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Polk Audio RTi A7

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Our take on the Polk Audio RTi A7

by Loren Barstow
Polk Audio

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.

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.

cabinet

The asymmetric cabinet fights vibration for clearer sound.

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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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    Features and Specs
    General
    Enclosure
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    Bass Reflex
    Finish
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    Real wood Veneer
    Color
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    Cherry
    Tweeter
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    Dome
    Tweeter Size (inches)
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    1
    Midrange Size (inches)
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    6.5
    Woofer Size (inches)
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    7
    Woofer Composition
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    Polymer composite
    Woofer Surround
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    Butyl Rubber
    Built-in Powered Sub
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    No
    Video-Shielded
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    Yes
    Connector Type
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    5-way post
    Bi-amp Inputs
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    Yes
    Parts Warranty
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    5 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    5 Years
    Specifications
    Power Range
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    20-300
    Frequency Response
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    35-26k Hz
    Sensitivity
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    89 dB
    Impedance (Ohms)
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    8
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    41-5/8
    Width (inches)
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    10-11/16
    Depth (inches)
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    18-1/4
    Weight
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    55 lbs
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    What's in the box?

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    • Cherry floor-standing speaker
    • Detachable black cloth grille
    • 4 Screw-on spike feet
    • Owner's Manual
    • Online registration sheet
    • Polk Audio product brochure

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    Driver Technology
    Enclosure Design
    Connections
    Mounting Options
    Dimensions

    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: The speaker features two 7" polymer composite woofers. Two 7" 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.

    Polymer Composite Midranges: The speaker has one 6-1/2" polymer composite midranges for smooth wide-range response with low distortion. For high performance durability, the midrange 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 tweeter also 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.

    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: 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.

    Connections

    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.

    Mounting Options

    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.

    Specifications & Dimensions

    Frequency Response: The overall frequency response is 20Hz-27kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 35-26kHz.

    Width: The main body of the speaker is 8.6875" wide but the speakers attached feet extend beyond each side of the speaker, giving the speaker and overall width of 10.6875".

     

     

     
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    4 out of 5

    Rti A7

    Written By Mike, GA on Thursday, April 24, 2014
     
    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    2 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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!
    8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great

    Written By Bill, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, August 26, 2013
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    Excellent
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
    1 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Polk Audio RTi7

    Written By Anonymous, soddy daisy tn on Saturday, June 15, 2013
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    AWSOME SOUND FULL AND RICH
    1 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    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
    6 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Wow

    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
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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!
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    13 out of 13 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent

    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
    5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    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.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
    1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    RTiA7

    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!!
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Speakers at a Great Price

    Written By Jim, Central VA on Saturday, December 10, 2011
     
    These speakers have a beautiful sound. They came out of the box sounding great and they keep getting better as they break in. They create a wall of awesome sound that has to be heard to be believed. I use them for both home theatre and music and they handle both jobs perfectly. They are a bit power hungry but if you give them the power they desire they can't be beat. These speakers are well worth buying.
    Pros:
    Everything! They sound great, they look great and they have a great price.
    Cons:
    Can't think of anything.
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    5 out of 5

    smooth and detailed

    Written By Todd G., Columbia, MO on Monday, August 22, 2011
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    I purchased these RTiA7 about a month ago, and wanted to leave my review. They have gone from good to inspiring after breaking in. Natural, uncolored sound with wide dispersion so they sound good in every part of the room. A little power hungry, I drive with 125 watts rms per side, enough, and I like loud at times, but leaving me wishing my receiver would let me bi-amp with the two channels that aren't used while listening to music. I use a powered 125w sub to reinforce the lowest bass and ease the load on amp and speakers. I am loving these speakers. If you are a discriminating listener, have a strong amp and understand sound like this doesn't come in a tiny box, you will love these. I have no disappointments
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    5 out of 5

    They perform as expected because they are Polk's

    Written By Roushguy, Palm Coast, Florida on Wednesday, June 15, 2011
     
    I have long purchased products from Polk Audio over the years for home, boat and car. Their speakers have a clear signature that emanates solid and powerful base, clear mids and crisp but never harsh highs. As my title states, these speakers certainly maintain my expectations of value and sound.

