Starting over with Polk RTiA9 Tower Speakers

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  • My source is macbook pro hehe and I was hoping to get it all done for under a 1k
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,430
    edited February 25
    Maybe this would be adequate at $1,125: https://www.ebay.com/itm/253670991852

    This has a built in DAC that would make your Mac sound a lot better. Just not sure if it would do the RTiA9s justice: https://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=CACXA80

    This would be "better" if you can stretch the budget:

    https://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MFM5SI

    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,430
    But basically this is the category of stuff that you want to be looking at, in my opinion. Integrated amplifiers, not receivers/AVRs as those are designed for surround sound/home theater use.
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • Ohh got it. That makes sense. I'll have a look. Really appreciate you steering me in the right direction.
  • The audio shop I was in suggested a Marantz PM6006 Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC which was just under 1k. But I wasn't sure that and cables were all I needed. Are the brands you suggested better in your opinion?
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,430
    edited February 25
    The Marantz PM6006 is a decent product, but I don't think it would have enough current/juice/get up and go for those massive RTiA9 towers.

    https://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MAPM7005

    The 7005 offers higher WPC, as well as a USB input for your Mac. Still not sure it has enough amps for those towers. Edit: It actually looks like it doesn't have any cohones at all. 170w at the outlet? 22lbs? come on.

    I'm getting slightly out of my element as I don't have any first hand experience with the RTiA9 speakers. Maybe others can chime in and help.

    This would make them sing. Then again it's $3k: https://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=PAHAHINT6

    But $3k gets you 45amps per channel. It's got cohones.
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,430
    edited February 25
    But I wasn't sure that and cables were all I needed. Are the brands you suggested better in your opinion?

    An integrated amplifier, speaker cables, and a USB cable would be what you'd need to get going with music from your Mac. For TV audio, you would need either analog RCA cables or a digital coaxial cable (or optical) cable to run from your HDTV box to the integrated, which are inexpensive for a basic cable.

    The fact that you are only interested in stereo listening actually simplifies a lot of variables.

    What audio shop did you visit?
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,430
    On an unrelated note, this thread's title reminds me of this song:

    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • Technically only two things I'd be looking to run through them would be HDTV and a mac (so maybe I don't even need a stereo (sorry if that's a dumb question).

    Planet of Sound were the ones who reco'd the Marantz PM6006, but they also knew nothing about Polks which made me nervous.,

    And that song was nothing like it's cover image suggested. It's an adrenaline shot hehe
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,664
    Sometime this week I'll run some of my integrateds through my RTi12 and see if any can push them appropriately. I have some selections from $500-$3000, and some include digital inputs so you can run your TV and Mac through them.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • DSkip that'd would be amazing! Thanks.
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,664
    I'm trying some tonight but it isn't looking good. I just can't stand the sound of the RTi12 for music. I could be completely jaded though.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,664
    So I started at the bottom wpc Cambridge amps with the $500 SR20. Couldn't do it. Then I tried the CXA80. No go. Now I am on the Azur 851A. The music now has appropriate weight and emotion to it. This is in a 14x18 room with 14' ceilings.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • K_MK_M Posts: 1,309
    edited February 27
    DSkip wrote: »
    So I started at the bottom wpc Cambridge amps with the $500 SR20. Couldn't do it. Then I tried the CXA80. No go. Now I am on the Azur 851A. The music now has appropriate weight and emotion to it. This is in a 14x18 room with 14' ceilings.

    Some qualifiers.
    What distance were you seated from speakers, and what average and peak sound levels were you using to determine they "Couldn't do it"?

    We have friends with a slightly larger room for sure, 16'x24" but with 10" ceilings, and running a 20 watt/channel HK vintage receiver, they sounded quite great at moderate to even fairly loud levels.

    The bigger 200 watt amp, for sure could play a lot louder, but even with the 20 watter, the sound was quite amazing.

    Not saying I would recommend only 20 watts, I agree they benefit with more, but as with everything this is highly subjective, they sounded really great and only at fairly high levels did they feel a bit limited.

    EDIT: Not saying your findings are wrong or mine are more right, but just another subjective impression, that shows how many variables enter into a listening experience.
    Post edited by K_M on
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