Do you remember your first Polk?

Mikey081057
Mikey081057 Posts: 7,127
edited February 2014 in Speakers
Not poke

I don't know if this thread was already done... but sitting on a boring a$$ con call this AM

Mine were my Monitor 5B's which I still have.

Throw em out there polkies, and pics would be nice too.
My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 30,899
    edited November 2013
    Given that I still have 'em (since 1978)... heck yes.

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    DSC_5417 by mhardy6647, on Flickr
    Hand sown, home grown ;-)

    Further, I remember the first time I heard a pair... in 1976. Liked 'em then, like 'em now.

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    Polkmonitor7Asn4900 by mhardy6647, on Flickr
  • Mikey081057
    Mikey081057 Posts: 7,127
    edited November 2013
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Given that I still have 'em (since 1978)... heck yes.

    9420465531_6f3b7ba93f_b.jpg
    DSC_5417 by mhardy6647, on Flickr

    I remember the first time I heard a pair... in 1976. Liked 'em then, like 'em now.

    Wow and a great room with a spectacular view too.
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

    ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 30,899
    edited November 2013
    They're inside now ;-)

    I took that photo on a whim when I moved 'em up to NH last July... seemed oddly appropriate (to my warped sensibilities, at least).

    We do have a nice view (if I do say so myself), but I don't really have much of one from the new hifi room. That's OK, though, I go up there to listen not to look.
  • AsSiMiLaTeD
    AsSiMiLaTeD Posts: 11,722
    edited November 2013
    Mine were the RT600, purchased with a Harman Kardon AVR-25 MK!!. That system is still in the family actually, passed down to my younger brother.
  • TNHNDYMAN
    TNHNDYMAN Posts: 2,145
    edited November 2013
    My first set of Polk's were Monitor 10's I pick up locally about 4 years ago. That started this crazy journey and though they have since found a new home, I have an older pair of 10's with peerless in storage waiting for a refresh when time allows.
    2-ch System: Parasound P/LD 2000 pre, Parasound HCA-1000 amp, Parasound T/DQ Tuner, Phase Technology PC-100 Tower speakers, Technics SL-1600 Turntable, Denon 2910 SACD/CD player, Peachtree DAC iT and X1asynchorus USB converter, HSU VTF-3 subwoofer.

  • steveinaz
    steveinaz Posts: 19,505
    edited November 2013
    SDA-CRS's.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amp: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: MartinLogan Motion 60XTi - Shop Rig: Yamaha A-S501 Integrated - Shop Spkrs: Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2
  • Mikey081057
    Mikey081057 Posts: 7,127
    edited November 2013
    monitor 5b


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    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

    ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • xjghost
    xjghost Posts: 1,045
    edited November 2013
    Mine were 10's. I bought them with the money I earned while teaching Dyslexic students during the summer of 1988 IIRC. Still have them. They currently are my mains in my theatre system. Well the start of one.
    HT/2Channel: Emotiva MMC-1, Adcom GFA-555II, Polk SDA 3.1's, Teac TN-300 TT, Polk Center and Sub.

    Bedroom system: Carver CT-24, Parasound HCA-800II, Monitor 10's

    Additional projects: RTA 12c's
  • Faustin
    Faustin Posts: 1,114
    edited November 2013
    Polk 10A. Bought new in 1979 - consecutive serial numbers.
  • D'prived
    D'prived Posts: 191
    edited November 2013
    Wow and a great room with a spectacular view too.

    They would probably sound better out of the box too! :)
  • Mystery
    Mystery Posts: 2,546
    edited November 2013
    Polk Monitor 5's.

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    Klipsch RB81, KG3.5, B&W DM602.5, Polk.
    Subwoofers: Klipsch RW10, Triad ProSub Bronze.
  • cnh
    cnh Posts: 13,284
    edited November 2013
    The first time I ever heard a set of Polks was in a Sam Goody in NYC. I believe they were Monitor 5 juniors with the SL2000 tweeter. I had no idea what Polk was before that!

    cnh
    Currently orbiting Bowie's Blackstar.!

    Polk Lsi-7s, Def Tech 8" sub, HK 3490, HK HD 990 (CDP/DAC), AKG Q701s
    [sig. changed on a monthly basis as I rotate in and out of my stash]
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 30,899
    edited November 2013
    I first heard them (Monitor Series model 7A) at Soundscape in Baltimore (Polk's first dealer) - the amplification was Yamaha. The record player was a Philips GA-212, most likely equipped with a Sonus cartridge. The record was The David Grisman Quintet; a record that was and still is the perfect choice to show off the best aspects of that early Polk Monitor Series.
  • hochpt21
    hochpt21 Posts: 5,406
    edited November 2013
    First time I heard Polks was at BB not too long ago (maybe 2009). Wife and I bought our first house together and she said we had to get rid of the college MTX's that I had.

