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Polk Audio RTi6 High Performance Bookshelf Loudspeaker (Black)

  • 50 Hz- 27 kHz
  • 8 Ohms 20-125W
  • 89 dB
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Why settle for vinyl speakers when you can have the warmth and beauty of real wood at the same price? RTi Series features real wood at vinyl prices. 

Designed with audiophile in mind, the Polk Audio RTi6 is discreetly engineered and constructed to deliver the ultimate in audio fidelity and acoustic performance. Dynamic Balance polymer composite driver with butyl rubber surrounds and 1" silk dome Dynamic Balance tweeter work together with the PowerPort bass venting and Acoustic Resonance Control (ARC Port) technology for detailed, lifelike sound reproduction. Floating anti-diffraction grilles minimize grille diffraction for spacious, 3-dimensional imaging. Magnetic shielding enables safe placement near video source. Mylar bypass capacitors in the crossovers extend high frequency response and improve detail and transparency. To further protect your investment, the Polk Audio RTi6 is timbre-matched to fit into any Polk Audio home theater or multi-channel music system for a more realistic, more seamless surround sound environment. 

Clean lines and radiant metallic details contribute to the superior fit and finish of the new RTi Series Bookshelf Loudspeakers. They deliver superior dynamic impact in smaller cabinet sizes, with no lack of exclusive Polk Audio technologies, for use as main/front speakers, or direct radiating surround speakers, in high performance A/V or music-only systems.

  • newegg Real Wood Construction Acoustically inert MDF cabinets, finished in Real Black Oak veneers, perfectly fit your room and extend the elegance of your house decoration.
  • newegg Exceptional Sound Constructed with high performance components and an array of exclusive technology, the Polk Audio RTi6 delivers the best solution for those wanting high fidelity audio in a compact footprint. The 6-1/2" polymer composite Dynamic Balance cone, along with butyl rubber surrounds and acoustically inert stamped driver baskets, produces smooth wide-range response with low distortion while the 1" silk dome Dynamic Balance tweeter features a neodymium magnet for clear, detailed highs. The tweeter is heat-sinked for superior heat dissipation, power handling and reliability. PowerPort bass venting enables superior clean, low distortion bass that you can really feel. Acoustic Resonance Control (ARC Port) technology achieves more natural midrange reproduction.
  • newegg Gold Plated Binding Posts Dual, bi-ampable gold-plated 5-way binding post inputs (with wide holes for large-gauge bare wire connections) allow for the most secure connections and the most versatile wiring applications.

Learn more about the Polk Audio RTi6

Model

Brand
Polk Audio
Model
RTi6

Spec

Type
Bookshelf Speakers
Driver Units
Mid/Woofer: 1 - 6-1/2" Diameter (16.51cm) Polymer Composite Dynamic Balance Cone with Rubber Surrounds

Tweeter: 1 - 1" Diameter (2.54cm) Silk/Polymer composite dome
Power Rating
20-125W
Frequency Response
50 Hz- 27 kHz
Nominal Impedance
8 Ohms
Sensitivity
89 dB
Connectors
Inputs: Dual (bi-amp) gold plated 5-way binding posts
Dimensions & Weight
Cabinet Size (H x W x D): 14.75" x 7.75" x 14.25" (37.47cm x 19.68cm x 36.20cm)
Cabinet
Acoustically inert MDF cabinets, finished in Real Black Oak veneers

Features

Features
Dynamic Balance polymer composite driver for smooth wide-range response with low distortion

PowerPortA bass venting for superior clean, low distortion bass that you can really feel

Acoustic Resonance Control (ARC Port) technology for more natural midrange reproduction

1" silk dome Dynamic Balance tweeter features a neodymium magnet for clear, detailed highs; heat-sinked for superior heat dissipation, power handling and reliability.

PowerPortA vent doubles as a strong, built-in wall-mounting bracket for easy, safe placement.

Butyl rubber surrounds for high performance durability.

Acoustically inert stamped driver baskets.

Floating anti-diffraction grilles minimize grille diffraction for spacious, 3-dimensional imaging.

Magnetic shielding for safe placement near video sources

Mylar bypass capacitors in the crossovers extend high frequency response and improve detail and transparency.

Timbre-matched to fit into any Polk Audio home theater or multi-channel music system for a more realistic, more seamless surround sound environment.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Michael L.
  • 9/15/2012 3:10:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPolk Audio RTi6

Pros: Excellent sound quality - some say they're bright - but I say they're accurate, it all depends on your source and your preference - as with anything audio-related.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I am gradually upgrading my Polk 6570 Theater System and the front main speakers were the first, couldn't be happier - awesome in my apartment when combined with the 8" Sub-Woofer in the 6750 System.

