Polk RTiA9 500-Watt Tower Speaker - Cherry - Single

  • Model #: RTIA9
  • Web Code: 10090955
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Sale Ends: September 27, 2018
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Introduce rich, immersive, high-performance audio to your home theatre setup or music studio with the RTiA9 tower speaker from Polk Audio. A pair of Dynamic Balance midrange drivers, a high-frequency dome tweeter, and 500W of total power propel this sleek tower speaker, which is finished with a gorgeous cherry wood veneer.

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  • Dual 5.25-inch Dynamic Balance midrange drivers with 500 watts of total power produce deep, powerful audio
  • Soft 1-inch silk high-frequency dome tweeter produces crisp, clear, natural sound that brings movies and music to life
  • Sound-dampened enclosure with injection-moulded rubber surrounds eliminates unwanted resonance to ensure unpolluted, lifelike sound
  • RTiA Cascade tapered crossover eliminates comb filtering and beaming, which would otherwise degrade audio quality
  • Timbre-matched to align perfectly with other speakers from the Polk Audio RTiA9 series (sold separately), ensuring precise speaker-to-speaker effects
  • PowerPort Plus bass venting eliminates turbulence and distortion by transitioning air flow for deeper, more immersive sound
  • Curved hardwood cabinet finished with a gorgeous cherry wood veneer looks great in any living room, home theatre, or music studio
  • Dual gold-plated 5-way binding posts provide secure connections for high-performance audio
  • Dimensions: height 123.51cm (48.63"), width 22.54cm (8.87"), depth 54.29cm (21.37")

What's in the Box?

  • Polk Audio Tower Speaker
  • Owner's Manual

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 5 Year(s)
  • Labour - 5 Year(s)

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  • from Delta BC

Terrible Online Service

I purchased a pair of ATI8 Speakers (Cherry) during Boxing Day Sale (2017), when Purolator drivers delivered them, one of the speakers was damaged due to rough handling - there was a big rip on the carton box. I brought the damaged speaker back to the BB Surrey store on 120 street. The General Manager Mr Hanu was excellent as he promised to get me my replacement speaker and honor the sale price once it become available, as it was sold out. I waited for 2 weeks and when the speakers became available online, I went to BB Surrey and Hanu readily ordered it for me and was to be delivered to my home. But the speaker never showed up because there was an error in the stock but nobody from BB informed me. I when back to Hanu he apologies and ask me to wait it to come in stock again, after a week when it was back in stock online, I went to see Hanu and he ordered it for me again. To my dismay and disappointment there was an error again and again nobody from BB called me. I have been to the store soon many times just to get one replacement speaker. I lift my hat up to Hanu and his staff, they are just incredibly service and help but I just don't believe that Best Buy Online has such bad inventory system and it is making me very, very frustrated with this purchase. It is now Feb 2018 and I'm still waiting for my one speaker. I wish somebody BB could help me because I cannot go on listening to only one speaker.

  • from Winnipeg, MB

Not Available when on Sale

These went on a fantastic sale, but there was no availability. Sale ends, they are now available. (1 star only refers to shopping experience, not to speaker.)

  • from Mississauga, ON


Why???? Flash sale when the item sold out before sale start. (1 star not about speaker quality)

  • from Peterborough, ON


Bought these a few months ago! Have them Bi -Amped to the Denon AVR- 4400X, using a 5.1 set up for now. SWEET! Best price at BestBuy on sale

  • from Ottawa, ON

Use them properly

It amazes me seeing some of the reviews with these speakers paired with 40 year old budget equipment and complaining that they are not good speakers.. well a Pioneer SX-1250 is simply not going to work well with these speaker, try Pioneer or 40 year old Tandy speakers. I pair them with Tag Maclaren Pre-Amp and 2 x 150r power amps (1 per channel, not split bass / voice) and with a decent front end, they are simply absolutely spectacular. Nothing short. They are replacing a pair of 10 year old Ruark Palladins, which are great speakers, but time moves on, and materials improve. The Ruarks will be moved to the music room where they will be driven by a sympathetic Nad amplifier. I think that the Polk RTiA9 for the price are without compare. But they do not create miracles, you need to use good sources with good speakers, or they will expose every flaw brutally.

  • from London, ON

Buy me!

Just had these delivered and hooked them up. Pink Floyd's The Wall is playing and it feels like the I've never heard it as it was intended....and I'm not stoned. The fine details and background notes you never heard come right through. These do not disappoint. Take care of them and they should last most of your life...after that they can just sit in your living room as beautiful sculptures. If you ask nicely your bank will let you skip a mortgage payment. Go for it.

  • from Calgary, AB

Fantastic Speakers

I was a little cautious spending so much money on a pair of speakers but when the came on special offer I couldn't resist. I was also a little cautious about pairing the 50-500w with my puny 5.1 pioneer 831 amp with only 80w per channel. However this worry was soon negated after hooking them up and running the setup. Amazing rich sound with all types of music and amazing with TV/Movies. The delivery from purolator was less than satisfactory when one of the cardboard boxes was ripped open during transit from Richmond to Calgary. the delivery guy said its because they use conveyors. Fortunately there was no damage to the speaker inside.

  • from Longsault

500 Watts No Way

Paired with pioneer S- 1250 and they dont have a chance...This is only 16 0watt pioneer and when i put the bass to them forget it..Keep the bass down and they sound perfect. Got them i special so still happy with them but really are not 500 watts maybe 100 RMS Max

  • from Charlottetown, PE

Any opinions?

Would an old Technics SU-V60 class AA amp 90 watt/channel do these any justice?