    We went to best buy looking at bookshelf speakers, and the moment he turned on some Polk floorstanders I was hooked. (don't even know what model they were, but they were about the size of monitor 50's)

    A few months later I ordered some Monitor 70's off Amazon thinking they were probably the same speakers, and whoa...they were big.

    That is how it all started...wen't shopping for some small bookies and ended up with some huge floorstanders. It has snowballed from there, but luckilly I still have the speakers AND the wife :cheesygrin:
    2 ChannelTurntable - VPI Classic 2/Ortofon 2M BlueAmplification - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II, Parks Audio Budgie PhonoSpeakers - GoldenEar Triton 17.2 Home TheaterDenon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Klipsch RP-280F's, Klipsch RP-450C, Polk FXi3's, Polk RC60i; Dual SVS PB 2000's; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"Man CaveTurntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado GoldAmplification - Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 DeluxeCD: Cambridge AudioSpeakers - Wharfedale Linton 85th Anniversary; LSiM 703; SDA 2A
  • WLDock
    WLDock Posts: 3,057
    edited November 2013
    I listen to them for years at the shops but the current speaks in my sig are the first Polk home speakers that I have owned.

    As far as the car, I played around with some of their MM / Mobile Monitors component sets and 6x9's for a short spell.

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    2.2 Office Setup | LG 29UB55 21:9 UltraWide | HP Probook 630 G8 | Dell Latitude | Cabasse Stream Amp 100 | Boston Acoustics VS 240 | AUDIORAX Desk Stands | Mirage Omni S8 sub1 | Mirage Omni S8 Sub2
  • skrol
    skrol Posts: 3,256
    edited November 2013
    I was going to say that my RTA11TL's were my first Polks but WLDock reminded me that it started with the old Mobile Monitor series MM3a and MM65xx. I still have them in a box in the basement.
    Stan

    Main 2ch:
    Polk LSi15 (DB840 upgrade), Parasound: P/LD-1100, HCA-1000A; Denon: DVD-2910, DRM-800A; Benchmark DAC1, Monster HTS3600-MKII, Grado SR-225i; Technics SL-J2, Parasound PPH-100.

    HT:
    Marantz SR7010, Polk: RTA11TL (RDO198-1, XO and Damping Upgrades), S4, CS250, PSW110 , Marantz UD5005, Pioneer PL-530, Panasonic TC-P42S60

    Other stuff:
    Denon: DRA-835R, AVR-888, DCD-660, DRM-700A, DRR-780; Polk: S8, Monitor 5A, 5B, TSi100, RM7, PSW10 (DXi104 upgrade); Pioneer: CT-6R; Onkyo CP-1046F; Ortofon OM5E, Marantz: PM5004, CD5004, CDR-615; Parasound C/PT-600, HCA-800ii, Sony CDP-650ESD, Technics SA 5070, B&W DM601
  • boston1450
    boston1450 Posts: 7,150
    edited November 2013
    After owning the same Jensen & Kenwood for over 20+ Years bought at SEARS & ROEBUCK's Cooks Corner Maine my first Polk i owned was RTA15TL what a beautiful speaker :tears rolling down face: The Memories .
    Randy/Maine ..RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • seabeerob213
    seabeerob213 Posts: 1,840
    edited November 2013
    all you old timers with your tearful stories of buying classics, and here i sit, my first polk was a Psw 110 bought on sale and open box, because the store wouldnt get more in and didnt want the display anymore. payed almost US retail for the dared thing, but couldnt be happier with it. it does everything i need it to(although sometimes not as much as i would like) in my tiny barracks room. i payed 159 euro in october of last year, for the dual voltage(with removable cord) cherry finish. after that, i got on here, and i can now say i am the proud owner of a pair of rti 4, 2 csi 3, a pair of the new monitors, the 30s i think(theyre at my dad's place, cant remember, 1 driver, 1 tweet) and a pair of M10's which were bought in a similar manner as the 110. i also have a pair of def-tech pro monitor 800's, a yammy rxv 765, which i love(at 400 brand new, with pre-out support for what looks to be up to 10.2(if it can process all the channels, under its own power will only do 7.2). i also have two psw 505's and an HK 3490, which will need some external crossovers or something, because i dont like the full signal sent to everything(hearing a sub play everything is weird, and the speakers could do a lot more with more power to mids and highs). also saved an old 5 disc dvd from abandonment, and got a decent cd player for the time being. i think one day the M10s with the matching psw 110 (both are the cherry wrap veneer/vinyl stuff) will end up in a garage system. or i might get bored and try to configure the m10s in a way they will run 4 ohm and put them in my car, because i dont feel like building or ordering speaker boxes. sorry to rant, and sorry for no capitals, the computer here at work is slow and laggy, and sometimes it will type them, sometimes wont.
    2 Channel(work in progress):DAC: Schiit modi 2 uberAmp:Parasound 1200 MK IISub:RBH 1010-SEP Speakers: Monitor 5A peerlesscurrently running some krk rokit 3g since the HK pre outs died and i need to start breaking everything down to move in a couple monthsHeadphones:Source: tidalDAC: schiit modius epre: schiit sysAmp: AQ dragonfly black/ schiit magni2 Cans: Velodyne V-True, Grado SR225i, sennheiser x drop gaming headsetPC:DAC: schiit modius e(over spdif)pre: schiit sysspeakers: prenous eris 5 xtSub: Earthquake Sound MiniMe-P63most of my comments are passing on of info, im a noob, im just trying to help how i can, if im wrong or out of place to comment, dont hesitate to let me know :)"WITH WILLING HEARTS AND SKILLFUL HANDS, THE DIFFICULT WE DO AT ONCE, THE IMPOSSIBLE TAKES A BIT LONGER, WITH COMPASSION FOR OTHERS. WE BUILD - WE FIGHT FOR PEACE WITH FREEDOM"Seabee Memorial, Arlington, VA
  • zingo
    zingo Audiophile Posts: 11,255
    edited November 2013
    I believe me firsts were RT800s...
  • mrbiron
    mrbiron Posts: 5,707
    edited November 2013
    First Polk.......her name was Stacy and had enormous knockers
    Where’s the KABOOM?!?! There’s supposed to be an Earth shattering KABOOM!!!
  • smglbrth
    smglbrth Posts: 1,422
    edited November 2013
    Monitor 5B's, but didn't take too long to move to RTA 8t's...
    Remember, when you're running from something, you're running to something...-me
  • hochpt21
    hochpt21 Posts: 5,406
    edited November 2013
    mrbiron wrote: »
    First Polk.......her name was Stacy and had enormous knockers

