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  • firsttimerfirsttimer Posts: 87
    Congrats on the purchase I have been enjoying my signature S60 towers since I have purchased them. Wonderful speakers
  • MilitoMilito Posts: 124
    Replaced my 2 Monitor 60's and a CS2 with a pair of S55's and a S30. Nice improvement in sound.

    I'm glad I saw this thread as I was going to get a pair of RTiA7's and decided on the S55's.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,878
    Got a new office rig set up.

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    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,765
    Horder....when did ya pick up the Marantz ?
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    Tad 803 bookies
    Polk 500 surrounds
    Polk s35 center
    SVS SB-2000
    Sonos

    Music-

    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k 1430 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,878
    Several years ago.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • felipefelipe Posts: 420
    Hey guys! I’ve joined the Signature Series club ;). Got these when there was a sale a couple of months ago. These are definitely a step up from the T series I previously had...I even went Atmos :smiley:. Unfortunately, due to budget, my subs are still the same.
    Looks like there is another sale on the Signatures again, and I was thinking of getting either the S50 or S55. Opinions? I’m not looking at the S60 because I’m in a condo on the third floor (in a 5 floor building) and not looking to spend more than 600. Will either of these floorstanders be good enough so that I won’t need my subs?
    My Setup: Onkyo TX-NR676, Polk Signature S60 Fronts w/ S30 Center and S55 Rears and S10 Heights, Sony 4K Player, Sony 65”4k TV

    My Folks Setup: Sony STR DH130,Klipsch RP-150M, Sony 3D blue ray player, VIZIO 55" TV.
  • felipefelipe Posts: 420
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    Here’s the front sound stage and the space that I got to work with...sorry for the poor lightning
    My Setup: Onkyo TX-NR676, Polk Signature S60 Fronts w/ S30 Center and S55 Rears and S10 Heights, Sony 4K Player, Sony 65”4k TV

    My Folks Setup: Sony STR DH130,Klipsch RP-150M, Sony 3D blue ray player, VIZIO 55" TV.
  • Ctxx24Ctxx24 Posts: 66
    felipe wrote: »
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    Here’s the front sound stage and the space that I got to work with...sorry for the poor lightning
    Are you saying you wana get rid of your subs? Imo for music the 55s work great without subs.. For home theater you always need a sub Imo
  • felipefelipe Posts: 420
    Honestly, I’m just exploring options. I moved to this condo a few months ago (coming from a house), so I’m new to this kind of living and adjusting to having people above and below and on both sides of me lol. The subs dont go very low, and the frequency response of these floorstanders look to be similar...so at the same time trying to free up some floor space and simplify.
    My Setup: Onkyo TX-NR676, Polk Signature S60 Fronts w/ S30 Center and S55 Rears and S10 Heights, Sony 4K Player, Sony 65”4k TV

    My Folks Setup: Sony STR DH130,Klipsch RP-150M, Sony 3D blue ray player, VIZIO 55" TV.
  • MilitoMilito Posts: 124
    I have two S55's and a sub. IMO they need a sub for music and HT.
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 4,602
    From what I have read, if you want to go subless go with the 60s. You can always just turn down the volume...
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio Nova Integrated; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Emit 10 + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; LG UP870 4K BDP

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; Audiosource Amp Two, PSB Imagine B, Boston VR-10 center, NHT Super One CI surrounds, ACI Titan subwoofer, Squeezebox Touch
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,694
    ^^I concur, I own a pair of the S60's no sub required. This is what my ears hear, YMMV.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's;Cables: Wireworld Eclipse IC; Audioquest Big Sur IC; LAT International speaker cables; PS Audio AC-3 power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage.

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  • Ctxx24Ctxx24 Posts: 66
    Milito wrote: »
    I have two S55's and a sub. IMO they need a sub for music and HT.

    Leme rephrase.. With my turntable setup I don't need a sub..with my modern setup using Spotify a sub is most definitely needed..
  • felipefelipe Posts: 420
    So far it looks like both the S50 and S55 do need a sub, whereas the S60 doesn’t....bummer. The S60s are outside of my budget anyways...guess I’ll stick with what I got for now. Its not that I want to go subless...I just saw the sale and was wondering about the performance of these...now I have an idea ;).
    My Setup: Onkyo TX-NR676, Polk Signature S60 Fronts w/ S30 Center and S55 Rears and S10 Heights, Sony 4K Player, Sony 65”4k TV

    My Folks Setup: Sony STR DH130,Klipsch RP-150M, Sony 3D blue ray player, VIZIO 55" TV.
  • Ctxx24Ctxx24 Posts: 66
    felipe wrote: »
    So far it looks like both the S50 and S55 do need a sub, whereas the S60 doesn’t....bummer. The S60s are outside of my budget anyways...guess I’ll stick with what I got for now. Its not that I want to go subless...I just saw the sale and was wondering about the performance of these...now I have an idea ;).

