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Old 12-26-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Polk Audio - Refurb Store, any good?

http://stores.ebay.com/Polk-Audio-Di...=p4634.c0.m322

Thoughts? I have never really bought refurb before but considering I'm buying 9 speakers for my home theater and guests rooms, the savings would be pretty good.


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Did you end up buying any?

Comes with a warranty from Polk and they are factory reconditioned. I've never been one to shy away from buying refurb'd since it is the same thing when there is a warranty in place. I'm overhauling my basement right now, so I might strongly consider something from this seller for my in wall / ceiling speaker needs.
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Polk refurb has less warranty.

They do sell new old stock with full warranty on ebay also.
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Did you end up buying any?

Comes with a warranty from Polk and they are factory reconditioned. I've never been one to shy away from buying refurb'd since it is the same thing when there is a warranty in place. I'm overhauling my basement right now, so I might strongly consider something from this seller for my in wall / ceiling speaker needs.
I did. I bought the 255c-RT and two of the 265-RT..It's Polk's eBay store so it is direct from Polk themselves, I couldn't tell it was a refurb. It was packages and flawless.

Like Glock mentioned, the warranty is only for 2 years as compared to lifetime with a new purchase. Given I saved 60%, if you do the math it's a no brainer IMO. I recommended it. I'm going to be buying more.

Glock - What would you suggest for the rear ceiling to complete the 5.1? Later on 7.2..
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I did. I bought the 255c-RT and two of the 265-RT..It's Polk's eBay store so it is direct from Polk themselves, I couldn't tell it was a refurb. It was packages and flawless.

Like Glock mentioned, the warranty is only for 2 years as compared to lifetime with a new purchase. Given I saved 60%, if you do the math it's a no brainer IMO. I recommended it. I'm going to be buying more.

Glock - What would you suggest for the rear ceiling to complete the 5.1? Later on 7.2..
90-RT or 70-RT

90-RT has better bass.

I would not bother with anything more than 5.1 any time soon.

I had 7.1 (or 8.2 if you count my extra sub and extra center) and converted to 4 rears in 5.1 format. There just is not much material out there to bother with an extra pair and their placement.

JMO.

PS - I have the bigger brothers to your set up:
(6) LC265i (front, dual centers, rears)
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Well....you could always matrix the signal. I agree that even todays blockbusters don't have 7.1 (let alone 9.1 or 11.1 like some of these recievers are trying to push), but if you're building from scratch, might as well. For me that's like saying "Well, most TV stations broadcast in stereo or really center focused 5.1, so I'll just get a soundbar".

I would still get 7.1 IF YOU ARE BUILDING FROM SCRATCH AND HAVE THE ADDITIONAL HEADROOM!
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90-RT or 70-RT

90-RT has better bass.

I would not bother with anything more than 5.1 any time soon.

I had 7.1 (or 8.2 if you count my extra sub and extra center) and converted to 4 rears in 5.1 format. There just is not much material out there to bother with an extra pair and their placement.

JMO.

PS - I have the bigger brothers to your set up:
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(2) LC80FX (in ceilings)
(2) Earthquake Supernova MKV-15 (subs)

You will enjoy them.
Yeah, those LCs are way nice... The in-wall/ceiling speakers would you consider the LC line the best, followed by the RT?

What about the 80FX/RT, I don't really understand the difference between the 80RT/FX and the regular 90-RT or even the 70-RT?

Yeah, we had a discussion about the 7.2. It is currently wired for it but I am going to bi amp for 5.1 and see if I like it.

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Well....you could always matrix the signal. I agree that even todays blockbusters don't have 7.1 (let alone 9.1 or 11.1 like some of these recievers are trying to push), but if you're building from scratch, might as well. For me that's like saying "Well, most TV stations broadcast in stereo or really center focused 5.1, so I'll just get a soundbar".

