Joined on 05/03/05
These are Great
Pros: I have owned a lot of Polk speakers(M70, M50, M40, M30, RTi10, CSiA6, FXiA6, RTiA3, RTi6 and the RTi8's). These are much more detailed than the M70's and have a warmer more open sound than the RTi10's. The RTi8 paired with the CSiA6 and FXiA6 surrounds give me a great home theater experience. Even though my RTi10's have a lot more bass the mid's on these RTi8's sound so much better to me. If there is any weakness in the sound of these speakers it is the bass. I run them with a sub but often listen to music without the sub and find the bass adequate for my taste. These don't need tons of power to sound their best. I power these with a Yamaha RX-V773 receiver rated @ 95 watts per channel and am totally satisfied with the sound. I have listened to these on a Yamaha receiver rated @ 70 watts per channel and that was plenty for these.
Cons: Bass may not be enough to satisfy many. Takes many hours of break-in before they sound their best.
Overall Review: Of all the Polk speakers I have owned I like these the best for home theater fronts and for listening to stereo music. At less than $200 each these are a bargain.
Pros: I bought this as a gift for my sister that wanted a SMALL Blu-ray player to hook directly to her TV. This unit will work fine for her application. I tried it out to make sure it works and it plays regular DVD's and Blu-ray's fine. I did not try the streaming function as my sister will never use that. Pros: Cheap ($50) Plays DVD's and Blu-ray's (it works) Small footprint
Cons: No multichannel output, only two channel Only output is one HDMI Limited streaming options
Overall Review: I would only buy this for connection straight to the TV. If you want to run this through a home theater receiver with 5.1 or 7.1 get a different unit.
Great After Break In
Pros: Goes well with the RP-260F towers and RP-160M book shelves for a immersive surround sound experience
Cons: Sounded thin and bright out of the box before break in Wide and heavy, make sure you have room for them, I did
Overall Review: Dialog is really easy to understand and I am happy with this center channel
Pros: I also purchased the RP-440C center and RP-160M bookshelves. Happy with the sound of the towers and bookshelves.
Cons: RP-440C sounds a little thin compared to the others. I think the center with the 5 1/4" drivers might have been a better choice for me. Not saying the 440C sounds bad, just a little thin compared to the others.
Overall Review: Immersive sound powered by my Sony STR-GN1080 AVR.
Five Eggs If You Can Live With 1920 x 1080
Pros: Samsung Panel with NO dead or stuck pixels. Colors are vibrant and great for gaming. Contrast is the best I have ever seen. Black equalizer works great without washing out entire screen. Software allows adjustments on screen with hotkeys for different games or maps. Super smooth gaming at very high FPS on my old I7 2600k/16 Gig DDR3/RTX 2060 Super. Great stand with plenty of adjust-ability.
Cons: HDR is a non-factor. 0 eggs for gaming and 1/2 egg for HDR videos. Some games just don't look good at 1920 x 1080 on a 27" screen.
Overall Review: If you can live with 1920 x 1080 this is the best I have ever seen with that resolution. I watched all the Youtube reviews before purchasing so I knew HDR was no reason to get this.
Better than Expected
Pros: This card makes my PC feel new again. I run a 2560 x 1440 32" Freesync monitor at 120 Hz using G-sync with great FPS. I almost exclusively play racing games (AMS, AC, ACC. Dirt 2, 3 and 4, Dirt Rally, Dirt Rally 2.0. PCARS 2, RRRE and others) and the only ones that don't stay at 120 FPS all the time are PCARS 2, Dirt Rally 2.0 and ACC with max graphics. They still play great and PCARS 2 abd Dirt Rally 2.0 are often at 120 FPS they do dip into the 80's at times. ACC seldom hits 120 on the Epic preset with max cars but still plays great even in a rain storm with FPS mostly in the 70's and 80's. I have only Quake II RTX that uses Ray-tracing. At 2560 x 1440 with max settings I get 41-43 FPS. When I lower the resolution scale to 80% I get 61-70 FPS. Just like the others that have reviewed this card mine runs at a higher boost frequency than the advertised 1800 MHz as it usually bounces between 1935 and 1950 MHz. With the fans on auto they ramp up to near 100% and my temps go to 66 degrees and stay there. I don't notice the noise of the fans while gaming but they are noticeable when I close a game and they are still spinning fast. No louder than any other card I have had with the fans at 100%. My Rig: MSI Z170A Gaming M7 M/B I7 6700K running default 4.2 GHz Turbo G-Skill DDR4 3200 XMP Profile EVGA 1050 Watt P/S MSI GeForce RTX 2080 DirectX 12 RTX 2080 VENTUS 8G OC Thrustmaster T300RS Racing Wheel
Cons: Got it on sale but it was still expensive.
Overall Review: I am thrilled with the performance of this card on my rig.