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Polk Audio RTi A7

Floor-standing speaker (Cherry)

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Polk Audio RTi A7

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Our take on the Polk Audio RTi A7

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.

Great-sounding and great-looking

Polk Audio RTi A7 Tower Speaker

Enjoy exceptional audio performance with Polk's RTi A7 tower speakers (shown in cherry)

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.

A high-tech approach to accurate sound

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.

Complete your surround system

For best performance, pair the RTi A7 towers with our recommended center channel speaker: Polk CSi A6  and surround speakers: Polk RTi A3 or FXi A6.

These are really great speakers. Full, rich sound. With the acoustics in my listening room it sounds like I'm in a concert hall. Live albums actually sound live. Paired with a Yamaha R-S700 receiver and Marantz CD-6006 CD player. My music has never sounded so good.

ADW, Keene, NH

What's in the Box:

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

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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    great speakers

    ADW from Keene, NH on 8/1/2016

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    These are really great speakers. Full, rich sound. With the acoustics in my listening room it sounds like I'm in a concert hall. Live albums actually sound live. Paired with a Yamaha R-S700 receiver and Marantz CD-6006 CD player. My music has never sounded so good.

    Pros: Great sounding. Great looking. Quality construction.

    Cons: none

    Good quality for the money

    Dnreeves from Frisco, TX on 6/10/2016

    These are really good speakers for the money! When I move to my new house I will be purchasing the RTIA9's...and these will go in the rear, but for now they are amazing sound and build quality. These speakers are playing at a minimum of 4 hours a day...love my music and movies. They are paired with a tsx250c center. Nice and heavy! And beautiful color over the Klipsch's cherry color. I would highly recommend anyone looking at these, to go through with it! You will not regret it!

    Pros: Heavy build quality and beautiful sound for an entry level tower.

    Cons: As always, this should already be known. But you should break this in for at least 50+ hours before really turning them up!

    Fantastic! under rated speakers

    Jibby from Canada on 4/23/2016

    First off, i'd like to address the "you'll need a sub" item. I suppose if you have these speakers in a very large room, well away from any walls, you may not experience the same bass response as I do. I have them in a 12x18 room... near side walls, and i can tell you that the low subsonic frequencies in those suspenseful scenes in movies is all there... spooky good! I was jaw-dropped the first time I heard this. It vibrates(not shakes) the whole room, furniture and me included... with no detectable distortion at all from the cabinets. Y'know, that low subsonic rumble, probably around 60hz, that they love to put in movies these days. Absolutely no need for a subwoofer in my room. As for music, (mostly FLAC files), I couldn't be happier with these... paired with my older yamaha 85w receiver(2 ch.). Highs are nice and bright, but not overwhelming. Mids and bass are tight and well balanced. I have yet o turn it up loud enough to detect any distortion, and I usually listen to music at half way or more on the amps volume. So there it is... if you have a huge, open room, maybe get the A9s. If you have a medium sized room, and place your speakers near back or side walls, forget about a sub... you won't need it. And yes, these sound great with my 85w amp. No need for 200w+ as some have mentioned.

    Pros: All around great speakers. Look great, sound great.

    Cons: none.

    Love it love it.

    Caleb from Somerset nj on 2/2/2016

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    Love it love it.

    Pros:

    Cons: Real wood.

    Polk RTI A7 floor standing speakers

    Oliver A from Tyngsboro, Massachusetts on 11/26/2015

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    Just received my pair (black) of these bad boys and so far they're living up to expectations. Crystal clear sound and tight bass. They sound incredibly great. I'm powering them with Denon AVR X4100W. Switched the receiver to Manual setting so I could properly set up the Equalizer to my taste. You can't beat the price considering other brands that costs triple or quadruple that don't even come close in terms of audiophile standard. I took a chance and purchased based on others review and comments and so far have no regrets. Just had them for little over 24h. Also received a free psw111 subwoofer but not using that right now.

    Pros: Nice looking and solidly built. Clear sound and tight bass

    Cons: So far none

    Polk Audio RTi A7

    Anonymous from Georgia on 11/5/2015

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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

    solid

    tim from Tennessee on 9/18/2015

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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.

    Roger from Iowa on 9/6/2015

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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.

