Polk Audio RTi A7

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Great-sounding and great-looking

Serious music listeners and home theater buffs alike will appreciate Polk's newly designed RTi Series tower speakers. The RTi A7 offers top-notch sound quality, and its curved edges and real wood veneer give it a handsome, refined look.

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A high-tech approach to accurate sound

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Polk's PowerPort helps extend the speaker's frequency range.

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.

Additional high-end features

Two sets of gold-plated five-way binding posts let you biamp or biwire the RTi A7 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.
Recommended surround speakers: Polk RTi A3 or FXi A6.


The asymmetric cabinet fights vibration for clearer sound.

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Product Highlights:

  • video-shielded
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • frequency response 35-26,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • handles 20-300 watts
  • 1" Dynamic Balance® silk/polymer tweeter
  • 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance polymer composite midrange
  • dual 7" Dynamic Balance polymer composite woofers
  • PowerPort Plus technology improves bass response without introducing distortion
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 89 dB
  • dual 5-way binding post terminals
  • real wood veneer finish
  • 10-11/16"W x 41-5/8"H x 18-1/4"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    Floor-standing speakers — still standing tall

    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.

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    Polk Audio RTi A7

    Written By Anonymous, Georgia on Thursday, November 05, 2015

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    I recently upgraded my stereo system. I went from a Pioneer receiver and JBL speakers to Polk A7's with a Polk PSW110. I am firing those bad boys up with a Yamaha R-S700. It has 100w per channel of AZZ kicking power. I added an Onkyo CD player and my old timetable from my old unit for my LP's. The sound is great from all units. The sw is awesome with the A7's. If you like good looking and good sounding speakers A7's is the way to go. If you into music, the Yamaha R-S700 has more than enough power.

    Pros: These are some good looking and well built speakers. Anyone that sees them can tell you are serious about music.

    Cons: none so far


    Written By tim, Tennessee on Friday, September 18, 2015

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    Very clean and full sound in a room that has 10' ceilings, is 20' wide and about 40' deep. I replaced some RT55's with these and use them as my front channels in my 5.1 system. Just the size difference of the cabinet separates the sound better and creates a wider, more robust stage. Very nice looking and fit in well with the rest of the wood in my viewing area.

    Pros: Clean, tight, room filling sound. Look great.

    Cons: None at this point.

    Man, I love these speakers and great service too.

    Written By Roger, Iowa on Sunday, September 06, 2015

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    These speakers make my collection of disk and vinyl come to life. I feel like I am listening to my music--jazz, classical, rock--for the first time. Oh, yes, the service at Crutchfield is top notch too.

    Cons: None


    Written By SMYZ, Pennsylvania on Monday, August 10, 2015

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    Great speakers !!!! Used to replace an older stereo. Boxes are very well built and solid . .. The sound is wonderfully crisp and fresh .Well worth the money !!! Fills room with good quality sound .

    Pros: Great sound,solid built , good pricing .

    Cons: -----can"t find any .

    rti a7

    Written By John G, Massachusetts on Sunday, July 19, 2015

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    More than I expected! Ordered a pair rti a7's for the front with the a6 center, and moved rti a3's to the rear. Immense difference from using the a3's as fronts. well built, fit and finish is outstanding. Most of all they sound great. Nice midrange, sharp highs, and plenty of bass for my 24 by 18 room. Sound great at any volume level. And as always a pleasure to deal with crutchfield.

    Pros: fit,finish,and quality of sound

    Cons: none

    Exceeded my expectations

    Written By Andrew, Tennessee on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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    Beautiful, sturdy and well-designed. I wanted a pair of speakers for a simple home stereo audio set up. I did lots of research and these always came up as some of the best out there. The Polk website was offering a buy one, get the second at half price deal. Crutchfield matched it. Quick shipping, well packaged, they look and sound fabulous. I also needed an amp to drive them, and wanted to be able to play music from ipods/ipads and computers. I'm not an audiophile obviously, so I coupled them with the Sonos Connect amp and this set up is absolutely wonderful. You can fill the house with music from the living room, or sit quietly without disturbing the rest of the household, listening to classical stuff and still hear every instrument. This is a great set-up for an imposing music set up without breaking the bank on an expensive amp.

    Pros: To these old ears they are flawless.

    Cons: None.

    Polk RTiA-7

    Written By AudioGuyNC, North Carolina on Monday, June 15, 2015

    YES these speakers sound Great - but - There are a few things to mention. First is price, I got mine on a very nice discount - if I had paid full price I would not be as happy. They replaced my Tsi400's so there is an improvement but they are just 1 part of my speaker system and they are not near as good an my Klipsch F-30's. These Polk's need so much power compared to the Klipsch and I have had to go back and adjust all the settings on my amp. - adjusting how much power is sent to each speaker terminal. Thank Goodness my Yamaha RX-V2700 allows me to do that. 140 Watts per channel X 7 channels.

    Pros: They are great speakers - just quite expensive for what you are getting and compared to others.

    Cons: Too expensive for what you get (so look for a nice SALE) Not very efficient - require a lot of Power compared to some other Hi-End speakers in the same price range. (Klipsch F-30's)


    Written By ChuckW, Dallas, Texas on Monday, June 08, 2015

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    If you listen to music a lot, and are looking for a high quality, completely satisfying, enveloping sound from your speakers I highly recomend the Polk Audio RTiA7's. Received them from Crutchfield on the 4th business day and listened to them all week-end with no listener fatigue or disappointment of any kind. Have them connected to a Yamaha 85wpc Integrated amp., also from Cruitchfield, and I feel this is as good as it gets.

