Very FULL sound
So I decided to upgrade my Sony SS-V130 cubes and SA-W303 sub to some bigger/better speakers. After many hours of research Polk stood out as the speaker of choice. Here's was the planned setup.Front 2: RTi8's; Center: CSi5; Rear 2: RTi4's; and Sub: PSW12. After installing the two RTi8's, I have to say they are serious speakers! They push out a lot of sound, and have an undeniable presence in the room (size wise). The cherry wood is amazingly beautiful and adds that extra "high quality" look to the speakers. I've already said they produce a LOT of sound, but, after 25 days (no joke) of trying to tweak my Yamaha HTR-5890 receiver to make theses speakers sound just perfect, I had to give up. They produce perfect midrange, mediocre to poor bass, and slightly above average highs. These are perfect speakers for anyone looking to have a full "all-around" sound, but plan to buy a subwoofer. What I learned was that my ears like the cube sound much better (Bose type speakers) that's to say I like the highs and upper mids coming from one speaker and the mid-lows and bass coming from another speaker. Again, these are great for giving you the feeling of "all-in-one" sound, but to me that all-in-one sound seemed a little muffled no matter how I tweaked my system. I wanted to hear clearer sounds with crisp distinction between the sounds. If your like me and upgrading from a cube system, be sure to listen to these A LOT before buying them, or make sure to keep your boxes for the 30 day return policy Crutchfield offers (which I did and they were super friendly about it). By the way I used these only for home theater, and if you get them, bi-wire, it makes them sound extra sweet!