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    Cons: None

    Rti-A7

    SMYZ from Pennsylvania on 8/10/2015

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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

    John G from Massachusetts on 7/19/2015

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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

    Andrew from Tennessee on 6/23/2015

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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

    AudioGuyNC from North Carolina on 6/15/2015

    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)

    AMAZING SOUND

    ChuckW from Dallas, Texas on 6/8/2015

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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

    Matt W from Massachusetts on 5/30/2015

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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

    kvkpc from Maryland on 5/4/2015

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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

    Max from Ohio on 3/21/2015

    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

    BrianB from Indiana on 2/14/2015

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

    Pros: Clarity, Range, Response

    Cons: None

    Love Them!

    NJY from New York on 1/28/2015

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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!

    doverdoobie from Dover, Delaware on 1/24/2015

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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.

    Pros:

    Cons: NONE!

    Great speakers

    Michael from Carson City Nevada on 1/18/2015

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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

    TonyG from Florida on 12/31/2014

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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

    David from Texas on 12/29/2014

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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 !

    Todd F from Massachusetts on 12/15/2014

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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

    ps7256 from Victoria, BC Canada on 12/13/2014

    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.

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    No regrets 5 years later. Thanks Polk!

    Johnny Mazz from Rutherford, NJ on 10/19/2014

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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.

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    Awesome speakers

    Jeff T from Reading, Pa on 10/5/2014

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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.

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    These are five star speakers!

    GregG from Lexington, KY on 9/30/2014

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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)

    TWilson from Frederick MD on 9/7/2014

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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

    Frank from Rio Rancho NM on 9/3/2014

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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

    Mike from Annapolis, MD on 7/18/2014

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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

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    Excellent sound, beautiful furniture

    Dr Dave from Los Angeles on 7/12/2014

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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

    Abdul from Pittsburgh PA on 7/6/2014

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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

    Anonymous from Hebron, CT on 7/3/2014

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    Great sound

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    Buy...you won't regret!

    Integra from Elbow Lake, Mn on 6/29/2014

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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

    dennis m. from Alta Loma, CA on 6/17/2014

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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

    DE2000 from Irvine, CA on 5/19/2014

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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)!

    Cons:

    Polk Audio RTi A7

    JeffH from Edgewater,Fl. on 5/2/2014

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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

    Mike from GA on 4/24/2014

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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

    Brent from Richland, Wa on 4/5/2014

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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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    Handsome sound & aesthetics. Clarity over Quantity

    RevsUp from Des Moines, IA by way Of Portland, OR on 3/30/2014

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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

    Chris from Cornville Maine on 3/26/2014

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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

    Jessica from Washington state on 3/18/2014

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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

    W from Northern New Jersey on 3/8/2014

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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

    Bob F from Louisville, KY on 2/25/2014

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    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

    liitusa from Boston, MA on 2/15/2014

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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

    SteveL from Palmdale, CA on 12/14/2013

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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.

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    Can't Beat Them

    TL from Northern, VA on 11/28/2013

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    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

    Jeff P. from Long Island on 10/23/2013

    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.

    Mike from Ohio on 9/26/2013

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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!

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    Crutchfield + Polk=Winning Combination

    Tom from Farmington, Mn on 9/10/2013

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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.

    Great

    Bill from Los Angeles, CA on 8/26/2013

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    Excellent

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

    great stuff

    Big al from lamar.co on 6/28/2013

    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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    Big Sound

    JeffK from McLean, VA on 6/23/2013

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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

    Anonymous from soddy daisy tn on 6/15/2013

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    AWSOME SOUND FULL AND RICH

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    Ray from Gilbert, AZ on 4/16/2013

    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

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    Wow

    MikeD from Saginaw,Mi on 4/13/2013

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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

    LoRo P from Lynchburg, VA on 4/9/2013

    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

    Ron from Mount Washington, KY on 3/13/2013

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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.

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    Skip from Dayton, Ohio on 3/5/2013

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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

    KevinN from Chandler, AZ on 3/4/2013

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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

    Edson from Bayside, New York on 2/27/2013

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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

    'Strings from Tampabay, FL on 2/18/2013

    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

    Scribble from Cleveland Ohio on 2/14/2013

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    Excellent Loudspeakers ! The cherry wood finish is stunning.

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    Good clear speakers

    PolkFan2013 from Paramus NJ on 1/23/2013

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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!