    Pros: Excellent bass, mid and treble. A truly satisfying ear pleasing sound. 5 star in all areas. Beautiful cabnet

    Cons: None

    They're alright

    Written By Matt W, Massachusetts on Saturday, May 30, 2015

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    They're okay. I've had them for about 4 months now, so they're well broken in. It was between these (the RTIs) and the Paradigm Monitor series for a new theater setup for a new apartment. I ended up going with the Polks because they were a little bit less, especially on promo with the discounted sub, and because they're better to look at with the real wood veneer. If I had to do it over again, though, I would have gone with the Paradigms. The Polks, while nicer to look at, don't come close to the Paradigm's performance. Don't get me wrong, they're not bad necessarily, But they're not great either. They're pretty flat sounding, not a lot of spaciousness to the sound, not much depth, either. I think the best way to describe the sound would be boring. You don't get excited about listening to the Polks, and you don't feel involved, be it with music or movies. You're just there, and so are the speakers. If you're coming from some cheap-o stuff or a HTIB, then you'll likely be impressed. If you're like me and have had nicer stuff in the past, you'll be disappointed most likely. Build quality is great though; they are sharp looking in cherry. If you prioritize looks over performance, the Polks are the way to go. If you care more about the sound, then in this general price bracket, I'd go for the Paradigms, which is what I'll be doing next time.

    Pros: Great build quality, sharp looks, inoffensive sound, and relatively low price.

    Cons: Boring to listen to. They don't draw you into the performance, be it music or movies.

    Polk Audio rti a-7 Tower Speakers

    Written By kvkpc, Maryland on Monday, May 04, 2015

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    Wow, what an improvement from my tsi Polk Speakers. These Really Sound Nice...

    Pros: Even at Low Volume these sound Great !

    Cons: No Cons

    Love these speakers

    Written By Max, Ohio on Saturday, March 21, 2015

    I use these speakers with Yamaha 1040. I have set up it as stereo speakers, I love as they sound. I did compare it with Klipsch and for me it sound more wormer and I love the sound of these speakers.

    Pros: Sound

    Cons: none

    Sounds Great

    Written By BrianB, Indiana on Saturday, February 14, 2015

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    Great, full range sound. Replaced Polk bookshelf speakers, also purchased from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Clarity, Range, Response

    Cons: None

    Love Them!

    Written By NJY, New York on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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    These speakers are fantastic, and if other reviews are correct they will only get better in time! These replaced 15 year old technics and they blow them away, crisp and clear with good bass. Money well spent. Someday I hope to add the center/rear speakers (Polks of course).

    Pros: Great sound + Crutchfield threw in a FREE subwoofer

    Cons: The wife and the neighbors don't seem to like them :)

    For the money - AWERSOME!

    Written By doverdoobie, Dover, Delaware on Saturday, January 24, 2015

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    This is not my first Polk purchase but it certainly is the best! Purchased the RTi A7's from Crutchfield in cherry. Delivery was very fast. Every time I play them they get better and better. Absolutely love the mid-range as well as the bass. The high's are crystal clear as well. The finish is gorgeous. They look like very fine furfniture. Love the curves. My setup is as follows: Adcom GFA 555II, Adcom GFP815, TEAC CD-1000, Denon DCM-390, Sony SCD-CE595, Audio Quest Golden Gate cables, bi-wired.

    Cons: NONE!

    Great speakers

    Written By Michael, Carson City Nevada on Sunday, January 18, 2015

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    Polk Audio has the best sound. I went to a national chain to get speakers and listened to the best that they had in thier "room", nothing sounded better that these anywhere near the price range, Polk is my brand of choice.

    Pros: Sound, price and quality.

    Cons: None

    Fantastic Speakers

    Written By TonyG, Florida on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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    Couldn't be happier with my new RTiA7's. Replaced my old Polk RT 7's, which were pretty good front surround speakers, and was pleasantly surprised by the crisp, clear and bold sound from the RTiA7's. And good looking as well.

    Pros: Crisp, clear solid sound. Great looking

    Cons: None

    Fantastic Clean, Crisp Sound

    Written By David, Texas on Monday, December 29, 2014

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    I have these RTi-A7s paired with an older Sony STR-DE925 and they sound amazing! The clarity of the bass, mid-range and highs is so impressive. The bass is never boomy, the voices and mid-range instruments are all audible and clean, and the highs are there like never before. The imagery created by the RTi A7s is so nice that I find myself listening to all types of music in stereo mode all over again. Perfect for my needs! Look forward to adding the center and surround channels.

    Pros: Clean, crisp sound without a boomy bass. Imagery is simply beautiful. No need for a sub listening to stereo mode. Black cabinets are gorgeous.

    Cons: If you are worried about space, you would not be looking at floor standing speakers :-) Recommend 100+watts/channel. I went from one receiver at 85W/Channel to another with 110W/Channel and there was a notable difference in sound production in the lower end.

    Great speakers !

