Polk vs B&W


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Username: Jairam

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jan-05
Need some help choosing speakers - I am a first time buyer for a home theater system (50/50 Movies and music).

For my receivers, I am considering Yamaha RXV1500 or Denon AVR2805 ... any thoughts on which is better?

For speakers I am looking at B&W 601 S3 and the Polk LSI7s. A part of me is also wondering whether I would be OK with a polk RM6900 type speaker set. Any ideas?

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Username: Riches1

Atlanta, GA US

Post Number: 93
Registered: Apr-04
Two great receivers. I have the Denon 3805 so you know what I like. That's quite a disparity from the the two quality bookshelfs to the RM6900. I think that you- and most other people would certainly be able to hear the difference. The LSi7's are wonderful sounding speakers. They will take you to places that the RM's never could.

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Username: Larry_r

Naples, FL

Post Number: 409
Registered: Oct-04
One thing to remember about the Polk LSi line is that they are 4 ohm speakers - and are power hogs! They really need at least 100 watts/channel to bring them to life.
The B&Ws will give you a lot more for the money, especially if you listen to classical music, with its complex sound makeup.
As to receivers - I'd have to side with Riches1 and go with the Denon.
The other suggestion I have is to check out PSB speakers - out of Canada. Great sound for truly modest prices. Look up the "Image" line - you can get speakers that have marvelous sound for much less than either B&W or Polk.
PSB is part of the company that has the wonderful NAD receivers - one of which I just bought. And love!

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I only have experience with the 6900. I'm just building my surround sound system. I purchased polk RM20's (same speakers as 6900 just different color) a week ago. After a few days I just wasn't happy with the sound and returned them. I got the polk RTi 6 for my front, CSi300 for the center and some RTi4 for the back. It cost a few hundred more but the sound was much, much better. The 6900 is adequate but certainly not very good. I think it's tough to buy quality speakers at that price point.
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