    Fte from Corrales, nm on 12/7/2012

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    Sound great. They like power.

    Pros: Sound, looks

    Cons: None

    Polk Audio RTi A7

    Brian W from Fort Collins, Co. on 9/13/2012

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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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    sounds as good as they look

    Brian B from Jax fl on 8/17/2012

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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

    EdgarLB from Orchard Park, NY on 6/29/2012

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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

    Dan C. from Towamencin Twp, PA on 6/12/2012

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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

    RTiA7

    Mike from Munroe Falls, Ohio on 5/5/2012

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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

    Anonymous from Fallon, NV on 4/22/2012

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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

    PhilRRTX from Round Rock, TX on 3/21/2012

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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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    Steve G from Fort Madison, IA on 2/10/2012

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    Clear, consise sound.

    Pros: Full breadth sound field.

    Cons: slightly lacking on bottom end.

    Polk RT1 A 7s

    Bob from Grove City,Oh on 2/6/2012

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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

    KYFHO from Misawa, Japan on 2/4/2012

    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

    Joe from Decatur, Ga. on 1/20/2012

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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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    Awesome Speakers at a Great Price

    Jim from Central VA on 12/10/2011

    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.

    smooth and detailed

    Todd G. from Columbia, MO on 8/22/2011

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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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    They perform as expected because they are Polk's

    Roushguy from Palm Coast, Florida on 6/15/2011

    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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    Carl from Louisiana on 3/28/2011

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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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    PHENOMENAL in every way !!

    AndrewS from Waynesville, NC on 3/8/2011

    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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    Finally broke in

    DaveH from Savannah on 2/20/2011

    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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    Matt from Denver, CO on 2/7/2011

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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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    Excellent speakers

    Jorge from Cliffside Park, NJ on 2/5/2011

    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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    Justin

    Justin from Yorkville, IL on 2/4/2011

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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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    Joe from Lansing Mi. on 1/24/2011

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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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    Bob M from Dexter, ME on 1/9/2011

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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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    Brad from Loa Angeles on 10/28/2010

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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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    Wow - just wow!

    greyhound lover from fort worth on 10/3/2010

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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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    Jimmy from Detroit, MI on 9/25/2010

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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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    Scott W. from Fredericksburg VA on 9/17/2010

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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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    Brian from northwest Ohio on 6/20/2010

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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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    Rick H. from Hobe Sound, Fl on 6/15/2010

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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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    Anonymous from Detroit, MI on 9/22/2009

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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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    Chuck from Alabama on 7/24/2009

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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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    Dick from West Coast on 6/9/2009

    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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    What an upgrade!!

    Crown7 from Brooklyn, New York on 3/17/2009

    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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    Arthur from San Antonio, Texas on 2/11/2009

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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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    Tom from NW, Arkansas on 1/17/2009

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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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    michael from Parkland, FL on 10/14/2008

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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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    Walter from Cresco,PA on 8/23/2008

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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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    Ken from North Pole, Alaska on 8/1/2008

    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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    Daniel from Long Beach, CA on 7/21/2008

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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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    William from Navarre, FL on 5/4/2008

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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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    Features and Specs

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

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    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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    Why did you buy this?

    Help of advisors [ U. Han  Jul 21, 2016 ]
    Upgrading old Polk bookshelf speakers. [ M  Apr 10, 2016 ]
    Had to get some ridiculous speakers for the movie room [ Elizabeth  Dec 29, 2015 ]
    Liked the reviews online for the product and the price point. [ Randy  Dec 24, 2015 ]
    Best Sound for the price [ Gavin  Dec 04, 2015 ]
    Aaron was very helpful to me when I called. I will continue to do business with Crutchfield. Aaron's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=152 [ Daniel J.  Aug 16, 2016 ]
    replacing previously owned TSI 70 [ Kevin  Aug 04, 2016 ]
    Wanted amazing sounding and looking speakers without spending a huge amount of money. Found I could get a full set of surround and center speakers to match and a compatible sub for a great sound and impressive look... the cherry finish is just fantastic! [ FREDRIC C  May 20, 2016 ]
    These are the main front channel speakers in my home theater. I'm slowly building the system and so far it is just these and the PSW111 sub that came free as a special offer. These are great! [ BRENT  Apr 25, 2016 ]
    I've been reading product reviews at Crutchfield and elsewhere on the internet. Almost universally good reviews. [ Timothy Dean  Jan 31, 2016 ]
    Polk Audio's reputation proceeds them. I've purchased Polk Audio before a few years ago; great sound; quality. I've already purchased one of these last month (got a bit wasted and inadvertently only ordered 1; sort of f'ed up); but got a chance to try it out and Wow! Nice! Also, Crutchfield is a great place to be business with. The more I deal with them, the stronger my opinion grows. They listen; they act. Great combo! Thanks Crutchfield! [ GREGORY  Dec 29, 2015 ]

