Intro thread?

Polk4PaulPolk4Paul Posts: 3
edited February 8 in 2 Channel Audio
I haven't found an intro thread so I'm just going to make one for myself to share what I've got and what I'd like to do.

Several years ago when Tweeter was going out of business in Greenville, SC I bought some equipment they were using for demo purposes to include a Yamaha RX-V1, Cambridge Audio Azur 640A (integrated amp) and Azure 640C (CD Player) and 2 NIB Polk RTi A9s. I hadn't a clue what I was getting, just young and had some money to spend.

FF to the present day. We moved a couple years ago to N. GA/Metro ATL (whatever you call it) and I finally got my speakers setup with the Azure 640A powering them and the CD Player to play music. (If you're wondering about the RX-V1, I left it with a friend who uses it regularly to power a pair of speakers he listens to while working at home. I have talked to him about getting it back sometime soon though ;) ) I started listening to a couple CDs laying around (70s/80s type rock) and thought "meh" must not have been decent stuff I got all those years ago. The started listening to some Tower of Power, Joe Bonamassa, Dave Matthews Band Live at Red Rocks and further confirmed that I wasn't totally impressed with the setup which lead me to look online for a forum and I wound up here.

I'm glad to have found the site as I've read quite a few people talking about the RTi A9 and getting good sound out of them. First thing I've learned is my Azure 640A at 65 watts per channel is far too under powered for these speakers! Secondly I learned that I need an amp that'll warm up the sound coming out of these speakers and people like Parasound and MacCormack DNA amps. I'd like to keep my spend below the $1k mark and it seems as though the Parasound 22xx series are more readily available used. I'm not sure if my budget is reasonable for a DNA-1, but maybe so...I've got some looking to do. I like several genres of music but really like instrumental music whether it be jazz, funk, rock, classical, etc. I do like some vocals as well but prefer instrumental. I have no desire to use this setup for surround sound, movies etc...purely music.

Anyway, that's my story. Feel free to share any advice you have but in the meantime, I'll probably be digging around on the site and watching the used ads for one of the two amp brands listed above.

Paul

Comments

  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 4,483
    Welcome! Enjoy yourself. I think you came to a good place. Lots of folks to learn from here.
    7.1 - polk RTi10 x 3 (LCR) : FXi3 x 2 : RTi4 x 4 : Sunfire SDS-12 : Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 : Adcom GFA-7500 : Squeezebox Touch : DIRECTV : Roku SE : Panasonic PT-AX200U PJ @ 120"
    5.1 - Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800 x 4 : ProCenter 1000 : Klipsch Sub-10 : Pioneer Elite SC-91: DIRECTV : LG OLED55B6P : Roku Premiere+
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,668
    Welcome and congratulations on figuring out the search feature!
    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
  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 4,219
    Welcome, never had those speakers but I think I've read they are better for HT than 2 channel. Let others chime in that has experience though.
    Pio Elete Pro 520
    Panamax 5400-EX
    Sunfire TGP 5
    Micro Seiki DD-40 - Lyra-Dorian and Denon DL-160
    PS Audio GCPH phono pre
    Sunfire CG 200 X 5
    Sunfire CG Sig 405 X 5
    OPPO BDP-83 SE
    SDA SRS 1.2TL Sonicaps and Mills
    Ctr CS1000p
    Sur - FX1000 x 4
    SUB - SVS PB2-Plus

    Workkout room:
    Sony Bravia XBR- 32-Inch 1080p
    Onkyo TX-DS898
    GFA 555
    Yamaha DVD-S1800BL/SACD
    Ft - SDA 1C

    Not being used:
    RTi 38's -4
    RT55i's - 2
    RT25i's -2, using other 2 in shop
    LSI 15's
    CSi40
    PSW 404
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,197
    Welcome Paul!
    Nice bike! (Dragon?) and dump the A9s if music's your thing. Amp's not gonna magically warm and smooth those speakers. You need a music speaker for music, not a theater one. Build system refinements around a speaker you already like, not one with shortcomings you're trying to correct.

    If you want to stay Polk, Signature Series, LSiM, or vintage might be more to your liking.
  • msg wrote: »
    Welcome Paul!
    Nice bike! (Dragon?) and dump the A9s if music's your thing. Amp's not gonna magically warm and smooth those speakers. You need a music speaker for music, not a theater one. Build system refinements around a speaker you already like, not one with shortcomings you're trying to correct.

    If you want to stay Polk, Signature Series, LSiM, or vintage might be more to your liking.

    It was either the Dragon or the Cherohala. Guess I need to figure in some speakers too then based the comments so far. Doesn’t have to remain Polk but I’ll check out what you recommend!
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,525
    I vote vintage... SDA 2b? Maybe bigger if you room permits it?

    Run for these!! : https://knoxville.craigslist.org/ele/d/polk-audio/6488416432.html

    Then get a big boy amp because they are power hungry.
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,691
    You have opened the door to the first level of Hell.....

    God speed....
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,411
    Welcome home!
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,525
    lightman1 wrote: »
    You have opened the door to the first level of Hell.....

    God speed....

    So says the receptionist. :*
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,691
    FestYboy wrote: »
    lightman1 wrote: »
    You have opened the door to the first level of Hell.....

