R50 help

recoveryonerecoveryone Posts: 764
edited January 27 in Speakers
I just brought a pair of R50 towers online and I am looking for some experience feedback on these. I plan to use them at my parents home to upgrade their HT system in the family room (serious Mom factor). I gave them some old Pioneer Sats a few years back to replace some old Awia fronts and center (bookshelf size) that was part of a HT inthebox setup I got them back in the 90's. Over the years I have been slowly replacing each piece and trying to match up brands to cut down on remote roulette. After their old 55"Mit's died from a power outage, I went with Samsung theme for them Starting with a 55" plasma (last year they made them), a couple of Samsung blu ray players for both the family room and master bedroom. I found a Samsung AVR HW C700 that completed the setup and each device worked off one remote. I gave them a more powerful sub to replace the smaller Monoprice one I got them a year ago and it fills the room much better. I wish I had this room in my home, its about 15W x 25L, it has 2 levels the main floor is 15W x 15L with the upper level taking up the last 8-10 feet. When this addition was added to the house back in the 70's I was in high school and home theater was not even a twinkle in anyone's eye. And my parents are in their 80's now so the room is only used for bible studys and holidays. My mom has it setup to have people face each other and not have the TV as the main focus of the room, so the mom factor is major!

I think the R50's would work well in this room (thick carpet, thick drapies and 2 large couches and lazyboy chair to knock out much of any reflection of sound), I am looking for a nice center now, but it needs to be thin (bar type) to fit under the TV (4" gap height) any ideas would be welcomed. I'll post a picture of the room by Friday when I drop off the speakers.
Family Room HT 7.2/i]:
Vizio P55-E1UHD Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 Pioneer Elite BDP 85FD Pioneer Elite N-50 Panamax M5300-EX
Living room 2ch:
Integra ADM 2.1 Teac EQ MKII Squeezebox Touch Fluance SX Speakers Panamax M5100-EX
Upstairs media room:
Vizio D1 32" Pioneer Elite VSX 32 Sony PS4 Squeezebox Touch Polkaudio Rti 6's fronts Polk CSR Center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax M5300-EX
Master bedroom:
Vizio VF550M Pioneer Elite VSX 33 Pioneer Elite BDP 80FD Squeezebox Touch Polk audio Monitor 40 II fronts, Rears Optimus LX5s Jensen CCS center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax 5100

Comments

  • halohalo Posts: 5,157
    I had the R50's back in '05. I liked them quite a bit. They really were a step up from the JBL speakers that I owned prior and they were one of my first forays into Polk Audio. The speakers are tall but not too wide. Front port makes placement pretty easy. had them matched to the CSi20 center channel initially and then the CSi25 when one became available later on. Those are the 2 "matching" center channels for the R series but they are not slim by any means.
  • spongersponger Posts: 325
    Great for filling a large room with soft, balanced sound, and it doesn't take much power to do it. Guests never complained, which I always thought was interesting since I considered them to be a somewhat "veiled" speaker. Then again I don't know of any guests of mine who would be considered enthusiasts. I can't imagine any of them commenting on the imaging, transparency, or lower and upper roll offs.

    Generally, though, I think most layman listeners expect a natural sound, and the R50 did not fall short in that respect. They sounded neither boomy nor tinny; neither refined nor unrefined. They were just there to faithfully get the movie or music out there for people's ears to absorb. In fact, it was a couple of years ago that someone asked me if I wanted to get rid of them because it was brought up that I had them in the garage. My response was something like, "Really you want those?" He goes, "Yeah they sounded great." I'm like come on no you don't want those. He's like yeah what do you have against them. So, I guess in some regards I could label them a crowd pleaser.

    Finally sold them for $75 to a guy who was planning to pair them with a restored 1980s-era direct drive turntable. Yes we really had a conversation about vinyl. Then he goes, "How do they sound?" I said, "Well, they're Polk's most entry-level speaker. They sound like they're supposed to sound I guess considering that they work properly. I'm not sure what you mean exactly. Should I hook them up for a demo?" He then handed me the cash and said, "Nah, I'll take 'em."

