Do you remember your first Polk?

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  • tonyb
    tonyb Posts: 32,799
    edited November 2013
    Do I remember my first Polk .....or my first Poke ?

    Monitor 7's and the other....absolutely.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1420
    lsi 9's
  • venicebeach
    venicebeach Posts: 31
    edited November 2013
    My first Polk´s:

    RTi 12 for the front
    RTi 8 for the rear
    CSi 5

    really nice

    now I changed to the LSiM 707, 706c and the 702 F/X

    :)
  • mrbiron
    mrbiron Posts: 5,707
    edited November 2013
    I don't have pictures. That was a while ago and my wife probably wouldn't appreciate me still having that picture.

    RtiA5s were my first.
    Where’s the KABOOM?!?! There’s supposed to be an Earth shattering KABOOM!!!
  • seabeerob213
    seabeerob213 Posts: 1,840
    edited November 2013
    Nightfall wrote: »
    My dad has a pair of SDA SRS 2.3's that were in the house growing up, first experience with them.

    Oh yeah!? Well my dad could beat up yer dad
    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
  • bobsauto49
    bobsauto49 Posts: 973
    edited November 2013
    Rt400's. And they're still the most underrated speaker I've ever heard!
    "Everything I ever did in my life worthwhile I caught hell for"
  • dscheer
    dscheer Posts: 47
    edited November 2013
    Purchased my first Polks in 1984........RTA12c.........And I still Love em.
    Donto's System:
    Parasound HCA3500
    Parasound HCA 1500a (4 each)
    DIY Set Tube Amps (4 each)
    Parasound 850 Pre-Amp
    Onkyo CD Player
    Teac Tape Play/Recorder
    Samsung 50" TV
    Toshiba HD DVD Play/Recorder
    Polk RTA12C Speakers
    DIY 15" Side-Firing Subwoofers (2 ea)
    DIY 15" Down-Firing Subwoofer
    Adcom Power Conditioner
    DIY Isolation Transformers/Power Conditioner
    4 ea 20 Amp Power Circuits
  • mcdoc29
    mcdoc29 Posts: 6
    edited November 2013
    My first Polks were the R30/R15. A friend also gave me a set of S10's from i think the 80's.
  • Geoff4rfc
    Geoff4rfc Posts: 1,823
    edited November 2013
    Hmmm yeah...........I got a late start compared to my buddies that I grew up with, it was this nice looking girl when I was in Tech school........Oh, you said POLK
    When I was young, I was Superman but now that old age has gotten the best of me I'm only BatmanHT Source: Panasonic UB9000 - Display: LG OLED 65 8BPre/Pro: Marantz 8802A - Amplification: Emotiva XPA-DR3, XPA-2 x 2, XPA-32CHEmotiva: ERC 3 connected/w XLR'sSpeakersPolkAudio Mains: LSiM707, C: 706, S: 702F/X, RS: RTiA9, WS: RTiA9EXPERIENCE: next to nothing, but I sure enjoy audio and video MY OPINION OF THIS HOBBY: I may not be a smart man, but I know what quicksand is
  • drumminman
    drumminman Posts: 3,396
    edited November 2013
    RTA 12C's purchased new in August 1984 from Woofer & Tweeter, now gone for many years. Rebuilt the Xovers + did some other mods almost 2 years ago. They're ready for another 30 years of musical goodness.
    "Science is suppose to explain observations not dismiss them as impossible" - Norm on AA; 2.3TL's w/sonicaps/mills/jantzen inductors, Gimpod's boards, Lg Solen SDA inductors, RD-0198's, MW's dynamatted, Armaflex speaker gaskets, H-nuts, brass spikes, Cardas CCGR BP's, upgraded IC Cable, Black Hole Damping Sheet strips, interior of cabinets sealed with Loctite Power Grab, AI-1 interface with 1000VA A-L transformer
  • Joseph Bailey
    Joseph Bailey Posts: 5
    edited December 2013
    At leaste I think they were a C, but traded them in for some KEF's which looked cool, but traded again shortly after that for some 10B's and now 25 years later, still going strong!
  • genjivn
    genjivn Posts: 101
    edited December 2013
