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Polk Audio RTi A9

Floor-standing speaker (Black)

MFR # AM9975-A

Polk Audio RTi A9

Polk Audio RTi A9

Floor-standing speaker (Black)

MFR # AM9975-A

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Mount Vernon, NY on 10/22/2020

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This speaker sounds great. I played CD's from my collection and heard detail that I experienced for the first time. The construction and finish are first rate. The RTI A9 offers great value.

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Outstanding

Crutchfield customer from New Port Richey, FL on 10/18/2020

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Great speakers and quality. By far the best value we found. However, on single speaker, initially made a crackling sound for the first 10 minutes.

Pros: Great sound for little money

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Great speaker

Crutchfield customer from West Seneca, NY on 10/6/2020

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Great speaker for the money. They sound great, and produce a nice full sound stage. At the current cost they are a good value & investment. I would suggest driving these with a quality dedicated power amp in order for them to achieve full potential. I am driving these with a Parasound 2250 v2 amp, and a NAD C658 DAC pre/pro and couldn't be happier.

Pros: Good sound, clean and clear At the current cost a great value for your system.

Cons: Sensitive tweeters. So don't under power these and crank it up and create clipping. A solid power amp and you will be fine.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Buffalo, NY on 10/4/2020

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amazing sound

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Outstanding

Crutchfield customer from Berkeley Hts, NJ on 9/24/2020

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I started updating my stereo with speakers. I knew Polk quality from my gf's system. After looking through the Crutchfield catalog I decided on these. Let me tell you they do not disappoint! The clarity and frequency range is outstanding. I listen to mostly rock, jazz, blues, R&B. I can't tell you how delighted I am to have these! Next up is a pair of subs and a new Denon receiver that unfortunately is on back order. C'mon Crutchfield!!! Ha!

Pros: Bulid quality, frequency range, sound clarity

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Spencer, MA on 9/17/2020

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VERY HAPPY THEY REPLACE CAMBRIDGE SOUND MUCH BETTER SOUND BUT I NEED BASE SPEAKER IF I KEEP SPENDING WIFE NOT HAPPY

Pros: VERY CLEAR SOUND

Cons: SHOULD HAVE SUB SPEAKER

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Awesome!

Crutchfield customer from Temecula, CA on 9/15/2020

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Previously owned the RTI12 for 10 years. These RTIA9s are a little bit better, especially the tweeters. Love the new look.

Pros: Everything you'd expect. I drive these hard with my 40yr old Mac mc2105

Cons: None.

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Happy with these

Steven from White Plains, NY on 9/4/2020

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The cabinet is solidly built and nice to look at. Overall the sound quality is very good, especially with modern recordings and shows. However, I have noticed some distortion on the top with older recordings and TV shows when played at higher volumes. They do lean on the bright side, but they remain warm and respond well to being EQed. The bass is deep and clear and will shake the house, but if foundation cracking is wanted a sub will be needed. These seem designed more toward modern surround listening, but overall the sound quality is very good and a good value at the price.

Pros: Very good sound, nice looking, at a very fair price.

Cons: Does have a little distortion trouble on the the top with older recordings at higher volumes.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Centerville, IN on 9/2/2020

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Look and sound great.

Pros: Great looks, clear sound

Cons: Very deep

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JOSEPH from Ocala FLA. on 8/31/2020

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I just set two of these rti a9 and are powering them with an Adcom gfa-5500 amp with 375 Watts into 4 Ohms these Speakers like very High Current and Low Distortion plus a Dampning Factor of 800 to 900 to control the Woofers they need good quality wires and componants to work outstanding I built two studioes in miami and all componants were always heavy duty ones fore the 70s era no wimpy receivers or processors . give them what they were meant for Also a thumbs up for Crutchfield the best service anyware And remember its all about the music Joe from Ocala FLA. AKA JAZZPAK JOE (9 1 2020)

Pros: Everything you would have to pay at least 5 times the price to even get quality this good from other speakers

Cons: NONE

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Sunbury, PA on 8/30/2020

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Large, heavy...just what the Dr. ordered! Sound very musical, not crossed over into oblivion. reproduce what the amp gives them quite well. Sound significantly better than their price point. Oh, and they are beautiful to look at!

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I can hear again.

Paul from Villa Ridge, Missouri on 8/23/2020

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Only had this pair for a couple days now, with the CSI6 center channel. I have an Onkyo surround receiver 5.1. This combination of right, center, and left have really opened up the sound profile. I have considerable hearing loss in one ear so the bookshelf speakers that came with the receiver couldn't provide the necessary sound I need. I run this set at 50% less volume and hear so much more. My next addition will be a large sub for the feeling of sound. These sound great and look awesome. Would recommend this setup to anyone looking to hear more of the subtle sounds missing in bookshelf speakers.

Pros: Wide frequency range, great looks, handles power well.

Cons: Cost

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Nice Sounding Speakers

DON from SANBORN, NY on 8/21/2020

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Nice speakers. Upgraded from mid-priced bookshelf speakers to these and couldn't be happier. Bass and treble seem a little light but still good. They seem to need a fairly long break in period before they really start to come alive and open up. Great sound for movies and for music. Very large and very heavy so you need space for these speakers. The cherry finish is a little lighter than I'd like but they are a thing of beauty and they do blend well with oak and walnut furniture. All in all just another good purchase from Crutchfield.

Pros: Look very nice in the cherry finish. Sound quality. Well made.

Cons: A little light in the bass and treble. Large size. Grills snap in and are not magnetic.

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Disconbobulated availability / delivery

Ed from Rapid City, SD on 8/20/2020

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First, I'm sure these RTi A9s are going to be top performer, or wouldn't have ordered them. Currently own have a 7.2.4 set-up ... the 7.2 portion is populated with the Polk Signature Series, anchored by the S60s up front, so I can attest to the fantastic Polk performance and build quality. The point .4 portion is handled my 4 MC80 ceiling mounted speakers. I purchased the RTi A9s because of that build quality and excellent Polk performance. I'll update this review when I get back to my home and am able to hook them up in a separate 2.0 music listening set-up I'm putting together. My comments today deal with actually ordering and taking receipt of the speakers. I am out of town on business for another week. Crutchfield listed them as being available 14 Sept, which worked well for me. Purchased them earlier this month. Then on 8/14 received word they had shipped, a full month early. Which poses problems when you're out of town and not expecting them to ship until 9/14. Then, the delivery company never contacted me to set up delivery. Fortunately for me, my brother drove by my place and found the speakers sitting on a pallet in my driveway ... a day before the expected deliver date and just before it started raining. Had he not happened by, who knows what condition those speakers would be in. Just seems the whole product availability and shipping / delivery process, at least in this case, is a mess ... nothing happened as explained / expected.

Pros: Early availability

Cons: In this case, nothing in the product availability date, delivery method, or scheduled delivery went as explained or expected.

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Joseph from Timewell on 8/5/2020

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OUTSTANDING speaker!!!! PERIOD!!! Great for home audio as well as home theater system!!! I've owned several model's of polk speakers and loved them all!!!

Pros: OUTSTANDING sound quality!!

Cons: There are none!!!! Well maybe they could be free!!! LOL!

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Amazing speakers

Crutchfield customer from Weatogue, CT on 6/21/2020

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OMG! these sound awesome. I've got them bi-amplified with a NAD 2600 (150 w/channel) on the woofers and a Yamaha receiver (60 w/channeL) for the top half. So have played rock, classical, electronic, blues--all sound amazing on these bad boys. Money well spent. Look good too. -- Subwoofer is absolutely unnecessary.

Pros: Incredible sound, look good

Cons: I didn't buy them sooner.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Chicago, IL on 6/21/2020

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Visually attractive! The price was just right and they look great by my 65" TV. Plus, they can handle all the power you will ever need. I bought these to replace a pair of Klipsch SLX Synergy speakers which were good. I now use these as additional surround speakers along with the other SLXs. Nothing at all against Klipsch, but I needed something that would match the grey/silver/black color combination of the rest of the Klipsch speakers (but something that was much bigger. As you know, Klipsch uses the golden-orange color that wouldn't match my decor - but I digress). Overall, I am happy with these Polk Audio speakers.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Cleveland TN on 6/15/2020

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Very nice finish. The sound quality grows with each hour. Highly recommend

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Incredible speakers! And exceptional customer service!!

Crutchfield customer from Middletown, RI on 6/14/2020

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Loving them so far even tho I've only had them a short time. Really a big improvement over my RTiA5's.

Pros: Beautiful finish, packaging was excellent, sound quality is incredible.

Cons: Both lower bass ports had some white-ish residue in them (mold or mildew maybe?). In talking with my rep (Dante), he made Polk aware of it & Polk is investigating what it might be. I've since found there's been two other customers with the same issue ??? ???. I used some Pine-Sol to wipe the residue off as much as possible. I'll keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't return. Thankfully it doesn't seem to have effected the performance of the speakers ????

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Excellent middle-high end speakers

Crutchfield customer from Avon, IN on 6/1/2020

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Significant upgrade to older RTi10 speakers. Much more resonant than the RTi10s. I have an external amp that boosts the sound from my receiver. This is probably essential to really take advantage of speakers like these.

Pros: Full, resonant sound Price (after Polk price drop) Outstanding build quality and look

Cons: May be a bit bright, but could be my receiver

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Mike from Dekalb, IL on 5/26/2020

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The Polk RTi A9's are beautiful looking and sound great! Ordering was easy, and the speakers were delivered fast and free of charge.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Tucson, AZ on 5/24/2020

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Very nice and clean sound strong bass and pretty veneer

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Absolutely Amazing

Crutchfield customer from Raleigh, NC on 5/21/2020

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The sound from these speakers have definitely exceeded my expectations. More specifically, I'm hearing sounds during movies that I've never heard before. The sound is crisp and clear, yet not overpowering. I highly recommend these speakers to anyone looking to enhance their home theatre system.

Pros: The sound is absolutely incredible.

Cons: Make sure you have the space to accommodate them because they are extremely tall.

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More than impressed. Blown away.

William from SCOTTSDALE, AZ on 5/14/2020

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I was reluctant to spend so much on speakers. The sale made it hard to resist and the cabin fever from Corona isolation made me pull the trigger. Um, I am not sure I have ever been more pleased with a purchase. I am somewhat astounded actually. These speaker replaced a pair of Klipsch RF82-II (moved to bedroom), which I was previously impressed by. There is no comparison! I hear so many more details in music and movies. They are loud but extremely velvety and the opposite of harsh. The sound field is enormous. The clarity is making praise them publically. I am driving them with a Marantz 7012, no amp yet as many users recommend, and they are not bi-amped or bi-wired. They are large, but they look phenomenal and are not an eye sore. It's been a long time since I left an A+ review. Finally I own something great. Thank you Crutchfield for the first class business practices. Best vendor ever.

Pros: The sound. Haven't heard a more complete range possibly ever. Long time audio enthusiast.

Cons: I don't know of any. I was concerned about the size, but they look great, and they deliver the best sound I have heard. Make sure you have assistance if they are going upstairs.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Romney, WV on 5/14/2020

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Polk Audio RTi A9 speakers really deliver. They sound great and are beautifully made. I am extremely satisfied especially with the Crutchfield price. I have been buying from Crutchfield since the late 1970s and have always been satisfied.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Darryl from El Paso, TX on 5/8/2020

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I bi-amped these speakers. I love how they sound; the bass is better than I imagined. I use these to play music in stereo, but I have not cranked them up. I do not have a subwoofer hooked up to this system.

Pros: Bass is better than I imagined.

Cons: None yet.

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Awesome

Crutchfield customer from Staten Island, NY on 5/4/2020

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Delivered in three days from day I purchase and boxes in mint condition

Pros: Could t beat the price

Cons: None

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Chicago, IL on 4/27/2020

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they sound great i love them i have the left right and center speaker

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Poor imaging

Norman from Philadelphia, PA on 4/26/2020

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They are VERY deep, which makes them stick out in front of the TV. This hurts stereo imaging. Even if I move the TV out more, everything sounds mono. If I move the speakers like 4 feet out from the wall, they sound pretty good. But that's in the area we need to walk, so that's not going to work. I'll still play around with the a little more to improve this, but I don't understand how they sound so muddied and monaural. My polk bookshelf speakers in my home office sound much, much better than these do. I went back to my 30 year old Boston Acoustic speakers, which have much better imaging and stereo separation.