    So, it was like 10 years ago that the R50s went into storage when they were replaced by a Monitor SII 5.1 with a PSW110 sub. The difference was very noticeable. Then when sigs came out I decided a bookshelf 2.0 was all I really needed for the type of listening I do. With the 5.1, it was normally switched to stereo with the bass turned down most of the time, so it was basically just a 2.0 anyway. Sigs are vastly better, and I have no regrets.

    But, I've heard the T series at Best Buy plenty of times, and wow they are amazing for the money. They're basically the new R series. But clearly the R series while not being terrible at all just don't have what the T series offers.

    Denon AVR 3312CI
    S15
    Sony 790S
    Denon DP 300f
  • recoveryonerecoveryone Posts: 764
    Thanks guys, it sounds like these will fit the bill for my parents, as they will hardly get used and never pushed to a high level. I have a pair of the R30's in my oldest daughter room and they sound good in her small bedroom paired with a 50 watt 8" sub. These will get paired with a 10" 120 watt Audio Acoustic sub.
    Family Room HT 7.2/i]:
    Vizio P55-E1UHD Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 Pioneer Elite BDP 85FD Pioneer Elite N-50 Panamax M5300-EX
    Living room 2ch:
    Integra ADM 2.1 Teac EQ MKII Squeezebox Touch Fluance SX Speakers Panamax M5100-EX
    Upstairs media room:
    Vizio D1 32" Pioneer Elite VSX 32 Sony PS4 Squeezebox Touch Polkaudio Rti 6's fronts Polk CSR Center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax M5300-EX
    Master bedroom:
    Vizio VF550M Pioneer Elite VSX 33 Pioneer Elite BDP 80FD Squeezebox Touch Polk audio Monitor 40 II fronts, Rears Optimus LX5s Jensen CCS center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax 5100
  • recoveryonerecoveryone Posts: 764
    Picked up the R50's this morning and dropped them off at my parents house. Didn't have time to do a full test and mic setup, but my parents where happy. Here are a couple of pictures of their family room

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    Family Room HT 7.2/i]:
    Vizio P55-E1UHD Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 Pioneer Elite BDP 85FD Pioneer Elite N-50 Panamax M5300-EX
    Living room 2ch:
    Integra ADM 2.1 Teac EQ MKII Squeezebox Touch Fluance SX Speakers Panamax M5100-EX
    Upstairs media room:
    Vizio D1 32" Pioneer Elite VSX 32 Sony PS4 Squeezebox Touch Polkaudio Rti 6's fronts Polk CSR Center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax M5300-EX
    Master bedroom:
    Vizio VF550M Pioneer Elite VSX 33 Pioneer Elite BDP 80FD Squeezebox Touch Polk audio Monitor 40 II fronts, Rears Optimus LX5s Jensen CCS center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax 5100
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,329
    The table is set up beautifully. Something tells me someone is a great cook :) hope they enjoy the speakers
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    Randy / Maine
    SDA-CRS+ 198 tweeters. WMG upgraded crossovers.
    Larry's rings. Stands w/Polk Logo & Spiked nicely
    RTA15TL 198 tweeters. WMG upgraded crossovers.
    Larry's rings. Gloss tops shine. Spiked nicely
    Cs1000p-Yamaha-Parasound-Acurus
    MIT speaker cables-Pangea powercords
  • recoveryonerecoveryone Posts: 764
    Oh mom can whip it up, but her and my dad eat out more these days. She is all about the presentation, that table is set daily and she will switch up the color scheme on a whim.
    Family Room HT 7.2/i]:
    Vizio P55-E1UHD Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 Pioneer Elite BDP 85FD Pioneer Elite N-50 Panamax M5300-EX
    Living room 2ch:
    Integra ADM 2.1 Teac EQ MKII Squeezebox Touch Fluance SX Speakers Panamax M5100-EX
    Upstairs media room:
    Vizio D1 32" Pioneer Elite VSX 32 Sony PS4 Squeezebox Touch Polkaudio Rti 6's fronts Polk CSR Center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax M5300-EX
    Master bedroom:
    Vizio VF550M Pioneer Elite VSX 33 Pioneer Elite BDP 80FD Squeezebox Touch Polk audio Monitor 40 II fronts, Rears Optimus LX5s Jensen CCS center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax 5100
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,329
    Very nice. I had the R50's & R30's for rears years ago & iirc they had plenty of bass on the fronts. Cant remember what i had for CC or sub. So many cbanges since then. I do remember i liked them alot
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    Randy / Maine
    SDA-CRS+ 198 tweeters. WMG upgraded crossovers.
    Larry's rings. Stands w/Polk Logo & Spiked nicely
    RTA15TL 198 tweeters. WMG upgraded crossovers.
    Larry's rings. Gloss tops shine. Spiked nicely
    Cs1000p-Yamaha-Parasound-Acurus
    MIT speaker cables-Pangea powercords
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,329
    edited February 2
    Oh mom can whip it up, but her and my dad eat out more these days. She is all about the presentation, that table is set daily and she will switch up the color scheme on a whim.
    i have a friend whos mothers home is like that. She cooks all the time. I woulda never moved out :) My exwife cooked everything out of a box & didnt know how to cook meat. Love good home cooked food

