Compare the Polk Audio RTI A1 to the Klipsch R-14M

In today's comparison we invite you to see how the Polk Audio RTI A1 stacks up against the Klipsch R-14M. You might think it all comes down to the price, but frankly there is a lot more to it. For more information and product comparisons, check out our longer article here.

 Polk Audio RTI A1Everyone has different preferences and priorities, so to make choosing easier we have attempted to give a frank review of the products. Let's start with the Polk Audio RTI A1. The RTI A1 from Polk Audio is the first passive speaker to kick-start the upgraded RTI A series. These bookshelf speakers benefit from newly developed dynamic balance cone drivers as well as a more elegant re-imagining of the speaker cabinet style.

 Klipsch R-14MThe challenger is the Klipsch R-14M. We have reviewed several Klipsch models from their Reference bookshelf series - this company makes marvelous sound systems with high-quality audio.

A deeper look at the features of the Polk Audio RTI A1

The pair is housed in an all-wood (MDF) enclosure, featuring a Power Port Plus enhancement to the design of Polk's patented power port technology. This improves bass tenfold. It eliminates distortion risk through optimal ventilation, helping you get that high-quality sound you're craving.

A good look at the Klipsch R-14M

These Klipsch R-14M bookshelf speakers feature some high-end design assets, such as their proprietary 90 x 90 Tractrix Horn technology. This gives their aluminum Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) tweeter an edge over competitors in terms of its extended high-frequency response. The LTS method helps to minimize any distortion.


Polk Audio RTI A1

Klipsch R-14M


+ Wooden enclosure.
+ Resonance free.
+ 2-way class.

+ 180 watts.
+ Tractrix horn LTS tweeter.
+ High-quality manufacturing.


These speakers are very well made and hot off of Polk's best-selling series. They also come in a range of finishes too, so if you're looking for a stylish option to give you powerful sound, you've found it.

The Klipsch reference series provides unbelievable value for money they are packed full of advanced manufacturing features in comparison to most in their class and price level.

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Check out Music Critic's in-depth article 10 Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $200 which includes even more information.

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