    Written By Todd F, Massachusetts on Monday, December 15, 2014

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    These are fantastic speakers. I got these as the main speakers for my home theater system this year. I heard speakers at another store that cost 2-4 times this price, and these speakers produce excellent sound. I am in no way disappointed. Rich, vibrant, and true sound, I recommend these without hesitation. Best value for the money I have seen

    Pros: excellent sound reproduction, lots of power, rich,and vibrant sound for all forms of music and movies

    Cons: none

    Audiophile Quality

    Written By ps7256, Victoria, BC Canada on Saturday, December 13, 2014

    Some do pay more for less, but I'm the case of the RTiA7's you receive a broad enveloping sound stage with an articulated presence of musicality without really knowing you have speakers present. Equipment: PS Audio, Acurus, Rotel, Cambridge Audio, Sony Reference, Sim Audio Moon Legacy.

    No regrets 5 years later. Thanks Polk!

    Written By Johnny Mazz, Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, October 19, 2014

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    I bought a pair of these five years ago as part of a home theater system that includes other premium Polk speakers an onkyo 3001 receiver and two polk 660 subs. I wasn't sure that I needed these large speakers at the time. But not only are they a true standout when watching movies but they have me listening to much more music set on two channel stereo mode with the subs on. The imaging is remarkable and gives you a clear picture of the instruments and vocals before you. They do require a sub as most people have stated but that doesn't diminish them since any home theater needs at least one. As far as appearance they are the nicest furniture in our family room by far. No regrets.

    Awesome speakers

    Written By Jeff T, Reading, Pa on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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    Very well made hardwood cabinet. Looks absolutely beautiful and sounds just as great. The speakers do require ample amount of power, my receiver is an Onkyo tx-nr838 and bi-amped the speakers. Volumed turned up they will take as much power as this receiver is capable of delivering and more . Unbelievable clarity using this combo and I keep volume around 40 to 50 which is plenty without heavy vibration throughout the house.

    These are five star speakers!

    Written By GregG, Lexington, KY on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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    I read countless reviews from buyers and various audio websites. They had me scared to death that I was not making a smart choice. Those reviews are full of crap. Too bright? No! These puppies sound amazing. I'm driving them with an amplifier at 130 watts per channel with a Polk 505 12" sub. I can't remember all the useless criticism I read. At this price point, I doubt very seriously you would ever find a better sounding pair of floor speakers. Then again, I really wouldn't ask for anything more. I guess if you are going for THX quality sound in your house, then I don't know. But if you just like to watch concerts and movies and have quality sound, you can't go wrong with the RTi A7s. Best speakers I have ever owned and money well spent. These were upgrades from a pair of Polk TSi400s, which struggled to keep up with my sub.

    Pros: Amazing sound Affordable Attractive in black or cherry

    Cons: None

    RTi A7 Speakers (cherry cabinet)

    Written By TWilson, Frederick MD on Sunday, September 07, 2014

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    Replaced a set of older RT speakers with these and what a difference it made with music and movies...WOW! Easy to hook up and really beautiful looking (the cherry cabinet is very attractive and nicely designed). Rich bass and nice highs. If you're looking for good looking speakers that sound as good as they look and won't break the bank, these are it. Very happy for the purchase from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great sound Nice highs and lows Made music CDs and movies DVD come alive Nicely designed with a curve shape Beautiful cherry veneer wood Won't break the bank

    Cons: None so far

    Polk RTiA7 Speakers

    Written By Frank, Rio Rancho NM on Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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    Speakers look nice. They require biamp wiring and mega power. Marantz SR7007 receiver insufficient to power unless turned up to full volume.

    Pros: mid sound range ok

    Cons: lacks bass at low volume and needs mega power to drive speakers for max sound quality

    Great Speakers

    Written By Mike, Annapolis, MD on Friday, July 18, 2014

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    Since upgrading from a Bose Acoustimass 10 surround sound to these, I must say the difference is incredible. I have them hooked up to a Yamaha RX-1020 receiver. I must say, they sounded incredible on Transformers - Dark of the Moon. I really felt like they sounded a little bit better being set on the "Large" setting on the receiver when watching movies, but I later changed them to "Small" to take advantage of the 2 subs I have setup. They still sounded great. After testing some movies and being extremely pleased, I decided to test some music, so I pulled out my favorite CD, Pantera - Far Beyond Driven. I used the recently 20th anniversary release instead of the original. I was a little underwhelmed after having the receiver on 2ch stereo and it cranked up. Then when it hit my favorite track, 5 Minutes Alone, it just didn't sound like I wanted it to. Then I realized I still had the speakers set on Small. I changed them to Large and WOW. Definitely the best I've ever heard it. I highly recommend these speakers. They sound great on movies and music (when set to Large).

    Pros: Price Sound Quality Price

    Excellent sound, beautiful furniture

    Written By Dr Dave, Los Angeles on Saturday, July 12, 2014

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    These speakers rock! Simply the best investment for the $. compared to others in the class and above. Peachtree 220's drive them, I use them for audio only, excellent range, excellent cross over. Needs a little time to break in the brightness and strongly recommend an amp/preamp arangement as they are power hungry.

    Pros: Dynamic range is excellent, best purchase for the $

    Cons: Needs power and break in time but as do most all hi end speakers

    Such a Warm Strong Sound

    Written By Abdul, Pittsburgh PA on Sunday, July 06, 2014

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    These speakers are everything I hoped they would be! The crossovers blend very well and get better with more power. I have these on zone 2 of my Onkyo NR-616 and sounded great but I felt they had more to give. I added a 300 watt amp to the signal and the clouds parted and the sun shined! I was expecting a lot when I purchased these and I feel I received a lot. The bass is very good and reproduces low sounds well but please don't expect the boom of a subwoofer. What makes these perfect in my eyes is the sound reproduction. Oh...and they're beautiful!