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    ...
    Randy / Maine
    SDA-CRS+ 198 tweeters. WMG upgraded crossovers.
    Larry's rings. Stands w/Polk Logo & Spiked nicely
    RTA15TL 198 tweeters. WMG upgraded crossovers.
    Larry's rings. Gloss tops shine. Spiked nicely
    Cs1000p-Yamaha-Parasound-Acurus
    MIT speaker cables-Pangea powercords
  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 4,088
    The R50's were my first Polks. Currently using them in my shop system.

    After I had retired them and moved on to better speakers and gear I decided to hook them up to the amp I had at the time. Couldn't believe how good they sounded with some power behind them.
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • recoveryonerecoveryone Posts: 764
    edited February 15
    I got ahold of the guy that I brought the R50'sfrom and he is going to sale me a pair of R15's and a CS10 for $100, so I will switch out the old (Awia) surround rears with the R15's and I found a old Parasound Center that will fit under the TV. I'll keep the CS10 and compare it to the CS1 ii I have and see if its better.
    Family Room HT 7.2/i]:
    Vizio P55-E1UHD Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 Pioneer Elite BDP 85FD Pioneer Elite N-50 Panamax M5300-EX
    Living room 2ch:
    Integra ADM 2.1 Teac EQ MKII Squeezebox Touch Fluance SX Speakers Panamax M5100-EX
    Upstairs media room:
    Vizio D1 32" Pioneer Elite VSX 32 Sony PS4 Squeezebox Touch Polkaudio Rti 6's fronts Polk CSR Center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax M5300-EX
    Master bedroom:
    Vizio VF550M Pioneer Elite VSX 33 Pioneer Elite BDP 80FD Squeezebox Touch Polk audio Monitor 40 II fronts, Rears Optimus LX5s Jensen CCS center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax 5100
  • recoveryonerecoveryone Posts: 764
    Dropped off the R15's Friday at my parents house (they just got back from Texas) mom was all smiles, she loves the R50, but I suspect its has nothing to do with the sound quality. She has already found more nick nacks to place on top of them (SMH). What I like about this project the most is the remote from Samsung that controls all the components, makes so much easier for them and cuts down on the phone calls to my house on how to work something. I learn a lot from my parents over the last decade as they age. Independence is very valuable when you know your physical abilities are declining, for those that still have your parents with you, treat them well as if they were gold for your time will come when you will want your children to value you as much.

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    Family Room HT 7.2/i]:
    Vizio P55-E1UHD Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 Pioneer Elite BDP 85FD Pioneer Elite N-50 Panamax M5300-EX
    Living room 2ch:
    Integra ADM 2.1 Teac EQ MKII Squeezebox Touch Fluance SX Speakers Panamax M5100-EX
    Upstairs media room:
    Vizio D1 32" Pioneer Elite VSX 32 Sony PS4 Squeezebox Touch Polkaudio Rti 6's fronts Polk CSR Center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax M5300-EX
    Master bedroom:
    Vizio VF550M Pioneer Elite VSX 33 Pioneer Elite BDP 80FD Squeezebox Touch Polk audio Monitor 40 II fronts, Rears Optimus LX5s Jensen CCS center Polkaudio PSW 10 sub Panamax 5100
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