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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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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-C|4
  • 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: 15 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000V2UBSI
  • Item model number: AM1172-C|4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,056 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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These bookshelf speakers have amazing sound quality and although I have subwoofer, its bass sound…The sound is very crispy and doesn't show any distortion when it's loud. Read more ›
The RTi A1's handled it all with…The sound is open, nicely detailed, presented without significant coloration, although sometimes a bit of a silvery tone comes through. Read more ›
Excellent highs, with a rich sound and good base. Add a subwoofer and the sound is full and tremendous. As always, Polk Audio makes excellent quality products at a… Read more ›
Using a Polk 8" subwoofer in a smallish living room and two smaller KLH bookshelf speakers in…The sound was always great from these speakers and they were always beautiful! Read more ›
They are very well made cabinets with an attractive shape. The sound is quite well balanced with a good bass extension for such a small speaker. They benefit from Read more ›
Great sound. But only has optical audio connection. Read more ›
I have the crossover on the AVR set at 60hz. I really think a sub is a good idea with these but you could get away without one. I would recommend these to anyone. Read more ›
The speakers are very clear and I love watching movies even more now. They provide adequate bass, and are very clear in the higher frequencies. Even my wife said that these… Read more ›
I have these very near the wall on top of my kitchen cabinets, and whatever they've done with the ported…They have very good bass and sound excellent without a subwoofer. Read more ›
They are powerful enough to handle the output from my Yamaha R-S500BL receiver with no distortion. Clear highs and full bass. Nice looking too. Read more ›
When I first connected, I was a little on the fence due to the vastly increased amount of bass, when compared with the JVC…Really powerful bass for a speaker this size. N… Read more ›
So to compare these small…But they exceed on every other spectrum and still give decent bass for a small speaker. if I add a sub woofer I will have the best I could want. Read more ›
Bought one week ago, I'm…I tried KEF Q100 as an alternative in the dealer's showroom, but sound quality of these speakers were better considering almost 30% lower price! Read more ›
They are in a very-less-than-ideal location: on top of cabinets in a large kitchen…We purchased because they match the cabinets and Polk has a good reputation for value. Read more ›
Rich sound, great bass response. Fantastic compared to the Polk TI100, well worth the price. These speakers function really well sound nice and natural. Read more ›
I spent hours…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. Read more ›
If you haven't read the Stereophile review of this speaker, please do so; It is…The A1's are compact, have a great looking cabinet and a sound that belies their low price. Read more ›
I am very pleased with the performance. Certainly a great value at this price. Read more ›
But if you bring up the volume you'll be happy with the bass coming out. So I added a subwoofer and now I get the bass that I want to hear even when the volume level is low. Read more ›
While these don't compare…The bass response is astonishing too from these little things - no not the same as large speakers, but impressive nonetheless even at low volumes. Read more ›
Finally, while they sound great at low volumes, these speakers really seem like they want to be played loud! Put on an up tempo song and start turning them up and they… Read more ›
Overall, very good sounding speaker and great look for…You don't have to turn them up very much and the sound just carries throughout the apartment at a very good volume. Read more ›
I gave it a four star because I wanted to hear a little bit more thump from the bass and since I can't crank up the volume (the wife doesn't like loud sound), the bass… Read more ›
Anything above that they start to sound sort of flat (nice and loud, just the sound starts to distort and flatten out, especially if you approach 70) and anything below you… Read more ›
I…They don't reproduce deep bass (I didn't expect them to do so), but the midrange and treble are perfect with a great soundstage being presented with appropriate depth. Read more ›
Awesome Speakers for my home system. The Highs are solid, not any distortion at all.... Movies are great. And the Look Goood as well Read more ›
In my point in life - gone…Must say I was very impressed with the sound quality - rich brilliant highs with perfectly blended mid range and surprisingly convincing bass. Read more ›
They sounded so good that I was sold on…Don't get me wrong, your not going to get "Booming" base out of these, but you will get very clean bass and great mids and highs. Read more ›
It was time…After much debate as to which model, I decided on the RTI A1's, mainly because for their size, they can deliver crisp bass, pleasant highs, and great imaging. Read more ›
i turned the lights off and i was conviced they were full range speakers.from the sometimes thunderous bottom end to realistic midband and the smooth highs.as the hours… Read more ›
The overall sound is crisp and clear but with a…The mids are good - not quite as layed or multidimensional as I would like them, but still capable of a clean presentation. Read more ›
Excellent speakers and great value. These speakers have great lows and mids, and a little light on the highs, but overall crystal clear. I would highly recommend these as… Read more ›
i replaced my polk audio t15s with these rti…the highs are alot crisper and the mids are more defined.these rti speakers are polks best bookshelf speakers hands down. Read more ›
Together, these speakers provide a full range suitable for Fifth…I am unable to detect any artifacting from the compression, and I like the crisp, yet warm mids and highs. Read more ›
They sounded so good that I was sold on…Don't get me wrong, your not going to get "Booming" base out of these, but you will get very clean bass and great mids and highs. Read more ›
I was a little concerned about the 5.25 Inch woofer - but many reviews, including a professional Stereophile review convinced me that these were a bang for the buck,… Read more ›
The sound is open and translucent without ever being muddy. Pair these with a good subwoofer and you have a wonderful setup for either music or home theater. These belong… Read more ›
I bought the Polk RtiA1 bookshelf speakers and the Polk PSW110 Sub to go with them. They were very easy to set up and give a great sound quality. I would recommend them to… Read more ›
These speakers deliver wonderful sound in a compact size. We are very pleased with the quality. Read more ›
Years ago I purchased an Orb Audio…I loved the small size, and the sound during video playback was acceptable, but music playback always left something to be desired. I… Read more ›
The sound quality is fantastic. The quality of the assembly of the speakers is solid and the curved design work great in my dining room. Reccomend. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

77 of 78 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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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful By W. Ballard on December 1, 2011
Color Name: Cherry Verified Purchase
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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57 of 63 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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21 of 22 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lucky Jack on November 3, 2010
Color Name: Cherry Verified Purchase
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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