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    5 out of 5

    Polk Audio RTi A7

    Written By Carl, Louisiana on Monday, March 28, 2011
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    I have had these speakers for a little over a month I cannot find anything negative to say. First of all, they look great and my wife was very happy to see they matched the décor and of our house. The sound quality of these speakers have increased over the past month as they have broken in. At first I was concerned with the bass response but the bass has grown over the past month and I am now completely satisfied. Of course ordering through Crutchfield was seamless and the speakers arrived on time with no damage. Everyone who has seen and heard these speakers leaves my house impressed!
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    5 out of 5

    PHENOMENAL in every way !!

    Written By AndrewS, Waynesville, NC on Tuesday, March 08, 2011
     
    Just purchased a pair of the RTi a7s from Crutchfield after weeks of searching, listening and reading reviews. These speakers are for all intensive purposes beautiful pieces of furniture of the best craftsmanship. Flawless out of the box. But what about the sound ? Very well balanced and getting better and better every day. The woofers will season in depth but the nice FREE 8 inch Polk Sub included with Crutchfield purchase rounds things out until then. Show some respect and bi-amp these. They are not your ordinary loud speaker and deserve nothing less. They are large but have a small footprint. I read so many reviews raving about these speakers and was skeptical. No more. Don't walk; run to Crutchfield.com and order these now. One more thing: Crutchfield's service was outstanding in an age of forgetting who the customer is. ajs
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    5 out of 5

    Finally broke in

    Written By DaveH, Savannah on Sunday, February 20, 2011
     
    Picked these speakers up mid december "10 and tonight turned them on via HK3490 and IPOD touch, realized they finally broke in and the sound was rediculous. For the price you cannot go wrong, even my wife was amazed cranking 120 watts of MInus the Bear Dr L'Ling she said it sounded live!!! At first they were pretty bright, subwoofer balanced out, but now my sub will be an end table. The handle anything, TV, Movies, BD, CDs, mp3. Highly recommend the Polk Ai7 and with Cruthfield you can't go wrong. No sales tax. shipping and customer support...go to the brick building for test runs only!!!
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    5 out of 5

    Polk Audio RTi A7

    Written By Matt, Denver, CO on Monday, February 07, 2011
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    Extraordinary sound, I could not be more pleased with this purchase. For an added bonus they look as great as they sound. 5 ++ Stars!!
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent speakers

    Written By Jorge, Cliffside Park, NJ on Saturday, February 05, 2011
     
    These speakers are excellent, the sound is so clear, I don't see why to spend more money in others speakers, I have the whole set from Polk audio, the only are missing are the surround FXI A6, but soon I'll get the pair to complete my home theater.
    Very happy with these speakers.
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    5 out of 5

    Justin

    Written By Justin, Yorkville, IL on Friday, February 04, 2011
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    Amazing speakers! Lived up to all of the positive reviews. Sound is flawless at any volume! Cherry finish is equally as beautiful as the sound! Highly recommend! On a side note....my wife wouldn't believe me when I talked to her about how the sound would improve dramatically with the purchase of these speakers....she was blown away to say the least!
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    5 out of 5

    Every thing I has hoped for.

    Written By Joe, Lansing Mi. on Monday, January 24, 2011
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    More than I had expected. I'm hearing instruments on my CD's I have never heard before. When playing DVD's you clearly hear every little drop of a pin and in a action movies you get blown away. I have been waiting all my life to have loud speakers this nice, worth the wait.
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    5 out of 5

    More Than 5 Stars!!!

    Written By Bob M, Dexter, ME on Sunday, January 09, 2011
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    If 5-stars is the best, these speakers deserve a 7-star rating. Perfect in every way. A true work of art in both sound quality and cabinet craftsmanship. Breathtaking sound!!!

    After countless hours of research focused on Polk, Infinity, and Klipsch, I ordered the Polk RTiA7 Towers and the Polk PSW125 Sub and a Denon receiver from crutchfield. I have listened to hundreds of systems, mostly high end, but I have never heard sound like this before. What all the other reviews say about truly hearing your music for the first time is not exagerated. These speakers will exceed your expectations. The cabinets are clad with real cherry veneer, not a laminate. The craftsmanship is superb. They will fit with even the highest end decor.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Choice

    Written By Brad, Loa Angeles on Thursday, October 28, 2010
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    Excellent high quality speakers for the price. Best mid range ever. My old CDs are playing sounds I've never heard before! Speakers look great. Work very well with my surround system but they are exceptional when I am just cranking the rock! As always Crutchfield delivered fast and it was packaged well. I recommend these speakers to all!
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    5 out of 5

    Wow - just wow!

