Polk Signature Series Official Discussion

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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,712
    edited April 2017
    K_M wrote: »
    These look great, and from the many comments, most seem to really like them.
    Just wondering, what if any current speaker series will be put out to pasture?

    RTiA and TSiX and eventually the LSiM will be replaced. The signature series is primarily thought of as a replacement for RTiA I think...

    Three lines to rule them all:

    good - T series
    better - signature series
    best - ??? still to come ???
    Living Room 2.1: Dynaudio Contour 1.3mkii; Martin Logan Grotto sub; Musical Fidelity A308; Cambridge Azur 851N
    Game Room HT: Denon AVR-X4200w; Definitive Technology SM450; Definitive Technology LCR2000; Definitive Technology Procinema 800; Mirage Nanasats; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology StudioMonitor350; ACI Titan Subwoofer; Squeezebox Touch
  • I was able to cancel my order for the CSI A6 and have now ordered the s30 from amazon for a great price. I have a infinity pc350 and it sounds great I hope the s30 will sound as good
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,326
    I do like the S30 as a center. I do wish Polk would make a 6.5" center... hint, hint. I would even be happy to beta test it for them.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • I just got my s30 and hooked it up and it sounds great so i know it will sound even better when it's broken in. The s30 and the s20 sounds amazing together glad I chose to Timbre match. thanks everyone
  • mir3aclesmir3acles Posts: 7
    I am debating between the s55 vs s60 vs RTIA5. How different are s55 vs s60 if I have a subwoofer. Wondering if it is worth to spend that extra money for s60 if s55 will do.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,978
    edited May 2017
    Is this for 2 channel or HT? What will you be driving them with?
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  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,420
    Welcome to Club Polk Mir3acles.

    I have the S60's and having the third driver will give you a bit more bass, if you decide to run the speakers in 2 channel mode without a sub. But they won't give you the kind of bass that you will get without the sub.

    Naturally the 55s are smaller, and lighter with just the two drivers, so they will sound smaller as it were.

    The common complaint about the RTAi series is while they are great for movies, they can sound shrill with music.

    The Signature series does not have this problem, they will do great with both music and HT.

    Any receiver can drive either of those series. The question comes down to if they will drive them to their full potential. The answer to that question is generally no.

    But for right now, let's just get you set up with speakers you will be happy with.

    Marantz AV-7705 PrePro, Classé 5 ch. 200wpc Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,326
    I agree with cfrizz,

    The S60 are the better speaker, if you can't swing it. S55 you will lose a little bass and maybe a little depth.

    I like my S60 a lot more than my RTi8 I had. A lot fuller sound than the Rti8 with less power needed to drive them. RTi floor standers should have an amp with them.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • for music how would the S20 compare to something like the LSIM703 i would imagine the 703;s are on a completely different level..

    i want to get a good set of book shelf speakers for a bedroom and i am wondering if these are worth looking at if i want a great sounding set of speakers and not just a good sounding set of speakers. i would imagine the 703 is a whole different animal

    a few people have told me i should check out the S20 after mention i was thinking of getting the 703's.
    Cambridge Azur 651A
    Polk LSi M703
    Sonos Connect




  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 2,131
    The 703 is a much better speaker
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,326
    If you are in the San Diego area you are welcome to come over one afternoon for a listen to the S20.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • mrloren wrote: »
    If you are in the San Diego area you are welcome to come over one afternoon for a listen to the S20.

    thanks but im about 3k miles away..

    would you say you can hear fine detail in music with the s20, for example if you close your eyes can you kind of imagine your at a live performance or do you pretty much know your listening to music thew a set of speakers.

    i have had a few sets of speakers that you would almost feel like your were listening to the real thing and that is what i would like to have again..

    my definitive sound that way but there just lacking mid range and they sound horrible for rock and roll music. for rock the guitar should be out front and driving but its like the vocals, bass and drums are out front and the guitar player is way off in the distance or something... for clean types of music they sound really good but i would say 75% of my listening is to rock and roll music..
    Cambridge Azur 651A
    Polk LSi M703
    Sonos Connect




  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,326
    Yes the S20 is almost there to being in the performance. I don't have them setup the greatest either 9pvgm7zhs6t0.jpg

    Yeah I know it's not the greatest setup but it meets WAF

    For where they are at they do sound great.

    Most of what I listen to is 70's and 80's rock. Zeppelin, Scorpions, Rush, UFO Queensrych ect ect.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 7,833
    mrloren wrote: »
    Yes the S20 is almost there to being in the performance. I don't have them setup the greatest either 9pvgm7zhs6t0.jpg

    Yeah I know it's not the greatest setup but it meets WAF

    For where they are at they do sound great.

    Most of what I listen to is 70's and 80's rock. Zeppelin, Scorpions, Rush, UFO Queensrych ect ect.

    In the end thats all that matters. Rock on...
    HT/Main- Panny 50" G10 Plasma, Pioneer SC-1222k AVR, Panny DMP-BD60 BDP, Polk LS90 mains, CS350LS center, LS/fx side surrounds, LS50 surround backs, SVS 25-31PC+ sub, Harmony One

    Office Rig- Marantz 2252B, Denon 2910, Kenwood KD2070 TT, Polk RTA 12B's/ RTA8t
  • DerfDerf Posts: 229
    would you say you can hear fine detail in music with the s20, for example if you close your eyes can you kind of imagine your at a live performance or do you pretty much know your listening to music thew a set of speakers.
    My experience with my S20s after a little more than 100 hours on them, set up at ear level about 9 feet apart, is their tone is now excellent. Highs are detailed, mids are tight, mid-low bass is good, really low bass is lacking (but hey, these are bookshelves). I do not feel like I'm at a concert. I do not experience a wide, deep soundstage. But I don't expect that from $300 speakers. I will say Kenny G, Bob Seger, blues, and country all sound clear, tight, with no distortion. At times you can "hear" the drums in the rear, guitar to the right or left, voice in the middle. That seems to be dependent on the recording, though. Overall I'm really impressed with what these little speakers can do. Not reference level, but DSkip is getting me there shortly!
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    Speakers: Usher MD2
    Subwoofer: Rythmik F15HP
    DAC: North Star Design Supremo
    Streaming Source: AURALiC Aries Mini
    SACD Player: Marantz SA8004
    Power Source: PS Audio PP3 on dedicated 20amp circuit
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,887
    DSkip wrote: »
    By your definition neither fit that bill. There is only one pair of speakers I've heard where I felt like I was there and they were a big draw at LSAF. However, this is only true until you hear your next reference speaker. Then, you realize the issues in the past presentation. That's why this hobby is so addicting.

    Which ones @Dskip?
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP05, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii, Zu DL103 MKii, Ortofon MC 20 MKii, Dynavector XX2 MKii, Rogue Audio Ares, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries Femto, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • mrloren wrote: »
    Yes the S20 is almost there to being in the performance. I don't have them setup the greatest either 9pvgm7zhs6t0.jpg

    Yeah I know it's not the greatest setup but it meets WAF

    For where they are at they do sound great.

    Most of what I listen to is 70's and 80's rock. Zeppelin, Scorpions, Rush, UFO Queensrych ect ect.

    if your happy with how they sound than your set up is just fine.

    maybe i should try a set of these out after i sell my towers, the price is nice. the reviews i have seen are good.

    i have seen a few reviews on youtube where its more of a sound demo but they seem to sound just like my little computer speakers. ill never understand why people think there letting you hear what a set of speakers sound like by posting a video of them playing music on youtube.
    Cambridge Azur 651A
    Polk LSi M703
    Sonos Connect




  • DSkip wrote: »
    By your definition neither fit that bill. There is only one pair of speakers I've heard where I felt like I was there and they were a big draw at LSAF. However, this is only true until you hear your next reference speaker. Then, you realize the issues in the past presentation. That's why this hobby is so addicting.

