Polk Audio RTi A5
Floor-standing speaker (Cherry)
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Item #: 107RTIA5C
Your price: $339.99 each Earn up to 340 Rewards points
You can count on the Polk RTi A5 for clean, precise music and high-impact home theater. This slender tower speaker uses patented Polk technologies for true-to-life sound, and its curved edges and real wood veneer finish give it a handsome, refined look.
This speaker's carefully designed drivers undergo laser testing to help identify and eliminate resonance points, ensuring smooth, accurate response. Its asymmetric cabinet helps it deliver rich, clear sound by combating vibration and increasing rigidity. Polk's exclusive PowerPort® technology reduces noisy air turbulence and increases low-frequency output. You'll enjoy clear highs, rich bass, and open, natural-sounding midrange.
Two sets of gold-plated five-way binding posts let you biamp or biwire the RTi A5 for the best possible sound. An anti-diffraction grille helps it deliver a large, three-dimensional soundstage with pinpoint-accurate stereo imaging. Adjustable spikes provide stability on both carpeted and hardwood floors.
Recommended center channel speaker: Polk CSi A6.
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Sure, floor-standing tower speakers buck the industry trend toward smaller, visually inconspicuous speakers, but they're hard to beat if great sound is your primary goal. Tower speakers produce powerful sound with excellent bass, making them a great choice for serious music lovers and for folks who want high-impact home theater.
I did some research on tower speakers and made my decision on the Polk RTi A5 Speakers. I received great help from Eddie at Crutchfield that my purchase a pleasure .The speakers are fantastic had some friends over and they could'nt stop talking about them.THANK YOU CRUTCHFIELD.
Pros: Look great, Sound fantastic the highs the Mids and the lows pop.
Cons: Waited so long to get them
It only took a couple of weeks for these speakers to break in and develop a beautiful warmth to go with the clear high-end sound that was there from the start. I ordered the cherry and they look beautiful in the living room with a high quality look and feel. I added a Polk Audio PSW111 Ultra-compact powered subwoofer and the sound is perfectly rounded. It's not that attractive but it's tucked back a bit. While the music I listen to isn't tremendously bass heavy, I wouldn't find the sound complete without the subwoofer. Very happy with this setup. I also appreciated the solid, no-pressure advice I received when I called before ordering to ask about potential wiring configurations. That removed the concern I had about getting everything wired to older stereo components that we wanted to use because they produce such nice sound and power. The living room is not very large and this setup fills it up with plenty to spare if we move to a home with a larger space.
Pros: Very good, crisp high-end out of the box, with nice warmth coming in over a couple weeks use. Cherry has a very nice appearance and the build feels solid, high quality.
Cons: Not really a con, since it's in the design, but I would miss the bottom end if I hadn't ordered a subwoofer with them. Not actually a con but these are nice, heavy pieces. If you have small children around, I would look into whatever safety measures you need to do to prevent them being pulled over.
Wide sound stage with depth and clarity. Have had these for a week and listened to a variety of music, movies, sports programs. They do require power and, high quality amplification. After 3 days switched to biamping these speakers via my Marantz SR7007 and it opened up the sound even more. The growl of engines and the sound of their being revved up on The Fast & Furious Movies is like WOW !! Love listening to well recorded and mixed music through these speakers. Rear speakers are Polk TSi300's with Polk PSW111 Subwoofer. Great 5.1 Dolby Sound !!
Pros: Beautiful clear balanced natural sound with a wide sound stage and depth. Well constructed with nice black finish !!!
Cons: Would be nice if there was a way to remove the rear speaker clips when you biamp these speakers ! The points on the speaker spikes are sharp !!! I did not need to use them on my carpeted floor !!
Very Impressive! Very Affordable! And As Always the Crutchfield Staff A+
These Polk Rti A5 speakers are a tremendous bargain considering how good they sound. I bought a pair back in 2011 (cherry finish) and they still look and sound great.
In my living room, speaker placement was important. They sound best if the backs of the cabinets are between 9 and 10 inches from the wall. (Measured from the cabinet itself, not the guard.)
Overall, the sound is a little bright. I had to turn the bass control on my receiver up to the one o'clock position to make male vocalists sound right. These speakers are great for most music. But you'll want to add a subwoofer if you like to listen to very loud rock music or if you like rap. I'm now running them with a Polk PSW125 subwoofer and there is plenty of low bass with that combination, with the subwoofer's level control less than half of the way up.