    Quit embelishing!

    kidding, kidding
    2 ChannelTurntable - VPI Classic 2/Ortofon 2M BlueAmplification - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II, Parks Audio Budgie PhonoSpeakers - GoldenEar Triton 17.2 Home TheaterDenon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Klipsch RP-280F's, Klipsch RP-450C, Polk FXi3's, Polk RC60i; Dual SVS PB 2000's; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"Man CaveTurntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado GoldAmplification - Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 DeluxeCD: Cambridge AudioSpeakers - Wharfedale Linton 85th Anniversary; LSiM 703; SDA 2A
  • Mikey081057
    Mikey081057 Posts: 7,127
    edited November 2013
    hochpt21 wrote: »
    Quit embelishing!

    kidding, kidding

    I thought I asked for pictures!!!!
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

    ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,975
    edited November 2013
    My dad has a pair of SDA SRS 2.3's that were in the house growing up, first experience with them.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • cfrizz
    cfrizz Posts: 13,415
    edited November 2013
    Of course I do, because I still have them! RTA-8T!
    Marantz AV-7705 PrePro, Classé 5 channel 200wpc Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony XBR-49X800E TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Polk ES30 Center Channel, Polk S15 Surround Speakers SVS SB12-NSD x2
  • soundfreak1
    soundfreak1 Posts: 3,163
    edited November 2013
    Rta 12B's
    Main Rig:
    Krell KAV 250a biamped to mid/highs
    Parasound HCA1500A biamped to lows
    Nakamichi EC100 Active xover
    MIT exp 1 ic's
    Perreaux SA33 class A preamp
    AQ kingcobra ic's
    OPPO 83 CDP
    Lehmann audio black cube SE phono pre, Audioquest phono wire (ITA1/1)
    Denon DP-1200 TT. AToc9ML MC cart.
    Monster HTS 3600 power conditioner
    ADS L1590/2 Biamped
    MIT exps2 speaker cable
  • Conradicles
    Conradicles Posts: 5,993
    edited November 2013
    Here were my 1st Polks...Monitor 10A. Great speakers for the money.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 30,899
    edited November 2013
    mrbiron wrote: »
    First Polk.......her name was Stacy and had enormous knockers
    The Monitor 10s fit that description, too. Just sayin'...

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    earlypolkfamilyportrait by mhardy6647, on Flickr
  • EndersShadow
    EndersShadow Posts: 17,417
    edited November 2013
    ^ you should rename that Early Family Polktrait..... :wink:
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • Summerwind2
    Summerwind2 Posts: 98
    edited November 2013
    Faustin wrote: »
    Polk 10A. Bought new in 1979 - consecutive serial numbers.

    Yup had the same pair purchased @ Bryn Mawr Stereo in Jenkintown. Pa and man these think too a beating and liked it