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Polk Audio RTi A3

Bookshelf speakers (Cherry)

MFR # AM3372-C

Polk Audio RTi A3

Polk Audio RTi A3

Bookshelf speakers (Cherry)

MFR # AM3372-C

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Polk Audio RTi A3

Gary from New Bedford, MA on 11/6/2019

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Great speakers for the price range. Bought them to replace a pair of Boston Acoustics, M25B M-Series 200W 2-Way Premium Bookshelf Speakers. They are louder and more crisp than the Bostons. I do not like that the wall mount brackets can't be removed without leaving an ugly unfinished look. Fairly heavy and large speakers if you were planning on mounting them to a wall.

Pros: sound and price range.

Cons: attached wall mount brackets can't be removed.

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Perfect sound.

Crutchfield customer from Union Mills, IN on 10/29/2019

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Absolutely amazing. The sound that comes out of these are very accurate and detailed. The cabinets are beautiful and very well built.

Pros: Natural sound, workmanship, gorgeous looks.

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Crutchfield customer from Sunnyvale, CA on 10/27/2019

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Great speaker

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Crutchfield customer from Marrero, LA on 10/2/2019

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This is absolutely great speaker good job poke audio great price Crutchfield thank you this is t4 Marrero I love the construction of the speaker well-built

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Great set of bookshelf speakers

Paul from Loveland, OH on 9/13/2019

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I purchased these based on Tim's recommendation. I'd been considering a set that were three times more expensive but Tim said these would be a better fit with my receiver and existing surround speakers. These were a bit of a compromise since I would have preferred floor standing speakers but everything I considered were too tall. The clarity and fullness in the mid and upper ranges are very impressive and I'm very happy with my purchase. I'm upgrading my sub to better fill in the mid-low range. I'm happy with these and the decision to purchase them

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Crutchfield customer from Bismarck, ND on 9/1/2019

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Great service easy to connect perfectly size

Pros: Excellent value great sound furniture grade looks

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Paul from Orlando on 7/15/2019

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I own several pair of the Polk Audio RTi A3 speakers and I love Them!!!!

Pros: AWESOME SPEAKERS!!!

Cons: NONE

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Crutchfield customer from Mooresville, NC on 7/15/2019

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Best sounding speakers for the size and price. With a subwoofer, they are excellent.

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Antonio from Guam, USA on 7/12/2019

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These speakers do a great job. Especially if powered with a good amp. Great price and performance!

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hugh from millington on 7/3/2019

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First of all I am a devote music lover. For years, I'd thought my Paradigm monitors sounded really good. But wow, after listening to the RTi A3's I'm really impressed with the overall imaging. It feels like sound is coming from the entire room, No need for a subwoofer. The bass is full and more than enough to satisfy. The treble clear and the midrange is smooth and not muffled. My vintage Nikko NR-1219 receiver is powering the RTI A3's with ease. My friends honestly thought the sound coming from my office were from full sized floor standing speakers. You should have seen their faces when they saw the RTI A3 bookshelves perched on the stands. Honestly, one of them asked where did I have the powered sub hidden?! These well-built speakers should really be selling for $500 or more. These are keepers. Good job Polk.

Pros: Well built cabinet. Crystal clear sound. Ample bass.

Cons: zero!

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Crutchfield customer from Ballston Spa, NY on 6/27/2019

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Great overall sound... beautifully built... as expected of the higher end Polks.

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Great sound, great value, great support

Crutchfield customer from Greeneville, TN on 6/23/2019

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I bought 4 of these to replace an older pair of Bose speakers in my small home office, WOW, what a huge difference!! These small bookshelf speakers with the sub really kick the small room!! At times I like to crank the volume and there is NO distortion of unwanted noise!! Clean sound at any volume. Highly recommend these! The grill on one of the speakers had the top two tabs broken off when I opened the boxes. I emailed Crutchfield and they sent me a replacement grill in 2 days with a return label to send the defective original back. You can buy quality speakers at many dealers but you can't beat Crutchfield's support, and that's why I've been a customer of theirs for over 20 years.

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Super sounding bookshelf speakers

Colt from Wake Forest, NC on 6/18/2019

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Great sounding speakers. The cherry finish is beautiful. Very solid. No regrets with this purchase.

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Love These

Crutchfield customer from Williamston, MI on 6/14/2019

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Good clear sound even when cranked up - no distortion. Very attractive looking in the cherry finish. If you are on the fence about getting a solid, full sound in an average size room, fear not. Just order them, especially if on sale. You will be pleased.

Pros: Beautiful looking with great sound

Cons: perhaps on the larger side for a bookshelf

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Crutchfield customer from Goode, VA on 5/19/2019

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Very pleased with the sound quality for such a compact speacker.

Pros: space saver

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Crutchfield customer from Waterport, NY on 5/16/2019

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These are powered by yamaha R-N303. Great sound, very loud...really cranks in 3000 sq ft home. Base port is very nice and the cherry finish is attractive. Very happy with our purchase.

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Crutchfield customer from Niskayuna, NY on 5/9/2019

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Awesome speakers for a great price!

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Matches my rti12's

Robert from Marion, KY on 4/7/2019

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I bought these to run on my upper surrounds and because I've been using rti12's I bought a few years back for my fronts , there awesome by the way , wanting all matching and love the sound of the Polk rti12 , hadn't had a chance to hook them up yet but I'm sure I'll love them when I start using...

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Crutchfield customer from Wheaton, IL on 4/4/2019

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Very happy so far! Bought these because i wanted "tower-like" power without intruding into our living room. I love the front-firing port allowing me to place them nearer to the back wall. Sound is impressive and clear at all volume levels.

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Crutchfield customer from Butler, NJ on 4/1/2019

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Great looking and more importantly sounding pair of speakers.

Pros: sound great

Cons: none

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Great Sound

Crutchfield customer from Minden, NV on 3/24/2019

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These speakers are awesome and they met my expectations

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Great speakers!

Crutchfield customer from Cave Creek, AZ on 3/21/2019

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Excellent speakers for the price! My husband saw these at a neighbor's house and was so impressed by them he came home and looked them up online. We set them up in our craft/music room and just love them. The sound is excellent, and they are very nice looking as well.

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Crutchfield customer from Winnemucca, NV on 3/14/2019

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Great sound. Beautiful cherry finish

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Polk Audio RTi A3

Crutchfield customer from Newton, IA on 3/14/2019

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Beautiful speakers!

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Excellent sounds.

Jim from Claremont, NH on 3/10/2019

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These speakers deliver awesome sound for their size. The cherry wood cabinets are as fine as any furniture I own. They are a very good value for your money.

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Crutchfield customer from Waterville, ME on 3/4/2019

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I don't often write reviews, but feel inspired by this experience. Sales staff very knowledgable and steered me in the right direction to begin with, after going over some of my needs. I don't have high end components, middle of the road Denon,and listen to a wide variety of music. Jazz, rock, classic, folk. These speakers are very versatile as well as efficient. Decent bass for their size without a sub-woofer. Much more speaker than I was expecting for the price. My only negative comment is to get that sound, the speakers are very deep, so check your locations' dimensions for fit. I had to rig something up to hold them on the bookshelf .

Pros: Sound, price, versatility and efficiency

Cons: a bit bulky

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Great speakers for a great price

Ralph from Como, CO on 2/25/2019

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I've had polk speakers since 1994 and they still work great. I purchased a new Denon avr x6400h and wanted new speakers and since I've had such luck with polk I went back to them. I went with the rti series and needed side speakers and found these scratch and dent here and the price was to hard to pass up. They came and I found no problems so great deal. They work great.

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Crutchfield customer from Valdese, NC on 2/24/2019

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GREAT !!!!! A+A+A+A+A+

Pros: Price, Style, Looks and above all Sound...

Cons: None

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Polk RTi A3 or ?

Crutchfield customer from Scarsdale, NY on 2/17/2019

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Smart looking, and delivers a well defined sound. A better buy may be hard to find.

Pros: Small footprint, acceptable appearance. Bang for the buck.

Cons: None yet.

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Crutchfield customer from Cincinnati , OH on 2/11/2019

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My wife got me a turntable for Christmas and was going to be a hassle hooking it up with my surround system in a tv rack. So I ordered these for simple stereo music listening in a living room. Running them with an older Denon AV receiver, they sound great with vinyl as well as Bluetooth receiver. They take some power to drive, so plan accordingly. The develop pretty good base at louder volume, but not much at lower listening levels. This is similar to most bookshelf speakers, but I'm sure these have better bass than the speakers with smaller woofers. Long term will want a sub, but keeping it simple for now. I used the Crutchfield comparison tool to compare these to MA Bronze 2 and Klipsch by the way. The Monitor Bronze would win, but not by enough to justify the price difference. Happy listening.

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Sweet Sound for a Sweet Price!

HTFan from CA on 2/5/2019

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Look, this model along with the Polk-Audio-TSx220B in Cherry of course, are the 2 best bookshelf or monitor speakers offered by Polk (IMHO). Paired with a real subwoofer (No Polk subs please) it will produce an audio experience hard to beat for the money. That being said...Polk has dropped the ball in most other areas like in their subwoofers which I don't get? (weak, flabby and they fail when pushed). I know making a true subwoofer is an art, but, Polk has speaker design mastered so I just don't get it. If Polk ever does master the art of subwoofer design? Then, they'll be a force to reckon with for sure. Until then, Polk fans are relegated to supplementing Polk audio with another brand of subwoofer. Back to the RTi A3's.... In a standard living room these RTi's will deliver sonic sweetness without a subwoofer if listening to Music only. When properly arrayed and calibrated, these RTi's will surprise even the Audiophile. A polished look with a polished sound. Many consumers don't realize that most homes don't need a stereo pair of speakers any larger than these RTi's. They will play very loud without breakup or honking. Are there better speakers out there for the same money? Yes! ELAC B5 is 1 example that comes to mind. But, for most folks seeking sweet speakers for Jazz and the like? These are your puppies. ~ peace

Pros: Sweet Jazz & Classical music delivery. Polished design.

Cons: Better speakers out there at this price range.

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Polk Audio RTi A3

Crutchfield customer from Beltsville, MD on 2/4/2019

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I set them up as my rear speakers in a 5.1 system and they perform flawlessly. I am very happy with the sound for movies and music. Glad I made this purchase.

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Crutchfield customer from San Antonio, TX on 1/27/2019

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Better than I could of imagined for the price!

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Great speaker!

Crutchfield customer from Verona, WI on 1/26/2019

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Great speakers that play my new wave music from the 1980s extremely well. I like the fact the largest speaker is 6.5 inches. My Yamaha receiver never sounded so good. Well made and attractive. Great price for the quality of sound.

Pros: Very nice sound reproduction.

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Great sounding speakers

Marty from Meridian, MS on 1/17/2019

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Bought these to replace my almost 20 year old JBL bookshelf speakers. Big improvement with a nice clean sound. Works well with my Polk center channel speaker and JBL Sub. Very pleased with my 3.1 setup. BTW I got a very nice discount because these were off their scratch and dent list. The Polk box had a small tear on one of the corners but the speakers were in pristine condition. Was shipped within another box for added protection. I wouldn't hesitate in buying another scratch/dent product. Easy way to save some money.