Pros: These speakers look nice, and present a narrow front that helps them blend into the decor. They have decent bass response compared with many other speakers sold here. They are a great tonal match for my Polk center an rear speakers.

Cons: Poor stereo separation, very deep, hard to place.

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Great purchase

Crutchfield customer from Locust Grove, VA on 4/23/2020

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Wow, these speakers sound amazing! When I first connected them, they sounded a little plain, but after about an hour of playing, they really opened up.

Pros: Clear, "you are there" sound. Reasonable price.

Cons: None

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Springfield, OR on 4/22/2020

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speakers sound great! Look Great!

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Santee, CA on 4/21/2020

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I ordered a second. I should tell you everything

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Cumming, GA on 4/19/2020

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Honestly I received them however I am waiting on Component Wires to arrive Tuesday---They are BEAUTIFUL for sure though--I hope they sound as good as they look!!! I just bet they do!!!

Pros: Beautiful Wood----Pretty---

Cons: Had a small scratch on one of the speakers when unboxed but I think with a brown magic marker I can touch it up---

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Awesome speakers

mike from Oswego, IL on 4/16/2020

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I replaced my Definitive Technology BP-10's that I purchased back in 1992 with these RTi A9's. The Def Tech's still sounded great to me, however, I felt it was time to consider an upgrade. Initially I set them up on my existing Marantz SR-5011 that produces 100WPC. I frequently like music loud. The Marantz would drive these A9's reasonably well, however, at the volumes I enjoy, I was concerned about clipping the Marantz AMP. With the Marantz amp, music of all types sounded really great. The A9's performed very well with a great soundstage and really punchy bass (I do have a B&W Sub as well). I could tell the A9's added some additional bass on their own. The very next day, I ordered the Crown XLS 1502 amp for the front 2 channels. The results are difficult to describe without using foul language! The Crown amp made these A9's sing! The soundstage is incredible, the bass is tight and refined. The midrange is smooth. The highs, to my ears, can be slightly bright but I've listened to the system for hours without any fatigue, even at very high volumes. I believe I could have accepted the sound of the A9's without the Crown amp added, however, with the Crown, I have the added headroom I was seeking, and the peace of mind I'm well within the limits of my gear to play at any volume without concern of a meltdown! I'm absolutely blown away with the results. I wish I considered upgrading years ago. The only benefit of Covid-1

Pros: Great price Beautiful looking (I have the Cherry finish) Look great without the grills.

Cons: I have to install the speaker grills when my nieces and nephews come over to protect the drivers! Attached picture shows my paranoia about over driving the Marantz. I was running an external fan to keep it cool (Before I added the Crown amp).

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Upper Darby, PA on 4/15/2020

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The Speakers have a good sound. Much more efficient than my Infinity RS IIbs. For the price, the sound cannot be beat.

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good to work with

Crutchfield customer from Cincinnati, OH on 3/19/2020

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The speakers sound great. There was a problem with one, but there was no hassle to get a replacement. Glad I kept the box and packing.

Pros: good service and product

Cons: unloading from a truck in the street and then getting into house, and having to do it all again for a replacement was a hassle. Not everyone will want to heft 60lb boxes around or have appliance carts for moving them.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Suring, WI on 3/4/2020

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I think they sound great and that the cherry cabinets look sharp.

Pros: Well worth the money

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Great deal

Matt from Apache junction, az on 2/27/2020

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Picked up a pair on sale and I am glad I did. I dont think you are going to get a finer pair of speakers for the price. Grab a pair before they are gone. I have mine bi amped and bi wired with a marantz preamp and Carver amp. They sounded a little harsh / bright at first, but after a very short break in, they sound great. I couldn't be happier with the value and the quality, along with the professional staff at crutchfield. Thankyou

Pros: Sound quality, price, terminals

Cons: They are on the heavy side, but that probably helps the sound quality. So none I guess

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Rti A9s

Crutchfield customer from Rensselaer, NY on 2/26/2020

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Awesome product, spectacular sound and looks. I highly recommend these speakers. My order shipped fast and on time. Also great customer service.

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Boom in my garage

Crutchfield customer from Papillion, NE on 2/24/2020

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Crutchfield made it so easy to make the purchase of my new garage blasting Polk speakers !

Pros: All good ! speakers were packed perfectly for shipping !

Cons: n/a

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Highly Recommend

Crutchfield customer from Knoxville, TN on 2/20/2020

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Great speakers......brilliant, clean sound reproduction. Working with Eric was a positive experience. I explained my set up and he didn't try to sell me more than what I need to get the benefits from these speakers.

Pros: Can't think of anything more you would want at that price point.

Cons: None

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Chicago, IL on 2/16/2020

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Great sound I run a vintage Pioneer SX950 with theses and my CD collection never sounded better these are replacing Klipsch RF series speakers that were also remarkable but I needed a little more bass and the Polksf full that void.

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Polk audio rti A9 tower speakers

Crutchfield customer from HOMESTEAD, PA on 2/12/2020

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I can't put it into words about how amazing these sound and how loud they are. I'm no audiophile but I love these Polk speakers. The price for them is just fantastic. I literally had tears in my eyes from how great they sound at high volume. I biamped them. I recommend biamping these for maximum performance. I guarantee you will not be disappointed with these speakers. Do your research like I did and see how many people love these Polk speakers. Check YouTube. Just trust me on this.

Pros: Exceptionally loud and sounds great. All of the frequency spectrum is played. The highs are very crisp and loud. Bass is on point. Price is great

Cons: They are a 2 person job because they are heavy (90 lbs each). But it's worth it

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Crutchfield customer from Cropwell, AL on 2/6/2020

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Awesome unit overall. Cabinet finish is second to none. Lovely pice of furniture. Just now adjusting my equalizer to tune them in. They are powerful speakers. I find I do not need a sub. I'm pushing them with a Kenwood basic M2A at 220 watts per channel. They have plenty of bass. Super clear mid's and highs. I highly recommend these units.

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Polk quality

Crutchfield customer from Cheverly, MD on 2/4/2020

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I have only had the speakers for 2 weeks. I have 2 Crown power amps running in mono. 600 watts rms per channel at 8 ohm. The speakers are fairly efficient. They sound pretty darn good. Especially when you pump 150 watts per channel to them. They are clean and load. Can't imagine 500 watts per channel. That's what they handle. Will need a sub if your hard core like me.

Pros: sound looks quality

Cons: Hard to get out box....

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Charlotte, NC on 2/2/2020

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the polk trio are excellent speaker for the price ,nice clarity and a great choice for two channel stereo

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Great experience buying from Crutchfield.

Crutchfield customer from Shakopee, MN on 1/20/2020

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Boxes were shipped very quickly. Received with no damage. Cabinets are beautiful. Set them up and they sound much richer than my old Bose speakers. But I do agree with several others posters that a subwoofer is needed to complete the package.

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Awesome looking but didn't WOW me

Crutchfield customer from Syracuse, NY on 1/19/2020

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The speakers are ok but didnt give me a OMG moment for the price . Be warned these speakers weigh 75lbs each and I wanted to return them and Crutchfield quoted me $75.00 each speaker for return AND a 10% restocking fee. Also be sure to keep them HUGE boxes incase you wanna drop 1/4 the price to return them.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Dublin, CA on 1/12/2020

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Great sounding and beautiful wood finish.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Park City, UT on 1/9/2020

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Great sound. I am powering with a 40 wpc Marantz so I am not shaking the foundation, but a little more power would surely do so. Great clear sound with analog and digital though. Very impressed.

Pros: Placement is a little bit of a challenge since they perform better away from the back wall and are deep to begin with.

Cons: Very true sound. Very nice cabinets.

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Crutchfield customer from Farmingville, NY on 12/30/2019

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Great sounding Floor speakers.Great looking Cherry verneer.Best of all the price was right.No damage what so ever by UPS freight

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Very Pleased....

Glenn from Huntsville, AL on 12/27/2019

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I am extremely pleased to have a pair of these on my living room. They look great in cherry and are the first pair of what I'd consider "big boy" speakers I have owned. Great sound for home theater, good bass but are best with a subwoofer, sound great combined with my SVS-3000 sub. Good clarity, now I can hear things I hadn't heard before in movie soundtracks. I think for the price they are hard to beat, I have heard speakers that sound fractionally better but were far more expensive. I have Polk Audio speakers throughout my home theater setup and in both my vehicles and have never had an issue with the brand.

Pros: Sound for the price, appearance.

Cons: Still looking for something.

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Crutchfield customer from Riverview, FL on 12/23/2019

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I purchased the RTi A9s to complete the upgrade of my core speaker suite. I've had Vintage Polk Audio speakers (SDA 1A and Monitor 10B) as my core speaker suite for the last 20 years, and wanted to upgrade to something with a smaller footprint, but didn't sacrifice anything in sound quality. After finding an insane deal on a RTi A suite of speakers from a friend, (RTi A7s, CSi A4, FXi A4s) I knew I wanted the RTi A9s to complete my core speaker setup. I have the RTi A9s as part of my front LCR, the RTi A7s are my rear surrounds, and the FXi A4s are my surround backs. A Polk Audio CSi 5, and a Velodyne DSP 12 fill out the rest of my current speaker set up. The RTi A9s are a perfect match for what I wanted in sound quality, size, and overall look. The have a very good overall tonal balance, with plenty of mid-range, a good plentiful deep tight bass response without being boomy, and a nice top end without being too bright or brash. The "sound stage" the RTi A9s present is pretty good as well, compared to what I was accustomed to with my Vintage SDA 1As. Aesthetically the RTi A9s in Cherry were a perfect match for the decor of my Home Theater room, with a high quality fit n finish look. That's just icing on the cake, that made the wife happy ?? The RTi A9s arrived on time, with the packaging in great condition. The speakers were in perfect condition, thank you Crutchfield for your timeliness in filling the order and getting it delivered quickly. 5 stars rating is well

Pros: Sound quality, sound stage presentation, great tonal balance, great bass response without being boomy, high quality fit n finish.

Cons: No cons to speak about here of the sound quality or overall look of these great speakers...only thing to remember is that they are a somewhat large and heavy speaker, so bear that in mind when taking delivery, unboxing, and placement.

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Real Love

Crutchfield customer from Dundee, IL on 12/16/2019

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I'm in LOVE! It's more than a phyical attraction. It,s that feeling you get deep down inside when you feel it " You Know "!

Pros: Everything

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Marrero, LA on 12/16/2019

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This is a powerful nice speaker for the price I love it I Purchased one and then I had to purchase another one as a set so whoever purchased the speakers they're definitely enjoy them nice speakers for the price this is G from Marrero Very fun

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Excellent Speakers

Crutchfield customer from Concord, NC on 12/12/2019

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How awesome to hear my vinyl collection the way it was meant to sound. Excellent speakers that are well worth their value.

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Worth every penny

Marques from Spotsylvania, VA on 12/9/2019

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These speakers sound unbelievably awesome! I By-Amped them which is easy to do when you get the hang of it. Seriously though these are the best speakers I have ever heard.

Pros: Everything.

Cons: Their is nothing bad to say about these. Buy them you will not regret it.

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Movie nights rule!

James from Bedford, IN on 12/6/2019

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These are great sounding speakers for the money. I have them powered with a Parasound A21. Just got them today, and watched the new Godzilla movie as a test run. They did not disappoint. My room isn't really big enough for a powered sub, but honestly the Rtia 9's did fine. Using Rti 3's for the rear powered by a Parasound A23, and my center is a Polk a6 center powered by a Carver Tfm 6 bridged. I'm a movie person so this setup is awesome for me. And I'm using a Marantz 5010 AVR to process everything. I bought all speakers through Crutchfield including the Marantz 5010. As usual Crutchfield is always spot on. Now it's time for more popcorn.

Pros: Great sound, bass is plenty for me. Fit and finish is awesome for this price range.

Cons: Not really a con, but they are heavy, definitely would recommend a second set of hands for unboxing and setup.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Ogden, UT on 12/5/2019

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This is my second set of these . They kick ass

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Andover, MN on 12/2/2019

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Big clear sound!