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    I have the Polk RTiA7 and am very pleased. They took a little while to break in but combined with the Polk Audio DSW Pro440 wi Powered Sub I have a combination I am extremely pleased with. I have everything connected to a Marantz SR7007 7.2 channel home theater receiver.. A great sounding system. [ RICHARD A  Jan 02, 2016 ]
    First of all the Polk RTiA7's are great speakers. In conjunction with my Onkyo nr-838 they are the Main front speakers for my Home theater system. However I decided to utilize the receiver as a 5.1 Main system , with the other channel for the bedroom. Having said that I think your question really has to do with the concept of the 7.1 / 5.1 system itself. Each speaker has a specific job. My understanding is that it was the "CENTER" speaker job to enhance/accent the frequencies related to human speech. And when properly placed does a very good job doing so. Ergo the question to you is what are you using for the center speaker? With differences in frequencies and power rating for speakers I decided to go strictly with Polks speaker - I assume "technically" there is no harm in mixing and matching, It is just my belief my system works best when all components matches exactly. When I made my purchase I did consider the Defin Tech. I'm not familiar with the PA TSX. I do have two suggestion that may help. First is a simple review of 5.1/ 7.1 system concept (proper placement of speaker, The job each is to do). Then Secondly I suggest going to a local Audio Store to listen to various speakers to see which one (in your opinion) best accents Human speech. Ideally one of those store that has a room set up with multiple systems. See which one handle human speech best (freq. range). [ David  Jan 02, 2016 ]
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff  Oct 05, 2015 ]  Staff
    I have these speakers also set up with CSI A6 center, 2 Fxi rear surrounds and a 8 inch sub.. the A7s are great speakers but i think that they dont give out great deep bass and having a separate sub makes it feel more complete. i mostly use mine for tv/movies. i have my bass on the speakers only at a medium level and mostly run all of my bass through my sub, makes everything sound more smooth real. but it really depends on what ur preferences are and what u mainly use it for and what are speakers u have hooked up. [ STEVE  Jul 04, 2015 ]
    In my opinion u still want a sub. Its pretty obvious when ours is off. Expecially action movies [ REBECCA A  May 24, 2015 ]
    These are truly excellent speakers. I have the Polk PSW111 subwoofer which I don't use since the RTI A7 does a great job on it's own. [ COLIN  May 24, 2015 ]
    It's not a question of competence. But a decision for completeness. The bass response for a 10,12 or 15 inch woofer is quite different to that provided in the rti a7. As in any band, orchestra etc. [ DOUGLAS  May 24, 2015 ]
    Matthew, I've listened to these speakers for hundreds of hours now and don't think a subwoofer is needed. I'll have the volume around 38 and during the intro to the main title from Transformers, the pictures on my wall rattle and I can feel the vibration sitting in the room. Same goes for explosions in moves etc. For me if there was an additional sub it would distort what you were intended to hear. Make sure you have them set to large and not small. You won't get the depth of sound if you don't. Hope this helps and good luck. [ TRAVIS  May 24, 2015 ]
    Technically, you don't, but it is a matter of personal preference. I use a subwoofer with this setup because it gives music a greater depth even at lower volumes. [ Mark  May 24, 2015 ]
    I haven't felt the real experience cause it pulls too much power for my reciever. So I'm saving up for a amp to stand the power cause even though I have 4 gauge wire for them it still pullsome alot. I have two speakers like that and two subs that were free threw crutchfield [ david  May 24, 2015 ]
    in any home theater system you should have a strong sub doesn't matter what kind of front speakers you have [ GILBERT  May 24, 2015 ]
    Yes 100 watts should be plenty... i have a sony 100 watts X 7, and have 3 other speakers and a seperate sub hooked up and it sounds great [ STEVE  Jul 04, 2015 ]
