'polk' speakers, anyone heard of them?

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  1. hill79

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    I've been given a pair of floor-standing 'Polk audio' speakers by a friend whos moving over-seas. They're a good few years old and he 'says' he paid over £1200 for them new, but I can't find any info on them anywhere on the net. One of the cones is buzzing and I'd like to replace it but I've no idea where to start really... anyone help?
     
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    Just to answer your question , yes they are quite a familar brand.
     
  3. Rich Marshall

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  4. hill79

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    :smashin: I'd found their site, but I was more questioning if they're a 'known' brand rather than just some random company.

    They probably do have a model number, I'll check it out when I get home.

    They've got all sorts of connections on the back, including some kind of built in amps (you can plug them in to the mains, which seems to deepens the bass somewhat) but I've got no instructions and the guy who gave them to me can't remember. one of the lower cones 'farts', for want of a better term, when they're plugged in though
     
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    They are very well known for their car audio stuff. I've never heard or seen their home products.

    Steve
     
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    Polk are a U.S. company and their products are well known over there.They are available over here but have never sold in sufficient quantity's to have become a well known brand in the U.K.
     
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    'Polk Audio' is a known, popular, and respected brand in the USA, founded in 1972. Best Buy, one of the USA's largest electronic retailers, recently just dumped JBL in favor of Polk Audio.

    Polk makes a full range of from reasonably inexpensive to moderately expensive speakers.

    If you give us the actual model number of your speakers, we can probably verify the price.

    At any rate, if your friend gave you a pair of Polk Audio speakers, he must be a very good friend indeed.

    Steve/bluewizard
     
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    I beg to differ as when I first became interested in AV some 15 years ago Polk was one of the better known specialist brands over here that were always being reviewed by the mags but they just disappeared from view and now you very rarely come across them.

    In those days Polk, Definitive Technology and M&K were the brands to aspire to
     
  9. hill79

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    ok, just got home and took some photos. They appear to be a pair of 'RT20P'

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    I agree Ian back then they were a brand that was regularly featured in mags etc but in the last ten yrs or so seem to have fallen off the radar.
     
  11. hill79

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    Indeed he is, as he said himself though he can't take them with him and he hasn't got the time to sell them on as they're not exactly ebay-friendly. He did ask that if I ever sold them on we split the profits, but to be quite honest they sound sensational and if they are as good as he says, I'll not be selling them!
     
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    As previously stated Polk Audio are highly regarded in the US. I lived there until last year and have bought home my Polk 5.1 speaker system. I bought them after a "shoot out" between Polk, Bose and various other set-ups. Polk won hands down.
    I've never seen your model of speaker, but if they are as good as my surround system you will enjoy them.
     
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    Curious about those speakers. Do they each have their own amp, or does one amp drive both speakers?

    Also, there is a 'volume' knob on the back, does that adjust the overall volume, or is it to control the tweeter levels?

    These can't be cheap speakers, especially with the built-in amps. Once again, I can't only say, a true friend is a friend indeed.

    Steve/bluewizard
     
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    i agree with steve, wish i had friends like that....;)

    andy
     
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    Each speaker has its own amp, they both have the same rear-panel and both plug in to the mains. The volume knob controls the overall volume for that speaker.

    I assume I'd need some sort of unamplified output to use the built-in amps properly? I'm starting to realise that my £200 Marantz amp is probably no where near what these speakers need to drive them!

    nice find, and thanks for the PM :smashin:
     
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    Since your £200 Marantz is really acting more like a pre-amp to the speakers internal amps, I'm sure it is more than capable of driving these speakers.

    Feeding speakers with built-in amps, your Marantz become far more of a signal device than a power device.

    Steve/bluewizard
     
  18. hill79

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    At the moment I'm running them without using the built in amps, theres no denying the sound is better, but one of the cones makes some horrible farty sounds when the amp is on, I've been told flipping it through 180deg might solve the issue... something about cone sag? I'm obviously very new to this level of audio equipment, I know I'm being a bit spoilt with this fancy kit!
     

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