Pros: Clean sound and look nice

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Tijeras, NM on 1/15/2019

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Great sounding speakers

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Nice Speakers for The Price and Size

Lynn from Fayetteville, AR on 1/14/2019

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These are a nice set of speakers. I was looking for front L/R speakers that would fit in my living room surround sound bookcase, to be used for tv and movies, as well as music. I've had nice audio equipment for 40 years, so have a house full of big speakers. i had been using some Sony tower speakers that sat on top of a 7 foot shelf. I had picked up some nice used equipment that included some Klipsch tower speakers. These were large and VERY heavy. I had put them on top of the 7 foot shelves, but was not really happy with the sound. Decided they were just too high compared to the listening position for the room, so experimented with some smaller speakers around the house that would fit in the shelf openings. That seemed to be the way to go, and I was in the mood for something new. Really would have preferred something a little larger, but did not want to spend too much. Decided on these after reading about them, and the $240 was a good price point for me. I have a Sony subwoofer hooked up, and also had recently added a new Pioneer center channel speaker. These Polk speakers sound great with rock when pushed louder than I can normally get away with listening levels. Cranking some classic rock sounded great without the sub... enough bass for my taste, and very clear. Since I can't listen to them that loud, they can be a little low on bass at normal levels, so I am using the sub. They are very well made, attractive, and i am pleased with the purchase.

Pros: Well made, attractive, clean sound.

Cons: For the size and price, none.

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Outstanding Value!

hal from Norman, OK on 1/11/2019

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The Polk RTi-A3 is an outstanding value for new bookshelf speakers. They are built like $1000+ audiophile speakers, with their gorgeous real-wood (cherry) finish, curved, non-parallel, tapered side panels, gold-plated and biwirable five-way binding posts, satisfying heft and clever port design allowing for more flexible placement options proximal to the rear wall. There is nothing about the design and construction of this speaker that says $239/pr. Fit 'n' finish is exemplary. But how do they sound? Bass. These speakers are rather large by current bookshelf standards, and the size provides an advantage over most other speakers at this price. They get just below 50hz, excellent for a speaker of this size. Although I use dual powered subs in my bedroom system, I turned them off for the first three weeks of listening so that I could better understand how the speaker alone sounds. They are enjoyable without subs, though I prefer to have the bottom octave. Mids and highs. I am accustomed to a very detailed sound because I have new Silver Series MA speakers in my main system. These Polks provide the same sort of detail. Although some say they turn strident at high volumes, it should be understood that it only occurs at very high SPLs - louder than I ever listen, and sometimes I do crank 'em up, though most of my listening is at moderate levels. Mids don't have quite the same resolution as my Silvers (at 5x $), but aren't that far off, either.

Pros: Tight, deep bass for the size Detailed top end Good midrange resolution Exemplary fit 'n' finish Bi-wire gold five-way binding posts Value off the chart

Cons: None, at this price

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Great product

John from York, PA on 1/10/2019

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They saound great, fill the room

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Crutchfield customer from Buffalo, NY on 1/9/2019

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These speakers have such a clean sound. Love the size too! Replaced my Bose 301's.

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Crutchfield customer from Copperopolis, CA on 1/8/2019

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Tried the Wharfdale Diamond 225 and Yamaha NS bookshelf before setting on the Polk. Excellent out of the box, and even better a week later. Great mids and highs and with the speakers on a bookshelf 6 inches from a wall in the back , sufficient bass to enjoy analos sources.

Pros: Build quality

Cons: None yet.

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Polk Audio RTi A3

Gary from Cypress, TX on 12/30/2018

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Awesome sounding speakers!! Replaced my RTi100 floor standing speakers I have had for 15 years. Just as good if not better! Love my Polks!

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Great sound

Don from Trinity, TX on 12/29/2018

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These speakers are awesome for a small speaker. Surprising bass and excellent with a small sub.

Pros: Solid and heavy. Great sound.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Magnolia, TX on 12/18/2018

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Awesome speakers. Sound great

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Sweet polks

Michael from Gulf Shores, AL on 12/11/2018

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These beautiful speakers with the right amp and silver back speakers cables are sweet if you want a set don't hesitate absolutely love them

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

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Bob from Stockton, CA on 12/6/2018

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love the look and the speakers sound great

Pros: sounds great and looks great

Cons: none

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Polk Audio RTi A3

Thomas from ROSWELL, GA on 12/5/2018

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I ordered these on the advice of Crutchfield tech. Ordered them to pair with Denon receiver and a turntable. Was disappointed in the sound quality. In the process of returning them now. I have since done additional research and found these are decent speakers but by no means great for what I need them for. I originally was looking at Klipsch RP160, martinLogan LX16, and ELAC UB5 but based on the recommendation and i could save a few bucks I went with Polk. Get what you pay for.

Pros: Price - looking basic speakers these may work

Cons: Sound quality for vinyl LPs

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Crutchfield customer from Redding, CA on 11/25/2018

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They are still very new but so far these speakers sound wonderful. Perfect for my living room.

Pros: Attractive cherry cabinet

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Jim from Englewood, FL on 11/19/2018

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Bought these about 3 months ago after a chat session with Nick. We use them on our television and were running them through our Sony 590 receiver. They need break in time so don't make a snap decision on them. But I can tell you they are breaking in beautifully. Sound stage is excellent just make sure you pull them out in front of your furniture, if you really want to hear what you have. When wife leaves for work in the morning (it keeps the peace) I seperate mine about 18ft. the sound for bookshelf speakers is outstanding. Depending on your ears you may want to add a sub. Ty Nick

Pros: excellent sound

Cons: I will need to upgrade to towers and high end equipment someday just because.

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Make anything sound great

Michael from San Francisco, CA on 11/15/2018

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Purchased these speakers to pair with my (very old Sony tuner/amp to replace my all-in-one 5:1 Logitech system. The speakers sound better than anything else I've ever had. Good looking, too. Impressed, because my old Sony is a mid-range model with relatively low power. The speakers make it sound fantastic.

Pros: Great sound from low power equipment

Cons: None that I can find

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Crutchfield customer from Mebane, NC on 10/16/2018

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Very nice but just won'ted more base

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Crutchfield customer from Lone Tree, IA on 10/11/2018

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Awesome speakers. make sure you have an amp that pushes a good amount of power or you wont get a ton of volume out of them.

Pros: Good sound, awesome mid range

Cons: needs lots of wattage to drive them.

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Clear sound, great bass!

Ron from Marietta, GA on 10/10/2018

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These are wonderful speakers! I used them to replace existing Sony speakers that were 10+ years old. The sound on these speakers is a clear and has solid bass! Quit thinking and just buy them!

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a lot of sound for very low price

Wayne from Oxon Hill, MD on 10/3/2018

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I couldn't be more pleased with both Crutchfield and my Polk Audio speakers. We use all Martin Logan in our family room but felt when our front speakers in our bedroom were damaged in a recent move that they might over power the size of it.We also felt were getting a great deal but were sacrificing the quality of speaker.Boy ! were we wrong. Please don't be put off by the very reasonal price tag. The most expensive isn't always the best!

Pros: everything about them from the high's to lows. Love to listen to music my favorite artist is Alison Kraus her voice leaps out and her fiddle seems like it is the room.

Cons: Bigger than expected had to wall mount. Very easy to do however everything was included from the screws to the template.

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Frank from Point Roberts, WA on 10/1/2018

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I need to qualify this review by saying these speakers were purchased to allow me to continue to listen to vinyl in my living room but without my large furniture like floor-standing Revel Performa's, (that part makes my wife happy). Build quality is very good, and the sound is good as well, but the placement and height of the speakers is massively important for the sound stage. Bottom line, the Polk's are solid as always (my third pair - Polk 5jr's in 1991, LSi15's in early 2000, and now these), they will perform as required, won't break the bank, and will continue to open and improve.

Pros: Build Quality, Pleasant to look at, Sound pretty good, decent amount of bass for bookshelf speakers

Cons: Not as captivating as my Revels, but they did cost 10 times more.

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Great rtia3 speakers

Joaquin from Aguirre, PR on 9/1/2018

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Las tengo combinadas ( surround) con las torres Rtia7 y un receiver Onkio TX-rz810, subwoofer 100w y el sonido es espectacular ya que dan un bajo y agudos muy buenos , esa área estaba muerta con las bocinas anteriores, muchas gracias a Carlos por la recomendación!! ??????

Pros: Good bass and highs and elegant speaker (cherry)

Cons: Good matching with the rtia7 towers!!????????

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Brandon from Neah Bay, WA on 8/10/2018

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Some of the best bookshelf I've ever listened to. Just set up 2 of these in my mancave/shed with a yamaha rs202 and it sounds great. Lot of bass for the size and always love the Polk sound. Quality speakers and a steal for the sale price. I would definitely recommend these speakers. One happy customer

Pros: Fills the room with great sound and bass, bang for your buck

Cons: Magnetic covers would have been nice but that's about all I can say

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Crutchfield customer from Chester, NH on 8/6/2018

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The RTi A3 sound great. I used them to fill out a 9.1 Suround sound system. Good quality for a good price.

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Crutchfield customer from Germany on 7/29/2018

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Great sound. I'm not a professional listener, but for my record-listening needs, these work extremely well.

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Great sound

Crutchfield customer from Wellington, FL on 7/15/2018

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I have a Polk center channel speaker and these match perfectly with that. Great sound!

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Great bookshelf speakers

Tom from Maiden, NC on 7/2/2018

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I was advised to buy POLK and glad I did. Great sound for bookshelf speakers. Great look and finish.

Pros: Sound, decent bass, finish

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Good value for the money

Bradford from Ballston Spa, NY on 6/29/2018

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This is a nice set of speakers for a smaller room that could be helped with a subwoofer to extend the bass. Fit and finish is excellent. The split terminals allow bi-amping, however, there is no override for the internal crossover so an active crossover is not possible. Not the best speaker of this size I've heard, but these are the best I've heard in this price range. I also own the older RTi-6s (which I'm now using as back surrounds for a 7.1 AV system), and these are similar in sound, though with slightly less defined highs (which may also be a function of my setup).

Pros: -Excellent fit and finish -Bi-amping support Value for money

Cons: -no low end (as expected for a small bookshelf), so consider adding a sub -Does not support active crossover when bi-amping

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Crutchfield customer from Willsboro, NY on 6/27/2018

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Excellent product! Excellent service! Shipped/arrived quickly.

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Great speakers

Ed from Rockford, IL on 6/27/2018

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Great speakers. For their size, I haven't heard a speaker with better sound. The price makes them hard to beat.

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Crutchfield customer from Chandler, AZ on 5/29/2018

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very nice midsized bookshelf speaker

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Crutchfield customer from Glendale, OR on 5/27/2018

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I was skeptical on buying new speakers. Have not bought any in over almost 30 years! Amazing the performance that comes from a smaller piece! Great, full sound.

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Great sound, quality and price.

Alberto Medina from Manati, PR on 5/27/2018

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Just buy them. You won't regret. Excellent quality, sound and unbeatable price. The sound spectrum lets you hear every detail of your music. I tested the speakers with all types of music (Salsa, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Pop, Classic, Tropical Jazz, Latin Trio, Latin Ballads like Luis Miguel, etc.). I also tested music that was originally recorded back in the 70's up to 2018. I tested MP3, Wav, CDs, DVD,s Online Music, etc. Besides the great quality and sound, the price is just unbeatable. I compared the sound of these speakers with my other two Monitor Audio tower speakers ($1,500 each) and there is no lost in quality. Of course, the punch and sound definition of the Monitor Audio speakers is superior but the Polk Audio RTi A3 are great and do their job. Delivery was fast and very economic. Great deal. Buy them. You won't regret.

Pros: Full range sound. Strong construction. Great quality. Easy installation.

Cons: Distorts a bit at high volume (over +10db) when playing "punchy bass" music.

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Crutchfield customer from Pelham, AL on 5/25/2018

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Great sound for the money. Have had several models of Polk speakers over the years and never disappointed.

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Emmett from Ridgefield, CT on 5/23/2018

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Never had any Polk products but needed speakers for a spare room. These were on sale and I liked the reviews. I'm very happy with them. Had a 15 year old sub that brought out the bass just a little but really didn't need it.