The upside is that the sound is very precise and controlled. With a good recording, you'll hear every detail of the music.
The downside is that these speakers ruthlessly expose any flaws in the recording or in the rest of your audio equipment. I had to replace my ancient Sherwood stereo receiver because these speakers revealed the distortion in the receiver.
Oh, before you consider buying the larger Polk RTi speakers to get more bass, take a look at the size and weight of those monsters. The RTi A5 can be moved by one person, and so can the PSW125 subwoofer.
Pros: Sound and look great
Cons: Detailed sound reveals flaws in recordings and the rest of your equipment
I purchased these speakers to replace a pair of infinity primus p363's that I had moved to another room. What a mistake. I should have bought another pair of the infinitys. Theses speakers do not sound bad, they are just missing the detail and midrange that I was used to. It's funny, my wife didn't notice that I switched speakers, as she is clueless to what brands we have. She had asked me the other day why the stereo sounded different. They do, however, have decent highs, maybe a little on the bright side. I use them for both music and movies and would rate them as 3.5 out of 5 stars. There are certainly other options to choose from, especially at this price point.
Pros: Decent highs.
Cons: Missing some detail in sound.
These speakers are physically beautiful, in the cherrywood. Their sound is smooth and coherent. The only complaint I had was that I wanted them to sound way better than my old Polk Rti4 bookshelf speakers, and they only sound a little better(in the bass). But that says more about the quality of the Rti4's than it does about the Rtia5's. The main adjective for these speakers is: SMOOTH.
Pros: Physically beautiful and excellent smooth sound.
Replaced a set of JBL Northridge tower speakers. Paired with: 12+ year old Onkyo home theatre receiver. Polk ATI3 as satellite speakers. JBL Northridge 80w sub. Very clear mids and highs. The JBL sub provides the deep base and these speakers provide a clear base that allows me to turn down my sub from the setting I had with the d JBL towers. Cabinets are very nice and compliment the cherry floors I have in my house. I would buy again.
Pros: Clarity of high and mid range. Cabinets are beautiful.
Cons: Needs a subwoofer.
For the price I thought great bass, well I like Polk but hardly any bass
Pros: nice looking very loud
Cons: no bass
Like the title, I was expecting more. A Polk loyalist I was somewhat disappoineted with the overall sound. These were to replace my Polk RM5000 system which consists of 2 front satelite speakers and a non-powered sub-woofer. This system is over 20 years old and is driven by the Denon AVR-X4000. The RTi A5s just didnt offer the sound I expected. Not any noticabel difference from the old system. They did not sound clear at all. Absolutely no punch unless you really turned up the volume. I did make numerous adjustmenst, but to no avail. My listening room is carpeted with some large couches so that may be part of it but my audio adjustments should have made some improvement. They did sound a bit better after about 40 days of break-in, but sent them back for a set of Klipsch speakers which sounded 100% better right out of the box. I will give that review later.
Pros: Nice cabinet and Crutchfield advisors.
Cons: Muddy sound. Requires alot of power to drive these speakers.
My system consists of a Denon X-4000 receiver, Polk RTiA5's up front, Polk RTiA1's for surrounds, Polk 660 pro sub & a def tech CS8040HD center (Polk CSiA4 was too big for tv stand cabinet). The A5's absolutely shine in multi channel use. I've tested with all kinds of movies on blue-ray, even movies on cable sound great. I was originally gonna get the A7's, but after some debating I got the A5's & I must say I'm glad I went with the A5's. They fill the living room (21X15) with plenty of sound & are actually sounding better after two weeks of break in. They do produce a fair amount of bass for their size, but in order to really reach down low, you'll need a sub, especially if you want that extra umph for movies.
On a side note... If your gonna spend the money on any of the RTiA line of speakers do yourself a favor & buy a good quality HT receiver. The A5's sound awesome powered by the Denon. I am now a believer, & will never buy a consumer level ($400-$500) receiver from here on out. Before my A5's arrived I hooked up my 15yr old Cerwin Vega LS-12's to the Denon & Wow! What a difference.
Anyway...yes the A5's are very nice speakers. They sound great & look great too. Def recommend them.
just received one day ago. Have connected to a Yamaha RN-500 receiver (80 Watts/channel). Initial impression is very good. My biggest concern was if the combination setup (receiver/speaker selection) would produce enough bass for music (sans subwoofer). I am happy to report with the bass turned up on the receiver they satisfy in this regards. Great Sound and the appearance is also a plus.