    Written By greyhound lover, fort worth on Sunday, October 03, 2010
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    Got these a couple days ago. I had replaced everything in my system with high quality audio equipment save some Onkyo speakers I had from my college days (20 years back). I had always like those Onkyos but I figured perhaps technology had improved. When I plugged the Polks in I was amazed - it was like a new system. I now understand the term "sound stage" for it truly feels I am hearing something from a stage. I was missing the highs all this time - the polks have amazing highs. The bass is tight as well. I used to have to turn the volume up quite high but the polks deliver a ton more sound. Wish I would have done this years ago. Highly recommended.
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    5 out of 5

    Get these if you want a wall of sound!

    Written By Jimmy, Detroit, MI on Saturday, September 25, 2010
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    These are a professional well built speaker. Sound detail is amazing. I power these with an Onkeyo TS-805 with about 135 watt per channel. These are used for my mains in a 5.1 system. The bass is great after I had to manually change the crossover setting in my receiver to 40hz.. I still use a 12'' Polk powered subwoofer and you can feel the thump in your chest with these speakers. I use these for 70% movies and 30% for hard rock music. Also, my room is only 10' x !2" so if you are hesitating on moving to a floor standing speaker because of a small room make the investment and get them. You will be amazed and so will your neighbors!
    p.s. Cruchfield service and tech support/knowledge is a first class operation. Don't waste your money or get tech advice from the big box store.
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    5 out of 5

    WOW

    Written By Scott W., Fredericksburg VA on Friday, September 17, 2010
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    WOW impressive! Powering them with an Onkyo TX-SR707. Im rocking the neighborhood !!! These things will draw attention!! Well worth the money. Clear as a bell.
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    5 out of 5

    Very happy with the A7's

    Written By Brian, northwest Ohio on Sunday, June 20, 2010
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    After having the A7's for a few months now I can say I'm very pleased with them. I echo other reviews in that these speakers are beautiful in both looks (I have the black) and sound quality. I'm powering mine with a Pioneer Elite receiver with 110 watts per channel. They sounded good from the start but after bi-amping them I did notice subtle differences, particularly in clarity, but either way they sound good. I can crank these up loud and they sound loud and clear, no distortion. The lows could probably be a little better, but then again these aren't huge woofers, and with a sub and the A7's set to "small" in the receiver, any lack of bass is non-existent anyway. Highs and mid- range sound very good. I originally had the Klipsch RF-62's but something to me just didn't sound quite right, almost like the treble wasn't right, but no matter how I adjusted the receiver it didn't help much. Crutchfield worked with me and let me exchange the RF-62's for the Polk A7's and right away I thought, "These sound good," without hesitation. I also found these A7's to be $100 cheaper here on Crutchfield than at a certain popular brick and mortar store. Crutchfield rocks!

    The A7's aren't small and they're pretty heavy, but with decent amplifier power, whether listening to music or movies, I don't think you can go wrong with these.
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    5 out of 5

    Great looks AND sound.

    Written By Rick H., Hobe Sound, Fl on Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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    The Polk RTi A7 is big, heavy and power-hungry. It is also beautiful-in both looks and sound. The pics of it on Crutchfield's website don't do them justice-they really look good [I bought the cherry veneer model]. At first, I was disappointed with the bass response, but after 20 hours of use, I noticed a definite improvement. Now, after over 80 hours usage, bass is great. A word of advice-you'll want at least 75 watts to drive these beauties, preferably 100 watts or more. My Onkyo NR807 with 135 watts powers them nicely without bi-amping. With Polk's 5 year warranty and Crutchfield's excellent tech support, these speakers should please just about everybody.
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    4 out of 5

    Very Happy

    Written By Anonymous, Detroit, MI on Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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    I'm quite pleased with the Polk RTi A7's. What I enjoy the most about the
    speakers is the presence of detail. During movies, soundtracks are as
    present as effects and dialog. Playing music, every instrument is discernible.
    Nothing ever becomes muddled or drops to the background.

    I agree with the tips to be sure to have enough power. These are currently
    on a Denon receiver with 110W per channel and the bass section seems
    thirsty for more. That said, bass drum is very tight, slightly dry; however
    lower bass manages to maintain presence. We'll see if things open up a bit
    as the woofers break in. I'm definitely considering a receiver capable of
    assigning a couple channels to bi-amp duties, though.

    On aesthetics, I couldn't be happier. This is one of the more elegant floor-
    standing speakers I've seen. The cabinets do run deeper than most and
    require an additional few inches from the wall for the rear port deflector.