    Pros: great overall sound, great for the money

    Cons: not really a con but make sure you feed these babies the watts and you won't be disappointed

    Polk Audio RTi A7

    Written By Anonymous, Hebron, CT on Thursday, July 03, 2014

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    Great sound

    Buy...you won't regret!

    Written By Integra, Elbow Lake, Mn on Sunday, June 29, 2014

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    If you are reading this, you are probably like me and hesitating whether or not to buy the RTiA7's. I researched on and on and I heard that you will need to biwire, or biamp, or you will need a dedicated amp, or you need a min of 200 watts. This is all a bunch of B.S.! If you have a quality AVR 80 watts or more you are fine. I do agree that they are short on bass, but run with a subwoofer and they are absolutely awesome speakers. My only regret is not buying them sooner.

    Pros: Low price point, quality cabinet.

    Cons: none

    Polk Audio RTi A7

    Written By dennis m., Alta Loma, CA on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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    Like the overall look of the speaker tower, sleek, clean and distinct

    Pros: Good overall sound quality, good depth

    Cons: was hoping for a little more bottom

    Wonderful Speakers, Great Value

    Written By DE2000, Irvine, CA on Monday, May 19, 2014

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    For this price, you just can't beat the sound coming from these speakers. I've had other Polk speakers, including the legendary SRS SDA (those huge 180 lbs boxes). The sound coming from the RTi A7's are on par with the SRS SDA's, albeit that the RTi A7's can never beat the imaging ability of the SRS SDA's.

    These are full-range speakers with plenty of bass ability. Overall tonal quality is very balanced and detailed. At this price, you just can't beat it!

    Pros: Excellent value for money. Great outside finish (cherry)!

    Polk Audio RTi A7

    Written By JeffH, Edgewater,Fl. on Friday, May 02, 2014

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    Using the speakers with a Yamaha 3020. Sound is very clear. Bass seems for me more than enough. Although I do have a 12 inch 150 watt sub hooked up as well.

    Pros: Beautiful design, quality sound.

    Cons: none so far

    Rti A7

    Written By Mike, GA on Thursday, April 24, 2014

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    I've had these speakers for about 6mo now and up until now I have been unhappy with them. When I first got them I hooked them up to a Cambridge 651R receiver. The sound was VERY bright. The treble was so intense that I had to turn them sideways. Plus the receiver just could not push the speakers very loud. Ive since tried a CA 751r receiver, an old Sony ES receiver, and an Onkyo int. amp. All had the same results. I even burned up both tweeters (replaced under warranty). I was ready to mothball these things.... Ive since replaced my receiver with a 2ch NAD preamp and two Emo XPA100s, and a pair of home built high end towers. Then I decided to try the Polks with this system and wow, what a difference. These speakers came alive. I must have been starving them for power. Even the CA751r's 170W wasnt enough to open them up. Now they sound absolutly wonderful. Of course this is all my opinion but I can confidently say that these speakers require serious power to reach their potential. If you like music loud and clear, dont buy these speakers unless you can feed them an ample amount of wattage.

    Pros: great open sound, tight bass (turn off the sub, you wont need it).

    Cons: Requires serious wattage to reach full potential. 200w or more.

    Conspicuous improvement over bookshelf speakers

    Written By Brent, Richland, Wa on Saturday, April 05, 2014

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    Thus begins my slow march towards a home theater setup. I am currently powering these with 100W/ch Onkyo stereo receiver that gets it's input from a Marantz UD5007 RCA output. They replaced a pair of Polk Monitor 40 bookshelf speakers. The first thing I notice is nearly an extra octave at the low end. This range comfortably covers everything down to the lowest note on a bass. I do not use the free PSW110 subwoofer that came with these. I do not have a proper way to set crossover frequencies in my system so the sub, even with its crossover set to the minimum 60 Hz, interferes with the low end from these speakers. I don't think the sub is necessary for music. It would be nice to have that sub for movies so I will hold onto it for when I get to the part of this upgrade where I have a 5.1 receiver. The second most significant improvement over the bookshelf speakers is the dynamic range. Details like pick noise on a guitar string or footsteps in a soundtrack are there where I never heard them before. That really helps with the stereo imaging and the sense of depth and separation in the soundstage. That separation really reduces the harshness of very complex musical passages or loud movie scenes. I never find myself reaching for the remote to turn it down at such times anymore. I don't have anywhere to audition similar speakers in my area so I don't really have any basis for comparison. But, I certainly feel like I got my money's worth in these.

    Pros: Excellent low-frequency range and dynamic range. Best sound quality per dollar out there I suspect.

    Handsome sound & aesthetics. Clarity over Quantity

    Written By RevsUp, Des Moines, IA by way Of Portland, OR on Sunday, March 30, 2014

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    Powered through a Yamaha Aventage RX-A2000 7.2 Surround stereo. I must recommend these speakers as part of a complete surround system but not with any less power than than the Yamaha's 130 Watts per channel. These speakers are power hungry.

    CDs, BLU Ray Audio, SA-CD, MP3, AAC, Rock, Blues, Classical, Punk, Jazz, Action, Drama, Comedy, DVD, BLU Ray, Satellite. these speakers excel.

