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Polk Audio R300 Black Two-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Each) EXPIRED

bsg75 973 September 23, 2012 at 12:20 AM in Tech & Electronics (3) More Newegg Deals
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Promoted 09-23-2012 at 08:14 AM View Original Post
Newegg has Polk Audio R300 Black Two-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Each) for $100 - $50 off promo code POLK5929 = $50. Shipping is free. Thanks bsg75

Price Research: Our research indicates that Polk Audio R300 Black Two-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Each) is $20 lower (29% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices starting at $70. - yuugotserved

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#31
Quote from samanthaz76 View Post :
If I hook up an amplifier and bluetooth audio receiver to 2 of these puppies... Will that work?
I was going to use my iphone bluetooth...
So long as you have a volume control on either the amplifier or bluetooth receiver, it should work fine.
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#32
Quote from twiztid83222 View Post :
Alot of people have bought these for 200$ when they were top market new. To ship these and the cost they paid for them they have to be losing money , they deff aren't just 50$ speakers. Frys sells these for 170$ each at there store with a limit of 2. Bestbuy had these for 130$ once and they sold like hot cakes. The speaker is way better than the speakers in the monitor series. I have heard them and you can compare them to 500$ towers at full volume.
well, i did jump in and get a pair for my surround.

with that said....

according to Polk themselves: Monitor series is at a higher class than R series. so i am not quite sure about picking R300 over, say monitor 50 or 60.
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#33
Not great speakers, I own a pair. But for 100 bucks for floorstanders its a decent deal. Pioneer has some pretty good monitors for less and are much better imho
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#34
These will be great speakers for all you people who use compressed music and surround receivers with 100% distortion. LOL
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#35
Quote from bloodthirster View Post :
These will be great speakers for all you people who use compressed music and surround receivers with 100% distortion. LOL
you have a pretty bad sense of humor. that said, these are great speakers for people who are starting out. I bought a pair of these 6 years ago to use as front speakers for a large living room, then they became surround speakers but eventually made their way into my small exercise room as main speakers for netflix. while they can't compare to more expensive speakers, they are more than worth $50 each. if you're beginners (say building your first budget 5.1 system) I would recommend getting them, pair with a good sub and you'll be fine.
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#36
Good price on these. I wouldn't recommend them for fronts unless you are really going elcheapo. I wouldn't recommend the Pioneer FS51's, either. Either set would suffice for say a garage system or MAYBE a bedroom system. I had some old KLH floorstanding speakers that sounded better. lol
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#37
Quote from twiztid83222 View Post :
I picked up 2 of them. I got the email and instantly got them. Now my stereo consists of 4 polk monitor 60 towers, 2 r300 towers , 2 polk bookshelfs, polk center channel, and 4 10" subwwofers . When will it stop!!!! ...
When you seek therapy and get help. Smilie

Quote from twiztid83222 View Post :
Alot of people have bought these for 200$ when they were top market new. To ship these and the cost they paid for them they have to be losing money , they deff aren't just 50$ speakers. Frys sells these for 170$ each at there store with a limit of 2. Bestbuy had these for 130$ once and they sold like hot cakes. The speaker is way better than the speakers in the monitor series. I have heard them and you can compare them to 500$ towers at full volume.
Despite regular prices, the black R300s have been $50 each a number of times before, the last being just a couple weeks ago. It's a good price, but not hugely amazing like you make it sound.
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#38
Not a bad deal but I think the monitor 50's for $30 more at $80 each is the better grab.
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#39
still see nobody mention comparison between FS51 and this R300, please throw out your experience, not knowledge on paper and reading Smilie
Thank you
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#40
Quote from digitaltrav View Post :
Those asking about the Pioneers ... honestly Polk makes some great stuff, but the Pioneers designed by Andrew Jones are a pretty big step up in sound quality. Many high end audio publications have been blown away by the bang for buck sound that the Pioneers have.

A lot more development/build costs went into making the Polks look better. The Pioneers are pretty much pure sound quality with whatever little budget left over to put them in an enclosure.

tl;dr version: Polks look better, Pioneers sound better
You have both sets? And are you talking about audio forums and general chat, or actual published articles on the Pioneers (please list).

The difference here is the Polk's are rated at 8 ohms and 89dB, and are safe for just about every AVR. The Pioneers are 6 ohms and IIRC, 84dB, and are extremely inefficient. Efficiency doesn't equate to sound quality, but it will translate to how well your AVR powers them, and if you like reference level sound in a large room, I'd advise buying a more robust AVR.