    The single mid-woofer makes these floor-standers pretty directional (as
    opposed to an MTM arrangement like the A9's). This can be great during
    movie effects, but may not be desired for those looking for a more spacious,
    broad dispersion speaker, or those with larger rooms. I personally enjoy
    the separation I notice over my previous dual-mid-woofer floor-standers,
    but also notice a lot of loss when listening out of the "sweet spot".
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    5 out of 5

    Great Speakers

    Written By Chuck, Alabama on Friday, July 24, 2009
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    I've had these speakers for about a week and couldn't be more pleased.
    I'm driving them with my poineer elite vsx-o3thx and they sound awesome!
    I'm planning to add a seperate amp to drive the center channels. These
    speakers do seem to need POWER. Highly recommended.
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    5 out of 5

    Happy Customer

    Written By Dick, West Coast on Tuesday, June 09, 2009
     
    Just received these speakers (excellent customer service from Crutchfield). I'm very pleased with them, they are great speakers for the price. Cabinets are very solid and the sound is well balanced with good punchy bass, but it's not overwhelming. I also looked at the Polk TSi500's but was surprised how flimsy the cabinets felt, at even moderate volumes they were vibrating unpleasantly. In my opinion the RTiA7's are way better speakers and well worth the extra cost.
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    5 out of 5

    What an upgrade!!

    Written By Crown7, Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday, March 17, 2009
     
    I upgraded to the Polks from some JVCs that I had for 9 years. Though they were good, they never sounded good on the lows...With these polks, they sound crisp all the way through...I am pushing them with my Onkyo 606 and music from my IPod. I keep the bass low cause Im in the basement. The sound is totally clear, i am looking forward to complementing these with the bookshelf speakers from Polk soon. The sound is not muffled at all and when cranked up to 80, the sound is sick! Cant wait for the first spring party!
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    5 out of 5

    First Speakers

    Written By Arthur, San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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    This is the first pair of speakers I have purchase. They are awesome. I don't know a lot about audo, but I am very pleased with these. Look nice, sound great!
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    5 out of 5

    No regrets here

    Written By Tom, NW, Arkansas on Saturday, January 17, 2009
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    Simply awesome in every regard. I auditioned many different speakers
    from many different manufacturers powered by many different receivers
    with differing power levels. These A7's simply cannot be beat. Glad I
    bought them. Crutchfield did a very nice job of getting them to me as well.
    The delivery service was excellent.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sound, Great Construction

    Written By michael, Parkland, FL on Tuesday, October 14, 2008
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    Good quality and looks. Nice sound. Agree with comments from others you need good power from your receiver to make these suckers really pump>
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent speakers

    Written By Walter, Cresco,PA on Saturday, August 23, 2008
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    Wow. Excellent looking speakers with excellent sound. The highs and lows seperate very well. I was going to spend the extra money for the Polk RTiA9 instead I went with the RtiA7 which I am glad I did. The RTiA9 would have been probably to bassy. I also purchased the CSia4 which I love for the center speaker and the PSW125 for the sub. I will have to replace my old polk rms7500 surrounds probably with the polk surrounds FXi4. Now I need to get a new receiver to extend the polk speakers. Replace my old receiver with a Onyko 706 or 806. Very pleased with the Polk's.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Speakers!!!

    Written By Ken, North Pole, Alaska on Friday, August 01, 2008
     
    Originally I was not too pleased with these speakers. They were decent but my DSW500 had to do most of the LFE work. I was powering them with a Onkyo TX-SR705 and it did a decent job. I ordered an amp which is a 125x7 watt amp and the difference is AMAZING. When in 2 channel mode the amp gives me 170wpc to the A7s. These speakers rock my house now. They more than keep up with the DSW500 and put out tight clean bass.

    If you buy these and plan on just using a decent receiver to power them you are making a mistake. Spend the extra cash and get either a higher end receiver or get a good amp that can give these babies at least 150 watts to each of them in 2 channel mode for good 2 channel listening.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Speakers

    Written By Daniel, Long Beach, CA on Monday, July 21, 2008
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    These speakers kick something serious. They're big, they're heavy and they're expensive but they're worth it. Ever since I heard a pair of Polk stereo speakers at a friends house over ten years ago, I've been waiting to get out of school to get my own. I wasn't disappointed. They definitely give you the value for the money.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent value