    If you need big bass, then you'll need a subwoofer (or two as i have) otherwise these would be great surround speakers. But I would not think of these speakers as star players, they are more like a role players as part of an overall championship team, to expect them to them to carry the rest of the team would be unfair. Unless you have a team of under performers.

    But don't get me wrong these speakers do not disappoint. I used these to replace Polk Audio TSi500s as my front speakers. Listening to my favorites added a fullness and detail. My movies also benefitted from that. And as I stated above, be it MP3s all the way up to BLU Ray audio, these speakers deliver.

    I'm impressed and pleased with these and glad for the new role they play as my Front Left and Right Channels. Excellent team players.

    Pros: Detail, Clarity. Excellent role players. Beautiful enclosures, my wife admired them and even commented that she loved their look over and above the predecessors.

    Cons: Power Hungry. Thinner on the low end but not completely lacking.

    Great speakers

    Written By Chris, Cornville Maine on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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    I have had the a seven's for 10 months now and they have outperformed all expectations. They were a little bright at first but warmed up after a few weeks. I hear things in familiar music that I never knew were there and I am still amazed. I just switched to a Yamaha RS 700 from a Dennon AVR 291. The Yamaha has the power to push the speakers better than the Denon and the sound is just gotten better. I listen to a wide range of music from rock to blues to classical piano and these pokes handle it all. I love these speakers.

    Pros: Rich full sound, good-looking cherry finish, solidly built. Highly recommend these.

    Cons: I have not

    Amazingly good full range speakers

    Written By Jessica, Washington state on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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    This speaker is such an improvement on the previously owned set.The range of these speakers is just truthfully beautiful to listen to every day!!!!!

    Pros: Clear,crisp full-range sound

    Cons: Heavy to move about

    Replaced Primus 360. Excellent Speakers

    Written By W, Northern New Jersey on Saturday, March 08, 2014

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    I purchased a pair of RTi A7 to replace a pair of Infinity Primus 360s that I had for several years. The 360s sounded fine but had some reliability issues. In a fit of profligacy, I decided to upgrade to the Polks. Briefly: They are simply outstanding speakers, all around. Stunning sound. A few words on the setup: Power comes from a modest Denon AVR 1705 amplifier. The input is uncompressed digital from an AirPort Express unit. (Don't underestimate the power of the AirPort express. Jitter is basically nonexistent, and the unit will happily send uncompressed audio from uncompressed (or Apple Lossless) files on your computer all day. Garbage in, garbage out. (OK, I listen to classic rock and 80s pop, mostly, which might be "garbage in" to some...!)) Anyway, be mindful of the source audio quality. A Polk 650 series subwoofer supplements the bass (it's a large room), and it's worth every dollar. Don't skimp on the sub. The RTi A7s produce stunning clarity and stereo separation. I heard instruments I never knew were in songs. At times, I swear I can hear individual bristles strike the cymbals. Santa's Evil Ways or Marc Cohn's Ghost Train are excellent examples of songs where each instrument seems to be in a precise location in front of you. Pink Floyd's Remastered Wish You Were Here is completely enveloping. The guitar, drums, and synthesizers are never muddled. Zeppelin, Joel, Elton, The Beatles... I doubt they sounded this good in the studio with the engineer at their side.

    Pros: They sound far better than their price tag suggests. I don't think I would hear a difference if I spent five times the price.

    Cons: They're physically quite deep. Make sure you measure before you buy. There's a wacky black plastic piece in back (diffusing air from the port) that adds a few inches. If you're tight on space, it looks like a few screws will liberate it. Also, you'll really want a good sub. In fact, I suspect you'd be better buying the good sub first, then using what's left to fill in the rest. If you can afford the RTi A7, though, I can't imagine you'd regret it.

    Polk RTiA7 Speakers

    Written By Bob F, Louisville, KY on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    Ditched my surround system and simplified life with new stereo receiver (Onkyo TX 8050, 80W Channel). Thank you Cooper for the excellent recommendation on speakers! The Polk RTiA7's arrived yesterday. At the price for the pair, they were $300 over my desired price limit, but they say to spend as much as possible on the speaker side. They weigh in each around 50+ lbs and Crutchfield shipped them with free 3 day shipping! A very big savings. I hooked them up and am so very happy I took Coopers advice. Wow! I love them! The sound is so dynamic and full it's unbelievable. And, I can FEEL the bass. My wife, who also was reluctant to see our budget take the extra hit required to buy these speakers - concurs. Money very well spent! I'm of the generation that believed you needed 12" or 15" woofers to get the desired bottom of rock music. Not anymore. These babies put out plenty of bass if you need it. Now here's the funny part. Polk Audio was running a promo where, if you spend more than $800 on speakers, you get a free PSW111 powered sub-woofer (300 watt 8" sub). Guess what? It's still in the box. Life is much simpler now and the music is sweet! I've come full circle. I've returned to listening to 2 channel music just like I did in the 60's. So long obtrusive surround sound, hello clean pure stereo.

    Pros: Awesome sound and big bang for the buck! Absolutely beautiful design and craftsmanship. The cherry wood veneer is gorgeous. Looks like a piece of fine furniture.

    Cons: None.

