Carolina Polkfest Vol. 5 - Oct. 22-24 2021 North Charleston SC

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  • Hermitism
    Hermitism Posts: 4,221
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  • DaveHo
    DaveHo Posts: 3,484
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    Good thing those aren't ported. He must really like them!
  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 49,975
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    VR3 wrote: »
    Is broke Jesse!

    You shouldn't have let Tom near it. What's broken?
    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."


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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 25,210
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    That cable stretched across the room is messing up the acoustics of that space...
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  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 13,144
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    That cable stretched across the room is messing up the acoustics of that space...

    I thought they were fixin' to start jump roping
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    erat interfectorem cesar et **** dictatorem dicere a
  • TheLovelyWendi
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    Another Saturday nite and we got Polkies. cbzsr5fan91r.jpeg
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  • TheLovelyWendi
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    Good fun and lots of memories❤️ws9k80kcfi7e.jpeg
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  • TroyD
    TroyD Posts: 13,077
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    F1nut wrote: »
    VR3 wrote: »
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    I recognize that CDP :)
    F1nut wrote: »
    VR3 wrote: »
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    I recognize that CDP :)

    2 channels, best I can do…
    I plan for the future. - F1Nut
  • TheLovelyWendi
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    And a little more.....mt5i5dpg1bus.jpeg
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  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 13,144
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    Hermitism needs to know for Halloween 2022 ..."The Insurrection"
    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

    erat interfectorem cesar et **** dictatorem dicere a
  • Hermitism
    Hermitism Posts: 4,221
    edited October 2021
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    I just made one of Tom where he's looking down. I swore I was done for this year!
  • erniejade
    erniejade Posts: 6,321
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    Looks like an amazing time!. I need to make the next one.
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  • gmcman
    gmcman Posts: 1,784
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    Wow, looks like a great time, very cool this all came together.
  • TroyD
    TroyD Posts: 13,077
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    The morning after....

    I’ve got more thoughts coming but what an amazing time!

    I’m also going to tell you, Polk is making great speakers. The R200’s are insanely good. Insanely.

    The L800’s....wow.

    But, PolkFest is about people and TLW and are are blessed in that department.....full wrap up later but right now, I’m getting some L800 love!oe05dscj184d.jpeg
    I plan for the future. - F1Nut
  • JayCee
    JayCee Posts: 1,491
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    Looks like an awesome time, Troy. Glad you had a good turnout and I'm looking forward to your additional impressions. Pleased to read you're digging the latest Polk offerings. I was really impressed with the L200's during the forum demo.
    TroyD wrote: »
    I’m getting some L800 love!
    The rubber feet are spongy...remove them and use the spikes if you can. For the short time you have with them I can confidently say you're missing the last bit of goodness. The bass and mids really tightened up on mine.
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  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 49,975
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    Tom, thanks for the rundown. I'm thinking there's a half bad connection somewhere, possibly that loose cap you mentioned.
    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

  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,226
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    First and foremost! Thank you Troy and Wendi! Wow! What an event, incredible food, incredible people and such a great time. Troy throws a bash like no one else, that is for sure!!! Thank you guys so much for opening your home and having all of us.

    It was amazing to see everyone after all these years and catch up like old friends. When @ohskigod walked in I almost fell over! Lou is the man!

    As far as the L800 goes...

    To quote Polk "all Polk products are the result of tight-knit collaboration, teamwork, and our collective passion to make great sound available to as many people as humanly possible." they have succeeded man. The first night we had them set up on the back wall and they were ok, good, but definitely something was off. The right channel was blooming but the left was almost absent. The next day we moved them to the wall with the Bozak. Once you had a wall on each side of each speaker, it was on. The next thing that brought it home was moving the Adcom pre to passive mode which removed all of the brightness we heard.

    The L800, for $6k MSRP brings high class 2 channel performance to the masses. You can have virtually no experience, modest gear and bring home bad **** 2 channel performance, this I have no doubts about. The only caveat I can think of is the room needs to be a little ideal to their needs. They need room to breathe, one. They need a wall on each side of the room. If you can bring that, I think you can generate truly incredible 2 channel performance with minimal knowledge or effort.