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Los Alamos, NM on 11/24/2019

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Unbelievable crisp and clear for the price

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Perfectly matched sound!!

Guest from Trinity, NC on 11/23/2019

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I never write reviews,but i bought the rtia9s,csia6, and the surrounds(rear effects) and i also bought a dsw 660 pro sub...alll of these were bought 7 years ago and i paired them with a pioneer elite sc 35 receiver(140 watts per channel) i have used them exclusively for home theatre(80 percent movies and tv,10 percent cds,and 10 percent blu rays and dvds) all i can say is I would buy them all again in a heartbeat....the cherry wood finish is absolutely furniture grade as most will attest to and i have had "0" trouble out of the speakers( the sub did recently blow a fuse?...instead of repairing,yet,i wanted to try out SVS subs and i bought the pb2000 and simply plugged and played and it blended with th polks effortlessly. At 449.00 per on the rtia9s and the csia6 at 239.00 i think you are wasting your time shopping for anything CLOSE to this quality and sound...you could order these from crutchfield for around 1400-1500 you could have the entire surround system for what a single tower from b&w etc...would cost and i assure you i auditioned ALL brands in the same price range and the polks simply sounded the best,period. As others have mentioned i HIGHLY recommend adding a good sized(12-15 inch) sub to pair with these,especially for home theatre....not actually neccessary for 2 channel music but I recommend buying and adding one.the rtis are made of real wood,not vinyl,and the quality of finish and sound cannot be found at this price point.buy from crutchfield and enjoy!!

Pros: Beautiful..great sound...the end!

Cons: Absolutely none

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Highly recommend

Crutchfield customer from Deforest, WI on 11/22/2019

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I've had the Polk Audio RTi 7s for over 10 years and just moved them to my rear speakers and these new RTI 9s are amazing. Clear, crisp sound and great bass. Just what I was looking for to complete my surrounds sound.

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Great sound, Great price

Crutchfield customer from Greenville, TX on 10/30/2019

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I have a total of six of these, 4 to complement dual subs 16" subs in zone1 and 2 more for a zone2 location. For the sale price I can't imagine a better deal.

Pros: Price Sound quality Small footprint

Cons: Speaker depth

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Houston, TX on 10/27/2019

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best speakers ever price sound bar none

Pros: great sound

Cons: eats alot of power

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Speakers for a lifetime

Crutchfield customer from Amarillo, TX on 10/24/2019

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A great speaker for a lifetime. This rating is a 4 star as I have not played these long enough to break in. I have some Klipsch reference series floorstanding speakers that are excellent. I find the Polk speakers more balanced to my ears. I am using a Sony receiver with 125 watts per channel with 2 channels driven. I enjoy a wide range of music ranging from rock to classical. Mike at Crutchfield, provided me with valuable advise and service.

Pros: Enough drivers for the spectrum.

Cons: Family thinks the are to big.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

MARK from Gainesville, FL on 10/16/2019

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Pleasantly surprised. I'm a B&W fan but had the opportunity to purchase the Polk RTi A9s for a song and grinning ever since. They project extremely well and the detail is excellent. My only suggestion as others have mentioned is a good sub, without one they are too bright. For their monstrous size they are easy to drive. I still prefer the warmth and detail of B&Ws but if you have a large room and power to really make EM sing it would be hard to beat at their current price. Mark Former professional musician

Pros: Detail, projectione, price

Cons: Too bright particularly without a sub which you will want with these

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Lincoln, AR on 10/5/2019

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These sound as good as they look and they are beautiful. Paired with voice matched surrounds to make movies and music sound excellent.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Troutville, VA on 9/29/2019

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Awesome sound and exemplary quality. Great price, too!

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I love these speakers

Chris from Cheraw on 9/21/2019

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I've been a polk fan for years. Ive been watching them on here for 9 months so when the price dropped I pulled the trigger! These speakers are absolutely the best ive owned to date. They look fantastic and sound amazing. Using a pioneer elite vsx lx504 and an old kenwood km-x1000 in bridge mode which produces 270 watts of THX power. I have 3 of these on the front stage. I ordered these late at night and they shipped the next morning. Overall in very happy with my experience.

Pros: Very beautiful, price is right! Sound and build quality.

Cons: None.

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Zone 57

Donald H. from DELMAR, MD on 9/5/2019

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A truly incredible bargain at this price! Enormous sound stage with very smooth response. I have 2 - Niles 2100 amps powering these in bridged mode and couldn't be happier with the sonic delivery of this setup. Delivered promptly and in perfect condition. Crutchfield consistently provides quality products with excellent customer service at reasonable prices. I'll definitely consider Crutchfield when I'm in the market for consumer electronics.

Pros: Optimal sound stage and imaging. True high fidelity priced to be obtained without breaking the bank!

Cons: None

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Bel Air, MD on 8/28/2019

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They are probably the best speakers for the money. You need power though. I bi-amp them.

Pros: Power rating.

Cons: They are a little bright for music. A good eq adjusts it out.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Palm Harbor, FL on 8/20/2019

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Great equipment for the price

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Seffner, FL on 8/6/2019

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Really good I really like this

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Winnetka, CA on 7/29/2019

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Great quality and sound, for the money you wont be able to beat !!!!!!

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Beautiful looking RTi A9 sound impressive

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

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These speakers are huge, and sound as good as they look. The cherry finish is just beautiful. They are solid and a little heavy so you will need help moving them and unboxing them. I'm driving them with a Denon receiver with 95 W each. I don't have a problem with the performance, although I could see upgrading to a more powerful receiver or amp in the near future. To truly get the most out of them. All five Polk speakers were delivered quickly, one box was beat up, but every speaker was in perfect condition. Good packaging. For me, Crutchfield is really the way to go!

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Crutchfield and the Polk Audio RTi A9s

Crutchfield customer from Cana, VA on 6/12/2019

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First, I want to Thank Lane for his help and support. His willingness to research the product and help with the price match was instrumental in this purchase. As a first time buyer from Crutchfield, I am very impressed with the entire experience. Rare these days. Thank You!! Second, thus far the Polk RTi A9s have exceeded our expectations. Waiting for them to really get broke in.

Pros: First time Crutchfield customer. Wonderful experience. Hope to shop more in the future.

Cons: None at this time.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Bronx, NY on 6/6/2019

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Great sounding speaker with excellent imaging and sound staging; good contrast between soft and roaring passages.

Pros: Beautiful cherry finish.

Cons: None

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pass on these

Crutchfield customer from Canon City, CO on 6/5/2019

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Pretty to look at, but definitely a pain to listen to. Not an accurate speaker, generic sound is this speakers best attribute. If Polk would put 1/2 the effort that was put into the cabinet into the actual drivers themselves, then they would have a great product. The shipping carton was a joke at best, and they took 10 days to get to me. $75 for return freight, you can bet I will NEVER opt this way agan! Bad on you Polk, bad on you

Pros: Nice cabinet, nice veneer finish

Cons: Cheap drivers and crossover. Cheap plastic trim rings for the woofers, cheap, plastic outrigger feet, cumbersome grille, and BAD SOUND

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Merrill, WI on 5/30/2019

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I'm only feeding these speakers 75 watts each and they still sound great in my small space. I do plan on upgrading to a larger amp when I get a bigger place. I'd like to give them 300 or 400 watts each.

Pros: Looks great sounds great and doesn't require a ton of power if you dont have it but if you do they can handle anything from 50 to 500 watts

Cons: Heavy

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Bang for the Buck

Derek from Janesville, WI on 5/30/2019

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The third pair of these I own. They sound best with a sub, to get the deep bass. On the other hand, the mid and high detail is un matched at its price range or even twice its price. I have it matched with Klipsch RF-7III and 15" sub. 200 watts like nothing....Did I mention the price

Pros: Size, clarity and beautiful

Cons: Low bass responce

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Moline, IL on 5/24/2019

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Did my research, these speakers were consistantly rated in the top five or six. Half the price of other competitors. Superb sound and clarity! Can take all the watts per channel you can throw at them. One hundred percent satisfied!

Pros: Great clarity, crisp and clear though all ranges.

Cons: HEAVY! Have a friend ready to help the install. 80+ Lbs each and awkward to carry due to size.Really not a negative,

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Blue Ridge, VA on 5/6/2019

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Quality speakers with great sound. Enjoying the crisp vocals and instruments.

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Polk Audio RTi A9 Speakers

David from Wisconsin on 4/27/2019

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These Polk Audio RTi A9 speakers have fantastic sound and are the best speakers I have ever owned. I primarily listen to classical music nowadays, and I am extremely pleased with the frequency response and dynamic range of these speakers. Even during the quietest passages at low volume the definition and "presence" of the music makes you feel you are hearing a live performance in a concert hall. Highly recommended! I couldn't be more pleased with Crutchfield. You have just earned a new lifelong customer. Kudos, and thank you!

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Polk RTI A9 Floor Standing Speakers

Crutchfield customer from Prince Frederick, MD from Prince Frederick, MD on 4/14/2019

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These are by far the greatest speakers I have ever head. I have heard a lot of speakers and systems through my 53 years, Home and car systems but man I tell you these speakers Rock. Great sound low or high volume's they are completely Unbelievable! I love how tall they are and have a great shape (very nice in Black).

Pros: The more you ask of them , The more they give ! Great sound

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Great gift to myself.

Paul from Richlands, NC on 4/11/2019

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I listen to my stereo every day, throughout the day, evening, and into the night. I often leave a playlist on throughout the night as I sleep. A stereo pair of these can absorb mad power and play higher volumes effortlessly or play gently. Even at low volumes they sound so rich. I really ask myself why I didn't treat myself to these a year ago, or the first time I saw them on such a sale. Although I play 90% music I do follow some home theatre groups who use these. They each recommended I get another power amplifier to give each of these 200w-500w RMS, or at least have it on tap. So I'll be getting another Crown amp to power them. In the meantime my Onkyo TX-NR727 is doing a great job. I'll add that to many people the volume provided by an Onkyo AVR will be plenty. I'm using these in a 5.1 system with bass provided by 2 15" Type S on a bridged Crown XLS2000 rated at 2100w RMS@4 ohm. The Crown is connected to the Sub/LFE Out of the Onkyo AVR.

Pros: Gorgeous! Sounds so rich on their own. Immediately makes life better. Biampable if you're stuck using a low powered receiver for a time. The tweeter is at perfect listening height while seated. Vocals sound so pure and accurate. The sale price makes this an awesome value.

Cons: I can't think of anything encountered that is the fault of the speaker, manufacturer, or Crutchfield. They are well protected in large boxes so they won't be dropped off by the mailman lol. UPS freight shipping was very polite and made sure I'd be home. They are heavy at 75lbs each so be careful when screwing the carpet spikes into the feet.

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Best Polk speakers I've had

Ralph from Como, CO on 4/7/2019

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I've used Polk speakers since 1993 and those still work. Then I went to 60s,70s monitors then 500s,now to Rti series 3s,7s and finnaly got my hands on these 9s. What a big difference these are tall so look like real towers. I moved my 7s to the back with 3s on sides. These can take way more power than any of the others. It only took a week to brake them in. They have highs, mids and bass all in one speaker. They can take up words of 500 watts so I need to get a more powerful external amp to make them sing. By far the best speakers I've ever owned. Highly highly recamend.

Pros: Highth,sound,full range,price

Cons: None

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Aylett, VA on 4/2/2019

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These monsters are awesome sounding, when paired with the right amplifier. I originally intended to use a Marantz SR5013 to power these in a 5.1 setup, but they sounded kind of lifeless, which surprised me. Went to the Polk forums and the consensus there is that these speakers need at least 200watts each to come to life. So I added a Parasound 2250 v2 (250wpc@8ohms) and, wow, what a difference! Beautiful sound, with a huge soundstage.

Pros: Sound fantastic when you give them the power that they need

Cons: Bigger than I thought they would be when I ordered (I had only seen the A7's in person).

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from League City, TX on 4/1/2019

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After reading a lot of great reviews, I bought a pair of Polk Audio RTi A9 speakers from Crutchfield. The speakers are crystal clear for music and work great as front speakers for my surround system for movies. I am replacing an older set of Polk satellite surround speakers (RM 6600) which served their purpose, but the A9's are in a different league. I enjoy a wide range of music, from rock and folk to country, and the A9's make all of these genres of music sound great. Crutchfield delivered the speakers on time and in perfect condition. The only complaint I have about the speakers is that I wore blisters on both thumbs trying to loosen the plastic binding post knobs, I finally had to use a small adjustable wrench to loosen the plastic knobs. Note to Polk Audio: there is no need for binding post knobs to be screwed on that tight. Final thought - buy these speakers while they are on sale and you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Great for music and movies.