I would still get 7.1 IF YOU ARE BUILDING FROM SCRATCH AND HAVE THE ADDITIONAL HEADROOM!
I built from scratch, so I pulled wiring for it. Worse case I buy the 2 additional speakers.
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Yeah, those LCs are way nice... The in-wall/ceiling speakers would you consider the LC line the best, followed by the RT?

What about the 80FX/RT, I don't really understand the difference between the 80RT/FX and the regular 90-RT or even the 70-RT?
LCi/LSi are top of the line polk. They don't make the LC265i anymore. I assume they did not sell a lot of them since they were $700 per speaker. They even had the LC265ip which was a networked speaker at like $2000 each. They are fantastic speakers.

The LS series is the top in wall now ($500 each) followed by the RT. So basically the RT is the Honda Accord of their in-walls.

The fx versions of each line give you two tweeters (one on each side) to project sound out of the speakers more to diffuse the area. In other words, they are designed to fill the area more behind you. The fx is type of speaker not a series (like RT,Tsi,LC, etc) So if you do fx, you do the fx that is in the same series.

The 90 and 70 are normal in ceiling speakers with one tweeter. The difference is a 7" woofer vs 9" woofer.

I would do the 90 or the 70 since they are 3way speakers now.

FX.......................................................... ...................................................90
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What is the feeling of some of the Polk RTs vs comparably priced (or maybe a little more) Def Techs? I'm up for other suggestions too, but price wise the Polk RT line is where I'd like to be....these refurbs make it a pretty great deal.
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Also, regarding rear in-ceiling speaker placement, where is the ideal location? Right now it is looking like I'd have to do directly overhead of the couch, possibly 6-12" behind....hoping this is a good situation.
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Also, regarding rear in-ceiling speaker placement, where is the ideal location? Right now it is looking like I'd have to do directly overhead of the couch, possibly 6-12" behind....hoping this is a good situation.
Further back the better IMO.

My in ceilings are 3 feet behind couch, my rear in walls are about 12 feet.
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LCi/LSi are top of the line polk. They don't make the LC265i anymore. I assume they did not sell a lot of them since they were $700 per speaker. They even had the LC265ip which was a networked speaker at like $2000 each. They are fantastic speakers.

The LS series is the top in wall now ($500 each) followed by the RT. So basically the RT is the Honda Accord of their in-walls.

The fx versions of each line give you two tweeters (one on each side) to project sound out of the speakers more to diffuse the area. In other words, they are designed to fill the area more behind you. The fx is type of speaker not a series (like RT,Tsi,LC, etc) So if you do fx, you do the fx that is in the same series.

The 90 and 70 are normal in ceiling speakers with one tweeter. The difference is a 7" woofer vs 9" woofer.

I would do the 90 or the 70 since they are 3way speakers now.

FX.......................................................... ...................................................90
Thank you for the clear explanation.

Kind of bummed you didn't reply until this morning lol...I ended up calling Polk yesterday and given my setup they recommended the 80FX/RT. So I bought the 80FX/RT in hopes it does fill up my room, just like you mentioned (plus they were cheaper). I still have 2 rooms that need speakers, worse case I buy 90-RTs for those rooms and do some swapping if I so desire

One thing I am sorta bummed about is I had to buy the DSWpro440i sub. I know Polk generally under performs with subs but it was a great price and the size was a perfect fit. Less than 17"x16"

Can you recommend a good brand that has compact subs? Down the road I will buy something much better.


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What is the feeling of some of the Polk RTs vs comparably priced (or maybe a little more) Def Techs? I'm up for other suggestions too, but price wise the Polk RT line is where I'd like to be....these refurbs make it a pretty great deal.
Definitive is good, I also like Paradigm and sometimes even Klipsch. Personally I'm not that HUGE of an audiophile so I'm not looking to stretch budgets, so Polk really works for me.
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Thank you for the clear explanation.

