Polk Sub HTS 10 or 12 with RTi A9’s

Currently I’m running my RTi A9’s with a 200 watt external amp and all is well in that regard. I find the A9’s have excellent bass when I put the power to them but are lacking at lower power levels. My solution so far is to add 2 of the Polk HTS 10 Subs to the mix but I haves few concerns.

HTS 10 is relatively low power (100watt continuous 200watt peak)
HTS 12 x 2 may be a bit much.

Does any one have experience with either of these two subs with the A9’s ? I am aware of the frequency ranges etc.. of all items but for various reasons want to stay with Polk if I can.

Room is 14’ x 28’ with 10’ ceilings, listen to Music 60/Movies 40, don’t care so much about surround sound just want to warm things up at lower power levels.

Thank you
Cheers: Snarl

Another guy from Canada

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  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 7,009
    HT/Main- Panny 50" G10 Plasma, Pioneer SC-1222k AVR, Panny DMP-BD60 BDP, Polk LS90 mains, CS350LS center, LS/fx side surrounds, LS50 surround backs, SVS 25-31PC+ sub, Harmony One

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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 1,405

    Oh yeah i forgot to mention SVS... much better subs.
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  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 12,960
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  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,405
    I would get an SVS or HSU sub any day over a Polk. I like Polk speakers but their subs are nowhere near HSU or SVS. @ 60% music I would get one of the SVS outlet specials "SB" sealed subs.
    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.

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  • felipefelipe Posts: 420
    Hi Snarl. Welcome to the forum. I see that your looking for sub/subs to help your A9’s at lower levels. Before anything...what’s your budget? From what I’ve read about the HTS Subs, they are a good price/performance ratio sub ( when on sale )...not SVS or HSU level tho. The HTS subs look good IMO ;)
    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.
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