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Polk needs a better center channel for the RTi A9 towers
on April 13, 2013
This is the top of the line center channel for the RTi A/CSi A family of speakers. It is supposed to be the match for the top of the line RTi A9 towers. Unfortunately, I don't think it is good enough for those towers. It is OK for the cheaper towers such as the RTi A5s (but many not for the A7s).
Polk's own advertising talks about how the center channel is the most important for a surround sound system. So shouldn't the center channel be at least an equal to the towers?
The CSi A6 is only a two way speaker. It has two 6-1/2" midranges and the same tweater as the towers. The problem is that it sounds like a two way speaker when matched up with the three way RTi A9s.
The CSi A6 lacks the midrange, detail and clarity of the RTi A9 towers. It does not have a natural sound for dialog.
My previous speakers had just the opposite problem. The towers were two way and did not have good midrange or detail, so they weren't great for listening to music. The center speaker was a three was speaker that had the same configuration as the towers but had a couple of midrange speakers thrown in. The surround sound performance was great.