    They throw a huge soundstage, great details, excellent bass extension. They were a little shy in the midbass department where Polk is usually robust in like the R200 but this could change with burn, placement and gear. The highs lacked some natural decay but this could also be burn in or gear related. But again, for what we were running these speakes with and the random assortment of gear we were using, they threw down.

    I highly recommend the L800. They are everything we asked for from Polk all these years, and then some!

    The R200 was an instant winner, right out of the box they filled up a huge room with great bass and did so much right for $750 a pair! Fantastic!

    What a great Polkfest, simply awesome. So great to see everyone and I look forward to the next one!
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • verb
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    Wow! Everyone reading this thread (including myself) were wishing they were there! Looks like it was a fantastic time! Well done Troy and Wendi!
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  • TroyD
    TroyD Posts: 13,077
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    verb wrote: »
    Wow! Everyone reading this thread (including myself) were wishing they were there! Looks like it was a fantastic time!

    My thanks go to the attendees. Really. TLW and I LOVE PolkFest.....but, the real thanks go to the people who come and support it because it IS a commitment of time (and money) to attend and both of those things don't grow on trees...so those that choose to expend those precious resources to spend time with us....sharing in what we love.....means more to TLW and I more than you could possibly imagine. @Navy_Goat and Randy ....guys I've never met, drives all the way down to SC from MD. He doesn't know what he's getting into....and I feel like I've gained a lifelong friend. How farkin cool is that? M

    PolkFest is an amazing, homegrown, grassroots event like no other. It's not a corporate sponsored thing. It's about the forum, it's membership and the one thing that we all have in common, music, audio and Polk. And, really, what is better than sitting down, listening to music, having a beer (or a some homemade moonshine, right @treitz3 ?), shooting the breeze, talking audio and everything else over some steak and lobster and bbq and homemade banana pudding?

    So, for those saying, man, sounds like a great time, wish I could have been there......next year, BE THERE! You will LOVE it. You will make friends and memories that will last you a lifetime. THIS is what social media SHOULD be. I'm not bagging folks for not coming, that's not my intention, life happens and I TOTALLY get it (that's why there has been no PolkFest for almost a decade).....but, be a part of it next year.

    PolkFest 2022 is a thing. October 2022. Start thinking about it now.



    I plan for the future. - F1Nut
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,769
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    Excellent post Troy!!
  • george daniel
    george daniel Posts: 12,096
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    Appears a great time was had by all,,Tom and tubes,, the stories I could tell you with his Anthem Amp one. :)
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)
  • Micah Cohen
    Micah Cohen Posts: 2,022
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    Holy snit, PolkFest LIVES!

    First of all, please understand: I have ambiguous feelings about this now.

    When I worked for Polk Audio, like so many of the people who worked for Polk Audio through those years, I did actually (surprisingly) LOVE this company. It was a family. And I loved working to promote its products and the lifestyle that those products enabled us to enjoy. It was a new world of audio and entertainment. I enjoyed meeting and encouraging enthusiastic fellow travelers. It was interesting and even inspiring. And fun!

    And then things... changed. ["Womp, womp."]

    No need to dive into that water under the bridge. (But I do wish things had turned out a little differently.)

    So, even though we've kept in touch randomly, it was a surprise when Troy invited me to attend a PolkFest this past weekend. So many reasons not to! Who even likes this company anymore; what is there to celebrate? Do I want to drive my toy-like Hyundai all the way to Charleston and back? I don't remember any of the guys who might be there, and what would I say to them if I did? (I'm really so shy!)

    Plus, there's this killer virus lurking out there, and I'd have to leave my Covid cocoon to attend this gathering. What about my pre-existing condition?!

    Believe me: I tried my grouchy old-man best to get out of it.

    Melissa: "No, we are going to visit Wendi and Troy this weekend."

    And so, dear friends, it was proclaimed and enacted.

