New SDA SRS 1.2TL for long time Polk Owner

Hi.

So, I'm a new SDA SRS 1.2TL owner. I've been a fan of Polk for a long time. The house is full of the older 4ohm LSi series (7s, 9s, and 15s and two Cs) in two home theaters (media room and living room). I also have a pair of LSiM707s for my audiophile setup.

I keep a shortcut on my internet browser to check for new Polk items on Craigslist here in Austin Tx. On Monday night, just as I was leaving work, I clicked on it while waiting for some spreadsheets at work to save down, and someone has just posted a pair of 1.2s for $450 about 5 minutes earlier. I wasn't 100% sure what they were, but sent him an email anyway to tell him I was interested. Apparently, I was the first of a long list of people that emailed him, and who apparently even offered him more money. There were enough emails that on Tuesday night, he had to pull the ad (he had already received 40ish emails). He was kind enough to hold them an extra day for me so that picking them up wouldn't impede on my date night with the fiance. Kinda important since we only get to do that once every two or three weeks with kid and work schedules. Cancelling date night would have been a great way to hurt the WAF (wife (or fiance) acceptance factor).

Anyway, got them home last night, and set them up after my daughter was asleep. No small feat, considering they're 185lbs and all I had was my handtruck.

Anyway, I thought I knew what a virtual soundstage was, but I really had no clue. Now, I have some nice speakers. And I've HAD some nice speakers. Besides the Polks, I have my Rectilinear Mini IIIs. I've had Cerwin Vegas, Sansui, Bose, B&W, Paradigm, and I'm sure others I'm forgetting (like JBL and MTX in my youth). But I've never heard a set of speakers as nice as these. I listened to them in the dark for a few hours with a multitude of different types of music. I could swear there were instruments playing where there were no speakers. Playing Dark of the Moon, there were cash registers and clocks ringing all over the room. Listening to Pachelbel's Canon in D, I could swear there was a full Orchestra in front of me. Tchaikovsky's Overture of 1812... I have no words... I listened to some Hank Mobley, and Keb Mo, and Miles Davis. This morning, it was AC/DC and "The Wall". It was/is a whole new experience.

I'm so happy that I replied to the ad before knowing what they were and so happy the seller honored his posted price. And I'm so happy they're huge b/c the mortician won't have any trouble burying me in one of them when I'm dead.... LOL....
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,602
    Congrats on your very first steps into the rabbit hole. While these speakers sound great in their stock form, they are taken to a completely new place with some upgrades, but more on that later.

    For now, enjoy your speakers and welcome to the club.
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  • nspindelnspindel Posts: 5,239
    Sick deal. Congratulations!
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.
  • machonemachone Posts: 834
    Nice
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  • dkfreebirddkfreebird Posts: 814
    Great deal, throw up some pics when you get a chance. We would love to see them. Welcome to Club Polk.
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  • BlueMDPickerBlueMDPicker Old Polk Posts: 6,600
    $1.22 a pound - awesome! ;)

    Congrats and welcome to the forum!

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  • LegenderLegender Posts: 335
    Congrats on the find and welcome to the 'big boys' club. Pics are mandatory, by the way :)
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  • TNTsTunesTNTsTunes Posts: 510
    Sweet Deal. That is a steal for 1.2TL's. Install some RDO198 tweeters to replace the stock ones and they will sound even better. Well worth the investment and a good way to enter the rabbit hole to boot.
    "Make a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Light
    a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

  • lawdogglawdogg Posts: 256
    Congratulations!
    <3 my 3.1TLs

    I will fix your shifted magnets for free. :)
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 1,252
    Pix or it didn't happen!

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  • monepolkmonepolk Posts: 737
    Welcome to the forum and enjoy.
  • Moose68BashMoose68Bash Posts: 3,467
    edited October 19
    Congratulations on a stunning score!

    I assume the SDA cable was included and that you have it connected.

    After you install the RDO-198 tweeters, which you can order from Polk with a 10% Forum-member discount, you should replace the stock SDA cable with a Dreadnought. An 800VA version, ready to use, is for sale on the Forum now.

    You scored a great pair of legendary speakers. For what it's worth I paid three times as much for a pair of 1.2s -- not TLs -- a few years back and have installed virtually all the modifications you will read about on the Forum. In my opinion all these mods are well worth the money.

