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Make / Model: Polk RT25i
Purchased: Crutchfield, 2004, Craigslist, 2012
Price: $199 (New), $50 (used)
These are speakers, they sound like speakers. I bought them on the recommendation of Stereophile magazine, and yeah, I don’t think they were that great.
They were OK. Decent. Perfectly fine for casual listening.
Maybe the stereophile folks had forgotten people make speakers for less than $10k a pair, and seeing these, were astounded that sound could be reproduced from such inexpensive bits of wood and paper? I dunno.
I bought a pair a couple years later as well. Ultimately didn’t keep either pair.