Cons: As mentioned, the speaker binding post plastic knobs should not cause pain trying to loosen them.

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Polk! The one and only!

Tracy from Louisville, OH on 3/27/2019

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Polk Audio is the best! These speakers rock, but the sound is great at low volumes too!

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AWESOME.

Jesse from Hollis Hills, NY on 3/26/2019

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Holy crap, these are awesome. Many 'audiophiles' and hi-end shops tried to talk me out of buying Polks. "they're owned by a big company now" or "they're mass produced" is what they'd say. About 1 year ago when renovating our living room i was talked into super high end speakers/center/sub that ran many thousands of dollars. I was fairly disappointed by the whole setup. things sound good, but not vibrant. TV/Movies are great, but music which is 99% more important to me is not. I have owned Polk RTi A7's for a decade and love them in my Man Room. Very punchy, little coloration, good bass and both Motorhead and Tom Petty sound great through them. I have always loved the classy Cherry veneer as well. Just purchased RTi A9's and I'm blown away. Truly. It's no joke that you can get away with out a sub as my kids proved while streaming bass-heavy EDM and Rap. Everything from Prog to Thrash Metal to Pete Seeger sounds clean and the sound spectrum is beautifully distributed to my ears. Using a Thorens turntable, NAD cd player, top of the line new Onkyo receiver to power them. Cosmetically, i bought these in black as it matched the den better and was sad not to get the Cherry at first. No worries though, the Black wood veneer is awesome looking and still very classy and furniture-like. If you have room for these towers, don't hesitate - i don't see how someone could be disappointed

Pros: Just about every aspect of these great speakers.

Cons: Have not found any at all.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Chicago , IL on 3/24/2019

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Fantastic Crystal Clear Sound Bass Bass Bass One Word Fantastic!

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Mahwah, NJ on 3/20/2019

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I am using these speakers for listening to music in stereo and they are connected to a 2X 100 watts Yamaha R-S202 stereo receiver/amplifier. R-S202 is powerful enough to run these speakers. Overall, I am very satisfied with them, having compared them in the same room and with the same source to Fluance SIGNATURE SERIES HI-FI THREE-WAY FLOOR STANDING SPEAKERS and Adams A7Xs. The mid range especially is smooth, balanced and natural. The highs are clear and well defined and easy to listen to for an extended time. Great stereo separation. The low frequencies, although powerful, could be a littler tighter. However, I am still breaking in these speakers and it is not a big concern for me. In this set up, they deliver outstanding audio quality from a Yamaha Tyros given their great mid range capability. If you are looking for a set of speakers to connect to your synth or arranger these may be a good choice. The finish of the cherry speakers are high furniture grade.

Pros: Outstanding mid range.

Cons: Large and heavy.

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These rock, even at low wattage

Bob from Greensboro, NC on 2/28/2019

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I hesitated before buying these after reading reviews from people claiming they need 100 watts or 200 watts to drive them. I have a NAD 7100 receiver, rated at 50 watts per channel and it drives the heck out of them. Yes, NAD is rated conservatively, but when I can't turn the volume up past 3 without blowing the roof off of my town home, I have plenty of power. I replaced a couple of old Kef 304.II speakers and these make the Kefs sound like cardboard boxes.

Pros: Great looking, very clean sound, great imaging.

Cons: 75 lbs. each and they tape the styrofoam packing in the carton so if you are unpacking them by yourself like I was, get ready for an adventure.

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Very, very happy

Robert from San Antonio, TX on 2/26/2019

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These speakers are truly magnificent. Without getting into db's, the A9's have a remarkable presence, and that was exactly what I wanted. They control the room. Before purchasing them, I used the Crutchfield speaker comparison system to compare the Klipsch comparable and the Polks (using the Sennheiser default on an iMac, as I do not have headphones). On the comparison system, the Polks had a much better presence. In "person," they are even better than the comparison audio suggests. They have a deep bass, a very clear treble, and a strong mid-range response to a Marantz SR7012 driving them. When the Marantz is set to "Pure Audio," the treble is perfect. I am very happy with these 75 pound monsters, even though they are just breaking-in, as of February 26, 2019 (they also break my back when I move them). A word of caution: I will never know if I should have gone for the A7's (they take less power to deliver their best). One of these days when the speakers have seasoned, I will be turning up the volume, letting the SR7012 do its magic. I look forward to that... Last word: talk to Crutchfield's Brady about amps and speakers. He knows.

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Fantastic detail and enormous sound stage.

Thomas from Burley, Idaho on 2/24/2019

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I purchased these speakers to replace my Polk monitor 10s. These speakers are amazing in their detail and imaging. They have a sound stage that is large and precise. These speakers are capable of producing bass that is earthquake like and pressurizes the room. I am using these speakers for 2 channel music only and they are stunning, quite simply you will love these speakers at this price point. I have had just about all manufacturers speakers at a wide price range, AR, B&W, Bose, Other Polk models, KEF, Klipsch Heresy, and at their delivered price they beet them all. I have a fantastic pair of KEF LS 50 in my bedroom that cost a little more than these A9s and the sound they produce is not even close to the A9s.

Pros: Great sound, enormous soundstage, great bass, detailed mids and highs, very affordable price.

Cons: Enormous size and weight.

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Great Speakers

Crutchfield customer from Southington, CT on 2/17/2019

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I used the audio quest biwire to wire the speakers to my maranta receiver and the pair sound phenomenal...like a live concert with zero distortion.

Pros: Sound

Cons: None

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Audiophile sound at a great price.

Ron from Naperville, IL on 2/7/2019

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I was looking for a full range floor speaker for my new listening room and when I saw the great deal that Crutchfield had on these Polk ATi A9's, I couldn't pass it up. They are big and impressively built. I ordered the cherry finish and they look great in their new home. However, it's their sound that is truly impressive. They create a transparent, detailed, and full sound stage. I use these speaker for stereo listening and they really deliver. In my opinion, no sub is needed because these Polk's can get down deep. I've been an audio fan for forty years and I know that these speakers deliver. When you factor the great price these speakers are being offered at, plus their wonderful sound, I'm not sure it can be beat. Do yourself a favor and get a pair of the RTi A9's, you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Wonderful sound stage, detailed and transparent. Beautifully finished and built like a tank. A truly outstanding value.

Cons: Grills look good, but could be a little sturdier. They shouldn't sway you from buying these speakers.

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Love them!

Tony from San Francisco, CA on 1/26/2019

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I am not an audiophile and this is my first set of tower speakers. My coworker recommended these to me and at initially I was hesitant given the price tag, but midlife crisis pushed me over. Initially the speakers sounded good being paired with RZ820, which I bought because of the 2 Ch 130W rating and I wanted a home theater system capabilities with the option to add amplifier with the pre-outs. Initially I had happy with the speakers. The speakers did sound a bit too pitchy for the highs and the bass seemed a bit weak/soft. With that said, all of my playlists (80s/90s R&B and Pop) sounded better than any system I have had ever. I looked for tracks recommended by experts to test speakers and was satisfied to see it can handle. I felt the money I spent on the speakers are justified. I average and hour a day of usage and my enjoyment levels increased over time. Frankly, I don't know if this effect is what others here have said as getting acclimated to the speakers or is simply break in time. 3 months after my purchase, I am thoroughly loving my speakers! Everything on my playlist sounds amazing. Sounds are full, lively, clear highs and lows, and I am smiling ear to ear when I crank it up my music. Even my son who listens to hiphop says when he closes his eyes, it's like the singer is right there! I added a Klipsch sub & old Klipsch promedia 5.1 sats for home theater. Even my wife is impressed and enjoys watching movies @ home! Best personal audio purchase thus fa

Pros: Brings music and movies to another level!

Cons: Perceived break in time

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Creedmoor, NC on 1/21/2019

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Good bass extension, clear mids and highs. For the price not gonna beat the sound of these.

Pros: Bass, mids, highs

Cons: Still uses old style pegs for grills. Pegs are tight and break easy. Newer modeled speakers use the magnets which is much nicer.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

chris from Romeoville, IL on 1/20/2019

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I was truly surprised by finish on these speakers. They look fantastic and deliver a deep warm sound stage.

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Like being there.

Crutchfield customer from Seminole, FL on 1/10/2019

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I have owned many a loudspeaker over the years, Infinity, Dalquist DQ 10's, Jamo, Mirage Om-9's, Advent's, and others. But I must say that these Polk RTI A-9's surprised me. The sound is clean, full, three dimensional with a very presise soundstage, better than I have heard from any loudspeaker I have owned. Loudspeakers are a personal choice, but if your looking for the qualities mentioned above I recommend the Polk RTI A- 9 highly, thank you.

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Bad bad shipping and no bad weather!

Pete from Eagle Mountain, UT on 12/31/2018

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I kind of don't want to do a review on the speakers I ordered these December 17th they were shipped out on the 18th by Crutchfield they arrived and Salt Lake City Utah from Richmond Virginia in 3 days that was awesome arrived on a Saturday on December 21st at the UPS facility in Salt Lake City I have been waiting over 7 days for them to arrive and I still have not gotten them delivered called up twice and each time they say they are being delivered had my daughter, my son and myself stay here waiting for the delivery of the speakers. They still have not arrived so based on who Crutchfield picked to deliver these speakers (UPS doing a bad job) I'm giving this a one-star rating. I have tried out the speakers locally and I love the sound they produce so I know I'm buying a good product if they ever show up. I have owned Polk Audio Monitor speakers for 40 years and can'take wait to have the RTI9.

Pros: I know I am getting a great speaker.

Cons: Crutchfield needs to find a different shipping company.

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Once we saw this review, our Customer Support specialist, Tiffany, reached out to Pete to help resolve the issue. If you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, it's important to contact our Customer Support or Tech Support teams right away.

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Qualified 5 stars - Will update later

Brian from Eagan, MN on 12/29/2018

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I'm giving these speakers a qualified 5 for now. First of all the construction appears to be top notch and I love the look of these speakers, not only the cherry wood grain, but the woofers look so cool. The sound is very good, but there is distortion above about half volume, which admittedly is pretty loud. I have seen many reviews stating that you need a strong amp for these. The receiver I'm using right now it a Technics SA-GX790 which is pretty stout compared to many receivers in its price range ($400 in about 1996). This receiver is 20 years old. Two channels driven, the receiver puts out 120 watts per channel at pretty low distortion. I asked Crutchfield what amp they recommend and was told that they recommend an Anthem STR Amp that costs 6K and put out 400 watts RMS. I'm sure it is a quality item and would work very well but I'm not shelling out that much for an amp. I've now ordered an Emotiva XPA-DR2 Differential Reference Amp ($1600) which provides 550 watts RMS per channel. I'm also getting an Emotiva Pre-Amp. I've very curious to see how the RTi A9s sound with these speakers and will update my review later. i'm not an audiophile enthusiast. I want some good sound but this isn't my life so I don't know all the terminology well. I did read many reviews where people mentioned the speakers are very bright which I took to mean that the treble is very loud and uncomfortable. I did experience this as well but only for the first couple ho

Pros: Quality Construction. Beautiful Speakers

Cons: Seemed Bright at first but seem normal now. Supposedly sound much better with more powerful amp, will update.

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Great quality,dropped from 8', still work fine

Scott from CARSON CITY, NV on 12/27/2018

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I give these 5 stars and I don't even own them. They look like my older TSi 500's on steroids, really... three 7" woofers...ok. I have 4 500's(among other things), connected to a Sony STRZA5000ES receiver and for what you pay for them, they pound. I could imagine 4 A9's connected to that Sony. I just bought some A3's to finish up a 5.2 set up in my other room.

Pros: For the most part Polk Audio may not make "audiophile" type stuff, however for what you pay for most of it, you could do a lot worse. Plus it lasts a long time, I got speakers 10+ years old and they still sound fine, just don't over drive them.

Cons: The big towers are fairly imposing, but that's not really a bad thing.