    Could they possibly be a set of speakers you are selling ?
  • mir3aclesmir3acles Posts: 7
    Thank you so much for your reply. My next question that stands now is the price range similarity between S55/60 or definitive technology BP10B or Bowers and Wilkins 684. I went to best buy magnolia and they had the latter two but I could not compare them side by side with the signatures. Given the similar price range which one would be a better choice. I am not worried about the subwoofer as I already have one. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 5,137
    Those are both "budget" models from the other brands, and cost $250/$300 more than the S60 per pair. With the others, the premium price is for the name. Both of those companies make some better speakers with some innovative features that are worthy of higher prices, but not all those features trickle down to the bottom. Polk's Signature series is their mid-line. It's a shame you couldn't compare them. I think they'd compare favorably. BB is probably afraid they wouldn't sell enough of the others! ;) Save some coin and get the S60.
  • mir3acles wrote: »
    Thank you so much for your reply. My next question that stands now is the price range similarity between S55/60 or definitive technology BP10B or Bowers and Wilkins 684. I went to best buy magnolia and they had the latter two but I could not compare them side by side with the signatures. Given the similar price range which one would be a better choice. I am not worried about the subwoofer as I already have one. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    ill throw this out three. definitive are usually very detailed excellent sounding speakers if you like the definitive tone, all the definitive i have heard have a similar tone. as far as music goes they sound great for clean types of music. but when it comes to rock and rool with heavily distorted guitar i think they sound lousy for rock, i would rather listen to my cheap polks for rock and roll music.. i think polks generally ( i have not head the signature series yet) sound good for any type of music and they sound good for movies too, the higher end polks sound amazing. people seem to really like the new signature series.

    the few sets of B&W speakers i have heard sound very nice in the shop and they seem to have a nice tone and good detail. i have only heard them on a store shelf so its hard to say how i would like them if i bought them home.

    i feel all 3 brands make a very good speaker and the one that sounds best to you is the one you should take home to try out.. and if you pick one and do not like it you can always return it to best buy..
    Cambridge Azur 651A
    Polk LSi M703
    Sonos Connect




  • mir3aclesmir3acles Posts: 7
    Thank you so much for the replies. I am going to head out to best buy or frys today and try to compare the signatures with the other speakers if I can and see which one I like.
  • mir3aclesmir3acles Posts: 7
    So I went back to best buy today and was pretty much in love with the Definitive technology 9040 but they were above my budget. None of the best buys I went to had the signature s60 on demo or in stock. Going to try the s55 tomorrow at another best buy. How different are the s55 from the s60?
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,978
    The S60 is not sold in Best Buy, only at select dealers.
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  • mir3acles wrote: »
    So I went back to best buy today and was pretty much in love with the Definitive technology 9040 but they were above my budget. None of the best buys I went to had the signature s60 on demo or in stock. Going to try the s55 tomorrow at another best buy. How different are the s55 from the s60?

    do they have a version of that definitive without the subs ?? personally i would stay way from towers with sub woofers built in. sub woofer placement is critical to get good sounding bass in your listening spot. you got to find the right spot in your room to put the sub.. and most rooms i have had my stereo in it was not near the main speakers. the bass just sounded dead when putting it near the main speakers. in a few rooms like the one i have now the sub sounds great near setting next to main speakers.

    check out this this article on sub placement.
    https://www.svsound.com/blogs/svs/75365187-the-art-of-subwoofer-placement
    Cambridge Azur 651A
    Polk LSi M703
    Sonos Connect




  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,671
    I have a friend who gets 50% off Polk through his employer. A 3.1 with s20s as mains and an s30 seem tempting...Maybe add some Fxi A4s next year to round out to 5.1

    Small, im sure it will sound good and not too expensive ($300ish without the FXIs).
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  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,326
    edited May 2017
    F1nut wrote: »
    The S60 is not sold in Best Buy, only at select dealers.

    They can be ordered at Best Buy now http://www.bestbuy.com/site/polk-audio-signature-series-s60-hi-res-triple-6-1-2-2-way-floorstanding-loudspeaker-each-black-washed-walnut/5622378.p?skuId=5622378 Amazon would be faster

    My local BB doesn't stock any of the signatures, not even a demo.

    I am really digging the Signatures too.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • mir3aclesmir3acles Posts: 7
    DSkip wrote: »
    mir3acles wrote: »
    So I went back to best buy today and was pretty much in love with the Definitive technology 9040 but they were above my budget. None of the best buys I went to had the signature s60 on demo or in stock. Going to try the s55 tomorrow at another best buy. How different are the s55 from the s60?

    Where do you live?

    Houston area..So this time when I went to BB I heard there def tech BP9040 and liked it alot. Got that one and set it up for now. It's a shame I was unable to hear the s60 which was on my top list. Any ideas how the s60 would compare with the def tech BP9040. The biggest advantage of def tech is that it's Bipolar which gives me a more room fill. Any thoughts.
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