Polk Signature Series Official Discussion

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  • D2Lo wrote: »
    One of my guys picked them up cheap and thought it would be fun to bring them in for a listen.

    Random question Michael. When I was watching the T50 breakdown live on FB there was different Polk speakers in the background. It looked like there was a pair of PA speakers, just curious if those were the original speakers Matthew made for his friends? If so would you be able to post a pic either in this thread or a new one?
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  • mhardy6647 wrote: »
    D2Lo wrote: »
    Thanks rpf65! We have been getting a lot of positive response from the line from social media as well as retailers. CEDIA went really well for us.

    Thought you all might like to see what we are listening to this week. :-)
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    Do I need to send youse guyses some vintage silver-faced, Japanese born-'n'-bred ee-lek-tronics to (ahem) push them loudspeakers?

    ;)

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    Sooooo much Silver faced gear (Drool)
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  • mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Your point? ;)

    PS I could have way more self-destructive addictions, y'know? :)

    We all know you just pull out all the innards and hide your coke & meth inside those things. Its ok :smile:
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,805
    Speakers are much better places in which to stash stuff.

    That's why acoustic suspension (sealed box) speakers were so popular in the seventies, man.

    ... or... you know... so I've heard.
  • D2Lo wrote: »
    Thanks rpf65! We have been getting a lot of positive response from the line from social media as well as retailers. CEDIA went really well for us.

    Thought you all might like to see what we are listening to this week. :-)
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    Disconnect the dimensional tweeters on those 2s, and they'll improve quite a bit
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,217
    And have Dave @westmassguy redo your crossovers and make you a better cable ;)
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  • FaceFace Posts: 14,714
    Nice to see the a small waveguide used on the tweeter. This really should be an industry standard as they have some great benefits and no negatives, IMO.
    WLDock wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    OTOH, the ELAC room at AXPONA was full...so much so that many said they would come back when they can get a good seat. Surprising... given the MEGA BUCK rooms at a large show like that. There's a market for affordable yet good sounding speakers!
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,965
    nbrowser wrote: »
    F1nut wrote: »
    Michael, that is one of the least desirable SDA's. Not worth listening to, IMO.

    Hey now...I own that exact model...and find them to outperform the more modern speakers in the house....won't name the model but they are in the bedroom...upgrades to come mind you.

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  • xsmixsmi Posts: 1,357
    edited September 2016
    D2Lo wrote: »
    Thanks rpf65! We have been getting a lot of positive response from the line from social media as well as retailers. CEDIA went really well for us.

    Thought you all might like to see what we are listening to this week. :-)
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    The fact that you guys are actually listening to SDA towers is making me nervous. Do I need to start saving my pennies?

    BTW, I've never like the aesthetics of ELAC's. They just look cheap to me.
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  • cnhcnh Posts: 13,310
    These really seem to be competition for the ELAC Debut series, not Jone's Uni-Fis, IMO.
    Someone needs to do that comparison. If they can hang there, or better them; mission accomplished.
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  • xsmixsmi Posts: 1,357
    S55 are at my local Best Buy. I haven't had the opportunity to go check them out yet though.
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  • WLDockWLDock Posts: 2,496
    edited September 2016
    nguyendot wrote: »
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    This is what the tower looks like with the grille on.

    I've been trying to get it out of my head what speakers these slightly remind me of... I remembered...The Swans S600SE! They are more rounded of course.

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    Both are cool if one is looking for something with a little different design from the norm.
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  • D2LoD2Lo Posts: 353
    Thought you guys might like this video describing the design inspiration that the team was looking at when we worked on this line. Some great historical ads in it as well:

    Michael DiTullo
    Chief Design Officer
  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 8,090
    Thanks, really enjoyed that video.
  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,743
    edited September 2016
    Changing the topic a little... I really like the curved edges and the black looks really good. However, I also think the curved edge calls out for some natural wood grain to show off. Any chance of seeing other finishes available in the future (ie, cherry or maple)?

    My wife might let me buy a pair for the family room if they had the nice warm look of natural wood.

    ... Of course I'd have to get rid of about three pairs of speaker I have sitting around before she would agree.
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  • WTSWTS Posts: 170
    skirl wrote: »

    ... Of course I'd have to get rid of about three pairs of speaker I have sitting around before she would agree.