    The 60s need one the same as the 55s don't let anyone tell you different ..same size drivers.. One extra isn't going to give you much more bump.. Being where you live I would imagine you will be happy.. I just turned mine on full range.. Played some skrillex and couldn't believe it..
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,031
    edited June 11
    You can get the 55s and keep your sub, or wait and save more money and get the 60s and still keep your sub.

    There are not a lot of speakers that can give you all the details of the bass that is playing. Mid range drivers are just that mid range. The speakers will struggle to play the really low notes rendering all the bass kind of muddy. having a sub to take the pressure off of the speakers will give you greater clarity between the mid range and deep bass.

    You would also be better off getting a better sub, a sealed box SVS would really take things up a notch both for music and movies.

    Don't let the fact that you live in a condo scare you off from getting bigger speakers. It's not about the size of the speakers, it's about YOU being considerate of your neighbors. If you are playing your system during the weekdays turn it down some at 9pm, on weekends make turn it down at 10pm. I live in a condo and that's what I do.

    Then again, if you are in one of the newer crappy all wood with no insulation between units condos that they are putting up these days, it won't matter how low the volume is, your neighbors will hear you.

    So the same rules apply, just pray you have decent neighbors that won't mind.
    Sunfire TGP III PrePro, Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 405wpc 5 ch. Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,469
    I agree the S60 don't need a sub for music.

    We had a party for one of my kids when I first got my S60's. All the hip-hop they were playing was bass heavy so I turned off the sub putting the S60 in full range. They sounded darn good with no sub. a few weeks latter we were watching a movie, oops forgot to turn the sub on.

    S60 sound good with no sub, add a sub in the mix and they are an oh yeah speaker.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk T15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,694
    Yeah, my system is strictly 2 channel music. Must be my space, as a sub with the S60's would be overkill.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's;Cables: Wireworld Eclipse IC; Audioquest Big Sur IC; LAT International speaker cables; PS Audio AC-3 power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage.

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  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 1,756
    I vote sell the condo and get 4 subs.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,878
    Ctxx24 wrote: »
    felipe wrote: »
    So far it looks like both the S50 and S55 do need a sub, whereas the S60 doesn’t....bummer. The S60s are outside of my budget anyways...guess I’ll stick with what I got for now. Its not that I want to go subless...I just saw the sale and was wondering about the performance of these...now I have an idea ;).

    The 60s need one the same as the 55s don't let anyone tell you different ..same size drivers.. One extra isn't going to give you much more bump.. Being where you live I would imagine you will be happy.. I just turned mine on full range.. Played some skrillex and couldn't believe it..

    I'm sorry but I've had both and the 55 digs ok but the 60 is a different beast. It isn't just the extra driver. The speaker itself is about twice the internal volume of the 55. The sheer size difference can be staggering if you haven't seen them side by side.

    There is more to a speaker than just the drivers.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 273
    Save a little extra and go for the 60s. You can find good deals if you are patient and shop around. They are a terrific speaker and great for music and ht.
    Living Room
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    Office
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  • felipefelipe Posts: 420
    Many thanks to all of you for your insight :). I do live in an older condo ( built in the 70s lol) so I assume its well-insulated ( it survived hurricane Irma..so thats sayin’ something Imo ). I saw a really good price on the S55s ( a little over 200 each :) ) from a reputable online retailer that I’ve purchased items from the past...so I bit the bullet and ordered a pair...couldn’t pass on it. If worse comes to worse, I got 60 days to return if they are not to my liking.
    My Setup: Onkyo TX-NR676, Polk Signature S60 Fronts w/ S30 Center and S55 Rears and S10 Heights, Sony 4K Player, Sony 65”4k TV

    My Folks Setup: Sony STR DH130,Klipsch RP-150M, Sony 3D blue ray player, VIZIO 55" TV.
  • Ctxx24Ctxx24 Posts: 66
    DSkip wrote: »
    Ctxx24 wrote: »
    felipe wrote: »
    So far it looks like both the S50 and S55 do need a sub, whereas the S60 doesn’t....bummer. The S60s are outside of my budget anyways...guess I’ll stick with what I got for now. Its not that I want to go subless...I just saw the sale and was wondering about the performance of these...now I have an idea ;).

    The 60s need one the same as the 55s don't let anyone tell you different ..same size drivers.. One extra isn't going to give you much more bump.. Being where you live I would imagine you will be happy.. I just turned mine on full range.. Played some skrillex and couldn't believe it..

    I'm sorry but I've had both and the 55 digs ok but the 60 is a different beast. It isn't just the extra driver. The speaker itself is about twice the internal volume of the 55. The sheer size difference can be staggering if you haven't seen them side by side.

    There is more to a speaker than just the drivers.