    And you know what? It was not such a terrible thing. In fact, it was pretty awesome. Trey, Tom and Lou all quickly forgave me for not remembering their names or faces. (This is "early onset.") And darned if they weren't having the time of their lives setting up and demo-ing the huge new Polk Legends in Troy's living room with a truck-load of dangerous-looking audio equipment. Worse, I had to admit, after spending some serious time listening to them, guided by Trey and Tom's skilled experimentation, that those big Tiki-faced speakers were unexpectedly excellent. Maybe Polk still has some cred? (Can we call them Polk Audio again, please?)

    I was actually sad that we had to leave before I could get a listen to the beautiful new Reserve Bookshelves.

    There was a huge food spread in one room. Demos in the other room. More demos in the den. Plenty of jolly conversation out back, more going on in the garage. The whole neighborhood joined in. Polk Audio should rightly be grateful to everyone involved. You can't buy this kind of old school product promotion, this kind of grass roots affiliation. Because it's not about that, really. It's about sharing an interest in something everyone can enjoy, something fun and really exciting; something we can all get together and agree on. It was really cool to find out that it was still a thing!

    In the end, who can express anything but amazement at the boundless energy and extreme generosity of the relentlessly ebullient Troy and the amazing, unstoppable Wendi? (Oh, Wendi, what you put up with, girl!)

    Really, it's exhausting.

    But I'm glad I made the trip. Thanks for a great time. Long live PolkFest!

    MICAH


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    "There's nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight." - Lon Chaney
  • TroyD
    TroyD Posts: 13,077
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    The Hobbit Pimp LIVES!!!

    YES!!

    Believe me, folks, when I say a couple of things. One, I take it as a great compliment that Micah came for all the aforementioned reasons. I am, no joke, honored.

    YES. I expressed in my email that I felt that in past few years....that Polk had somewhat lost it's mojo for me. Nothing bad but nothing that excited me and it had become, well, corporate. Much of the allure of Polk Audio was the people behind it. Genuine people. Nuts about audio. True believers in their respective crafts. I remember reaching out to Micah, oh, 2001ish....pre PolkFest era and saying that we'd be breezing through Bawlmer and perhaps we could stop by 5601 Metro Drive and introduce ourselves?

    Micah was genuinely perplexed as to why. It's a cubicle farm. We work here. Why would anyone want to visit? We did and he was a gracious host and it was awesome. People. That's why.

    Now, I think, perhaps Sound United may be swinging back the pendulum? We shall see but I think that is at least on the radar.....perhaps. BUT they HAVE, IMO, succeeded, in spades.....fulfilling the idea and intent of Polk Audio. Great sounding speakers and real world prices. No BS. I think that what I heard this weekend is fantastic.

    Back to the people though. Amazing....and that's what's great about this hobby in general and Polk Audio in specific.

    Polk Audio. With the heart over the "I" is what it was then....and I think it should remain that way now.
    I plan for the future. - F1Nut
  • treitz3
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    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • motorhead43026
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    Yummy, I see some shine.
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  • Navy_Goat
    Navy_Goat Posts: 375
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    Where do I even start......

    @TroyD Thanks to you and Wendi for the hospitality! The food was great, the tunes were great, you assembled a great cast and crew for an event like this, but the secret sauce was your effortless generosity. You invited a complete stranger to your house without a second thought. Not only that, but you didn't hesitate when I asked to bring someone who wasn't even active here of the forum. You fed us but more importantly you ;made sure we felt welcome from the the first minute. Until next time, you have my thanks. We both enjoyed the weekend immensely.

    To the rest of the folks that made the weekend special, thank you for welcoming me into the group. Music really can bring people together. On that note the music was awesome! I will add a post below with a list of the tracks that I played on the off chance that others were intrigued by any of them, more on that later this evening. Lou, I am listening to some Takuya Kuroda right now.

    I really enjoyed the conversations. Trey, I appreciate you taking the time to explain your thoughts about crossover work and other related topics. I will be trying some of the suggestions you passed along for sure.

    I hope to see you all again at some time for sure.

    -Caleb
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