    Written By William, Navarre, FL on Sunday, May 04, 2008
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    I would highly recommend this Polk product. The beautiful furniture grade cherry finish, the crystal clear highs and life-like midrange, and especially, the tight low bass response all make for an excellent value in speakers.
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    Current setup Denon AVR-X4000 with Polk Audio RM5000 Home theater Speaker system (2 fronts, center and subwoofer) and Polk Audio Monitor II for the rear. At almost 20yrs old they still are crisp. Trying to decide between the RTIA5 and RTIA7 as my new fronts. Does the Denon have enough power to drive the 5's or 7's. Advantages of one speaker over the other? Any recommendations would be helpful as to which speaker to choose.. [ Hank S  Feb 11, 2014 ]
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    • I bought rtia7's the sound is crystal clear. I also bought a csia6; 4, fxia6; and a dsw pro 660. Our amp is a Yamaha RX-A1020. I'm only driving the speakers at about 60% max wattage. Every speaker is crisp, crystal clear, with very clean sound. You will not be disappointed with the RTi A7's. Ron R. [ RONALD L   Feb 12, 2014 ]
    I will be purchasing a pair RTiA7's and eventually the center and rears to match. I will be using them for home theatre and gaming and would like to know which receiver best pairs with these to get the most out of the speakers? Thanks! -cliff [ Cliff  Feb 09, 2014 ]
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    • I use an Onkyo 906 receiver and like there products. But I think any mid class receiver would drive them just fine. I love the way the speakers sound I use them in my sunroom for TV and music and enjoy them a lot. You can't go wrong with the RTi A7. I hope this helps. James [ JAMES L   Feb 10, 2014 ]
    • You will definitely want a high-end, high-power receiver. I personally am running these speakers on a Sony ES DA 5500ES and they sound great. I have two Polk subwoofers as well and many times I can watch TV with the subs off because of the great bass response of these speakers. Look for receivers that can do a minimum of 120 Watts RMS per channel. [ AUGIE   Feb 10, 2014 ]
    • While I ended up returning the A7's due to size ... I compared them to all of the Tops picks under 1500.00. I originally sought out a pair of B&W 683's ... Loved the sound, did not like the price!!!! (1400/pr). I also compared to Monitor Audio RX6, Martin Logan 40's & Def Tech 8060's. I went with the A7's as they were on sale. I ended up with RSL's and a killer sub! Anyway Receivers: I went with a Denon 2313 picked it up on sale & gets great reviews.Other top picks Yamaha 1020, Pioneer SC-61 and Marantz SR6006.... but all of these are over 800-1000.00. Another great receiver for 500-600.00 is the SONY DN1040... Not a single review had a bad thing to say about it. Hopefully this helps ... Why did you decide to go with POLKS? [ MARTIN   Feb 09, 2014 ]
    • Are some old infinity surrounds temporarily. ) the receiver could easily bi-amp the R7s with our temp setup but we don't feel it's even needed they put out plenty of sound even in our large living room. I would think any reciver with 100+ per channel would be great. As for our sony I like it very much for using multiple inputs we use blueray ps3 sat receiver and Apple TV on almost a daily basis. With the remote u have one button to push for each input and it swaps over and automatically uses your last sound setting (Dolby 3-Chanel etc...) that I used for that input. Also if we're watching the satellite and I turn on the ps3 it automatically swaps to that input. Hope this helps and u got both parts. I accidentally hit done before I was finished. If u didn't get the first part or have any more questions u think we could help with feel free to ask. [ REBECCA A   Feb 09, 2014 ]
    • This is our first home theater system so we haven't tryed many components but what we used was the sonyDN1080 and we are very pleased. We currently are using it in 5.1 mode until we can afford the surrounds (the rears are s [ REBECCA A   Feb 09, 2014 ]
    • Cliff, I bought these to go along with my Yamaha Aventage RX-A830. I also bought the matching rears, center and bookshelves. These were my first speakers and my first receiver. I have had no complaints at all with my system. I use it for music and for watching movies and TV. I do have my PS3 and WiiU hooked up, but don't play as much, but the sound is excellent. I love the app for it, which I use on my iPhone and iPad. The system was easy to setup, as long as you give yourself the time and don't rush. Overall, I recommend these speakers and the receiver I have. Enjoy and good luck!! [ Steven   Feb 09, 2014 ]
    • Cliff.... Idk if I can give u a for sure positive answer on the recievers, cuz I've only used 2 different kinds. First I had hooked up an older pioneer recievers, and I wasn't happy with it. But I was just only waiting a few weeks til I had cash for a new one. But the one Im using now is the newest model Sony str-1040. It makes all the speakers sound really great. But I am about to prolly purchase another to use for pre-amping the pair of rtiA7s... Please feel free to ask any other questions [ STEVE   Feb 09, 2014 ]
