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Our take on the Polk Audio RTi A3

by Loren Barstow
Polk Audio

Why choose bookshelf speakers?

Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.

Enjoy rich, dynamic sound from compact bookshelf speakers

The Polk RTi A3s prove that you don't need big speakers to get good sound. These bookshelf speakers feature Polk's exclusive Dynamic Balance® drivers for smooth accurate response. The woofers and tweeters undergo careful laser testing to help identify and eliminate unwanted resonances that can hinder a speaker's performance.

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Thoughtful cabinet design

Cabinet cross-section

The asymmetric cabinet helps fight vibration for clearer sound.

The RTi A3 sports a newly designed asymmetric cabinet that helps deliver rich, clear sound by combating vibration and increasing rigidity. You'll enjoy remarkably clean mids and highs for a well-defined soundstage, along with tight bass. Plus, the cabinet's curved edges give the speaker a polished look, enhanced by a real wood veneer finish.


Great for home theater or stereo music setups

The RTi A3s do a great job with stereo music on their own, but you can team them with a powered subwoofer for even better bass. Or use two pairs as your home theater's front and surround speakers for dynamic, detailed movie sound. For larger rooms, the RTi A3s work perfectly as surrounds in combination with RTi tower front speakers.

Recommended center channel speaker: Polk CSi A6.
Recommended surround speakers: Polk RTi A3.


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Highlights:

  • video-shielded
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • frequency response 50-26,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • handles 20-150 watts
  • 1" Dynamic Balance® silk/polymer tweeter
  • 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance polymer composite woofer
  • PowerPort® technology improves bass response without introducing distortion
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 89 dB
  • dual 5-way binding post terminals
  • real wood veneer finish
  • 8-3/8"W x 14-13/16"H x 14-3/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    Features and Specs
    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Video Shielded Yes
    Tweeter Type Dome
    Tweeter Size (inches) 1
    Midrange Size (inches) ---
    Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
    Woofer Composition Polymer composite
    Woofer Surround Butyl rubber
    Power Range 20-150
    Sensitivity 89 dB
    Impedance (Ohms) 8
    Frequency Response 50-26k Hz
    Connector Type 5-way post
    Bi-amp Inputs Yes
    Height (inches) 14-13/16
    Width (inches) 8-3/8
    Depth (inches) 14-3/16
    Weight (pounds) 16
    Mounting Bracket Included Keyhole
    Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-31
    Parts Warranty 5 Years
    Labor Warranty 5 Years
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • 2 Cherry bookshelf speakers
    • 2 Self-tapping screws
    • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
    • Owner's Manual
    • Template
    • Online registration sheet
    • Polk Audio product brochure

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    Driver Technology
    Enclosure Design
    Connections
    Mounting Options

    Driver Technology

    Dynamic Balance: Dynamic Balance is a proprietary Polk Audio technology using laser imaging to determine what combination of speaker materials create the least amount of resonance. Eliminating resonance in speakers results in a wide, smooth response and low distortion.

    Polymer Composite Woofers: Each speaker features a 6-1/2" polymer composite woofer for smooth wide-range response with low distortion. For high performance durability, each woofer uses a butyl rubber surround.

    Silk/Polymer Tweeters: Each speaker has a 1" silk/polymer dome tweeter that provides clear, detailed highs. Each tweeter features mylar bypass capacitors in the crossovers to extend high frequency response and improve detail and transparency. Each tweeter features low viscosity ferro-fluid cooling with a heat sink on the Neodymium magnet for superior heat dissipation, power handling and reliability.

    Frequency Response: The overall frequency response is 40Hz-27kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 50-26kHz.

    Enclosure Design

    Damped Asymmetric Hex Laminate (DAHLI) Cabinet Design: All-MDF construction with massive asymmetric cabinet bracing ensures a resonance-free enclosure for accurate sound. The asymmetric design is made from a 6-layer laminate with 5 viscous layers to create the optimal shear damping (OSD) system. The elegant styling aside, curved cabinets not only result in a stronger, more rigid and acoustically inert enclosure, but the curved walls also produce less audible coloration from panel resonances.

    Power Port Venting System: Each speaker has a rear-firing Power Port venting system built into its back plate for precise deep bass response. This venting system allows air velocity to slow gradually, vastly reducing air turbulence, and delivering greater bass efficiency than conventional ports.

    Acoustic Resonance Control (ARC): Internal cabinet resonance can impart a "thick" character to voices. Polk's patented Acoustic Resonance Control port system overcomes this problem. In addition to the Power Port venting system, each speaker has a front-firing port that is tuned to suppress the internal cabinet resonance, resulting in smooth, natural midrange reproduction.

    Anti-Diffraction Grilles: The floating anti-diffraction grilles minimize grille diffraction for spacious, 3-dimensional imaging.

    Connections

    Dual 5-Way Binding Posts: Each speaker has two sets of gold-plated 5-way binding posts connected by gold-plated jumpers. Using the dual 5-way binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers.

    Mounting Options

    Wall Mounting: The Power Port back plate on each speaker has a keyhole slot, allowing the speaker to be mounted on the wall using the supplied 2-1/2" wood screws.

    Magnetically Shielded: The speakers are magnetically shielded, allowing you to place them near your television without distorting the picture.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Completely Satisfied

    Written By Dwald, Pelzer, SC on Saturday, September 27, 2014
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    I converted to a small speaker home theater system a couple of years ago and have not been satisfied with them when listening to music. I worked with the sales advisor on two separate occasions. Both times I worked with the same advisor who was very helpful in assisting me in narrowing down possible selections. These speakers have more than met my expectations. Mid and upper tones are great. The bass, while not booming, is surely adequate for listening to music. Might not be the choice for those playing mostly rock/roll or heavy metal type music. I listen mostly to classical and am totally satisfied with their performance.
    Pros:
    Very good sound from a fairly small speaker. Beautiful fit and finish.
    Cons:
    None noted at this point. Have had them only a couple of months.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Demo

    Written By Kelley, Lewisville, TX on Thursday, September 04, 2014
     
    I have been considering these speakers seriously so I went to a local shop to listen and I figured I would share. They appear to be very well made with excellent connections and beautiful looks. As far as sound quality goes I was able to plug my phone into the Onkyo receiver and play what I wanted. I started with Dave Mathews "Ants Marching". I like to listen to the drums and the "fiddle" on this song and the RTi s sounded nice and warm. Very balanced so far. Next up was Pink Floyd "Another Brick in the Wall" all parts. This is where it got interesting. The input was set to direct so no equalization and they were very bass heavy to me. It wasnt a deal breaker but it was noticeable enough that I played Korn's version and got some port noise too. Interesting. I switched over to the a1 s to compare. I will review them as well but very quickly here let me say that they were more tonally balanced to me as far as music goes. As far as the a3 s go they were very smooth and warm with great tweeters. The highs were very clear and smooth, no hiss or harshness, and the mid bass was great. The low bass was slightly more than I prefer for music but if it was a movie soundtrack would benefit from this. As far as it goes if the roll off started an octave higher or you could cut them by 3 db it would be perfect. Another consideration. My wife loves Godsmack and Alice in Chains so the extra bass is not gonna upset her. That is a plus.
    Pros:
    Smooth tweeters and very good tonality.
    Cons:
    Slightly too much bass but not a deal breaker.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Polk RTi A3