Pros: Nice well rounded sound

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5 starts is not deserving

Mike from Miramar, FL on 5/11/2018

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To me polk is great value and this at the sale price were even more satisfying, however the average reviews of 5 starts I think is not deserving, where I take a start away is in its mid-low rage is quite muddy. Top notch furniture and excellent quality product.

Pros: Top notch furniture and excellent quality product

Cons: mid-low rage is quite muddy

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Mark from Windham, ME on 4/29/2018

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Beautiful bookshelf speakers and sound great as well still breaking them in powering with a high current hk receiver could use more bass will probably pair with an svs sb2000 in the future

Pros: Elegantly beutiful wife approved exciting mids and highs will play loud with good clean power these paired with a sub you cant go wrong

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Good "Bang for the Buck" - Wanted to like them

Doug from Dayton, OH on 4/29/2018

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The speakers are definitely "bang for the buck" value. I really wanted to like them. Sound is subjective, your listening environment and the up stream components all play a part in the final listening experience. Unfortunately for me the speakers were a little too shrill on the top end and caused listener fatigue with anything more than a casual listening session. As a point of reference I'm using a Onkyo TX-SR606 receiver.

Pros: Nice looking, good value for price

Cons: In my listening environment and components used the top end was too shrill to end up keeping them

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Amazing sound quality.

Stan from Emmaus, PA on 4/26/2018

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Two months ago I purchased a set of polk rti a9 towers from crutchfield and they are amazing. Since all of rti-a series speakers are on sale I decided to replace my old bookshelf speakers for the surround channel. (Back left and right). I was using an old pair of infinity primus 150 speakers. They have a 5-1/4 inch midrange driver and a 1 inch dome tweeter. I expected an improvement in sound quality, but not to the degree that it did. The A3's have excellent highs and amazing low extension for a bookshelf speaker. But what was most surprising is how large the soundstage is, if you listen to these speakers with your eyes closed would you swear you were listening to tower speakers. If your looking to upgrade your home audio set up, the polk rti-a series speakers are an excellent choice. These speakers have great imaging, good tonal balance and produce a huge sound stage. I can't say enough good things about them, give them a try, they are worth it.

Pros: Huge soundstage for bookshelf speakers, amazing low end extension for their size

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Great sound and value!

Crutchfield customer from Saint Paul, MN on 4/24/2018

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Crisp, clear sound with amazingly good mid and low range. Running with a paradigm 10" powered sub and Polk csi-6 center, plus 2 older Polk Rti4s in the surround channel and a Denon 4311 surround receiver without an external amp. Great sound and relatively compact, great value!

Pros: Great sound, looks and value.

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A solid foundation to your inevitable stereo obsession

Nicholas from Galveston, TX on 4/18/2018

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The Polk RTi A3's are the first Ive purchased in my rookie venture into the world of quality stereo systems. I have little to compare them to, aside from ~$100 dollar bluetooth speakers, so it should come as little surprise that they absolutely blew me away! (Paired w/ Sony DHR-ST190 reciever, Audio-Technica LP3 turntable, Rocketfish 16g cable) After delving into several articles about how to optimize set-up, room position, etc., I sat in the sweet spot and started experiencing everything i had been missing from casual listening on spotify and the like. I threw everything from death metal to Brahms on my stereo system. Even at mid-volume, I have never personally experienced such full saturation of sounds, high, mid, and low, from a personal system. I listened to albums that Ive heard for years, but on these speakers, for me, it was a completely new experience for each re-listen. If your bookshelf speaker budget is capped at $250, you would be hard pressed to find any better than these.

Pros: Price Immense clarity Full Saturation of Sounds Great Style

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Steve from Worcester, MA on 4/15/2018

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Replaced floor speakers with two pair of these....awesome highs and lows!

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Phil from Silverdale, WA on 4/5/2018

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Crutchfield customer from Barnegat, NJ on 4/2/2018

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Right speakers for what I wanted them for, paired up with a Yamaha receiver and cd has great sound for the space and price

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Crutchfield customer from Glenwood Spgs, CO on 4/1/2018

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Sound great, fit perfectly on on my stereo stand and smell really cool! Great price.

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Big and Small

Crutchfield customer from Plymouth, WI on 4/1/2018

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Small enough to fit nicely in my room, big enough to give the full rich tones my music deserves.

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Awesome sound. Great speakers.

Patrick from Broussard, LA on 3/31/2018

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the pair of Polk RTi A3 speakers are a replacement for a pair of 5" 2-way that I had for 10 years. They were very good, but the RTi A3 are miles ahead of them. Way to go, Polk. The upgrade was astounding......Very pleased with these speakers.

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Crutchfield customer from Honolulu, HI on 3/29/2018

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Used as rear/surround speakers. Sound great. Look great w/CHERRY RTI A5's AND CSI A6. Smaller profile than the pair of Polk Series 2 monitors that they replaced.

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Ron from Ottawa, KS on 3/27/2018

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Great sounding for the size

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Ray from Jupiter, FL on 3/26/2018

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Fantastic experience with Crutchfield! On-line chat with representative was very helpful in aiming me to speakers. Price was really good and the speakers once installed are even better than expected; they sound awesome and are excellent in appearance!!!!

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Crutchfield customer from Geneva, OH on 3/25/2018

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Thanks, nice set of speakers

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EXCELLENT !!

michael from New York, NY on 3/18/2018

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I have owned a pair of Advent wood bookshelf speakers for about 30yrs. They finally wore out...the sound was very weak at the end. While for an upgrade I found these speakers, looked at the A2, but was intrigued by the A3. When I received them by post a few days later...ooh boy..l thought these were just too big for book shelf size...opened the package..beautiful cherry wood exterior, sturdy well constructed, larger than expected, yet I liked the look, easy set-up ....blown away by the clean, crisp power with a subtle resonance/range....went to the vinyl...absolutely amazing reproduction of sound....I whole-hardly recommend these speakers...for the price EXCELLENT !!

Pros: construction, looks, ease of set-up, power, balance, overall function.

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Awesome!

John from Hales Corners, WI on 3/12/2018

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I paired these up with the RTI A7's with the Audiosource 3002, Wow! These bookshelf speakers are more than I bargained for. Very pleased

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Large surround speaker

Terry from New York, NY on 3/8/2018

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Beautiful speaker that sounds really nice. I gave 4 stars because it's longer in depth than I expected.

Pros: Beautiful finish and design. Sounds pretty good.

Cons: Larger than expected. Other than that no cons

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Rod from Mesa, AZ on 3/5/2018

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Great sounding speakers using them for height speakers.

Pros: Great speakers

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Dave from Hartford, CT on 3/5/2018

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Great speakers and even better purchase, these babies sound very good but could perform much better when connected to a separate power amp (which will be my next upgrade), and yes I will recommend these speakers.

Pros: Good bookshelf speakers, great for small to medium size rooms with decent soundstage.

Cons: Using a good power amp will enhance the performance.

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Crutchfield customer from Waynesboro, VA on 2/25/2018

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The RTi A3 speakers performed very well throughout the dynamic range. The highs were clear and it has very good bass response. Voice reproduction was excellent. They are mounted high on the wall.

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Crutchfield customer from Hayesville, NC on 2/18/2018

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I purchased a set of these for my garage/man cave (along with Yamaha Receiver, multi disk changed & Polk Audio Sub) so I could hear some tunes when working on my Shelby GT 500 and am VERY satisfied with them & will probably order another set for my office.

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Tight sound, excellent construction

Joe from Bahama, NC on 2/13/2018

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Upgraded my Onkyo speakers with these, and I was not disappointed. I went with the A3s, as I figured the extra thirty bucks for a slightly bigger sound over the A2s was worthwhile. A very full sound. Paired with a Lafayette LR-5555, the tone is warm and didn't seem to require much a break-in period. They do not distort, either. Tone testing showed no vibrations from the speakers, and I actually found that the bass from them was vibrating things in my home, so I had to rearrange a bit. I see these as being my last set of speakers, really. I don't have the space or need for floor units. These are designed for audiophiles, and do a better job with contour than a "monitor" speaker would. I'd highly recommend these, and a good friend of mine is actually picking them up, also.

Pros: -Clarity -Construction -Separation

Cons: Had to apply my own rubber bottoms, as I wanted something a little more sturdy than what was provided.

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Douglas from Topeka, KS on 2/12/2018

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Hard to believe the "big sound" coming from these small speakers. Using them on bookshelf with rtia7s on floor in front and rtia 5s on floor in rear. All obtained through Crutchfield. Powered by a vintage Sansui integrated amp 85wpc this combination makes vinyl and cd sound amazing even at moderate volume.

Pros: Perfect size, shape and sound. Great looking. They are about 14" deep so check your shelf dimensions.

Cons: None

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Les from Kingston, NY on 2/1/2018

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Right out of the box these speakers blew me away. Polk has designed a great unit that maximizes sound and clarity from almost any source. Once again my Crutchfield Pro supported my research and steered me into the right speakers. These speakers easily feel our Living Room/Dining Room area with great quality sound. I can't wait to try other music sources on them.Excellent value and craftsmanship.

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gorgeous looking speakers

Jeff from Clayton, NC on 2/1/2018

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I ordered a pair of RTi A3's as an upgrade to and old pair of Polk RT35 bookshelf speakers. My old Polks are mounted on speaker stands and I had just added a set of ELAC (front) Dolby Atmos speakers (7-7/8"W x 8-¾"D) which fit perfectly atop each of my RT35's. Although the dimensions of my RT35's are smaller than what is stated for the RTi's (8-3/8"W x 14-13/16"H x 14-3/16"D), it became obvious once I began to retrieve the first RTi A3 from it's comfy cocoon of packaging that due to the tapered design of the cabinet that the width was going to be insufficient to support my ELAC Atmos speakers w/o hang-over towards the back. This was an unexpected bummer since all the customer has to go on is the dimension listed in the description. I didn't bother wiring 'em up or anything, just boxed them back up & obtained a return shipping thing. It didn't take long for Crutchfield to log my return and credit my account but they did smack me in the face with a $10 charge for trusting their inaccurate measurements, which was fantastic...really made me super excited to have been a long term customer. I decided I would try the small towers RTi A5's which unfortunately also have the tapered cabinet but will hopefully be wide enough to hold these little tiny ELAC Atmos speakers without looking retarded. I went back and forth online chatting w/guy who assured me the width was correct as listed for the RTiA5's but at best all I got was a "yeah, that's right" & "looks like 10 ½"W", so we'll see

Pros: beautifully made, never hooked them up

Cons: too small for my application much smaller than dimensions listed in description

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Crutchfield customer from Jericho, VT on 1/31/2018

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I am not a big stereo guy, but, my wife and I decided it was time to have music in the house. I used to have these monster speakers hooked up to my Yamaha amp years ago. I gave those speakers away to one of the kids because of the size. My wife did not want to have really large speakers this time. So, I read reviews on these speakers and decided at the price I couldn't go wrong to start here. I was blown away by the quality of these speakers, and the sound including the bass is amazing. The bass is not chest beating thump, but they are awesome. Would highly recommend these to anyone.

Pros: Amazing sound in a small speaker. Beautiful cherry finish.

Cons: none.

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Awesome speakers

Logan from Lapeer, MI on 1/30/2018

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Wow these speakers do pack a punch! Great sound quality and are awesome for surround sound. Drowns out the back ground noise of the house for sure.

Pros: Everything

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Crutchfield customer from Hamden, CT on 1/18/2018

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Excellent speakers, amazing sound!!!

