What newer speakers are better than Polk RT3000p Towers?

I bought a set of Polk RT3000p towers last winter($200 for both) with both plate amps not working. After sending them to Polk for repair, which was an absolute nightmare, they finally came back working and sound fantastic. After dealing with Polk(in CA) I wasn’t keen on keeping these in case something else broke and I would be forced to work with them again. Also, the spare parts are sooo expensive! I began to look for newer speakers that compared to the rt3000’s but nothing seems to even come close. I believe I lucked out and only have about $550 into these so my expectations on spending that much (or even double) for new speakers with similar quality in audio is probably totally off. I was wondering if I could pick yalls brains on this topic. If I’ve broken any forum rules, I apologize. I am new to the forum. Thank you!

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  • mantismantis Posts: 14,909
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    Welcome to the forum,
    Listen for $550 the RT3000p's can't be beat. There is no new speaker you can pick up that will even come close. I think you need to check out the retail price and learn you got a steal even if you have to repair them again. The RT3000p's where the very best version of the RT series by a long shot.
    Now with that being said they are not the best sounding under $4000.00 speaker you can buy today. I know you said spending double on what you paid is out of the question but understand you will need to spend at least $2000.00 for a main pair of powered tower speakers to compete or better them. Definitive Technology would be what I would replace them with despite your budget. The BP9060's would be the cheapest pair that would better them for all kinds of reasons. They retail for around $2200.00 a pair. The high end of the 9060 is smoother and more detailed. Clearer mid range and tighter bass. They completely out perform the RT3000p's in my opinion in all ways.
    So as you can see the RT3000p's are a mad deal at $550 and the dealing with polk which usually is a excellent experience. Many of us in here have been here and used polk's for decades and had very good customer service. Your dealing with a way out of production speaker and the fact polk can still repair them in my opinion is outstanding.
    I don't think you would have any issues flipping the RT3000p's for $550.00 or more depending on condition. The entire RT5000 series home theater package is one of polks best ever. Do you have the center and surrounds?
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.

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  • sdouglassdouglas Posts: 7
    F1nut wrote: »
    If you're looking for higher fidelity in the current Polk lineup, the LSiM 705 is your huckleberry.

    You didn't state what gear you're using now, if it's consumer grade the 705's need better.

    Thank you for your suggestion. By “gear”, I am guessing what receiver am I using? I’m using a lower end Onkyo SR 353 with 140 watts per channel.
  • sdouglassdouglas Posts: 7
    mantis wrote: »
    Welcome to the forum,
    Listen for $550 the RT3000p's can't be beat. There is no new speaker you can pick up that will even come close. I think you need to check out the retail price and learn you got a steal even if you have to repair them again. The RT3000p's where the very best version of the RT series by a long shot.

    So as you can see the RT3000p's are a mad deal at $550 and the dealing with polk which usually is a excellent experience. Many of us in here have been here and used polk's for decades and had very good customer service. Your dealing with a way out of production speaker and the fact polk can still repair them in my opinion is outstanding.
    I don't think you would have any issues flipping the RT3000p's for $550.00 or more depending on condition. The entire RT5000 series home theater package is one of polks best ever. Do you have the center and surrounds?

    That is exactly the info I was trying to get. Thank you so much for explaining it in detail. I definitely don’t have the budget to replace the Polk RT3000’s then! I had hoped my less than favorable dealings with Polk was a one time deal. Glad to hear it’s not the norm. I am very much a beginner when it comes to “hi-if” or what I believe hi-fi to be lol. Thanks again for the words of wisdom. I will enjoy what I have and try to learn more about this never ending quest for the next best speaker;) take care
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,457
    sdouglas wrote: »
    F1nut wrote: »
    If you're looking for higher fidelity in the current Polk lineup, the LSiM 705 is your huckleberry.

    You didn't state what gear you're using now, if it's consumer grade the 705's need better.

    Thank you for your suggestion. By “gear”, I am guessing what receiver am I using? I’m using a lower end Onkyo SR 353 with 140 watts per channel.

    Need to step up the game on your power source, Polks are hungry for current. Look into getting external amplification for the front 3 channels of your HT, using the Onkyo as a preamp.
  • sdouglassdouglas Posts: 7
    Thank you all for the answers. It’s great to draw from the wealth of knowledge here. I am quite restricted in the way of a budget and what I have far exceeds my expectations. I don’t have the matching surrounds(I have some Polk OWB3’s) but I am not at the point where I could appreciate a matching set. I hope you don’t scoff at me but when I tell you I am a beginner, I really mean it. Please don’t think you’re wasting your time on me because I appreciate yalls input. Thanks again.
  • K_MK_M Posts: 1,018
    http://www.onhifi.com/product/polk_rt3000p.htm

    You got a great deal on them. Hard to quantify, used prices on speakers with new speaker prices.
    Lsi15, Lsi9, LsiC,Rta11t,M5jr+,M4,SDA 3.1TL, SDA SRS 2.3TL, Rti6....Still listing stuff, a work in progress.
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