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Polk Audio Cherry Bookshelf Pair Speakers - RTIA3

Abt Model: RTIA3CH | UPC Code: 747192118402
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6-1/2 " Woofer/ Latest Generation Of Dynamic Balance/ PowerPort Bass Venting/ Acoustic Resonance Control/ 1 " Silk/Polymer Dome Tweeter/ Magnetic Shielding/ Mylar Bypass Capacitors/ Neodymium Magnet With Low-Viscosity Ferro-Fluid Cooling/ Gold-Plated 5-Way Binding Post Inputs/ Butyl Rubber Surrounds/ Damped Asymmetric Hex Laminate Isolation (DAHLI) Cabinet/ Cherry Finish/ Price Per Pair
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Polk Audio Cherry Bookshelf Speakers, Model RTIA3CH

Why settle for vinyl speakers when you can have the warmth and beauty of real wood at the same price, with speakers from the new RTi A Series. They incorporate our latest Dynamic Balance Cone drivers and 1-inch tweeters, with an asymmetric cabinet design that's as beautiful for the way it controls resonance and increases cabinet rigidty as for the way it lends an elegant touch to any decor. The result is classic Polk performance in a design that speaks to today's high-end home décor. True performance art.

Features:

  • Latest generation of Dynamic Balance® polymer composite drivers for smooth wide-range response with low distortion
  • PowerPort® bass venting for superior clean, low distortion bass that you can really feel.PowerPort vastly reduces "chuffing" or "port noise" and provides deeper, more powerful, lower distortion bass than could be realized with conventional ported or sealed designs of comparable size
  • 1-inch Silk/Polymer Dome Tweeter delivers smooth response and better detail
  • Acoustic Resonance Control (ARC Port) technology for more natural midrange reproduction
  • Magnetic shielding for safe placement near video sources
  • Mylar bypass capacitors in the crossovers extend high frequency response and improve detail and transparency
  • Neodymium magnet, low-viscosity ferro-fluid cooling, and a heat sink on the back of the magnet, create better power handling and reliability
  • Gold-plated 5-way binding post inputs (with wide holes for large-gauge bare wire connections) for the most secure connections and the most versatile wiring applications
  • Butyl rubber surrounds for high performance durability
  • Acoustically inert stamped driver baskets
  • Floating anti-diffraction grilles minimize grille diffraction for spacious, 3-dimensional imaging.

All-MDF Construction

  • Cabinet resonance can ruin the sound of an otherwise well-designed speaker. You don't want to hear your speaker cabinets humming along with the music, you want to hear the uncolored sound launched by the drivers and tweeters. We take special pains to make sure that Polk speaker cabinets are resonance-free
    • Damped Asymmetric Hex Laminate Isolation (DAHLI) cabinet design for clean, accurate sound. The asymmetric design is made from a 6-layer laminate with 5 viscous layers to create the optimal shear damping (OSD) system. The process was specifically developed for Polk. Their elegant styling aside, creating curved cabinets not only results in a stronger, more rigid and acoustically inert enclosure, but the curved walls also produce less audible coloration from panel resonances
    • All-MDF construction with massive asymmetric cabinet bracing ensures resonance-free enclosures for accurate sound
    • Real Wood finishes at vinyl prices

Specifications:

Driver Complement

  • Midrange
    • 1 - 6-1/2" Diameter (16.51cm)
    • Polymer Composite Dynamic Balance with rubber surround
  • Tweeter
    • 1 - 1" Diameter (2.54cm)
    • Silk Polymer Composite Dome

Electrical

  • Overall Frequency Response: 40Hz-27kHz
  • Lower -3dB Limit: 50Hz
  • Upper -3dB Limit: 26kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 20-125 w/channel
  • Efficiency: 89 dB
  • Crossover: 2.8kHz, 12dB/octave high and low pass
  • Inputs: 5-way binding posts
  • Enclosure Type: Vented with PowerPort and Arc Port

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 14-3/4"
  • Width: 8-7/16"
  • Depth: 14"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 32 lbs
  • Shipping: 35 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturers Warranty (authorized online retailer): 5 years parts and labor
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Frequency Response2.8 kHz
Enclosure TypeVented with Powerport and Arc Port
Impedance8 ohms
Magnetic shieldingYes
Midrange Size (inches)1 - 6-1/2 in
Sensitivity89 dB
Speaker TypeBookshelf
Tweeter Size (inches)1"
  

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Polk Audio Black Bookshelf Pair Speakers
 
4.8

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5.0

Beautiful sound

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from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Comments about Polk Audio Black Bookshelf Pair Speakers:

These are wonderful speakers. They give a full rich sound, full of warmth but still excellent detail. I waited a long time to get truly excellent speakers and these are exactly that.

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5.0

Great Looks, Great Sound!