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Robert from Gleason, WI on 1/15/2018

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Excellent Speakers

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Great sound, great Crutchfield service

John from Winston Salem, NC on 1/15/2018

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I was trying to find a simple but good sounding system for easy Bluetooth connection to use with music streaming services in a gaming area of my basement. After reading various reviews, i went to Besy Buy and bought the powered Klipdch RP15s first. I found them to have little mids and muddy bass. I next tired the Bose Soundtouch 30, which has fairly rich, fairly full sound particularly for vocals and acoustic guitar but but a little soft and not so great when turned up and not as good with a full range of music. I then reached out to a Crutchfield rep and she worked with me to do the Polk RTi A3 speakers with a Onkyo 8260 stereo receiver. The system works well and sounds great. Full range of highs, mids, lows and accurate and crisp. Sounds good at low and higher volumes. Now can add a sub or other inputs as desired. Onkyo unit has a phono input as well. Crutchfield Rep was knowledgeable and very helpful. Thanks.

Pros: Full range of sound for highs, mids and lows. Sounds good with different types of music and at low or high volume. Didn't need a sub.

Cons: Classified as bookshelf speakers, but it takes a good sized bookshelf. Check you measurements before ordering.

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Best speakers I've owned!

John from Austin, TX on 1/4/2018

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Just hooked these up today using my old Harmon Kardon receiver and Technics CD player. I love the sound, which I would describe as "rich" and "real". Neither bass or treble seems over emphasized but my aging ears hear is plenty of both. High recommend, especially at the current sale price. Also love working with Crutchfield.

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Polk Audio RTi A3 - Amazing

Kevin from Appleton, WI on 1/1/2018

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Been a while since I invested in an upgrade to my home audio system and I almost forgot just how good quality can sound. Right out of the box these sounded amazing and are only getting better as they break in. The room I have them in is 13 x 15 and at first I was a little concerned they may be too much; however, after chatting with one of Crutchfield's amazing customer service representatives I was sold. These fill the room with sound at just the right level. Paired this with an Onkyo TX-NR777 Used for TV and movies (70%) and audio (30%) Surround sound sitting on Sanus NF24 Speaker Stands

Pros: Cherry looks amazing Sound Size

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Truly Big, Full Sound from a Bookshelf Speaker

Jon H from Westfield, MA on 12/31/2017

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Bought these with a pair of 24" stands for my Zone 2 speakers (to update my muddy-sounding 27-year old Bose 301 Series II speakers). They're amazing! I've listened to classical, jazz, blues, and rock at high and low volumes. Crisp, clean, and surprisingly good bass for a speaker this size. Accurate and very pleasing. Impressive for their size, even when compared to the RTi towers in the home theater (both have the same "Dynamic Balance" tweeters). I was sold on and interested in Polk after picking up a pair of used RTi 10 towers (predecessor to the current RTi A7) for the home theater a few years ago.

Pros: Truly big, full sound from a small speaker.

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Great match for my resurrected vinyl collection

Michael from South Carolina on 12/31/2017

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These are the first "hi-fi" speakers I have owned in 25 years. So I can't compare to others. But they look great and sound great to me, my wife and daughters. I have an old Marantz amp with only 30w, so they can only go so loud ... so far (2 weeks) I have enjoyed Metallica, Coltrane, Pagannini, and Christmas rock, pop and classical. All sound great.

Pros: Look great, sound great, well constructed

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Solid Winner

Ethan R. from Hudson, FL on 12/28/2017

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This is an initial out of the box review. First let me give a background. I recently purchased the Polk Audio T50 floor standing speakers for my home theater room, based off the price and good reviews. I knew Polk Audio but never had any experience. I took them home and was very impressed with such a cheap priced pair of speakers. We'll now...I had been looking to build a solid stereo system for my room and I knew I needed to see what Polk Had to offer, the RTi series were having a sale, 40% off, so I looked at the RTi A3s, they got great reviews and met my needs. I received the speakers on 12/28/2017 with free shipping from Crutchfield. I unboxed them and instantly I can tell thy were well made with high craftsmanship. I was anxious to get these hooked up to my Yamaha integrated amp. I have these paired with an older Marantz CD5001 player. As I turned them on...I was using "I don't know why" by Norah jones to audition these speakers. Straight out of the box with no break in....I am mind blown, these speakers have really great detail, I can hear every note, Norah Jone's voice sounds natural and not digitized. I truly believe these will get even better once these speakers are truly broken in.

Pros: These speakers don't need a lot of power from what I can tell, I have these speakers powered by a Yamaha A-S301 integrated amp(60watts per channel) an this amp drives these speakers with ease. Solid construction and beautifully crafted.

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Howard from Phila, PA on 12/27/2017

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I'm very happy look great sound great

Pros: Sounds great

Cons: No cons

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Crutchfield customer from Lake Ann, MI on 12/25/2017

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A real decent pair of speakers. We have them in our great room 800 sq ft, and it fills the room with only those two speakers. Easy to set up, packed well in the box. I expect them to last me years. I went into some big stores and the young salesman were trying to sell me some really cool speakers $1000 plus and telling nothing else would work. What a turn off! These speakers are well worth it. My wife is happy with the sound quality and the price. I am happy.

Pros: Price, quality, sound, great salesman.

Cons: I can't think of any

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Leialoha from Hilo, HI on 12/11/2017

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I purchased these speakers to replace a set of floor standing 3 way speakers which were to visually dominant for our dining room. We lived with those monsters for twenty years. I'm glad we made the move. The Polks are almost invisible by comparison, and while they don't produce the volume of sound of the old Technics, you can't fault them for clarity and tone. I listen to all types of music, sixties rock and folk, soul, jazz, classical and everything in between, both on vinyl and digital recordings. The Polks are a step up. I'm considering upgrading our living room set to some floor standing Polks.

Pros: Beautiful cabinet, great sound, perfect size for a small room.

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Unexpected performance for this size and price

Les from Aston, PA on 12/10/2017

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Was looking for a pair of speakers for a table-top system consisting of a '76 Tandberg TR2055 (55w) and a '73 JVC VL-8 turntable. Initially, I was worried that a modern speaker wouldn't pair well with a (relatively) lower wattage amplifier, but I couldn't be more happier with these speakers. They were as loud as the Sony *floor standing* speakers they replaced, though they were admittedly lower grade. For the sale price I paid for these, I consider these a steal. Highs and mids are excellent, and bass is much better than expected from a speaker this size. I listen mostly to rock, hard rock, some metal, some folk, and some jazz. I think it performs very well for all of those musical genres, but seem especially suited for acoustic instrument recordings. If there were options for 4 1/2 or even 4 3/4 stars, I would have chosen that as I consider "5 stars" to be something that is unattainable.

Pros: Solidly built, sound great, compact size, work great with lower power amplifiers.

Cons: The bass is somewhat lacking, but these speakers perform FAR better in that department than I expected so I can't really call that a negative.

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A Very Capable Speaker and a Great Value

Jonathan from Worcester, MA on 12/8/2017

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I just purchased my second pair of these speakers to put in another room. I am currently running them on a Marantz SR5007 and have them biamped. They handle it with no problem at all and put out great sound. Highs are clear and crisp, mid range is full, and bass is respectable and fairly rich considering they are just bookshelf speakers. I use them for music listening (rock, jazz, electronic) and as the fronts for home theater and they handle both with absolutely no problem at all. If you are looking for a competent and capable set of speakers either to fill out a home theater or to use them as the primary speakers for listening to music in a small to medium sized room you should consider these speakers. I have found them to be a great value at a great price.

Pros: Sound quality Price Build and aesthetics

Cons: None, I have been very happy with these speakers

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Good value, great sound

Larry from Faribault on 12/5/2017

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I purchased the speakers for a bedroom. They work great in that space. I listen to Classical, Jazz, and extreme black metal. I drive them with a Onkyo CR N755 and use a Yamaha yst fs wo50 subwoofer. The little Onkyo will drive them to 95 Db at 5 feet at partial volume! I use this setup in my RV during the summer. The speakers are articulate, have a full range, and are a great value for the money. I have take the same CD and played it on my main system, then on this and the Polk's hold their own.

Pros: enjoyable sound

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Polk Audio RTi A3

Crutchfield customer from Redding, CA on 12/4/2017

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great sound for the money. very clear with a good amount of base for a bookshelf speaker.

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Crutchfield customer from Hermiston, OR on 12/1/2017

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Paired with a Denon AVR-X1300W in a master bedroom. Sounds great. More bass than I thought there would be for speakers this size. And it's not all boomy... it's nice and tight and punchy. I was contemplating some kind of bluetooth speaker or Sonos or maybe a sound bar with a small sub, but I'm glad I went this way.

Pros: Good sound for the price and size. Good for a small or medium sized room.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Louisville, KY on 11/28/2017

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I have these set up in my basement and they sound great.

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Definitely the Right Choice!

Mike from Warwick, NY on 10/25/2017

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Great speakers and would definitely buy them again! They give me enough bass that I was looking for and sound great. Crutchfield is the best to deal with and all retailers should be as knowledgeable about their products and easy to deal with as they are.

Pros: Rich and clear sound, good bass, and they look great too in cherry.

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full sound in a small package!

Don from Tampa, FL on 10/25/2017

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These speakers are very crisp, clear, and do not appear to color the sound. I like that the instruments and voices sound transparent and and separate rather than overly compressed. They work well in small spaces.

Pros: great sound!

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Awesome Bookshelf Speaker

craig from wv on 10/18/2017

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Over the first few days of listening, everything I played sounded unusually lively and present, with fast transients, lots of detail, and well-extended highs. The sound was exhilarating! The Bass is excellent for a bookshelf speaker. Add a Polk Audio PSW10 (50w) 10" powered sub-woofer from Crutchfield and you have the "hammer of the gods" for any household room.

Pros: Clarity Bass (for a bookshelf)

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Did not disappoint!!

Dan from The Woodlands, TX from Spring, TX on 10/16/2017

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These are really great speakers. I bought these speakers for a summer house but had them shipped to me so I could test them out. After about 25 - 30 hours of break in they sounded very good. I listened without a sub for a week or so to see how they would do on their own and was impressed. Adding the sub made them even better. I listen to classical, Latin Jazz, blues and classic rock etc. These speakers sound true no matter what I listen to. They perform just as Taylor said they would. He was very helpful and had first hand knowledge of the speakers. I am glad I took his advice. (I held back one star as I have Axiom M22 bookshelf speakers and they are in a different class). Overall I am very pleased with the Polk RTi A3.

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Diggin' on my Polks!

Chris from Columbus, OH on 10/9/2017

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I really like these speakers! Thought about returning at first, but glad I didn't! The speaker cabinet is high quality with a curved design. Not sure if this is an acoustical feature, but really different from traditional rectangular enclosures. They don't have much low-end, but I've paired mine with a JBL sub that makes them shine. I'm not an audiophile but for the price and the quality think they can't be beat! I think they might be meant for hanging as surround speakers for home theater use? I'm just using them for music, paired with a yamaha receiver, and Marantz Cd player. I actually recently purchased a second pair. I'm sure they will round out the full sound when sitting in my living room listening in my easy chair like the guy in the old memorex add.... For the price and quality of these little gems, I'd highly recommend them!

Pros: Look, shape or design of cabinets. Feel they are of high quality for the price point. structure on back of cabinet enables mounting on wall with some rear spacing. Bi-wiring capable. The highs sound good. Kind of mellow without too much volume. At higher volumes low distortion, but I don't push them to that point.

Cons: They lack low-end, but kind of expect that from a smaller bookshelf driver. Need to be paired with a sub, or another set that has larger woofers.