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superb sound

gary from Reinholds, PA on 12/27/2018

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These speakers are awesome! Great sound quality, the mids and high freq is very clear and precise. The bass is very powerful and tight. The finish is furniture grade and high quality. My only complaint is I bought the Yamaha rx-a1080 to drive these and two days later the model with much more power went on sale, wish i would have known because i would have purchased that one instead.

Pros: sound quality and build and finish.

Cons: none

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Bruce from Montgomery, TX on 12/25/2018

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These are my 4th pair of Polks (upgrade and pass the old ones to the kids). I stick with Polk because you just can't get a bigger bang for your buck. I don't have $10k for Martin Logans, but Polk always satisfies, and the RTi-A9's don't disappoint. I use them strictly for 2 channel music with a Yamaha A-S801 (100W per ch). I could get into a pompous review with a bunch of words like "warm" and "shiny", but.....they just sound like the performer is in the room with you. An absolute pleasure, and you can't do better for a pair of living room music speakers for under $1000.

Pros: Uh, they sound frickin' fantastic.

Cons: Big and heavy, but that's kinda awesome, also.

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Crutchfield customer from Riverview, FL on 12/22/2018

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I have had these speakers for about 8 months now - powered by a Denon AVR X3400H - the sound is very good - but not quite the performance I was expecting. Caveat, I believe it is because I am not all that savvy with how to correctly set the Denon to the capable performance from these speakers. The price was ridiculous when I bought these - end of life less than 1/2 price... so the value for the investment is definitely worthy!!!

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Audio truth

Mick from Rochester, NY on 12/19/2018

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I read the reviews and I was led to believe these speakers are power hungry. Not true at all. My Yamaha A-S501 Integrated amp is rated at 85 watts into 8 Ohms. I have been breaking in my Polk RTi A9's for over 8 hours and my amp isn't even warm. I bought the amp because it can bypass the tone controls and I have found Yamaha amps have a nice natural sound. I want to hear the recording as if I am there in the studio. These speakers put you there. If you feel the need to use an equalizer or turn up the tone controls then you probably shouldn't buy speakers this nice. These speakers are crystal clear. I am hearing details I never heard before on recordings I've played a dozen times before. I have multiple sets of Infinity and Klipsch speakers set up in my house. The difference is stunning. My wife who couldn't understand why I wanted new speakers walked in the room she was amazed. She said it was like wiping away a dirty window. She was expecting not to hear any difference between the Polks and the other speakers. I read that these Polks were overly bright in the high end. Again I say that's not true. I believe that has more to do with digital recording than these speakers. The Polk RTi A9's will put the artist right in your living room. You don't need a huge amount of power. That is more a question of quality vs quantity. These aren't even broken in yet and I am more than satisfied. I am blown away.

Pros: Stunning clarity, realistic tight bass, beautiful cherry finish

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Salina, KS on 12/13/2018

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great sound

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Polk Audio RTi A9

SRINIVAS RAO from Chesterfield, MO on 12/11/2018

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I just loved the product. Excellent clarity.

Pros: Clarity sound mid low and high are perfect

Cons: I don't see any

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Spirit Lake, IA on 11/28/2018

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The Polk RTi9 speakers are massive and the sound is spectacular! I paired them with a CSi6 center channel and movies are so great!

Pros: Clean look, deep bass and crisp highs

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Joseph from Philadelphia, PA on 11/27/2018

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I was pleased with the sound of these speakers. Now that I bi-amped these speakers with the Marantz 7012, I am loving the sound. Perfection.

Pros: Deep base, smooth and beefy mods, and crisp highs. Very balanced sound.

Cons: Large speakers. You need some space for these.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Miami, FL on 11/26/2018

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Great product, love the sound and looks of it

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Kurt from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/25/2018

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Great sound, very balanced with good low-end no need for a subwoofer. Only regret is getting the Cherry finish it is poorly done appears faded in spots, wish I would have gotten the black finish instead.

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Great Buy

Ron from Folsom, LA on 11/25/2018

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I had been listening to music on a Definitive Technology Pro Cinema 800 HT system. I set the Polks 10' apart slightly toed in and connected to my Denon X4400H AVR bi-amping the Polks and set to 2-channel stereo at 80hz crossover. I had read several reviews/blogs regarding the 'need' to have a separate amp to drive the Polks, particularly the bass. Wrong. My listening room is 18' wide by 25' deep and at -13db the Polks fill the room with rich, tight bass and brilliant highs bordering on ear-piercing. I'm no audiophile but in my opinion, dollar for dollar, the Polk RTi A9 speakers are a great buy. I purchased the cherry cabinets which have a beautiful furniture-grade finish.

Pros: Look and sound great. Rich, tight bass with incredible clarity in the high octaves. Hearing instrumentation on some cd's have never heard before.

Cons: High octaves are on the bright side.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Dave from Cranford, NJ on 11/11/2018

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Best speakers I've ever owned. All killer, no filler

Pros: Power, clarity...especially if you like loud music.

Cons: None

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Mc Afee, NJ on 10/25/2018

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These speakers are hooked up to my Pioneer M90 amp and Luxman CX-100 preamp in a large listening space. 6 inches from rear glass windows with drapes, about 12 feet apart and toed in about 15 degrees. The sound they are producing is fantastic - I use two analog tape sources as well as a tube output CD player. This setup really shines with house, deep house, EDM. But does a great job with classical as well. The low frequency extension is profound when powered by (IMO) a high-current amplifier. The M90 does 46 amps and 200 wpc and really works well with the RTI 9's! I am thoroughly enjoying these speakers and they represent very high performance for the price point.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

DAVID from Lewisville, NC on 10/10/2018

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My A9s are cherry veneer and finished as good as my living room furniture...beautiful and flawless. The sound will amaze you after a break-in period of about 60 hours...it is interesting to hear the sound improving with each listening experience. Crystal clear high and mid-range presence will amaze and is better than any speaker I have auditioned in my home. The sound stage is broad and precise....close your eyes and one forgets the music is not live, the orchestra, the rock group or single voices are live and in front of your visualizations of the sound stage. Very precise sound imaging. I hear musical nuances on my CDs that was not heard until the A9s. I have spent most of this year searching for and buying my amplifier base, then several months auditioning speakers thanks to Crutchfield's generous 60 day trial period. I am bi-amping the A9s, the upper frequency and mid-range drivers powered by a heavily modified Carver M500t, "Gold Edition" 350 WPC. The three low frequency drivers powered by a McIntosh MC 2300 also 350 WPC. Both amplifiers have been extensively up-graded by Classic Home Audio to deliver high clean power and low distortions .08%.. Speaker pairs previously auditioned up to six weeks are; Polk LSiM705, ELAC-AF61, DynAudio and last POLK RTiA9. ...The A9s surpass all the previous and at $900.00 .... the ELACs were $5,000.00. Buy the POLK's you will not be disappointed. Better quality amps are highly recommended to fully realize the A9s pote

Pros: AWESOME CLEAR PRECISE SOUND STAGE AND SOLID BASS....YOU WILL NOT NEED A SUB-WOOFER.....YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED in this speaker THE CABINET IS LIKE ANOTHER PIECE OF HIGH END FURNITURE

Cons: THE CARPET SPIKES ARE A BIT TROUBLESOME....I REALLY LIKE THE SYSTEM ON THE POLK LSi M705 speaker

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Queens Village, NY on 10/3/2018

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Great speakers!! I was blown away by my sound quality Also no distortion.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Bonita Springs, FL on 10/1/2018

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Beautiful sound and beautiful to look at!

Pros: Excellent sound from soft to loud. Heavy weight won't tip over.

Cons: Heavy weight to move by yourself

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Should sound fantastic with lots of clean power

Stephen from Central Point, OR on 9/28/2018

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I used to own a pair of Rti 10's that I purchased from Crutchfield about ten years ago. I believe that They are similar to the Rti a7's that are produced now. I am writing this because I am thinking about buying a pair of the A9's. I powered the Rti 10's with an H/K 70 watt receiver back then and they were terrific. Buy the way, that was a 45 lb receiver, which you cannot find any more. Anyway, I was seriously thinking about buying these because of their high power handling capabilities, and that the next step down sounded so very good. I now use separate amplifiers and pre pro. When they are back in stock, I will buy. I love Polk Audio speakers.

Pros: Beautiful, handles lots of power

Cons: Huge, and heavy

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Bass bass bass

Ken from Coeur D Alene, ID on 9/26/2018

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Wow, these things rock. I use them as stereo speakers for music, but also a little as tv speakers as well. They sound amazing! Bass is outstanding, mods and highs are very good too. Not tiring to listen to at all.

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Impressive speaker for the money

Jerry from Nixa, MO on 9/21/2018

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Impressive sound from these speakers. They need a little EQ to tame the high frequencies, but its nothing modern equipment can't handle. Ordered a scratch-and-dent unit, and it arrived quickly in good condition. There was some slight discoloration on one of the mid-frequency 5.25" woofers, but nothing that alters their sound quality. Overall, I'm really happy with the purchase. These are some of the best bang-for buck speakers I've gotten my hands on.

Pros: Big Sound Solid construction - good cabinets with ample bracing Cherry finish is beautiful & furniture grade

Cons: Heavy - Get a buddy or a dolly if you have to move these things High frequencies can get a little harsh without EQ

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Very good but not great.

Kevin from Rochester, NY on 9/10/2018

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These sound really great on some music but not all. They seem to struggle with some of my progressive rock favorites. These are well worth the price if you get them on sale. I would have returned them if I had to pay full price. I will be adding an EQ to my system. I hope it helps.

Pros: Clean and clear even at high volume.

Cons: The bass can be too boomy and sometimes the mids are too bright.

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Polk never dissapoints

Brian from Lewiston, ID on 9/2/2018

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Sound great. Wish I replaced my old front speakers sooner.

Pros: Sound great, Look good

Cons: The curved sides and weight make them hard to move. Good things speakers typically do not need moved a lot

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Goody from Hartford, CT on 8/26/2018

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Great product. I always choose Crutchfield for my High Fidelity needs. Keep up the good work.

Pros: High quality, Great looks, Tremendous sound.

Cons: None

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Polk A9's RULE!

Crutchfield customer from Everett, WA on 8/26/2018

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The Polk A0's deliver outstanding sound reproduction at an incredible price.

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Great speakers, big sound.

Crutchfield customer from Hammondsport, NY on 8/22/2018

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So far, a solid set of floor mounted speakers at a great price. They are still being broken in, but so far the high and mid range are solid and, as others commented, benefits from a subwoofer to fill out in the low end. These are huge and heavy speakers that are freight delivered on a pallet; be prepared for around 200lbs of speakers to unpack and move around.

Pros: Solid highs, great looking.

Cons: Needs a sub to round it out for big roooms.

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Very Nice Speakers

Michael from Saint Inigoes, MD on 8/21/2018

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Bought these speakers to replace JBLs as an upgrade with the purchase of the Yamaha RX-A3070. Bi-Amped them and they sound great. Good clarity and good balance. Requires good power to push the sound, but that was expected. I like the finish and the towers.

Pros: Nice Size and Look Clear distinct sound

Cons: None so far

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Nice build quality, Good sound, not for everyone.

edgar from Pawleys Island, SC on 8/20/2018

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This speaker sounds good. It looks great and feels very substantial and well made. In my system and my room, it sounded very bright. The bass is somewhat lacking, therefore, I gave it a 3 star rating. My amp is powerful (Parasound A21) so it is getting enough "juice" but other less expensive speakers sound better to me on this system ( for example Q Acoustics 3050). So I suppose depending on your taste, its either excellent sounding (bright IMO) or perhaps just average. For my taste, I need a more powerful low end sound, especially from such a large speaker.

Pros: Build quality is great for this price. The finish and general feel of the product is really good.

Cons: In spite of its substantial size, I feel that the lower frequencies are not that loud. I expected a better sound on the low end.

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Polk

Crutchfield customer from Annapolis, MD on 8/15/2018

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They continue to rock......

Pros: great sound

Cons: larger than expected

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polk RTiA9

Beth from Oswego ,il. on 8/10/2018

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Great. Set of speakers. Sound great even at low levels. But they need a bit of power to get them going good . but its worth it. They look beautiful to should last for years of great sound. Thanks. B.