    God speed....

    So says the receptionist. :*

    Gotta make sure they are gonna make the cut.
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 6,838
    Welcome!

    Has anyone used 666 in lightmans karma?
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ & Pro 11+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS* Twisted Pear Buffalo III Dual Mono ESS Sabre32 DAC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *

  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,691
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    Welcome!

    Has anyone used 666 in lightmans karma?

    I see you have not chosen yet, Rich......
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 6,838
    lightman1 wrote: »
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    Welcome!

    Has anyone used 666 in lightmans karma?

    I see you have not chosen yet, Rich......

    How about a Thunderdome beer cage match. Two men enter, first one passes out gets punk'd..... :o
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ & Pro 11+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS* Twisted Pear Buffalo III Dual Mono ESS Sabre32 DAC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *

  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,691
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    lightman1 wrote: »
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    Welcome!

    Has anyone used 666 in lightmans karma?

    I see you have not chosen yet, Rich......

    How about a Thunderdome beer cage match. Two men enter, first one passes out gets punk'd..... :o

    http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/180547/its-time-for-a-lightman-karma-one-time-a-year-and-only-here#latest

    Gauntlet has been thrown....
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 4,532
    Welcome. Nice MS1200S and bombing down the Tail of the Dragon as well. Was there in 2015 on my 2012 MS1200ST loaded down with me, my wife and a bunch of photog gear. We did 13 states in 11 days on that trip which also saw us hit the Cherohala Skyway, BRP from south end to north end and a whole lot of other great roads from the Ozark Mountains to the Smokey’s.

    As F1nut said, we love to spend other folk’s money!
    "Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 2,314
    Welcome to the forum Paul! I don't have much to add that hasn't already been said. I agree with others that the RTiA series speakers are geared more towards home theater and can be overly bright/harsh. If you're looking to build a nice little 2-channel system, I'd start with different speakers. Don't rule out the Cambridge integrated amp just yet. I'm sure there are plenty of more efficient speakers that it would have no problem driving.

    And YEEEEEESSSSSSS, folks on this forum love spending other members' money!
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,312
    edited February 9
    Welcome....here's an amp to get you started....for only 500 clams

    https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/ele/d/parasoundwatt-thx-ultra2-two/6487328865.html
    HT SYSTEM-
    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 1403 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    ERA D5 bookies

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,525
    Well there you go, that amp and those 15s, you're in for 850 (under budget) and you'll be set! That is until you start down the mod rabbit hole >:)
  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 1,832
    Chicago is a bit of a drive from Georgia? Shame, I've always liked that amp and price is right(I think).
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
    Parasound HCA1500, Dynaco PAS4, Denon DP1200 w/Shure V15 Type V and Jico SAS stylus, Oppo BDP93, "upgraded" Polk SDA 2B.
  • tonyb wrote: »
    Welcome....here's an amp to get you started....for only 500 clams

    https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/ele/d/parasoundwatt-thx-ultra2-two/6487328865.html

    Awesome, I'll reach out to see if they'll ship and if they have any details other than just the specs. Regarding the speakers above...would those really be that much better than the A9s? From my reading the A9s do much better with power behind them regarding music. In any case, not opposed to it just some more research I need to do.
  • verbverb Posts: 2,732
    F1nut wrote: »
    Welcome. We love spending other people's money.

    Yes you do! You all do! I can attest!

    Welcome @Polk4Paul !
    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,197
    Hey Paul, so now that you've been here for a while, ready to spend some money?
    Consider it your initiation.

    Best deal I've ever seen on Polk LSiM - 5 channels, $1500.

    http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/180678/amazing-adorama-deal-5-channel-lsim-package-705-703-706-1500

    2x LSiM 705
    2x LSiM 703
    1x LSiM 706

    Don't think just click :D B)
    Ask for forgiveness later.
    As well as for the rest of the money you'll want for an upgraded AVR and/or amp.

    If you're interested, act fast. I thought this had to be a mistake when I saw it. It's not even open box.
  • verbverb Posts: 2,732
    That is a smoking deal! CP alert! Wow!
    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • DerfDerf Posts: 166
    edited February 9
    Welcome to the forum, Paul. I just joined beginning of this past year, with no equipment, and you can see in my signature what I’ve ended up with. Hang around here and you’ll be neck deep in it before long. But these are a great group of people with a lot of experience and knowledge, and in the end they really do just want to help you get the best system to meet your needs.
    Post edited by Derf on
    Integrated Amp: Marantz PM-10
    Speakers: Usher MD2
    Subwoofer: Rythmik F15HP
    DAC: North Star Design Supremo
    Streaming Source: AURALiC Aries Mini
    SACD Player: Marantz SA8004
    Power Source: PS Audio PP3 on dedicated 20amp circuit
  • verbverb Posts: 2,732
    Derf wrote: »
    Welcome to the forum, Paul. I just joined beginning of this year, with no equipment, and you can see in my signature what I’ve ended up with. Hang around here and you’ll be neck deep in it before long. But these are a great group of people with a lot of experience and knowledge, and in the end they really do just want to help you get the best system to meet your needs.

    You too @Derf! My sig contains all new toys since I joined in December! Congrats!
    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
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