New Polk Audio "Legend" Speaker Series shown at 2019 Hong Kong High End Audio Video Show

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  • WLDockWLDock Posts: 2,657
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 10,622
    So with the pic Jesse posted and the RMAF pic, I'm guessing these will not have to be pinned up against the wall?
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,953
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    So with the pic Jesse posted and the RMAF pic, I'm guessing these will not have to be pinned up against the wall?

    They don't have to be, but with the Power Port on the bottom they can be placed pretty close to the back wall if desired.
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  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,887
    6 Gs is almost 9000 up hear in Canada. They better be really dam good for that price. I could buy some really nice heavily discounted floor models of something else for that price. What a Shame.... plus I think my audio friends would kill me if they knew I paid 8000 dollars for a pair of Polk audio speakers.
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  • verbverb Posts: 8,001
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Grimster74 wrote: »
    Just in case anyone missed it!


    Oh, so I just got my 3:30 pm EDT back, I guess. :|

    No way! Reveals are always fun! And full of surprises! Ya never know! :)
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  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,755
    edited September 6
    I had a hard time deciding which of the 4 posts to comment on, lol, but this one is the winner.

    All I can say is WOW! I never thought we'd see new SDA speakers from Polk. This is really great news and I cannot wait to hear how they sound once people can get their ears on them.

    Congrats to Team Polk for reinventing a legend!

    Unfortunately the $6k price will be beyond my current means but I hope these speakers are a critical and commercial success for Polk and that the new SDA technology is a big leap forward in sound. I love my SDA 2B TLs and if the new speakers end up being a big jump up from those then I know I will have to get these new SDAs at some point.

    I find the appearance to be pleasing but agree they would look better with grills. I also wonder how big of a footprint they take up. Does anyone have the specs on these yet? I guess we'll find out soon enough.

    I look forward to the reviews!

  • adabroadabro Posts: 208
    Pretty cool - after upgrading from Monitor to RTi I didn't think I'd move onto LSiM's, but did just that. As said, after conversion these will be pricey here in Canada (for me at least) so I can't see buying, but never say never.

    Always like seeing new stuff to drool over, even if I never buy it.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,484
    halo wrote: »
    $6000 for the pair of the new flagship SDA speakers

    $1200 for the entry level 5 1/4” bookshelf speakers

    Entry level top of the line. Like the cheapest Ferrari.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,415
    edited September 6
    Emlyn wrote: »
    I like the new wood finish on the sides better than piano black. Probably more durable too. And seems more fitting for a Polk Legend speaker.

    Wouldn't brown walnut Contact Paper vinyl veneer have been more appropriate to the Polk legend?

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,415
    Those crossovers are going to be a nightmare to upgrade....

    is that comment relating to this?

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  • OleBootOleBoot Posts: 553
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Those crossovers are going to be a nightmare to upgrade....

    is that comment relating to this?

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    Looks like a crossover from any KEF 2-way. B)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,415
    edited September 6
    OleBoot wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Those crossovers are going to be a nightmare to upgrade....

    is that comment relating to this?

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    Looks like a crossover from any KEF 2-way. B)
    :)

    ... rather different than my idea of a nice XO.

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  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,602
    edited September 6
    Then And Now: SDA Prices Adjusted For Inflation

    Inflation calculator used: https://www.halfhill.com/inflation_js.html

    SDA SRS 1.2TL - $3400 (1991) = $6407 in 2019 dollars.
    SDA SRS 2.3TL - $2500 (1991) = $4711 in 2019 dollars.
    SDA SRS 3.1TL - $2000 (1991) = $3769 in 2019 dollars.
    SDA 1C - $1800 (1989) = $3725 in 2019 dollars.
    SDA 2B - $1300 (1989) = $2690 in 2019 dollars.
    SDA CRS+ - $1000 (1989) = $2069 in 2019 dollars.

    The L800 SDA is most similar to the SDA SRS 3.1TL in size and weight:

    L800 SDA:

    Height 48.6"
    Width 17.94"
    Depth 17.38"
    Weight 118 lbs

    SDA SRS 3.1TL:

    Height 48"
    Width 15.75"
    Depth 13.88"
    Weight 101 lbs

    There was speculation that if Polk ever reintroduced an SDA loudspeaker the size of the 1.2TL, it would have to retail in the $10,000 to $15,000 range. The retail price of the L800 indicates that the speculated price range of a new big SDA was on the money.

    If the L800 is successful, I expect the value of vintage SDA's, particularly hotrodded ones, to increase substantially.
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,484
    SDA CRS+ - $1000 (1989) = $2069 in 2019 dollars.

    Let's hear it for a $2k Legend L-CRS bookie!
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

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  • verbverb Posts: 8,001
    Nightfall wrote: »
    SDA CRS+ - $1000 (1989) = $2069 in 2019 dollars.

    Let's hear it for a $2k Legend L-CRS bookie!

    I imagine the product planners are thinking about it, especially if the flagship sales meet or exceed their expectations! One can hope for sure! :)
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,953
    My understanding is originally there would be two new SDA's, one about the size of the 1C, which the L800 is and another something like the CRS, which didn't happen.
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  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 2,225
    Well this throws a monkey wrench in my plans.

    Did get over to Indy to hear some Sonetto's.

    They are Impressive for sure but at $8000 to $13,000 for a pair, maybe these new Polks would be a better path for me to take.

    Hopefully some place in IN will have some to hear in the near future.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,415
    edited September 6
    Polk L800 for $6k the pair
    Klipsch Corny Cornwall 4 for $6k the pair

    coincidence?

    B)

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  • What would you guess to be the smallest room size to take advantage of the L800s? Or the ideal room size?
  • Hyme2019Hyme2019 Posts: 55
    Something no one has mentioned yet. Polk intended for this new Legend series to replace both RTiA and LSiM, but due to cost constraints scrapped that idea and it became the top-of-the-line Legend series to replace LSiM. Polk still has to essentially replace RTiA. So if I were a betting man I’d guess we will see a trickle down product utilizing SDA technology in the not too distant future, but for now this new line of products is pretty exciting.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,953
    I'm not sure where you got that information. Polk has planned for some time now to have 3 levels, good, better and best. The RTiA series will be closed out.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • Hyme2019Hyme2019 Posts: 55
    F1nut do you work for Polk?
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,953
    edited September 7
    That's not an answer. Where did you get that information?
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • Hyme2019Hyme2019 Posts: 55
    All the T series is, is Polk’s replacement to Pioneer speakers on Best Buy’s floor. Polk was in, Pioneer was out. While I own a pair of T50 towers and think they are great for the money, it was never meant as anything more than to hit a price point for Best Buy. Signature is Polk’s “Good”. I don’t see Polk leaving that big of a gap in between Signature and Legend. There will be a replacement to RTiA, maybe not tomorrow, it may take a year or two, but it will happen. What I said in my first post about what Polk intended and what ended up actually happening due to cost came from within.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,953
    If you think about that it doesn't make sense.

    No, I do not work for Polk, but I have very good contacts.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • Hyme2019Hyme2019 Posts: 55
    Why not? Signature top end bookshelf $299 pr. Legend entry bookshelf $1199 pr., Signature top end floor speaker $899 pr., Legend entry tower $4,000 pr. I was told (a while ago) Polk intended to replace both RTiA and LSiM with a new series of product that would be in between, but cost ended up blowing that idea apart, hence Legend series. Polk will fill that gap and you heard it here first, lol.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,498
    Thanks for the insight there, Nostradamus...
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