    Written By Matt, Snohomish, WA on Thursday, September 04, 2014
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    I am in the process of upgrading my home theater system and wanted something with a little more oomph compared to the standard home theater in a box systems. These speakers fit the bill perfectly. Currently have them as from front left/right speakers and plan to round out system with polk center/surrounds and sub soon. Once I fired them up, they play clear and loud and sound great. Music/TV/Blue Ray's all sound great. And the fit and finish is excellent as they look great too. Would suggest speaker stands (I am using 24" stands) vs hanging on the walls as these are pretty deep. If you are looking for a great sounding speaker that wont break the bank, I recommend giving these Polk's a try.
    Pros:
    Great room filling sound that is clear and concise and can go loud if needed. Open box price at Crutchfield is hard to beat and shipping is fast!
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    RTi A3

    Written By Speaker review RTi A3, Charlottesville, VA on Monday, July 28, 2014
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    Great addition to system, waiting to get some more money to get center channel speaker to go along with them
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    5 out of 5

    Polk Audio RTi A3's

    Written By Mike, Nebraska on Thursday, July 24, 2014
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    First off for a bookshelf speaker these are not small speakers, please pay attention to size spec's as were a little larger than anticipating but worked well for my large bookshelf setup. Upon arrival at first during break in period I was thinking these were not putting out a lot of sound but clarity in music and movie applications were both very impressive. Once break in period was over boy was I wrong, they were just wanting more power pushed to them and the more you pushed they were just as clear as they were on lower levels as well. I have them as fronts on a Denon 3313 7.2 receiver in a 14x50 open basement setup and they do extremely well for a bookshelf speaker, the construction is well built and solid good looking speakers and the construction shows in the mid range bass area. They really fill in my mid range area that I was lacking, I do have a powered sub to help pick up the low end but now realize I need to upgrade my rear channels to match. Overall I am very pleased with them and would be good midrange speakers to use in multiple application if space allows.
    Pros:
    Great speakers in a midrange price (on sale at time). Clear tight highs with a good mid range bass.
    Cons:
    Lack a little on low end but expected that for the size so really have no complaints....
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Audiophile quality at a reasonable price

    Written By Audiolad, Atlanta on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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    Having built some over $2500 speakers with the finest components, I know what's good and what's very good. The RTi A3 is very good and that's after listening to some of the best bookshelves under $1000/pair. My son convinced me to buy these on faith in his judgement (he owns a pair). I would never question his judgement and bought them and quite happy I did. They are not fully broken in, but that doesn't matter because they are already 5 star now. Their dynamics and transition is tops and they are very detailed without the piercing highs and mids that people think sound so wonderful. My Barbara Streisand records sound good on these speakers and very few speakers can make her sound good with her range.

    With all of the accolades, I warn you that if you don't have an amp that's powerful (50 watts rms or better) then I doubt these speakers will sound good. Second, if you play crappy sounding music on these, they might sound even crappier. They are highly recommended for budding audiophiles that simply can't afford the imported speakers.
    Pros:
    Detail Dyanamic output Great transition
    Cons:
    You need good source music (preferably a good phono/cartridge), excellent CD/DVD player Size might be too much for those looking for a true bookshelf speaker (these really need pedestals) 50 watts or better from a clean amplifier
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    RTi A3

    Written By Mark K, Howell, NJ on Monday, July 07, 2014
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    Great little speakers. Had my eye on them for a few years. I use them for home theater and stereo use. They replaced 30 year old AR58s. Great for a small room. Very affordable . Would recommend and would buy again.
    Pros:
    Lite , compact , affordable and great sound reproduction.
    Cons:
    Need sub woofer for low end.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Speakers

    Written By Dave N, N. Brookfield,MA on Sunday, May 18, 2014
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    I needed to replace the old speakers. I have a small 12' by 14' room and I already had a small Polk subwoofer. My Crutchfield adviser recommended these. I am not disappointed. Listening to music or watching a movie they fill the room nice clean sound.
    Pros:
    Great sound from a small and very good looking speaker.
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Good value

    Written By Anonymous, Archie MO on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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    So far I'm pretty happy I still haven't listened to much music yet but seem to sound good and clear I do have a sub so not sure how they perform without it. I would probably buy again for this price range
    Pros:
    Look good sound good affordable
    Cons:
    None yet
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    4 out of 5

    love the speaker

    Written By Anonymous, bay area, CA on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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    i love it, but not hearing the tsi series, made me think if it was worth the price.
    Pros:
    excellent sound
    Cons:
    pricey
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    5 out of 5

    ATi A3

    Written By JohnG, Pasadena, CA on Friday, March 28, 2014
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    Great speakers, very open and transparent with excellent midrange detail. Replaced a Triad 3 piece subwoofer/ satellite system with the Polks and have been very pleased. The deepest low end bass is not as prominent without a subwoofer, but the added lower midrange more than makes up for it in detail and clarity. The new speakers are more balanced and "live" sounding than the old ones. Using the speakers with a Denon receiver and Sony CD player, both from the early '90's and now want to upgrade both to get the most out of my new speakers. Will test them out with vinyl soon. Also, I am very impressed with the finish and build quality, got the cherry veneer and they look beautiful as they sound.
    Pros:
    Excellent speakers, especially for the price
    Cons:
    None
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great sounding speaker for the size

    Written By Kris, Dayton,Virginia on Thursday, March 20, 2014
     
    We were looking for a speaker for our Karaoke System and we always go to Crutchfield for all our audio needs. we found the polks speakers on sale. we listened to many and nothing sounds better for the price than the Polk. turns out the speakers were on sale and we chose the Polk for the quality of the sound and the looks. we are very pleased and excited to spend lots of time outside this summer for friends,food, and music. we would recommend Polk for anyone who needs speakers, recievers or anything that Polk produces. Crutchfield has many knowledgeable employees that are willing to help anyone whom walks in the door in Harrisonburg,Va.
    Pros:
    Great sounding speaker for the price.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Clear as a sunny day!