Kind of bummed you didn't reply until this morning lol...I ended up calling Polk yesterday and given my setup they recommended the 80FX/RT. So I bought the 80FX/RT in hopes it does fill up my room, just like you mentioned (plus they were cheaper). I still have 2 rooms that need speakers, worse case I buy 90-RTs for those rooms and do some swapping if I so desire

One thing I am sorta bummed about is I had to buy the DSWpro440i sub. I know Polk generally under performs with subs but it was a great price and the size was a perfect fit. Less than 17"x16"

Can you recommend a good brand that has compact subs? Down the road I will buy something much better.

Definitive is good, I also like Paradigm and sometimes Klipsch. Personally I'm not that HUGE of an audiophile so I'm not looking to stretch budgets, so Polk really works for me.
You might be surprised at the Polk Subs. Some of them are quite good for the money. Otherwise, look at Sunfire for small and powerful.

You will be fine with FX. FX are not for music so do not put them in other rooms. Don't worry about upgrading anything until after you have everything installed and tweaked, and tweaked, and then you need to tweak.

Settings can completely destroy a system easier than any quality issues.
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You might be surprised at the Polk Subs. Some of them are quite good for the money. Otherwise, look at Sunfire for small and powerful.
I hope I am surprised, my expectations are not very high..I really love the RTs I have so far, they sound great. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Cool. Thanks for the heads up, I kind of wondered about that.

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Don't worry about upgrading anything until after you have everything installed and tweaked, and tweaked, and then you need to tweak.

Settings can completely destroy a system easier than any quality issues.
Tweaking - This is where I get confused, I have not done much research on my own yet. I just made sure I had the proper placement, cabling and compatible speakers/receiver.

I'm have the Onyko 717 ($430 new btw ) all I have really done is plug in the auto calibration mic like I did in my great room and let it do its thing. Having only the L R and C I just make sure the settings are T-D or Nero 6.
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Man, that is one other big piece I need to figure out is a new receiver. I want to keep it to about $650 or less and be somewhat "future proof" with 4K pass through, etc. I haven't dug into that yet, but I'm sure I'll start with the go-to brands of Marantz, Denon, and maybe Onkyo.
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Man, that is one other big piece I need to figure out is a new receiver. I want to keep it to about $650 or less and be somewhat "future proof" with 4K pass through, etc. I haven't dug into that yet, but I'm sure I'll start with the go-to brands of Marantz, Denon, and maybe Onkyo.
Future proof is should not be a concern at that price point IMO.
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Future proof is should not be a concern at that price point IMO.
Well, let me put it this way...something that is going to last me 10 years and be fairly compatible with things rather than being obsolete. For instance, with 4k on the horizon, I know I'll want to have something compatible since in 5+ years I'm sure it will be commonplace and I don't want to buy a new receiver that soon.

That is about all I'm expecting to get out of a receiver in terms of a lifespan until I want to swap it.

I don't have the budget for anything above mid grade at this point in my life. I'm not buy a HTIAB though.
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Well, let me put it this way...something that is going to last me 10 years and be fairly compatible with things rather than being obsolete. For instance, with 4k on the horizon, I know I'll want to have something compatible since in 5+ years I'm sure it will be commonplace and I don't want to buy a new receiver that soon.

That is about all I'm expecting to get out of a receiver in terms of a lifespan until I want to swap it.

I don't have the budget for anything above mid grade at this point in my life. I'm not buy a HTIAB though.
Look at that Onyko 717 that I have. It was $1k this time last year and it is an excellent model.


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Cool. I'll be digging into the receiver research over the next few days.


On a side note, I found a website that has a bunch of Niles products marked for $0.00 + free shipping. I added a bunch of stuff to my cart like I was going to check out and it didn't even ask for credit card info. All that was left to to was click Place Order. I'm sure they would catch it before boxing up the order and it is probably an honest pricing mistake (or a scam), but it is tempting to place the order and see what happens

http://www.designeraudiovideo.com/ca...=price&q=niles
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Probably pulling the trigger on this Denon X3000. Refurbed and I've heard very good things about the seller.
The Onkyo is sold out (for the price I'm willing to pay) and the comparable Marantz sold out within the past few days...makes my decision easier.

http://www.accessories4less.com/inde...%3A1%3BN%3B%7D
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