new here.. i'm looking to complement my budget 5.1 system with a pair of good sounding - but inexpensive - bookshelf speakers for music and tv. i've been looking at the polk rti4 but would like feedback on this and others in that range. i listen mostly to r&b and some jazz so clean sound is more important than volume.
and btw, my receiver is a 5-6 yr old sony es with entry-level polk surrounds & sub.
I believe the Axiom M3ti is better than the Athena and stages better than the Paradigm and looks better than the Ascends. Soundwise, it is a hard choice to make when comparing to the Ascends. You have to listen yourself and make the choice.
I like the focus almost as well as the minis personally.
The bass in the minis is just a hare tighter, is a few hertz lower, and the highs are ever so slightly cleaner.
They sound very similar. listen to them side by side if you can. You might not even notice a difference.
They are both outstanding, and get a thumbs up from me!
Both speakers have outstanding midrange, have a very smooth, deep soundstage, and will show off your equipment. If you have equipment that adds glare or brightness, these will show you. Unusual for a budget speaker.
Gavin, Is there a large difference between the Focus and Titan?
I'd recommend the Paradigm Atoms ($99 each speaker). Just got them for my brother and he loves the clean sound. IMO much better than the polk RT's. Also, at $99 a pop it'd be easy to flush out rears and pick up the matching center all for a descnt price (since you watch tv with them). My brother has a vary large great room and it fills the room w/ sound very well for a small, elegant speaker. good luck.