Polk Audio RT16 Floorstanding Speakers

4.3/5 (20 Reviews) MSRP : $499.00


Product Description

Ported w/ 2 7.5in woofers, 1in tweeter


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Giss a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2013

Bottom Line:   
I have had a set of Polk Audio Rt 16's for over 20 years. right now I have them connected to a Harman Kardon AV646 and bi wired with a Sonance 2120T amp. The sound goes through an excellent 6 pair Sima speaker switcher. The sound is awesome. The base is crisp and clear and deep. The midrange does hold back a little bit but it does not effect the soundstage, and the tweeters bring the high range sounds out clearly. It sounds like listening to live music, and has brought my old Pioneer turntable back to life. Friends text me all the time to host happy hour at my house so they can play vinyl and hang out! Be careful though, about the time Polk teamed up with Circuit city the product line went sour. But i got mine back when Definitive Technology was just breaking off from Polk to do powered woofers in their tower speakers. I can say I never contemplated needing powered woofers or a separate subwoofer. You WILl be happy if you can get an older pair of these RT16's. The other day I was looking at a set of Martin Logan motion 49's, retail at $1900 and told the salesman what I had and his eyebrows lifted as he said, "wow that's a good set of speakers." He never even tried to sell me the Martin Logans!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



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

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2007

Bottom Line:   
This is the first set of speakers in years that I have been so thoroughly impressed with that I felt the need to post a review here. The last set I felt about this way were a set of Paradigm Reference speakers, which the RT16's actually compare to quite favorably. I agree with the review below that these best any later versions of the RT series, Polks' quality did suffer as a result of their deal with Circuit City. I have lsitened to the RT800's as well and these just frankly sound better. The low end is fuller and deeper but more controlled and really the need for a subwoofer is voided. My first impression was that the upper mid's / highs would suffer as a result but to my extremely pleasant surprise the highs have a forward presentation and it is very easy to deduce musical elements in that range. Maybe not as analytical in their reproduction as say, M&K speakers, but non fatiguing either which can be a problem with the M&Ks and similar speakers. The mids are a tad bit laid back but not enough to be an issue. As a previous reviewer noted these really do sound very close to Paradigm Monitor series speakers, except that the low end is more controlled and a bit less bloated than the Monitors--they just go DEEP. Biwiring capability definitely helps these speakers as well-- be sure to use good cable (I use Tara Prism Biwire with Audioquest interconnects off an Adcom cd player and the setup just sounds wonderful.) I am sure there are other more musical higher quality speakers out there for good prices (Meadowlarks and Green Mountain Audio speakers come to mind) but the Polks they serve as a fantastic substitute, at least until I have the $$ to move up! I am rating these 5 stars for what I paid for them, probably would be 3.5 stars at full retail (over $1000) simply because there are other options in that price range that beat these for musicality. Overall very happy.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   local pawn shop



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by John a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have had these speakers for about 3 years now and I was very happy with them but I decided to upgrade. I upgraded to the RT800I's. You probably think I'm crazy because the 16's have 7.5 in. cones and the 800's have 6.5 but the overall speaker is much smoother. Sure the RT16's produced deeper bass but I was willing to give that up for the advantages of the RT800I's and I could always get a subwoofer. Im pretty sure that Polk did something with the tweeter on the RT800I's because it really lost the harshness that I remember in the RT16's. Anyway, my point is that these are good speakers and similar to the RT800I's but if they are still available, get the RT800I's, just got a great deal at Circuit City for $600 pair. To me, the RT800I's just seem more like an audiophile speaker.
my system
mains: RT800I
center: RT400I
rears: FX500I
reviever: Yamaha rx-v1000

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $800.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Todd Newman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2001

Bottom Line:   
When I first came into contact with the RT16's, I was selling them. Well, they sold themselves. At $500 a piece, I thought they thoroughly outperformed their more expensive big brother, the RT20's - the RT16s actually provided a more accurate, fuller bass sound out of a passive speaker than the RT20s did from a dual 8" powered sub. At the time, I couldn't afford a pair, but auditioned many other speakers over the years. There were several brands which produced a comparable all-around sound, and a few true audiophile speakers which I felt sounded better - but none could touch the price. Most, if not all, were more than twice as much. I was reminded of the article I read in Home Theater magazine which described the Polk RT16 as the finest all-around speaker available for under $1000 a piece. Period. A couple of years ago, I found a nearly-new pair and built my home theater set-up around them. I am currently running a pair of RT16s with a CS400 and a pair of RT/fx surrounds off of a Yamaha RX-V992 receiver. Every person who's heard this set-up looks for the subwoofer or compliments the system's capability (even girls I know, who I generally can't get interested enough to even look at the speakers ). I have been very pleased with these speakers, and feel they were the last truly quality RT's put out by Polk (the RT800's and later don't even compare - sorry Matthew, but your stuff has degraded since you got in bed with Circuit City). I recommend to anyone that if they encounter a pair of RT16s or RT7 (their bookshelf counterpart) in good condition for around $500 (or $350 for the 7s) they should not hesitate to snatch them up.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   second-hand



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

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have owned these speakers for about 5 years. I still like them as much as the day I bought them. Very good sound and quality (will play extremely loud)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Hi-Fi Buys




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