    Okay, dish! :)
  • D2LoD2Lo Posts: 353
    edited September 2016
    skrol wrote: »
    Changing the topic a little... I really like the curved edges and the black looks really good. However, I also think the curved edge calls out for some natural wood grain to show off. Any chance of seeing other finishes available in the future (ie, cherry or maple)?

    Thanks @skrol , all I can say at this time is not at this time :wink: but good to know there would be interest if we hypothetically did that.
    Michael DiTullo
    Chief Design Officer
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,805
    D2Lo wrote: »
    ...

    Thanks @skrol , all I can say at this time is not at this time :wink: ...

    You, sir, have a future in politics.

    ;)

  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 13,507
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    D2Lo wrote: »
    ...

    Thanks @skrol , all I can say at this time is not at this time :wink: ...

    You, sir, have a future in politics.

    ;)

    and at the same time its like" I cannot confirm nor deny" we are working on natural wood finishes....
  • jawhogjawhog Posts: 437
    Are the s15s $229 each or for the pair? I'm seeing it both ways. Even the Polk product page is sort of hard to tell . Press release said $239 for the pr, onecall has them $229/pr. Best Buy eBay has them listed at $229 each and they just responded in a msg through eBay that it is not a mistake.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,897
    Bookies are by the pair, towers are individual.
  • K_MK_M Posts: 1,315
    edited October 2016
    Will these eventually replace all the lower end lines?

    Not the Rti or Lsi obviously, but there is a hodge podge of lower end polks that are frankly just too many numbers and letters!

    In fact, Please Polk eliminate all the lower end models, and have JUST these, RTi and LsiM!

    Do we really need a T, a Tsi, a TsiX an S, a Tsx an M and so on....lol??
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,897
    Good, better, best.
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,903
    edited October 2016
    I don't need speakers right now, but I really want to get ears on these.
    Having had experience with Monitor 10's, RTA-11T's, RTi10's, T50's, and LSiM, I'm really curious to hear how these compare, where they sit. I can say that I thoroughly enjoy the M10's/RTA-11T's and LSiM's. RTi10's just didn't work for me at all for music, unfortunately. Great for TV, but that was all.

    I like the new design and I would be enthused if these perform more nicely for music than RTi/A's, because I'm always interested in affordable, aesthetically pleasing, musically biased speakers, either for personal use or for whole-hearted recommendations to friends who are looking for affordable speakers. Have a friend who just built a beach house and isn't as into home audio enough to warrant having moved on the most recent F&F for full LSiM, but would be cool if the new Signature Series proves to be a good fit. Otherwise, I've already mentioned the new soundbars to him, and plan to gift the Magnifi Mini to a close friend, and maybe to parents as well this Holiday, depending on how it goes. New lineup seems promising.
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,897
    Come see us in two weeks man. They'll be here.
  • WTSWTS Posts: 170
    edited October 2016
    I'm helping someone assemble an HT system. However, the bias is going to be towards music (mostly stereo), with movies secondary. Her primary musical interest is classical, although she listens to other music.

    Should she (and I) be looking at the Signature Series?

    If so, which combination(s) of components would work best for a Signature Series system biased towards music?

    Do you feel that these speakers are primarily for movies, or do you feel it is good for music as well?

    How does it compare with other Polk speaker systems?

    How well do these speakers mix and match with other Polk speakers? For example, how well would the Signature center and rears match with LSiM fronts? How about others?

    (She's upgrading from two Polk S10 speakers.)
  • adam2434adam2434 Posts: 989
    I think Polk did a very nice job on the design/aesthetics on these. They will stand out among the typical black rectangular boxes in this price class.

    However, what’s more important is how their performance will compare to competition in this price class. I hope Polk put as much (or more) emphasis on performance as they did on design/aesthetics. I also hope they are voiced to sound fairly neutral in the high frequencies so that music sounds natural and not overly bright.

    I would love to see Polk become the performance leaders in this price class. Good luck Polk!

    Based on the specified weights of the speakers, they have some decent heft for this price class – that’s a good sign in terms of cabinet and driver construction.

    D2Lo, do you have any photos, renderings, exploded views, etc. of the driver, cabinet, and crossover construction?

    I’m sure many of us would like to see the guts of these speakers.
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  • xsmixsmi Posts: 1,357
    xsmi wrote: »
    S55 are at my local Best Buy. I haven't had the opportunity to go check them out yet though.


    I've gone in twice to see the 55's and they haven't been displayed yet. The guys I talked to at the store, said they were not aware of them being in the store so it was a stock anomaly.
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