RTiA7... should I or should I not?

spenyspeny Posts: 5
Hello one and all. This is my first post here on the Polk forum. I’ve been a Polk user for a couple of years. I had a RTiA1 and a DSW550i a couple of years back. Sold both for space constraints. Now I’m looking for a pair of floorstanders.

I was pretty much decided on the RtiA5 until today. When I heard the RTiA7. Sigh.

My room is a rectangle. From the speakers to my listening position it’s about 8 ish feet. I have a marantz SR6009 and I use VDH Clearwater cables. Primarily for watching movies and playing PS4 ( yes I’m an overgrown child)

My biggest concern is,will my AVR be able to drive the bigger rtiA7?

Or should I just stick to the rtiA5. I really do like the A7 though. Looks bigger and sound is just bigger too.

Bi amping. 50/50 truth/myth. Or so I’ve read. Will it really help?

Wires. Is my vdh Clearwater good enough? Or should I buy another cable? Anything recommended for the rtiA7 in particular without selling a kidney?

I have about 10 odd days in which to decide. Thank you all.

Comments

  • spenyspeny Posts: 5
    Eeeks, forgot to mention. I don’t have any plans for a center or surrounds. I will be running only two floorstanders with the Marantz sr6009.
  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,232
    I would stick with the A5's, especially if you're not going to run a center.

    The midrange from the A5's is better defined.

    I would then take the money that you saved and look into investing in a good sub.
    Living room:
    Samsung PN50B860 50" Plasma : XBOX One : Roku Ultra : Oppo UDP-203 : Pioneer Elite SC-87 : APC H15 : Focal 806V mains : Focal 806V Surrounds : SVS SB2000 : SVS SB12-NSD

    2Ch:
    Sonus Faber Venere S : Parasound HCA 1500A : Oppo UDP-205 : Furman Elite 15 DM i : Sony XBR 55X810C Monitor :
  • spenyspeny Posts: 5
    Thanks mate. See that's the issue. I don't have space even for a sub. And I don't plan on getting a sub in the foreseeable future.

    Hence I preferred the 7s over the 5s. Like I said. This is for mainly movies and ps4. I need a lil bass!
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,161
    Get the 7's, your receiver will be fine running them in 2 channel.
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

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

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    Sonos zp90
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    Tad 803 speakers
  • spenyspeny Posts: 5
    Thanks tonyb! I was going through a lot of posts where people don't advise running the 7s with anything less than 200 watts. Could face possible damage to speakers or amp, clipping etc.

    What about cables? Anything specific for the marantz and the 7s? Thanks again!
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,161
    speny wrote: »
    Thanks tonyb! I was going through a lot of posts where people don't advise running the 7s with anything less than 200 watts. Could face possible damage to speakers or amp, clipping etc.

    What about cables? Anything specific for the marantz and the 7s? Thanks again!

    That 200 watt thing has lots of variables to it. Take that with a grain of salt. You'll be just fine....as long as you don't try burying the volume dial.

    Cables....hard to say, as I'm not familiar with the ones you have.I can tell you the 7's will benefit from a warmer sounding cable as those tweeter can get a bit bright at times. Also, budget comes into play, I could recommend some, but it would be hard without knowing how much your willing to spend on them.
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

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

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 1,826
    The A5's, in my opinion, have better mid-range imaging than the A7''s, and this is the area that contains a lot of dialogue. The A7's have much better bass response, which would be totally lost running the A5's. If you have no plans to run a sub, I would probably go A7.

    Agree that Marantz will be alright rung the A7' in 2-channel at a moderately loud level 8 feet away.

    Forget the bi-wiring. Replace the stock jumper plates with quality speaker wire, and wire them conventionally. It's the woofers that need the extra power, so why waste it on the mids and tweeters.
  • spenyspeny Posts: 5
    Tonyb, thanks again. I can spend maybe about 50-80 USD per meter. I wont need more than that. Just about a metre either side shud be good enough for me .any particular gauge? Please recommend me a name and also I'll be buying it online. I live in India but have a couple of friends coming from the US to India who will carry them for me. So any online speaker shops?

    Rpf65, thanks to you too mate. My mind is so much on the 7s cause they sounded so much better when I heard them both side by side on the same amp. Regarding the part of the jumper plates, I honestly don't know what that means cause I didn't see the 7s so closely. But anyways that I can do when I get the speakers.

    I'll still be able to watch and enjoy some good ol' action movies at reasonably loud levels right?? Sorry im still in self convince mode.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,161
    One meter on either side ? How close are the speakers going to be to each other ? How big is the room you'll have these in ?

    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

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

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • deepeedeepee Posts: 1
    Wow, it said user banned.Eh? What the heck did i do to get banned? I'm the OP of this thread. That's really impolite of the mods to do such a thing. I had to register with a secondary email id. If I'm not welcome here, it's ok I'll leave.

    Anyways,sorry tonyb, my bad. It's definately atleast 1.5m either side from the amp.

    My room is a rectangle . From the speakers to the tv is about 8 feet and on one side it opens up into the living room.

    Thank you.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,971
    There seems to be an issue with ISPs originating from India. You're not the only one that this has happened to. With a little patience, this will be resolved.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,161
    What kinds of cable brands are available to you where you live ? Are you opposed to buying used.....or from the internet ?
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

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

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,272
    Can you get the Signature series?
    They're a better good dual purpose speaker, imho.
    I disabled signatures.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 11,457
    and banned again
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,604
    It seems that there is some sort of glitch with accounts being banned. I have seen similar things with other (non-Vanilla) websites. Accounts from certain regions of the world get banned automatically without any moderator involvement. But, as Doc Hardy might say: "Any similarity between those instances and the ones recently noted on Club Polk are purely conjecture. Perhaps not in a TOTALLY PURE sense, but in a somewhat semi-pure, although not unadulterated degree of pureness."
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 11,457
    edited January 10
    You are correct. Same thing happened a few months back to another fellow. Ken Sw had to get involved to sort it out.
  • IrrenhausIrrenhaus Posts: 759
    I have been ban a few times for reading or posting from abroad. Have to reach out to Ken every time to clear it out.

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