    Written By Zoookle, Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, March 06, 2014
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    I bought these for mainly music listening. I originally had these single amped and they sounded amazing. Once I got these Bi-Amped to my AVR... wow, so clear and the highs came out. These sound exceptional, very exact and very clean. When I was doing research on these I read somewhere that these were considered "lifeless" I didn't know at the time what that could exactly mean since every speaker I have ever heard has some kind of little characteristic to its sound. I understand now though... these speakers are so technical, exact and clean. You will hear everything and will notice the difference of FLAC and any other audio file.

    My Setup: Yamaha RX-A1020 Bi-Amped Polk RTI A3 (L & R) Pre-Out Polk PSW125 Sub Polk Blackstone TL150 (center and SL & SR) 14 guage wire banana plugs to AVR and bare wire to speakers
    Pros:
    Highs are super high Very clean and exact sound Bi-Amped - makes a difference Grills are high quality with plastic backing and easy to pull off
    Cons:
    So exact and technical its Almost Lifeless Cheap rubber stick on feet. (customer sticks them on) Not really a con, but not a ton of bass so get a sub.
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    5 out of 5

    Polk RTi A3

    Written By jimmy, Grnad Blanc, MI on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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    Love the sound. The cherry finish is beautiful. Tech support is great.
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    5 out of 5

    Great!!

    Written By MZH, Elkridge, MD on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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    excellent sound for the price. I suggest a nice sub.
    Pros:
    for the price can't beat em.....
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Polk Audio RTi A3

    Written By DavidR, The Woodlands, TX on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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    The speakers are bookshelf speakers but still have a great range of sound and good clean tight bass. I would recommend these speakers.
    Pros:
    Very good sound and do not take a lot of space.
    Cons:
    Kind of pricey.
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    5 out of 5

    Polk RTiA3

    Written By David, Tampa, FL on Friday, January 03, 2014
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    I am very impressed with the sound quality and fit/finish of these speakers. I am using 4 RTiA3's (black finish) along with a Polk subwoofer (DSW-600). I have the speakers mounted on 30 in high speaker stands. The sound is excellent, especially when you crank the power up a little.
    Pros:
    Appearance, build-quality, sound quality.
    Cons:
    None so far.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Polk Audio RTi A3

    Written By David P, Cape Coral, Florida on Saturday, November 16, 2013
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    The speakers are amazing with their silk dome tweeters. Returned other speakers with aluminum tweeters cause speech was tinny and unclear when watching tv. Plenty of Bass and midrange. Using with rti A-7's front speakers and a CSI-4 for center and a definitive Tech pro sub-800 for a subwoofer..
    Pros:
    Great sounding for full sound spectrum would definitly recommend to buy.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Addition

    Written By John K, Flemington, NJ on Saturday, October 19, 2013
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    Just added these RTiA3 to my system which includes Polk Audio RTi A9 fronts, Polk Audio CSi A6 center, Polk Audio FXi A6 rear surround, and a Polk Audio PSW108 powered to a Sony STR-DA5800ES. A big difference from 5.1 to 7.1 and these speakers really sound good !!! Just need two more FXi A6 to complete to a 9.1 setup. Everything was purchased through Crutchfield, GREAT SERVICE and GREAT PRICES. Can't beat Crutchfield's service. Been doing business with Crutchfield since 1999.
    Pros:
    Great sounding speaker and a great look with the cherry finish.
    Cons:
    none
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Speakers

    Written By Jim, Charlottesville VA on Thursday, October 10, 2013
     
    I have these as my wide channels in a 7.2 HT system that also consists of the Polk RTI-a7 (R and L channels) CSI-a6 (center channel) and FXI-a4 (surrounds) all run by the Denon 3313CI. Just like the other Polks in this series the RTI-a3 speaker sounds great. It's a large bookshelf but it's still a bookshelf so if I were running these as my right and left channels I would say you really need to make sure you have a subwoofer. But I would say that for any bookshelf. As far as music and movies, this speaker does it all very well. If your primary interest is music and you consider yourself an audiophile then I would say you might want to up your budget a bit and look at the Polk LSI series. But then again most true audiophiles wouldn't even consider $400 speakers, some of them wouldn't even consider $400 speaker wire. But I digress. Truly, if you want a good speaker at a very good price that can handle whatever you want to throw at it then this speaker will serve you really well.
    Pros:
    Great sound. A lot of speaker at a great price.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice

    Written By Jeff, Newbern, TN on Wednesday, October 02, 2013
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    Very pleased. I finally bought something that seems to be worth more than I paid for it. Value is hard to find these days and I'm often disappointed with most products that I buy because everything is very expensive and poorly made. These Polk Audio RTiA3's are top notch speakers that are beautifully designed with high quality materials and they sound fantastic.
    Pros:
    High quality, great value
    Cons:
    none
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great speakers

    Written By Tom C, Kunkletown, PA on Thursday, September 12, 2013
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    Right now I would rate these a 3.5 but would buy them again. These are still new to me and maybe they are not all the way broken in. Compared to my last speakers these have more highs and mid range. All the different sounds seem separate like the drums, cymbals, guitars, etc... My last speakers didn't have the highs or mid range so the sounds were blended and muddy. These are not at all. I have not heard them turned up beyond 50% so cannot comment on their ability to sound good when maxed out but for low listening volumes they work well as long as it is not too low. I do notice that they need more power to hear them correctly compared to my old speakers. My old ones play louder than these at the same volume but then again if I matched the last two surrounds to these I would not notice the difference. I am using my old fronts as surrounds. So at 10 on my volume I hear the surrounds louder than I hear these which are set up as fronts. Once I get up to 25-45 of volume I don't notice the difference in loudness. These do not have floor thumping bass, you will need a bass for that. These are not as large as I thought after I read all the reviews but they are deep.
    Pros:
    Have decent bass, great mid range and highs. Have a wide sound stage.
    Cons:
    Tweeter sounds scratchy and blown when really close to it. Need a little power to hear them properly.
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice speakers

    Written By Mark, Washoe Valley NV on Friday, September 06, 2013
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    I was looking for a speaker that would take less space than my existing giant size speakers from the 80's. I still wanted quality but massive volume was no longer necessary. These speakers were perfect. I think they are very balanced, I had done a side by side comparison to Klipch & these were more balanced, pleasant & realistic to listen to. I listen to a lot of acoustic music. Having a sub woofer does help. The cherry wood is beautiful.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent speakers!