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Polk RtiA3's

Steven from Wilmington, NC on 10/3/2017

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are use the speakers half from music in half for a home theater. this sound is well balanced, full, very neutral and warm. I have 150 Watts pushing each speaker and they handle it without a problem. physically, the cherry is beautiful but they are rather large

Pros: Great sound Beautiful looks Outstanding value

Cons: A little large for bookshelf speakers

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Crutchfield customer from Owasso, OK on 10/3/2017

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Excellent sound for size of speaker. Furniture quality finish. Very satisfied.

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Christopher from Florence, KY on 7/30/2017

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These speaker not only sound great but they have a beautiful looking cherry finish. I listen to a lot of Jazz, Blues and R&B on vinyl and they sound great..they're being driven by a harman/kardon HK3490. And the vinyl is turning on a Kenwood KD-3055 which I've owned since 1976.

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Polk Audio RTi A3

Crutchfield customer from Kalispell, MT on 6/21/2017

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I am not an expert on sound systems, but my new Polk Audion RT A3 really are a great treat for music listening. You don't have to turn up the volume their subtle sound is sweet. They are a nice looking set of speakers. I am happy and then some with them.

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Crutchfield customer from Berwyn, PA on 6/14/2017

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WOW! I have not had a chance to listen long enough or to a big enough variety of music, but so far the sound from these speakers is incredible. The clarity is great and there is plenty of bass. Too many people want to enhance the bass so much that it over rides what the total music should sound like. Also, comparing cost from various vendors Crutchfield was actually lowest after considering the free shipping they offered. And speaking of shipping, I received the speakers the day after I ordered them, unbelievable. After I listen to these speakers a bit longer then I can give a better description, but to start they are absolutely worth the price.

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Outstanding Sound

Rich from Webster, NY on 6/3/2017

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I went back and forth on this purchase...not sure why I was hesitating, but after reading all the reviews and already having Polk front and center & sub I decided to pair them with these to use as rear speakers (5.1). I have been listening to a lot more music lately and wanted some rear speakers that would sound as good as the fronts and center. My fronts are bi-amped tsi-300's. The new rti-a3's are not bi-amped and I think they still sound even better than my fronts. The rti-a3's are definitely more full and the highs are excellent. The complement the rest of the setup very well. I have only been listening for about 10 hours or so, but I only expect them to continue to improve after the break in period. I would absolutely purchase these again. Crutchfield is excellent. Thanks !

Pros: The highs are excellent and they really bring the music to life. They still provide decent base, but I use a sub woofer so I can adjust that. I tend to like music with a lot of base (Spotify Deep House Playlist & Groups like Stained & Akshin Alizadeh...).

Cons: Not necessarily a con, but now I'm probably going to spend more money on another pair for my basement setup.

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pure clean sound

Jerry from panama `city beach FL on 2/17/2017

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Quality speaker, ! originally went with the the Klipsch r15s. speakers. Wasn't satisfied with the sound of bass or mid range. Called Crutchfield, spoke with Payton, she recommended I take a look at these speakers. Very happy with them,. highs are outstanding, great mid range,and better bass than the klipsch..These will not pound out a lot of bass, but if your looking for pure clean sound you will love them. Plus the cherry wood cabinets are sweet ! Highly recommend if your looking for a really nice book shelf speaker...and they even priced matched

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Incredible sonic detail at all volume levels

MikeM from Arlington, Virginia on 1/28/2017

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The nearly 100% 5-star rating on these speakers is well deserved. The first thing that is obvious is their incredible frequency range. It seems to go on infinitely in both directions. Highs are crisp and clear and bass is defined and plentiful. You definitely do not need any tone control on these, which is pretty hard to believe - I've never owned a speaker that didn't need at least a touch of treble added for my taste. Impressively, their frequency coverage holds at all volume levels. I find myself listening to these at a lower volume than other speakers since the full spectrum of sound is evident even at very low volumes. I do have a subwoofer but only need to use it to add the slightest amount of feel to the low end. The Polks handle all the sonic details from the bass perfectly well. To be sure I compared these speakers to another brand I tried from Crutchfield (that I returned) and it was no contest. These Polks are in another class altogether. You won't be disappointed with these speakers. Vinyl or digital, everything sounds great. Pro tip: Try the scratch and dent and save a few bucks - mine arrived in perfect condition (it was only the cardboard box that had been damaged).

Pros: Full spectrum of sound, total sonic clarity across all frequencies, great even at low volumes

Cons: Was hoping to see a little more wood grain texture in the walnut finish

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Polk Audio RTi A3

Peter from MINNESOTA on 11/9/2016

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Purchased a "used" pair of these off Craigslist and was very disappointed with the ear fatigue and lack of bass. Then I put the speakers through 24 hours of run-in ( breaking-in). To be honest, I'm shocked by the improvement. Night and day. From what I've read, they can continue to improve through 100 hours of use. Suffice to say, I'm psyched about the future with these. The fatigue effect is already a tiny fraction of what it was. The previous owner must not have used them much! He'd said they were used as rears. I'm using them as fronts, and they are fantastic.

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The perfect combination of powerful bass and precise clarity!

Bob from Shawsville, VA on 10/4/2016

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These gems are the perfect bookshelf speakers! They provide the perfect combination of powerful bass frequencies at the same time they deliver prominent mids and precise clarity for the highs. They produce amazing bass for such a small speaker! .I was initially impressed with the specs for the frequency response, but hearing is believing! These are my third and best set of Polk bookshelf speakers!

Pros: Beautiful enclosure design and size. Full-spectrum, no-fatigue sound reproduction. Great value.

Cons: None

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Extraordinary!

Lamont S. from Brooklyn, NY on 9/23/2016

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I recently wanted to date my speakers from a pair of Polk Audio RTi 38's that I purchased in 2002 which are still thumping strongly. I did a lot of research including listening to top-rated competitors like Klipsch, JBL, Cerwin-Vega and some others as well as reading reviews of all. What I came out to find is that for the sound quality, the Polk Audio RTi A3 bookshelf speakers are far more superior in sound quality than any of their competitors. The overall richness of the bass and the clear crisp tonal quality of the highs give any music the feel of being at a concert. Pure listening pleasure that cannot be surpassed and a price that is more than comfortable to live with. Better than some floor standing speakers.

Pros: The way music ought to sound. Fantastic Acoustics Everything you'd want and ask for in a bookshelf speaker.

Cons: None.

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POLK AUDIO RTIA3

Murphy from Panama city, fl on 9/1/2016

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Purchased these to replace my RT35 that are about 15 years old these are nice looking speakers with great sound can't wait to get the RTIA7 in the next couple of weeks.

Pros: Well made speakers

Cons: NONE!

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Awesome power from such small speakers!!

Ted E. from Chicago, IL on 4/1/2016

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I recently purchased a vintage Pioneer SX-850 thru another retailer. The receiver was similar to the receiver my father had growing up. I also have a pair or Polk Audio 5 Jrs that I've had since college ('88-92). These speakers are still kicking! Obviously I wanted to stick with Polk so I called my product advisor and explained my set up and wishes. He directed me to the RTI A3 and what a great suggestion. These babies soar!! Deep bass, lots of mid and plenty of treble. Very well balanced and so full for such a compact set of speakers. I'm so excited to own a new pair of Polks and continue supporting this company. Thanks Hunter and Crutchfield for making my system sound amazing!

Pros: Compact Deep bass Clean mids and highs

Cons: None!

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Very nice Speaker

w4grt from mechanicsville, VA on 3/19/2016

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I am using these with a Polk PSW 505 sub and the overall sound is impressive. I'm using digital sources only right now. I'd bet vinyl would sound off the charts through these speakers.

Pros: Polk is a good company that will go out of the way to help you. I also own an an old pair old RTI 100s that recently had amplifier failures . The folks at Polk were great with getting my RTI 100s restored to new condition! Back to the RTIA3s , they are a very nice looking speaker.Appears well built. More so, great sound!

Cons: They sound very similar to Infinity's Primus 163 at half the price. The Infintys however look cheap and I had woofer problems that could not be resolved so I junked them. I know from past experience, Polk is a good company to deal with.

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Sounds great, works well with other speakers

Doug B from desert hot springs, CA on 3/9/2016

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Sounds great and works very well with existing speakers.

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Excellent sound

Al from grandview, MO on 3/9/2016

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I'm an audiophile who has owned good equipment over the years and have a good ear for sound. I bought these speakers as a system with the A6 center speaker and 440wi subwoofer. I use it with the excellent sounding Marantz SR 7005 receiver. This is by far my favorite speaker system. It does well on all program sources including vinyl, streaming music, tv, etc. The A3 has a very full sound and good bass even without the bass speaker and the subwoofer has no problem filling an 18x 23 foot room with good bass. The dialogue on tv and movies is clear. Initially I did not like the remote control on the bass speaker but tracked down the problem to a weak battery that was supplied with the unit. The speaker system is very forgiving in terms of placement. I have the speakers set on either side of a 50 inch TV with the center speaker below on a shelf and the bass speaker on a side wall. I am very much enjoying these speakers. Electronics really does make a difference in sound so I would highly recommend not skimping in this area and also check the settings if you use the audyssey system to set up the speakers. The finish is very attractive as well

Pros: well made good sounding

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Great Value

Paul from Utah on 2/24/2016

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Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is sound quality in the ear of the listener. Not everyone prefers to hear sound from speakers the same way. Here are my thoughts on the Polk Audio Rti A3: 1) This is a bookshelf speaker. There's no getting around it. If you're expecting a full sound from top to bottom in a mid to large room, you're going to feel like something is missing. But if you evaluate them for what they are - a bookshelf speaker - they're pretty great, especially at this price point. They sound bigger than other bookshelf speakers because they are bigger. Polk did all they reasonably could to get the most range out of them. 2) Sound. I was listening to some violin music on them and noticed some pretty bad distortion at the high end I hadn't noticed before. Of course, I'd previously only listened to that music through my iphone speaker. So I listened again this time using the home theater speakers the Polk's are replacing and heard the distortion there too, just not as much. That's when I realized the distortion is not a problem with the speakers, rather it's in the source material. The Polk's just replicated it more clearly. If you like clarity in the treble, these are great. Just get good source material! 3) Imaging. When listening to my old HT speakers, I felt like I was in the back of the amphitheater looking for binoculars. With the Polk's, the band was right in front of me. 4) Design. These are beautiful

Pros: Great value Clear sound Not fatiguing Nice to look at - my wife originally wanted in-ceiling speakers, but when she saw these, wanted to display them on our bookshelf!

Cons: Depending on your application, you'll probably want a sub. If it's a small room for occasional listening or background music they're great on their own. But if you want the full orchestral experience, want to bass drum to resonate in your chest, or want to feel like you were in that explosion, you'll want a sub. I got the dsw 440 sub and plan on using it to give the mains the bottom end I want, plus a dual 10" sub (psw1000) for LFE. Sound is balanced, clear, and full with this setup.

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Paul from Manchester, NH on 2/19/2016

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These speakers sound as good as they look. I originally had wanted floor standing speakers but wasn't prepared to spend the extra cash. So I searched and read reviews and specs and came up with these. I bought them without hearing them which can be risky but I put my trust in Polks solid reputation and they did not disappoint. They are producing a nice deep low end which was more than expected and they are solid when you are pushing some power through them. So the bottom line is great sound at a reasonable price.

Pros: Nice sound -easy wall mounting-good looks

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Great speakers

Joshua from petaluma, CA on 2/17/2016

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Great looking, and sounding speakers. We have a cavernous living room (tall victorian ceilings) that these speakers fill with a beautiful, rich sound. From low end to high, great speakers.

