Putting RTiA9 crossovers in my RTi12's, - should I voice match other speakers to A series?

BjornB17BjornB17 Posts: 661
Since the crossovers in my RTi12's are kaput, I ordered a couple of RTiA9 crossovers from Polk which, from my understanding, are a drop in replacement although slightly different than the version on the 12's. Supposedly they are a little less bright. I also currently have CSi5, would it be beneficial to replace that crossover with one from a CSiA6?

Also, I will be buying in-wall and in-ceiling speakers to complete the system. I don't know any yet. Should I be buying the ones that are voice matched for origial RTi's, or the newer ones voice match to the RTiA's?

Thanks!
polkaudio RTi10 bi-amped at 300 WPC
polkaudio CSi5
polkaudio FXi3
Velodyne CHT-12
harman/kardon AVR-254
harman/kardon FL-8385
Emotiva UPA-7
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,581
    Interesting. B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,414
    BjornB17 wrote: »
    Since the crossovers in my RTi12's are kaput, I ordered a couple of RTiA9 crossovers from Polk which, from my understanding, are a drop in replacement although slightly different than the version on the 12's. Supposedly they are a little less bright. I also currently have CSi5, would it be beneficial to replace that crossover with one from a CSiA6?

    Also, I will be buying in-wall and in-ceiling speakers to complete the system. I don't know any yet. Should I be buying the ones that are voice matched for origial RTi's, or the newer ones voice match to the RTiA's?

    Thanks!

    Hello,

    Why not rebuild/upgrade your current crossovers?

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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,854
    Soldering skills .....
  • BjornB17BjornB17 Posts: 661
    F1nut wrote: »
    BjornB17 wrote: »
    Since the crossovers in my RTi12's are kaput, I ordered a couple of RTiA9 crossovers from Polk which, from my understanding, are a drop in replacement although slightly different than the version on the 12's. Supposedly they are a little less bright. I also currently have CSi5, would it be beneficial to replace that crossover with one from a CSiA6?

    Also, I will be buying in-wall and in-ceiling speakers to complete the system. I don't know any yet. Should I be buying the ones that are voice matched for origial RTi's, or the newer ones voice match to the RTiA's?

    Thanks!

    Hello,

    Why not rebuild/upgrade your current crossovers?

    Regards

    Hey I remember you, I think we got into some heated arguments about 14 years ago B) I hope all is well. Anyway, I lack the skill/patience/desire to mess with it and would rather just swap out the crossover .
    polkaudio RTi10 bi-amped at 300 WPC
    polkaudio CSi5
    polkaudio FXi3
    Velodyne CHT-12
    harman/kardon AVR-254
    harman/kardon FL-8385
    Emotiva UPA-7
    System Under Renovation!
  • Inspector 24Inspector 24 Posts: 1,103
    Down
    RTiA9 - CSiA6 - FXiA6 - Dual HSU VTF-15H Mk2
    Parasound HCA-3500 - HCA-2003A - Marantz SR7005
    Sim2 D60 - Dragonfly 106" Panny 500

    Up
    LSi15 LSiC - RX-V3000
  • BjornB17BjornB17 Posts: 661

    Wow lol, that costs more than the speakers.
    polkaudio RTi10 bi-amped at 300 WPC
    polkaudio CSi5
    polkaudio FXi3
    Velodyne CHT-12
    harman/kardon AVR-254
    harman/kardon FL-8385
    Emotiva UPA-7
    System Under Renovation!
  • Inspector 24Inspector 24 Posts: 1,103
    Yup. Well worth it too I hear.
    Down
    RTiA9 - CSiA6 - FXiA6 - Dual HSU VTF-15H Mk2
    Parasound HCA-3500 - HCA-2003A - Marantz SR7005
    Sim2 D60 - Dragonfly 106" Panny 500

    Up
    LSi15 LSiC - RX-V3000
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 22,916
    Yeah the pair of those big inductors cost $100 😜
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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 12,888
    If the spec's on the drivers are different, then the crossover may put out sound, but the speaker will not sound like it is supposed too. The crossovers are built to the spec's of the respective drivers.

    The VR3 mods are worth every penny and they ARE built to spec.

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  • BjornB17BjornB17 Posts: 661
    edited February 8
    Got the RTiA9 crossovers installed in my RTi12's! They work great. The two crossovers I took out do actually appear to have scorched resistors, with the second speaker I opened being worse than the first. The 9 crossovers appear to be 100% identical to the 12 crossover, except they have a blank where the 12 had a resistor.

    The process of replacing the crossover takes about 1 hour per speaker. Lots of screws to deal with and you need to be careful not to abrade the silver face.
    polkaudio RTi10 bi-amped at 300 WPC
    polkaudio CSi5
    polkaudio FXi3
    Velodyne CHT-12
    harman/kardon AVR-254
    harman/kardon FL-8385
    Emotiva UPA-7
    System Under Renovation!
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,581
    edited February 8
    BjornB17 wrote: »
    Got the RTiA9 crossovers installed in my RTi12's! They work great. The two crossovers I took out do actually appear to have scorched resistors, with the second speaker I opened being worse than the first. The 9 crossovers appear to be 100% identical to the 12 crossover, except they have a blank where the 12 had a resistor.

    The process of replacing the crossover takes about 1 hour per speaker. Lots of screws to deal with and you need to be careful not to abrade the silver face.

    How much does Polk audio charge for each RTiA9 cross-over, if you don't mind me asking?
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • BjornB17BjornB17 Posts: 661
    Tony M wrote: »
    BjornB17 wrote: »
    Got the RTiA9 crossovers installed in my RTi12's! They work great. The two crossovers I took out do actually appear to have scorched resistors, with the second speaker I opened being worse than the first. The 9 crossovers appear to be 100% identical to the 12 crossover, except they have a blank where the 12 had a resistor.

    The process of replacing the crossover takes about 1 hour per speaker. Lots of screws to deal with and you need to be careful not to abrade the silver face.

    How much does Polk audio charge for each RTiA9 cross-over, if you don't mind me asking?

    They charged me $100 each shipped, although I think their list price is $140 or so. Not sure why I got a break.
    polkaudio RTi10 bi-amped at 300 WPC
    polkaudio CSi5
    polkaudio FXi3
    Velodyne CHT-12
    harman/kardon AVR-254
    harman/kardon FL-8385
    Emotiva UPA-7
    System Under Renovation!
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,581
    Thank you. Some we get a good break, sometimes we don't.

    POLK audio Customer service treats people who want to make their Polk speakers live longer like family 99.99% of the time. I'm glad your RTi12's are alive and well again. Thanks for helping us Rti12 owners out with your experiment. B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • BjornB17BjornB17 Posts: 661
    Tony M wrote: »
    Thank you. Some we get a good break, sometimes we don't.

    POLK audio Customer service treats people who want to make their Polk speakers live longer like family 99.99% of the time. I'm glad your RTi12's are alive and well again. Thanks for helping us Rti12 owners out with your experiment. B)

    I’ve been very happy with Polk service over the years! They even threw in a free csi5 grill since I needed one.
    polkaudio RTi10 bi-amped at 300 WPC
    polkaudio CSi5
    polkaudio FXi3
    Velodyne CHT-12
    harman/kardon AVR-254
    harman/kardon FL-8385
    Emotiva UPA-7
    System Under Renovation!
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,581
    I wonder if they have Monitor 4 grills handy too? :D

    Man I love Polk Audio customer service!

    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
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