New Polk Audio "Legend" Speaker Series shown at 2019 Hong Kong High End Audio Video Show

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  • JayCee
    JayCee Posts: 1,237
    DSkip wrote: »
    JayCee wrote: »
    @DSkip, think I saw a while back where you are no longer a Polk distributor? Just checked your website and don't see them listed. Reason for asking is, if so, will you have a pair for audition?

    I’m not approved but I’m going to work on it. At that price point I am the kind of dealer they want. I’m just not sure I’m enough of a ‘product mover’ to make it worth their while though.

    The rest of their lines are impossible for small guys to rep. We go through distributors and their prices don’t change. So when all those items are on constant sale, guess who has no margins to work with?

    Stu mentioned, in the video, there would be a few select small reps. Not sure what your margins would need to be...obviously, you represent other brands that, if I guessed, are financially more lucrative, but is it possible to work out inventory on Polk's dime and, perhaps, pay you a flat rate just to demo? Essentially, salaried vs. commission?
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  • FestYboy
    FestYboy Posts: 3,857
    VINDICATION IS MINE!!!
  • Emlyn
    Emlyn Posts: 3,189
    After seeing the L800, I was thinking somewhere around $8K to $10K for a pair. Didn't realize they'd be part of a full line of home theater speakers as well including a center speaker and Atmos modules. There will be nothing else like them on the market. If they were standalone without the price support of an entire line of speakers backing them up they would probably cost a lot more than they do. As it is, I am very likely to buy a pair later this year if they are available.

    Too much for some? Of course. That's why Sound United markets speakers at a wide price range to provide gear to a wide range of customers. The LSiM line did not go on discount sale for quite a while after they were first introduced, and the economy was quite different.

    Thanks go to Stu and the team for bringing these to market.
    1. Polk L800 + L900, L400, LSiM-703 x4; Dual SVS SB2000 subwoofers; Marantz AV8805A processor; Parasound A31; Outlaw 7000X; Oppo 205; Sony 65" 4K TV; FIOS; PS Audio Power Director 4.7; MIT S2 cables
    2. Magnepan 1.7i or JM Lab 920.1; Sonic Frontiers Line 3 SE+ preamp and Parasound JC5 amp; Sony HAP-Z1ES; Marantz SA8004 SACD; Music Hall MMF7 and Acoustech phono pre; PS Audio P500; MIT S1 Cables
  • Emlyn
    Emlyn Posts: 3,189
    edited September 2019
    I like the new wood finish on the sides better than piano black. Probably more durable too. And seems more fitting for a Polk Legend speaker.
    1. Polk L800 + L900, L400, LSiM-703 x4; Dual SVS SB2000 subwoofers; Marantz AV8805A processor; Parasound A31; Outlaw 7000X; Oppo 205; Sony 65" 4K TV; FIOS; PS Audio Power Director 4.7; MIT S2 cables
    2. Magnepan 1.7i or JM Lab 920.1; Sonic Frontiers Line 3 SE+ preamp and Parasound JC5 amp; Sony HAP-Z1ES; Marantz SA8004 SACD; Music Hall MMF7 and Acoustech phono pre; PS Audio P500; MIT S1 Cables
  • WLDock
    WLDock Posts: 2,919
    Emlyn wrote: »
    I like the new wood finish on the sides better ...
    Its cool that real wood veneer is back.

  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 11,792
    edited September 2019
    ..
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC

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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 22,987
    Now we know what an updated SDA 1c costs...
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  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 46,138
    tonyb wrote: »
    At that price point, people are going to wait for the friends and family sale. 3g's for the pair is doable for many folks, 6g's is a stretch for many.

    Interested in any reviews , so post them up if anyone comes across some. My concern isn't with the SDA effect, drivers used, more so the lower bass from that down ported design. Was never a favorite of mine from their other speakers.

    Now we get to look forward to " what receiver to drive the L800's" posts. :)

    No more F & F.
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  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 11,792
    F1nut wrote: »
    tonyb wrote: »
    At that price point, people are going to wait for the friends and family sale. 3g's for the pair is doable for many folks, 6g's is a stretch for many.

    Interested in any reviews , so post them up if anyone comes across some. My concern isn't with the SDA effect, drivers used, more so the lower bass from that down ported design. Was never a favorite of mine from their other speakers.

    Now we get to look forward to " what receiver to drive the L800's" posts. :)

    No more F & F.

    If you calc inflation from 1990 to 2019 the 1.2tls would have cost you $3300e today and the 2.3tls would be $2450.00...so price isn't that far off
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC

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  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,917
    This is really exciting. To witness the re-birth of speaker system many thought long forgotten. Wow! :)
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
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    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
    Garage #1: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
    Garage #2: Cambridge Audio EVO150 Integrated Amplifier, Polk L200's, Analysis Plus Silver Oval 2 Speaker Cables, IC's TBD.
  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 46,138
    There is no piano black version. It's walnut veneer with a matte black bezel or black oak veneer with a gloss black bezel.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,820
    Love the walnut with matte black.
  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,917
    Grimster74 wrote: »
    Just in case anyone missed it!


    Great video. Love the talk about using CAD and FEA in the design process, 3D printing, all the modern design tools, even the prototyping and testing. A lot of process similarities in my biz!

    One of the best explanations of SDA, IMO.