    Written By PJ, Kansas City on Friday, September 06, 2013
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    These speakers sound as beautiful as they look! I have Polk Monitor 10s that still sound excellent but my wife wanted something smaller for our family room. The cherry wood is beautiful and the speakers not being square boxes really appeals to her. The speakers produce a very nice full sound!
    Pros:
    Sound and looks.
    Cons:
    Haven't found any cons yet.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    RTi A3

    Written By Boo, Hormigueros, PR on Friday, August 23, 2013
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    Speaker sounds great. Nice clear mids & highs
    Pros:
    Build quality & finish are awwsome
    Cons:
    Nine
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Polk Audio RTi A3

    Written By Steve, Rohnert Park,Ca on Thursday, August 15, 2013
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    Excellent clarity. Perfect for a medium or smaller sized area I am very pleased
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding in every regard

    Written By Anonymous, Arlington, VA. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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    I got these as rear surrounds to get that whole 7.1 thing going. Now I feel terrible that they have to sit in the back of the room. Build quality is fantastic. They are beautiful (even my wife likes their looks). And most importantly, they sound awesome. I swapped them out with a pair of Klipsch bookshelves in my bedroom and couldn't believe how great they sounded right out of the box. Much, much better. They provide solid detail throughout their range and have nice imagining. Even with a little 55 watt Sonos, they play nice and loud. They sound amazing as rear channels. Polk has really nailed it and it seems impossible to go wrong with the great service that Crutchfield provides. Buy them. I can't imagine you will be disappointed.
    Pros:
    Sound is detailed and rich. Build quality outstanding. They look great.
    Cons:
    I am riddled with guilt because I stuck them in my bookshelves to supplement my rear channels. They deserve much better than that.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sounds great

    Written By Mike, Oregon on Sunday, May 26, 2013
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    Very sturdy construction. Sound is very clear. I'm running them under powered right now and the sound is great, I'm looking forward to hearing them at there peak.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Beautiful Sound

    Written By MichaelD, Dundee, OR on Friday, May 24, 2013
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    I know it's ridiculous but I replaced my old Dalquist 10's with these. I think for what I listen to and the space they are in, these Polk's are perfect. No comparison between the classic Dalquist and the new Polks, but let's just say I like the Polk's so much, I may buy my brother a set. Very happy with the purchase.
    Pros:
    Nice sound. Great design. Decent enough bass for a bookshelf
    Cons:
    A little tall
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    5 out of 5

    awesome

    Written By andrew, pennsylvania on Sunday, May 12, 2013
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    Awesome sound great price,
    Pros:
    Great sound all the way through frequency range, vinyl sounds great.
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    5 out of 5

    WOW!

    Written By Greg C, Alford, FL on Friday, May 03, 2013
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    When you open the package and take these bad boys out for the first time, WOW, A work of art! Next connect to a high quality receiver , run auto speaker calibrate and prepare to be amazed. I bought these speakers for stereo play back. The imaging and soundstage are perfect. Music sounds like the band is performing right in front of you, clear and detailed. You will want to augment with a sub for the really low notes. You will also want a pair of speaker stands to increase speaker performance.
    Pros:
    Great looks, amazing sound, If you want a quality bookshelf speaker then these are the ones you want. Crutchfield's service is top notch. Thanks!
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    5 out of 5

    Very Pleased

    Written By RC, South Carolina on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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    It is difficult to know where to begin so I will start with Crutchfield service: I have been a long term customer and never have they disappointed, but they seem somehow to continue to improve. As to the speakers, the cherry finish is very nicely done and attractive. As to sonic characteristics, the first thing I noted was how full and large these speakers play. The normal connotations associated with bookshelf speakers do not apply to these. In addition, the production of music is so nicely balanced it seems almost delicate. As well as these play, I find the bass response somewhat wanting. But when adjusting my sub, I found myself wanting to be very careful to not disturb the work of the Polks as all that was wanted a just a bit of enhancement and they are otherwise so very pleasant. These replace a pair of Infinity Overture II's. I was fond of those speakers and hated it when the internal amp died on me. I was also very hesitant to go with smaller speakers but, hesitant though I am to say so, I believe these perform better than that which they replace. So, not only did these speakers not disappoint, they surprised very pleasantly.It is difficult to imagine how one could do much better for the size and certainly for the price.
    Pros:
    the speakers "play" much larger than one would expect with a nicely balanced full range in an attractive cabinet. I am also fond of the integrated wall mounts.
    Cons:
    bass response could use just a bit of augmentation
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sound

    Written By JP, Toledo,Ohio on Monday, March 25, 2013
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    Great sound and the awesome finish.Polk makes a great product.We are using them as fronts in a 5.1 system.We also ordered the SI A4 center speaker and DSW PRO440WI sub . All work great together.Service from Crutchfield was great ordered them on a sunday had them on the next wednesday.
    Pros:
    Great Service and Great speakers
    Cons:
    nothing
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    5 out of 5

    Rti a3

    Written By Billy, Laurel, MS 39443 on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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    Awesome speakers! Get them and you want be disappointed. Whether used in 5.1 fronts and surrounds. 7.1 or 2 channel stereo you can't go wrong with any of the rti a line.
    Pros:
    Beauty and sound
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Polk Audio RTi A3

    Written By RCS, Pagosa Springs CO on Wednesday, March 06, 2013
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    We replace an old set of Infinity Bookshelf speakers with the Polk Audio RTi A3 speakers for the back of the room. What a remarkable difference in the sound quality. We are enjoying the improvement in bass and clarity in the higher sound range. These speakers have a great look and feel as well, giving our room a great look. We have the Polk Audio RTi A7 floor standing speakers for the front of the room and the RTi A3 speakers for the back the room. Together they look great and produce a remarkable sound.
    Pros:
    Great look and even better sound
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    5 out of 5

    Polk Audio RTi A3

    Written By john, kinston,nc on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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    beautiful speakers...awesome sound with 7.1 system
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    5 out of 5

    Best bookshelf speakers available

    Written By Jeff L, Chattanooga on Tuesday, January 15, 2013
     
    I agonized for months before settling on these, and I was not disappointed. I almost bought tsi 400, more than happy I didn't, amazed the sound from these speakers. Have them hooked to an onkyo 717 . Certain films at thx reference levels are mind blowing. Transformers,avatar, inception. I seriously doubt I will ever pay $10 to see a movie ever again. Unless mama makes me of course. No brainer buy them
    Pros:
    Great depth, string instrument jump out at you
    Cons:
    Nothing
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Speakers

    Written By Steph, Portland, OR on Friday, January 11, 2013
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    I am not one to write online reviews, but these speakers are amazing. I am powering them with a vintage Yamaha CR-620 receiver and I couldn't be happier. My records, CDs and Apple lossless files have never sounded so good. Plenty of warm rich bass, and an accurate full range of sound. The Cherry finish is really nice.
    Pros:
    Great natural sound Attractive Better quality and a better value than Bose
    Cons:
    A little larger than most bookshelves Bass addicts may want to add a Sub ( I don't feel like need one)
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    5 out of 5

    New Pok Speakers for my surround system

    Written By Douglas S, Marco Island, Florida on Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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    I was thinking of ordering a different brand name and the salesperson talked me out of it. Great decision. Although I will not know how the other speakers blend in, it made more sense to stay with Pok as I have a center speaker, bass and two other awesome Polks. The new speakers were able to blend in or mix in well. He told me to give them at least a few weeks but it was not necessary. Now, a few weeks into the new sound, I cannot be happier. I would recommend these speakers to anyone; they can handle tons of power and are good with the Trebile sound.
    Pros:
    Easily blends in well with the other four speakers. Easy to set up. Attractive.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Impressive

    Written By Mike, Shepherdstown, WV on Friday, December 14, 2012
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    I'm picky about my speakers and these are beautiful AND sound great. I was pleasantly surprised by the bass they could produce. Crisp and clear with the flexibility to bi-amp if you choose. They don't get any better in my opinion.
    Pros:
    Beautiful, I got the cherry cablnets. Convenient size and still produces like a larger speaker. I haven't bi-amped yet, but plan to. Volume without distortion, very nice. I'm a Polk fan now.
    Cons:
    Connections are light but adequate. Heavier duty would be a nice touch.
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    4 out of 5

    Polk Audio RTi A3

    Written By JB3, Florida on Wednesday, December 05, 2012
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    I was looking for some Bookshelf speakers to replace a pair of Boston Acoustics CR75s. After going to a big chain store to try to audition some speakers I was thoroughly disappointed with the sound quality for the price point I wanted to spend. So after doing some research, looking at many of the reviews I decided to order the Polk RTi3s. I'm very happy with them. For the money, I think you would be hard-pressed to find a better sounding bookshelf speaker. They have an accurate, and natural sound, with decent bass response for bookshelf speaker. I'm using them primarily for music (mostly rock/pop but classical also) my front main speakers powered by a Denon A/V receiver in my living room. I'd say they are better than my Boston Acoustics CR75s (largely due to richer bass), however I thought the Boston's tweeter was slightly more crisp. They have a far superior sound than I could have bought in a chain store around me for the same or even more $. Glad I ordered them through Crutchfield. I doubt you will be disappointed either.
    Pros:
    Natural sound with balanced and depth to the good tight bass response for a bookshelf speaker. Overall very Good sound.
    Cons:
    None of significance.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Wonderful Speakers!

    Written By CaptSail, Yorktown Heights NY on Thursday, November 15, 2012
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    First, I want to thank Crutchfield. Bill Crutchfield is running one of the most customer-oriented and supportive businesses I have ever encountered. His sales and support staff are absolutely the best. They are there for you 100%. I would rather buy from them then the store around the corner because of their wonderful support and return policies. You are always treated like gold, even when returning a product. I purchased these speakers to replace HUGE DBX Soundfield speakers I had owned for 25 years.and they were fabulous. I could have hidden four of these Polk RTi A3's in just one of them. Yet, the sound coming out of this low-priced Polks rivals the DBX's. I compared these to a number of other quality brands, thinking I might make a surround out of them, but found that over-all for my tastes, these were just fine on their own. while they might not be as clear and crisp."true and pure".and the imaging not as distinct, they have a warmth and resonance that outpace all others I tested in their class, including Peachtree and PSB. And the cherry cabinetry is stunning.
    Pros:
    Warm, rich sound. Great for voices. Good separation and reasonable imaging. Beautiful cabinetry.
    Cons:
    Large for my space and larger than most other bookshelf speakers I checked. Wish they had the imaging and distinctness of the PSB line melded in, but given a choice, I prefer the lushness of sound that the Polks put out.
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    5 out of 5

    Polk RTi A3 Speakers: Excellent Performers

    Written By SteveL, Kern, CA on Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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    Nothing new to add to other reviews. Very happy with these speakers for music and video. In the same general price range I sampled speakers from Klipsch, Boston A, Bose, PSB, and others, these Polks won out
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    4 out of 5

    open box disappointment - exchange satisfaction

    Written By Anonymous, South Dakota on Monday, October 08, 2012
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    I took advantage of the open box discount. Upon installation I noticed a slight crackle on one speaker. I swapped channels and the same speaker made the same noise. When I reported this to Crutchfield, they immediately shipped a replacement pair and allowed me to keep the defective set until the replacements arrived. Outstanding service...Realize that tthe replacements were not an open box, yet I was not billed for the difference. I wish I knew what caused the problem with the original set...was the open box part of the problem and some yahoo pushed them too hard to early? No idea.

    So, to review the performance - I'm using these as a set of small fronts with support from the PSW111 sub and being pushed by Denon's AVR-1912. I am quite satisfied with the stereo sound so far although I don't intend to push them too hard. I am still trying to determine if I like the virtual sound or if I like them better with the sub. A good test will be Tool's Parabola some time down the road. I won't expect them to punch me in the chest, but I am impressed with the depth and frequency response they provide with or without the sub. The main intent of this system is for my surround setup which includes Polk's CSI A4 center and a pair of Bose 161. All in all, I would say that the 161's are the weak link, but price wise, they were also the most economical and since the intent is to use them as rear surrounds only, let's just say I'm satisfied.
    Pros:
    Sound depth for size of unit. hanging option which was not stated or shown anywhere
    Cons:
    I bought additional hanging mounts.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Polk Audio RTiA3

    Written By GarryP, Columbus, Indiana on Monday, October 01, 2012
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    I orginally wanted a pair of RTiA7's, however, the receiver I presently have does not have enough power to sufficiently drive the A7s. I spoke with the people at Crutchfield and their advise was to purchase the A3s until I could upgrade my receiver and buy the A7s. I could then use the A3s as surround speakers. I have them at present as the front speakers and I like them very much. All my speakers are now Polk Audio and I can tell a difference in the channel separation and clarity. They are a great buy for the money. In the near future I plan to puchase another receiver and upgrade my apeaker setup , of which the A3s will still be part of.
    Pros:
    They sound and look great. The biamp feature is nice too.
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Great Speaker, Great Price!

    Written By Jonny, Indianapolis, IN. on Thursday, September 20, 2012
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    I have had these little speakers for approximately 2 weeks now, and they sound great! I didn't need full size speakers, and think that would have been overkill in an apartment. the bass is fair, but I will probably be adding a sub for the lower range. All in all, very pleased!
    Pros:
    Great value for the price
    Cons:
    None that I can think of
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    5 out of 5

    Bi-amping improves depth

    Written By Scott, MN on Saturday, September 08, 2012
     
    I bought these with the free compact sub and am currently using them with a good old Kenwood KA1100 amp. With the A+B outputs both hooked up they have great depth. I'm now upgrading to a home theater receiver which will also be bi-amped.
    Pros:
    Cherry finish looks great on matching stand.
    Cons:
    Needs the sub for good bass.
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    5 out of 5

    Wow!

    Written By MattW, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, May 03, 2012
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    I am by no means an audiophile, but wanted a quality set of speakers to begin building out a home theater system. After plenty of hunting around and reading reviews, I chose these and am very happy thus far. Not sure if I will keep them as the mains and add Polk FXi A4's or move these to the back and get RTi A7's up front. With a brand-new Denon AVR-1912 receiver, I plugged in my iPhone and played a few tunes (Apple lossless compression) and it sounded fantastic! Beautifully clear, clean and non-fatiguing. I haven't heard recorded music sound this good, well... ever! Again, with the caveat that I am not an audiophile... I could almost admit that I bought these just for the looks; the finish is that magnificent. Strongly recommended.
    Pros:
    - Crystal clear sound reproduction - Sound is "balanced" and "true-to-life" - Cherry finish is gorgeous and complements our furniture beautifully - Crutchfield service is outstanding
    Cons:
    - None that I have found so far.
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    5 out of 5

    Great

    Written By Dougg, Alaska on Saturday, March 03, 2012
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    Awesome speakers, very clean and crisp sound with a little added bass.
    Pros:
    Amazing sound, decent price, and they look great
    Cons:
    None yet
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    5 out of 5

    Incredible !!!

    Written By Diego, US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 02, 2012
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    I bought a set of RTiA3 as front speakers the RTiA1 as surround speakers, the CSiA6 center speaker and the DSW Pro 550 Subwoofer from Crutchfield. They are run by a Yamaha RXV871 receiver on a 5.1 configuration until I buy another pair of RTiA3 for back speakers to make a 7.1 HT. All the above is placed in my 20'x18' bedroom with 18' cealings and all I can say is that I tried ea. speaker individually with both music CD (Yannis at the Acropolis) and DVD (The Lion King and Green Lantern both in Blue Ray) I then play Unforgiven and the experience has been just incredible. These speakers perform very,very good. I turned up the volume and the concreate walls were shaking. My closest neighbour that is about 100' from me asked me this morning if I heard the gun shots last night,LOL. I took him home and show him who fired the shots and he was speechless,LOL. Yes, this little giants are that good, not only that but they are build like a tank with a beautifull cherry finish and provide a sublimal listening experience. This review will not be compleate without giving a big THANK YOU to Cruchfield customer service and support Staff, they are the BESTin the business and deserve five (5) stars also. All these speakers were shipped free and I received them in two days, now that is service.
    Pros:
    Fantastic sound, construction quality, beatiful finish and the best investment I had made in a long time. Go ahead make your day, buy them.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Unbelievable

    Written By Danny, Hornbeck La on Monday, February 06, 2012
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    First let me say I am NOT a tech-type person, and due to my home location, I have no way to audition stereo equipment for comparison. I talked to Tony at Crutchfield, discussed with him what I desired, and ordered the RTiA3s. They arrived on time(free shipping), and from the instant I opened the box, I have been impressed. The finish is absolutely gorgeous, but the sound is unbelievable. The frequency range seems to me to be perfectly flat, NOTHING is too loud or quiet. I literally had forgot what a good snare drum sounds like. I had never heard speakers that produce this quality of sound at all volume levels, background to loud, very clear, with no noticeable distortion, It is almost hard to set the volume correctly.

    I'm using them for my mains, with a Blackstone TL3CC center, and DSW Pro 550 sub, powered by an Onkyo TXNR 609 Receiver, All purchased at same time. Can't wait to order my surrounds.

    If you have even considered ordering these, go for it. I really don't think you will regret it.
    Pros:
    Beautiful finish, clear balanced sound
    Cons:
    Speaker size is a little deep, but after reading reviews, I was expecting that.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing Speakers!

    Written By Michae, Trenton, NJ on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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    So this review is also a comparison to my RTi A1's. The high and midrange frequency presence is excellent, the low end clean and not overplayed. I mainly listen to Classical music where clarity is a must, and these RTi A3's are outstanding! The linearity of frequency transition, highs to lows, is nearly seamless. There is a bit of a dip in midrange, as compared to my RTi A1's, but as close to perfect as you can get. Now moving to more contemporary music, listening to Chicago's "Chicago Transit Authority" on CD, Question 67 & 68 absolutely blew me away! The opening which includes bass, percussion and horns hits solid and the clarity is amazing. Again, the low end, although a bit more present then with the RTi A1's, is not overplayed and very natural sounding. Like the RTi A1's, the Polk RTi A3 speakers will deliver in as nearly a perfect sound as you may find.
    Pros:
    Highs and midrange frequencies are excellent, low end superb, no forced booming, nice punch. Construction and appearance absolutely beautiful.
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    5 out of 5

    I love these speakers

    Written By DS, Henderson, NV on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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    I purchased these with the matching CSiA4 center, FXiA4 surrounds and DSW PRO550wi sub so I really havent listened much to the RTIA3s by themselves...as part of a RTiA 5.1 setup with a quality receiver, the sound is AMAZING! Movies or music, concert loud or whisper quiet, the RTiA3s deliver clean beautiful sound. I want to say again that the sound is brilliantly clear and satisfying at low volume for late night movies without loss of detail, or easy backround music that still allows for conversation and if you are in the mood for volume they will effortlessly play loud enough to hurt your ears with no distortion.
    Pros:
    Amazing sound quality, beautiful cabinets, full line of voice matched speakers available for no guesswork surround sound. Crutchfield has the best service and support on the internet
    Cons:
    These speakers are power hungry. I first hooked them up to my receiver which boasted a full bandwith measured 90 w per channel. I was not impressed. they didnt sound bad but they sure didnt produce the sound I was looking for either. I already spent my entire budget but in for a penny in for a pound I bought the best refurb receiver my budget would allow 100w 8 O, THD 0.05%, 20 Hz~20 kHz. With this amp the speakers exceeded my expectations. quality speakers need quality power
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    5 out of 5

    SHARP AND CRISP

    Written By steve, Owensboro, Ky on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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    Just hooked these up, I am so happy with these speakers. Sounds like a live band playing, the sound is so clear. Great product, fast shipping and great service from Crutchfield. Thanks
    Pros:
    Sound is so crisp and sharp
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Amazed