The front mains sound great now, and I just ordered the Polk CS2 since it's on sale at this time, and it has the same components to match the RTi6 - next I'll need a 7 channel receiver......

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  • Tary M.
  • 9/9/2012 7:59:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat low cost bookshelf speakers

Pros: These are great sounding bookshelf speakers for the price. I've ended up buying three pairs while they were priced below $200.
Better midrange then most speakers in this price range, good bass response for this size speaker, but perhaps a tad bright on the highend.
The pair that I use in my bedroom I don't use with a subwoofer and I get very reasonable bass out of it.
Couple it with a subwoofer or in a 5.1 system (i use a Csi3 as a center and RTi4's as rears) and you have a great sounding low-cost system.
Highly recommended if you can snag them while on sale.

Cons: None significant.

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  • Michael L.
  • 9/1/2012 5:58:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsWe'll see

Pros: Price/Performance, bi-wire, bi-amp capable

Cons: Unknown

Other Thoughts: Ordered these because of the price - I know Polk does audio good.

I have had a Polk 6.5" component system for car audio which I installed into Boston Acoustics home speaker cabinet and MAN it rocked.

I think they are still selling this same speaker system in an new enclosure for around $350-400 as an RTiA3- why pay 200+ bux MORE for a new, sexier enclosure when it probably sounds the same? I might buy a few of these and experiment with building my own enclosures just because they're so cheap.

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  • William R.
  • 8/22/2012 9:40:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice

Pros: The strongest point of these Polks is definitely their midrange. Been listening to them all day, critically, and have yet to find any significant weakness there. The bass on these speakers is actually better than I thought given some reviews, but if you are a rapper, no bookshelf speaker is going to make you happy. For rock/pop/jazz the bass is fine. Bass seems to start to roll off at about 60hz; whether there is any improvement with “break-in” remains to be seen. For home theater these would be fine as mains with a sub set to crossover at 80hz.

Cons: OK they are just a bit on the bright side; however, I’m running these through an Onkyo receiver (which some say are also “bright”) and I’ve got them mounted to the wall in an office where I’m sitting only a few feet away – i.e. positioning about as bad as it gets. Better positioning would definitely tone down the brightness, but it’s really not that much of an issue.

These speakers are heavy (20# each) and deep (14”, grills on). Frankly I would not be inclined to trust the mounting hardware Polk ships with these. I’m using 1/8” SD “sleeve type hollow wall anchors” (Molly Bolts) which are supposed to have up to 30# capacity, and I’m still a bit nervous.

Other Thoughts: These are being used primarily for music in my home office. Upgraded from Polk Monitor 30’s, and what a difference. The 30’s sound pretty good for a small, budget bookshelf speaker, whereas the RTI6’s sound great, period.

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  • Matt B.
  • 8/20/2012 3:40:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOne Word To Describe These: Clarity

Pros: *Very clear top end for a speaker in this price range
*Extremely good price, especially if you grab them with a promo code and free shipping
*Good build quality
*Real wood veneer
*Dual quality binding posts (with caveats, see cons)
*Keyhole for wall mounting built in, and comes with screws and rubber feet for bookshelf use
*Excellent surround speakers in a 5.1 or 7.1 setup
*Good bass for it's size

Cons: *Binding posts, like all the RTI speakers I've owned, tend to have larger holes for banana plugs. Some banana plugs aren't wide enough to make good contact, leading to speakers cutting in and out. I had to buy several different types until I found ones that were a tight fit. My housekeeper kept knocking out my center channel by accident while dusting this way; very annoying.
*I don't like the plastic front, I keep the grills on. This was remedied in the RTI A series, but those are $$$
*Audiophiles might call them a bit "bright".
*Requires good amplification to really sing (this is true of the entire RTI line)
*If you feed them a poor audio source like over-compressed MP3s you'll hear it, especially in the high frequencies where compression artifacts become glaring. Feed it an excellent source and you'll be blown away. These speakers are very unforgiving when it comes to source quality.
*I wish the "feet" on the lower back for wall mounting were rubber rather than hard plastic.

Other Thoughts: I have owned a pair of RTI12's (the top end of this line) with a CSI5 center for the last year. I've been using a pair of modified Sony tower speakers (replaced the tweeter and midrange and installed a proper crossover) for surrounds and some Sony bookshelfs as rear surrounds. Despite the upgrades, the RTI6 is superior.

After I let them break in a bit I ended up disabling the rear surrounds because I found the Sony bookshelf speakers caused more harm to the soundfield than good. As soon as these came up on a promo code again I grabbed another pair, so now I'll have a complete Polk RTI seven channel setup.

