Polk Monitor 10B vs Monitor 11

makaveli6103makaveli6103 Posts: 28
edited October 2019 in Vintage Speakers
I have been using the 10B's with RDO-194 tweeters for the past few years and recently found a pair of Monitor 11s for really cheap. I hooked them both up to my Pioneer DX-D7000 that allows me to switch between the speakers easily to compare them. I think it has the peerless tweeters as it has the small hole in the middle. Immediately my wife and I noticed the highs are much clearer on the 11s than the 10s and the bass is much more refined compared to the 10s. One area I think the 10s are better are the mids. I am only allowed to keep one pair and currently am leaning towards the 11s. Any other opinions?

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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 9,041
    Sell them both and get a pair of Peerless RTA-12B's. ;)
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,857
    I am only allowed to keep one pair and currently am leaning towards the 11s. Any other opinions?

    ::Que the whip crack::

    Come on man, there's always room for another pair (unless you've lost yours ;) )






    J/K
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,662
    I have had both the 10's & 11's. 10's ended up leaving the herd. Really enjoyed them too. I put spikes to them & it really improved the bass quite a bit. Enjoy them gems
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  • boston1450 wrote: »
    I have had both the 10's & 11's. 10's ended up leaving the herd. Really enjoyed them too. I put spikes to them & it really improved the bass quite a bit. Enjoy them gems

    I have wood floors. Any spikes you recommend?

  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,658
    Big ones.
    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

  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,662
    If you decide to spike them, you can get disc to put under the spikes. Some come with the disc also. When I did mine I noticed a difference.
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    Randy/Maine .. SDA-CRS+TL-RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • xschopxschop Posts: 1,423
    How do the X-over components look in the 11's?
    A refresh will definitely clean up the mids in any old Polk set.
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,662
    So did you decide yet ? Just wondering if the Monitor 11 speakers are tagged R&L correctly for you.
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  • boston1450 wrote: »
    So did you decide yet ? Just wondering if the Monitor 11 speakers are tagged R&L correctly for you.

    Selling the 10Bs. But my 11s are not marked L&R. How can I figure that out?
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,662
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  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,662
    Im looking for it. I stumbled across it once. My 11's had the L&R stickers on them. They may be stamped on the cup on back. I cant remember. But very important. Maybe someone will chime in. Thx.... here is something interesting too. https://www.polkaudio.co.nz/blogs/reviews-resources/13947939-placing-your-speakers-for-the-best-performance
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    Randy/Maine .. SDA-CRS+TL-RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,662
    edited November 2019
    This was a FS post from Jesse. He knows these speakers well. Borrowed pictures
    screenshot from CP of the tags from speakers thhbmxqlvsr0.jpg
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  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,662
    edited November 2019
    This may confuse you - as it still does for me. There is 2 different Monitor 11 speakers. The speakers you have are Monitor 11's & then there is RTA11 which some also call Monitor 11's. So be aware or this. If not already stated above. I can not find the article I read years back. I will browse again later when I get home. Hope some of this helps
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  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,662
    edited November 2019
    Try pulling your MW woofers. They may be stamped on the label iirc. Worth a try. May be a good time to make sure you have all the "correct" woofers also.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,101
    boston1450 wrote: »

    Great Link!

    That's amazing that Model 11 had mirror pairs. 2 cross-overs in them. :o

    COOL! B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • GardenstaterGardenstater Posts: 1,000
    boston1450 wrote: »
    This may confuse you - as it still does for me. There is 2 different Monitor 11 speakers. The speakers you have are Monitor 11's & then there is RTA11 which some also call Monitor 11's. So be aware or this. If not already stated above. I can not find the article I read years back. I will browse again later when I get home. Hope some of this helps

    And apparently the RTA 11 is the one that has different low pass frequencies for each of the midbass units and the crossover has 4 inductors, 4 capacitors, and 2 resistors. Even Polk was confused about what to call them each and they mistakenly called at least one of the M11 schematics that are in the forum reference section RTA 11. They also mistakenly label a couple of PCB layout diagrams that are clearly RTA 11, as M11's. :#
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub
    Crown D150 amp
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14 gauge, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • GardenstaterGardenstater Posts: 1,000
    edited May 24
    OK upon further investigation, Polk may have originally been uncertain what to call the RTA 11, having referred to it as M11 on some drawings but they probably settled on RTA 11. This is the one that was vintage 1982 and has the more complicated crossover and was based loosely upon the RTA 12, presumably attempting to correct the lobing issues with the M10 (?). These were in mirror imaged pairs. Then around 1990 they came out with the RTA 11T, which does not have a complicated crossover network and is the tall, deep, narrow design of cabinet, and since they had a vertically linear array of drivers there was no problem with lobing or need for mirror imaged pairs.
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub
    Crown D150 amp
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14 gauge, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 16,525
    IIRC the T after the 11 in RTA11t stood for tower. Then the tl as we all know stood for tri-laminate when the better tweeter came along.
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