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

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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 9,028
    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.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,394
    edited September 2019
    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: 25,394
    Those crossovers are going to be a nightmare to upgrade....

    is that comment relating to this?

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  • OleBootOleBoot Posts: 670
    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: 25,394
    edited September 2019
    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: 6,656
    edited September 2019
    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: 9,028
    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.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • verbverb Posts: 10,154
    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: 44,506
    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: 2,325
    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: 25,394
    edited September 2019
    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?
  • 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: 44,506
    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.
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  • F1nut do you work for Polk?
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,506
    edited September 2019
    That's not an answer. Where did you get that information?
    Political Correctness'.........defined

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    President of Club Polk

  • 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: 44,506
    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

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    President of Club Polk

  • 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: 22,676
    Thanks for the insight there, Nostradamus...
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,506
    Hyme2019 wrote: »
    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.

    Sure thing buddy, sure thing.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

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  • Well tell me this F1nut what makes you so certain they won’t.
  • vcwatkinsvcwatkins Posts: 1,975
    Ignored. You heard it here first.
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  • verbverb Posts: 10,154
    Is is just me, or did I notice a highlighted change to Jesse's signature? :)

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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,506
    edited September 2019
    One would be foolish to predict what any large corporation will do, but I've not heard any mention of it. Although, I was told Polk will have a lot of new stuff coming soon. What they will be I don't know yet.

    I can tell you this, the Legend/SDA was in planning 3 years ago as the replacement for the LSiM.
    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."


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  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,852
    It makes sense when using the price point gap... There's plenty of room for something between signature and legend.
  • F1nut and I was told right around when Signature came out which was now 2 years ago, that Polk intended to replace RTiA and LSiM with a series in between them price wise, but that cost (budget) had blown up so that was no longer the case. Their vision may not have changed just that cost had changed.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,676
    Hyme2019 wrote: »
    F1nut and I was told right around when Signature came out which was now 2 years ago, that Polk intended to replace RTiA and LSiM with a series in between them price wise, but that cost (budget) had blown up so that was no longer the case. Their vision may not have changed just that cost had changed.

    Perhaps you could start by introducing yourself to the group, citing your experience and background. This may afford you some credibility going forward when you talk about things that seem way above your pay grade. Jesse has been a close family member to the Polk brand for DECADES, and personal friends with many of it's founders.

    You are coming from nowhere claiming to be somebody with the inside word. Back up and start over and introduce yourself.
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    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • And who is Jesse?
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,676
    Hyme2019 wrote: »
    And who is Jesse?

    That is not the question... The question is who the hell are you?
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
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