and rock. Everything sounds great on these speakers. I had Boston Acoustic floor speakers. I still love the the BAs, but I have not lost anything with the Polk and I have gained space. The speakers sit on top of a bookcase, about 6' off the ground, in a 14' x 14' room. I could not be happier.
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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By W. Ballard on December 1, 2011
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This may sound a bit like a Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 review, but read on, be patient, and you'll see where I'm going with this...

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.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By B. Lee on June 13, 2008
Color Name: Cherry
I also own the previous generation RTi6 bookshelf speakers by Polk and was able to do a direct comparison. The 6s have larger drivers so their slight mid-bass advantage is to be expected, but in all other ways the RTi A1 is an improvement. The sound projects further outside of the cabinets, or rather the cabinets disappear and throw a great, wide sound-field outward. Instruments sound like they should, male voices aren't nasal or chesty, and the highs are soothing rather than sibilant and tinny (as the previous RTis could get under pressure). I have never heard a speaker this nice at a price this low.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By brooklen on March 30, 2012
Color Name: Cherry Verified Purchase
I was already familiar with the quality and value of Polk Audio products and particularly appreciate Polk is based in Baltimore, MD. I still own and have enjoyed my Polk RT10 tower speakers for the past 14 years. These RTI A1 speakers Polk Audio RTI A1 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Cherry) were purchased to replace my Bose cube satellites and Acoustimass subwoofer module which I have gotten really tired of due to their lack of musicality and the overall richness of sound I had become so accustomed to getting from my towers. After reading all of the user (thank you, again, Amazon customers!) and a good number of expert reviews, and not really having room in my new residence for my towers, I chose to go with these for the price point, flexibility and quality everyone claimed they offered. I took them out of the box and were truly impressed with the awesomeness of the real Cherry wood finish. Exquisite! The overall shape of the unit (not boxy but curved toward the rear for acoustic reasons) was extremely beautiful. They were solid, not overly heavy or bulky and could easily be placed on a bookshelf. They can also be placed directly on the wall via the enclosed screws and the hook located on the rear port hole cover. However, when placed on my newly purchased Vantage Point adjustable speaker stands Vantage Point SSB-30BB Adjustable Bookshelf Series Speaker Stands they are stunning to behold and allow for the flexibility of placement I desired.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lucky Jack on November 3, 2010
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Update: 3 Years Later - I still love my Polk A1s. I am actually considering getting a second pair. I now have them paired with a powered subwoofer and a matching Polk center as part of surround system (powered by Marantz NR1403 at 50W per channel) and I find continued great pleasure in listening to either incredibly detailed acoustic music with very realistic soundstage or cranked out live Rush DVD (R30 is an awesome live DVD if you like Rush)

I forgot how much I love listening to great speakers. These are definitely great speakers. One constant I kept seeing in reviews on AMZN and from professional reviewers is how fun it is to listen to familiar music on the A1s. I took that for a very good sign and, having had them for 2 weeks, I must agree.

They sound very natural and detailed and just slightly bright. If I had any knock on these it is that they sound a little bright of neutral. I am not sure if this is a knock, however, as I am sure that this adds to the wonderful detail these speakers produce. In nearly every familiar song I listen to, I notice new elements that I hadn't noticed before. Voices and string instruments, in particular, sound like they are in the room. Very realistic sounding.

The other thing that these speakers do well is project a wide sound field that spreads well beyond and behind the speakers. These speakers just disappear into a wall of sound. They are also physically quite small! When my friends came over to listen them, they had to look twice to see where the speakers were in my bookshelf. I got them in black because that is the color of my entertainment system.
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