For $50, these aren't bad. In actuality, they are simply entry level Polk bookshelves flipped upside down, on a stand. There are only 2 drivers, a 6.5" woofer, and .75" tweeter. They're short, but probably perfect height in the seated position for HT.
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#41
Buckeyefan makes somes good points when comparing to 6ohm vs 8. Personally, I'd prefer to go with the more broadly used / compatible 8 ohm's unless you know what you are doing, and that you've got or will be getting a receiver than can drive them (also, higher sensitivity generally equates to easier for an amp to drive them). When making comparisons to other speakers, if the others cost more (even $20 or $30 each, which = $40 to $60 for a pair) then you really aren't making appropriate bang for the buck comparisons. That's fine if you are just trying to get an idea of what you'll get for a little more money, but if you are comparing against a different brand as well then you should be throwing in the higher priced polks too, and not only these (i.e., the monitors, cs, etc.). Just my two cents, fwiw.
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#42
Quote from Buckeyefan 1 View Post :
You have both sets? And are you talking about audio forums and general chat, or actual published articles on the Pioneers (please list).

The difference here is the Polk's are rated at 8 ohms and 89dB, and are safe for just about every AVR. The Pioneers are 6 ohms and IIRC, 84dB, and are extremely inefficient. Efficiency doesn't equate to sound quality, but it will translate to how well your AVR powers them, and if you like reference level sound in a large room, I'd advise buying a more robust AVR.

For $50, these aren't bad. In actuality, they are simply entry level Polk bookshelves flipped upside down, on a stand. There are only 2 drivers, a 6.5" woofer, and .75" tweeter. They're short, but probably perfect height in the seated position for HT.

Ok, so I grabbed the Pioneer VSX-522K receiver for 180$ , which can drive 140w per channel with 6 ohms, I should be fine with the FS51 going along with it, right?
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#43
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Ok, so I grabbed the Pioneer VSX-522K receiver for 180$ , which can drive 140w per channel with 6 ohms, I should be fine with the FS51 going along with it, right?
I personally wouldn't drive 6 ohm speakers with a sub $800 AVR, but I push my system, and have a large room. If you don't push it, and continually check the temp of your AVR (make sure it's not too hot to the touch), you may be OK. But very few AVR's are rated to drive 6 ohm speakers.

Your AVR was rated at 140 watts at 6 ohms at one bandwidth - 1000Hz, at 1% distortion. If you ran your AVR at that level for 30 seconds, it would turn into soup. That's a burst test mode.

You are safe up to 80 watts per speaker, 2 speakers, 8 ohms. When you introduce more speakers, your watts per speaker (channel) drops - assuming you are staying within inaudible distortion levels.

It's probably 30 watts into 5 speakers at full bandwidth (20-20,000Hz). Keep in mind, if you cross over your AVR at 80Hz, you'll have some reserve power as the 20Hz to 80Hz signal is going to your subwoofer.

Basic advice - keep your AVR ventilated, don't run it hot, and listen carefully for distortion.
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#44
Quote from Buckeyefan 1 View Post :
I personally wouldn't drive 6 ohm speakers with a sub $800 AVR, but I push my system, and have a large room. If you don't push it, and continually check the temp of your AVR (make sure it's not too hot to the touch), you may be OK. But very few AVR's are rated to drive 6 ohm speakers.

Your AVR was rated at 140 watts at 6 ohms at one bandwidth - 1000Hz, at 1% distortion. If you ran your AVR at that level for 30 seconds, it would turn into soup. That's a burst test mode.

You are safe up to 80 watts per speaker, 2 speakers, 8 ohms. When you introduce more speakers, your watts per speaker (channel) drops - assuming you are staying within inaudible distortion levels.

It's probably 30 watts into 5 speakers at full bandwidth (20-20,000Hz). Keep in mind, if you cross over your AVR at 80Hz, you'll have some reserve power as the 20Hz to 80Hz signal is going to your subwoofer.

Basic advice - keep your AVR ventilated, don't run it hot, and listen carefully for distortion.
thank you so much for the technical advise
do u think it's safer if i add an amp on top of this basic receiver?
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#45
I have old Pioneer R30, which I got from Fry's for $100 as well. I am using as a stereo with a sub. Do you think I can replace with Pioneer FS41 or stay with this for awhile?
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