    Written By Dennis W, New Britain, CT on Monday, January 16, 2012
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    I own a pair of Kenwood LS-P7200 6-way speakers and upgraded to a Sony STR-DA2100ES receiver. Suddenly I could here the difference between the Kenwoods and the rest of my 7-speaker surround system (Bose). I decided on the purchase of the Polk Audio RTi A3s because of a review in Stereophile magazine (excellent review for speakers in this price range). To say that I was amazed is an understatement. I listen to all kinds of music. From pipe organs to banjos to distorted guitars, there is not a nuance that is missed. These speakers sound so good that they sometimes brings me to tears. I can't wait to upgrade my center channel. With Crutchfield I received my slices of heaven in 2 days and didn't pay shipping. I can't thank you guys enough.
    Pros:
    Unbelievable sound quality.
    Cons:
    I have such a huge collection that I'd rather spend even more hours listening than sleeping.
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    5 out of 5

    Great speakers

    Written By Anonymous, Milwaukee, WI on Monday, January 16, 2012
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    These speakers replaced very large Boston Acoustics A400. At any reasonalbe volume, I can't tell any difference - of course there would be a difference at high demand. Very pleased; clear mid and high range, and surprising bass given its size. They may not be for you if you want to shake the walls, but short of that, these are a great value. The system drives the Polk speakers in the living room and Bose 301 in the kitchen - better than the Bose in all aspects.
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    5 out of 5

    Super Sound

    Written By Robert, Wheat Ridge, Colorado on Sunday, October 02, 2011
     
    I wrote a review but it would not send it so I will just say on this one I really like these speakers. I have bought them from a great home electronics store. Everything that you purchase for Cruthfield you have life time support, which is super. All the Guys & Gals that you maybe deal with do everything possible to help you out no matter what the problem maybe. Cruthfield is just a super place to buy your home electronics needs. When it comes to exchanging an item that doesn't do what you thought it was suppose to do, they do a great job in getting you into a product that will do the job for you without you paying a very large sum of dollars to do the exchange.
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    5 out of 5

    Worth Every Penny!!!!

    Written By KYFHO, Aomori, Japan (Misawa AB) on Friday, April 22, 2011
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    I originally purchased these speakers to be the rear surrounds for my sound system. I currently have them set up front as mains until I get my RTi A7's. First of all, the cherry wood on these speakers is absolutely beautiful! Prior to powering them up for the first time I wasn't expecting much since "they are just bookshelf speakers." These speakers give new meaning to the phrase "dynamite comes in small packages." I am running Polk FXi A4's (rear), CSi A4 (center), RTi A3's (front) and a Klipsch Sub 12. I am powering all of the Polks with a Denon AVR4310 CI. I was absolutely shocked when I heard how well these speakers performed in this setup. The mids and highs are exceptional and blend well with the other RTi/FXi speakers. I thought they were a tad bright at first but after about 30-40 hours of use they really opened up. I am pushing 130 watts to each speaker and have had them loud enough to hurt my ears - no distortion at all!!! I like the RTi A3 speakers so much I plan on buying another set for my bedroom. If you are looking for high quality great sounding speakers, you will not be disappointed with the RTi A3!!!!
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    5 out of 5

    Very Impressive!

    Written By Adrian Ward, Liberal Ks on Sunday, April 10, 2011
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    These speakers are GREAT for music and movies! i havent ever had a set of
    bookshelf speakers that are capable of producing such strong lows. these
    speakers bring everything to life. but if u are a "Bass-a-holic" like me, id
    recommend a sub.... or 2.
    these speakers voice match very well with the TL2s(my surrounds) and the CSiA6
    center. i highly recommend these speakers.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice for the size

    Written By AndyR, Albququerque NM on Thursday, March 24, 2011
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    I've had these speakers for several weeks now. One thing - they are designed to be mounted on a wall at about ear level, spaced well apart. You won't experience what they can do until that happens. Like most speakers, placement is important. They have 2 ports, one front and one rear. The rear PowerPort is meant to rest on a wall. I moved my pair to the garage on shelves slightly above my head and they sound nothing like they did in my living room hanging on the wall.

    Overall, they are impressive for their size. Tight and clean is how I would describe the sound. Workmanship and finish are grade A.
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    5 out of 5

    Wow

    Written By AndrewF, Upper Darby, PA on Saturday, March 05, 2011
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    Wow, these are truly remarkable speakers. Their value is incredible. I did quite a bit of research and I listened to quite a few other speakers that were more expensive than these. I settled on these, however; they're just so good. They sound natural. The bass is full and defined, and the mids and highs are crisp and clear. While a subwoofer is certainly not necessary with these, I'm still partial to a 2.1 system for music. Nevertheless, these are awesome. I can hear instruments I've never heard before and they all mix together perfectly. Whereas Bose is a complete mess when you have several instruments playing together, these are perfect. You can hear each individual instrument as if it is in the same room as you. Thanks, Crutchfield and Polk!
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    2 out of 5

    Maybe Good for Theater but Certainly NOT Music

    Written By Jayw654, Tipton, IN on Friday, March 04, 2011
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    Bought these speakers and regretted it from day one. My goal was to have a speaker that had a full-range and very open sound. These were definitely not it. Although the soundstage was wide it lacked depth. The bass was NOT clean and tight and instead it was distant and muddy. That fact is these are better used for Home theater use and it seems these are strictly geared for that. If anyone is looking for a music speaker I highly suggest passing on the Polk RTi-A3's and look at the Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 450 as these are geared for music and double well for theater also. I would also like to state that I'm NOT bias against Polk and in fact love my psw505 subwoofer which has a sound which blends well with music. I use it with my SM450's and creates a beautiful sound which everyone gives me compliments on. I have seen tons of reviews of how good the Polks are and that is why I bought them without listening. I regret it so I suggest going to the store and listening before buying and try the def tach sm450's I think most will agree the def techs are far better if music is the main focus of the user's setup.
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    5 out of 5

    exceptional sound, at a fantastic price

    Written By Don, S, North Greenbush,NY on Sunday, February 27, 2011
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    I just purchased a pair of polk RTi-A3 speakers and they have performed way beyond my expectations, I love how they fill the room with smoothe sound,even at higher volumes.These are the first speakers my wife considered as quality with style, so I was good to go. I paired these with a CSi-A4 center and a pair of FXi-A4 surrounds
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    5 out of 5

    Exceptional Value, Excellent Performance

    Written By Scott, Virginia Beach, VA on Monday, January 03, 2011
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    I purchased these speakers without auditioning them, which is something I never do. I added them as a second set of speakers on a two channel stereo system. (My two mains are sitting on the floor.) My goal was to add some ambience to the room, using the Polks as rear speakers, mounted high in the room, to supplement the mains and fill the room with sound. Having been caught up in the snobby audiophile world over the past 10 years, I was about to shell out over $2000 for some small B&W speakers. But instead I decided to take a chance on the Polk RTiA3s. I can tell you that I was blown away by these babies, every bit as good as speakers costing 4 times as much. Without using a bunch of audiophile jargon, I would say that the sound coming out of these speakers is clean, accurate and without coloration. As such, I would say that the Polk RTiA3s could be the best value in bookshelf speaker out there. Plus, they look great and are built extremely well. I simply do not know how anyone could be unhappy with these speakers, especially considering the price point. I love them!
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent quality and sound