    Welcome to the Forum.

    Please post those pictures. We're a bunch of voyeurs! :)

    PS: That Dreadnought is in Austin, TX.
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  • That one driver is the only damaged item I can find except that the grill covering is a little tired on the sides and on the front of one speaker...
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,648
    Oh boy. You just opened a wormhole. I hope you make good money.


    Welcome to the forum! I hope you don't regret it.


    PS - I'm a few hours north of you. If you ever find yourself up in DFW, holler at me.
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  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 3,546
    Congrats. While I don't frequent Craigslist often, Austin does seem to be the place for some great deals in my limited experience.

    Thanks for sharing and welcome to CP. Lots of great guys on here (especially those of us from Texas) :#
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  • DrahthaarDrahthaar Posts: 34
    What a great deal. Don't forget to spike them. It's the biggest "bang for the buck"
  • DrahthaarDrahthaar Posts: 34
    Drahthaar wrote: »
    What a great deal. Don't forget to spike them. It's the biggest "bang for the buck"

    Even if I could pick them up over my head, I don't think I'd want to throw them down on the ground as hard as I could. Bad for the floors, and bad for the speakers.

    :D :D :D

    LOL!
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 750

    Even if I could pick them up over my head, I don't think I'd want to throw them down on the ground as hard as I could. Bad for the floors, and bad for the speakers.

    :D :D :D

    A word of caution: Once you get some mods done and hear the difference, you will probably be penalized 15 yards for excessive celebration! :p
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  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 5,797
    Congrats, welcome to the forum, and the bottomless rabbit hole.
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    Front: SDA-2ATL forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/143984/my-2as-finally-finished-almost/p1
    Center: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/150760/my-center-channel-project/p1
    Surrounds & Rears: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/151647/my-surround-project/p1
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    Den:
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  • TNTsTunesTNTsTunes Posts: 510
    Congrats, welcome to the forum, and the bottomless rabbit hole.

    Just an FYI... Got a call today from Bugs Bunny's attorney. Mr Cheetum, of Wei, Cheetum and Howe, advised me that the continued use of the term "rabbit hole" is offensive to his client, and Mr. Bunny, not wanting his good name and character to be associated with us moroons, would appreciate us no longer using the term.

    Please notify Bugs Bunny that I've been a client of Howe's since the firm was called Dewey, Cheatum & Howe which before Dewey past on and Wei was hired. I was told by Howe that Bugs Bunny's case is a conflict of interest for this reason and that Bugs needs to retain a new attorneys office to represent him.
    "Make a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Light
    a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,602
    TNTsTunes wrote: »
    Congrats, welcome to the forum, and the bottomless rabbit hole.

    Just an FYI... Got a call today from Bugs Bunny's attorney. Mr Cheetum, of Wei, Cheetum and Howe, advised me that the continued use of the term "rabbit hole" is offensive to his client, and Mr. Bunny, not wanting his good name and character to be associated with us moroons, would appreciate us no longer using the term.

    Please notify Bugs Bunny that I've been a client of Howe's since the firm was called Dewey, Cheatum & Howe which before Dewey past on and Wei was hired. I was told by Howe that Bugs Bunny's case is a conflict of interest for this reason and that Bugs needs to retain a new attorneys office to represent him.

    No worries. I hired some guy named Elmer Fudd to take care of our furry little friend.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono twin chassis phono preamplifier, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo BDP-95 Bluray, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 5,797
    TNTsTunes wrote: »
    Congrats, welcome to the forum, and the bottomless rabbit hole.

    Just an FYI... Got a call today from Bugs Bunny's attorney. Mr Cheetum, of Wei, Cheetum and Howe, advised me that the continued use of the term "rabbit hole" is offensive to his client, and Mr. Bunny, not wanting his good name and character to be associated with us moroons, would appreciate us no longer using the term.

    Please notify Bugs Bunny that I've been a client of Howe's since the firm was called Dewey, Cheatum & Howe which before Dewey past on and Wei was hired. I was told by Howe that Bugs Bunny's case is a conflict of interest for this reason and that Bugs needs to retain a new attorneys office to represent him.

    No worries. I hired some guy named Elmer Fudd to take care of our furry little friend.