    Poor Qualty

    Written By liitusa, Boston, MA on Saturday, February 15, 2014

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    Was totally disappointed in them. I was playing them at a level half their rated power and the woofers were distorting. I had to trim the preamp high pass filter to 80 Hz to stop the distortion. They are supposed to be good down to 38 Hz. Maybe I received a defective pair. Although I could understand one speaker being defective, but not both.

    Pros: Upper end plays clean and with a response expected for this price range.

    Cons: The woofers couldn't handle frequencies below 80 Hz without distorting.

    As good as they said

    Written By SteveL, Palmdale, CA on Saturday, December 14, 2013

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    RTiA7 is a terrific tower speaker, just as all the other reviewers have written. Living in a small place, I had RTiA3 as my front speakers, PSW125 subwoofer, and CSiA4 center speaker. I moved to a larger place, migrated the RTiA3 speakers to the rear and bought RTiA7 speakers for the front, I'm hugely pleased with the combination.

    Can't Beat Them

    Written By TL, Northern, VA on Thursday, November 28, 2013

    Researched speakers for about 8 months, reading tons of reviews and listened to so many I lost track. I was also in numerous chat sessions with the experts at Crutchfield and called to talk with advisors as well. The Crutchfield customer service was outstanding as always. I spent hours in other retailers. Bottom line is the Polk RTi A7 towers to my ear out performed speakers that cost a whole lot more. Some of those were B&W, Infinity, Martin Logans and others. I've only had them for a couple weeks and couldn't be more pleased. They are driven by a Denon AVR X2000 receiver. At the price point for these speakers you simply can't beat the quality of the sound for music and movies.

    Pros: Sound quality, workmanship, look great.

    Cons: None

    New Appreciation

    Written By Jeff P., Long Island on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    I've had these for several years now and have a new appreciation for their capabilities and sound since upgrading my receiver. I had driven them with a 100WPC Yamaha HTR using the front outs only. When I upgraded to the Onkyo TR-626 recently, I ran it for a week on the front channels only. It sounded comparable to my old receiver...until I bi-amped the speakers. I was happy before but the speakers just came alive. I was really impressed with the volume and clarity. The bass is awesome.

    Pros: Beautiful Cabinet (Cherry), Bi-Amp capability, Reasonably priced for great performance.

    Cons: None so far.

    Polk you.

    Written By Mike, Ohio on Thursday, September 26, 2013

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    Polk speakers have always been the best since the 80's when they set the benchmark and these continue that standard. Excellent imaging creates a beautiful soundstage with characteristic Polk warmth and realism. Treble is clean and clear and authentic and the bass response is full and rich. Fantastic reproduction of any type of music (from Metal to whatever) with that of orchestration or acoustic guitars being quite astounding. Get out your vinyl of "dark side of the moon" and enjoy! The fit and finish of the cabinetry is beautiful. As always, Crutchfield comes through with great service and pricing on outstanding products!

    Crutchfield + Polk=Winning Combination

    Written By Tom, Farmington, Mn on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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    I cannot believe the quality and sound of these speakers at this price! I was also pleasantly surprised by the dark cherry finish. (I thought the picture makes the cherry much lighter in color). Anyway, have them bi-amped with the Marantz SR6003, (also purchased from this fine company-Crutchfield), and the sound is phenomenal! Speed of delivery, customer service, and overall purchase experience was all as I expected. You will be as happy as I am if you go with Polk and Crutchfield!

    Pros: Sound quality w/bi-amp. Beautiful finish quality/build quality.

    Cons: None.


    Written By Bill, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, August 26, 2013

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    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

    great stuff

    Written By Big al, lamar.co on Friday, June 28, 2013

    The tx-8050 by onkyo is a excellent network receiver the AM tuner in this awesome machine it delivers all other functions awesome as well so if you are looking for a network receiver this bad boy will deliver

    Big Sound

    Written By JeffK, McLean, VA on Sunday, June 23, 2013

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    Bought these to replace a sound bar. Big improvement in sound quality.

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: They are very large and heavy

    Polk Audio RTi7

    Written By Anonymous, soddy daisy tn on Saturday, June 15, 2013

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    Great I Think

    Written By Ray, Gilbert, AZ on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    I hope I can change to a 5 after some time passes but I've been using since 2/20/2013, so in 2 months of daily use they don't seem to have mellowed. A little bright, and bass is disappointing but I use a sub. Detail and high end is astounding, but these replaced some 15 year old Infinity studio monitors that were beasts at about 70 lbs each, and I have lost some depth. Do these need 300 hours to break in???seems excessive


    Written By MikeD, Saginaw,Mi on Saturday, April 13, 2013

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    After setting up A7's and sub (sub needed for my tastes) all I can say is WOW these speakers are amazing

    Pros: sound very smooth and full

    Cons: none that i found yet

    Absolutely Phenomenal

    Written By LoRo P, Lynchburg, VA on Tuesday, April 09, 2013

    These speakers sound absolutely phenomenal, the sound quality is superb, the look is stylish and well designed and the price is cozy. My system compromises of an HT Omega sound card (if your using a PC as your source definitely look into this puppy) hooked up to a Yamaha R-S700 (I much prefer Stereo over surround, the quality of sound is unsurpassed) and then into a pair of these and a Polk DSW 660wi, and when it was first played, I was blown away. Listening to FLACs on this system is like listening to music for the first time ever, 24bit remasters of The Doors and The Beatles are beautiful and psychedelic as ever, Led Zeppelin shakes the floor and Pink Floyd brings in another dimension. If you are considering these for your system, give them a listen and decide for yourself, I'm sure you'll fall in love just as I did.

