Hopefully I am not stating something already discussed but I just spent an hour at my local FRYS listening to the new RTi12. My first impression was "My goodness those are beautiful". They really have to be seen as the picture on the Polk site does not do them justice. They were set up on the main floor so the listening environment was terrible but during the hour there were a few moments of quiet. As has been discussed they are using the existing RTI tweeter and stood about the same height as the RTI150 but are a little more narrow. The built in spikes were a nice addition and almost give the base an alien type look. (I liked it) The sound was as anticipated fantastic. Had they been in an enclosed room this certainly would have helped but Dianna Krall sounded fantastic. I love that DVD for showing off my RTI70 SVS combo and the salesman, also owning RTI70's, thought the same exact thing. The soundstage and imaging were (cough) a little nicer than my beloved rti70's. Having heard the LSI's and their Vifa tweeters I still believe they own the market musically for the Polk line however a few scenes of Toy Story 2 showed, as in the the older RTI's, the strength of the RTI12. These are made for the home theater environment. I am no audiophile by any stretch but musically they still fall a little short of the LSI line. Despite the small short coming musically there is a definite improvement in presence and when you hear them you will understand. The sound is warm,rich,and full. The RTI series has been criticized for being to bright and I still argue that a good H/K or NAD combo will always help to tame this. It is just not fair to drive the RTI line with a bottom rung Sony and complain about brightness. Ok off of my soap box but Polk has what looks to be a real winner here and at $699 per speaker not a terrible price. I don't think I will be unloading my 70's anytime soon but this new RTI series certainly looks to challenge much more expensive speakers and ultimately win the bang for the buck award again. Good job Polk and keep it up. The RTI12 looks to be another reason why I stay committed to Polk Audio.