Polk Audio for 2 - channel

xsmi
xsmi Posts: 1,608
I'm curious as to how many of us still use Polk Audio Speakers in a 2 channel set-up. I was telling my son over the weekend that I'd like to purchase a pair of Sonus Faber Il Cremonese used, and he was asking me why when my SDA-SRS's sound so good. Then he asked me why I don't get a pair of L800's when the time comes and call it day? That's when I began to wonder, as someone who has been a 20yr member of this forum, why am I looking outside of the namesake of the forum for my upgrade path? This is not to shame anyone, but I was just curios to see how many of us are still rocking with Polk Audio? If you'd like, maybe you could put the manufacturer/models you're currently running.

Polk Audio for 2 - channel 38 votes

Polk Audio - Vintage LS or Older
42% 16 votes
Polk Audio - Newer LSi or Newer
13% 5 votes
Other Manufacturer
44% 17 votes
2-channel
Belles 22A Pre, Emotiva XPA-2 Gen 2, Marantz SA8005, Pro-Ject RPM-10 Turntable, Schiit Mani Phono Pre, Moon LP 3 Phono Pre, Polk Audio SDA-SRS, AudioQuest Cable throughout.

Comments

  • Emlyn
    Emlyn Posts: 3,019
    edited March 1
    I moved on from the SDAs a few years ago but have had a pair of JM Lab/Focal speakers as my main two channel speakers for the last decade or more. I do have a pair of LSiM 703s in a secondary two channel system. And, there's a pair of Spendor speakers around too. I'll see if a pair of Magnepan 1.7i can displace the JM Lab speakers when I get them but both will be staying. I still like to switch speakers out every few months since no speaker does everything perfectly. Home theater is full Polk LSiM.
    1. Polk LSiM-707, LSiM-704C, LSiM-702FX; Dual SVS SB2000 subwoofers; Marantz SR7011 receiver; Parasound A31 and A23 amps; Oppo 205; Sony 65" 4K TV; FIOS; PS Audio Power Plant Premier; MIT S2 cables
    2. JM Labs Electra 920.1; Parasound JC2 and JC5; Sony HAP-Z1ES; Marantz SA8004 SACD; Music Hall MMF7 and Acoustech phono pre; PS Audio P1000; MIT S1 Cables
    3. Polk LSiM703; Anthem Pre-2L SE; Parasound A21; Sony 48" 4K TV; Wyred4Sound DAC 2; Oppo 203; Squeezebox Touch; PS Audio Power Director 4.7; MIT S3 cables
  • xsmi
    xsmi Posts: 1,608
    No one wants to respond to the poll at least?
    2-channel
    Belles 22A Pre, Emotiva XPA-2 Gen 2, Marantz SA8005, Pro-Ject RPM-10 Turntable, Schiit Mani Phono Pre, Moon LP 3 Phono Pre, Polk Audio SDA-SRS, AudioQuest Cable throughout.
  • Milito
    Milito Posts: 1,220
    Polk LSiM 705's.
    Yamaha RX-A2070, Music Hall A70.2 integrated amp, Benchmark Dac1, Bluesound NODE 2i, HSU VTF-2 MK5, LSiM705, LSiM704, Douglas Connection Alpha 12AWG OCC Speaker Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha Analog Interconnect Cables, Audioquest Interconnects and Digital Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha 11 OCC Custom Power Cable, Cullen Gold and Crossover Series Power Cables, Signal Power Cable, Furman PL-8C 15 Power Conditioner, Fluance RT85, Parasound Zphono USB Phono Preamp, Sony 65" 900F, Sony UBP-X700, Fios.
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 18,546
    Fully modded SDA SRS2.3tl
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 1,883
    Polk 7B, fully modded
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, all std. mods (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Crown D150 amp
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • dromunds
    dromunds Posts: 9,283
    L200's currently, will sometimes rotate in LSiM 703's. Still occasionally will rotate in Monitor 7 or 4 Peerless.
  • PSOVLSK
    PSOVLSK Posts: 4,475
    I currently have Pioneer, Usher, and Rosso Fiorentino. Actually have Rti 10’s in my shop. Still have a pair of R50 in the closet. I’ve owned all LSi except the 25 as well as R15, Monitor 7, SDA1C, and LSiM703. If I’ve had a good place for the 1C, they probably never would have left. The R series are obviously an entry level speaker. I liked the Monitor 7, but never really had a place for them. I really enjoyed all of the LSi line as well as the 703, but I’ve just moved on to what consider better speakers. To be clear, the Pioneers are not as good as any of the Polks I’ve owned, but none of them would fit in the current location of the Pioneers and that system is strictly for background music.
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,402
    Rosso Fiorentino in 2 channel and SDA 2Bs in HT 5.1 setup.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • rooftop59
    rooftop59 Posts: 7,151
    Had many over the years, now the only ones are the good ole M5s (the wedge speakers) on my deck. Also have some rt25is that I may I may use as surrounds at some point.
    Living Room 2.1: Usher BE-718 "tiny dancers"; Dual DIY Dayton audio RSS210HF-4 Subs with Dayton SPA-250 amps; Musical Fidelity A308; NAD M51 DAC; Sony UBP-x1000es; Squeezebox Touch with Bolder Power Supply
    Game Room HT: Denon AVR-X4200w; Sony UBP-x700; Definitive Technology Power Monitor 700 x3; Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 350; Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Polk RT25i; ACI Titan Subwoofer
  • TroyD
    TroyD Posts: 12,447
    I love SDA....and I'll probably always have a pair or two. However, my tastes migrated years ago. Right now, my main 2ch speakers are a pair of Thiel 3.6's and a pair of AR 302's. The Thiel's may very well be the best all around speaker I've ever had.....but, I've always been pulled back to planar speakers. The Carver's started the sickness but I had Quads for well over a decade.....I go back and forth and I'm REALLY toying with picking up a pair of Magnepans.
    I plan for the future. - F1Nut
  • rburgess714
    rburgess714 Posts: 600
    Own the 703s in my home office 2-channel set up and they aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Have the Signature S60s in hybrid HT/2Channel rig and they have been outstanding, and I don’t plan on selling them but am looking to try something different.
    Living Room
    Parasound HINT 6, Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Yamaha BD-S681, Cambridge Audio Azur 851N, Polk S60, Polk S30, Samsung 60" LED

