Polk Signature Series Official Discussion

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  • Hi I just got the new S20 and they sound great and I'm using them as my front speakers. what I want to know is how would the CSI A6 work with them or do I have to go and buy the s30 and is the S30 better then the a6 -
  • thatdrummerthatdrummer Posts: 11
    edited March 2017
    CSI A6 or S30
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,420
    Get the S30 so that your front stage will match.
    Marantz AV-7705 PrePro, Classé 5 ch. 200wpc Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,046
    in the brief time I had my CSi5 before I sold it I tried it with my S60... no, no, no. it was way off from the Signatures. I would go with the S30, S35 or TSX250C.

    I have my bedroom setup with S20 and use a TSX250C and it sounds pretty good. I was thinking of swapping the S30 for the TSX but I don't want to mess with the matching sound stage.
    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.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 4,422
    On sale.

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    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
  • ok thanks
  • I won a bid on ebay for the CSI a6 I will call to see if I can cancel the order
  • I sell want to no how the s30 sounds compared to the CSI a6
  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 2,035
    The CSI A6 was designed and timbre matched for the RTI A series. Using it with the signature series may localize it, causing an emphasis on the center channel.

    The idea of the front three is to blend them and create a coherent sound stage. Not all of the dialogue, for instance is assigned to the center channel. It could be as low as 60 percent in a given scene.

    In the case of using the signature series for your left/right mains, the S-30 will give you better performance than the CSI A6.
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,046
    When I tried to match my CSi5 with the S60 it didn't sound just right. I was off even after running Audyssey. S30 might not have 6.5" drivers but it went right in seamless. The TSX250C I have in the bedroom HT matches the S20 better than the CSi3 did too.
    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.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • barasnbarasn Posts: 25
    Which receiver u suggest for s60 set?
    Denon x3300
    Denon x4300
    Cambridge audio 751r
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,046
    barasn wrote: »
    Which receiver u suggest for s60 set?
    Denon x3300
    Denon x4300
    Cambridge audio 751r

    All 3 would do just fine. Signatures do not need a lot of power. I am driving mine with a Marantz SR5010
    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.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • So I have a pair of S55's and an SVS 12" sealed sub, and am looking at either the S30 or S35. I already run the crossovers at 100hz, So i cant see the low end effecting TOO much, but i'm not really sure honestly. I am aware of the obvious physical differences between the two speakers, but my general logic would say "bigger speakers are better speakers". any opinion on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

    Size is not really an issue for this setup, but the room is smaller, and i was thinking it might make for a more pronounced stereo imaging if the center channel wasn't spread out as far horizontally.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,040
    The S30 is the better, more traditional sounding center. The S30 is great for those who want good sound in a small package or have placement obstacles.
  • K_MK_M Posts: 1,352
    These look great, and from the many comments, most seem to really like them.
    Just wondering, what if any current speaker series will be put out to pasture?
    Lsi15, Lsi9, LsiC,Rta11t,M5jr+,M4,SDA 3.1TL, SDA SRS 2.3TL, Rti6....Still listing stuff, a work in progress.
    B+W-Sold
    Epos-Now gone
    Infinity-Sold
    Advent-Now gone
    Yamaha A-S801
    Yamaha RX-V377
    Yamaha RX-A860
    Yamaha RX-A3060
    Harman Kardon Hk-350i
    Harman Kardon Hk-........
    Harman Kardon PM-665
    Harman Kardon HK-775
    Pioneer.......Stereo Receiver

  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,761
    edited April 2017
    K_M wrote: »
    These look great, and from the many comments, most seem to really like them.
    Just wondering, what if any current speaker series will be put out to pasture?

    RTiA and TSiX and eventually the LSiM will be replaced. The signature series is primarily thought of as a replacement for RTiA I think...

    Three lines to rule them all:

    good - T series
    better - signature series
    best - ??? still to come ???
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Excite x18; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology SM45, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
  • I was able to cancel my order for the CSI A6 and have now ordered the s30 from amazon for a great price. I have a infinity pc350 and it sounds great I hope the s30 will sound as good
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,046
    I do like the S30 as a center. I do wish Polk would make a 6.5" center... hint, hint. I would even be happy to beta test it for them.
    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.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • I just got my s30 and hooked it up and it sounds great so i know it will sound even better when it's broken in. The s30 and the s20 sounds amazing together glad I chose to Timbre match. thanks everyone
  • mir3aclesmir3acles Posts: 7
    I am debating between the s55 vs s60 vs RTIA5. How different are s55 vs s60 if I have a subwoofer. Wondering if it is worth to spend that extra money for s60 if s55 will do.
  • mir3aclesmir3acles Posts: 7
    Anyone?
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,418
    edited May 2017
    Is this for 2 channel or HT? What will you be driving them with?
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    President of Club Polk

  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,420
    Welcome to Club Polk Mir3acles.

    I have the S60's and having the third driver will give you a bit more bass, if you decide to run the speakers in 2 channel mode without a sub. But they won't give you the kind of bass that you will get without the sub.

    Naturally the 55s are smaller, and lighter with just the two drivers, so they will sound smaller as it were.

    The common complaint about the RTAi series is while they are great for movies, they can sound shrill with music.

    The Signature series does not have this problem, they will do great with both music and HT.

    Any receiver can drive either of those series. The question comes down to if they will drive them to their full potential. The answer to that question is generally no.

    But for right now, let's just get you set up with speakers you will be happy with.

    Marantz AV-7705 PrePro, Classé 5 ch. 200wpc Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,046
    I agree with cfrizz,

    The S60 are the better speaker, if you can't swing it. S55 you will lose a little bass and maybe a little depth.

    I like my S60 a lot more than my RTi8 I had. A lot fuller sound than the Rti8 with less power needed to drive them. RTi floor standers should have an amp with them.
    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.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
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