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Polk Audio RTi4 High Performance Bookshelf/On-Wall Speakers (Pair, Black)


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  • Pair of real wood bookshelf or on-wall speakers with all MDF construction and resonance-free enclosures
  • Equipped with a 5.25-inch polymer composite cone driver with rubber surrounds
  • Features a neodynium magnet and a heat sink on the back of the magnet
  • Equipped with one 1-inch silk/polymer composite dome tweeter
  • The PowerPort vent doubles as a strong, built-in wall-mounting bracket for easy, safe placement
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Product Specifications

Brand NamePolk Audio
Color NameBlack
Item Display Height12 inches
Depth11.5 inches
Peak Power Handling - Speakers250 watts
Maximum Speaker Depth (inches)11.5 inches

Product Description

Product Description

Polk Audio RTi4 High Performance Bookshelf/On-Wall Speakers, Pair (Black Oak)

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With the Polk Audio RTi4 bookshelf speakers, you'll get superior dynamic impact from a stylish speaker with clean lines and radiant metallic details. It's great for use as main/front speakers--or direct radiating surround speakers--in high performance A/V or music-only systems.

Polk Audio RTi4 bookshelf speakers in black
Polk Audio RTi4 bookshelf speakers in black.

Key Features

  • Dynamic Balance polymer composite driver for smooth wide-range response with low distortion.
  • PowerPort bass venting for superior clean, low distortion bass that you can really feel.
  • Acoustic Resonance Control (ARC Port) technology for more natural midrange reproduction.
  • 1-inch silk dome Dynamic Balance tweeter features a neodymium magnet for clear, detailed highs; heat-sinked for superior heat dissipation, power handling and reliability.
  • PowerPort vent doubles as a strong, built-in wall-mounting bracket for easy, safe placement.
  • Butyl rubber surrounds for high performance durability.
  • Acoustically inert stamped driver baskets.
  • Floating anti-diffraction grilles minimize grille diffraction for spacious, 3-dimensional imaging.
  • Magnetic shielding for safe placement near video sources.
  • Mylar bypass capacitors in the crossovers extend high frequency response and improve detail and transparency.
  • Dual, bi-ampable gold-plated 5-way binding post inputs (with wide holes for large-gauge bare wire connections) for the most secure connections and the most versatile wiring applications.
  • Timbre-matched to fit into any Polk Audio home theater or multi-channel music system for a more realistic, more seamless surround sound environment.

Specifications

  • Overall frequency response: 50Hz-27kHz
  • Inputs: Dual (bi-amp) gold plated 5-way binding posts
  • Mounting options: Shelf, stand or wall-mount with built-in keyhole slot
  • Enclosure type: Vented via rear-mounted Power Port and a single front mounted ARC port
  • Dimensions: 12 x 7 x 11-1/2 inches (HxWxD)
  • Warranty: 5 years parts and labor (original purchaser)

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 11.5 x 12 inches ; 14 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 26.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0000E2XEB
  • Item model number: AM0295
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,151 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 4, 2003

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The RTi4's sounded great with both.
Mark Wellman
These are very good speakers for a good quality, mid-range surround sound system.
Grant Harding
Pros: Very clear sound with strong mid and high tones.
Neeraj

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. Kragel on January 18, 2008
I listened to these speakers at a store before buying them online. They don't quite have the full sound of a good floor standing speaker, but are very close in quality to my Infinity SM85s, which are excellent. Put a subwoofer with these and they are outstanding. If I had to, I could get by w/ out the woofer. I listened to quite a few bookshelf speakers and this was the best.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wellman on June 25, 2004
I have played these with a 50 watt/channel receiver and a 125 watt/channel preamp/power amp setup. The RTi4's sounded great with both. They have very good bass for the size. The music sounds very natural. I recommend these highly, and I am pretty picky.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2004
These speakers are top rate in sound quality! I use them for classical music and I find the mid to high frequencies to be excellent. As with all speakers this size, however, a subwoofer is necessary if you want the full range of bass to really rumble.
Compared to the sound quality of the mid-quality speakers from Polk Audio, the RTi4s are superior. Well worth the extra cost if you're a music lover.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Randall Richmond on May 28, 2007
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Polk Audio has once again produced a "near perfect" speaker. This is the first bookshelf speaker I have purchased in about fifteen years, so I am not the authority I once was on "the latest and greatest" in all things audio, but I will tell you for the money this is one outstanding deal. The sound quality is exceptional!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By documentboy on June 23, 2007
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These speakers are small enough to fit easily in a bookcase yet put out enough undistorted volume to nearly fill my house. They didn't do too well with bass-heavy music (I tried the Fugees) but they were extremely good with vocals from Bobby McFerrin--warm, sharp, responsive. I couldn't stop smiling while I was listening to McFerrin on these. Combine these with a subwoofer and you'll have a system good enough for listening to just about anything. I've combined them with a 5.1 speaker system from Polk, so I've got the home theater and pure music experiences both covered.
The styling is very nice: the grill is a curved shape that projects out from the housing, and the black finished wood veneer is quite pretty.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian Brooks on February 15, 2007
I've been listening to these speakers for over a week and am highly pleased. My previous system was a sony stereo system 120 watts per channel. Not only do these speakers have better quality, but they are louder.

I don't normally write reviews for products that I purchase online, but I figured since I was so pleased I should share my experience. Definitely use good wires to hook these babies up or you wont exploit their full potential. The RTi's have good bass but I feel like I need to add a sub to feel lower frequencies. When I turn the bass up it's too straining on the speakers, hence a sub.

Can't wait to add a sub to this banging setup! No regrets!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Tanaka on February 24, 2012
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I am using four Polk Audio RTi4 (side and surround) with a pair of RTi12 (front floor standing), CSi5 (center), PSW505 (subwoofer) for an overall 7.1 surround sound system. This is an amazing setup and timbre matched for overall fantastic sound and equivalent tonal characteristics, i.e. as similar sounds travel from one speaker to another the tone of the sound will not be altered as it moves.

For surround sound setups or bookshelf speakers matched with a subwoofer, the Polk Audio RTi4 is a fantastic speaker vs the RTi6. The RTi4's 5.25" driver produces better imaging, sounds more detailed, and the midrange is slightly more focused. Also, the RTi4 sounds more muscial while the tweeter sounded nearly identical.

I liked the dimensions of the RTi4 better: it is smaller and more compact yet produced great sound. The specifications between the RTi4 and RTi6 are close, but from the specifications it would seem that the RTi6 will get you even more mid-bass and a little more low end frequency as well. But if you are using a subwoofer that may not be a big factor.

Complimenting the RTi4's with a great subwoofer crossed over at 80 Hz will fill the bottom end well. With the RTi6 you're only gaining a bit of bass extension (10 Hz). Again, with a subwoofer that bass extension will be negated.

Also, if you are price sensitive the RTi4's are about $100 less than the RTi6's per pair.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By the cat man on February 14, 2010
Excellent price, the sound is not quite what was expected but easily manipulated. Very crisp and clear high end. Perhaps a frequency response curve would be useful. The speakers have a pretty hard honk in the 1K-2K Hz range but it can be softened up with a graphic EQ. I have them paired up with a 2x12" folded sub in a small room and with a minimum of tweaking the system sounds very clear, very natural and surpisingly powerful given the small size of the Polk speakers. They handle power well and my amps start to distort well before the speakers will. The aesthetics are great - small footprint and great lines. Certainly a high quality component.
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