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Sound excellent

Shawn h from Texas on 1/3/2016

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You will love these speakers depending on your point of reference. I was going from Bose am15 surround sound to adding these on the B channel to improve the sound of music. The bose are Great for their size but cannot produce the full spectrum like a larger speaker can. I read so many reviews on bookshelf speakers of this size and price some love the speakers and some thought they werent good enough. I was a little worried since i know i could do better with a b&w or martin logan speaker. However, i could not pass up the chance to get a free $300 polk sub with my order so that swayed me to these. As somewhat of an audiophile, i was nervous that these wouldnt be enough, but they sound awesome and clean. In certain parts of my apartment living room the bass from these literally sounds like a small sub its so good. I love loud and crisp treble and these SMOKE the bose in that area. If youve never owned speakers this nice then i seriously doubt you will be disappointed. If however you are an audiophile and already own equipment this pricey then maybe you want something even better, im not sure. All i know is that there is a huge difference in sound for every $100 extra you spend on speakers. From what i have heard from the ones even better than these, you have serious diminishing returns the more you spend over this amount. You want a big improvement over these? You better spend double in my opinion.

Pros: Great price and sound Polk name brand confidence

Cons: Definitely a little big for a bookshelf speaker so make sure you have room

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Polk Audio RTA3 Bookshelf Speakers

Wayne B from Greenbelt, Maryland on 12/9/2015

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Excelent speakers: I purchased the RTA3 speakers 2 weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised when I connected them to the Harmon Karddon HK 3770 receiver and a Polk Audio PSW 400 sub. The sound is amazing. Big sound for bookshelf speakers.

Pros: Very clear sound for bookshelf speakers. You get more bang for the buck with these speakers. They sound just as good as some floor standing speakers.

Cons: None.

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Very good speakers

Stephen J from Oregon on 9/10/2015

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I bought a pair of these speakers about two months ago and I am very happy with this purchase. One thing that is great about these is the wall mount. It makes it so easy to hang them on the wall, and you do not even need stands, since you can mount them at any height or distance apart. My pair is not broke in yet, but even out of the box, they sound excellent. In fact, they sound very much like alot of other Polk Audio speakers, which is saying alot, I use to have RTi10's and even tho they are tower speakers, The RTia3's , sound much like them, except for the deep bass that the RTi10's had. I am using a 12" subwoofer to add bass to mine. These speakers are very deep, about as deep as they are tall, and they are one of the most attractive bookshelf speakers that I've seen. Anyone needing bookshelf speakers, should certainly give the RTia3's a try. I doubt they can be topped at their price. You will not be disapointed.

Pros: great sound, and very solidly constructed, and very attractive.

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Excellent

Jack the Cat from Wisconsin on 8/31/2015

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These things sound amazing! Bought them sight unseen/unheard, but felt comfortable given the price and how much I liked the Polk large bookshelves I've had for 15 years or so. These things don't disappoint. They're smaller than my old ones, but are still plenty big for bookshelf speakers and kick out a big sound. There's enough bass for me to not feel the need for a separate sub, which was probably my biggest concern at the outset. I'm no audiophile, so these babies seem like a great bang for the buck. Briefly considered dropping two (or three) times the coin on Martin Logans, etc., but that seemed a waste, especially for a bookshelf speaker. 5 star rating is based on the fact that you understand these are bookshelf speakers and shouldn't be compared to towers. For what they are, and given the price, these exceeded expectations.

Pros: Crisp, clean sound. Sleek, cherry finish looks as good as they sound.

Cons: Not super deep bass as one would expect.

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Polk Audio RTi A3

Steve from California on 8/26/2015

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Clean and crisp, the rock!

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tone city!

bodhi from Des Moines, Iowa on 8/26/2015

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beautiful, fat, punchy. Me happy!

Pros: Excellent sound including bass. (not sub-bass) but real bass (ok, so I'm old)

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Just what the doctor ordered!

AnthonyF from Texas on 6/27/2015

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I ordered the Polk-Audio-RTi-A3-Black speakers and I am totally happy with them. They sound crisp and clear and sound great with my Polk center speaker. They are aesthetically pleasing too. My next purchase will be a Polk Sub-woofer.

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ArlanaH from California on 6/16/2015

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In looking for non-tower type speakers with expansive, rich sound we settled on the RTiA3 from Polk Audio. The speakers match well with our Polk SubWoofer and were easily connected. Having a matched set (speaker and subwoofer) has provided us with what we believe is optimum sound. The speakers fit nicely in the space we have available and the sound is amazing. Very well defined highs and the kick into the low range through the subwoofer is awesome. The sound put out is very clear in all ranges no matter what the musical selection. From classical to rock n roll to rap to jazz. Overall, we are remarkably pleased with our purchase and would recommend Polk Audio products to all in search of good clean sound at a reasonable price.

Pros: Clear, well defined sound in all ranges. Very reasonably priced. Do not overwhelm the room (not too large).

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Todd T from Tuolmne ca on 6/13/2015

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Nice speakers

Pros: Big sound

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Tough To Beat

Rick from Illinois on 6/6/2015

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The Polk RTi A3's are tough to beat for the money. Imaging is oustanding with very good detail. All frequencies are well balanced with no harshness. Treble is very smooth without being "in your face." Midrange is very present and bass is taut without being over powering. Would have to spend considerably more to get those last "n'th degrees" of detail. Was very surprised at how good these sound right out of the box. Sound even more refined after about 25+ hours of moderate level play. Can't go wrong for the price.

Pros: Imaging, detail, balance.

Cons: None for the price.

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Douglas from Wisconsin on 3/30/2015

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Though small, these deliver warm, life-like sound. Quite happy with them, especially the price point vs. quality equation. I have paired them with a sub-woofer (also a Polk), which adds the sort of beef at the low end that no small bookshelf speakers could ever supply, but if I turn that off they still sound quite full, meaning they don't require a SW to be good. With the SW classical sounds rich, though not contrived. Rock sounds large. When I put on a live album (Allison Krause and Union Station) the stand-up bass player was in the room, a sound I know well from years of playing this kind of music myself. You feel it in the floor, on your chest, even at natural volumes (the volume of the actual bass). But the other instruments also had this quality. Really, these are fine speakers and there's no need to spend an extra hundred to improve quality. If you have money, these will do the trick. They look nice too! But if you can do yourself a favor and get a subwoofer. It matters.

Pros: Solid performance at all levels, especially when pairs with a sub-woofer. This is a combination that makes a great set-up at a reasonable total price. I would go this route rather than leaving the sub-woofer off and spending that extra cash on even better speakers. Get the full package. You won't be disappointed.

Cons: Their shape makes them hard to put on an actual bookshelf without the front end hanging off-they're a bit long. They do have a very good mounting system though. Better yet, they are attractive (cover on or off) and other than this (being too long is not a flaw if it improves the sound) there are no cons. Not at this price, considering the sound you get in exchange.

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Mike W from Idaho on 3/26/2015

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Bought these after reading many reviews. Not disappointed at all. They have a very clean sound. by far the best speakers I have owned, which isn't saying a lot. However, these are the best sounding of any bookshelf speakers I have ever listened to, which does say a lot. I love them.

Pros: Very clean sound. I can hear the detail in instruments and strings that get muffled by other speakers. has remarkable power base too, for their size.

Cons: nothing so far.

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outstanding speakers!

mikeA from Austin, Tx on 2/24/2015

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The number of reviews for these RTiA3 speakers convinced me. Where some people talk about the imaging, it's real. And where the Polk ads say close your eyes and you'll think you're listening to tower speakers, I agree. I wanted a straightforward stereo setup. As an experiment really, I ended up buying 2 sets of the A3s - a pair for left channel, a pair for right. Each pair is wired in parallel for 4 ohms at the amp with 12 gauge Monster cable. Each speaker sits on its own 24in Sanus stand. For each pair, the 2 A3's are about 2 feet apart. I also have a Polk 440 sub in the middle (downward facing on hardwood floor). And I tell you, the sound I'm getting from a lot of music I think rivals a single pair of speakers at 3 times this total cost. Pairing the speakers in this horizontal style seems to enhance the mid/base from the speakers. But the A3s do need a sub. They do have a bit of a small speaker sound by themselves. And very surprisingly, I upgraded the sub to their Polk 550 model, and it was worse sound - out of balance base. The 440 I think was a perfect match for the A3s. Some music sounds not so great while other music, I stop what I'm doing and just stand there listening to it it's so good. (General likes are classic and alternative rock, pop, electronic chill, electronic club). Note, the A3s have a back-ported base out to the sides. They need space around them. These are not bookshelf speakers in that regard. So much more to say but this review is cutting me shot!

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Great speakers

harrisrb from Camden SC on 1/31/2015

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I had these speakers for 3 days before they started sounded good. I think there is definitely a break in period. Now they sound great. Definitely the best speakers I've ever had. I have them paired with a Denon AVR-1913 and a cheap Yamaha subwoofer.( I do think you need a subwoofer with these.) I really like the sound. Classy Speakers for sure. I was looking for better treble after having the Pioneer SP-BS41's.( good speakers ) for a while. I am very satisfied with these.

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buy them

TomP from Cedar Rapids, IA on 1/20/2015

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These speakers sound spectacular. Give them a month to break in. They will produce more bass after the break in. Mine are bi-amped. The other reviews say it all. Buy them, you won't be sorry.

Pros: What is more important than the sound?

Cons: None

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Outstanding looks and sound!

Plummit from Northern Minnesota on 1/18/2015

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For the size, these can't be beat! Ours are wall mounted to the sides of the tv and being voice matched to the CSi A6 and the FXi A6's, they complete our surround setup flawlessly. Although they aren't "Large" speakers, they reproduce lows well enough. Most people have a sub as part of the setup, so any shortcomings will not be noticed.

Pros: Big sound from small speakers. Beautiful cherry finish. Wall mountable. Contour matches the lines of the CSi A6 Center Channel Speaker.

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Very Satisfied!

JB from Chicago, IL on 1/5/2015

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Very happy with this purchase. Quality speaker, quality sound.

Pros: Quality and range of sound

Cons: Price

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I cannot believe the sound for the price

KennethC from Wyoming on 1/1/2015

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I have owned Polk Audio speakers since the late 1980's. I have always been impressed by their sound. I presently have a completely refurbished pair of Polk Monitor 10B's I purchased new in 1989. I assembled a 5.1 surround system primarily for music. I purchased these RTi A3's for he rear surrounds. I did an A-B comparison between the 10B's these speakers have an awesome sound with bass that will move your house. Listening to the RTi A3's in every way equal or exceed the 10B's except in extreme bass. The advances in audio engineering are evident. I have a Klipsch subwoofer in a 2.1 setup the RTi A3 in combination blow the 10B's away. They are so good I may replace the10B's with the smaller and easier to position RTi A3's. They sure look a whole lot better.

Pros: Great sound, beautiful to look at. A fantastic value

Cons: None

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Shockingly good for the money

Eric Reynolds from Oklahoma on 11/22/2014

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I'm simply stunned that only this much money has brought me this much pleasure. I am listening to my cd and phono collection with renewed interest. As I write this, I have Yes: Closer To The Edge on and am loving the even sound. I am using a Yamaha A-S501 Integrated amp and this set up compares nicely with ridiculously more expensive systems that I have heard. Any criticism that these speakers lack bass must be from someone who was born only after the invention of the home subwoofer unit. The bass is completely adequate and any subwoofer addition is a matter of taste only. Brightness has evened out with break in. I did not buy more expensive speakers based on auditions of those speakers. Polk provides what I consider to be reasonably accurate and balanced sound. I will strongly consider Polk on any upgrade! Seriously, 5 stars for the money, and 4 at any price. Mine are bi-wired and I believe this evens out the sound in these units.

Pros: beautiful cabinets and sound.

Cons: were not free.