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from Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Comments about Polk Audio Black Bookshelf Pair Speakers:

My A3s just arrived and I am very impressed. Great sound...excellent highs and impressive bass. You cannot go wrong with these speakers. Great value. The classic cherry finish looks awesome. A lot of bang for a great price, Craftsmanship is not dead!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Book-shelf Speakers I've Ever Had

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from Israel

Comments about Polk Audio Black Bookshelf Pair Speakers:

These are amazing speakers that have very good highs and lows. They can put out a very high quality sound even at high volumes, without getting disstored at all. They have a very good, strong bass that you don't need a subwoofer to enjoy music and movies. I mostly listen to electronic and house music, that needs very good speakers to listen to without getting disstored at loud volumes, which these do not get. The Polk-Audio Rti A3 are hands down the best bookshelf speakers I've ever had, and they give you so much more than their small price that you pay. I strongley recommend them.

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5.0

Wonderful sound...

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from Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Comments about Polk Audio Black Bookshelf Pair Speakers:

Initially I was planning on a pair of TSX or the RTI A1 - but then I asked for a demo of the A3 too - and I was impressed the most. The demo system was the same as mine - SC-LX87 (or Elite SC-79 in USA). The sound was incredibly detailed and full-bodied - and so I bought them. Due to space limitations, wall mounting is my only option. This is an audiophile's nightmare - but then even with these limitations the A3s shine in the Pure Direct mode of SC-LX87 (my preferred mode) for most music. But in those few instance where the bass does get muddy or boomy, I simply switch to the Direct mode to pass it onto the subwoofer. It works brilliantly. These are worth more than every penny that one pays for them - though it is not much pennies anyway. For all those who want audiophile quality speakers without emptying the bank account - then these are highly recommended. Time now to get the Polk surrounds.

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Sound.

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from Saint Louis, MO, United States

Comments about Polk Audio Black Bookshelf Pair Speakers:

If you're looking for a bookshelf speaker that has all the bases covered, the Polk rtiA3 is the one. Excellent highs and very solid base, a total home run! The cabinet construction, is a work of art, and would definitely accent any Home Theater decor. Great looks and Great sound, from a bookshelf speaker, now that's Awesome. So, weather you're watching the game or a movie on Family night. The Polk rtiA3 is a definite MVP.

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5.0

Very Nice Speakers

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from Baltimore, MD, United States

Comments about Polk Audio Black Bookshelf Pair Speakers:

I have only had these speakers for a few days now, so not even through the break in process. I upgraded my A1's to these because I felt the A1's lacked the mid and bass that I wanted for my Fronts. Subsequently, the A1's became my surrounds. These A3's have the same clear high tones as the A1's but provide better lows. The soundstage is wonderful- wide, open and beautiful. The Veneer Finish is very attractive. The speaker is solid. My only complaint is the 'cheap' keyhole mounting attached to it. A speaker at this pricepoint should have a better option. Enclosed are 2 drywall screws for the keyhole mounting, lol. Talk about an accident waiting to happen. The speaker's size and weight are too much, imo, for a single drywall screw. Aside from the keyhole, wall mounting options are limited. Between the bi-pole speaker connectors and the power port, there is not much room. Wide Wall Mounts are recommended. With all that said, the speaker is wonderful and sounds great!

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5.0

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Comments about Polk Audio Black Bookshelf Pair Speakers:

At first i bougth these speaker for surround dutties hopping to buy floorstanders in future. Gues wat ? I never looked bc i just purchace two subs. These bookshelf are the best thing ul ever need

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5.0

Just bought these for ...

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Comments about Polk Audio Black Bookshelf Pair Speakers:

Just bought these for music listening. I've been using them as a B speaker stereo setup feeding by my Onkyo ht 3300. These speakers sounds so beautiful and I mounted them on the walls. Gradually I will complete the HT setup to Polk and will use them as my front speakers. Will buy CSi4 as a center and F/XiA4 as my surrounds after collecting a good money in my pocket :)

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4.0

Before this I had TSi200 ...

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Comments about Polk Audio Black Bookshelf Pair Speakers:

Before this I had TSi200 Polk audio speakers, were very high, then I purchased RTiA7, Excellent speakers but were power hungry. I would have purchased High powered amp. I had an amp OnkoyoVLC-A5 not fulfilling its demand. then I purchased RTiA3. Very good Book shelf speakers do not require too much space. High is very rich, mid is soft. what you can you expect from book shelf speakers is there.

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(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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Comments about Polk Audio Black Bookshelf Pair Speakers:

Let me first say that like some other reviewers, I have not been active in the sound reproduction industry for quite some time. In fact, after my beloved AR 2ax speakers died from rheostat corrosion (the Achilles' heal for that speaker), I contented myself with headphones for several years, so I was uncertain how to proceed when I finally decided to switch back. I bought the RTiA3 based on advice from people on a sound restoration blog. I was not disappointed. Putting on a CD I had known for many years, the sound from these speakers blew me away. They have a wonderful three dimensionality to them that I never heard from my 2ax's and their about half the size!

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