    The first Polk I listened to is the RT-400. My parents bought them around 1998 and I listened to them most of the time, amazing speakers. Then I moved out I bought my first Polk, the RTi4.
  • PreCd
    PreCd Posts: 786
    edited December 2013
    Bought my 1st pair in 1986 I believe. SDA2As. The store sold me a Yamaha R-9 to drive them with and the Polks ate its lunch. Out of the goodness of their heart the store upgraded the 2As to 2Bs. So I have a pair of 2Bs that look like 2As. They are very confused. I TLd them last year and they sound great. Never really had the time to concentrate on this hobby much until last year. So I threw the R9 in the trash after the caps leaked and bought a couple of Adcom amps. Thats when I really realized how good they sound. And I know that Adcom is not the last word in gear but compared to what I had it is night and day.
    SDA2BTL
    Marantz CD5004
    Adcom GFA-545
    Bottlehead Quickie Tube Preamp
  • bernardo
    bernardo Posts: 120
    edited December 2013
    Sure! rt1000p. I liked them a lot. Still have them but they don't get much use. Got a very good deal on them back in 2000
  • jtshaw43
    jtshaw43 Posts: 161
    edited December 2013
    I most certainly do! Polk ls 50's! Man i miss them sooooo much!!!!
  • craigpsu
    craigpsu Posts: 106
    edited December 2013
    Still have mine although they aren't that old.... Rti8, csi5, fxi3, now I am hooked...
    LSi15s, LSiC, LSiFX, LC80F/X, microPro 4000, Pioneer Elite SC-07, XPA-2, XPA-5, PS3
  • philr168
    philr168 Posts: 91
    edited December 2013
    I first heard a pair of monitor 10's and loved them. The first I bought were RTA 12c that I still have and love.
  • PolkieMan
    PolkieMan Posts: 2,446
    edited December 2013
    Yep sitting here looking at them for the last 23 years
    POLK SDA 2.3 TLS BOUGHT NEW IN 1990, Gimpod/Sonic Caps/Mills RDO-198
    POLK CSI-A6 POLK MONITOR 70'S ONKYO TX NR-808 SONY CDP-333ES
    PIONEER PL-510A SONY BDP S5100
    POLK SDA 1C BOUGHT USED 2011,Gimpod/Sonic Caps/Mills RDO-194
    ONKYO HT RC-360 SONY BDP S590 TECHNICS SL BD-1
  • suhoops03
    suhoops03 Posts: 8
    edited December 2013
    my first polk were the monitor 7. I have had many different car and home set ups since. currently running monitor70 fronts, monitor 55 rears , monitor45 surround, monitor25 center and 2 psw 10. thinking of changing out subs in future
  • dhart86
    dhart86 Posts: 1,593
    edited December 2013
    SDA 2A's bought from George Grand.............swapped out for a pair of SDA 1c's a couple months later
    Main Rig:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    Roon> PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > EE Minimax pre (Tutay mods) >Belles 150A Ref >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • leftwinger57
    leftwinger57 Posts: 2,918
    edited December 2013
    1987 SDA 2Bs w/ the i/c cable at a moving sale for $50 May 2013. My very 1st Polk product.I bleached and restained the tops dark walnut w/ a satin poly finish and mods o'plenty. I figure I have about $285 into them so far w/o doing the x-overs yet.The best find and a TRUE BELIEVER......
    2chl- Adcom GFA- 555-Onkyo P-3150v pre/amp- JVC-QL-A200 tt- Denon 1940 ci cdp- Adcom GFS-6 -Modded '87 SDA 2Bs - Dynamat Ext.- BH-5- X-Overs VR-3, RDO-194 tweeters, Larry's Rings, Speakon/Neutrik I/C- Cherry stain tops Advent Maestros,Ohm model E

    H/T- Toshiba au40" flat- Yamaha RX- V665 avr- YSD-11 Dock- I-Pod- Klipsch #400HD Speaker set-

    Bdrm- Nikko 6065 receiver- JBL -G-200s--Pioneer 305 headphones--Sony CE375-5 disc
  • 4406bbl
    4406bbl Posts: 194
    edited December 2013
    Sda srs in 1988 for $1500, still have them.
  • SCompRacer
    SCompRacer Posts: 7,978
    edited December 2013
    mhardy6647 wrote: »

    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).