Pros: Great look. And sound! Super price on these babys. !!!!! A+ ??

Cons: None yet!

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Long Live the music

Teg from Westport Island, ME on 8/8/2018

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Having just moved to a new home it was clear that the main living room was not to be used for the TV. Instead, it is going to be used for music, reading and socializing with friends and guests. With a cathedral ceiling and a large stone fireplace, this room had the scale to have some large speakers. Apart from the challenge of moving these beauties around, the final result was greater than I expected. The sound has a warmth and depth that just fills the room with sound without feeling loud. I am now hearing extra details from my music collection, instruments that were previously muffled now are front and center and playing their part. What's more they haven't even been broken in yet, so the best is yet to come.

Pros: Great depth of sound without being loud. Some speakers feel like they are shouting at you, these beauties just fill the room effortlessly.

Cons: The weight, at 80lbs they are not something you want to be moving around too much.

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Don't need obscene amounts of power, just a good amp

Kevin from Wales, WI on 7/15/2018

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I received these speakers from Crutchfield back in May of 2016. Originally I had them plugged into a Marantz PM-8005 integrated amp. I thought they sounded great. The amp is only rated at 70 watts per channel and I felt that was plenty of power. Bass, treble and mids were all great. I do have a Polk DSW Pro 660 sub woofer as well. Recently I upgraded the Amp to a Marantz PM14S1 rated at 90 watts per channel. These things sound superb. I can get more than enough sound out of these with that amount of power. With a good amp you do not need serious amounts of wattage. These are in my lower level bar. The room is about 35' x 35' with a 9' ceiling. Now today, just for fun, I have them plugged into a vintage 1960's Dynaco ST-70 tube amp with only 35 watts per channel. As I'm typing this I'm listening to Steely Dan Goucho on vinyl using a Rega PL3 Plannar 3 turntable with a Rega Exact 2 MM phono cartridge. These speakers just sing! Oh yeah, and sice I'm using the Marantz as the pre amp I have had to disconnect the sub. I'm getting plenty of deep bass and the mids and highs are superb.

Pros: Great Sound Even better price Beautiful to look at

Cons: None

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Gail from Appleton, WI on 6/19/2018

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The polks sound is outstanding. We really enjoy them.

Pros: Sound is great

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Merritt Island, FL on 6/3/2018

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Great sound nice appearance

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Great tower speakers

Rob from Helena, MT on 6/2/2018

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Purchased on sale and very happy with the speakers. We have two bridged NAD C268 amplifiers driving the speakers and the sound is amazing. They really are beautiful speakers - just be warned they are large.

Pros: Wonderful sound

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Polk audio rtia9 floor tower speakers

Eric from Martinsburg, WV on 5/13/2018

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Polk audio rtia9 tower speakers/ outstanding sound quality-awesome!

Pros: Outstanding sound quality, really nice-awesome!

Cons: None!

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Crutchfield customer from Castle Rock, CO on 4/29/2018

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Bad speakers for the cash

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Highly recommended.

Dave from Boca Raton, FL on 4/23/2018

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Bought these as the front L and R for my home theater and stereo speakers for listening to music. Powered by a mid-level Denon amp and configured 5.1. They sit on the long wall of a room that is wider than it is deep (35 by 15 feet), with wall to wall carpeting and 9 foot ceilings. Overall - very pleased with them and would recommend them highly if you have a large room and sufficient power. As others have noted, they are large and heavy. Initial setup is difficult because of this, and I've had to move them from a house to an apartment and that was a huge nuisance. But they are the first speakers I've ever owned that completely disappear, in other words, when the music is playing at moderate volume, you honestly cannot tell where the sound is originating. That's how good the imaging is. You truly do hear things you've never heard before in familiar recordings. If you think you will be moving after buying these, SAVE THE BOXES and the packing material (styrofoam). Get a friend to help you stuff them back into the box. They are each 80 pounds and roughly the size of a Great Dane.

Pros: Tremendous sound imaging, separation, range.

Cons: Large size requires assistance for initial setup or moving.

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Great speakers

Rene from Schenectady, NY on 4/15/2018

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These are big, and I was worried they were too big for my room, which is around 13 by 17 - out of the box, they were a bit harsh and muddy. But it looks like they just needed some breaking in. I think I have about 12 hours into them, and the sound is getting really, really good. Separation of the instruments is more than I have heard before, and the sound is full and very satisfying. And amazingly, when I am using about 70% of the AVR's power, the speakers project the sound into my kitchen and it is like having nice sounding speakers in the kitchen. Granted, the kitchen is fully open from the front of the house to the back, but the family room is around the corner from the kitchen. The speakers are big and heavy, but the biggest challenge for me was getting them out of the boxes, They were wedged in so tight I had to fight to get them out without taking the box apart. I moved them into the house and set them up solo. I am very pleased and expect them to improve a bit more based on what I have read about speaker break in. But even if they do not, I am very happy. Initially the highs were pretty harsh, but they have smoothed out really well. I am using a Denon AVR-X6300H, which is rated at 140 watts per channel.

Pros: Sound great, good separation, look nice

Cons: Hard to get out of the box :-)

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Best Speakers I have owned.

Tony Cannizzaro from Selden, NY on 4/15/2018

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For the price these are an incredible deal. I upgraded from the Rtia 5's where after a break in period turned out to be excellent. What I didn't live about the 5's was that at times I could hear the lack of low frequency response making them sound thin at times. The 9's do not have this issue, they go deep and never seem to get boomy. The fact that they are very tall makes voices seem to be floating up high and centered. I am only driving these with a Sony 100watt A/V receiver and they have no problem. So I sm not sure why some reviewers say they need lots of power. I do however have them slightly EQ'd. My receiver actually has a midrange adjustment, so 2.2k down -2db gives almost perfect results. I do agree with a lot of the reviews stating the lower treble is a little bright. EQ completely fixes that. Bottom line is wonderful speaker with just a slight tweak gives incredible results.

Pros: Incredible imaging and tight bass.

Cons: Very large and heavy

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Rich, warm, and full sounding!

Daron from Vista, CA on 4/8/2018

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Exceptional customer service and support as I sought to upgrade my stereo system and re-discover the joys of vinyl. Speaker selection was one of my biggest challenges in chasing the purest, fullest and warmest tones. CJ was awesome, listened to where I was trying to go and helped guide my purchase with invaluable insight. These speakers are an incredible value for the money. I'm still in the break in period (less than 24 hours total time), but already they've started to bloom and open up. The sonic purity is amazing, full bass and rich tones....and they look great to boot. Really, really happy with my selections and purchase. Thanks Crutchfield!!!

Pros: Exceptional value. Versatile across a broad range of music genres. Standard and bi-wiring/bi-amp options. High quality finish and superb craftsmanship.

Cons: They are quality speakers and accordingly they are hefty in weight. You need a good amp to get the full benefit of these beauties.

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Incredible Sound

Ryan from Broken Arrow, OK on 4/8/2018

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I've wanted these for some time and finally had the right circumstances. These are beautiful ethstetically and in sound. Everything I thought they would be. Wonderful!!'

Pros: Beautiful, powerful & accurate. Simply magnificant.

Cons: I can't think of any.

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Excellent speakers

Stan from Emmaus, PA on 3/23/2018

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I purchased these speakers from Crutchfield two weeks ago. I have about 50 hours on them. I have them bi-amped at 200 watts a channel through my emotive xpa 5 gen 2. I believe these speakers shine when properly powered. My previous towers are a pair of boston acoustics vr3 towers which have a pair of seven inch woofers and a four and half inch midrange and a metal dome tweeter. The rti a9's were better right out of the box compared to the old towers. The imaging, range and soundstage are excellent as well as the overall tonal balance. Bass is more than adequate, the midrange and highs are very good as well. I have seen reviews complaining about lack of detail in the midrange and highs, but I believe that comes from these towers being underpowered. I am very happy with my purchase and thanks to Crutchfield for excellent customer service. If you are considering these towers and you have enough current to drive them I think most people will be happy with these speakers. Give them a try, chances are you will really enjoy them, I know I am! And the finish on the cherry cabinets is amazing, they look like a high quality piece of furniture. Good job Polk.

Pros: A whole lot of speaker for the money.

Cons: Heavy, but to be expected with a high quality speaker.

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BUY THESE SPEAKERS!!!

Eric D from Olive Branch, MS on 3/21/2018

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Amazing sound. Bass seems a little light but I believe its because I`ve all gotten used to un-naturallly elevated bass levels. Awesome speakers...clean and crisp.

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"Bang for the Buck"

Andrew from Greensboro, North Carolina on 3/18/2018

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5 Stars. I am about 20 hours into the break-in period on these beauties. I have a 300 watt McIntosh amplifier and these speakers really handle the watts with no problem. In fact I find as I push towards 300 watts on the meters the db level is so high I start backing off on the volume. The sound starts to rattle the prints on the wall in the next story up in my house from the bass alone. I have them bi-wired with a very nice DH Labs silver sonic cable. If you buy these speakers make sure you break them in before you judge the sound. They get better with time. These speakers have very nice replication of a live performance. They sound like they should cost much much more. I am thankful I got such a great deal at Crutchfield and now have the backing of a very knowledgeable staff if needed. I would say buy these speakers if you are looking for a great bargain and awesome sound. This is truly some nice bang for the buck.

Pros: Nice bass, the mid range and higher frequencies are well done. Cabinets are wood veneer. I have the cabinets in black. Most models in this price range do not have cabinets this nice. Handle power up to 500 watts providing a speaker that can operate with less and be capable with wattage...not many much higher-priced speakers can handle this much power without spending more money...

Cons: The grill design needs a re-design. They "push in" and are difficult to remove.

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Just plain great sounding speaker

Dan from Niles, MI on 3/14/2018

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All I can say is wow. I use them for two channel music only have them paired with a Yamaha 801 amp and the sound is amazing reall happy camper

Pros: Really full and rich sounding for the price really any price for that matter

Cons: None that I can think of

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Fantastic speakers. Love them.

Crutchfield customer from Mesa, AZ on 3/7/2018

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Love them. Was going to get the A7's but at the sale price form Crutchfield the A9's were the same price as the MSRP of the A7's. I have only had them a few weeks so I haven't cranked them up a bunch yet but the sound is great. The finish on the Cherry cabinets is very smooth and looks awesome. I was a little apprehensive of the delivery process but Cruthfield and UPS freight were both very accommodating getting them to me. They are heavy and difficult for one person to unpack or to move them in close to your TV stand but you can do it with just one person. Open the bottom of the box and pull the box off the top of the speaker instead of lifting the speaker out of the box. I love the fact that the mids and tweeters are higher up in the cabinets. They line up with your ear level when setting on the couch watching TV. That makes the sound much brighter and more direct to your ears. TV sounds great on them as well as music. My amp (Denon AVR-X2300W) might be a bit under powered for these but I will just bi-amp. Nevertheless they sound great. The highs are not harsh and they have good bottom end. So far I have decided to not add a sub yet because the bass is good enough in these speakers. But I might add a sub later? If you can afford these I don't think you will be disappointed.

Pros: Highs are not harsh. Speaker location in cabinet lines up with ears when sitting on couch which makes them sound better. Quality construction. Cherry finish is really nice. Price point is great. Looks awesome in your living room. Good amount of bass. No subs necessary unless you want them. Sound good with music as well as TV and movies.

Cons: Heavy. Larger than I thought. Bass port on back that makes them stick out from the wall farther than planned but it not too bad, maybe about and extra 4 inches or so.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from North Platte, NE on 3/6/2018

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Outstanding product. Very Happy with the crisp sound and quality of the cabinetry. Looks so good in my living room. Nice Quick delivery. A++++!

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Ryan from Bainbridge Is, WA on 3/4/2018

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Very pleased so far with these speakers. Was replacing some old and worn Bose 901's and can't be happier with the bright highs and solid lows. I do have a single Polk sub hooked up as well and would recommend that

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Amazing floorstanding speakers

HAYES from Yuba City, CA on 3/4/2018

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These speakers are powerful! They provide top notch sound and look beautiful! No complaints.

Pros: Attractive cabinets 500 watts Incredible sound imaging

Cons: Heavy Require space because of depth

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BIG in every way! Great value!