    Pros: Great look, sound and price

    Cons: None really, covers are a bit cheap and will break easily, keep that in mind when handling them if you plan to use those covers, they do defend against kittens though, thank god!

    Possibly My Last Speakers

    Written By Ron, Mount Washington, KY on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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    I prefer music in 2-channel stereo so I need speakers that produce enough bass on their own. With some material the bass is lacking but that's not a reflection on the A7s. Music from the last decade or so usually has a much heavier bass line than something from the 80's or earlier. Sometimes I add a little bit of sub to round out the bottom but if strong bass is there to begin with they shake the floor without it. I drive them with a 100-watt Sony STR-DG2100 receiver. They are bi-amped using the surround back channels and the bottom end does sound a little more full. The sweet spot to fill my living room (20 x 20) at a moderate level is around -20db. I would not drive them with anything smaller but a high quality 100-watt receiver will do the job. These speakers are very detailed. You will hear things you have never heard before. I have been listening to Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" since it was released and for the first time I can hear the "pin prick". These speakers bring out the best and worst. Music with a lot of dynamic range will give them more to work with. If it's a poorly produced or highly compressed track you will know it. The A7s are audiophile grade speakers so your source material makes a big difference. Having a warm sound was high on my list and I can listen for hours without any ear fatigue. Thanks to Polk for sticking with a soft dome tweeter. You can spend a lot more on speakers but I can't image why you would. The A7s might be the last speakers I buy.


    Written By Skip, Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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    These are upgrades from the Polk TSi300, which I have moved to be the surround left and right speakers. The RTi A7's have excellent sound all the way through the spectrum. I have these for the front left and right in a 7.2 system with an Onkyo TH-NR809 AV receiver. These two speakers and the center channel speaker are powered by an Emotiva XPA-3 (200 (at least) REAL watts of clean power times 3). The RTi A7's handle the "real" power with ease. They really sing at higher volumes. They were somewhat "bright" at first, as many others have mentioned, but do sound better with age. They have a very nice visual appearance as well. I would recommend these speakers.

    Pros: Excellent sound and nice to look at.

    Cons: None

    Sound very good

    Written By KevinN, Chandler, AZ on Monday, March 04, 2013

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    Nice looking speaker, well built, and very good sound. Still breaking them in, but impressed with the sound out of the box. Replaced a 20+ year old set of Polk S10's and it is quite an improvement. Bass response not fantastic, but meshed with a sub these sound very good. Happy with my purchase. I know the review is supposed to focus on the product, but I also need to comment on Crutchfield. Ordered the speakers on Friday, got them on Monday. Awesome! Also had to return a subwoofer and it was a simple process. Great place to purchase electronics.

    Pros: Great overall sound, well built, nice looking.

    Cons: Could use more bass.

    Brave New Sound

    Written By Edson, Bayside, New York on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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    I replaced my old speaker from 1988 I fell like a Brave New World. With RTI A7 all my cds dvd-audio sound new like a never heard before Amazing Good

    Pros: Sound perfect

    Cons: None

    A7 Heaven

    Written By 'Strings, Tampabay, FL on Monday, February 18, 2013

    I've had my A7s for about three years and thay have always performed well. They also present themselves well visually - more like nice furniture. Originally, I powered them with an Onkyo 707 receiver. They sounded great. A year later I added a NAD T955 amp. They sounded really great. Last month I swapped out the Onkyo/NAD 'engine' for an even stronger Marantz MM7055 amp fed by the Marantz AV7005 processor. Now with 145 W/Channel the A7s have hit their stride. Though planning to replace them with new A9s this year I'm really struggling to justify the change!

    Pros: These speakers definitely like power and reward you accordingly.

    Cons: For my application they have none.

    Polk Audio RTiA7 Tower Speakers

    Written By Scribble, Cleveland Ohio on Thursday, February 14, 2013

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    Excellent Loudspeakers ! The cherry wood finish is stunning.

    Good clear speakers

    Written By PolkFan2013, Paramus NJ on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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    The RtiA7's are clear, crisp, and push more sound than other brands. I'm very happy with them.

    Pros: Sound great

    Cons: none

    Fabulous speakers!

    Written By Fte, Corrales, nm on Friday, December 07, 2012

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    Sound great. They like power.

    Pros: Sound, looks

    Cons: None

    Polk Audio RTi A7

    Written By Brian W, Fort Collins, Co. on Thursday, September 13, 2012

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    Beautiful to look and sounds very nice for the price. They lack a little of the punch of my old Bostons and don't quite live up to my friends Focal's but hey they were half as much as though speakers too. Pretty decent clarity and they fill the room. For the money these are a screaming deal.

    sounds as good as they look

    Written By Brian B, Jax fl on Friday, August 17, 2012

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    I have read every review about these and i have to agree with everyone else this is the speaker for me it does sound very good and it does look sweet. dont panic when you see the box this thing is huge but the speaker looks great, i had an issue with one of the speakers but as you might expect the service i got is second to none, and i couldnt be happier i cant complain about the bass because i have a good reciever and a nice sub Polk audio always gives you more than the other companies for the money. I have a Denon reciever and a velodyne sub and it sounds great

    Pros: nice clear high end solid bass the cabinet is stunning

    Cons: the mids could be a little stronger and maybe a better made midrange

    Polk Audio RTi A7

    Written By EdgarLB, Orchard Park, NY on Friday, June 29, 2012

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    5 Stars for these beautiful and nicely made speakers complimenting our furniture. Incredible musicality from highs to lows with the tube amplifier.