    Office
    Cambridge Audio 851A, Auralic Aries Mini, LSiM 703s

    Douglas Connection ICs and Cables
  • mlistens03
    mlistens03 Posts: 2,751
    I owned LSi25s for a long time. I liked them, but I didn't really have a big enough space and they were a bit dark for my taste... moved them on and didn't look back. great speakers though and I would own them again. Well, maybe a smaller pair.

    I also owned some SDA-CRSs. They were great but my space wasn't quite big enough to get the best out of them, and I didn't have the money to refresh/upgrade them and make them really special. I also moved them along.

    I've left the Polk stable at this point, and now have some JBL 4408s in my second system and Martin Logan LX16s in my main system. Couldn't be happier with the sound from either.

    It's really all down to opinion. get out there and listen to some speakers. If the Polks float your boat, then that's the one. If the Klipsches, or the Martin Logans, or the KEFs, or the DefTechs, or whatever they are is what do it for you, then go for it. There does come a point where Polk doesn't make speakers at a high enough level to compete, but other brands with similar sounds come in at that point. :)

    Good luck, and happy listening! -Micah
  • SIHAB
    SIHAB Posts: 2,177
    o - All of the above.

    Listening to Rolling Stones out of the 705's right now it they sound good to me!
  • Geoff4rfc
    Geoff4rfc Posts: 1,786
    707's in the living room, two pairs of 703's (bi-wired) in the bedroom.
    When I was young, I was Superman but now that old age has gotten the best of me I'm only Batman

    HT
    Source: Panasonic UB9000 - Display: LG OLED 65 8B
    Pre/Pro: Marantz 8802A - Amplification: Emotiva XPA-DR3, XPA-2 x 2

    2CH
    Emotiva: ERC 3 connected via XLR's

    Speakers
    PolkAudio Mains: LSiM707, C-706, SS: 702F/X, RS: RTiA9


    EXPERIENCE: next to nothing, but I sure enjoy audio and video MY OPINION OF THIS HOBBY: I may not be a smart man, but I know what quicksand is
  • Geoff4rfc
    Geoff4rfc Posts: 1,786
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    When I was young, I was Superman but now that old age has gotten the best of me I'm only Batman

    HT
    Source: Panasonic UB9000 - Display: LG OLED 65 8B
    Pre/Pro: Marantz 8802A - Amplification: Emotiva XPA-DR3, XPA-2 x 2

    2CH
    Emotiva: ERC 3 connected via XLR's

    Speakers
    PolkAudio Mains: LSiM707, C-706, SS: 702F/X, RS: RTiA9


    EXPERIENCE: next to nothing, but I sure enjoy audio and video MY OPINION OF THIS HOBBY: I may not be a smart man, but I know what quicksand is
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