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Pleasantly surprised

WalterP from South Georgia on 11/12/2014

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After reading many reviews from Crutchfield and other sources I was not surprised with the fidelity of these speakers. The five star reviews were in fact a reliable indicator of the quality of the Polk RTi A3's. This was my first "scratch and dent" purchase. Knowing they were going in my workshop shop, eventually be covered in saw dust, appearance was not a factor in selection. Everything was included in the package as listed on "what's in the box". The RTi A3's at first glance appeared to be in pristine condition. Close examination detected a few minimal scuff marks that could be consistent with rubbing against the packaging during shipment. Irregardless of cause for the scuff marks, I would gladly mount these speakers in my living room without reservation. Their appearance is superb. They are powered by an old Onkyo TX8211 stereo receiver outputting 50 watts / channel. It has absolutely no problem driving these speakers. My hearing will distort long before the speakers will. They are wall mounted 8 feet off the floor, tilted downward, and form a 15 foot equilateral triangle with the center of my workbench. The wall mounts (shop made) provide for about 18 inches of open space behind each speaker, and places them 10 feet from the corners. Off the floor and out of the way, they put to shame the pair of 20 year old three way RCA's with 8" woofers they replaced, Thank you Crutchfield, I absolutely love these speakers.

Pros: Superb sound, construction.and appearance. Value far exceeds price paid. Fast and free shipping-an uncommon combination.

Cons: They look too good to be in a dusty workshop. I guess that's not really a con. They sound too good to be in a dusty workshop. I guess that's not really a con either. Finally, a real con, my wife want's me to bring them in the house.

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Great sound and beautiful wood finish

Robert from Texas on 11/11/2014

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I researched speakers for a very long time trying to ensure I got what I was looking for. I was setting up a surround sound system along with a system for music for our larger family room with built in bookcases. I selected these Polk's as my bookshelf speakers. I am so glad I did. The shipping was fast, the packaging was excellent and the speakers quality of just looks was awesome. I immediately hooked them up and sit back and just smiled as the sound filled the room perfectly. You will be amazed at the quality of the sound. You can actually crank these up very loud with no distortion. I am very happy with these and would recommend them to anyone seeking a bookshelf speaker that will delivery quality sound in a quality enclosure.

Pros: Beautiful woodwork, excellent sound, price.

Cons: none.

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Completely Satisfied

Dwald from Pelzer, SC on 9/27/2014

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I converted to a small speaker home theater system a couple of years ago and have not been satisfied with them when listening to music. I worked with the sales advisor on two separate occasions. Both times I worked with the same advisor who was very helpful in assisting me in narrowing down possible selections. These speakers have more than met my expectations. Mid and upper tones are great. The bass, while not booming, is surely adequate for listening to music. Might not be the choice for those playing mostly rock/roll or heavy metal type music. I listen mostly to classical and am totally satisfied with their performance.

Pros: Very good sound from a fairly small speaker. Beautiful fit and finish.

Cons: None noted at this point. Have had them only a couple of months.

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Kelley from Lewisville, TX on 9/4/2014

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

Pros: Smooth tweeters and very good tonality.

Cons: Slightly too much bass but not a deal breaker.

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Matt from Snohomish, WA on 9/4/2014

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I am in the process of upgrading my home theater system and wanted something with a little more oomph compared to the standard home theater in a box systems. These speakers fit the bill perfectly. Currently have them as from front left/right speakers and plan to round out system with polk center/surrounds and sub soon. Once I fired them up, they play clear and loud and sound great. Music/TV/Blue Ray's all sound great. And the fit and finish is excellent as they look great too. Would suggest speaker stands (I am using 24" stands) vs hanging on the walls as these are pretty deep. If you are looking for a great sounding speaker that wont break the bank, I recommend giving these Polk's a try.

Pros: Great room filling sound that is clear and concise and can go loud if needed. Open box price at Crutchfield is hard to beat and shipping is fast!

Cons: none

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Speaker review RTi A3 from Charlottesville, VA on 7/28/2014

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Great addition to system, waiting to get some more money to get center channel speaker to go along with them

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Polk Audio RTi A3's

Mike from Nebraska on 7/24/2014

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First off for a bookshelf speaker these are not small speakers, please pay attention to size spec's as were a little larger than anticipating but worked well for my large bookshelf setup. Upon arrival at first during break in period I was thinking these were not putting out a lot of sound but clarity in music and movie applications were both very impressive. Once break in period was over boy was I wrong, they were just wanting more power pushed to them and the more you pushed they were just as clear as they were on lower levels as well. I have them as fronts on a Denon 3313 7.2 receiver in a 14x50 open basement setup and they do extremely well for a bookshelf speaker, the construction is well built and solid good looking speakers and the construction shows in the mid range bass area. They really fill in my mid range area that I was lacking, I do have a powered sub to help pick up the low end but now realize I need to upgrade my rear channels to match. Overall I am very pleased with them and would be good midrange speakers to use in multiple application if space allows.

Pros: Great speakers in a midrange price (on sale at time). Clear tight highs with a good mid range bass.

Cons: Lack a little on low end but expected that for the size so really have no complaints....

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Audiophile quality at a reasonable price

Audiolad from Atlanta on 7/9/2014

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Having built some over $2500 speakers with the finest components, I know what's good and what's very good. The RTi A3 is very good and that's after listening to some of the best bookshelves under $1000/pair. My son convinced me to buy these on faith in his judgement (he owns a pair). I would never question his judgement and bought them and quite happy I did. They are not fully broken in, but that doesn't matter because they are already 5 star now. Their dynamics and transition is tops and they are very detailed without the piercing highs and mids that people think sound so wonderful. My Barbara Streisand records sound good on these speakers and very few speakers can make her sound good with her range. With all of the accolades, I warn you that if you don't have an amp that's powerful (50 watts rms or better) then I doubt these speakers will sound good. Second, if you play crappy sounding music on these, they might sound even crappier. They are highly recommended for budding audiophiles that simply can't afford the imported speakers.

Pros: Detail Dyanamic output Great transition

Cons: You need good source music (preferably a good phono/cartridge), excellent CD/DVD player Size might be too much for those looking for a true bookshelf speaker (these really need pedestals) 50 watts or better from a clean amplifier

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RTi A3

Mark K from Howell, NJ on 7/7/2014

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Great little speakers. Had my eye on them for a few years. I use them for home theater and stereo use. They replaced 30 year old AR58s. Great for a small room. Very affordable . Would recommend and would buy again.

Pros: Lite , compact , affordable and great sound reproduction.

Cons: Need sub woofer for low end.

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Great Speakers

Dave N from N. Brookfield,MA on 5/18/2014

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I needed to replace the old speakers. I have a small 12' by 14' room and I already had a small Polk subwoofer. My Crutchfield adviser recommended these. I am not disappointed. Listening to music or watching a movie they fill the room nice clean sound.

Pros: Great sound from a small and very good looking speaker.

Cons: none

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Good value

Crutchfield customer from Archie MO on 4/15/2014

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So far I'm pretty happy I still haven't listened to much music yet but seem to sound good and clear I do have a sub so not sure how they perform without it. I would probably buy again for this price range

Pros: Look good sound good affordable

Cons: None yet

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love the speaker

Crutchfield customer from bay area, CA on 4/8/2014

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i love it, but not hearing the tsi series, made me think if it was worth the price.

Pros: excellent sound

Cons: pricey

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JohnG from Pasadena, CA on 3/28/2014

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Great speakers, very open and transparent with excellent midrange detail. Replaced a Triad 3 piece subwoofer/ satellite system with the Polks and have been very pleased. The deepest low end bass is not as prominent without a subwoofer, but the added lower midrange more than makes up for it in detail and clarity. The new speakers are more balanced and "live" sounding than the old ones. Using the speakers with a Denon receiver and Sony CD player, both from the early '90's and now want to upgrade both to get the most out of my new speakers. Will test them out with vinyl soon. Also, I am very impressed with the finish and build quality, got the cherry veneer and they look beautiful as they sound.

Pros: Excellent speakers, especially for the price

Cons: None

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Great sounding speaker for the size

Kris from Dayton,Virginia on 3/20/2014

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We were looking for a speaker for our Karaoke System and we always go to Crutchfield for all our audio needs. we found the polks speakers on sale. we listened to many and nothing sounds better for the price than the Polk. turns out the speakers were on sale and we chose the Polk for the quality of the sound and the looks. we are very pleased and excited to spend lots of time outside this summer for friends,food, and music. we would recommend Polk for anyone who needs speakers, recievers or anything that Polk produces. Crutchfield has many knowledgeable employees that are willing to help anyone whom walks in the door in Harrisonburg,Va.

Pros: Great sounding speaker for the price.

Cons: None

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Clear as a sunny day!

Zoookle from Pittsburgh, PA on 3/6/2014

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I bought these for mainly music listening. I originally had these single amped and they sounded amazing. Once I got these Bi-Amped to my AVR... wow, so clear and the highs came out. These sound exceptional, very exact and very clean. When I was doing research on these I read somewhere that these were considered "lifeless" I didn't know at the time what that could exactly mean since every speaker I have ever heard has some kind of little characteristic to its sound. I understand now though... these speakers are so technical, exact and clean. You will hear everything and will notice the difference of FLAC and any other audio file. My Setup: Yamaha RX-A1020 Bi-Amped Polk RTI A3 (L & R) Pre-Out Polk PSW125 Sub Polk Blackstone TL150 (center and SL & SR) 14 guage wire banana plugs to AVR and bare wire to speakers

Pros: Highs are super high Very clean and exact sound Bi-Amped - makes a difference Grills are high quality with plastic backing and easy to pull off

Cons: So exact and technical its Almost Lifeless Cheap rubber stick on feet. (customer sticks them on) Not really a con, but not a ton of bass so get a sub.

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jimmy from Grnad Blanc, MI on 3/5/2014

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Love the sound. The cherry finish is beautiful. Tech support is great.

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Great!!

MZH from Elkridge, MD on 2/11/2014

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excellent sound for the price. I suggest a nice sub.

Pros: for the price can't beat em.....

Cons: none

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DavidR from The Woodlands, TX on 1/7/2014

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The speakers are bookshelf speakers but still have a great range of sound and good clean tight bass. I would recommend these speakers.

Pros: Very good sound and do not take a lot of space.

Cons: Kind of pricey.

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David from Tampa, FL on 1/3/2014

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I am very impressed with the sound quality and fit/finish of these speakers. I am using 4 RTiA3's (black finish) along with a Polk subwoofer (DSW-600). I have the speakers mounted on 30 in high speaker stands. The sound is excellent, especially when you crank the power up a little.

Pros: Appearance, build-quality, sound quality.

Cons: None so far.

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David P from Cape Coral, Florida on 11/16/2013

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The speakers are amazing with their silk dome tweeters. Returned other speakers with aluminum tweeters cause speech was tinny and unclear when watching tv. Plenty of Bass and midrange. Using with rti A-7's front speakers and a CSI-4 for center and a definitive Tech pro sub-800 for a subwoofer..

Pros: Great sounding for full sound spectrum would definitly recommend to buy.

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Great Addition

John K from Flemington, NJ on 10/19/2013

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Just added these RTiA3 to my system which includes Polk Audio RTi A9 fronts, Polk Audio CSi A6 center, Polk Audio FXi A6 rear surround, and a Polk Audio PSW108 powered to a Sony STR-DA5800ES. A big difference from 5.1 to 7.1 and these speakers really sound good !!! Just need two more FXi A6 to complete to a 9.1 setup. Everything was purchased through Crutchfield, GREAT SERVICE and GREAT PRICES. Can't beat Crutchfield's service. Been doing business with Crutchfield since 1999.

Pros: Great sounding speaker and a great look with the cherry finish.

Cons: none

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Great Speakers

Jim from Charlottesville VA on 10/10/2013

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

Pros: Great sound. A lot of speaker at a great price.