Robert from Bridgewater, NJ on 2/27/2018

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BIG speakers with BIG sound for BIG rooms! Although primarily a home theater speaker, as in my case, they work well for hi-fi stereo. As others have mentioned they really sound best with a strong amplifier with lots of headroom. I'm currently powering them with a vintage (1978) Pioneer SA-9500II high current dual mono integrated amp. I don't think the low cost surround receivers of today will be able to do these towers justice. Over inflated watts ain't gonna cut it, current matters!! Out of the box, their sound is a little forward and a little bright but as they break in, the low end is starting to catch up. The bass response is tight with great extension. The build quality and finish (cherry) is gorgeous, like beautiful furniture! The on sale price at Crutchfield I paid is and absolutely incredible value.

Pros: Clean detailed sound, price, power handling, gorgeous looks.

Cons: Craves big power, very heavy (actually a pro for sound quality.)

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what an upgrade

Marty from Cheyenne, WY on 2/26/2018

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I replaced an aging set of BOSE, what an upgrade. Even my sister who could care less about sound quality was impressed. The BOSE ended up being neglected surround sound speakers.

Pros: amazing sound, great looks

Cons: none

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Andrew from Burkburnett, TX on 2/25/2018

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Speakers arrived fine. Hooked up and no problems. Not much bass from them alone but do sound good. Maybe need a little more breaking in possibly. The only gripe is with Crutchfield sale pricing as of now I can buy these for much less than I payed for them last year...

Pros: Sounds good but needs more power...

Cons: Heavy

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Kiley from Northville, MI on 2/22/2018

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Amazing sound.. I couldn't be happier!

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guanying from Seattle, WA on 2/7/2018

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very high quality speakers, plus one of the best customer service I've ever had in years from Crutchfield.

Pros: solid build, nice mid and high.

Cons: not very stable due to the design, can have a bit more bass

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Outstanding sound for the price

Doug from Andover, MN on 2/6/2018

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These replaced a pair of Klipsch towers. Though a little more subtle on the highs, the Polk A9 provides better detail. Better midrange & vocals. The bass extension is amazing! Similar in Sound to a TML design cabinet.

Pros: Excellent cabinet design. Real veneer finish. The Black cabinet is a thing of beauty, photos do not do justice.

Cons: None

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Waverly, IL on 2/5/2018

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Sound really good just to big for my space

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Crutchfield customer from Palmerton, PA on 2/5/2018

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These speakers are great. 2nd set. One negative comment someone posted is these can't handle the power. Not true. I think the person amp can't put out the power. These speakers want power. I am running these with two 500 watt carver amps one amp per speaker. No issue.

Pros: Super sound for a big or little room.

Cons: Do to the shape they are hard to move around. But can easially live with that.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

brandon m from Evans, GA on 1/21/2018

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These speakers are very good. Mine are powered by the Onkyo TX RZ810. Room size is medium. I listened to elacs, psb; moniter audios all priced equal or above the polks. THE pols are by far the best bang for your buck. The biggest thing you can do is not play them on direct mode. Almost all speakers sound better music wise in 2 channel mode where you adjust the treble and bass to your liking trust me. they do need power but make sure you buy a power supply amp or reciever with treble and bass adj. like the onkyo you will love the sound.

Pros: great bass lively sound

Cons: none at this price

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bail from Apex, NC on 1/21/2018

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I love Polk these sound amazing even better with the right amp

Pros: Nice and big to fill a room

Cons: No cons

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Polk Audio RTi A9

david from Glendale, AZ on 1/15/2018

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The Polk Audio RTI A19 floor speakers are totally awsome. I had the A7's and they are very good but the A9's are more full sounding and will blow you out of the house when hooked to the Onkyo 810 receiver and the Polk Audio CS4 center channel. Also have them hooked to the Polk Audio RTI A1's surround speakers and watched Hacksaw Ridge the movie and it shook my living room and the cherry color really looks good. You cannot go wrong with Crutchfield and their help and return policy. Thank you for great customer satisfaction and knowledge of their sales people.

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Gorgeous cabinets, a bit on the bright side

Crutchfield customer from Blountville, TN on 1/12/2018

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I've had these RTI A9's for a couple of weeks now so I thought I would offer my opinion hoping that it may help someone considering these. First off, we got the cherry veneer and these are absolutely gorgeous! They are large of course, but what a finish! They look awesome! Sonically, to me these are very bright speakers lacking a bit in bass and midrange, especially at lower volumes, with kind of sharp highs. We're using these in a basement area 24 x 32 with coated block walls, lots of furniture, and totally covered with oriental rugs so the room is partially to blame. My goal was to build a system that could be used for both HT and 2-channel. My previous system was only 2ch with an Adcom125w/ch amp and preamp driving Infinity Kappa 6's. At first I connected the RTI A9's my wife immediately asked where the bass was. I had to adjust the Adcom tone controls to tone down the highs and boost the bass a bit, but they sounded decent. Highs were still sharp compared to my Kappas. I then received my AVR, Onkyo RZ810. Lots of options, but still bright. A lot of people suggested Parasound so I now have a 275w/ch amp driving them - still bright, but capable of delivering volume levels that can fill a large room with no issues and minimal clipping concerns. I added a Klipsch sub which also helped, but the mid's still seem lacking to me. Bottom line is, would I buy them again? I think so for what I am trying accomplish.

Pros: Fit and finish, size, detailed highs

Cons: Lacking bass, solid mids.

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Tall, Slim, Sound Great!

Cory from Oxford, OH on 1/11/2018

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Probably kind of early to review these, but I've had a month or so to listen, so I figured I would before I forget. I have them bi-amped with an Onkyo RZ810 and running them full range in a 2.1 set up right now with a 10" ported sub. 1. At normal listening levels my sub rarely kicks on and I don't notice it being gone at all! These have nice mids and pretty good low extension! 2. These are my first big towers and I immediately notice with the tweeter and mids up 4 feet off the ground, they are much brighter and elevated (literally) when I listen to music. 3. I'm assuming these can handle all the power my receiver will give 'em, but I'm still breaking them in at low to moderate levels. The more power, the better with these. 4. These are much narrower than the big Klipsch towers, but probably just as deep. They have a nice slim look when viewed from the front. 5. Packaged very well, delivery was quick, I have no complaints, they sound GREAT, and I'm excited to get em broken in and crank em up!

Pros: Slim from the front view Crisp Highs Very good lows, I'm running them full range The more power the better

Cons: none!

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Upgrading my speakers

Jim from Honey Brook, PA on 1/3/2018

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Very nice speakers Good bass and crystal clear. Even a nicer looking style. Very happy with the purchase and the price.

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NOT EVEN BROKEN IN YET

Chale from Oklahoma City, OK on 12/27/2017

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Awesome sound right out of the box. Have been buying Polk products for years and have never been disappointed. The product plus the service at Crutchfield are top notch. Hard to get this kind of service now a days. Thanks Crutchfield and Polk, keep up the good work!

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Zoo from San Antonio, TX on 12/23/2017

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Exactly the size I was looking for. My entertainment center was lacking when I bought a 75" 4k TV. Had a space in-between the center stand and the ends. And these speakers fit perfectly. Now it looks like it was made that way. Plus the speakers aren't bad either. I'm not seriously into the sound aspects of music like other people are. As long as it sounds good, I'm ok with it. However, my amp is from 1990. Yep, it's 27 years old!! So I think I'll probably be replacing it in the near future. I'm pretty sure that I can get the best of these speakers with a newer amp. Excellent packing. One box had a good size hole in it when it was delivered. But no damage. When I unpacked it, really thick Styrofoam and wrapped it plastic. My surround sound speakers sound like crap now. Guess I'll be replacing them too.

Pros: Really look great. If you have minimal space, these will do it.

Cons: Could use a little more midrange and high notes.

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Crutchfield customer from Wailuku, HI on 12/18/2017

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Speakers "sound" great, but both were damaged in shipping! )-:

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Once we saw this review, our Customer Support team reached out to issue this customer a refund.

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polk RTI-A9 - FAIR

Crutchfield customer from Houston, TX on 12/17/2017

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speakers are ok. i just cant drive too much power or they'll start popping/distorting. speaker ratings are overhyped. i have a 150 wpc amp @ 8ohm. over all, i am ok with them at low volume.

Pros: aesthetics look great.

Cons: can't handle power

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Polk Audio RTiA9 Black Each

Crutchfield customer from La Grange, MO on 12/16/2017

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No bass to speak of, scratchy highs, too narrow for stability.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Fort Lee, NJ on 12/10/2017

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Great sound so far so good ??would highly recommend these speakers

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Polk RTi A9 vs Klipsch RP-280F

shahaliegh from Nashville, NC on 12/5/2017

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I bought a set of RTi A9 speakers just over 2 months ago. They showed up in three days and looked beautiful out of the box. The "push on" front grill was a little of a pain but it held on nicely. I had spent a great deal of time reading reviews and understood that I would need an amplifier that would be able to drive them well so I bought a Yamaha 3070 rated at 150 amps per channel and bi-amped them. I drove them gently for about three weeks before opening them up. The mids and highs sounded very good, but I couldn't drive them loudly without clipping the amp and never really got the tight Bass I was expecting from the the7 inch drivers. Carefully read and understand articles on speaker sensitivity and amplifier requirements for speakers. If you want to drive these speakers with out clipping your AMP you will need a very large and powerful amplifier. more then the 300 I have. After almost 2 months I called Crutchfield and replaced them with a set of Klipsch-Reference-Premiere-RP-280F-Cherry. Crutchfield sent out the new speakers and took the Polks back no questions asked. Thank you Crutchfield! They showed up after six days and were also beautiful out of the box. The magnetic front covers are great and they hold in place very well. I bi-amped them and they really sound great. The horn tweeter is very crisp and can reproduce highs at painful levels. The two 8 inch speakers provide full mid and with proper adjustment crushing bass. I have a very large space. 35-25 with 10-18

Pros: They are very well made and the cabnet is rock solid

Cons: The Polk speakers need an insane amount of power! buy with the understanding that you will need a very powerful amplifier

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Crutchfield customer from Edmond, OK on 11/16/2017

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My RTi A9's sound wonderful. I was recommended them and they were highly discounted which was an even bigger plus. Great product, great customer assistance. Thanks guys!

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Mike from Penns Grove, NJ on 11/8/2017

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They sound ok. I was looking for better highs and mid range sounds. With two mid range speakers I thought it would be much better in that area, (not so). Great bass response. I have some old Kenwood LSP 9000D 4 way speakers that sound a lot better, (they are 37 years old. I am still thinking about returning the Polks. I was quite a bit disappointed after I heard them. Can anything be done about my disappointment?

Pros: Great sounding Bass

Cons: muddy sounding mid range and highs

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Mike, we're sorry you're disappointed with your speakers. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

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Awesome sound

Murphy from Panama City, FL on 11/6/2017

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Awesome speakers! Highly recommend these. I have these hook up to my Denon AVR -X2300.

Pros: Clear midrange Great soundstage and presence.

Cons: None, but large and heavy

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Great Speakers

David from Munster, IN on 10/29/2017

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As the surround sound system I have produces only 100 watts per channel (Sony STR-DN 1060 which I also bought from Crutchfield) I was concerned if that system could drive these awesome speakers which are rated to handle 300 watts. Well my "little" Sony did just fine. Shakes the man cave and does just fine with movies or music. Great highs and deep bass. I also have a Polk subwoofer and am not sure if it's really needed as the bass produced by these speakers is awesome.

Pros: Great highs and lows. Beautiful cherry finish.

Cons: None other than being massively heavy and they are large so you need a pretty good sized room to deal with the size and sound.

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Crutchfield customer from Williamsburg, Ia. on 10/22/2017

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They're Big,Bold, and Beautiful!!! And sound awesome from bass to mids to highs, listening to rock and roll as I review this with a smile on my face.

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Very satisfied

terry from Monticello, AR on 10/19/2017

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Great speakers at a great price

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PUNCH!

Douglas from Coupeville, WA on 10/19/2017

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Bought these for impact bass, and they deliver. I do use a sub to fill the deep bass, but the A9's have great tight/punchy mid bass. I do find them a bit forward in the upper range, and I'm pondering how to tame that down. I'm not finding them to be particularly power hungry, 89 or 90 db/w/m is not inefficient.

