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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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- Brand Name: Polk Audio
- Model Number: AM1172-C|4
- Color: Cherry
- Speaker Type: BookShelf Speaker
- Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
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|Item Dimensions||12 x 11.5 x 7 in||14.75 x 14.25 x 7.75 in||7 x 11.75 x 15.4 in||7 x 10.2 x 11 in||8 x 11.75 x 15.4 in||12.24 x 7.99 x 14.57 in|
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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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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.
Original review: I've been breaking these speakers in the last couple of days and I'm very pleased with their overall performance. They beat my expectations. I also have the Polk RTI A3s, A5s, the CSI A6 and these all have a full sound in the mid to upper bass and mid range. Some of the 5 inch 2 way bookshelf speakers I've heard sound thin in the mid to upper bass and lower mid range. The A1s instead have a full, balanced sound. They do great with action movies and all genres of music. Dialogue in movies is very clear. They do need a sub! These are bookshelf speakers with a 5.25" mid-range/woofer, not Cerwin Vega towers with double 12" woofers. These speakers also blend seamlessly with my A5s. Polk did a marvelous job at matching the sound signatures of the A1s, A3s, and A5s.
Applications: I plan on using them as surrounds in a 5.1 home theater system. If you have a small to mid sized living room, four of these speakers plus the CSI A4 would make a great home theater and home stereo music set-up. The A1s would also work in a bedroom/office/den/ small living room 2.1 channel stereo set-up. I presently have them hooked up to a Yamaha R-S500 2.1 channel stereo receiver. This receiver is a solid 75 watts rms and the RTI A1s are VERY easy to drive - no monster amp is required.
The A1s are well made, they look great with real wood veneer finish, and they are easy to place on a 12" shelf or wall mount (wall mounting brackets/feet are built into the back of the A1s and A3s). The rear power port makes them easy to place on a book shelf. They can be placed closer to the wall over other bass port speakers because their rear port disperses the air/sound out sideways from the speaker and not directly into the wall.