    OK lol I have heard them both side by side and there was very little difference base wise there is no difference in my opinion
  • Ctxx24Ctxx24 Posts: 66
    felipe wrote: »
    Many thanks to all of you for your insight :). I do live in an older condo ( built in the 70s lol) so I assume its well-insulated ( it survived hurricane Irma..so thats sayin’ something Imo ). I saw a really good price on the S55s ( a little over 200 each :) ) from a reputable online retailer that I’ve purchased items from the past...so I bit the bullet and ordered a pair...couldn’t pass on it. If worse comes to worse, I got 60 days to return if they are not to my liking.

    Let us know..
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 4,602
    Ctxx24 wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    Ctxx24 wrote: »
    felipe wrote: »
    So far it looks like both the S50 and S55 do need a sub, whereas the S60 doesn’t....bummer. The S60s are outside of my budget anyways...guess I’ll stick with what I got for now. Its not that I want to go subless...I just saw the sale and was wondering about the performance of these...now I have an idea ;).

    The 60s need one the same as the 55s don't let anyone tell you different ..same size drivers.. One extra isn't going to give you much more bump.. Being where you live I would imagine you will be happy.. I just turned mine on full range.. Played some skrillex and couldn't believe it..

    I'm sorry but I've had both and the 55 digs ok but the 60 is a different beast. It isn't just the extra driver. The speaker itself is about twice the internal volume of the 55. The sheer size difference can be staggering if you haven't seen them side by side.

    There is more to a speaker than just the drivers.

    OK lol I have heard them both side by side and there was very little difference base wise there is no difference in my opinion

    Just curious were they properly set up with good power or was it just in Best Buy? Cause that setup is terrible...
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio Nova Integrated; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Emit 10 + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; LG UP870 4K BDP

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; Audiosource Amp Two, PSB Imagine B, Boston VR-10 center, NHT Super One CI surrounds, ACI Titan subwoofer, Squeezebox Touch
  • Ctxx24Ctxx24 Posts: 66
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    Ctxx24 wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    Ctxx24 wrote: »
    felipe wrote: »
    So far it looks like both the S50 and S55 do need a sub, whereas the S60 doesn’t....bummer. The S60s are outside of my budget anyways...guess I’ll stick with what I got for now. Its not that I want to go subless...I just saw the sale and was wondering about the performance of these...now I have an idea ;).

    The 60s need one the same as the 55s don't let anyone tell you different ..same size drivers.. One extra isn't going to give you much more bump.. Being where you live I would imagine you will be happy.. I just turned mine on full range.. Played some skrillex and couldn't believe it..

    I'm sorry but I've had both and the 55 digs ok but the 60 is a different beast. It isn't just the extra driver. The speaker itself is about twice the internal volume of the 55. The sheer size difference can be staggering if you haven't seen them side by side.

    There is more to a speaker than just the drivers.

    OK lol I have heard them both side by side and there was very little difference base wise there is no difference in my opinion

    Just curious were they properly set up with good power or was it just in Best Buy? Cause that setup is terrible...

    And what setup is that..
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 4,602
    Ctxx24 wrote: »
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    Ctxx24 wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    Ctxx24 wrote: »
    felipe wrote: »
    So far it looks like both the S50 and S55 do need a sub, whereas the S60 doesn’t....bummer. The S60s are outside of my budget anyways...guess I’ll stick with what I got for now. Its not that I want to go subless...I just saw the sale and was wondering about the performance of these...now I have an idea ;).

    The 60s need one the same as the 55s don't let anyone tell you different ..same size drivers.. One extra isn't going to give you much more bump.. Being where you live I would imagine you will be happy.. I just turned mine on full range.. Played some skrillex and couldn't believe it..

    I'm sorry but I've had both and the 55 digs ok but the 60 is a different beast. It isn't just the extra driver. The speaker itself is about twice the internal volume of the 55. The sheer size difference can be staggering if you haven't seen them side by side.

    There is more to a speaker than just the drivers.

    OK lol I have heard them both side by side and there was very little difference base wise there is no difference in my opinion

    Just curious were they properly set up with good power or was it just in Best Buy? Cause that setup is terrible...

    And what setup is that..

    uh...the one in Best Buy...
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio Nova Integrated; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Emit 10 + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; LG UP870 4K BDP

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; Audiosource Amp Two, PSB Imagine B, Boston VR-10 center, NHT Super One CI surrounds, ACI Titan subwoofer, Squeezebox Touch
  • Ctxx24Ctxx24 Posts: 66
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    Loving my 20s on my turntable sounds great..
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,718
    Might want to consider some isolation stands/pads for the speakers. Generally you don't want speakers to be resting on the same surface that your TT is on.
    Ctxx24 wrote: »
    Loving my 20s on my turntable sounds great..

    Got Dayens?
  • Ctxx24Ctxx24 Posts: 66
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Might want to consider some isolation stands/pads for the speakers. Generally you don't want speakers to be resting on the same surface that your TT is on.
    Ctxx24 wrote: »
    Loving my 20s on my turntable sounds great..

    I wish I had room for stands.. But there is no interference and most of the bass goes to my sub..soinds wonderful
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