    The kewl thing about that pic is the unlimited possibilities of what it means can be more than what it was.....;)

    A pair of 7A's with peerless tweets are in my retro system. Great memories of SDA"s (2A's, SRS 2's, CRS). I also have Polk in-wall/ceiling for the surround system.
    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS * Roon * Gustard R26 DAC / Singxer SU-6 DDC * 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 *
  • falconcry72
    falconcry72 Posts: 3,580
    edited December 2013
    I first started with 90's Polks:

    - RT-7's, RT-3's, RT-16's, CS-350LS


    Then I found this forum and went vintage:

    - RTA-12C, Monitor 5B, Monitor 7C, Monitor 10B, SDA-2B, SDA-1C


    Got curious to try out more modern designs:

    - LSi-7's, LSi-9's, LSi-15's, LSi/FX's, LSi-C


    Then these came out and had to give them a whirl:

    - LSiM-703's, LSiM-705's, LSiM-707's, LSiM-702's, LSiM-704c, LSiM-706c



    Bold faced are speakers I still have. Bold faced and red are speakers I need to sell.
    2-Channel: PC > Schiit Eitr > Audio Research DAC-8 > Audio Research LS-26 > Pass Labs X-250.5 > Magnepan 3.7's

    Living Room: PC > Marantz AV-7703 > Emotiva XPA-5 > Sonus Faber Liuto Towers, Sonus Faber Liuto Center, Sonus Faber Liuto Bookshelves > Dual SVS PC12-Pluses

    Office: Phone/Tablet > AudioEngine B1 > McIntosh D100 > Bryston 4B-ST > Polk Audio LSiM-703's
  • Mikey081057
    Mikey081057 Posts: 7,127
    edited December 2013
    I first started with 90's Polks:

    - RT-7's, RT-3's, RT-16's, CS-350LS


    Then I found this forum and went vintage:

    - RTA-12C, Monitor 5B, Monitor 7C, Monitor 10B, SDA-2B, SDA-1C


    Got curious to try out more modern designs:

    - LSi-7's, LSi-9's, LSi-15's, LSi/FX's, LSi-C


    Then these came out and had to give them a whirl:

    - LSiM-703's, LSiM-705's, LSiM-707's, LSiM-702's, LSiM-704c, LSiM-706c



    Bold face are speakers I still have. Bold faced and red are speakers I need to sell.

    Let me know when your SDA 1-C's turn RED
    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 |
  • falconcry72
    falconcry72 Posts: 3,580
    edited December 2013
    Let me know when your SDA 1-C's turn RED

    They'll be RED when I'm DEAD! jk, but yea not in the foreseeable future.
    2-Channel: PC > Schiit Eitr > Audio Research DAC-8 > Audio Research LS-26 > Pass Labs X-250.5 > Magnepan 3.7's

    Living Room: PC > Marantz AV-7703 > Emotiva XPA-5 > Sonus Faber Liuto Towers, Sonus Faber Liuto Center, Sonus Faber Liuto Bookshelves > Dual SVS PC12-Pluses

    Office: Phone/Tablet > AudioEngine B1 > McIntosh D100 > Bryston 4B-ST > Polk Audio LSiM-703's
  • Velocitydreamer
    Velocitydreamer Posts: 252
    edited December 2013
    Just got into the game, February 2012... the first speakers I owned, were bought after my HTiB (which I don't count, as it was a very lame one... but nonetheless inspired my interest) were a pair of Monitor 70 Series I. I remember the day, I was just a broke guy walking into a Pawn Shop in town, looking for affordable camera lenses, and it was love at first sight!!! I didn't even own a receiver. I had extensive knowledge in most areas of consumer electronics/computers, so I knew Polk had a good name in audio. Saved up and went back the moment I had enough money (about a week and a half) and they still had them! Next thing you knew, I drove about 1.5hrs to get a HK receiver w/ hdmi... from then on, I've had speaker fever and have mostly stuck with Polk ever since.

