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Polk Audio RTi A3

Polk Audio RTi A3
alaScore 85

137 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 137 reviews of Polk Audio RTi A3. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the Polk Audio RTi A3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Polk Audio RTi A3 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Polk AM3372-A RTi A3 Bookshelf Speakers - CherryPolk AM3372-A RTi A3 Bookshelf Speakers - Cherry

Feb, 2018

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 119 user reviews of Polk Audio RTi A3 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Speakers on

96% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Polk Audio RTI A3 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Cherry)Polk Audio RTI A3 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Cherry)

Feb, 2018

Expert review by: (

Polk Audio RTi A3


If you're building a medium range stereo or surround system, the RTI A3 speakers would make an excellent choice as bookshelf speakers for a stereo system or as surround speakers. From faithful bass reproduction to crisp, clean highs, sound is...

6.5 inch composite cone driver1" silk/polymer tweeter40Hz-27Khz frequency response89dB efficiencyReal wood cabinet

The RTi A3 feature a frequency response of 40Hz-27KHz and a power...

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: pburgh (

Very nice for the price


I bought these when the price dropped to $249.99 with free shipping. I don't think there's a better speaker out there for $250.

First, as a level-set... I consider myself a novice audiophile. I've put these speakers through quite a bit of testing and have been quite pleased with the package overall. I read reviews that the sound gets a little "nasal" at high volumes. I...

None that I'm bothered enough by to write them here

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: Rchiwawa (

the beginnings of an audiophilliac start here


Powered by a Yamaha C-2x preamp, Yamaha M-70 power amp. Amp has to hit just under 200 watts out consistent output to the speakers before distortion in certain harmonics are possible. I recalibrated the output meters for 6 ohm output. I am pretty...

I purchased a set of these speakers after spending many hours in a box box chain sampling everything they had in my price range which was <$500 USD pre tax. Where the TSI 200 wasn't crisp the RTi A series (both A1 and A3) where brutally detailed in...

For best imaging in my setup it seems necessary to place these speakers at or slightly below listening levels for the best imaging. IN this sense they have a kind of narrow window for their sweet spot

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: ScudDawg (

Great Bookshelf Speakers


Great bookshelf speakers, I upgraded from monitor 40's and couldn't be happier. Wood finish is also very nice, big improvement in aesthetics over the Monitor line as well


Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: jayw654 (

Horrible speaker for music


You'll find tons of reviews raving about these speakers and has a theater speaker they do sound great but I'm looking for a music speaker not a theater speaker.

These are great for home theater so don't get me wrong

Everyone raved about the bass for music and such but I highly disagree. The bass sounds somewhat distant and muddy. I was looking for An open sound stage which these do have but I wanted it to cleanly hit 50hz these sound like muddy and distant 70hz on...

Feb, 2011

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Polk Audio RTi A3 (Cherry)


I am not an expert in sound but somehow my senses feel pleased when something is good, and this bookshelf are a winner. I have them paired to a Behringer EP2500 and sound beautiful is like having a live performance at home, I recommend this product...

May, 2010

Consumer review by: ryanlewiz (

Comparable to speakers priced 100s more


I have these speakers set up in my room on nice little stands on each side of my TV. They look great and sound even better. I have them matched with a CS225 Polk center speaker. For both movies and music (all types, I listen to a large variety of...

Huge sound, small package


May, 2000

Consumer review by: cpurser (

Sounds Like Their Big Brother


After owning a pair of RT7 for a couple of years, I thought I would try one of the RT7's smaller brothers to use in my bedroom. In the tradition of Polk speakers, I have been very pleased with the RT3. These very affordable speakers would feel right at...

Big sound, Very Affordable, Quality Construction


Sep, 1999

Consumer review by: Matt (



I bought this set to be the front speakers in a new entertainment setup. They are awesome. They needed the base punch of my subwoofer, but for bookshelf speakers that are serving as the front's in a surround sound system, I couldn't be happier.

Product Specifications

All RTi models feature the latest generation Dynamic Balance drivers and tweeters. The bass/midrange drivers used throughout the RTi range use polymer/mineral composite cones. The 1-inch tweeter is a silk/polymer composite dome for smoother response and better detail than the tweeter used in the previous RTi Series. It features a neodymium magnet, low-viscosity ferro-fluid cooling and a heat sink on the back of the magnet for better power handling and reliability. All models feature Polk's patented Power Port technology that reduces turbulence at the mouth of the port. Power Port vastly reduces "chuffing" or "port noise" and provides deeper, more powerful, lower distortion bass than could be achieved with conventional ported or sealed designs of comparable size. The RTi models are magnetically shielded to allow safe placement next to televisions or video monitors. All models feature gold plated 5-way binding posts with dual inputs for bi-amplification or bi-wiring.


Recommended amplifier power (max):150
Recommended amplifier power (min):20


Crossover frequency:2800
Frequency range:40 - 2700


Color of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Manufacturer:Polk Audio
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Polk Audio RTi


Amplifier: No
Audio output channels:2.0
Mid-range driver diameter:6.5
Mid-range driver diameter (imperial):6.5
Mid-range driver size:6.5
Number of drivers:2
Number of mid-range drivers:1
Number of Speakers:2
Number of tweeter drivers:1
Recommended usage:Universal
Speaker placement:Tabletop/bookshelf
Suitable for outdoor use:N
Tweeter: Yes
Tweeter diameter:1
Tweeter Size:1
Woofer: Yes



Packaging Content

Manual: Yes


Equalizer: No

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Speaker interface type:Terminal
Wireless technologies:Wired

Remote Control

Type: None

Speaker System

Amplification Type:Passive
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Crossover Channel Qty:2-way
Speaker System Type:Speaker

Weight & Dimensions