Pros: Great Sound Enough bass with the right receiver (sans subwoofer) Attractive appearance Good Value - price/performance
Cons: None identified at this time.
These sound great! I am running a pair of them with a Denon AVRX-1000, and they are great!! I may want to push more power to them though with a better receiver. Their loud, and sound great with music, and movies.
Pros: Beautiful dark cherry color (the picture shows them in light cherry, but they are actually dark)
Cons: None Yet
The moment I attached these speakers and played a cello CD, I was hooked. Beautiful deep full sound. Very happy with this purchase. Highly recommend them!
Great sound and even though they are large they are truly nice looking and blend in with any décor. I was worried they would be too big but because they are narrow and black they don't stand out.
I believe my break in period is over. I purchased a pair of these fine speakers a few weeks back and am very pleased with their sound. The mid range is warm and detailed with nuances of sound coming from what seems to be distant back stage effects. An extremely clean top end in the upper register without it being overdone or sizzle. No boomy base .... nice and tight .... True sound and for and at their price point I could not be happier. As usual Crutchfield delivered on time as promised. I am definitely a Crutchfield satisfied customer. Now, my speaker system is complete with a full 7.1 system using front height speakers all Polk !!! The sound is amazing !!! Thanks Polk and Crutchfield !!!!
I was apprehsive about buying the Polk Audio RTi A5 Floor standing speaker, after I set up my Stereo gear I was quite pleasantly surprised by how good the speakers sounded. The speaker's present a good stage presence, base is tight and I was pushing the speakers with a Yamaha RS700 @ 100 Watts per channel. I would say if someone wanted to push the speaker at 200 watts (The speaker's are rated at 250 watts) with a Yamaha RS700 to buy a power amp and hold your ears. I found the system and speakers to play at a range much louder than my ears could take.
Pros: Have great sound reproduction, easy to set up. I highly recommend this speaker.
Cons: None to date.
Very Nice sounding speaker better when they get broken in.
Pros: Nice build ed speaker Great sound ok price look nice with your furniture.
Cons: None yet.
Absolutely love these speakers, besides being gorgeous their sound is nothing short of beautiful. They are so good looking that I actually rearranged my furniture to showcase, they outclass my other furniture!
Fantastic sound. I wanted bass, and I got bass. Almost no need for a sub-woofer. The Crutchfield tech rep who assisted me in selecting speakers to match my components and listening needs was right on the money. If you want well priced, high end speakers, these are the ones. High tones are very well reproduced in addition to the lows. No matter what type of music you listen to, or movies you watch, I do not think you will be disappointed with the RT1 A5's. A great match to the Sony STR-DN1030,...the RTi A5's reproduce its sounds extremely well.
Pros: sound, quality, craftsmanship, quick shipping/arrival (2 days), easy set-up, the free Atrium 4 speakers were a nice bonus
Cons: If I could have only gotten the speakers for free,...but still worth the price.
Awesome speakers. Great sound and style. Very pleased.
Pros: Look great, sound great.
Cons: None yet.
Big beautiful speakers that sound great, however a bit of an overkill for our home theater application.
Pros: Great speakers
I was concerned about the quality when I ordered, as you cannot truely get a feel for that from the picture, but once they were out of the box I was very impressed with the quality of the RTI A5. I really like these speakers for listening to music and they do an excellent job as my front pair in a 7- speaker setup in a 14x20 room.
Pros: Quality of Speaker Cabinet and Speaker Sound
Very good sound quality for the price, I am more impressed with the looks of the cabinet, they look more likes piece of high quality furniture than a speaker. I am still leaning the range of these speakers think they do well with the mid tones and are a little weak at highs but still worth the price. The shipping company that crutchfield uses was terriable it took them almost 2 weeks to get them to me. I called customer service and they told me they had to be shipped by carrier other than ups because of size. The grilles are the cheapest part of a other wise terrific speaker
Pros: Great looking cherry wood good sounding and a very good value got a free sub woofer
Cons: Flimsey grills and the delivery company that was used
Excellent Speaker, Great Sound.
upgraded from speakers from the seventies. What amazing speakers. Hearing things I never heard! Nice lows and highs, but I bot the PS125 powered sub. That was icing on the cake. Happy gal I am!!
Pros: Nice cherry wood.
Cons: The subwoofer cherry wood don't match the deep cherry of the speakers. But its not a big deal as the sub isn't where you can see it.