Pros: Excellent transient bass response, pretty good at everything.

Cons: A bit forward in the upper ranges.

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RICHARD from Decatur, GA on 10/11/2017

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Great speaker for the money. Really accentuates the mid range and highs.

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Wonderful Tonal Range

JM from Las Vegas, NV on 10/10/2017

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It was time to upgrade our 43 year old Wharfdale speakers. The New RTiA9's met our requirements and once Bi-Amped proved to have a wonderful overall tone and a clarity that meant we hear subtle sounds that had been missing for a number of years. The base output delivers a full deep range without detracting from the crisp mid-tones. We are very happy with these speakers, they not only sound great they look good too. They were shipped in the original cartons and arrived in good condition. The Polk user manual could have benefitted from more information about Bi-Amping, it was what I would call, "a minimal user guide".

Pros: Wonderful tonal range, good clarity in the mid and upper ranges. Overall balance is good and the speakers benefitted from being Bi-Amped. Nicely packed in their containers which provide good protection for shipping.

Cons: User Guide is minimal. No information about the best wiring (which posts to use for each output) for these speakers when being Bi-Amped. Needs two people to safely unpack the speakers from their cartons.

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Awesome Speakers

Dan from Oklahoma City, OK on 10/4/2017

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Crutchfield is an amazing company. The professional reviews were spot on by the Team at Crutchfield. The speakers arrived to my home in Oklahoma City in perfect condition. I was totally blown away by the rich highs, mids and lows that projected from the Polk Audio RTi A9's. I am driving them with a Vintage Marantz Model 2325 that I bought new in Austin Texas 1974. The workmanship is awesome. I highly recommend these speakers.

Pros: Excellent sound and beautiful workmanship.

Cons: None

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huge!

Tom from Richardson, TX on 10/4/2017

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fantastic sound even with running it a little under powered. It really fills up our large living room and relishes the space. Great for jazz with a strong bass line.

Pros: large sound field, great low range

Cons: very large

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excellent...not much more to say

bob from Jackson, TN on 10/2/2017

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excellent in all respects...hardly need the powered subwoofer with these speakers

Pros: sound great

Cons: none

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Best Floor Standing Speakers

Jeff from Cherryville, NC on 10/1/2017

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I bought these for my son who just bought a house. I already have some myself so yes these are great speakers, I have had a pair for about 10 years now and they sound amazing. Polk really knows what they are doing with these higher end speakers. For the money these are highly recommended. I also have some SVS equipment and they are truly exceptional but cost way more and sound just as good. I push these through a high end Yamaha receiver which is rated a 150 watts per channel and my son has an Onkyo 135 watts per channel so you need to pump the power to these to get the great sound they are capable of. Again they are for the money the best floor standing speakers around I should know I have bought two sets of them.

Pros: Amazing clarity even when turned up loud. No distortion noted.

Cons: None as far as I am concerned they are perfect.

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Polk's A9

R from Richmond, VA on 10/1/2017

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Great speakers !!! Awesome sound. Highly recommend them. Crutchfield is the best !! Got the speakers 2 days after ordering them. You've got to love Crutchfield. Regarding the speakers, I called Polk Audio & they recommended a minimum of 200-250 watts (RMS @ 8ohm). These are not high efficiency speakers & not intended to be. Right now I'm driving them w/ a 100 watt receiver & it's not enough for ultra clarity. You really need an amp & pre-amp. I'll be doing that soon.

Pros: Great Sound !

Cons: Need minimum of 200-250 watts (8ohm).

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Greg from West Chester, PA on 7/3/2017

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Great speakers! Clean natural sound, great mid-range and highs, nice bottom end. I use a 225 watt Anthem power amp to power them. CSI 6 center, Infinity 163 for backs and Infinity 143 back high, and Infinity 400 watt 12 inch subwoofer. Sounds amazing!! Highly recommend!!!!!!

Pros: Look great and sound even better.

Cons: None

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BIG speakers require BIG power

mICHAEL from Lakeville, MN on 6/7/2017

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I originally had POLK Monitor 70IIs, driven by a beautiful sounding SONY STRDN1040 AND with a PS110 sub being . I then purchased these and was to can't run a musicians amp to power home speakers." When I'd ask "Why NOT?" i GOT A LOT OF VAUE non-PHYSICS ORIENTED RESPONSES OR NO RESPONSE AT ALL. wELL, THE SOUND WAS WONDERFUL. sO WONDERFUL THAT i BOUGHT another crown xls1502 AMP AND RAN THE AMPS IN BRIDGE MODE TO DELIVER A STAGGERING 2,100WATTS TO THE SPEAKERS!!!!. These speakers can handle 500 watts. But the 1050watts/channel(most would say overkill) made these speakers sing like no other!!. ALL my musician friends are in awe of my setup. It's not(primarily) that I can make my townhome development shake when I crank the volume....but the separation of sound and TIGHT bass to midrange is unparalleled. I would say the POLKS lack a bit upper register "sparkle" heard in speakers that have something driving the treble other than a standardand dated, neodynium magnet with a silk tweeter. Perhaps this is why Polk changed their tweeter material on their latest speaker lineup; getting up to 40khz instead of the 26khz from the rtia9s. i I am quite pleased with the speakers AND the "YOU CAN'T use that CROWN musicians amp to power home speakers." Class D CROWN XLS1502 amp has come of age. Many high end amp makers: Acoustic Research, Mark Levinson, use CLASS D technology quite effectively. These amps are LIGHTER, RUN COOLER, ARE WHISPER SILENT FOR ME and pack a PUN

Pros: Look like a piece of furniture. Sound is fantastic IF powered sufficiently. sEVEN DRIVERS CREATES A "WALL OF SOUND, Phil Specture would be envy.

Cons: Upper treble lacks a sparkle heard in other high end speakers. These things are HEAVY

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Great Speaker for all your needs

Mark from Salt Lake City, UT on 6/5/2017

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Upgraded my Polk RT2000p's. Still a great powered tower for Movies. The A9's are better in all ways. Fit and Finish, Detail, and controlled depth. The only thing to remember is this will need a dedicated amp. no receiver running 7 speakers will do well with the power they require.

Pros: Great detail and depth. Fit and finish Large -Yes this is a good thing.

Cons: Needs a dedicated amp to sound its best. 200W Min Really needs magnetic grills.

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Awesome speakers

James from Washington Pa on 6/4/2017

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Awesome speakers!!! In my opinion they're power hungry! I have them biamped with onkyo 810 receiver. From lows to highs and everything in between they're perfect!! They also produce clean balanced bass too. Whether you want to use them for home theater or music or both they're perfect best bang for your buck! I still miss my carver audio set up though

Pros: A very versatile speaker they are efficient and sound awesome. They look amazing too

Cons: Make sure you have the power to get the most outta them

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Great Value. Big Sound.

James from Richmond, VA on 2/16/2017

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The RTi A9 speakers are a great value for a lot of quality sound. I'm very happy with them. I'm using them as front left and front right in a home theater, but also use them for music quite a bit. In my opinion, after breaking them in for a week now, I think they are incredibly well suited for home theater, gaming, and rock/rap/party music. If I had to criticize anything, the tweeter falls a little behind the bass at higher volumes, for instance in modern country music with a soprano voice, the bass gets ahead of the singer. Not noticeable at normal volumes, only when rocking the whole house. You need to bi-amp these speakers, the sound quality increases dramatically, so get a 7.1 channel receiver if you want to use these in a 5.1 system like mine. Or put more generally, make sure you have two more output channels on your receiver than you have speakers, so you can assign the extra couple channels to bi-amp these big boys. Also, these are 4 feet tall and heavy, so if you have little kids like I do, make sure you have a child-proofing plan in place.

Pros: Great Value, Big Sound.

Cons: Tweeter is good, but look at the LSi if you want the best.

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Polk Audio RTi A9

Larry from Haymarket, VA on 10/25/2016

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I got these to fill in the sound with my Bose 901s. They sound amazing.

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Incredible Range.

Bill from Charlottesville, VA on 10/16/2016

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All I am going to say about these is this: I am a bass head. I was convinced I would need a sub with these. The sales rep told me he doubted that I would and urged me to try them before adding a sub. He was right! They have incredible range. The lows are deep and vibrant. The highs and mid are spectacular as well. I bi-amped them and they eat up every bit of 160 watts with ease. I love them.

Pros: Great sound. Will hold their own against speakers twice the price.

Cons: The weight. These things are heavy (75 lbs).

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Awesome Tower

Bill from Del Rio, TX on 8/20/2016

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I purchased these to upgrade from some Polk Audio RT 1000p powered towers. I was completely blown away by how beautiful the finish is on the cherry. It took some wrangling to get them set up, they are quite large. Connected them to my Marantz SR 7009 reciever and the difference in sound quality from my old towers was amazing! I started by playing some vinyl through them and the midrange came alive! The presence and soundstage these towers produced was so good, I was glued to my chair! The low end was clean and powerful with no boominess or exaggeration. They will fill a large room effortlessly and play so clean you could listen for hours with no fatigue. They do dominate floor space but it is so worth it! I have run pretty much all genre's of music through them and they sound great with Mendelssohn all the way to Metallica! Worth every penny!

Pros: Clear midrange Great soundstage and presence Powerful and clean bass Beautiful cherry finish

Cons: Large and heavy

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Massive power not required

Bob from Kernersville, NC on 6/28/2016

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I never thought I'd buy Polk, I always figure I'd have to go with some high-priced British or obscure audiophile brand. I've been listening to these outstanding speakers for over a month now, and am still wowed by their detail, lack of coloration, total lack of "boxiness", and evenness of frequency response. With good source material on CD or LP these speakers will sound stunning. What is most impressive is that you don't have to crank the volume to ear-busting levels to get listening satisfaction out of these speakers. And with a good-quality amp driving them you don't need 3-digit wattage to fill a room with sound. My previous-generation Marantz PM6004, conservatively rated at 45W/Channel at 8 ohms, can run you out of the house with these speakers while sounding clean and balanced. With that amp running in Direct Mode with no EQ, I find these speakers to lean just a bit more towards bass-emphasized than bright, perhaps because the bass from these speaker is incredible when the recording provides it, and partly because the Marantz tilts that direction. These big speakers produce a BIG soundstage (not talking about imaging, but rather about their "presence"). Put on some well-recorded orchestral music and you get the full symphony orchestra in your room. I'm sure I could have spent much more and not been more satisfied that I am with the RTi A9s.

Pros: Total lack of coloration, superb detail and balance, good sound at any volume. No excessive sizzle from the tweeter, no frequency overemphasized. You don't need a massive amp, just a good clean one. Absolutely beautiful in the cherry finish. Great for any music genre. Even your spouse will hear the difference, so spend the money.

Cons: Not for small rooms or apartments, they pump out a lot of volume. A bit subdued in the vocals. Very, very heavy with nothing to grab onto to move them around. Should have bought them years ago.

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Best sound ever

Percival from Newport News, VA on 5/31/2016

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Bought these a little over 1 & ½ year ago so I've had plenty of time to put these through the ringer. I replaced my Bose Acoustimass 7 series speaker system with these, and I've got to say my gut hurt so much thinking of how I could have been listening to these years ago. I've heard things in music and movies I'd never heard before, I just didn't know these sounds existed. If you don't have the money to buy these right now, SAVE UP!!! They're worth waiting for.

Pros: Will fit in a thin place where normal bulky speakers wont.

Cons: Wishing I'd bought these a long time ago.

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Polk. Rtia9

Michael W from Florida on 5/29/2016

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These r awsome sounding speakers very clear and detailed! Crutchfield delivers in 2 days fast fast fast, fast fast. In perfect condition. Thanks for a great speaker at a great price...

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

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Warranty sucks

Duane from Rockford, IL on 5/9/2016

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Speaker sounds fantastic, everything they they say they do. But if you need a warranty part, good luck.

Pros: Sound is great. Fills large room.

Cons: Bi amp is a must. Warranty is a battle.

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RTI-9's Speakers

Ken W from Minnesota on 5/5/2016

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Heavy speakers beautiful cherry cabinets. Sounds amazing!

Pros: Sounds amazing and the quality in the cherry finish is outstanding. Well packaged product and very fast shipping.

Cons: Heavy. Well made for sure.

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