Polk Sub HTS 10 or 12 with RTi A9’s

Currently I’m running my RTi A9’s with a 200 watt external amp and all is well in that regard. I find the A9’s have excellent bass when I put the power to them but are lacking at lower power levels. My solution so far is to add 2 of the Polk HTS 10 Subs to the mix but I haves few concerns.

HTS 10 is relatively low power (100watt continuous 200watt peak)
HTS 12 x 2 may be a bit much.

Does any one have experience with either of these two subs with the A9’s ? I am aware of the frequency ranges etc.. of all items but for various reasons want to stay with Polk if I can.

Room is 14’ x 28’ with 10’ ceilings, listen to Music 60/Movies 40, don’t care so much about surround sound just want to warm things up at lower power levels.

Thank you
Cheers: Snarl

Another guy from Canada

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  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 7,360
    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
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,491

    Oh yeah i forgot to mention SVS... much better subs.
    music on vinyl; https://www.discogs.com/user/mlistens03/collection
    Technics SL3200 turntable; Shure M97xE cart; Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2; NAD C352 integrated; KEF Q150 speakers; Velodyne VA-907 subwoofer; home-built stands, generic cables but will upgrade soon...

    desktop; Lenovo G50 running Win10, Yamaha RX-v665 AVR, JBL e30 headphones
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,224
    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: 1,734
    I would get an SVS or HSU sub any day over a Polk. I like Polk speakers but their subs are nowhere near HSU or SVS. @ 60% music I would get one of the SVS outlet specials "SB" sealed subs.
    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 UN60H,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk CSi-A6
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    4 Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • felipefelipe Posts: 422
    Hi Snarl. Welcome to the forum. I see that your looking for sub/subs to help your A9’s at lower levels. Before anything...what’s your budget? From what I’ve read about the HTS Subs, they are a good price/performance ratio sub ( when on sale )...not SVS or HSU level tho. The HTS subs look good IMO ;)
    My Setup: Onkyo TX-NR787, Polk Signature S60 Fronts w/ S30 Center and S20 Rears and S15 Heights, Sony 4K Player, Sony 65”4k TV

    My Folks Setup: Pioneer AVR, Klipsch RP-150M, Sony 3D blue ray player, VIZIO 55" TV.
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