This is a great product, I was disappointed to see so few reviews during my research. I originally had the tsi series in mind. If your like me and spend hours researching your purchase, enough to know more than the so called "experts" at some audio vendors, this is your sign. When it comes down to it, these speakers are simply amazing. A step up from the Tsi series they look beautiful, constructed well and look great with any furniture (made the girl friend happy). The A5 series is worth the extra money for higher quality and better highs, bigger volume cabinets which give them incredible bass. These shake the apartment enough to annoy the neighbors, let alone adding a sub too! My setup though is packed into a small 760sq ft apt, overkill but I went for the possibility for upgrades.
Pair these with the Csi A6 Center and movies come alive.
I have Rti4's in the rear, planned to move these to my 7.1 setup eventually with the Rti A9s in the front.
Powered by the Denon 2312 these far surpassed my expectations as an entry level home audio enthusiast.
Pros: Amazing Bass Value / Quality
Cons: Price maybe? They are still worth every bit of the money.
I was planning on buying the speakers that ran a little less, but decided on these. Kind of concerned since there are few reviews for them, hoping I wouldn't regret not getting the A7 speakers. These are wonderful! We have a smaller house, powering them with a Denon 1912. I could't be more pleased with them. Polk has always made great speakers and these should last us a very long time. Huge improvement over our XBR5's speakers. We hear details we never heard before in movies. A winner all the way!
Pros: Nice size speaker, crisp excellent sound, nice bass, great construction
I was impressed with the speakers overall. Excellent craftsmanship. However, one of the side supports came without thread for the carpet spike. Polk has to improve their QA department. I called Polk directly and they said that they would mail me a replacement. The speakers have an overall excellent sound quality, nice and crisp, and I found no need for a sub-woofer, as so many people say that you need one, because they are bass-reflex. The sound quality does improve as the speakers break-in.
These speakers really beat my expectations! I have just these and a psw125 sub (for now) coming from a onkyo TSX607 and the sound is great! The finish on the RTi A5 is second to none. I just watched Hurt Locker and Saving Private Ryan and could not believe my ears. The gun battles were so realistic. You will not be disappointed if you get these.
Just arrived today...awesome! They came before the sub and I cannot believe the bass. The clarity is great, Cherry veneer is beautiful. Very happy with these speakers.
Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.
|Finish||Real wood veneer|
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||---|
|Woofer Size (inches)||6.5|
|Woofer Composition||Polymer composite|
|Woofer Surround||Butyl Rubber|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||40-26k Hz|
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: The speaker features two 6.5" polymer composite woofers. Two 6.5" woofers have the surface area of a single large woofer with the low mass and acceleration of small woofers, resulting in tighter, more accurate bass response. Each woofer uses a butyl rubber surround.
Silk/Polymer Tweeter: The speaker has a single 1" silk/polymer dome tweeter that provides clear, detailed highs. The tweeter features mylar bypass capacitors in the crossovers to extend high frequency response and improve detail and transparency. The also tweeter features low viscosity ferro-fluid cooling with a heat sink on the Neodymium magnet for superior heat dissipation, power handling and reliability.
Magnetically Shielded: The speakers are magnetically shielded, allowing you to place them near your television without distorting the picture.
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: The 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.
Dual 5-Way Binding Posts: The 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.
Adjustable Leveling Spike Feet: The adjustable leveling spike feet that can be screwed onto the bottom of the speaker's attached base provide stability on any type of flooring. The spike feet adds approximately 0.875" to the speaker's overall height when screwed all the way in.
Frequency Response: The overall frequency response is 30Hz-27kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 40-26kHz.
Width: The main body of the speaker is 8.375" wide but the speakers attached feet extend beyond each side of the speaker, giving the speaker and overall width of 10.5625".