Note that while the RTI6 run fine off my AV receiver's amplification, but I have a 3 channel Emotiva XPA-3 amp I bought to give the front speakers more power (the RTI12s especially are very power hungry). If you catch the bug and go for a full 5.1 or 7.1 setup with the RTI (or the newer RTI A) series you will bring most AV receivers to their knees at more than moderate volumes.

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  • Pierre L.
  • 8/12/2012 9:58:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsIn response to Frank Doghearty's review

Pros: Honest sound.
Not too coloured (keep in mind, no consumer audio speaker is 100% uncoloured).
Nice mid-bass!! Passed my "own-grown mid-bass test" with flying colors (which consists of a song where, as part of the mix, there are two 7-strings guitar tracks playing a similar riff on 2 different octaves)... many other speakers I've listened failed this i.e. you couldn't tell there were actually 2 guitar tracks playing.

Cons: None really. Especially for the price.

Other Thoughts: Re: Frank Doghearty's review... Stupidly erroneous claims such as "not for music (unless you have not heard better)" and "not good for decent/good amplifiers" as well as pure non-sense like "the sound image still vibrates (in a range of about 5%)" just can't be taken seriously. What exactly does ""vibration" of the sound image" means, anyways? And that bogus measurement of 5% ? Besides, Mr. Doghearty's HK AVR-240 is a budget receiver; especially for music, maybe he should try using better preamp & power before bashing the speakers. As Mr Doghearty pointed out, the RTi6's efficiency is somewhat low at 89dB. On my side, I've fed these little guys through both an Onkyo TX-NR1007 (135WRMS/ch) and an Emotiva XPA-5 (200WRMS/ch) and I can tell you, for 150$ you won't find a better pair of speaker, period.
In the studio I mix on monitors that are, to my ears anyway, more revealing and truthfull by quite a margin than these, but at 12 times the cost, it is expected.

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  • mike s.
  • 7/26/2012 5:43:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsunbeatable price performance

Pros: construction, imaging, non-metalic tweet, efficiency, cost

Cons: at this price, none

Other Thoughts: i use dynaudio air6 and 15s all day... of course they are better, but these rti6 at $140 are impossible to beat at 1/20th the cost and have good imaging and real / neutral sound

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  • Raymond H.
  • 7/15/2012 9:18:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsupdate

Pros: dual wiring capability
large membrane surface
decent sensitivity
cheap home theater solution (not for fronts, though)
good for cheap amplifiers
good output

Cons: some loudness in the bass (@100Hz)
colored midrange
holes in midrange
relatively small (but deep) sound stage
not for music (unless you have not heard better)
not good for decent/good amplifiers

Other Thoughts: In order to compensate for the raving reviews, here is something more realistic.

After the speakers were burnt in, the vibrating sound stage smoothed out, but there is not much width and height to it. The holes in the midrange remained. The midrange has a characteristic coloration that bothers me. Definitely not good for music.

Still, these speakers work fine as centers (2 for center in a serial circuit), sides, and rears with my HK AVR-240. You will not find anything comparable in this price range moving the same amount of air as the RTi6.

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  • thomas h.
  • 7/3/2012 11:41:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good sounding speaker. Best choice for TV set up using stereo sound only. Speakers can be bi-wired if needed.

Cons: Speakers are quite deep so know your measurements.

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  • Randy S.
  • 6/1/2012 12:01:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding Bookshelf

Pros: I got these bookshelf speakers on sale for the same price as the Polk Monitor 40. The RTi series is the next step up from the Monitor 40. Now this is the older version of the RTi. Nevertheless, the sound is stellar for the price. I replaced some aging Sony bookshelf speakers and the difference is night and day. I hear instruments in the music so clearly. The bass response is exceptional for a bookshelf speaker. I do agree with other reviewers, though, that if you're a bass-a-holic you'll need to add a sub.

I'm using these speakers with a vintage JVC JR-S200 2 channel amp putting out 35 watts continuous. But this amp cranks. It's equivalent to the output of newer 110 watt continuous amps I've heard. The RTi6 shines with this amp. It is much more efficient than the Sony speakers so the volume stays lower for the same sound output. I have the amp on volume level 1 and it cranks. It fills my large family room (20' x 50' x 18' cathedral ceiling) with rich, warm sound.

Cons: The silver color is maybe not my favorite design feature. It has a plastic look to it, rather than a metal finish look. The size is huge! Although that's not a con to me, as I knew the size in advance and measured the space to make sure it would fit. It looks quite nice next to my 42" hdtv.

Other Thoughts: This is a quality product well worth the asking price. If you don't mind the black finish, this is a steal. The choice for me was these bookshelf speakers or the Monitor 40 in cherry. I went with the black RTi6 and am not disappointed.

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