Minimum wattage to run my Polk rti12s. I'm thinking about purchasing the Denon x3500h a/v reciever.

Bigrich1971Bigrich1971 Posts: 15
Please keep in mind I have the psw 505.what center and rears sre within the rti family. Thanks

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  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,923
    edited March 5
    Good to start with and the 3500 has pre-outs for adding an amp later. RTi-12 like a lot of power. For budget minded amps Emotiva or Outlaw Audio. An Emotive BasX-A300 is a nice little 2ch amp that would drive them nice

    Center - CSI-A6 https://www.polkaudio.com/products/csia6
    Surrounds RTi-A1 https://www.polkaudio.com/products/rtia1
    or
    RTi FX https://www.polkaudio.com/products/fxia4

    The 505 is a good budget sub but any HSU or SVS will be a lot better.
    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 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 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
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,534
    Used NAD amps can be had well within budget as well.
  • Bigrich1971Bigrich1971 Posts: 15
    mrloren..FestYboy thank you for your insight. I truly appreciate it. I am going to look into it. Hoping it all comes together
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,148
    mrloren..FestYboy thank you for your insight. I truly appreciate it. I am going to look into it. Hoping it all comes together

    I agree with @FestYboy 100% on using NAD amps.

    I've been using a NAD-C370 integrated for years to easily power my 4 ohm SRS2's. ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Bigrich1971Bigrich1971 Posts: 15
    Would the c370 acceptable power for 8ohm speakers
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,148
    edited March 6
    Easily. There's a C372 that might be more powerful.

    They aren't cheap. Maybe 300 to 500. I'll check.

    But they are for Music mainly. No surround features here.

    I only spotted one C370 on ebay and it was recapped and had a tuner included like I have also but they want 800.00 for the set.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/NAD-C370-C422-Integrated-Amplifier-TUNER-NEWLY-INSTALLED-POWER-CAPACITORS/323274884592?epid=66772862&hash=item4b44af45f0:g:WkcAAOSw0GNbCh6u

    Beware when shopping on eBay of course!!!

    Both come w/remote and owners' manual.
    Yea, the first C372 that looks great was this one for about 500.00 to your door. :#
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/NAD-C372-Stereo-Integrated-Amplifer-Remote/233125203494?epid=66744194&hash=item3647584e26:g:lTsAAOSwy09bggTl

    Another 372 for 400.00 to your door that looks great.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/NAD-C372-Stereo-Integrated-Amplifer-and-Remote/273742674747?epid=66744194&hash=item3fbc55bb3b:g:ssoAAOSwXetcfDMt
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Bigrich1971Bigrich1971 Posts: 15
    Thank you. I'm going to review the 8nfo you sent. I really appreciate your time.
  • pyrocyborgpyrocyborg Posts: 524
    edited March 6
    I love my Denon x3500h as it packs a lot of stuff for the price (Audyssey XT32, decent amplification, ARC, etc.), but yeah, it won't power those monsters properly, even with the "bi-amping" feature off the receiver (which, without surprise, reduce the other channels output by a fair amount).

    With a 5.1 system, your "bi-amped" front RTi 12 would only end up with 150w or so, which could end up not being enough during peaks at moderately high volume in a larger room. One could argue that such monsters would benefit from high current amplification even at low volume.

    As for the speakers within the RTi line, I think that mrloren is spot-on. Anything smaller than the CSi A6 (center channel) could seem out of place, and the RTi A1 or RTi 4 should be fine as rear/side.

    As for NAD amps: I loved mine, both with the RTiA and the LSiM lines. You can't go wrong there, but keep in mind that an integrated amplifier would cut you out of any surround feature. You would need one of their 2 or 3 channels power amplifiers on top of the Denon x3500h.
    Speakers: Polk Audio LSiM 705, LSiM 703, LSiM 704c
    Receiver: Denon X3500H
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