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Mine are paired with a Sony STR-DN1030 receiver. Great sound, plenty of bass...which is what I was looking (listening) for. This speaker was on my short list as well as recommended by Crutchfield Advisor,...so I figured we both can't be wrong. And I was right! [ GEOFFREY K Apr 15, 2014 ]
I'm using a pioneer vsx 5700s about 20 yrs old it seems to be working fine. [ JOHN Apr 02, 2014 ]
Denon [ PRINCE Apr 02, 2014 ]
They like a little power. They are fairly smooth, which I like .... not a pounder of a speaker. I really dislike speakers that bark at you. Give them adequate power and you'll be ever so happy you spent $ a few bucks more on the power/receiver. I would not pair them with any old 100 watt 5.1 receiver, they deserve better. I am using a Denon AVR-3313ci. Anything starting here (spec & $ wise) will do them justice. I prefer the open-ness of sound in detail that the Denon receiver delivers, over the Yamaha. The Yamaha is smooth and good quality as well but the Denon has a more detailed sound. This occurs based on the character as to how they are designed. The Harmon Kardon is way too bright IMO (also a character in their design and has been since the late 70's no matter what the model. Hope this helps. [ DOUGLAS R Apr 01, 2014 ]
I run these speakers with a Harmon Kardon stern receiver that puts out less watts per channel that the one you reference and I have been thrilled with the sound these put out. I should also mention that i have a powered sub as well and use them mainly for listening to music . [ KEITH E Jan 07, 2016 ]
I'm not an expert or extreme audiophile, but when I bought my RT-5s I also upgraded to a HK3700 receiver. The combination of the two provides the lowest level of background noise and distortion that I've ever heard, and it's really one of the best aspects of the set. I generally prefer my music relatively quiet, but with such low distortion there is a frequent temptation to just keep turning it up. Good luck with your selection. [ TOBIAS Jan 06, 2016 ]
I am running these speakers using the receiver Onkyo TX-SR601, and they sound awesome. Some of the best speakers I've ever purchased. You should be able to compare the specs of my receiver with yours to see if they are comparable, but I doubt you would have a problem. [ FRANK Jan 06, 2016 ]
They'll pair up perfectly. The Polks aren't too power hungry and if I'm right you've got 500 total watts to play with. They sound awesome with my 300 total watt Denon. [ Dario Jan 06, 2016 ]
I think these speakers will work well with any receiver. I have two separate pairs - one purchased around 2012 (paired with an old Nakamichi RE-10 receiver) and another in November 2015 (paired with a Yamaha RXV775 receiver) and not only do they sound really good, but they are made of furniture grade wood, so you really can't go wrong for the price, So assuming a tower speaker is what you are in the market for, the Polk RTiA5's should serve you well. Good luck [ Jeffrey Jan 06, 2016 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Kenny Jan 06, 2016 ] Staff
I can't answer your questions directly, but I can tell you I'm very happy with the speakers. I had some incompatible equipment, which led my older receiver to not handle my new blueray player's sound well; as a result, voices weren't coming through the speakers adequately. So I replaced the receiver and purchased a center speaker. Now all is in synch, and sounds great! I don't have surround speakers yet; that's the next step if I decide to go that far. [ John Aug 20, 2014 ]
Yes, for me they were definitely worth the money. Bi amp them and they sound great. Would buy them again. [ WILLIAM S Aug 20, 2014 ]
No. They are beautiful but, to me, the sound was muddy. I moved up to Martin Logan motion 12's (same price at the time) and was quite pleased but I was still disappointed with the limited sound stage of the folded motion tweeter. The ML's are very clear and well defined. However, I was still not happy so I ended up with Bowers and Wilkins 683's. Wow. I have heard a lot of speakers in my lifetime but these have pleased me beyond belief. Sound is like art, it is very subjective and changes as you get older. That being said, if you are young these Polk would be fine (I gave my to my son) but as your hearing becomes more refined they will leave you searching for better quality, especially in the highs and midrange. I often had to "rewind" movies because of missed dialog, poor quality mid range will cause that. Now I don't miss a thing. Good luck. [ Laurence Aug 19, 2014 ]
I personally was in the Stereo/Audio Retail business from the early 70's till 1985. I am pleased with these speakers .... a nice warm mid-range, not overdone ... the high frequency's are clear without over exaggeration. Bass response is extremely good. When played in stereo with a music cd that''s where they shine. I am using them in a 7.1 surround system and they do front imaging very well. So in all applications I am very pleased. Worth the money ... Yes !! Make sure you have enough amplification to drive them properly. A high quality AV receiver or separates is necessary. You will need to spend at least the same amount of $ on the receiver. Hope this helps you with your decision. [ DOUGLAS R Aug 19, 2014 ]
I have been very happy with these speakers and feel they are a great value. I use them for home theater with an older center channel and a polk sub. The lows are full and complimented by the sub. I also use them in stereo for playing vinyl. I turn them up pretty loud and they sound great with excellent clarity and distinct mids, highs and lows. Very happy with my purchase. [ Adam Aug 19, 2014 ]