    how do you like this and how about the klipsch rf62. I have the rb61 as fronts and feel they lack something ?? [ Dennis  Dec 27, 2013 ]
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    • If you are running the rb61 as mains, you have to use a sub and even with a sub, you may not have the full sound you are looking for. It will be clean but not overpowering. I had Klipsch bookshelves and a sub before I bought these and to be honest, I don't really need a sub unless I am listening to heavy bass line music and want the extra kick in the low frequency range. For clarity and warmth, it would be difficult to beat. They have a smooth flat response and warm sound. I am biamping these with a second set of channels from a Marantz receiver and they are getting good clean power at 90w per channel. I do know that you can go with either the Polk or Klipsch and shouldn't be disappointed but will say that these Polks will be hard to beat unless you want to spend a lot more. The one piece I would stress is they do like power and I would be sure to have a good receiver or preamp to get the most out of them. Hope this helps. [ SCOTT   Dec 31, 2013 ]
    • They got the power, but the definition is not great, kind of flat. [ CHRISTIAN   Dec 29, 2013 ]
    • I wasn't sure initially, but I went with the A7, and A3s with the A6 and a BIC sub.......after the initial break-in.....absolutely spot on! [ DANIEL V   Dec 28, 2013 ]
    • I love these speakers. I had a 20 year old pair of Polk floor standings and these are a great improvement. I always wanted a set of speakers with a dedicated mid-range and I think that makes the difference. Also a separate subwoofer never sounded very good to me so the dual woofers sound really full too. These match my surround speakers better than the old pair but sound great in stereo--I was very surprised at the improvement. [ MARK S   Dec 27, 2013 ]
    • I've owned these Polk speakers for about 6 months and like them very much. They're located in a big room and have no problem filling up the sound space. The sound is clear and pure. The bass is so strong that it makes my Polk subwoofer unnecessary and redundant. There are a few things to be careful of however. They are physically big---my wife thinks they are way too big. Also the cherry wood is stained very dark. It's much darker than the subwoofer, cherry entertainment center, and coffee table that are all a medium stain and located in the same room as these speakers. [ STEPHEN L   Dec 27, 2013 ]
    • thanks. just want to get the best speaker set up for $1000. dont have to be floor thought about the psb [ Dennis   Dec 27, 2013 ]
    • I auditioned both Polk and Klipsch and found them comparable. I don't like my current configuration and need a better receiver, but I can't blame the Polks as the issue. I use this system during the week in a large room in an old farmhouse I rent. At Home the Sony ES receiver and Klipsch configuration I have is very nice. [ ALAN   Dec 27, 2013 ]
    • thanks i sure would like to hear them. hate to order and return them though [ Dennis   Dec 27, 2013 ]
    • I really like it. I am not an experienced audiophile and I only have the space to set up one of the two that I bought, but it makes surround sound for movies and music sound really good. I know when I have a larger room, the soiund will be even more awesome. So far, no complaints! [ PATRICK   Dec 27, 2013 ]
    • I have these polks-very impressed. I'm an older guy who has run the gamut from AR-3s in the 60's all the way through jbl's in the 70s, kefs in the 80's and b&w's in the 90's (I had a corporate expense account and these qualified as entertainment). I must say, though, that these polks hooked up to my also new marantz integrated amp and oppo DVD player puts the rest to shame... [ JUDD   Dec 27, 2013 ]
    • I don't know about the Klipsch speakers, but the A7s sound as good as any speaker in this class could sound. Very well balanced in the mids to highs, and the bass is clear and defined. As reviewers have noted, I have indeed found that they sound better as they age, so be sure to give them time to settle in. Very warm, very defined, very balanced speakers. For my ears, and for the price, I very highly recommend these speakers. [ DEAN A   Dec 27, 2013 ]
    Hi, I'm a little confused how you classify the speakers. It says EACH - does not mean I have to double the price to get the pair or is your price in PAIRS -so an RTi A7 Black is $499.99 is almost a thousand for a pair-- or $499.99 A PAIR. so which is which? Regards, Wilfredo [ Wilfredo  Dec 16, 2013 ]
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    • The price listed is per single speaker. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 16, 2013 ]

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