    (The CS1 I acquired shortly after)
    LivingRoom
    Source: HTPC
    Display: GT720 (on the wall)
    Receiver: HK AVR1700
    L/R: RS850 Signature
    Center: RSC200 Signature
    SS: Onix Rocket ELT DPA
    Sub: SVS PB1-ISD

    2 Channel (in the making)
    Source: TBA
    Amplification: TBA (Integra 2.1 interim)
    Speakers: AV123 Onix Rocket Strata Mini
  • danz1906
    danz1906 Posts: 5,144
    edited February 2014
    RT55i's........RTiA5's with a CSiA6
    Linn AV5140 fronts
    Linn AV5120 Center
    Linn AV5140 Rears
    M&K MX-70 Sub for Music
    Odyssey Mono-Blocs
    SVS Ultra-13 Gloss Black:D
  • Hofy
    Hofy Posts: 169
    edited February 2014
    First Polks that I heard where at the base exchange for Ramstein AB in Germany. I do not recall the models but they where hooked up to some NAD gear. We didnt have any Polks at our PX where I was stationed.

    As far as owning Polk, I am still looking for some Monitor 7's.
  • Zentish
    Zentish Posts: 127
    edited February 2014
    My first Polk's were M5b's I bought in 1985 along with an AMP and CD player. I just found the original paperwork including the warrantee card, manual, and receipt, where the summary reads "great tunes"! I paid $349 for the pair and they're still the main speakers for my home theater rig.
    Receiver: ONKYO TX-NR929 7.1 AVR 130wpc
    Mains: 2x Polk RTA 8TL's
    Center: Polk CS245i
    Surrounds: 2x Klipsch RS-41ii (because they fit perfectly over the door and window)
    Rear Surr: 2x Polk M4a '90
    Subwoofer: Speakerlab DAS-SW dual-voice-coil 10" '88 30Hz-150Hz
    Subwoofer Amp: ONKYO A-8019 AMP '85 100wpc
    Display: Samsung 55" UNC55-8000 3D LED
    Console: Xbox360
    DVR: custom MythTV rig w/ 3 tuners OTA
    Zone2: 2x Polk M5b '87
  • Moose68Bash
    Moose68Bash Posts: 3,841
    edited February 2014
    My first Polks were the 1Cs I wrote about in the thread about the modifications I have done or had done to them. You can see pictures at: http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?147471-Now-I-have-the-Mods-Completed-on-My-1Cs!

    My first encounter with Polks was with SRSs in 1989 in Mountain View, CA, and the result was my purchase of a pair of 1Cs, because I did not have the room for the SRSs.

    The story of this event and my 25-years journey to my present rigs is told at:http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?143494-Polk-Audio-SDA-Speakers-amp-Perreaux-Industries-Electronics-My-Affair-de-Coeur

    Some pictures there, too.
    Family Room, Innuos Statement streamer (Roon Core) with Morrow Audio USB cable to McIntosh MC 2700 pre with DC2 Digital Audio Module; AQ Sky XLRs to CAT 600.2 dualmono amp, Morrow Elite Speaker Cables to NOLA Baby Grand Reference Gold 3 speakers. Power source for all components: Silver Circle Audio Pure Power One with dedicated 20 amp circuit to main panel.

    Exercise Room, Innuos Streamer via Cat 6 cable connection to PS Audio PerfectWave MkII DAC w/Bridge II, AQ King Cobra RCAs to Perreaux PMF3150 amp (fully restored and upgraded by Jeffrey Jackson, Precision Audio Labs), Supra Rondo 4x2.5 Speaker Cables to SDA 1Cs (Vr3 Mods Xovers and other mods.), Dreadnaught with Supra Rondo 4x2.5 interconnect cables by Vr3 Mods. Power for each component from dedicated 20 amp circuit to main panel, except Innuos Statement powered from Silver Circle Audio Pure Power One.