    Pros: Fantastic speakers. I wholeheartedly agree with other 5 Star raters.

    Cons: Nothing I can think of.

    Full and Clean

    Written By Dan C., Towamencin Twp, PA on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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    Just Wow... I hear those subtle nuances in music I have not heard before. These Polk speakers have voice clarity, clear highs, warm midtones and a tight responsible bass range. Your room will have presence and music will sound nearly live a in front of you. If you have questions just ask for Hunter , he will make sure these are the best speaker for your needs. But just go for it... I have been smiles with these speakers.

    Pros: Warm full presence. Beautiful cherry veneer case. Tight bass response, clear warm, spine tingling vocals. Quality construction & sound for hundreds or a thousand less than other comparable speakers.

    Cons: You amp need to push a little more .... no worries though... call Hunter if you have questions


    Written By Mike, Munroe Falls, Ohio on Saturday, May 05, 2012

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    Have been researching replacing an old set of Polk's for quite a while. Looked locally at some Paradigm that were very nice but a lot more money, and the guy from the store never got back in touch with me so... I bit the bullet on the RTIA7's and have NO regrets. The purchase & delivery were Crutchfield class all the way. Installation was a breeze, as I had time to get all the wiring issues (Bi- Amped) prior to their arrival. Had them up and running within an hour of delivery. I have been delving into all of my music hearing it as never before. The soundstage is dramatic, at whatever volume I listen to them. They seem to be getting better as they are breaking in. Also purchased the CSiA6 center speaker, and it is a BEAST size wise but does great across the front. The wife always griped about my previous center channel speaker and this is twice the size but the installation was planned better and seems suspended in mid air. The hometheater experience is breathtaking. Am saving up to purchase surround speakers to finish off my 7.1 set up. NO REGRETS!!!

    Pros: Cherry Finish is impeccable, and look is breath taking. Bi-amping is the way to go.

    Cons: Thought size would be an issue but isn't just more to appreciate!!

    Wonderfully beautiful

    Written By Anonymous, Fallon, NV on Sunday, April 22, 2012

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    These speakers are a joy to look at just as much as they are to listen to. Their sound is full, rich, and enveloping.

    Pros: Beautiful design, quality sound.

    Cons: Bass response is not what as good as purported on the product description.

    Nicely done

    Written By PhilRRTX, Round Rock, TX on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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    Have had these speakers a couple weeks now and, as others have noted, they seem to getting better now that they are broken in. They are much more warm and mellow than my HTIB speakers were. I have them bi-amped and am still using my old center and surrounds. Overall the sound picture is very nice

    Polk RTi A7

    Written By Steve G, Fort Madison, IA on Friday, February 10, 2012

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    Clear, consise sound.

    Pros: Full breadth sound field.

    Cons: slightly lacking on bottom end.

    Polk RT1 A 7s

    Written By Bob, Grove City,Oh on Monday, February 06, 2012

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    A real value. great upgrade from my Polk Satellite speakers, using these as replacements for my fronts

    Pros: Great look, great sound for Home Theater You dont really need a sub for these

    Cons: My home theater amp/receiver really cant drive these for music effectively. Need to add an Amp,and use the receiver as a pre-amp.

    Fantastic Speaker

    Written By KYFHO, Misawa, Japan on Saturday, February 04, 2012

    I purchased the RTi A7's a while back and am finally getting around to posting a review. First of all, these speakers are absolutely beautiful! The cherry finish is top notch and classy looking. A lot of the reviews you read will say these speakers lack low end bass and that you will need a sub. "IF" you do not power these speakers properly, you will need a sub. However, if you power them with a minimum 125 watts of "high current" power from an external amp, you will be blown away. The majority of AVR's that overstate their power ratings will work, but they will not bring out the best these speakers have to offer. I am bi-amping my A7's with 305 watts from a Parasound A23 and Carver AV-705X amplifier and I tell you, I have more than enough bass to rattle the walls and upset the neighbors. The mids are very rich and the highs are outstanding (extremely clear). I have played these speakers to very high volume with zero distortion.

    Lastly, if you do plan on purchasing the A7's and are planning on running an external amplifier, I highly suggest you research the different brands. There are many brands of amplifiers that tend to make the A7's sound overly bright so hit the different forums on the internet and educate yourself. Overall, two thumbs up for the A7's!!!!

    Pros: Outstanding sound quality; Beautiful cherry finish; Can take gobs of power!

    Cons: I have yet to find anything negative about these speakers

    Polk Audio RTi A7

    Written By Joe, Decatur, Ga. on Friday, January 20, 2012

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    I bought a pair of these to replace some Infinity SM112s. I had them 20 years and they finally disintegrated and forced me to get some new ones. The Polk RTi A7s fit my price range and they were well worth the money. I use them more for music and they have great clarity from the highs to the mid lows. There's definitely a lack of deep lows, so it really needs a subwoofer. So I got a PSW111 and it sounds amazing. I actually really prefer that it sound better with a subwoofer than if it had adequate deep bass on its own. The cherry finish looks really nice too.

    Awesome Speakers at a Great Price

    Written By Jim, Central VA on Saturday, December 10, 2011