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Very nice

Jeff from Newbern, TN on 10/2/2013

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Very pleased. I finally bought something that seems to be worth more than I paid for it. Value is hard to find these days and I'm often disappointed with most products that I buy because everything is very expensive and poorly made. These Polk Audio RTiA3's are top notch speakers that are beautifully designed with high quality materials and they sound fantastic.

Pros: High quality, great value

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Great speakers

Tom C from Kunkletown, PA on 9/12/2013

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

Pros: Have decent bass, great mid range and highs. Have a wide sound stage.

Cons: Tweeter sounds scratchy and blown when really close to it. Need a little power to hear them properly.

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Very nice speakers

Mark from Washoe Valley NV on 9/6/2013

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I was looking for a speaker that would take less space than my existing giant size speakers from the 80's. I still wanted quality but massive volume was no longer necessary. These speakers were perfect. I think they are very balanced, I had done a side by side comparison to Klipch & these were more balanced, pleasant & realistic to listen to. I listen to a lot of acoustic music. Having a sub woofer does help. The cherry wood is beautiful.

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Excellent speakers!

PJ from Kansas City on 9/6/2013

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These speakers sound as beautiful as they look! I have Polk Monitor 10s that still sound excellent but my wife wanted something smaller for our family room. The cherry wood is beautiful and the speakers not being square boxes really appeals to her. The speakers produce a very nice full sound!

Pros: Sound and looks.

Cons: Haven't found any cons yet.

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Boo from Hormigueros, PR on 8/23/2013

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Speaker sounds great. Nice clear mids & highs

Pros: Build quality & finish are awwsome

Cons: Nine

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Steve from Rohnert Park,Ca on 8/15/2013

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Excellent clarity. Perfect for a medium or smaller sized area I am very pleased

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Outstanding in every regard

Crutchfield customer from Arlington, VA. on 5/29/2013

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I got these as rear surrounds to get that whole 7.1 thing going. Now I feel terrible that they have to sit in the back of the room. Build quality is fantastic. They are beautiful (even my wife likes their looks). And most importantly, they sound awesome. I swapped them out with a pair of Klipsch bookshelves in my bedroom and couldn't believe how great they sounded right out of the box. Much, much better. They provide solid detail throughout their range and have nice imagining. Even with a little 55 watt Sonos, they play nice and loud. They sound amazing as rear channels. Polk has really nailed it and it seems impossible to go wrong with the great service that Crutchfield provides. Buy them. I can't imagine you will be disappointed.

Pros: Sound is detailed and rich. Build quality outstanding. They look great.

Cons: I am riddled with guilt because I stuck them in my bookshelves to supplement my rear channels. They deserve much better than that.

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Sounds great

Mike from Oregon on 5/26/2013

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Very sturdy construction. Sound is very clear. I'm running them under powered right now and the sound is great, I'm looking forward to hearing them at there peak.

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Beautiful Sound

MichaelD from Dundee, OR on 5/24/2013

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I know it's ridiculous but I replaced my old Dalquist 10's with these. I think for what I listen to and the space they are in, these Polk's are perfect. No comparison between the classic Dalquist and the new Polks, but let's just say I like the Polk's so much, I may buy my brother a set. Very happy with the purchase.

Pros: Nice sound. Great design. Decent enough bass for a bookshelf

Cons: A little tall

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awesome

andrew from pennsylvania on 5/12/2013

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Awesome sound great price,

Pros: Great sound all the way through frequency range, vinyl sounds great.

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WOW!

Greg C from Alford, FL on 5/3/2013

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When you open the package and take these bad boys out for the first time, WOW, A work of art! Next connect to a high quality receiver , run auto speaker calibrate and prepare to be amazed. I bought these speakers for stereo play back. The imaging and soundstage are perfect. Music sounds like the band is performing right in front of you, clear and detailed. You will want to augment with a sub for the really low notes. You will also want a pair of speaker stands to increase speaker performance.

Pros: Great looks, amazing sound, If you want a quality bookshelf speaker then these are the ones you want. Crutchfield's service is top notch. Thanks!

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Very Pleased

RC from South Carolina on 3/28/2013

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

Pros: the speakers "play" much larger than one would expect with a nicely balanced full range in an attractive cabinet. I am also fond of the integrated wall mounts.

Cons: bass response could use just a bit of augmentation

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Great Sound

JP from Toledo,Ohio on 3/25/2013

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Great sound and the awesome finish.Polk makes a great product.We are using them as fronts in a 5.1 system.We also ordered the SI A4 center speaker and DSW PRO440WI sub . All work great together.Service from Crutchfield was great ordered them on a sunday had them on the next wednesday.

Pros: Great Service and Great speakers

Cons: nothing

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Rti a3

Billy from Laurel, MS 39443 on 3/19/2013

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Awesome speakers! Get them and you want be disappointed. Whether used in 5.1 fronts and surrounds. 7.1 or 2 channel stereo you can't go wrong with any of the rti a line.

Pros: Beauty and sound

Cons: None

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Polk Audio RTi A3

RCS from Pagosa Springs CO on 3/6/2013

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We replace an old set of Infinity Bookshelf speakers with the Polk Audio RTi A3 speakers for the back of the room. What a remarkable difference in the sound quality. We are enjoying the improvement in bass and clarity in the higher sound range. These speakers have a great look and feel as well, giving our room a great look. We have the Polk Audio RTi A7 floor standing speakers for the front of the room and the RTi A3 speakers for the back the room. Together they look great and produce a remarkable sound.

Pros: Great look and even better sound

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Polk Audio RTi A3

john from kinston,nc on 1/23/2013

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beautiful speakers...awesome sound with 7.1 system

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Best bookshelf speakers available

Jeff L from Chattanooga on 1/15/2013

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I agonized for months before settling on these, and I was not disappointed. I almost bought tsi 400, more than happy I didn't, amazed the sound from these speakers. Have them hooked to an onkyo 717 . Certain films at thx reference levels are mind blowing. Transformers,avatar, inception. I seriously doubt I will ever pay $10 to see a movie ever again. Unless mama makes me of course. No brainer buy them

Pros: Great depth, string instrument jump out at you

Cons: Nothing

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Excellent Speakers

Steph from Portland, OR on 1/11/2013

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I am not one to write online reviews, but these speakers are amazing. I am powering them with a vintage Yamaha CR-620 receiver and I couldn't be happier. My records, CDs and Apple lossless files have never sounded so good. Plenty of warm rich bass, and an accurate full range of sound. The Cherry finish is really nice.

Pros: Great natural sound Attractive Better quality and a better value than Bose

Cons: A little larger than most bookshelves Bass addicts may want to add a Sub ( I don't feel like need one)

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New Pok Speakers for my surround system

Douglas S from Marco Island, Florida on 12/25/2012

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I was thinking of ordering a different brand name and the salesperson talked me out of it. Great decision. Although I will not know how the other speakers blend in, it made more sense to stay with Pok as I have a center speaker, bass and two other awesome Polks. The new speakers were able to blend in or mix in well. He told me to give them at least a few weeks but it was not necessary. Now, a few weeks into the new sound, I cannot be happier. I would recommend these speakers to anyone; they can handle tons of power and are good with the Trebile sound.

Pros: Easily blends in well with the other four speakers. Easy to set up. Attractive.

Cons: None

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Impressive

Mike from Shepherdstown, WV on 12/14/2012

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I'm picky about my speakers and these are beautiful AND sound great. I was pleasantly surprised by the bass they could produce. Crisp and clear with the flexibility to bi-amp if you choose. They don't get any better in my opinion.

Pros: Beautiful, I got the cherry cablnets. Convenient size and still produces like a larger speaker. I haven't bi-amped yet, but plan to. Volume without distortion, very nice. I'm a Polk fan now.

Cons: Connections are light but adequate. Heavier duty would be a nice touch.

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Polk Audio RTi A3

JB3 from Florida on 12/5/2012

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I was looking for some Bookshelf speakers to replace a pair of Boston Acoustics CR75s. After going to a big chain store to try to audition some speakers I was thoroughly disappointed with the sound quality for the price point I wanted to spend. So after doing some research, looking at many of the reviews I decided to order the Polk RTi3s. I'm very happy with them. For the money, I think you would be hard-pressed to find a better sounding bookshelf speaker. They have an accurate, and natural sound, with decent bass response for bookshelf speaker. I'm using them primarily for music (mostly rock/pop but classical also) my front main speakers powered by a Denon A/V receiver in my living room. I'd say they are better than my Boston Acoustics CR75s (largely due to richer bass), however I thought the Boston's tweeter was slightly more crisp. They have a far superior sound than I could have bought in a chain store around me for the same or even more $. Glad I ordered them through Crutchfield. I doubt you will be disappointed either.

Pros: Natural sound with balanced and depth to the good tight bass response for a bookshelf speaker. Overall very Good sound.

Cons: None of significance.

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Wonderful Speakers!

CaptSail from Yorktown Heights NY on 11/15/2012

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First, I want to thank Crutchfield. Bill Crutchfield is running one of the most customer-oriented and supportive businesses I have ever encountered. His sales and support staff are absolutely the best. They are there for you 100%. I would rather buy from them then the store around the corner because of their wonderful support and return policies. You are always treated like gold, even when returning a product. I purchased these speakers to replace HUGE DBX Soundfield speakers I had owned for 25 years.and they were fabulous. I could have hidden four of these Polk RTi A3's in just one of them. Yet, the sound coming out of this low-priced Polks rivals the DBX's. I compared these to a number of other quality brands, thinking I might make a surround out of them, but found that over-all for my tastes, these were just fine on their own. while they might not be as clear and crisp."true and pure".and the imaging not as distinct, they have a warmth and resonance that outpace all others I tested in their class, including Peachtree and PSB. And the cherry cabinetry is stunning.

Pros: Warm, rich sound. Great for voices. Good separation and reasonable imaging. Beautiful cabinetry.

Cons: Large for my space and larger than most other bookshelf speakers I checked. Wish they had the imaging and distinctness of the PSB line melded in, but given a choice, I prefer the lushness of sound that the Polks put out.

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Polk RTi A3 Speakers: Excellent Performers

SteveL from Kern, CA on 11/13/2012

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Nothing new to add to other reviews. Very happy with these speakers for music and video. In the same general price range I sampled speakers from Klipsch, Boston A, Bose, PSB, and others, these Polks won out

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open box disappointment - exchange satisfaction

Crutchfield customer from South Dakota on 10/8/2012

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I took advantage of the open box discount. Upon installation I noticed a slight crackle on one speaker. I swapped channels and the same speaker made the same noise. When I reported this to Crutchfield, they immediately shipped a replacement pair and allowed me to keep the defective set until the replacements arrived. Outstanding service...Realize that tthe replacements were not an open box, yet I was not billed for the difference. I wish I knew what caused the problem with the original set...was the open box part of the problem and some yahoo pushed them too hard to early? No idea. So, to review the performance - I'm using these as a set of small fronts with support from the PSW111 sub and being pushed by Denon's AVR-1912. I am quite satisfied with the stereo sound so far although I don't intend to push them too hard. I am still trying to determine if I like the virtual sound or if I like them better with the sub. A good test will be Tool's Parabola some time down the road. I won't expect them to punch me in the chest, but I am impressed with the depth and frequency response they provide with or without the sub. The main intent of this system is for my surround setup which includes Polk's CSI A4 center and a pair of Bose 161. All in all, I would say that the 161's are the weak link, but price wise, they were also the most economical and since the intent is to use them as rear surrounds only, let's just say I'm satisfied.

Pros: Sound depth for size of unit. hanging option which was not stated or shown anywhere

Cons: I bought additional hanging mounts.

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