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Everything I expected, yet they still surprised me
on May 26, 2011
I did a lot of research both online (forums and editorial reviews) and in stores. After auditioning other products in the price range and also other speakers from Polk, I decided to make the purchase. The RTi A3's are some of the best performance per dollar speakers out there. They look great and sound even better.
I currently have them running in a temporary stereo setup in my parents basement (until I move out in two weeks - just graduated college). I have a denon avr-1912 receiver powering them that I also just bought - look out for a review of this once I get my setup more fleshed out and work my way through all its features. After running the initial auto-setup on the denon these speakers sound amazing. Their is a little punch in the upper bass that will almost certainly be tamed by running the Audyssey calibration on the receiver. Other than that the sound is amazing. Highs are great, voices sound very natural and distorted guitars and drums sound very life-like.
I am trying to refrain from using audiophile hyperbole here. Rap, techno, jazz and rock are all handled very well.
The bass reproduction is there and sounds great but (and remember, I have not run room calibration yet) is definitely not impactful. What I mean by that is that I don't feel bass hits in my chest but I can definitely hear the bass very clearly. A subwoofer would definitely help on this front but honestly a sub is not needed for music listening - only the lowest of low bass lines will not be handled by these amazing bookshelfs.
And that is exactly what I think they are - amazing. I think they sound great and have tremendous value. You would be hard pressed to find speakers that sound this good at this price range. My friend sat down and listened to them yesterday and he is certainly not an enthusiast and he immediately said they were some of the best speakers he has ever heard.