Surround Sound Speaker Systems

Polk RTiA 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System

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Introduction to the Polk RTiA 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System

Founded in 1972 by Matt Polk, George Klopfer, and Sandy Gross, Polk Audio has always strived to deliver natural, full-range sound at a competitive price. While no longer run by the founders, Polk Audio still works hard to provide a high-quality sounding product at a price that mere mortals can easily afford. Recently refreshed, the RTi A series of speakers from Polk sports new curve-sided cabinets, upgraded drivers, and real-wood veneer finishes. For this review we've assembled a full surround system including the RTi A9 towers, CSi A6 center-channel, and RTi A3 bookshelf speakers for use as surrounds. Rounding out the system is Polk's DSWPRO660wi wireless-ready subwoofer. As Polk's second-most expensive line behind the LSi series, we'll see if the RTi system can offer similar performance to its more expensive siblings.

POLK RTIA SPECIFICATIONS

  • RTi A9
  • Design: 3-way Tower, Sealed and Ported Combination
  • Drivers: One 1" Silk Polymer Composite Dome Tweeter, Two 5.25" Polymer Composite Mid-range, Three 7" Polymer Composite Woofers
  • MFR: 30 Hz - 26 kHz, - 3 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Crossover frequency: 120 Hz, 1.8 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 50-500 Watts
  • Dimensions: 48.6" H x 8.9" W x 21.4" D
  • Weight: 76 Pounds/each
  • Standard Finishes: Black or Cherry Real Wood Veneer
  • MSRP: $1,499.90/pair USD
  • RTi A3
  • Design: 2-way Bookshelf, Ported
  • Drivers: One 1" Silk Polymer Composite Dome Tweeter, One 6.5" Polymer Composite Mid/Woofer
  • MFR: 50 Hz - 26 kHz, - 3 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.8 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 89 dB
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 20-150 Watts
  • Dimensions: 14.75" H x 8.9" W x 14" D
  • Weight: 16 Pounds/each
  • Standard Finishes: Black or Cherry Real Wood Veneer
  • MSRP: $399.95/pair USD
  • CSi A6
  • Design: 2-way Center Channel, Ported
  • Drivers: One 1" Silk Polymer Composite Dome Tweeter, Two 6.5" Polymer Composite Mid/Woofers
  • MFR: 55 Hz - 26 kHz, - 3 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.8 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 20-200 Watts
  • Dimensions: 7.75" H x 24" W x 14" D
  • Weight: 29 Pounds
  • Standard finishes: Black or Cherry Real Wood Veneer
  • MSRP: $399.95/each USD
  • DSWPRO660wi
  • Design: Subwoofer, Slot-loaded
  • Driver: One 12" Composite Polypropylene Woofer
  • MFR: 20 Hz - 160 kHz, - 3 dB at 25 Hz and 125 Hz
  • Amplifier Power: 500 Watts RMS, 1,000 Watts Peak
  • Low-pass Crossover Range: 60 Hz - 120 Hz
  • Dimensions: 17.1" H x 16.5" W x 16.5" D
  • Weight: 45 Pounds
  • Standard Finish: Matte Black
  • MSRP: $ 649.95 USD
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