  • from Pierrefonds, QC

Best speakers you can have for the price

Best speakers I ever owned. I bought them on sale along with and Onkyo TX-NR676 7.2-Channel 4K Atmos Network AV Receiver which supports bi-amping. Sound is so clear and sharp even at higher volumes. Don't even need any other than those front speakers. Highly recommended and even more so when BestBuy has them on sale.

  • from Markham, ON

Amazing speakers

Build quality is exceptionally. Really like the Cherry wood finish. Great sound quality with a lot of clarity and details. Soundstages are well balanced. Paired with a 12 inches subwoofer, the sound is so stunning and deep which make movie watching (such as game of thrones...) an amazing experience.

  • from Guelph, ON

Love them so far

I was lucky enough to be looking for new speakers when the Polk RTiA9 went on sale at Best Buy. They are replacing a very old set of Altec Lansing speakers so I was a little worried whether I would like them or not. Well I do and that's a relief. I haven't owned them very long but am impressed with them so far. They have worked well with my Yamaha HTR-6190 amp which seems able to drive them to the levels I use and beyond. I really like the cherry finish. Thanks Polk and thanks Best Buy.

  • from Vancouver, BC

No excuse not to get these speakers

Best Buy has these speakers on sale occasionally for an obscenely low price. This makes them quite simply the best speakers you can buy for the average music listener. There is NOTHING in the speaker market that can come close to these when they're on Best Buy's crazy sale price, and easily compete against anything else even at the regular price. While they need a good, powerful amp for them to really shine, these RTiA9's will make you fall in love with music all over again. In a market with literally thousands of choices for a tower speaker, jump on these immediately when they're on sale.

  • from Richmond, BC

Wow, can't believe how good they are. awesome!!

Fantastic speakers for the money. Build quality is excellent . Great clarity and soundstage.

  • from Toronto

Bright but not harsh, lots of bass but not boomy

As per the title, these speakers are my favorite. Bright but not harsh, lots of bass but not boomy. These can be compared with Wharfedale and B&Ws (low end of bw) but for much less money. Throw solo guitars or big band music and they excel! They are great for movies too, but i love their musicality. The mid could be clearer, but I'm talking of speakers thousands of dollars more expensive. Easy to drive despite their size. Love them!

  • from Surrey, BC

Polk RTi 9

I bought this speaker two weeks before and paired with Sansui g 9000..The experience was amazing.Currently Sansui G9000 was connected to Pioneer HPM 150.Polk RTi9 is crystal clear..My entire family is enthralled by the performance of these speaker..moreover the build quality is meticulous...

  • from Montreal,QC

Polk Lover

I've owned a pair of Polk SDA-1A's since 1985 and could not ignore Best Buy's deal on these RTIA9 speakers.A lot of speaker for the money.Crystal clear and great definition.You need plenty of watts to take advantage of the potential of these babies.You folks at Best Buy customer service are second to none,thanks for all your help!

  • from Cornwall, PEI

awesome speakers

I bought these speakers for my husband for Christmas, but he could not wait to open them and hook them up. The sound is amazing, and when they are played nice and loud the sounds stays crisp and clear.

  • from St. Stephen NB

Great Speakers

I paired these speakers with Bose 901....I thought I may need to upgrade my amp but my NAD 80 watt gives me all the power I need.....Absolute best sounding speakers ever....

  • from Edmonton, AB

Polk RTiA9 500-Watt Tower Speaker - Cherry - Single

I just love it, sounds is great and clear, Im really amaze with this speaker. Im getting one more as soon as I can.

  • from London, ON

Great speakers....poor logistics

I've owned these speakers before and love them. They sound great and look just as good. I regretted having parted ways with these the first time around and got a chance to redeem myself at a recent online sales event. The shipping experience through Best Buy's handler was horrible (no exaggeration). I'm just glad that my speakers finally made their way to me safe and sound.....

  • from Winnipeg, MB

A Month After

Bought these speakers during BB's Black Saturday deals. Here are my thoughts: Sound is great. These are even better than my Paradigm Studio 100 v3, and these are at 1/4 the cost. Paradigms are overrated, and reviewers rate these as Paradigms Monitor series equivalent? Either they are paid or need their ears cleaned. Using both Yamaha RS-700 and Parasound JC1 monoblocs. A word of caution, both speakers got damaged boxes, one had the tweeter squished, and was open box condition. I didn't complain as the tweeter sounded fine, and was somewhat fixed after some effort to "un-squish".

  • from Mississauga, ON

Awesome Speakers

I bought these speakers a few weeks ago on sale and they have not disappointed me so far. like someone else said you almost don't need a sub with these speakers, although I would still recommend one for a truly immersive sound. While you can get away with just 100wpc I truly recommend a preamp to get some more power to these speakers as the more wattage that goes to them the better they sound. These are great speakers especially if you get them on sale. The only drawback if anything are they might be too big for some rooms, these are very imposing speakers, other great job polk.

  • from Brampton , ON

Great Speakers

I bought a pair of these speakers on boxing day sale price. Great speakers, great sound for a large family room. You don't even need a subwoofer with these if you are an average music lover and if you can buy these on sale price you should close your eyes and pick these instead of comparing others in the same price range. Attach a good receiver with these and enjoy stunning sound they can produce. Very happy with my purchase.

  • from Guelph, ON

Excellent audio and beautiful finish

The speakers are the centerpiece of my great room. They are pleasing to look at and even more pleasing to listen to. I'm taking full advantage of them with Bi-Amp connections which makes for some crisp sound reproduction. I have been very pleased with these speakers and would recommend them especially at the sale price. My only beef would be that the packaging was damaged when I received them, but there is a large gap between the box and the speakers so nothing was damaged.

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