Polk HQ in Baltimore: Worth a Visit?

stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,029
I may be driving through the area later today. Has anyone been to the mountaintop? Anything to see? Thanks.
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- Isaac Asimov

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  • mantismantis Posts: 14,990
    I went years ago and it was fun.
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,029
    @KennethSwauger - How could I make this so?
    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
    - Isaac Asimov

    Hi-Fi
    Apple Lossless --> Squeezebox Touch --> Joule Electra LA-100 Mark iii --> MIT AVT2 IC's --> Adcom GFA-555ii --> MIT EXP S2 Cables --> LSiM-705's
    Visuals
    http://StretchPhotography.com
    http://Vimeo.com/channels/stretchphoto
  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,582
    I'm not sure what the arrangements are for visiting Polk's facility, send an email to [email protected], he should be able to help.
    "And the house you live in will never fall down
    If you pity the stranger who stands at your gate" G.Lightfoot
  • polrbehrpolrbehr Posts: 2,113
    After hours -> brick -> night vision goggles = successful tour B)

    Or you could just call and ask? It was a worthy tour, but that was in '08,
    something tells me it's not the same now.
    So, are you willing to put forth a little effort or are you happy sitting in your skeptical poo pile?


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  • AsSiMiLaTeDAsSiMiLaTeD Posts: 11,712
    Yeah I did the tour years ago but I wouldn’t expect anything like that experience now, that was back when Polk was still self owned.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,765
    polrbehr wrote: »
    After hours -> brick -> night vision goggles = successful tour B)

    Or you could just call and ask? It was a worthy tour, but that was in '08,
    something tells me it's not the same now.

    Punchline to a favorite joke.
    Do I look like I'm made of bricks?

    B)
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 40,213
    stretchl wrote: »
    I may be driving through the area later today. Has anyone been to the mountaintop? Anything to see? Thanks.

    5601 Metro Drive is no more. Polk HQ is in Vista, CA now.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,582
    Polk maintains their CS, research and product development facility in Owings Mills, MD. the main corporate facility is, as F1nut says, in Vista, CA.
    "And the house you live in will never fall down
    If you pity the stranger who stands at your gate" G.Lightfoot
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,092
    This is the former Polk headquarters I would like to see. :)

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  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,029
    Wow. What a house.

    Looks like I won’t make it. I’m still navigating the wilds of Pennsylvania.
    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
    - Isaac Asimov

    Hi-Fi
    Apple Lossless --> Squeezebox Touch --> Joule Electra LA-100 Mark iii --> MIT AVT2 IC's --> Adcom GFA-555ii --> MIT EXP S2 Cables --> LSiM-705's
    Visuals
    http://StretchPhotography.com
    http://Vimeo.com/channels/stretchphoto
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,440
    The Polk facility in Vista is very nice :)
    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 BasX-A300
    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
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,658
    I was at the Owings Mills facility in November... It's cozy and I saw stuff I'm not allowed to talk about.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,765
    FestYboy wrote: »
    I was at the Owings Mills facility in November... It's cozy and I saw stuff I'm not allowed to talk about.

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    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,092
    FestYboy wrote: »
    I saw stuff I'm not allowed to talk about.

    An SRT soundbar with Alexa, Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant, and Morse Code?

    Maybe an SDA subwoofer with two silk dome tweeters and a single passive radiator?

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