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Thinking of getting RTI10's


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#1 of 2 MikeGee

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Posted December 29 2008 - 01:02 PM

Hey guys
A couple of questions if anyone can help!

I currently own Athena Audition series (AS B2) Bookshelf speakers which are good sounding speakers but they have absolutly no punch whatsoever bass wise. Also since I have to buy some speaker stands now for them and my Dayton amp for my subwoofer died. I am looking for tower speakers that have some punch and some bass. Which would solve both problems.

I've been looking at the Polk RTI10's which are on sale now for 500$ or the Energy C500's for 300$. Which to me sounds like a steal both have great reviews. I'd be powering them with a Pioneer 1014.
Is that sufficient power to drive the Polks alone? I've heard they are power hungry and need to be driven with a good preamp to sound good.

I currently also have an Athena center channel speaker and I know its best to match your center with the front speakers but for budget reasons i cannot right away but I'm sure any of the RTI centers or any of the same series Energy speakers would match well.

#2 of 2 gene c

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Posted December 29 2008 - 02:34 PM

The RTi10's for $500 is a great deal but I've also heard they need lots of power and are really 4 ohm speakers. Since you're using a 1014 ( a nice older receiver but not for 4 ohm speakers) I'd consider the Energy 500's and use the $200 you save on another sub. And since you already have an Athena center you can get the LS-500's for the same $300 from AudioAdvisor.com (+ shipping) But I suspect the Energy's are a little bit better of a speaker. In any event, whatever you buy I still recommend you use a sub. Even with the RTi10's.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.