Optimus XTS-10 Floorstanding Speakers

4.13/5 (8 Reviews)


Product Description

TWIST TWEETER SATS, also check RS OPTIMUS XTS-10


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rock789 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I got these many years ago and have used them as my surrounds in my prologic system.
I recently purchased a Denon AVR 2805, and am continuing to use these as my surrounds untill my 5 focal jmlab speakers come in...
In DTS, these speakers are awsome!, when using 5ch sterio they are very crisp and clear (much more so than my technics 15" 3ways I had for fronts in my prologic system)
I paid $30 for the pair back in '98 I think, and for $30, these are totally awsome!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Radio Shack



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Claude Rorabaugh a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2001

Bottom Line:   
The XTS-10 became the XTS-20 and now has the RCA moniker.
The new RCA speakers are just as good and continue to amaze me with their overall sonic quality. I have added another home theatre in my home, hooked up to my PC, an purchased more of these fine speakers. We can purchase anything, but my wife wanted a living room, now that we are mature adults, instead of a kick-ass media center.

A few weeks ago I visited the Bose showroom in downtown Portland and auditioned their various swivel speakers along with their sub.

Overall I felt the sound was distorted. I asked the salesperson to turn down the sound to a conversational level, instead of loud, and the sound was harsh on the Bose.

I don't mean to demean Bose, I love their 901 series speakers, but their cubes are overpriced garbage.

You must couple the twisties with a decent sub. I have a Tannoy sub, placed dead center under my TV monitor. We have placed the 5 twisties at about 4.5 feet high, around our living room. Please note that the twisties are not as magnetically shielded as claimed. I have made a plate of galvenized steel to place my center speaker on, other wise my monitor would have color distortion.

In the computer room, my PC monitor does not have the problem with the center on top of the monitor.

If you are not in the habit of really cranking up the tunes with the Greatful Dead, these are great musical and home theatre speakers.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Radio Shack



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Claude Rorabaugh a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2001

Bottom Line:   
In the fall of 1999 I replaced my entire system to go DTS and Dolby Digital. My wife wanted the "Klipsch horns" out of the living room.

We purchased six of the Optimus 10 twisties. Orginally I used 4 up front, (2 center speakers one on either side of my monitor), two in the rear. The 4 up front are on book shelves and the rears mounted with speaker supports on the wall.

I now use only 1 center, placed on top of my monitor.

These are all connected with Monster cable. You must take care not to break the connection posts...they are a bit weak.

My receiver is a Yamaha, with a Tannoy sub-woofer underneath my monitor, dead center.

Guests can't believe just how good this system is. My brother has Magnapans and other than "imaging" he confirms that they sound like $500 speakers. My benchmark for bookshelf speakers is the Tannoy Mercury series, but for 10% of the price I have the same sonic performance.

The Bose system was auditioned, but it sounded flat and lifeless. The trick with my system is good cables and the high end Tannoy subwoofer, handling the bass at the Optimus roll off at 150 hz.

So got out and by a really great sub and with the remainder of your budget, fill your room with the Optimus, now RCA twisties!

C.E. Rory Rorabaugh
former Program Director and Chief Engineer
KIRO-FM Seattle
KEZX-FM Seattle
KBRD-FM Tacoma/Seattle
KMUZ-FM Vancouver/Portland

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Radio Shack



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert Q a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Great little-speakers if you have or are planning to buy sub. my only big complaint is bad distortion coming from the speaker termimals on the back of the speakers espically at loud volumes, but im plaing to seal the speaker termimals to get rid of it. their really good value because I bought them at raidoshack for 50 bucks a pair.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dale browning a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 4, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I have had the klipsch quintets for over a year now. I really enjoyed them but was ready to try something new. I thought about bose but just to expensive. Tried the new xts-20v from radio shack and couldn't beleive the sound.They have better highs,cleaner voice,and better all around than the klipsch.Some people may say I am crazy that 49 dollar speakers can sound better than 400 dollar speakers. I tried them this morning with my denon rec.A-B switch and all I can say is the little dual cubes out did my Klipsch.The 20's are replacing the xts-10,and they are also rated at 100 watts max.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999




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