    That scwewy wabbit is going to Alcatwaz
    Home Theater/2 Channel:
    Front: SDA-2ATL forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/143984/my-2as-finally-finished-almost/p1
    Center: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/150760/my-center-channel-project/p1
    Surrounds & Rears: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/151647/my-surround-project/p1
    Sonicaps, Mills, RDO-194s-198s, Dynamat, Hurricane Nuts, Blackhole5
    Pioneer Elite VSX-72TXV, Carver PM-350, SVS PB2-Plus Subwoofer
    Cables: Speaker: Furez 10/2 with GLS Locking Banana Plugs
    Interconnect: Furez 10/2 with SpeakONs
    ICs: Custom Furez by Douglas Connections
    Den:
    Bose 901 Series II Continentals Restored, Re-Built Equalizer with Elna Silmic IIs, Sonicaps, and Silver Mica Caps
    Carver CT-3 Pre, Carver PM-600

    dhsspeakerservice.com/
    Now Carrying Gimpod's Custom SDA Circuit Boards

    "And keep her under 70, would you, huh? Betty likes a slow ride"
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 3,439
    edited October 21
    I was just talking to a man TONIGHT about stereo stuff and he says he's been a Sony ES lover all his life. Only Sony ES satisfies him. He's about 55 I guess. He loves those side panels on his gear. He's powering some BIG Infinity's of some sort. I didn't get a chance to go in and see his set-up, me being a craigs list buyer doing a night-time transaction in the pitch black dark tonight. His wife even came out to the garage door to ask him if he was alright after about 15 or 20 minutes.

    I got my deal pretty much the same way but.....I was 4 hrs. late this time, but.....
    He called me back in 20 min. and asked how interested I was. I said I want to come buy the amps if they work and you'll guarantee them maybe. He said sure, come on at 6:30 or 7:00. He said he had a few calls already but the callers were saying they would get back to him asap. I said consider them sold to me if they turn on and look good. He said .I would love them. He said his brother took great care of his things as does he.

    But back to you...Congrats on scoring a HOLY GRAIL of the POLK SDA-SRS collection !

    Yup, if you love how they sound now...wait till you replace that speaker with a hole in it. I own the middle brother or sister to yours. The SDA-SRS2's. And like you, I loved what I heard for the first year and it hasn't let up at all.


    Then check all the speaker screws to see if they're snug and tight. Like another said, new tweeters will help the sound of female singers voices and other sounds around the general frequencies in that area.

    Then comes the Larry's rings for more sealing and
    Trey's Cross-over beautification.
    There's the JBWeld of the drivers rear basket and magnets if the cones are still working alright. Then the dampening of the woofers/mids frames with sound deadener.

    Spike the bottoms when you get all that done. Have FUN !

    You're one lucky guy. Play the Lottery asap.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies . I am glad to be a part of a select group that tries to take our auditory and visual senses to a higher level: we EXPERIENCE them.... GOT SDA?... Got TFM ?
  • DabutcherDabutcher Posts: 1,365
    Wow. What a stack of gear in the middle . Make sure you figure out if the amp you are using is common ground or not? Good luck . You found the right place to get them up to speed and beyond. Peace. D
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,300
    edited October 21
    The Sony amp is common ground.

    Way too much gear in that stack, IMO. All that's needed is the pre, the amp and one CDP. Also, lose the power strip and get a real power conditioner.
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  • nspindelnspindel Posts: 5,239
    Can't help but notice that you've got two dual-cassette decks in that stack. Doing a lot of cassette cloning these days???
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 3,439
    ^^^^ And 3 Cd players.

    I think somebody likes Sony ES gear ! B)

    I know I do. I love how my Sony ES tuner sounds.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies . I am glad to be a part of a select group that tries to take our auditory and visual senses to a higher level: we EXPERIENCE them.... GOT SDA?... Got TFM ?
  • I _do_ actually like Sony ES gear. I had cheaper Sony gear as a kid, but was real happy with it. Their stuff was really well made through the mid nineties.

    The second cassette deck (on the top) was bought for $15. At the time, It needed belts, rollers and lube. It's already been sold on eBay.

    The house has a mix of Sony, Sansui, Denon and Onkyo. But the Sony and Sansui sounds best.
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