    Dino, I got too wrapped up about the sprakers, but yes, I have a similar receiver that works nicely w these speakers and the sub. [ ERNESTO  Oct 31, 2014 ]
    Hi Dino, my friend, I'm a music enthusiast and sold my motorcycle to buy these speakers. BUY THEM. they will sufice and more. However, you have to match them with a powered subwoofer of about 150 W. Hope this was helpful Ernesto, from Queens NY Ps. I also have the RTi A 9 in my weekend home, paired with the p sub. You can imagine the scandal in the woods !! I am happy with the speakers, subs, and the service at Crutchfield. [ ERNESTO  Oct 31, 2014 ]
    oh ya, for sure. I have a Yamaha RX-V673 and it can blow them out. [ DAVID  Oct 30, 2014 ]
    yes. I have a Denon receiver with 75 watts per channel; the sound is great and no problem with being powerful or loud enough. [ ALBERT E  Oct 30, 2014 ]
    Absolutely! I have the Yamaha RS700 with those speakers. [ ELLEN H  Oct 30, 2014 ]
    Yes, I also have a Yamaha 100 watt receiver pushing the same speakers. I mostly listen to Rock music and find the speakers can handle the volume well but you don't need to push them too loud to get a clear concise sound. They perform best for me when I raise them to ear level off the ground. [ JOHN J  Oct 30, 2014 ]
    My understanding is that Polk used MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) for their speaker unit. The whorls / wood grain decoration is just that - decoration. I read this somewhere, but can't remember where. [ David  Jan 02, 2016 ]
    I don't know what the wood of origin is but I will ask a friend who is a woodworker, next weekend, and post an update. It is a large grain with whorls among mostly vertical lines. Smooth with some texture. Satin black finish. Attractive. [ ELLEN H  Jul 08, 2014 ]
    It doesn't say specifically but this is from Polk's website. RTiA speaker enclosures are crafted in a process specifically developed for Polk called Damped Asymmetric Hex Laminate Isolation (DAHLI) design. It consists of a durable 11-layer laminate (6 strong solid layers and 5 damping viscous layers) topped with a layer of beautifully finished real wood. These delicately curved enclosures are acoustically inert, producing less audible coloration, and internally braced for non-resonant strength. [ TRAVIS  Jul 06, 2014 ]
    I don't think that info is even in the manual. You can go to Polk Website and download manual to verify. I recommend the RTi9s since they are on sale for only 50 dollars more the RTi7s at regular price. Nonetheless the 7s are still a great speaker. [ AUGIE  Jul 06, 2014 ]
    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 know this really won't help, but I have a Onkyo nr-838 which is rated to 150 watts. The same as my Polks systems. My belief is that the purpose of the higher wattage is that you'll pick up more of the very slight nuances (less efforts to move the cones of the speakers). [ David  Jan 02, 2016 ]
    I have a Yamaha RX -V673 with 90 watts per channel. Its more than enough power for the A7s. [ DAVID  Oct 30, 2014 ]
    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 ]
    yes, great sound and good quality. [ Joseph  Mar 06, 2016 ]
    Yes they would compliment them all day [ Jeff  Feb 21, 2016 ]
    Absolutely! I am extremely happy with mine. They are finally broken in and sound great. [ Torrey  Feb 20, 2016 ]
    I wouldn't think you need another set of speakers if you already have Polk tsi400's, my A7's are my stand alone speakers. They are excellent if thats what your purchasing them for. [ Nickolas  Feb 20, 2016 ]
    myself suggestion is to upgrade receiver. I think my receiver is a little larger RX-1070 and it is adequate for my need an conditions. I love my speakers but am going to move them to be the front speakers fory Onyco AV receiver and move the original tower speakers for my Yamaha back from the onkyo to the Yamaha. The Onyko is way more power per channel. [ JOHN R  Jul 10, 2015 ]
    I have a pair of RTiA7 speakers that I've played via a Denon 105W/channel receiver. They sounded great, but I do think they need more than 105W/channel to sound their best. My RTiA3 speakers are a better match for this receiver. [ Steve  Jul 08, 2015 ]
    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 ]
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