    Written By David, Verona,VA. on Saturday, May 01, 2010
     
    I just recently purchased a pair of the RTIA3, and after hearing other speakers at Crutchfield, I was very pleased with this pair of speakers. It has a very well bass response for a speaker of it's size and has exceptionally crisp and clean highs at all volumes. If you like music but don't want the big speaker this is definetly the way to go. It sounds great playing all genre of the music spectrum.And it is also a great home theatre speaker as well. I must also say the staff worked with me on what I wanted. Thank you Crutchfield. I would definetly recommend this speaker. It is big, crisp, clear sound in a little box.
    10 out of 11 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Incredible quality

    Written By Andy, West Lafayette, Indiana on Sunday, January 31, 2010
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    Excellent sound quality, looks great too! I have these front speakers matched with Polk's CSiA4 center channel and FXiA4's in the rear. it's just an unbelievable sound field. I've wanted this type of home theater setup for years. It's a music lover and movie lover's dream come true. You won't be disappointed.
    5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent sounding bookshelf monitors

    Written By akielski, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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    The RTi A3 bookshelf speakers sound very natural and open - when paired with matching CSi A4 they sound perfect with movies. I purchased the Cherry finish and it is flawless - leading to a great spouse approval score. I like to listen to jazz and classical - as a stereo pair of speakers they provide a clean and open sound-stage - you will need a sub-woofer to provide a fuller sound at lower frequencies.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Speakers

    Written By Anonymous, Houston, TX on Friday, November 13, 2009
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    These speakers sound great. Have these as my Front L/R and couldn't be more satisfied. The sound is very clear and the mid and low range is great.
    Very happy with my purchase.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sound great

    Written By Mike, Minneapolis,MN on Wednesday, November 11, 2009
     
    I deaf in both ears, but believe me, these are the best sounding bookshelf speakers I've ever heard.
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    5 out of 5

    Polk always the best!!

    Written By pat, Utica, NY on Thursday, October 01, 2009
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    I've always owned Polk. They're the best for the money. 15 years ago I looked at Bose, they're over rated. Polk invest in R&D not advertising.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Spekaers

    Written By Paul, Pittsburgh, PA on Wednesday, March 04, 2009
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    Now, I am deaf in one ear so am not the greatest judge of directional sound. But, I thought my decreasing interest in music was due to my recent surgery (which left me deaf on one side). Not so. It was the old speaker set. The Polk RTiA3 speakers are incredible. The range and depth of the sound is much more than I was expecting (or used to). They look great and don't take up the room that my old speakers did. I'm listening to music again and enjoying it in a manner that I thought was behind me. These speakers have my highest recommendation.
    10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Not bad!

    Written By Gregory, Honolulu, Hi. on Sunday, January 25, 2009
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    I live in small studio, powering an integrated amp (40 watts per side, no sub out), listening primarily to hard rock at low to medium high volumes (my poor tenants next door!). The Rti1's have a tighter sound than the Rti3's, emphasizing more mids and highs. With my system and preference, the Ati1's lacked adequate low end. Plus, the Rti3's have a bigger overall sound. The difference in cabinet size and weight between the two models is noticeable. The Rti3's are BIG for bookshelf speakers. I would recommend the Rti1's with a sub-woofer. In my case w/o a sub out, the Rti3's are a better choice. Either way, both are can't go wrong mid-priced speakers. Hope this helps! Mahalo.
    11 out of 12 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    RTI-3's

    Written By no, clifton, n.j. on Sunday, October 12, 2008
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    the polk monitor 40's which i also have are the bang for the buck kings- no doubt. if you require this trait with some class for more sophisticated music and all around upper scale sound quality with a heap of mega-punch one should shell out a little more for these beauties. no disapoitments!!
    6 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Wow!

    Written By Pete, San Diego, CA on Friday, September 19, 2008
     
    I got these to replace my Bose 301 speakers that I thought were good. When I heard these I could not believe the difference! What a warm dynamic range these speakers have. They are really well constructed and look (cherry finsih) fabulous. The first night I got them I didn't want to go to bed. I was having such a great time listening to all my CD's again for the 1st time. They do ok with low end, although with a good sub they are fantastic. They also respond REALLY WELL at lower volumes. I was really surprized to hear the full dynamic range at the lower volume setting that I was listening to. I wasn't familiar with Polk before now, but I am glad that I went with these.
    9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    The Seabiscuit of Speakers

    Written By Larry, Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday, April 28, 2008
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    Don't try and tell this speaker that it's "Small". This is a tower speaker in a bookshelf body! I am replacing an 18 year old 5.1 system and even though this speaker is 1/3 of the size of them, Wow, what a nice sounding product that is beautiful to look at while the lights are on!

    I have a dedicated 2,850 cubic foot theater room and added a complete 7.0 system from Polk (I already had a new 12" 350WRMS Sub). A tower speaker was ruled out due to the WAF (Wife Appreciation Factor) and the built in 15' wide entertainment center. I paired these speakers with the CSiA6 center speaker, FXiA6 surround speakers and RTiA1 back surround speakers. The sound field produced is amazing for clarity and balance and with a proper AVR & HD player; the Wife & I are never going to the Cinema again!

    Whether you are watching a concert HD Disc or Hollywood movie, the sound is so accurate and believable to what you are watching. These speakers produce an experience with sound that I have never heard before. The Sub takes care of the LFE and that allows the rest of system to work the mids and highs to perfection. The sound is warm, inviting and immerses the listener. I can now listen to HD movies at higher SPL without any discomfort (at certain frequencies) that bothered me with the old system. This system will easily support me for another 18 years (Sorry Crutchfield!)

    20 out of 25 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Polk Audio RTi A3

    Written By Tim, Roanoke,VA on Wednesday, February 27, 2008
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    Bought these speakers to use in my den(to replace a pair of Polk floor standing speakers I bought in 1992). The wife wanted smaller speakers this time, but was adamant that they be Polk Audio. These babies were just what the Dr. ordered. Small size, look great, and the sound is, well, spectacular! Ya just can't go wrong with Polk Audio. We couldn't be more satisfied with these speakers.
    17 out of 18 people found this helpful
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    what size sub woofer recommend with rti a3 ? [ Randy  Nov 24, 2013 ]
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    • This will depend largely on the room and system the speakers will be used in. Contact an Advisor by phone or chat for help choosing the best components for your system. [ Jeff Staff  Nov 24, 2013 ]

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