    And the description of the unique features of the new Legends! I'm gonna watch it again! :)
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, Northstar Designs Intenso DAC, Antique Sound Labs AV8 Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
    Garage #1: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
    Garage #2: Cambridge Audio EVO150 Integrated Amplifier, Polk L200's, Analysis Plus Silver Oval 2 Speaker Cables, IC's TBD.
  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 11,792
    So with the pic Jesse posted and the RMAF pic, I'm guessing these will not have to be pinned up against the wall?
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC

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  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 46,138
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    So with the pic Jesse posted and the RMAF pic, I'm guessing these will not have to be pinned up against the wall?

    They don't have to be, but with the Power Port on the bottom they can be placed pretty close to the back wall if desired.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • mikeyb128
    mikeyb128 Posts: 2,886
    6 Gs is almost 9000 up hear in Canada. They better be really dam good for that price. I could buy some really nice heavily discounted floor models of something else for that price. What a Shame.... plus I think my audio friends would kill me if they knew I paid 8000 dollars for a pair of Polk audio speakers.
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  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,917
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Grimster74 wrote: »
    Just in case anyone missed it!


    Oh, so I just got my 3:30 pm EDT back, I guess. :|

    No way! Reveals are always fun! And full of surprises! Ya never know! :)
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, Northstar Designs Intenso DAC, Antique Sound Labs AV8 Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
    Garage #1: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
    Garage #2: Cambridge Audio EVO150 Integrated Amplifier, Polk L200's, Analysis Plus Silver Oval 2 Speaker Cables, IC's TBD.
  • pglbook
    pglbook Posts: 1,997
    edited September 2019
    I had a hard time deciding which of the 4 posts to comment on, lol, but this one is the winner.

    All I can say is WOW! I never thought we'd see new SDA speakers from Polk. This is really great news and I cannot wait to hear how they sound once people can get their ears on them.

    Congrats to Team Polk for reinventing a legend!

    Unfortunately the $6k price will be beyond my current means but I hope these speakers are a critical and commercial success for Polk and that the new SDA technology is a big leap forward in sound. I love my SDA 2B TLs and if the new speakers end up being a big jump up from those then I know I will have to get these new SDAs at some point.

    I find the appearance to be pleasing but agree they would look better with grills. I also wonder how big of a footprint they take up. Does anyone have the specs on these yet? I guess we'll find out soon enough.

    I look forward to the reviews!

  • halo
    halo Posts: 5,612
    Outstanding video. Love the backstory and the history. Job well done everyone!
  • halo
    halo Posts: 5,612
    $6000 for the pair of the new flagship SDA speakers

    $1200 for the entry level 5 1/4” bookshelf speakers
  • adabro
    adabro Posts: 211
    Pretty cool - after upgrading from Monitor to RTi I didn't think I'd move onto LSiM's, but did just that. As said, after conversion these will be pricey here in Canada (for me at least) so I can't see buying, but never say never.

    Always like seeing new stuff to drool over, even if I never buy it.
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,507
    halo wrote: »
    $6000 for the pair of the new flagship SDA speakers

    $1200 for the entry level 5 1/4” bookshelf speakers

    Entry level top of the line. Like the cheapest Ferrari.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,925
    edited September 2019
    Emlyn wrote: »
    I like the new wood finish on the sides better than piano black. Probably more durable too. And seems more fitting for a Polk Legend speaker.

    Wouldn't brown walnut Contact Paper vinyl veneer have been more appropriate to the Polk legend?

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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,925
    Those crossovers are going to be a nightmare to upgrade....

    is that comment relating to this?

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  • OleBoot
    OleBoot Posts: 862
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Those crossovers are going to be a nightmare to upgrade....

    is that comment relating to this?

    dp1hmi22l2p1.png

    Looks like a crossover from any KEF 2-way. B)
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,925
    edited September 2019
    OleBoot wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Those crossovers are going to be a nightmare to upgrade....

    is that comment relating to this?

    dp1hmi22l2p1.png

    Looks like a crossover from any KEF 2-way. B)
    :)

    ... rather different than my idea of a nice XO.

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  • DarqueKnight
    DarqueKnight Posts: 6,640
    edited September 2019
    Then And Now: SDA Prices Adjusted For Inflation

    Inflation calculator used: https://www.halfhill.com/inflation_js.html

    SDA SRS 1.2TL - $3400 (1991) = $6407 in 2019 dollars.
    SDA SRS 2.3TL - $2500 (1991) = $4711 in 2019 dollars.
    SDA SRS 3.1TL - $2000 (1991) = $3769 in 2019 dollars.
    SDA 1C - $1800 (1989) = $3725 in 2019 dollars.
    SDA 2B - $1300 (1989) = $2690 in 2019 dollars.
    SDA CRS+ - $1000 (1989) = $2069 in 2019 dollars.

    The L800 SDA is most similar to the SDA SRS 3.1TL in size and weight:

    L800 SDA:

    Height 48.6"
    Width 17.94"
    Depth 17.38"
    Weight 118 lbs

    SDA SRS 3.1TL:

    Height 48"
    Width 15.75"
    Depth 13.88"
    Weight 101 lbs

    There was speculation that if Polk ever reintroduced an SDA loudspeaker the size of the 1.2TL, it would have to retail in the $10,000 to $15,000 range. The retail price of the L800 indicates that the speculated price range of a new big SDA was on the money.

    If the L800 is successful, I expect the value of vintage SDA's, particularly hotrodded ones, to increase substantially.
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  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,507
    SDA CRS+ - $1000 (1989) = $2069 in 2019 dollars.

    Let's hear it for a $2k Legend L-CRS bookie!
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk